Solstis is back with new music for Chicago and fans abroad. This time they pull out an original from their playlist. Up until now this past year the duo have been releasing remixes for artists like Luna Shadows and Autolaser w/ PLS&TY and a throwback with Nelly Furtado. This release also makes their first original track with an independent singer/ songwriter. Ally Ahern and Solstis compliment eachothers flow and style with Take Me they just created an instant with ease. With this release a new release maybe a full project can be on its way we will have to see!
Doin it again, this New Thing will be echoing in your head until you hit replay. First original following a list of remixes after his EP Visions. His most recent remix he has done was apart of a compilation for DNMO & Sub Urban track Broken. Cofresi paired that one with a video showcasing his live abilities. New Thing similarly is apart of a greater project.
Introducing Cofresi‘s forthcoming EP Faces, New Thing foreshadows the quality of the project. Not only does it announce a new body of work but it is marks a first collaboration with a skilled vocalist; Ehiorobo breaks the cherry. Faces itself will be constisting of 6 total tracks with 6 unique vocalists for each track respectively. Cannot wait to see this creative transformation of style.
Working with frequent collaborator Oliver Tree, Whethan from Chicago created another anthem and a dope beat. Working with many popular artists like Flux Pavilion, Elohim, Max, Ashe and Louis the Child Whethan got ahead in the game quick. With sounds that he is producing its was only inevitable. Enemy itself here sounds like it can go up against a Justice beat with its similar style.
DNMO and Sub Urban came out with Broken in April, right in the middle of spring. The substance of the song runs quite deep making for a powerful yet woeful tune. Catching the ear of many artists it came to be apart of a remix compilation series. Chicago local Cofresi stands out amongst artists Stratus, Sunday Service and Mintorment in the remixes. Not only representing his brand of future bass constantly evolving but he takes it a step further showcasing his skills with a magnificent video. A live midi drum kit setup published on Run the Trap Youtube channel. Cofresi has many videos like this on his personal channel and incorporates this setup for live audiences. More than an artist he is an entertainer too!
Notorious for weekend anthems Louis the Child does it again. This time picking out a beat to remix, the laid-back Chicago duo keep it local with Chance the Rapper. From the Coloring Book LP the duo choose All Night to revive with its lyrics that emphasize exclusivity and the good life. Slowing down the dance beat to a hip wavin raggaeton bpm, changed up the bassline and threw in that wavy synth bass giving that signature sensational vibe. After a string of shows and festival runs that had fans coming in massive crowds to hear their feel good music, this song has turned summer into great memories for many. Now you get to relive the moment with a free download!
Nelly Furtado, a pop icon in mid 2000’s has many hits rolling off the tongues of reminiscent fans till this day. Put her songs on a throwback playlist and you will set off any party. As many other artists have, Solstis take a shot at remixing Say It Right and they revive it. Beautifully adding synths smoothly over a bass line without drawing too much away from the original melody.
An uplifting beat following their remix of Cry Wolf by Luna Shadows and a move to Seattle from their hometown Chicago. In the wake of a decision to commit to music the duo are following up with an EP soon to come. A 9to5 can be very distracting. Meanwhile you can sit back relax and dance to this.
Ben Cofresi continues to challenge his creativity with his remixes. With a pattern of picking very popular and talented artists to recreate music from. Following Imogen Heap among the list of artists, Cofresi looked to more similar talents like James Blake and Bon Iver, who created the deeply beautiful tune I Need A Forest Fire. A track beautiful composed and yet Cofresi was able to redesign it and create a future bass track without hurting the quality of the original.
Turning to more familiar tunes. You may have heard this song serenading many playlists and radio stations. Alina Baraz seductive voice floating along Galimatias graceful melody Fantasy. Cofresi joins the many to remix the song but Ben has a talent on the drums that sticks out amongst others and he handles it well. If you are in Chicago this December 17th you can check out Cofresi work the drum pads and midi keys at the Bottom Lounge opening up for the Main Squeeze. In the meantime grab these tracks for free and play them loud.
Still hot off his Dillon Francis & NGHTMRE remix Cofresi one ups himself and aims for the iconic Imogen Heap & Guy Sigsworth in Frou Frou. Focusing on Imogens vocals in Dumbing Down of Love you can hear where the rhythm comes from. Layering in beats, hats, cymbals, synths and bass Cofresi turns the melancholy track into a vibrant track for an energetic crowd. Hitting up festivals and shows coming out of summer, I am sure the new beats are getting a great reaction and you can get the same at your party with a free download!
What So Not continues to experiment with different sounds across the electronic music spectrum. We heard his try with a hip hop collaboration with Tkay Maidza and trap and bass sounds in his Gemini EP. Now we see more of a combination of both in recent days; This summer releasing a fair share of genre bending tracks and a music video. Emoh seems to be having fun branching out solo, directing What So Not into newer sounds with creative artists like GANZ, Baauer, Dillon Francis, George Maple, GTA and Tunji Ige to name just a few.
One of the many songs that should be in your playlist this summer, Buried is a beautiful combination of hip hop, female vocals and beat production with George Maple and Rome Fortune. You will sing your soul away among the guitar and synth. A much more ambient song compared to Feel It with GTA and Tunji, yet just as vibrant. Feel It builds with more synths on the high end with vocals quickly leading into an atmospheric drop. Have you jumpin on a cloud.
Now if you want heavy What So Not has heavy. After playing with light synths, WSN hits the studio to work on a new EP project Divide and Conquer. Just as GTA gets ready for an album release this October. Divide and Conquer the single is released following the aforementioned tracks. Not long after releasing the Gemini EP either and this guy is ready to showoff some new sounds. Getting creative on the heavy bassline on this one. A dark trap anthem is born to get a night life crowd pumped. Along with Buried, these songs set the tone for the upcoming EP, this sounds exciting.
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Posted by What So Not on Friday, August 19, 2016
Louis the Child, serving you music that make you happy, teamed up with Icona Pop for their latest. Certainly a instant timeless record, Weekend is such a feel good tune. Filled with airy synths, Icona’s vocals and all the best memories you have ever made with your friends on a Summer weekday this track no doubt being sung loud every where this festival season. Recently returning home to Chicago for Lollapalooza selling out venues like the Metro left and right. With One Hundred and Three Quarter Thousand fans on soundcloud this duo is easily a Chi Town favorite and we cannot wait to welcome them back again.