Own track : Through the fields

When the sunny summer days are here,
The air hot, the nature alive,
enjoy an evening walk through the wheat, barley and corn fields as the sun slowly goes down towards the horizon. Enjoy those simple but magic moments where nature offers you and your friends the perfect scenery for some happy moments in life

Enjoy those moments of simple and happy life, far from the bling bling spirit often associated with housey music, follow me through the fields !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:44
Key : Bmin (camelot wheel coding : 10A)
BPM : 123
Extended version lasts for 7:32

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg M1 legacy, Dexed, Lounge lizard EP-4

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“Palau beach” played back and deconstructed in the DAW (Sonar X3)

Playback of my latest track “Palau beach” in my DAW (Sonar X3), followed by a break down showing the various tracks individually, allowing you to see how Palau Beach has been constructed

Synths used :
Ichiro Toda Synth1
Lennar digital Sylenth1
Cakewalk Dimension pro
Korg M1 Legacy
Dexed by Digital Suburban
Musiclab Realstrat

DAW : Sonar X3
Mastering : Izotope ozone 3

Own track : Palau beach

It’s a place, far far away.
Beyond the limits of our world, or atleast not far from it.

The air is warm, the sand is hot, the sea is beautiul

Dark clouds gather in the sky, above the palm trees, anouncing an intense tropical thunderstorm. The first lightnings strike the air. The first thunder can be heard.

In the real world, this would mean the party is over. But in the dreamworld where no real danger exists, it’s just the moment the real fun begins.

Let there be light, let there be electricity, let there be joy, let there be… just life at its best !

Enjoy Palau beach !

The Palau islands lie between the Philippines archipelago and Micronesia, just above of Indonesia, in the very hot waters of the equatorial Pacific ocean. That place always felt to me like the very end of the world, and thus the place of all the possibilities…thus the name of the track.

Technical data :
Song length : 3:32
Key : Gmaj (camelot wheel coding : 9B)
BPM : 124
Extended version lasts for 6:14

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Real strat, Korg M1 Legacy

Cover art based on CC-by images by Paul Stocker and John Fowler

“Monsoon heat” in the DAW (Sonar X3)

Playback of the track “Monsoon heat” in my DAW (Sonar X3), following the construction of the project and sometimes soloing certain elements so that you can hear how some particular sounds are made.

After the playback of the song itself, there is a quick demo of most sounds used in that production, using the following softsynths : Synth1, Sylenth1, Session drummer, Rapture, Korg M1 legacy, Truepianos and Dexed.

Unlike many producers of this kind of music (green house / deep house music), I’m not using Ableton nor Fruity loops but Sonar X3. Enjoy anyway that demo that shows that music making is not DAW dependant

Own track : Dragonfly ride

It’s summer.

The heat rises. The sun shines.

Flying like X-wings through a jungle of reed and sedges growing by the shores of their home ponds, the almighty dragonflies, the ultimate air force, designed 400 million years ago and still competitive, patrols the skies of their wonderful green and wet paradise. Join their extraordinary ride by enjoying that piece of music that embodies their short but intense life.

Technical data :
Song length : 4:11
Key : F#min (camelot wheel coding : 11A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 7:43

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Real strat

Dragonfly picture shot at the Petite Camargue Alsacienne, where the green house style is born.

Own track : Sunset lounge (short radio edit)

Relax…
It’s summer…
You’re lying in a lounge in front of the pool or the sea.
There are palm trees planted all over the place, and the white sandy beach isn’t far.
The gentle marine breeze blows some delicate fresh air in the tropical heat.
You’ve got your favorite cocktail just on the table next to you.
The one you love is just here, right next to you.
Everything’s fine.
You feel like in paradise. You are in paradise…

You’re in the sunset lounge…

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 3:26
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 127
Extended version lasts for 6:21

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1, Dexed

Cover art photography CC-by Greg Knapp

Own track : Summer storms (short radio edit)

After a long hot summer, suddenly the air fills up with moisture, turning our temperate climate into a quasi tropical one. The atmosphere gets thick, dark clouds gather in the sky, before unleashing their power in a flash of rain, lightnings and thunderstorms.

Its the atmosphere of that very short moment that this song tries to capture and to convey in the form of a progressive green house track.

The cover art is BTW a personnal shot of a summer storm that hit our town on june 6th, 2015.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 2:43
Key : Emaj (camelot wheel coding : 12B)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:08

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1

Discovery : Jimss

Let’s head towards the eastern border of France to discover that new talented producer I discovered while browsing the soundcloud goldmine. Living in Strasbourg, Jimmy Tonussi aka Jimss kicks on the electronic music scene with some great house productions filled with wonderful postive summer vibes that should meet the requirements of anyone building his/her feelgood playlist.

Among his productions, two tracks he did stand out in my opinon : The moon and Enjoy the sun.

The moon features an incredible mashed up vocal samples melodic riff that gets directly to your heart and soul, and repeats itself throughout the track, sometimes played with different instruments, including a sax (I guess this must me the Korg M1 sax, as I hear several other M1 sounds, like the famous organ 2 throughout that track). A track that definitely shows the real power of a killer melody. The light beat behind it, with some nice percussion, adds the necessary rhythm to make this track a fantastic summer and good feel anthem. A pure audio gem for our sunthirsty ears. Congrats, Jimmy !

Enjoy the sun opens up with some nice warm synth stabs (that sound definitely like some sylenth1 stuff). Then a nice tropical house vibes kicks in, with some cool percussion elements and a light kick drum and again that M1 organ 2 patch that comes back in fashion nowadays. A nice track that carries a cool laid back feel, the kind of stuff you need when you want to enjoy the sun on a tropical beach, spiced up here and there by some nice melodic vocal samples. Maybe not as perfect as The moon – Jimss’s instant classic – Enjoy the sun is still an excellent follow up to this producer’s masterpiece.

Let me know if you enjoy Jimss’s music as I do…

…and promised, next time, I’m gonna take you somewhere out of France on my talentscouting journey 😉

Discovery : 16 bit lolitas

OK, this discovery isn’t really a discovery – in the term of being a new, emerging talent I might have discovered before anyone else – as they are some of the biggest stars on the well established UK deep house label Anjunadeep. However, as they are still not as famous as Justin Bieber (altough they’re way better than him!), let me introduce that fantastic duo.

Don’t let yourself fooled by their name – those guys are no ‘lolitas’ ! Ariaan Olieroock and Peter Kriek, two Producers / DJ from Amsterdam (The Netherlands), working under the project name 16 bit lolitas, produce some of the finest deep house around, often breaking the boundaries of the genre (which is the trademark of all artists with a strong vision), always trying to take their art a bit further, while remaining accessible to a mainstream audiance.

Among my favorite tracks of that legendary duo are Beat Organ and Premium Emo.

Beat organ is to me what a great deep house release should be : Simple, with a strong idea, and still evolving while building something emotionally strong. In their case, those stabs, most probably done in Sylenth1,  that are introduced at 00:16 of the original mix, with a nice delay effect over it. Nothing fancy you might say, but that’s where the magic of that track is : those two guys managed to make this simple gimmick very strong by all the little elements that come in here and there. Glide pads, little arps, a reverbed bass (again a non conventional approach to that instrument), and a simple beat. In other words, a track that perfectly embodies the expression “simple but efficient”, resulting in a deep house milestone. Congrats, guys !

Premium emo, from the Deep in my soul EP, is my favorite track from that duo, as it features some strong melodies that make this track break even more away from the traditionnal deep house. Actually this track sounds like Coldplay or the Joshua tree era U2 meeting deep house vibes for a perfect feel good sunset track, the kind of music you’ld like to enjoy while being with your girl/boyfriend on the perfect tropical beach, watching the sunset. A track that embodies that simple but ultimate bliss feel such great moments can provide.

Various of melodic lines blending themselves perfectly one into another form that masterpiece which is on top of my feelgood playlist. No wonder I would for sure have been ultra mega giga happy I’ld have come up with something only 1/1000th as good as this.

But more than words, let the music speak for itself :

I hope you’ll enjoy that genius Deep house duo as much as I enjoy them 🙂 !

Own track : Monsoon heat

All arount the globe, in the tropical latitudes, the long and hot dry season ends up in a flash of lightning and thunder, announcing the return of the wet season.

That particular moment, when everything gets lush and green again thanks to the warm monsoon rain, is what I tried to catch in that typical green house track called Monsoon heat.

Enjoy it !

Technical data :
Song length : 4:03
Key : Amin (camelot wheel coding : 8A)
BPM : 126
Extended version lasts for 7:25

Synths used : Synth1, Sylenth1, Dimension pro (Sonar X3), Korg legacy M1