Electronica has long been one of my favorite genres of music. In fact, you might be surprised to know that it IS my favorite genre! The tunes these artists unleash upon the musical world tend to go unnoticed, but Electronic Blog Is Electronic plans to give you a break from all the heavy action every other Sunday with a wide variety of styles. Progressive trance? Progressive house? Darkstep? I’m going to cover it. So kick back, prop your feet up and enjoy the tunes.
What better way to celebrate the second article with two people? These excellent musicians are Marcelo Vasami and Frangellico, both from Argentina.
In the pilot article for this column, I mentioned that I might not be able to do a huge write up on certain artists simply because their careers aren’t as fleshed out. This is the case for both of these guys, but I think the music speaks for itself. Which brings me to the question you’re asking:
What music do they make?
Well, it’s a bit of a fusion. Both artists rely on slower than normal (120-130 BPM) four-to-the-floor beats with dark, deep atmospheres that, like Airwave, unfolds throughout the song before reaching a climax then settling down. This type of dark progressive house is pretty big in South America from what I can tell and for good reason: it’s fucking great. Just imagine being in a dark club with minimalistic lights and strong grooves pulsing throughout the room. If that doesn’t fit your taste, then this genre fits perfectly with anything late at night. Gaming, reading, doing homework etc. The trance these sounds put you in is nothing short of excellent.
The first progressive house artist I ever got in to. I don’t remember how it happened, but one of the first songs I heard (that I also can’t remember) had such a strong atmosphere that I ended up falling in love with his music. His style is more on the deep house side than Frangellico and relies more on mesmerizing the listener with minimalistic melodies and powerful basslines. Despite being around since 2002 and working with big names, he’s never truly broken into the mainstream.
His biggest drawback is that he has never made a full length album. This is unfortunate, but also quite common in the electronic scene. If you’re interested in buying his music, you’re going to have to check out websites like Beatport and Audiojelly. The power of Google is upon you. You could also do the unthinkable and pirate his music, but you wouldn’t do that, would you?
Additionally, he hosts a monthly set on e-radio friskyRadio. Every third Thursday of the month, Sol Solar Sessions brings a lot of excellent music similar to his own. Check it out.
This track is one of his darker ones, relying on a subtle melody with a hard-hitting beat and a very low bassline. It never reaches a true climax, but that’s because its subtlety is its greatest strength.
One of my favorites by this man. The music itself is relatively simple, but the culmination of the key-driven melody and throbbing bassline make this one of my favorites.
Everything about “Real Time” oozes good. Despite being one of his most simple tracks (especially the two-tone melody), the end effect is mesmerizing. This is my favorite by him simply because of the mood it puts me in. Its ability to help me get in the zone to do something is phenomenal.
Now that you’ve heard some Marcelo Vasami, it’s time to introduce Frangellico.
If darker music is your thing, then this is your man. I only recently was introduced to his music through the power of Last.FM, but it was definitely a find I’m content with. I feel like ever since I listened to him his music has one-upped Marcelo Vasami simply because I love his sounds. His brooding and seething soundscape in almost every song is so fulfilling and enjoyable.
He, like Marcelo, has never released an album either. You can obtain his music through dance websites like the ones listed above.
My personal favorite by this man. “Claustrophobia” evokes deep, dark and moody feelings with its huge beat, strong bassline and malicious piano-like melodies. This 10 minute monster is perfect.
There is a strange similarity between “Claustrophobia” and this song in many ways, but there is still distinction. A superb track.
This isn’t as sinister as the previous two, but its execution is the same. Many layers that add up and form one of his best.
That’s all for this week. I hope you enjoyed some of the music in this week’s column. It is best listened to in dimly lit or dark rooms with headphones on. The feeling you will get when you do that is out of this world. As always, feel free to suggest music or criticize in the comments!
PS: Make sure you listen to all the music in their highest quality!