Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this morning’s Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into some territory that’s rather foreign for this website: an EDM mix. I’ve covered quite a bit of electric dance music here on the site, but I haven’t, however, dug deep into an extensive track that acts as its own mixtape. As is the case with Silver Circle’s latest release, ‘EDM Mix #1.’ The seventeen and a half minute mix has exploded online, with hundreds of thousands of spins between YouTube and SoundCloud. Is it any good? Let’s dig right into it.
Silver Circle is a rather enigmatic artist - if you search his social networking, you’ll find scarce information and not a lot of ‘likers’ or ‘followers.’ This will probably change, because he has exploded so much online. This explosion doesn’t necessarily surprise me, either, since the EDM community is vast, especially on the internet. This incredible presence has deemed the mix exceptional. They aren’t wrong.
‘EDM Mix #1’ is absolutely perfect for club DJ’s. Hell, Silver Circle has done their job for them, and they can easily put on this mix and sit back with a cold one for nearly twenty minutes. Silver Circle’s mix is often an adaption of an array of other works from the likes of AWOL Nation and Macklemore. That said, the producer does a fine job not sitting back and letting the hits progress the piece forward; it does experiment with a variety of soundscapes to great success. The key to good EDM is taking that time to be something extraordinary. All too often EDM producers, especially in the indie scene, get lazy and their tracks become jaunts through cliche and predictable tropes. Silver Circle hasn’t done this, and you’ll find yourself moving between pop, soul, hip hop, and a whole slew of other genres through his mix.
If I had one quip with this track, it’s that it does get a bit predictable with some of its music choices. It’s 2016, can we lay ‘Soulja Boy’ to a much needed, permanent rest? Other than that, Silver Circle has created a tactful mixtape much worth your time if you’re an EDM fan, a DJ, or own a club.
The Mix: http://youtu.be/m1IekCVKm6k