Argatu - Culese Din Cartier

Argatu – Asta-i Hora-n Falticeni

High-pitched flutes and other traditional instruments are chained with a bassline and pounded by synth-drums. Ethnotronic is a genre that fuses ethnic vibes with electronic influences. In this case, the ethnic ingredients come from Romania, a country in Eastern Europe (where I happen to have been born). A “hora” is a traditional dance and Falticeni is a city in Romania, located in the historical region of Moldavia.

Samael - Eternal

Samael – Together

Leave it to metal heretics Samael to create a song that straddles genres and defies categorization. It blasts off with rock-solid percussion and heavy riffing, but then turns into a melancholic story about love. The occasional voice distortion may sound awkward at first, but trust me, it’s there for a reason*.

* everything is everywhere for a reason 😀

RJD2 - Deadringer

RJD2 – Ghostwriter

Built almost entirely out of sounds from the past, this song is a master class in the art of sampling. Around a dozen instruments and some three layers of vocals dance together these 5 minutes. And no matter how good trumpets are at stealing the show, each instrument gets its time playing the membrane.

As a form of art, music shines through how it allows the harmonious fusion of decades worth of creation into a single new work. In the hands of a great composer, all sounds make friends and it all ends up sounding fantastic!

Note: the remix of the song is also awesome. Seek it out.

Jennifer Paige - Crush

Jennifer Paige – Crush

This was a major success back in the 90s and for good reason. The instrumental, while fairly typical for that period, has plenty of detail and variety. The lyrics are fun, but it’s the way they’re sung that really carries this song. I’d do without the “shalalala” though :).

”I see ya blowin’ me a kiss
It doesn’t take a scientist
To understand what’s going on, baby
If you see something in my eye
Let’s not over analyze
Don’t go too deep with it, baby (baby)
So let it be what it’ll be
Don’t make a fuss and get crazy over you and me
Here’s what I’ll do
I’ll play loose
Not like we have a date with destiny
It’s just a little crush (crush)
Not like I faint every time we touch
It’s just some little thing (crush)
Not like everything I do depends on you”