Where is mainstream music heading?
Having caught Tiesto’s set at Ile Sonic in Montreal this past Saturday it’s starting to look like EDM is moving away from BREAK-DROP-BREAK_DROP and adding back melodic elements. It was a great set from someone who has been doing it for a long time.
Music trends are always tough to predict, and to do so is often a fool’s errand, but we always like to share what we are feeling!
Recently we heard Daft Punk, Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Pharrell dig back into the r&B groove-funk of 1978. It was the sound of the summer of 2013 and Nile Rodgers’ second go-around.
We’re now into next phase of where pop music is firmly placed: in the r&b house/electronic, sub-dub stylings made popular by Latch (Disclosure), Milky Chance (Stolen Dance) and Klingande (Jubel) that are making their way to the top of the pop charts. This is electronic music with what sounds like real instruments and without the “stabby” elements of EDM. It’s the sound of summer 2014 without the help of big mainstream artists to propel it. We’re betting some the big mainstream artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry and Beyonce are dabbling with those sounds on their next projects and…
We’re also on the brink of seeing the comeback of Disco in pop music. Ok, this will be Disco 2.0 or Disco rebooted, otherwise known as Nu Disco. Don’t be surprise in the coming months to hear those groovy bass patterns and lush melodic string lines back on the radio. We’re getting a bit of it with Clean Bandit’s (Rather Be) and certainly this great track from Porter Robinson. This will be Disco influenced by house music Djs and producers.
The summer of 2015 might just belong to bell bottoms, flowing Halston dresses, leisure suits and big medallions.
That’s right, our crystal ball is looking more like a disco ball right now. We’ll see!