Musical Discovery: ‘Wait’ by Martin Jensen feat. Loote

Martin Jensen finds inspiration in the most unlikely of places. Squeaky toys, Minions and Cristiano Ronaldo have all made an appearance in the Danish DJ’s previous work. Now, hot off the release of his hit single Solo Dance and a collaboration with The Vamps, it makes sense that the next thing to lend their voice to one of his songs is his ever-growing fanbase.

Mid-July: Jensen puts out the call for submissions to his 2.5 million Facebook followers. It was no surprise that the DJ received plenty of vocals to play with; the platform is home to his many viral remixes of popular online videos. With so many contributors, it was understandable that Martin tried to include as many people as possible in the final track with Loote, called Wait.

Yet, upon listening to the track, it’s hard to detect the contribution from Jensen’s fans. A post on his Facebook page appears to show the vocals being added to the chorus, yet it all feels lost underneath Loote’s singing. Although, that is to be expected and nevertheless, it sure looked like a fun project for fans to be a part of.

Wait is a song about a relationship complete with its highs and lows. A romance which fluctuates just as much as the tropical synth that flows through the song. The lyrics – sung by the American duo Loote – also come with different rhythms that playfully merge with the instrumentals. Once again, Jensen maintains his unique style of vibrant, exotic house.

As much a marketing project as it was a follow-up single, Wait is an impressive attempt by Jensen to build on the success of Solo Dance and expand his growing audience.

Musical Discovery: ‘Middle of the Night’ by The Vamps & Martin Jensen

Fresh off the release of his hit, Solo Dance, Danish DJ is back again – this time, with a high-profile collaboration with the British band, The Vamps on the track, Middle of the Night.

Unlike previous singles, Jensen adopts a more trap-like drop for this song. Hi-hat heavy drum beats and whiny synth make for an off-beat, slightly exotic feel. That being said, the producer is aware that The Vamps four-piece want a more emotional, heartfelt release this time as opposed to the club track with Matoma, All Night. At this point, it’s worth pointing out the band’s fondness to have songs with the word ‘night’ in them (All NightMiddle of the Night and Last Night being the three on the list so far). Thankfully, this song does well to stand out when put alongside the other two.

The track’s quiet tone – as previously mentioned – is also no doubt helped by the brooding, mumbling lyrics, with the occasional vocal outburst. The introduction of the complex drum beat in the second verse also allows for a bit more soul, whilst also rushing The Vamps to the next chorus. As much as the track should be about them, it’s Martin Jensen’s producing talents which really take centre stage here. Hot off the back of Solo Dance, the Danish DJ is making waves with this release. A big increase in his fanbase and a huge debut in the future looks likely.

Musical Discovery: ‘Galway Girl’ by Ed Sheeran (Martin Jensen Remix)

After his original track Solo Dance made radio airplay in the UK, now is the time for the Danish DJ Martin Jensen to secure another club hit to cement his position in the dance music industry. With his new release – a remix of Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl – Jensen is back with another smash tune.

The best remixes are always those with a hint of change in the original. Any large-scale changes to a track which is already successful doesn’t bode well for the DJ in question. Thankfully, Jensen was able to make the slightest of adaptations to shift the song from being an Irish ode to being a tropical club remix.

Sheeran’s vocals remain unedited, and so it’s the fluttering instrumentals underneath which is where the All I Wanna Do DJ can flex his muscles. With bouncy synth and drums, there’s more of an exotic feel in Jensen’s versions. It’s even something apparent with the chorus, where we hear the traditional violin melody switched into a light marimba-sounding synth tune. Similarly, the line ‘I just want to dance‘ becomes a fitting build-up to this aspect of the song.

With singer-songwriters such as Ed Sheeran, there are certain tracks which require some soul to give it a bit of a ‘kick’ (read more about that in my review of his new album Divide here). Fortunately, Galway Girl already is an emotive song, and Martin Jensen only heightens that specific feel in this exotic dance remix.

Musical Discovery: ‘All I Wanna Do’ by Martin Jensen

This week’s Musical Discovery is something I’ve been waiting for a while now. For those new to Martin Jensen’s style of remixing, the DJ often takes viral videos and turns them into tropical or deep house melodies, which he then uploads to Facebook. In this instance, the main melody comes from a Minion toy. With the ability to turn almost any video into a club hit, this artist is someone to keep an eye on. Today’s track is All I Wanna Do by Martin Jensen.

First of all, the style of the verses fit perfectly with the underlying instruments. This is in contrast to Jensen’s previous release, Miracles, which saw impassioned, repeated vocals from Bjørnskov on a track which probably deserved a more sombre and quiet voice. Finally, in All I Wanna Do, Martin Jensen gets the balance right between the buzzing euphoria in the chorus and the laid-back vocals in the verses. The track has its progressions – such as the bridge – which makes the song alternate between these two styles with ease. It’s this ability to build up the euphoria on a tropical dance track which makes Kygo stand out in the genre. Now, Martin Jensen is one to look out for.

Whilst the chorus’ lyrics are simplistic, it really does build up to the tropical house drop. The uncredited vocals are soft and chilled and as I have said before, I’ve always loved songs with pronounced chords – be it from a piano or a synthesiser – and with this track having an off-beat tropical rhythm, this uplifting, feel-good house is right up my street.

All I Wanna Do is out now on UK iTunes and Spotify.

What do you think of All I Wanna Do? Comment below!

Liam

Musical Discovery: January Tunes

At the start of this month, I had all my Musical Discovery posts for January planned out, written and scheduled weeks in advance. However, as the days went by, I realised that I had found a lot of new music this month. Last week, I was desperate to let you all know about Frances, so this week is a round-up of my January tunes!

 

Good Times by Ella Eyre:

First of all, thanks must go to OliviaCheryl – as I stumbled across this song whilst browsing her YouTube channel (definitely go subscribe, by the way).

Anyway, after listening to this track, I was surprised that there was no mention of a drum and bass artist in the title of the YouTube video/song. In my head, I could tell that the drum-and-bass progression had to be typical of one DnB DJ – was it another collaboration with Rudimental? DJ Fresh? Wilkinson?

It took a moment to investigate, but it turns out that Good Times was a collaboration with Sigma – it’s just there was no credit to them in the song title! I was kicking myself when I realised (the song’s style was typical of the duo), but nevertheless it’s another triumph for both Ella and the DnB DJs. The music video was uploaded in July last year and whilst it’s still popular today – it was probably a great summer anthem when it was first released.

Also, I would go as far as to say that this is up there with her collaboration with Rudimental on Waiting All Night. Admittedly, I’ve never been a fan of Ella Eyre (at least not her original work) and so I would say that she really shines in these DnB singles – where the pressure of a fast-paced tempo is on and she can experiment with her vocal range.

Lastly, as well as the song being a feel-good summer anthem, the music video is full of euphoria, pugs and kittens – what more could you want?

 

Calling Out by Penguin Prison:

 

You may remember a while back that I reviewed Elephante‘s remix of Calling Out by Penguin Prison in a recent Musical Discovery. This time, however, I was keen to listen to the original version.

Whilst I wasn’t keen on Penguin Prison’s other tracks, it was interesting to compare this version with Elephante’s remix. After listening to both of them, it was clear that Elephante was respectful to the original, and that Penguin Prison’s version is just as funky – with a bouncy drum beat and strong guitar rhythm. Usually, I am not keen on remixes, but this is another track where I am keen on both a remix and the original.

 

Miracles by Martin Jensen feat. Bjørnskov:

Earlier this month I reviewed a few tracks from RAC, and that was after stumbling across his music on Facebook. Now, the social networking app’s ‘promoted’ sites has directed me to another artist I might like. This time, I came across DJ Martin Jensen’s, Miracles.

Admittedly, I was a bit disappointed with the beginning of the song. Soulful vocals from Bjørnsjov don’t quite fit in with the light piano melody. Thankfully, as an electronic melody and slow drum beat are introduced, the song finally develops a reliable and consistent tempo. Whilst this relaxing style appears in the opening verse, a simplistic synth melody paves the way into a similarly euphoric and ‘bouncy’ chorus.

In a video on his Facebook page, you can see where Martin Jensen originally got the idea for the chorus from. The wavering synth melody actually comes from an audio sample – taken from the ‘duck army’ video which went viral last year. It may be bizarre, but this audio sampling isn’t apparent when you give the song a listen.

Overall, the backing synth and jumpy drum beat in the chorus – combined with Bjørnskov’s vocal talents – create a chilled house melody that’s definitely worth listening to. Also, with the song only having been released in November last year, it’s fair to say that Martin Jensen may go on to achieve great things in 2016.

 

Which of these tracks is your favourite? Comment below!

Liam