Some say the perfect electronic track does not exist, while others point to some composers who have already created The Song: that perfect mix which conveys stories, emotions and connects people. At Fira, we have taken advantage of Sónar 2016 to get in touch with some of the artists participating at this year’s event, to ask them what they think the perfect electronic track is like, and while we were at it, we asked them to reveal one to us.
Nicola Cruz: What defines a good electronic music track for me is undoubtedly its ability to convey a message. Whether or not it is a hit, and regardless of its genre, its rhythm must be unique, it must offer something different and make you think differently. What captivates me most in music is a certain mysterious quality, which can take me to an image or a landscape. The most important thing is that it must be very expressive in both its composition and the design of the sound. For me, the track ‘OAR003-B’ by Oni Ayhun succeeds in both areas.
AWWZ: The perfect electronic song doesn’t exist, there’s no need to look for it. It’s the little details, the imperfections, the drum slightly off the beat, the unexpected silence, the voice cut off by the bass, which humanises it. And that’s when you get something across to the listener. I don’t believe in a perfectly delineated structure that is on the same wavelength as people, but instead in a differential factor that creates a reality. The song I’ve chosen – ‘Do You … (Cashmere Cat Remix)’ – isn’t perfect, but it’s nice.
Jackwasfaster: One of the things that appeals to me most about electronica is the concept of the loop, the hypnotic sensation you get by repeating elements. It’s not something exclusive to electronica, but the instruments used in its production are ideal for working with these sequences, building tracks by manipulating sound and not through melodic changes. For me, a track works and moves a dance floor when you get that feeling of a continuous loop and even more so, if it has a recognisable, melodic or percussive ‘hook’. I’m obsessed with the idea of a perfect loop, which can last forever and which with some slight variations and without any gimmicky effects, can maintain the listeners’ attention without them being aware of being ’trapped‘. I think the track that I have chosen by Partial Arts achieves this.
Trill Squad: The perfect electronic song must have a pop identity. A structure and impeccable production is not enough—it must go back to the roots of pop music, a paradigm that is still valid, and incorporate the sensitivity and technology of our era into it. A group that has understood this formula to perfection is PC Music; ‘Hi’ by Hannah Diamond would be my candidate for the perfect electronic song.
TALKTOME: Bearing in mind that perfection does not exist and wanting to achieve it is one of the greatest problems you have when you are producing, for me a great track is one that combines originality and excitement. We should also remember that mistakes can be beautiful; they are how we evolve, by training our ear to hear new things. The important thing is that it surprises you and makes you feel something. I can think of many tracks, but I’ll stick with ‘Str8 outta Mumbai’ by Jai Paul. I remember I read somewhere that the first time you listen to Jai Paul it seems like you’ve broken your speakers, but that’s what it sounds like, and that makes it more magical.