Battle of the Beats: Krewella vs. Dirty South & Thomas Gold – Alive
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Krewella – Alive
The Chicago-hailing trio made up of producer Rain Man, singer/songwriter sisters Yasmin, and Jahan Yousaf released their debut EP Play Hard back in June of 2012. The EP featured Krewella‘s signature bass heavy beats and feminine vocals on sex tracks including their cross-over “Alive.” The production landed the trio on Billboard‘s Hot 100 for the first time helping muddy the waters between EDM and mainstream even further. Led by a piano chord intro, “Alive” opens into the sister’s soft voices before turning into an electro-enhanced beat midway through.
Dirty South & Thomas Gold ft. Kate Elsworth – Alive
Dragan Roganović — better known as Dirty South — teamed up with Berlin-based Thomas Gold to bring fans their version of “Alive” in July of 2011. Featuring soft feminine vocals as well, their rendition features Kate Elsworth’s raspier soul before plunging into a progressive house beat. Starting out with a simple chord progression, the two producers transform “Alive” into a sprawling house track with cascading synths.