Battle of the Beats: John Dahlback vs 3LAU & Paris & Simo – Escape
Battle of the Beats is a 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 whose rendition takes the proverbial cake.
John Dahlbäck – Escape
First released on Dahlbäck’s own 2012 compilation for Toolroom Knights, the Swede’s “Escape” leaves the confines of electro house behind and heads to a more uplifting place. Though more subdued that many of the Mutants labelhead’s classics, the progressive house tune opts for storyline instead of shattered builds and seems to nod to trance with its euphoric feel. Its re-release on Toolroom Ibiza Essentials cemented its feel-good status and proved that melody can be just as moving as mighty drops.
3LAU & Paris & Simo feat. Bright Lights – Escape
While 3LAU & Paris & Simo’s “Escape” lets the vocals do the uplifting and keeps the style big room, comparing it to Dahlbäck’s proves an interesting case study on the necessity of lyrics in eliciting emotion. Released on Revealed Recordings this summer, the track features Heather Bright on vocals and the young producers on soundscape construction. Given its airplay time the tune proved structurally sound – besides being heard at EDC and EZoo, the single was supported on air by Tiësto, Hardwell, and Dahlbäck himself.
So did you need vocals to escape or were you content with an orchestral getaway?