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.
Dusky – Nobody Else
UK duo Dusky set the electronic world atwitter this week when their deep house hit “Careless” unseated new #1 DJ in the world Hardwell from his spot at the top of the Beatport Top 100; Now that the pair are officially on your radar, we can proceed. Though three out of the Careless EP’s four tunes have been on the chart essentially since their release, today’s battle features a slightly older take, March’s “Nobody Else.” The title track off of their first of three EPs this year, the house hypnotizer at first appears to deviate little from the deep formula, featuring a relatively basic bounce and echoing emotive vocal. The devil and depth are in the details, however, as subtle swells and a lapse into lyrics reveal the finesse that made “Careless” a number 1.
Cajmere & Russoul – Nobody Else
If you’ve made it this far and are still feeling funky, Curtis Jones AKA Green Velvet AKA Cajmere has recently released his version of “Nobody Else” on his own Cajual Records. Not quite as deep but somehow darker, the EP title track offers a lyrical storyline that fades into vintage vibes with a phone operator sample and a muted mid-range melody. The most recent original for the Chicago native under the Cajmere moniker, the tune came out at the end of September and marked the dozenth collaboration with vocalist/songwriter and fellow Chi town representative, Russoul.
So whose “Nobody Else” can you commit to?