When you’re in need of good house music, I suggest you go take a listen to Chris Lake’s podcast. No joke, this is one of the freshest sources for new excellent house music on the planet. In his September episode, he spun this post’s featured track: I’m Alive, originally by Stretch & Vern. The remix by Jordy Lishious is a fun little track with a clickity-click little beat that keeps the energy rolling. In tracks like these it’s the specific elements that are chosen that really separate the men from the boys. Here in particular, we get a perfect disco injection into an otherwise tech-focused track. It’s not overused, but instead is strategically placed to infuse energy at just the right intervals. Similarly at 2:32, we enter into a nice gradual build fueled by a fitting vocal sample. The sample plays only during this section and is specifically used here as an effective buildup element, complementing the otherwise minimal background behind it. Pay attention to these details and you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for not only this track, but also for the whole of EDM in general.
So who is this Jordy Lishious guy? Well, Jordy (real name Jordy van Oostveen) first got into the scene working at Freaky Records in the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Like many other DJs, he began by DJing in local clubs, rising up to where he scored a residency in one of Holland’s biggest clubs, The Matrixx in Nijmegen. Since then he’s remixed some huge names and gained the support of such stars as Tiesto, Fedde le Grand, Funkagenda, Sander Kleinenberg, and Axwell. As you can probably guess, both his productions and sets are nice and varied, ranging from from house to tech and minimal.