Paradise & Grace is extremely near and dear to my heart and probably the most personal CEDM artist to me. Why? Their Oceans Remix (originally by Hillsong United) is THE original CEDM track that I came across one day while I was browsing my secular EDM blogs. It got me wondering about CEDM (even before I knew what CEDM was or even if there was such a thing). That was the track that eventually led me to seek out the CEDM community and, as a result, eventually found CES. This also played into the starting point of my further seeking out Jesus and embarking upon a spiritual journey on which I would never want to look back. Thank you Paradise & Grace.
Letting Go is a good showcase of the melodic dubstep that Paradise and Grace can pull together like very few others can. The crisp female Christian poetic vocals, the epic builds, the big dubstep drops, and those dub synths are all the telltale signs of a solid EDM track at its finest. This is quite a refreshing track for those who haven’t heard a quality melodic dub track in a while. Excellent work Paradise & Grace!
Ash Ferrey, a prime Guatemalan CEDM artist, has proven himself in both trance and house. What type of house? Many. Though this mashup track is not one of his most recent tracks, I chose it because it just rocks! I absolutely love how he brings in those modern bounce house vibes and future house vocals to really make for an excellent result. He really adds to that searching-for-water-in-the-desert feel. These Godly lyrics are so beautiful too and what a powerful verse. The Lord’s voice truly is water in a desert on this earth. How beautiful. Thank you for this gem Ash Ferry!
Alien falls into the category of remix master within the CEDM scene. I don’t know where this guy came from and where he acquired his talent but… wow. This track, Back To You, originally by Carlos Herrera and Daniela Garcia, is just blown away at the hands of Alien. The original track should also be listened to and is quite good. It is a much slower melodic dubstep sort of sound. Alien basically takes that, cranks it up to 12, and makes it have a whole new sound. That catchy synth that matches the beat, along with that catchy tropical drum synth, just makes this completely addicting. The lyrics are so Godly and compelling! This track was bound to be a hit the day that it came out. For months now, this track has been on spam replay status for me. Gym time is Alien time. Drive time is Alien time. Tea time is Alien time. Just kidding, I rarely drink tea (though I do enjoy it). Thank you Alien.
You may be thinking that you’ve heard 1,000 Marshall Marshall remixes lately and you are tired of it and therefore you may be thinking incorrectly. Be quiet and listen. Judah Banke is a fun talented artist out of Oregon. I have enjoyed listening to his musical talent grow over the last few years and really come to fruition as of lately. This remix of Through It All (originally by Marshall Marshall) is a great example of that talent. I really love how he took the smooth track and kept that smooth feel while really adding energy through that future house and tropical house feel. The synths and plucks are excellently designed and they match well with the bass offbeat. Great job Judah Banke!
Mark Ebar is another CEDM name that you should remember. Mark Ebar has produced some excellent quality tracks in recent times. I know that this track is not one of their newest tracks but I absolutely love this remix and I could not resist using it to showcase the talent of this artist. The original lyrics of Zoe Grace in Running, combined with the tropical smooth house sounds of Mark Ebar, really create a masterpiece here. The belting of these beautiful vocals really add so much power and depth to the original track and Mark Ebar really adds the perfect touch of extra energy to really make for a convicting sound. I love how he doesn’t drown out the beauty of the vocals but he also manages to add so much in there. Good work Mark Ebar!
DBPP is on my favorites list of CEDM artists. From day one, they have been producing quality tracks. Most of their stuff seems to be remixes but they also have produced some excellent originals. They have always been good with the modern house genres. This recently released remix of Love Won’t Let Me Down (originally by Hillsong Young & Free) is a great example of that talent. This is definitely a track of the progressive house variety which implements some great tropical house sounds and vibes. DBPP really does a great job of adding quite a bit of energy to this already energetic track. This is a great workout or get pumped up track because it really packs the bump into the BPMs. Thank you DBPP!
Jacob Stanifer has deep roots in the CEDM community that range back to the earlier stages of the scene. He has also continually kept a similar genre sound through his tracks over the years, while also continually adapting his sound to the current EDM sounds. This track, Freefall, is a great example of that. The Stanifer vocals and the bounce starting at 0:58 will instantly let his seasoned fan recognize this track as his own but the drop and bounce really have an updated Stanifer sound to them which aligns with current electro-house synth sounds and bass. As always, this is a solid track by Jacob Stanifer!
With all of these Marshall Marshall remixes floating around, and with Marshall Marshal being at the top of the CEDM scene as of this last year (and arguably THE top of the CEDM scene), it’s about time that we featured one of their original tracks. This track, All Things Beautiful, is one of their more recent tracks to be released and, like the title claims, it is beautiful! One of the reasons why Marshall Marshall receives so much remix love is because the tracks are just solid. The lyrics are beautiful and praiseworthy of the King. The vocals are solid and crisp. The structure is proven. This solid house trance track flows well from start to finish and I’m sure there will be a bagillion remixes to come of it shortly. As usual, nice work Marshall Marshall!