The last thing I need to aid in my crippling addiction of buying every DropMix expansion in sight is more DropMix cards. Yet here we are. Due to the additive nature of the game, I had to make a wish list, right?
I went through the not-so-scientific process of scrolling through my Spotify for the first five songs that I thought would be great DropMix songs. Keep in mind that while I want to hear songs I genuinely like, I’m also asking for songs that I think would work within the game’s framework of breaking songs down to their individual instruments and matching those with instruments from other songs. Here’s list one of probably many to come!
Queen – “Another One Bites the Dust”
One of the first songs that came to mind when I first played DropMix was “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. This disco-inspired track has excellent instruments that can be easily isolated and mixed with others, from its iconic bass line, to a steady and minimalist drum beat, chunky guitar riffs, and Freddie Mercury’s dynamic vocals. What did you think of the movie Bohemian Rhapsody? I thought it was just okay.
LCD Soundsystem – “Losing My Edge”
At the start of 2018, I was deep into an LCD Soundsystem vision quest. Having never heard of them before, I blazed my way through their catalogue before keeping their debut on repeat. In particular, “Losing My Edge” was the song I played most. Also having a sort of rock disco appeal like “Another One Bites the Dust”, this one has great parts in isolation, from its synth boops, to its hi-hat driven beat, and rolling distorted bass. As the icing on the cake, James Murphy rambling as a vocal card would go over everything, though it admittedly will make almost every mix weird too.
Taylor Swift – “Style”
Taylor Swift may have fumbled the ball a bit with the petty overtones of her Reputation album, but just one album before, she hit her mainstream crossover apex. Though “Style” did not take off like I hoped it would, I still think it’s her best straight-up pop song and a great addition to the DropMix playlist. Its chord structure is very straightforward, which in theory should allow it to mix with a lot of stuff. Also, another great track where its instruments easily fit into different points of the frequency spectrum.
Young-Holt Unlimited – “Soulful Strut”
Let’s go back to the late 60s for a soul and jazz instrumental masterpiece. “Soulful Strut” by Young-Holt Unlimited has a bunch of great pieces to work with here. The excellent bass line carries the track, backed by horn stabs, a steady beat, and “vocal” piano keys.
Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell – “Drop it Like it’s Hot”
Lots of weird components to this one. Pulsing 808s, a flat clap, the continuous spray paint can spritzing in the back, and the synth chords at the end make for an odd collection of sounds that could act as accents to other compositions. Also, since DropMix cards don’t contain the full length of the song, is it blasphemous to ask Harmonix to cut the card so that it’s only Pharrell’s verse and Snoop’s hook?
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