The makings of a good EDM EP depends on whether the EP makes you feel inclined to get up and dance. It is at this point where a few people may begin to argue with me and state that a good piece of EDM invokes some kind of elaborate emotional response and leads you to some glorious epiphany about life. The only time EDM ever leads to an epiphany is half-way through a set by a psytrance DJ and the drugs kick in, and the majority of the time the epiphany is pretty terrifying considering that psytrance and drug use should really never go together.
EDM is electronic dance music. The entire point is to make people dance, and if you’re expecting some kind of intricate emotional EP from Flux Pavilion then you’ve come to the wrong place. This is especially considering that his newly released EP is a series of remixes of tracks off of Freeway – hence the title Freeway Remixes. Also, Flux Pavilion is the face of the underground dubstep scene. Asking him to create highly emotional music is like asking Calvin Harris not to create commercial progressive house. You want emotional EDM? Go listen to the new Deadmau5 album – that is some intricate and down-right beautiful right stuff right there.
The only emotions that Flux Pavilion makes you feel on Freeway Remixes are ones that are linked to pure euphoria. The only thing is that it isn’t Flux Pavilion inducing these moments of euphoria. The EP may be released under his name and the bare bones of the tracks may have been created by him, but each artist adds a different touch to the tracks that they remixed. The only time Flux Pavilion gets involved is on a remix of “Freeway” with Kill The Noise where they take the high–pitched nature of the bass and synth on the track and give it a much more ethereal quality, before inducing a very much glitchy dubstep break with faint hints of the modern talking style but not enough for it to sound like two Transformers getting it on.
As you progress through the EP, you can hear the various tracks undergo various stages of evolution. Some of the tracks contradict Flux Pavilion’s style completely and head off into the realms of a fusion of electro house and deep house – a style that is becoming increasingly common among many DJs. The Milo & Otis remix of “Steve French” is an example of this. I often dislike deep house simply because the drops are often unexciting, but on this track the drop is absolutely massive and the build-up to the drop does it a lot of justice.
A solid favourite of mine on the EP is the LAXX remix of “Gold Love”. He manages to preserve the dubstep feel to the original track while also adding his own touch of electro house to the mix to create something that is equally as massive as the original. Speaking of massive tracks, the Fox Stevenson remix of the same song goes for a full-blown electro house song with elements of drum ‘n bass and dupstep through the hefty electro synth lines. Flux Pavilion’s track with Dillon Francis “I’m The One” sees two different treatments from Outrun and Life Exaggerated. Outrun opts for a more ethereal electronic sound that draws from quite sounds a lot like the love-child of techno and electrp house. Life Exaggerated swings in with a rather monotonous hybrid of typical white kid deep house and upbeat electro house. It is definitely a song that Outrun remixed better. Closing off the EP is once again Kill the Noise, but he bought along Bro Safari to help him remix “Mountains and Molehills”. This remix is interesting because Kill the Noise unleashes his style of drumstep while Bro Safari hits you with the massive sounding deep house bass lines.
Overall, the EP succeeds at being a damn fine piece of EDM. You feel like thrashing about to it from the opening song even if you’re sitting down at home. If you’re struggling to create the perfect mix for your Project X styled house party then throwing Freeway Remixes into the mix would make everything perfect.