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    Default What do you think of vocals in EDM?

    I was getting some new stuff in my playlist and when going thru the music, the second I heard some vocals on it, like some female singing about love or what a great night she's going to have or some IMHO similarly stupid vocals like recent Pendulum have I just go like "hmmm... this dounds pretty gay so, deleted"...

    Take into consideration this is not the same as sampling vocals which adds since they are kinda repetitive, but more like full fledged songs about whatever...

    Do you like your EDM turned into songs? hate em? any good examples?
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    depends on what you play and the sound youre going for. if youve not figured out your signature sound yet and are just dropping tunes within a specific subgenre then its less important.

    but i drop vocal tracks all the friggin time.
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    There are very few tracks with full fledged vocals that dig. When it is done properly, they are awesome. But they seem so few and far between for me.

    Old favorite:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UjfKe0BEhY
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    My show Tuesday will be full of soulful house and I think nearly all of them will have vocals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by photojojo View Post
    My show Tuesday will be full of soulful house and I think nearly all of them will have vocals.

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    If I like it, I buy. This is based on ALL elements to the track.

    Chances are to, if you think it sounds 'gay', it's a 'ladies track'. Or you're emotionally stunted
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    Quote Originally Posted by BradCee View Post
    If I like it, I buy. This is based on ALL elements to the track.

    Chances are to, if you think it sounds 'gay', it's a 'ladies track'. Or you're emotionally stunted
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    I personally think that vocals just get in the way of what's important: big fat basslines and hard hitting, muted stabs. That, and alot of producers use a vocal track to get away with a boring/lazy arrangement. Eg, any Kaskade track or any of deadmau5's "progressive" tracks. I think I might make a mix of those to help me fall asleep at night.

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    yep, in soulfulhouse it's very normal to have vocals, funky house, latin etc.

    So are you referring to a special genre within edm, or all edm?

    I love soulful house for on the beach it's great, but they say it's a bit more femenin. But hey you need woman for a good party.

    Love this song to start a session.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVq2Feq2vOE

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_eGL...eature=related

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    Quote Originally Posted by souldancer View Post
    but hey you need woman for a good party.
    word!!!!!!!!
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    After ODing on sugary top40 eurodance in my early EDM years as a kid and teenager, I've had a reserved stance on vocals.

    Since I started curating my own collection to mix with (deep house/house/tech house/techno) I cut anything with cheesy, overemotional singing in it very early on, under the pretense that "it annoys me and besides, this is club music, the groove should be enough". Both male/female singing. I hate it when someone ruins a good tune with an orgasmic-ice-cream-eating-voice-for-an-advert

    Two major exceptions during this period:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM2CqElsF0M
    (one of my first vinyls in 2005)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRA7G9i8uGA
    (finally got rid of that one as 1-was a low qual bootleg mp3 2-the cheese became overwhelming).

    I don't play these anymore. Too much.

    Not against small samples as it usually works to help the tune.
    Then my shit got a bit minimal and sung vocals were a no-no. I didn't miss them and played entire sets for a few years with nothing in it.

    I'm putting some back into my sets, more as it gets housier. Nothing too over the top, it's usually more muted or whispered voices.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDcOnaeVmUM

    In general let's say Matthew Dear/Audion/False's mangled vocals always do it for me:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI79P6_Jl3I

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9uvhq4vrYU

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnLPWNqpQcM

    Gotta find the acapella on this one, works really well
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRhH0t9a2zY

    A bit of an exception (yuk @ Hed Kandi artwork. That's all I could find)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5uJl0H0ET8

    Harder:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiNilnuyLwU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5awM46emJpo

    More recent :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GG8u9Lm2g0k

    Tolerated sample usage :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKmub77WRIs
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mYtdPLyydk

    Of course there are some classics where it just works :

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjIPzyVlK60
    (gotta love using the acapella and the James Holden remix is sweet but hard to find)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uDMVfFgykP8

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