Song dissection: Universal constructor

This is Unzyme’s only released instrumental track. There are many unreleased instrumentals on my hard drive, waiting for a suitable opportunity to get released. Override was supposed to start off with an instrumental piece, which was heavily influenced by Röyksopp, but the song never got finished. I might still release that at some point. Movement … Read more

PLGRMS – Daylight Review

I stumbled upon the music of PLGRM via Warner Music Germany’s Facebook page. The snipped they posted was catchy enough for me to seek the song on Spotify. Daylight‘s video is directed by Peter Majarich, and I think it suits the song perfectly. The best videos make the song sound even better, and this is … Read more

MacBook Pro overheats in the sun

I use a MacBook Pro 2018 to write my music, using Ableton Live. Apple does many things right, but cooling the laptop isn’t one of them. Today I noticed a significant decrease in the laptop’s performance. I closed almost all the apps, but the problem wouldn’t go away. Processor clock speed was definitely throttled down … Read more

Rammstein – Radio review

I’ve listened to Rammstein since Mutter, but at some point I kind of got bored of their music, since it didn’t seem to evolve much. And while these new songs (Deutschland and Radio) have got a very good grip and they’re from the better end of the Rammstein spectrum, they’re still rewriting that same song … Read more

Ava Max – So Am I (Review)

I appreciate melodies that move a lot. This song is full of such melodies. There are nice hooks everywhere, and Ava Max’s vocal performance is spectacular. I actually heard the Majestic Remix of this song first, and while I first thought it was rather boring, because there wasn’t too much movement in the remix, but … Read more

Where are the choruses?

Modern electronic pop songs rarely have big choruses. They only have some cut’n’paste instrumental pieces where the chorus used to live. I think it’s boring! I think artists aren’t trying hard enough. I find it really hard to get excited about such lame excuses for a chorus. I certainly try to write choruses that are … Read more

Ellie Goulding – Sixteen Review

In 2014, Unzyme’s producer Lasse Turunen recommended Ellie Goulding‘s Figure 8 to me. I had, of course, heard the massive hit Burn from the same album. Burn is a fantastic track with a great arrangement and superb production, and it’s hard to beat. Figure 8, is among Ellie’s best work in my book. The verse … Read more

Infected Mushroom – Electro Panic (One Function remix) Review

The original version of Electro Panic was released in 2004 on Digital Collusions and Analogue Intrusions compilation. It’s a collaboration between Yahel and Infected Mushroom. It’s a rather minimal trance piece with a heavy emphasis on acid bass synths and distorted, rhythmic synth riffs. The riffs and the energy of the track are the best … Read more

Daya – Insomnia Review

Insomnia starts with a very cool sound effect hook, which immediately drew my attention to the song. The sound effect is actually quite similar to what we’ve used at the beginning of The Completionist. The effect is definitely from BT’s Stutter Edit (an iZotope sound effect plugin). We should use that more! Anyway… The chorus … Read more

Emancipator & 9 Theory – Cheeba Gold review

Back in 2010 I used to listen to Emancipator’s Safe in the Steep Cliffs album quite a bit, and have been checking out Emancipator’s releases ever since. Emancipator’s instrumental hip hop music has a very special tone – it’s a nice mix of natural, manufactured and altered sounds. The main tone is still very much … Read more