Why are the best producers the least known?

I was thinking the other day how popular Above & Beyond’s songs have become in the past year or two. Basically, anything from Group Therapy and onward has skyrocketed their career into super-stardom. They even changed the name of their podcast to Group Therapy. The thing that gets to me is that not a single track on that album is nowhere near as good as some of their older tracks, such as their club remix of “Home”, “Surrender” under their alias Tranquility Base, or their remix of Dirty Vegas’ “Tonight,” just to name a few.

For some reason, it seems like artists’ best tracks are the ones that don’t get any recognition. Or some of the best producers are also some of the least known. So I decided to make a list of tracks that I think didn’t get the appreciation they deserved, whether they were from famous or non-famous artists.

1. A. Matsumoto and DJ Yoshi- Dreamer (The MFA Remix)

Part of the brilliance in the track is it’s unpredictability. It starts off slow and keeps on building up into nothing, until the song really lets loose with it’s crazy bassline and haunting vocals. This track was way ahead of it’s time, and doesn’t even sound like it was released ten years ago.

2. JPL – Waking Up With You

JPL is the kind of artist that will get played by many big names pretty often, but won’t get much attention from anyone else. Considering he makes some amazing trance tracks, it makes no sense. “Waking Up With You” is one of those amazing tracks that was in ATB’s “DJ In the Mix 5”, and has stuck with me ever since.

3. JPL- We Move In Symmetry

Just in case I didn’t get my point across with the previous track, here’s another one. From the moment it starts, it just keeps on building up into a bliss-evoking gem. Thanks to Ferry Corsten’s “Once Upon a Night”, I have this in my life to uplift me.

4. Bent- As You Fall (Micah’s Swollen Booty 360 Mix)

The original is already a classic in its own right, but the remix takes it to another level. What was originally a chill and nostalgia-ridden song, was made into a deeper, progressive house track. Each sounds so different that you don’t have to choose between a favorite, and you can listen to them back to back without it becoming redundant.

5. Kris Menace feat. Fred Falke- Fairlight

This deep, nu disco gem is one my favorites in the genre. It sounds like it just jumped out of the 80’s, but in the best way possible.

So there you have it; some classics that may or not may be so classic to you. In case you haven’t heard them before, I hope your first listen is as enjoyable as mine was.

Pedro Garcia

Pedro Garcia

Pedro grew up in the PNW but now resides in New Jersey. He covers all genres of music for OTB.
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