“Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side?”
Kermit the Frog said that in his timeless classic “Rainbow Connection,” from the original Muppet Movie in 1979. It’s a lyrical reference to The Wizard of Oz classic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” made famous by Judy Garland in 1939, of course, and yet, Kermit has a point. There are far more songs about rainbows than that most obvious choice, even if we take a look at the world of electronic and dance music specifically.
From live bands to laptop producers, electronic artists of all kinds find inspiration in that optical illusion in the sky. The visual spectrum feeds through our hearts and minds and comes out shining in our souls, nestling between our ears in beautiful scales of melody.
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Battles – “Rainbow”
From 2007’s breakout album Mirrored, this deep cut middle track is a wild, rhythmic journey through chromatic sound. It’s moves up and down the scale with chaotic energy as if to remind us that rainbows are sometimes the beautiful conclusion of a heavy storm.
The Klaxons – “Gravity’s Rainbow”
More killer drum work from blog house darling band The Klaxons. The album Myths of Future Past was based on Thomas Pynchon’s big-read Gravity’s Rainbow. In a sense, this song about love through time and space is like a second title track. Does that make it a double rainbow? Double rainbow, all the way.
Pretty Lights – “Rainbows & Waterfalls”
Jumping from 2007 to 2017, we come to this recent hit for Pretty Lights that had the whole Billboard Dance team vibin’ heavy. It’s a funkadelic groove based on a sample of “Strawberry Letter 23” by The Brothers Johnson. It’s a perfect Pretty Lights jam for any afternoon, so lay back and let it sweep you away.
Cut Copy – “Black Rainbows”
Cut Copy, too, felt inspired by light’s greatest refractions in 2017. From that year’s album Haiki From Zero, we get this retrofied dance floor fave that’ll have you chasing cute feels from morning to night.
Busy P – “Rainbow Man”
Organic dance elements are cool and everything, but super synthetic basslines really get our blood pumping. Busy P of the Ed Banger set wants you to feel just how shocking rainbows can be with bite of electro brightness. He paints with all the electric colors neon has to offer, and white noise is one of them.
16 Bit Lolitas – “Rainbows”
Rainbows are often a tropical delight, and this steamy song from 16 Bit Lolitas is the coconut-flavored rum drink your taste buds deserve. Released on 2017’s Peninsula EP, it’s a slow build groove that makes sensuality sound easy.
Sevenn – “Colors of the Rainbow” Feat. Kathy
Rainbows are grand and majestic, just like this electro play on classical motifs from electronic dance duo Sevenn. It moves in and out of organic compositions and synthetic sounds with a playfulness that matches it’s vibrant name.
Mord Fustang – “Lick The Rainbow”
Moving back into the purely electronic sphere, Mord Fustang kicks up the drums on this serious bass grumbler. “Lick The Rainbow” was the intro cut from his 2012 LP All Eyes on Mord Fustang. It’s delicious complextro that stains your tongue. Who else has a hankering for Skittles, all of a sudden?
J3 EDC – “Rainbow”
Now that Mord Fustang got you all sticky, chill out under the cooling vibes of J3 EDC’s calming, classic “Rainbow” feels. This quick tune washes over your whole body like a wave of color. It feels best when you submit.
Robot Orchestra – “Chasing Rainbows”
Come down softly and fully from your aeronautic sound adventure and lay on the cloud that is the introductory titular track of Robot Orchestra’s 2015 LP. It’s the jazzy pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, and no leprechaun is going to stop you from diving in head first.