Monday, November 12, 2012

Lullabies



Adventure Club is always there when you need them most. Heartfelt lyrical intro's are the team's specialty, and their drops catapult you into a better state of mind. The universally relate-able element to their songs are solidifying dubstep as a timeless genre, rather than a fad. Their newest remix, Lullabies, is no different. Drops at 1:25.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Freestyle EP



Bassnectar has never failed us. The new Freestyle EP continues to carry the unique flare that defines it means to be a Basshead. He was the first to take dubstep trap to it's own level, creating a style all his own. There is so much love between Lorin and his fans that it just overflows in the form of amazing music. And glowsticks.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Love Is All I Got



Feed Me, having graced every corner of the filthiest dubstep dungeons, has slowly added doses of pop to their material. New single "Love Is All I Got" is a super upbeat love song to take your mind off the creeping cold. It sounds like a top 40 hit, until 1:14 when the light little drop comes to save us. My knight in shining wub.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Deaf



Struggling to keep the blog afloat with Crowdnoize Milwaukee and React Milwaukee, going to so many shows! One of which being Dillon Francis and Flosstradamus at The Rave in Milwaukee. While Dillon Francis had his moombahton set perfected, Floss was the act of the night. The crowd went crazy as the trap bass reverberated off the walls.

Their newest EP release, X, shut down twitter. One of three songs on the release, Deaf is that run-the-trap bass breakdown that is taking Floss to the top.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Break Science and Michal Menert



New collab from Break Science and Michal Menert! The PL label buddies have combined forces and scooped us up for an electronic whirlwind. A glitch hop beat combined with electronically remastered instrumentals has definitely proved the songs title. They've got the Electric Touch. The way the label has defined itself is bringing better productions every time, and these swanky tunes just keep coming. Horns, strobing light sounds, and a chiming backtrack have a 99% success rate in my book. This one's no different.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Titan (Coyote Kisses Remix)



Originally by Clockwork, this remix is another example of the many faces of electronic music. I'd call it electro-trap with a dub influence. Way to go Florida.

The 40 Thieves



Paper Diamond is bringing his cards to the trap table and the hip hop killer has a full house. With big orchestra bass, it's an anthem for the trap invasion. Strap up soldiers.

Representin



Ludacris is back with none other than destiny's child, Kelly Rowland. It already sounds like a baby-maker, right? Although an R&B message, the beat has a great electronic tone and a faint moody guitar like a Red Hot Chili Peppers ballad.

Won't You (Be There)



New Nero! Dubstep legends crank out another wompfest. Wait for the drop at 1:22. Oh, the drop.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Let's Go!



New Big G! This song made it's debut at Electric Forest this year, and I couldn't be happier about the official release! It's already a favorite. If you haven't heard, the Big G show at Red Rocks is going to be insane, featuring the first projections on the rocks. Let's Go!

Tom "Sniff Music" Budin



Tom Budin, a 16-year-old producer from Australia has followed in the footsteps of Madeon. He has already mastered the electro-pop genre, and only has room to grow. He also produces under the name Sniff Music, where he has a slightly synthier but similar style. His remix of Zedd's Spectrum on Sniff is also dope.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Afrojack- Annie's Theme (Carnage Festival Trap Remix)



The best explanation that I have for this track is that it could possibly be the next Flosstradamus Original Don Remix. The kind of bass that jumps your bones. It hypes high and bangs hard. "I think it's a trap."

The City Video- Madeon



Dope new video from Madeon, inspired by The Festival of Colors. If you don't know him by now, check the old posts! He's insane. The video is giving me too many bad ideas. He is really distinguished now as the electro-pop king.

Sweet Nothing Tiesto Remix



When Florence and the Machine played a Benny Benassi remix of her own song live at Lollapalooza. Now, she has teamed up with Calvin Harris for Sweet Nothing and even Tiesto wants a piece. The next step for the electronic movement is to start incorporating raw talent like Florence and other classically trained musicians. The symphony has already started with Big G snagging the saxophone. Ready for the next level.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Apex Dirty Phonics Remix



Foreign Beggars got set off by Dirty Phonics latest remix. A descending high frequency and snappy snare pull you down like a slingshot ready to launch with the first drop at .48. Gotta appreciate givin you time to swag out before you get dubstep ugly.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Don't You Worry Child (Video)



This powerful video is allegedly Swedish House Mafia's last. I'm not sure if I'm in denial or if I'm doubtful because of the multiple "Finale Tours" of bands like The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, who never seem to go away. Honestly I hope that SHM ends up like them. I want to see 80 year old wrinkled DJ's throwing down. Hopefully this is just a break. I feel like a sad ex girlfriend. But they'll be back.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Take This Up



Star Slinger is keeping his cool but his career is on fire. Cutting vocal samples to bits and laying steady drum kits over galactic sounds. It's a modern disco without sucking. I'm really starting to lean towards a more chill style, and this is a great segue.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Chicago- A$AP Rocky



Takin it to the town, A$AP Rocky filmed his video for Chicago in the city with a local filmmaker, Justin Teichen. Not only is the track subtly bangin, but it's prominent swagger is reinforced through the imagery in the video. Honest and clear, the video serves to document one stranger's exhibition to Rocky's world.

Support local artists and creators! Check for the full video soon to be released.

The North Coast Awards (Originally Written for Crowdnoize)

Held at Union Park, the intimate skyline setting made North Coast Music Festival one of my favorite events of the year. The smaller venue and lack of corporate disruption makes it less like Lollapalooza, and more like a camping-free EF. The advantage is the close quartered stages that make it easy to jump around acts. Chicago was blown away with each new set as if it were a competition, making Summers Last Stand tall and proud. Inspired by the dueling DJ's, I present to you The North Coast Awards.

The Kickoff Award: Friday evening, Eoto set the bar. I literally watched the faces of many apprehensive attendees change from skeptic to ecstatic as J. Kwon's "Tipsy" rang out. The bass was funky and new, taking inspiration from what could have been a bubbling faucet and producing a surprisingly satisfying pop to every sound.

The Bieber Award: I like to think that in most instances I am a girl that keeps my cool. I never cried watching American Idol, and I don't follow teen heart throbs on twitter- but Friday night when Knife Party dropped Internet Friends for the first time ever in Chicago, I screamed like a Justin Bieber fan. I might have fallen to my knees if they weren't so busy dancing. It was exactly the kind of show fans hope for: slowed down, sped up, remixed by the original artists right in front of you.

The Crowd Contribution Award: OG producer Paul Oakenfold tore it up like the godfather of house. The real icing on the funfetti cake was the crowd. Sprinkled into the back were two percussionists, or amateur percussionists, who were going Christopher Walken. That's right, Cowbell and More Cowbell were on point, adding a zesty improvisation to the set. The crowd cheered them on and got down as the darkness settled over the Redbull stage.
Flipside Fail: The crowd at Pretty Lights on Sunday. Constant traffic was disruptive as people struggled to get front row for both Pretty Lights and Steve Aoki. You can't have both. Keep the traffic in the back and the good vibes will stay in the front!

The Idiot Award: To anyone who was confused by the bold "POLICE" lettering on the back of their t-shirts: security at these festivals is real. Real cops with real training. So if you're being chased by one of them, don't skip around like a smart ass. One unlucky attendant thought this fun game of tag would end nicely, until 250 pounds of muscle whipped him to the ground. In the words of Snoop Dog/Lion, run mothafucka, run.
Runner Up: Everyone with braces.

The Enlightenment Award: I love festivals because it is a chance to learn about new artists. Maybe not new to everyone, but this recently recruited member of The Tribe sure got a lesson. Funky melodic bells and starry techno sounds were a beautiful calm after the storm that was Excision. Future Rock was a close second, with supersonic echoes that I cannot wait to investigate further.


The "WTF? This is dope!" Remix Award: Despite my best efforts to avoid Girl Talk, I ended up at his stage for the Saturday night finale. A lot of people gave me the same look that you're probably making now, but when the white lights blast on and the front row rushes the stage it is impossible to get away. Girl Talk is more about atmosphere, he puts on a party. And how could you not party when "Rolling in the Deep" gets laid over "The Motto." Or Party And Bullshit over Tiny Dancer. It's knowing all the words without knowing what comes next that makes the show.
Runner Up: Axwell with Seven Nation Army, house-style. My neck still hurts.


The Laser Award: This award is invented for Pretty Lights. His new stage is mesmerizing as expected, but the added laser show was a mind blowing surprise. You just have to go see it on the Illumination Tour.

The "Idk, But It Was Epic" Award: Stratus on Sunday was absolutely killing it, even in the hot sun. Everyone was turning to their neighbor, "Who IS this??" I can't recall any specifics but if he's on the lineup, go to him.
Runner Up: Felix Da Housecat. Oh man. Legend status earned.


The Best of the Fest Award: Surprisingly enough, Pretty Lights was not my favorite act of the festival. The conflicting sounds with Steve Aoki really threw off the vibe. However, Excision raged his signature dubstep at hyperspeed, almost creating his own genre. Throwing in remixes of Rage Against the Machine and Jibbs' "Chain Hang Low" made him unstoppable, and the crowd had the energy to match. It looked like steam was rising from the front row. "This guy right here, he gets the craziest crowd member award." If an artist takes time from their set to acknowledge the rage efforts of his audience, you know it was off season.

The Craziest Crowd Member Award: Guy at Excision, way to go.
Runner Up: Anyone who climbed into the trees at the Redbull Stage. I wish I was you.

Honorable Mention to Dan Deacon who could be heard far into the Gramatik crowd, Savoy who was standard yet delectable, and Modestep who had unteachable stage presence.

I'd write out awards for every artist and attendant if I could, but these highlights can serve some justice to the grand weekend. Also note that one day when scheduling conflicts disappear and I can finally see Papadosio, they will be getting an award as well. It's always a sad moment when the summer season is over, but the venue concert series will keep us warm in the winter months. Let the indoor smoke-free sweat fests begin.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Tomorrowland 2012



This is it folks. The end all be all of festivals. Everything that I strive to inspire, document, and create is fueled by my desire for Tomorrowland. Soak it up, feel the chills, see the incredible experience. One day my friends. One day.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Lapalux

Ladies and Gents, meet Lapalux. This daze-y, elegant producer from the UK is holding strong to chill in a genre that has become notorious for it's party mentality. Float along as the pulsing sounds wave over you in his pre-album release, The Hours.



If you like that, dig deeper and get in touch with your R&B soft spot. This remix of Mario's Let Me Love You twinkles over a light electronic riff.

Doverspike Gold Dust



At first I was skeptical, but I am absolutely loving the "trap music" trend. The hip hop DJ drops I loved in high school are making a comeback as ravers hold up signs saying "Damn Son, Where'd You Find This?" Can't wait for someone to break out DJ Holiday's "Holiday seeeeeeeeeeason!"

Flashbacks aside, Doverspike added a traptastic edge to the legendary Flux Pavilion remix of Gold Dust. Instead of dropping, that fantastic melody beats out like it's waiting for a verse. Nothing like the reinvention of a classic. Then again, you could probably play a crying baby over it and I'd still get down.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Entraik



Finally, something good has come out of New Jersey. Entraik is a producer of down-tempo electronic, incorporating soft instrumentals over the fluttering wobble and kick drum beat. C'est La Vie, which features a piano, has beautiful delicacy. Songs like this are what inspire my daydreams about electronic shows featuring live orchestras. One day...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Angel Haze



Vice always has it covered. This article led me to Angel Haze, the newest man eater to emerge from Brooklyn. With razor sharp tongue that could take down many of the leading ladies of hip hop, Haze is slashing beats with clean cuts and crisp lines. New York, her first official video, comes hard and leaves no room for question. The step beat and haunting hums deliver her message clearly: be intimidated.

Off the new mixtape, Reservation

Griz



Griz drops his new album September 4th, and his latest release Smash The Funk is bringing the hype. If you love ethereal electronic, explicit hip hop influence, and beats that totally absorb you, this is for you. Add a little dubstep and "get on the floor if you got that booty." Add a sax solo at 4 minutes lose your mind in a sea of funk. No further additions necessary. I cannot wait for this to go live at Northcoast weekend.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Liquorice



Azealia Banks is putting every female in the rap game to shame. She's smart, sexy, and her distinct beats make her my new Missy Elliott, with a pretty girl swag that's contagious. Electronic undertones and a clear 90's influence cater to the generation on the rise and the result is a track with something for the boss chick in everyone.

Perth (The Polish Ambassador Remix)



The Polish Ambassador is slowly building a solid base for a comeback of the slower electronic style that has been crushed by subs and a hearty dose of hype. Chill and calm, the remix adds depth to Bon Ivers signature hollow sound. Like an electronic lullaby, it will lull your ringing ears to sleep. Happy recovery!

I Am Your Leader



Nicki Minaj will always be on my list of favorites. Sure, she's crazy, but she is an inspiring example of confidence and the need to take risks. Ramble ramble, girl power, you know the deal. The point is, you still can't knock her. Even if you hate her sound, you know the bitch has balls and that's admirable. With Rick Ross and Cam'ron on her team, the beat is squeaky clean and ready for a remix that's as crazy as the funhouse in this video.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Her Song



Machine Gun Kelly is one of my favorite people right now because of his range of taste. Let's face it, being a white rapper isn't that easy. MGK is loved by so many because he doesn't try too hard to defeat those preconceptions, he takes the music to his own interpretation. This track, Her Song, is a little more sentimental than most people would expect MGK to go. Gotta love surprises, and this mellow love song is full of them.

Freak



Milwaukee's own Knuckle Children teamed up with Bro Safari for a trap banger that just goes up and up. A nice little drum step with a rising beat will get have all the ladies face down, ass up. Simple and clean, yet so, so dirty. Getchya freak on.

Finally!



Manhattan Clique finally did it, my Call Me Maybe remix. Manhattan Clique has a great pop presence, and have worked with big names from Moby to Lady Gaga. Adding elements of house and an intro that's a little disco, this is a perfect mix for the club. The orchestra is a great compliment for this slightly dub, slightly 80's, drastically awesome remix.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Little Cat Steps



Little Cat Steps, the new Feed Me track for mau5trap Records, does not sound anything at all like little cat steps. The little steps may be those of Feed Me into deadmau5 territory, with a slightly less heavy sound that pumps up like stilettos. The middle ground between house and dubstep is filling up with new material, and I have an insatiable appetite. Feed me!

Carnival Mix 2012



Major Lazer has done it again. This compilation mashes up reggaeton, dancehall, moomba, drum and bass, and all the Latin fire you could ever hope for into an hour of bumpin' twang. Cartoonish sounds add to the fun of it all, balancing the public service announcement thrown into the beginning of the mix. "Every mudda-fuckin-body is a DJ. I came home yesterday... my fuckin dog was DJ'ing." But hey, I'd probably be down to rage with Diplo's dog, why not.

Bassnectar's European Vacation Mix



Bassnectar, who is gaining near-deity status in the US dubstep world, is finally taking his tour to Europe. This summer mix, released via Mixmag, highlights his best new songs. Europeans don't stand a chance, it's time to embrace the American way. Taste the nectar!

TRACKLIST
1. Si Begg - Intro
2. Random Rab - Beethoven's Filth
3. Bassnectar - The Matrix ft D.U.S.T.
4. Modeselektor & Ninjaman - "Weed Wid da Macka" (Bassnectar Remix)
5. Metrik - Your World (Bassnectar Remix)
6. Bassnectar - Ugly ft Amp Live
7. Bill Posters & Deckscar - Face Off (Bassnectar Remix)
8. Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy ft Seasunz (aca)
9. Bassnectar - Vava Voom ft Lupe Fiasco (Bassnectar Remix)
10. Run DMT - Sugarcube (Bassnectar Remixxx)

Express Yourself



This song was released May 7. So, why have I not heard it? Classic NWA, Express Yourself was a single on Straight Outta Compton back in the 80's when Hip Hop was at its finest. It was the best time for rap because heavy horns, simple drum kits, and poetic rhymes were everywhere, along with throwback samples like this one that everyone has a spot in their heart for. Labrinth has used his unique vocals, swingy and full of raspy raw emotion, to bring back the positivity. He tweaked the horns and added an electronic backing track that gives us a happy new twist to an old favorite.

Gramatik vs. The Beatles



Don't Let Me Down has always been a favorite among the most sincere tracks of The Beatles. Originally a heart felt ballad about a new romance, Gramatik has revived the track to include a funky bassline and a groovy instrumental that takes this sweet little love song to sexy new heights. A perfect remix choice for the soulful artist that has never let me down.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hanging On (Sound Remedy Remix)



I'm not sure if there is any reason for Ellie Goulding to avoid becoming a full blown dubstep artist: she has a light falsetto voice, a pretty face that isn't afraid to get ugly, and she is or was dating Skrillex. As soon as she releases a new track, DJ's and producers everywhere jump at the remix. Minnesota shared this one, brought to you by LA's Sound Remedy, whose name is surprisingly well suited. Feeling under the weather from Ellie's less-than-basstastic yet unavoidably catchy tunes? Here's your remedy!

Rattle- Luminox Remix



Rattle, originally by Bingo Players, was basically on repeat at every festival this summer. Referred to as one of his "secret weapons," Luminox released his remix that brought the catchy bassline to destructive heights. Funky and poppin, the beat is a certified crowd bouncer. Add a nice little huff from Rick Ross and the swag gets cranked up to 11. You won't stop gettin' it as long as this song is on repeat.

Dancing In My Head (Avicii's Been Cursed Remix)



Avicii makes happy house anthems like nobody's business. Reworking his track with Eric Turner, all the heartstring-tugging, dance-jumping, light-flashing qualities are amplified for the remix. It's crazy that Levels only came out a year ago, and the next year will bring even more electronic bliss for the DDR generation (unfortunately,yes, that's us).

The Beast



Sweden does it again! This time birthing Albin Myers, a progressive house DJ that takes the bass lower than Deadmau5 but never quite drops it. Given credit by pro's like Avicii and Tiesto, he builds a beat that's heavy and raw. With urban techno sounds and a drum-and-bass tempo that will unleash your inner beast, this track is irresistible. I'm really hoping for a comeback of the Prodigy "Smack My Bitch Up" style, with a single line to shout between throw downs. The kind of songs that make you pretend you're in a car chase when you're driving. "Check out this one, the beat is dropping."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Settle Down Major Lazer Remix



Don't just skip to the middle on this song, it will sound all wrong. Some things were meant to be heard as a whole, and this is one of those things. At first hesitant towards the squeaky rubber pops in the chorus, the masters of moombahton Major Lazer found a way to ease my nerves with the intro. Something about Major Lazer just makes me want to stomp in place, stepping to the whistles and drums like a member of a fist pumping urban tribe. I'm glad they were the first to tackle this remix, and I hope more artists take on the challenge.

Epidemic



Jack Beats just released an EP with OWSLA, and this track with Dillon Francis is a perfect single. The title, Epidemic, pretty much says it all. From the piano to the wobbling bass, the beat will take towns over like the plague. I don't know how to describe the sound, it shares qualities from Zeds Klassroom mix. All I can think to say is that it's just satisfying, like plucking the string on a bass guitar and letting it carry until the vibration stops.

The remixes are also plentiful, my favorite being that of Shutterbug by Big Boi.



Also, anyone who goes after Beyonce on a remix instantly gets my vote. Countdown!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Underrated

Lollapalooza this past weekend shed light on something I never thought would be a problem: there are too many DJ's playing my favorite beats. I love them, but the repetition is going to dull the excitement faster than I want it to. The Original Don Remix by Flosstradamus is starting to play in all my dreams. So, I decided to make a list of my most underrated dubstep bangers that I'd like to hear dropped by the big guys.

1. Aj Hernz, Snapback Swag- Crizzly Remix

This song starts off slow, with a poppin beat ready for a rap to come in. Instead, you get a crunchy bassline that rolls through each tone perfectly, like a single melodic drop.


2. Flight Facilities, Crave You- Adventure Club Remix

I've never heard this song except for when Adventure Club themselves It's probably because this song is almost too good, but nobody plays with it. I'd like to see where else this drop can go.



3. Whatever this is.

I'm not sure who made this remix of Blur's Song 2, but the fun house wubs aren't like anything else that I've heard. Maybe it was youtube user Richsaysrawr, but either way I love the sound.



4. Deletah, Space Mountain



My Milwaukee boys are better than the big leagues, and this drop outrages a lot of the most famous wubasaurus rexes.

5. Everything Afrojack, Amsterdam vs. The Partysquad in particular.




6. Calvin Harris, Awooga

This song pops up from time to time, but has yet to be abused the way I want it to be. The pang of the bass is an unusually satisfying sound.



7. Carly Rae Jepsen, Call Me Maybe

It's not just because I'm a troller at heart, this song is awesome and you know it. You pray it comes home in traffic on the way home from work so that all you macho men can sing along in private (or so you think). The string section is so catchy, I want a remix dammit, screw the haters. I think they're scared of how good it is, but there's no reason to fight it.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Retro City



Adventure Club is the model. A girly vocal, dazy synthy elements, and right when you feel like you're about to float away, you get drop kicked. Their sound is entirely unique (when it's Adventure Club you just know) but their production is textbook. It's both romantic and aggressive woven together in one great release. If I were in Pleasantville, this would be the sound of breaking away and into the color (watch it).


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Porter Robinson



Porter Robinson is on everyones watch list, absolutely hoarding the faces of of EDM lovers from around the world. This summer anthem Language is beautiful, soaring across a starscape of deep rooted house requirements. It touches a soft spot, lifting us up, and inspiring nostalgic reflection for all the songs we've heard before that made us feel exactly the same way. We chase that feeling from track to track as the music revives us. That's what separates the masters from the minions, it's separating the creators from the experiencers. Knowing when to talk, and when to forget everything and just listen. It's the language of the movement.

Star Slinger



Going through the Lollapalooza acts for the weekend brought me to Star Slinger, a UK based producer that only just popped into the scene in the last few years. The above track, Mornin', is sure to raise a little sun. Heavy hip hop beats accentuate the soulful throwback hook. The chorus sounds like the sultry daughter of Jackson 5 and Passion Pit. Below, the new "refix" of You're So by Bondax has the mentality of a house anthem, but takes a turn for the low key. A little light, a little love, a little 90's...yup, that's a hit.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Trap To The Future 2



Chicago native Zebo has been tearing it up as the house DJ for The Mid, and is starting to fly to the top in the festival scene. This mix, Trap to the Future 2, is an epic mix that embraces what it really means to be a trap song. Slow grindin, bass thumping, nitty gritty beats that beg for a rhyme. An orchestrated version of Cinema for the intro? Genius. Most impressively, he takes the classic Show Me Love to that low flow at 8:11. I will love any song that has Robin S, it's just too sick. Give me more!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Rise & Fall D!RTY AUD!O Remix



We are lucky to be part of a music scene in which the artists are constantly feeding off eachother. Collaborations are more common than solo tracks, and it keeps getting bigger and better. When Krewella and Adventure Club teamed up, it was instantly success. D!RTY AUD!O changed it up on this remix, which includes a foot stomping "trapahton" intro and a synth-dub outtro that definitely brings a new sound.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Living Dead



Zeds Dead teamed up with Omar Linx recently and the trio's new project, The Living Dead, is as filthy as a rotting zombie. Heavy dupstep roots take the levels lower and the drops come in hard. Many of the tracks include a full vocal track from Omar, but the title track kept it simple and used only one powerful verse. The emptiness of the intro is intentionally haunting, rolling in like the thick fog of a medieval horror story. Then at 1:32, the drop comes and sucks you into the darkness.

"We're the living dead, with our bloodshot eyes and our hearts of stone.
We're all that's left, and we all need rest but we won't go home.
We on our feet, where the beasts and the ghouls and the demons sleep.
Put it on repeat, keep the music going that's all we need.
We don't feel no pain, we just kill the night and we work all day.
We are the stars, come as you are, Kurt Cobain.
I never did afford a fame,
I just did it cuz I love it and I'm hard to change.
You can fool yourself but the monsters know when the lights are out and you're all alone like...

WOMP WUB WOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMP"




Tomorrowland 2012 Anthem



I had almost forgotten how devastated I am about having to miss Tomorrowland 2012, but the LE7ELS lable just released the official anthem! It's called Tomorrow Changed Today, and was produced by Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. As wonderous as the festival itself, it rings through your eardrums like a fantasy. You can breahte in this house lover's fairytale like air. The dreamy build captures the majestic aura of the festival, which if you haven't heard is an absolute escape from reality. I have to add the official aftermovie just because I want to watch it...again.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Snoop Lion



Snoooooooooooooop! Of course it's Snoop D-oh-double-G, going reggae. I feel like I've been waiting for this to happen for too long, and couldn't have chosen a better producer. Who could possibly be good enough for Snoop with enough Kingston love to go dutti? Diplo is the boss of bosses, hitting every area of the music business like a white P. Diddy. Whoever got these two together is a genius.

Far From Coach



Wiz Khalifa teams up with The Game and Status Quo for this soothing exemplification of rags to riches, Far From Coach. With a smooth instrumental that soars like a private jet, it's a first class track. I've missed Wiz; this song is his transition from excited new money to a calm and cool sense of security. He's coastin.

This Is What You Want

http://www1.rollingstone.com/hearitnow/player/boysnoize.html


This is what you want, this is what you get... you can go with this, or you can go with that. This Is What You Want by Boys Noize might be the new Weapon of Choice. Maybe not, but it is definitely what I want, and certainly would make Christopher Walken get his groove on. Fantastic electro dub, keepin the subtle 80's alive in the upbeat. So new there's not even an embed code yet, available only through the Rolling Stone player link.

Ahhooooo! Mashup Monday!



Every summer, we require a new remix of the classic Warewolves of London to crank up at BBQ's and tanning sessions everywhere. The upbeat piano is just too good, and secures the success of any track. On this mashup collab, Manic Focus and D.Veloped bring you Mrs. Fantastic. They got nothin' on you, baby!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Settle Down



"Get in line, and settle down." Except that I can't settle, because No Doubt is back full force and I'm a little girl again. They've released a track that sounds as if they have been together making progress all this time. It's new and a little different than the ska-era No Doubt we were left with, but it is a great transition for the group who has come back to an electronically-dominated industry. Gwen's heartfelt vocals have reunited with the alt rock guitars that got her famous, and neither has forgotten the reggae lovin roots that No Doubt always had. Long live the 90's.

Symphonica Test Run



Nick Romero tweeted this video, a test run of his new track with the working title Symphonica. Global Gathering Ukraine is taking it surprisingly easy in the shaky video, apparently America goes harder than Eastern Europe? I'm confused. Either way it's a certified fist pumper that wastes no time and goes straight into the drop. The symphonic element comes in at 1:24 and gives you a melodic little break before picking it back up at 2:22. Hands in the air!

Rock The House



In honor of his one millionth Facebook follower, Afrojack finally released a single from his most recent tour. Rock The House is a classic dance track fit for the Energizer Bunny. Sounds like Paris-free Afrojack is back on track.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Manic Focus

Who Makes the Music? by Manic Focus

Manic Focus has been playing Chicago for a while now, and his dedication is definitely about to pay off. He is a sampling perfectionist, having dropped a saloon piano that is out of this world in his most recent track, Who Makes the Music? It has old school class with a brand new swagger. At 1:20, you'll fall in love. Honestly, he belongs on the Pretty Lights label with my other classy dubsteppers. That's a first, but this funky, jazzy, hip hop-dubstep-electronica is exactly what I adore. Oh, and it's all free. He's playing a Lolla after show with Zebo, get tickets!

http://soundcloud.com/manicfocus

http://manicfocus.com/

https://www.facebook.com/ManicFocus


Like him, follow him, support him!

and check out the video for his single off the album Expanding Mind, Circles.



Vaski

This weekend, Vaski is hitting up Milwaukee's Miramar Theatre, and he is definitely going to bring the heat. Another boss from Minneapolis, his drops are as cold as the northern winter. This is some seriously refreshing dubstep. Where You Wanna Go takes off with an intro that feels like a house anthem, until you're thrown into the bass 40 seconds in. His remix of Imagine the Dragon's song It's Time feels like the theme to a new John Hughes movie. Just wait, at 1:10 the entire Breakfast Club will be up against the subs. His Pumped Up Kicks remix is a little older, but the filthiest I've heard yet. Check out his soundcloud for more, and don't forget to grab a ticket for Saturday!





Thursday, July 12, 2012

In Case You Missed It...



Eoto completely changed my perception of the group at Electric Forest this year. In fact, they actually changed the way I view electronic music. A new favorite, they are truly amazingly talented. They play their own instruments, a feature too far fetched for many DJ's. At 4:24 the guitar feature is the perfect segway into their version of Electric Avenue that literally made me spring from my seat on the ground.

Hold Up



Minnesota is killing it this festival season, and this new track Hold Up takes Snoop and Dre's The Next Episode to the next level. The drop at 2:07 fires the track into electronic melodies and drops that give the song the futuristic edge it needs to feel new. If you couldn't tell, I'm going through my list of Northcoast acts today, see you there.

The Eye



Alluring and intruiging, The Eye is a known symbol of Midnight Conspiracy. Almost dark, it beams out into the crowd and pulls you in. Set for release on Ultra Records July 16th, The Eye remixes are just as dark, pulling the bass lower and putting your heart on edge with haunting bits of orchestra and piano. It's epic like a videogame soundtrack, sending you straight into another world.

Live In Bora Bora (June 28)



The more I follow new music, the more I realize the similarities between music and fashion. Music has trends that allow artists to feed off eachother, and right now Moombahton is the new black. The people of the Carribean have a joy for life that EDM embraces, with the fire of dancehall deep in our roots. Felix Da Housecat has a classic electronic style that just makes you feel good. The beats utilize a multitude of drumkit sounds rather than drops and womps to keep the pace. You can rage or you can chill, but either way you're jammin. The last part of this mix at about 24 is my new favorite outtro, with a smooth steel guitar, sampling George Harrison's My Sweet Lord. Hallelujah.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beats and Pussy



Coming from Chicago, Willy Joy must know his trap music. Adorably, a lot of new releases are being labeled "trap" songs now, but it's definitely not what I would call the genre. Trapstars don't know about drops, and they don't care what a "womp" is. But trap music, moomba, dubstep, and house all have one thing in common: we like our bass loud. We also like good sounds and sexy women, which brings us to this single, Beats and Pussy.

Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)



Dillon Francis has been throwing down at festivals all summer, including Chicago's Spring Awakening. His new track Mast Blasta (The Rebirth), kinda like his career, just keeps going up. The beat builds, getting stronger with each tap of the snare. Dillon is a known master of the transition between happy little melodies and dirty drops all in one song; but this one takes a slightly different route, building it up only to break it down piece by piece. It's more of a gradual descent than a drop, but a talent showcase nonetheless.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Skrillex Goin Hard



Here it is! After nearly bringing down Soldier Field at Spring Awakening, Skrillex releases the mix that made it rain. Birdy Nam Nam's song Goin' In was remixed for the Skrillex "Goin Hard" version, and his amazing production definitely made us all do just that. You can press play too! So do it. Go hard or go home, haters.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Electric Forest

Hey Guys! Check out this article that I wrote for Crowdnoize covering Electric Forest! Recaps on sets, songs, and the entire weekend experience.

http://crowdnoize.com/2012/07/review-electric-forest-2012-a-sonic-paradise-lures-thousands/
And, unfeatured in the article, here are some videos taken by me at the forest!

Mimosa at the Tripolee Stage:

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Big Gigantic's Epic Final Set:

I Need A Dollar Sax Solo

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New Song!

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Thursday, July 5, 2012

Vedlt of Mercy



G.O.O.D Music's "Mercy" is just one of those tracks nobody can resist. It is good in every form, every remix bangs. This one from Chi Duly takes a little bit of moomba to a haunting trance with Tommy Trash and Lifted's remixes of the new Deadmau5 single The Vedlt. It sucks you into the zone until all you have left is Lamborghini mercy.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Climax (Paper Diamond Remix)



Although the original Climax produced by Diplo with vocals from Usher was fine for radio, Paper Diamond gave it the "oomph" it needed to be embraced by the EDM world. Taking a unique twist, Paper Diamond used a slowed down moomba beat to bring out the sensualness of the track while still making it more dance-friendly. He's really perfected an individual style with this one, so indulge.

Fools Gold Clubhouse



A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs, the founders of the Fools Gold label, have started Fools Gold Clubhouse. The Clubhouse is (or is going to be) a series of compilations put out by A-track and Catchdubs to give their perspective and input on the hottest new tracks. Taking a Mad Decent approach, the operation will also include a worldwide concert series.

Although slightly slow to build, the first track really takes off at 2:18 with a pop-y beat aching for a remix. It only goes up, but could use a drop or two. Still, the track is a super fun dance track that serves as a perfect intro for the compilation as a whole. The rest of the tracks have a strong late-90's feel, drawing a lot of inspiration from latin fire, echoey synth, and light bell-like beats.

Starry Eyed Remix



The Joker is no joke. I'm so hilarious sometimes. But seriously, as remixes of Ellie Goulding grow boring, British dj The Joker takes the standard heavy warp down a few notches to straight sexy. Flowing synth notes wind through the drum kick bass, highlighting Goulding's vocals perfectly. Made for cruising, it'll chill you out, wind you down, and get you into a funky groove that you won't be able to resist.

Rock Steady



Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo A.K.A. The Bloody Beetroots dropkicks his way into summer with this headbanging rock-electro banger. Carrying the same epic riff influence that was so often embraced by Daft Punk, Rock steady is a revival of that heavy musical-techno era. It's explosive, like a sawed off shotgun spitting elements of grunge, electronic, and house straight into your heart like a space age rock symphony.

We Are The Sun



Big Gigantic, building hype for their sure-to-be-epic closing performance at Electric Forest this weekend, released an epic new remix of Savoy's original track. We Are The Sun is a crowd hyper, with epic drops and a truly dubstep sound. Big G, usually throwing wailing sax hooks, takes a new route with a snappy snare pick up before the wub attacks. At 1:50 it takes a turn for the house using an galactic synthy melody to get you raging before the snare takes you back into the drop. Can't wait to see this hit The Forest.

Friday, June 22, 2012

From Here



Deletah has finally released their first full album, From Here. Featuring songs we already know like Fire Dance and Candy Air, the album is a refined glimpse at the capabilities of these two DJ's. The showcase was produced with impeccable taste and exhuberant passion; truly an ideal debut. Born into a mess of feeble attempts by fanatics that think it's easy, Deletah has been making their name in the Dubstep/EDM world with an individual style and an undeniable talent. I just can't show enough support, good people deserve good things in their lives. Listen to Deletah.

Don't miss their live show tonight at The Miramar in Milwaukee, tickets still available online or through me. Stay tuned for more updates and concert schedules!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spring Awakening


(Video cred to Huge Party Chicago)

Flux Pavillion is a classic name among the dubstep masters. The lineup on Saturday was stacked, and left him playing a competitive timeslot with Diplo and Hardwell. Despite the amazing party that was the Diplo crowd, Flux is a legend and simply couldn't be missed. It was absolutely worth it, his fresh remastering of I Can't Stop had the crowd going insane. A lot of the live video's of Flux that are available are lackluster, but this is just the reassurance you need. SEE FLUX PAVILLION.


(Video credit is not due to me)

Afrojack killed it on the last night of Spring Awakening at Soldier Filed in Chicago. This epic mix of Goyte's Somebody That I Used to Know got the entire crowd singing. Although Skrillex blew us all away for the rain dance of the century, Afrojack was the perfect grand finale. There is nothing on earth that can beat that end-of-the-festival euphoria, when every member of the crowd, dirty, sweaty, and exhausted, continues to rage through that last song together before basically dropping to sleep for the next two days. Afrojack gave us tracks worth the wait.

Despite a failed video hunt, I also have to mention that Datsik was one of my favorite acts of the weekend. He dropped hip hop anthems like Jay-z and Kanye's N****s in Paris, Snoop's Gin and Juice, and Get it On The Floor by DMX. He is the only person I've witnessed that truly mastered the dubstep-rap combo without sounding like a desperate effort. Check him out again at Electric Forest next weekend! Green Velvet AKA Curtis jones AKA Cajmere also killed it, bringing intense soul with his live vocalist.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hell Yeah!



The video for Tiesto and Showtek's track Hell Yeah! was released today and the epic club anthem is just another to add to Tiesto's list of hits. Showtek has a similar sound, bringing the house to max levels. Another track of theirs, Slow Down, does anything but. Get your fest on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sunshine Rmx



Matisyahu is currently hosting a competition to give an up and coming DJ an official release. The contest is to remix his reggae track, Sunshine. Many entries have been posted, but I definitely found this Under Construction Rmx to be the best of the EDM remixes. It uses a synthy intro and combines that with the original reggae track to make a dubstep remix with a great caribbean sound.

Dj Xangaii appears to be producing under two names, Paranormal Attack and Under Construction. Despite efforts to learn more, the portugeuse DJ has yet to translate his website for an english speaking follower.

The only english I recognized on Paranormal Attack's Wikipedia page was "psycho music." I'll take it.

Check out the contest here to vote for this or another remix!

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Jay-Z Interview



Hit Boy knows how to grab your attention, and even better is how well he can hold it. He's already a platinum-level producer for GOOD music and made arguably the biggest track of the year, putting out N****s in Paris for Kanye and Jay-Z. In this track, a big horn section blares a historic jazzy melody that inspired new and clever rhymes while reminding the world of the classic soul that made rap such a crucial contribution to the music industry ("I play my own drums and bass lines, you know me") . If you don't have the instrumental, you don't have anything, and if Kanye West calls you "the golden child," you must be a pretty big deal. The song tells the story of a guy with big dreams that went from behind the scenes to "courted by the bosses."

"I Got em tuned in like a Jay-Z interview."

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Recipe



The Recipe (Remix)

1/2 Cup Kendrick Lemar
1/2 Cup Dr. Dre
2 Cups of Twista
1 Pinch of Bass
2 Tablespoons of soulful vocals

Kendrick Lemar and Dr. Dre laid down the base track for Twista's remix of The Recipe. Smooth melodic vocals sprinkled over the drum kit kicks out the romatic flavor of R&B that is often overdone. Twista's method is classic, it's fast but it has flow, and his presence in the industry needs to be revived. A good track can be made great with his unique style, as too many rappers fall to the conformity of simply trying to "go hard." Twista does it right, playing off of the calming piano and strings that carry the song. It's important not to forget how beautiful rap can be.

Monday, June 4, 2012

My Homies Still



Ladies and gentlemen, Wayne is back on the beat. No explanation required.

Crazy In Love Remix



Swing Republic, masters of the electro swing house movement in the UK, remixed Beyonce's Crazy In Love for an entirely new brand of soul. It takes the original down a notch for a more mellow and lighter sound. I always loved the original song, but this new twist is an interesting look at what Freshly Squeezed Music, the big label name in swing-house, is all about. Stay tuned for further investigations.

Parov Stelar



Parov Stelar has been making music for a long time now, and it's a shame that I'm only now discovering his genius. Swanky and upbeat, he takes sophistication of swing and weaves it together with dance beats. The big band horns and war-era vocals are reminiscent of a time when classiness and partying were fused together with liquor for a grand ol' time. This is his most recent track, Jimmy's Gang, off the album Princess. Electro swing has been utilized by artists like Gramatik and Pretty Lights, but never to such an extent as this.



This song, Chaimbermaid Swing, was used in the most recent Bacardi commercial, and is what sparked my interest in Stelar. Hopefully there is much more to come from this genre.



Catgroove seems to be the fan favorite.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Finale



Remember that 18 year old French badass? This is just a teaser for Madeon's new single Finale. It's big, epic, huge, whatever word you decide to use. Look out for this one, he'll be throwing down at Lollapalooza this summer.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

1991



The world is officially ready for the dance music takeover. Azealia Banks track 1991 is a killer remix of the entire late 90's. Tropical instrumental sounds come together with a voice and attitude like Lil Kim. It brings together moomba, dance hall, rap, and as is always loved, cowbell. New EP is out now, keep an eye on this one.

Fire Dance



Always up to date with new Deletah tracks, Fire Dance is another taste of greatness from Milwaukee's best. Rememeber when James Bond was still going strong and action packed with car chase scenes? Thats what I think of when I hear this song, it's intensity draws you in and keeps you in a trance. Don't miss these guys at Bass Kitchen Friday June 22nd.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Money Makin



A Track and Dillon Francis know what people like: money. Any song about stackin' cash already has a 50% greater chance of success and, with such success with his remixes and collaborations, Dillon Francis has pretty much declared himself the best wingman of the year. The product is a happy-go-lucky track with a chorus everyone can love that's destined to be replayed in our heads every time we hit the ATM.

Spectrum



Zedd has really settled into his own personal style, and I couldn't be more thankful. This single, Spectrum, puts a new spin on the synth ballad, throwing in elements of dubstep and house as usual. It sounds something like a cross between a videogame soundtrack and the love theme of a futuristic foreign film... except it's awesome.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Insecure



WhiteNoize, a DJ duo out of San Fran, have been three year Coachella veterans and have played at Ultra in the past. So, why have I not heard of them!? This song Insecure makes you feel anything but, using funky soul to bring out the disco diva in everyone. Trust me, you'll be strutting harder than John Travolta with this in your earbuds.

With or Without You Remix



20 seconds into this song, I got goosebumps and pulled up the ol' blog. Clinton Sparks has an amazing ability to make you feel more than the desire to party. I love the electronic community because the crowds are friends, nobody is pushing and shoving. Everyone is there together, the guy next to you gets treated as if he was your best bud. We are all in it together. This is a song to sing to the person next to you, scream to the Dj in front of you, and dance into the floor. If you hated U2 before, here's your sign to stop.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Eliot Lipp



Eliot Lipp bring us the most recent release from Pretty Lights Music, Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake. This is the track Sunset, which has a futuristic synth quality that ads a unique twist to the PLM style.It's not just electronic, it's technologic. It's sonic, space-y even, as if you were watching the sunset from a satellite.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Waxdolls



The Waxdolls, an electronic group from Belgium, premiered their new single Brain Pop in one of the most innovative ways that I have ever heard of. They sent two promoters into a club to start a dance-off to the song, first drawing a crowd and then throwing down. How could you not walk away wondering what that song was? The advertising was certainly what got my attention, and I am thankful that it did.

Here's the video:

Apparently, they are some combination of Belgium, LMFAO, and Borgore, as seen by the video for "Spoiled Rich Bitches" on their Youtube channel... nowhere near as good as Brain Pop, but the video sure is "lol" worthy. And let's be honest, everyone loves to hate spoiled rich bitches. Their other video is for a song called Dingaling King. Is this a troll on America?



Bey



Yasiin Bey (a.k.a. Mos Def) just released another epic remix for his Top 40 Underdog series. Having taken the rebel stance in the rap game, this track delivers another anthem to battle the current industry mentality. Tackling Lil Wayne's John (If I Die Today), Bey makes it clear that "I don't have to talk loud to be sayin somethin." He's the master of providing a defense for the genre at a time when the mixtapes seem to be pouring out with little innovation.

Icon



Dubstep veteran Benga re-invented his roots for this new single called Icon. Vocal features from Bebe Black have a unique and soulful tone, much like Natasha Bedingfield, that compliments the dub beats which have a strong drum backbone to carry twinkling electronic details. The skydiving video for the song is currently released but for some reason unavailable in the United States, but if youre interested The Guardian UK has access to the video here.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Beez In The Trap Remix



Knuckle Children, local natives promoted by our friends at React Milwaukee, seem to have come out of nowhere. However, the remix they chose is definitely well suited...they beez in the trap. Despite the typical male response of cringing at the sound of Nicki Minaj's "cute voice" stick with it to 1.22 where the drop comes in. Trust me, you'll find yourself singing "i beez in the trap" all day, followed by the always awkward silent drop dance you do when you just cant fight what youre hearing in your head.



The guys are also featured on Bro Safari's spring mix on a track called Mr. Nice Guy. The mix is sprinkled with that latin fire, combining moomba beats, whistles, and dancehall drums.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Same Damn Time Remix



As the summer anthems roll out, Diddy and Ludacris came out of their hibernation to kill it for the remix on Future's track Same Damn Time. Although I could do without the autotuned chorus, nothing makes me come around like someone who knows how to talk good sh*t.

"Boy your money and my money aint the same damn kind,
I could live your life and my life at the same damn time.
See my ridin out money, that's your buy your house money,
i got that 'i could build a mall right by your house' money."

Years (Open Your Eyes Remix)



Alesso's new track Years has been generating a lot of buzz for this festival season. This remix by Jakob Liedholm, the crazy swedish youngin that brought us the best of the Somebody I Used to Know remixes, adds Kate Elsworth's chillingly romantic lyrics from Eyes Wide Open by Dirty South and Thomas Gold to the new track. It gives it that little extra "oomph."

Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix)



Florence and the Machine is one of the only modern rock artist that I care about. Her voice literally has the power to change tastes. This remix of Cosmic Love combines the goosebumps you get Florence with the chills you get from a mega-drop. At 1:50 the bumps come in and the drop at 2:15 will send shivers down your spine. She adds a unique beauty to every piece of music that she touches. Can't wait for Sunday Lollapalooza. Follow the player to soundcloud for the download link.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We Are The Sun





This is the best time of the year: the summer anthem release. Savoy kicks it off with We Are The Sun, featuring vocals from Heather Bright who we all fell in love with on Zedd's Stars Come Out track. The original is a lovely staple for the rest of your dub-house collection, but the remix done by Savoy himself is what's really noteworthy. The drop at 1.08 brings the heavy womp that turns you into a straight up creature. This is the dawn and we are the sun!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

You Get High



The Milwaukee weather is constantly changing, and terrorizing the immune systems of its citizens. It's finals time at most universities, and the stress really just sucks to put it blatantly. And just when everything seemed as weak as it could be, Pretty Lights saves the day once again.
New single You Get High has been played at a few shows but the official release is out now. Funky and always soulful, with a video that will give you chills. He may be the only artists of our time that is truly timeless, having perfected the art of combining hip hop and electronic to reinvent old samples. In a world where we are constantly trained to be unsettled, craving something newer, something better; Pretty Lights satisfies.

Monday, May 7, 2012

I Got This



New Big K.R.I.T video for I Got This premiered yesterday on MTV 2's Sucker Free Sunday. Really innovative, I love to see that the music industry is headed towards visual dynamics once again. It's a new twist on the classic "hometown revisited" concept. K.R.I.T always has the southern hip hop style that we love, this time meshed with a little bit of Big Poppa swagger. Oh, and you can never forget the candy paint.

Here's a description of the numbers from the video, as explained on his website:

No. 1: Big Sant. He is Big K.R.I.T.’s long time friend and is also a solo artist on K.R.I.T.’s Mult-Alumni record label. He too is a native of Meridian, MS

No. 2: Big K.R.I.T.’s childhood home in Meridian, MS

No. 3: Police escorts that followed Big K.R.I.T as he drove around his hometown during the video shoot.

No. 4: Big K.R.I.T.’s tattoo of the word Mississippi. It is a dedication to his home state. The tattoo was done by world renowned artist Miya Bailey.

No. 6: The Temple Theater located on 8th Street in Meridian, MS. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

No. 7: Anderson Regional Medical Center. This is the hospital in Meridan, MS where Big K.R.I.T was born

No. 8: The Three Foot Building. This building in downtown Meridian, MS is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is considered a landmark by the state of Mississippi

No. 9: The street sign on the 300 block of 30th Ave. in Meridian, MS. This is the neighborhood that Big K.R.I.T. grew up in

No. 10: Big K.R.I.T. giving an impromptu performance in front of a local nightclub in Meridian, MS

No. 11: Peavey Electronics headquarters in Meridian, MS. Peavey is one of the most recognized manufacturers of PA equipment nationwide.

No. 12: Big K.R.I.T.’s childhood friend G4 driving the old school car.

No. 13: Jonny Shipes, founder of Cinematic Music Group and manager of Big K.R.I.T.

In Honor of MCA

It's tragic news to me, especially that I found out so late, but Adam Yauch aka. MCA of the Beastie Boys passed from cancer on May 4th. It was a personal goal of mine to see the crew that pioneered so much more than just white rappers. The Beastie Boys represented the positive attitude and socially reforming attitude that inspired most of our generation to grow. They were advocates of peace and social reform, and relayed this message in a style that was all their own, and has never been replicated.

here's a fantastic tribute done by Coldplay at the Hollywood Bowl. It may not be the traditional style, but they paid tribute in the best way that they knew how, and for that reason this song is amazing.



And the classic. Intergalactic was the first Beastie Boys song I ever listened to, back when I stole the Hello Nasty album from my older sister.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wavesight

Paper Diamond- Wavesight EP (JEFF017) by Mad Decent

Wavesight, the new Paper Diamond EP, showcases the diversity of his sound. Turn the Lights Off has a thumping drum beat, Airlift gets extra electronic, and Can We Go Up is about to become a huge fan favorite. Can We Go Up assembles all the qualities of a good electro-dub radio hit, upbeat choruses and light drops with heavy soul. Can't wait for festival season with all these new soon-to-be classics.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Solidified Official Video



Gramatik has already shown through his music that his talents are diverse. From funk to dubstep, he adds his own personal swagger to each beat. The first single off his recently released EP #digitalfreedom, "Solidifed" generated visual imagery in this unique take on light. Innovative and intruiging, the video pairs perfectly with Gramatik's entire philosophy.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Freddie



Caleb James has successfully captured the old school east coast sound, amping up the funk for a new twist. It almost reminds me of an old cop show soundtrack. This track, Freddie featuring Nico Segal, is from his upcoming mixtape Ground Up set to be released July 15. I feel like the cycle keeps going from bangers to throwback, and I'm glad we're finally coming back around.

Rusko Channels Gucci



I love finding out that one of my favorite artists is on the same page as me. From his new album, OMG, Rusko drops it to the classic "Gucci!" on this track Got Da Groove. Hopefully he will play it this Friday at The Rave in Milwaukee! All hands on deck, drop it low.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Because It's Awesome



Released in 2011, this song is not old enough to be a throwback. But it is too good to ignore. Djs from Mars remixed Nirvana's classic Smells Like Teen spirit in the best verson that my ears have ever had the pleasure of hearing. A chill Monday evening, this song comes on the playlist, and I look around to see every head in the room bobbing with a big goofy grin to match. We were all thinking about one thing: rage.

Skelethon



New Aesop Rock video for his track Zero Dark Thirty, to be released on the five-year-anticipated album titled Skelethon. Aesop Rock is one of the most unique rappers out there. Think if Matisyahu and Immortal Technique had a college-educated child together. That child might be best friends with Aesop, but there's really no comparison. The electronic beat still finds a way to go hard. Excited for this album.

Here's one of his classics from his first album of the same title, Daylight:


And a lightly darker vibe from 2009, None Shall Pass:

Halo



Preview for the new Fareoh track, Halo. Looks like some vocals are going to be added later. Can't wait to see what happens to the drum beat at 1:18 in the final mix. I'll keep you posted.



Monday, April 30, 2012

Sun Is Shining (Brand Blank Remix)



I am pretty surprised at the small number of Bob Marley remixes in the dubstep world. Reggae made a huge contribution to the foundation of dubstep, but maybe Bob's songs were just too good. However, Dubspain released this Brand Blank remix of Sun Is Shining, and the mix is an epic balancing act. Marley's light vibe found it's womp-mate. Drops at 1:23.

Why Even Try (unreleased)



For all you lazy people out there, here's a track from Theophilus London remixed by the Bloody Beetroots available from Soundcloud. This unreleased remix featuring vocals from Sarah Quin takes a Daft Punk sounding back beat and adds a spunky keyboard melody that adds a spring to your step.

Here's the original from last week, which has a little more weight to the beat.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Vapor Duster



Every time without fail, Deletah is releasing unbeatable tracks. This time a little less womptastic and still they can't lose. If you need to get in to the zone, say for finals, this is the song to do it. By 3:28 you'll be long lost in your own mind. Dust off what you find in there, and thank Milwaukee's electronic geniuses for helping you by liking them on facebook, following them on twitter, and making sure that they are heard.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

I Love It



Ever since I saw the bike trick video featuring Nosebleed Section that came out years ago and went viral, Hilltop Hoods have been my favorite thing to ever come out of Australia. I know this song came out a while ago, but I was too stupid to post it. Won't be making the mistake again. This song, I Love It, Ft. Sia, was the first single off their now available album Drinking From The Sun. We need to get the US to realize that our music scene is missing a piece, and I personally need the group on tour here soon. They combine all elements, and just create well rounded music that is, at it's core, simply fantastic. Congrats on going platinum guys.

Burr



A lot of people, probably most people, hate Gucci. I am not one of those people. I'm also kind of a fan of when Chris Brown takes a shot at rhyming, despite his last verse on Look at Me Now. The beat has an eastern twang that takes me back to Christina Milian's Dip it Low. Waynes verse at 2:45 is enough, the beat is classic Wayne like from Monster (also known as David Banner). Hip Hop needs to get back to the roots.

just for fun:





#KMM



Apparently Kaskade is doing Kaskade Music Monday's, releasing this mashup from Ultra on Monday. Finally, Sandro Silva and Quintino's Epic has lyrics, thank you Kaskade. Paired with Mindy Gledhill's vocals from Call Out, the simple addition gives the song a new more spiritual(?) feel. Absolutely cannot wait for his Lollapalooza set, Freaks of Nature get ready.

Oh and here's his absolutely insanely epic Coachella set. I love modern technology. My favorite bit's right around 40 minutes in. But it's epic the entire way through.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Inspiration Day



New video from Avicii, Silhouettes.

I'm going to officially dub today a Third Flo Inspiration Day. This video is what it's all about, folks. I have goosebumps from watching it, chills down my spine, and a big stupid grin. The music industry is rapidly changing, and we're a part of it. Feel important, feel revolutionary, and feel inspired. "We will never get back to the oldschool, to the old rounds, its all about the newfound."

Michal Menert 2.0




Second EP from Michael Minert off the Pretty Lights Label titled Even If It Isnt Right has perfected the PLM ora that drew the world in. Oldies samples and hip hop beats intertwined in an electronic flow. It embodies everything that got me into electronic music in the first place. Download HERE.

"Hi. My name is Michael. I've been a writer, arranger, and producer for around 15 years. From disco to rock balance, the tempo's all vary. And each cut is played..." - From the intro track, Hi.

Happier

Here's Rudemental's remixed track of Happier by Paper Crows. The original track good but dramatic, so this remix gives it a lighter feel. It combines elements of indie-electro, hip hop drumkits, synthy melodies and a romanticizing horn section. A great track for squeezing out the last of your work in the early morning, and it gets the day rolling with a little reggae pick me up.


Here's Rudimental's latest unique track, Feel The Love ft. John Newman. Truly beautiful dubstep, not sure how I have never heard this. Takes off at 1:05, I can see this becoming my new favorite.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Theophilus London



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Theophilus London is set to release his debut mixtape tomorrow, but Rolling Stone got the remixes even before the album. Timez Are Weird These Nights- The Remixes is an incredible remix set featuring Crookers and the Bloody Beetroots. I can't find an embeddable player, but you have to hear this, so follow the link here.