21 Sep 2011

    I know I’m not the biggest fan of Excision, but credit so be made where credit is due. Last week Excision probably released the biggest dubstep album of the year, X Rated. The LP includes 10 disgusting tracks. Although the focus is dubstep, there are a couple dnb/electro-house gems. Today’s track, Swerve, is one of the latter. Working with frequent collaborator Downlink, the two have put together an pretty sick record that draws a lot from the sound of the album, but without the soul-crushing heaviness. One thing’s for sure though, this album is incredibly produced and Excision has really found a sound like no other.

    Excision and Downlink - Swerve

    20 Sep 2011

    IT’S THE WOLF. GANG. WOLF. GANG. WOLF. GANG. GOLF. WANG. Actually, it’s not them, it’s Wolfgang Gartner. The American electro-house producer has just released a highly anticipated full LP entitled Weekend In America. This is a wildly robust album. There are a few tracks that you’ll be familiar with (Forever, Illmerica, Space Junk, and the recent Ménage a Trois), but for the most part everything’s brand new. I was shocked to see the amount of hip-hop figures gracing different tracks throughout the album. From Eve, to Jim Jones and Cam’ron, to Omarion, Gartner has almost half of Weekend In America radio-ready. To be certain, these tracks hit hard in the electro genre, but not so hard that they couldn’t easily played in the peak of a Top 40 DJs set, which is exactly what I intend to do. My favorites on the album so far are The Way It Was, and one of the two bonus tracks, Welcome Back, which has an awesome french house vibe that I totally would not expect from Wolfgang Garnter. There’s a lot to this record, so go pick it up.
Wolfgang Gartner - The Way It Was
Wolfgang Gartner - Welcome Back (Bonus Track)

    IT’S THE WOLF. GANG. WOLF. GANG. WOLF. GANG. GOLF. WANG. Actually, it’s not them, it’s Wolfgang Gartner. The American electro-house producer has just released a highly anticipated full LP entitled Weekend In America. This is a wildly robust album. There are a few tracks that you’ll be familiar with (Forever, Illmerica, Space Junk, and the recent Ménage a Trois), but for the most part everything’s brand new. I was shocked to see the amount of hip-hop figures gracing different tracks throughout the album. From Eve, to Jim Jones and Cam’ron, to Omarion, Gartner has almost half of Weekend In America radio-ready. To be certain, these tracks hit hard in the electro genre, but not so hard that they couldn’t easily played in the peak of a Top 40 DJs set, which is exactly what I intend to do. My favorites on the album so far are The Way It Was, and one of the two bonus tracks, Welcome Back, which has an awesome french house vibe that I totally would not expect from Wolfgang Garnter. There’s a lot to this record, so go pick it up.

    Wolfgang Gartner - The Way It Was

    Wolfgang Gartner - Welcome Back (Bonus Track)

    13 Sep 2011

    I’m sure many of you have heard the absolutely tragic news that DJ Mehdi has passed away. My thoughts go out to his friends and family and the entire Ed Banger team. I had only recently begun to discover Mehdi’s amazing music and it’s a real tragedy that it his time has been cut short. Go listen to his music and celebrate his memory. RIP Mehdi.

    DJ Mehdi Live @ Mad Decent Block Party 7-30-2011 by maddecent

    17 Aug 2011

    I know I JUST posted about D. Guetta the other day, but his album is dropping at the end of the month and a new single just hit the web and it is actually awesome! Featuring everyone’s favorite, Afrojack, Lunar is the first dance track of David Guetta’s since his ‘Pop Life’ album that I’ve truly been excited about. This track is straight electro-house and draws from the best of both producers. Check it!!!

    David Guetta & Afrojack - Lunar

    11 Aug 2011

    Today I’ve got a monster track from the trance titan, Tiesto. Remixed by Autoerotique this track is a great one to start your ‘pre-kend’. A the clear sign of Tiesto’s ability to evolve with EDM music, this remix of Work Hard, Play Hard is not a euphoric trance anthem. Rather, it is a grinding electro banger that will definitely hit hard for the club crowds. Speaking of remixes, Tiesto and the Musical Freedom label are conducting a remix competition for the track. I’m definitely going to take a crack at it and any of you other producers should too. If anything, it’s a great opportunity to work with an icon’s music. Stems available HERE. Make Music!!!

    10 Aug 2011

    Via GDD: “Le Castle Vania‘s long awaited song Awake finally dropped today on Always Never Records. This banger was definitely worth the wait and will be used to smash dance floors across the globe. It’s a very full-bodied song, mashing elements of electro and dub while simultaneously streaming a melodic build and drizzling sexy female vocals on top.  Don’t sleep on this one, STAY AWAKE!”

    26 Jul 2011

    I don’t regularly post mashups on this site, but I felt compelled to drop this one on you all. I will admit, that I am not a fan of Empire of the Sun. Don’t take this as an insult to their music, I think it is perfectly fine, it’s just not my style, plain and simple. However, MAKJ’s bootleg of Peacetreaty’s Heard of Us and Empire’s Walking On A Dream is the first time I have really felt the lyrics of the latter resonate. This mashup is just awesome and the fact that it makes me want to belt out the lyrics to Walking On A Dream makes it even more of an accomplishment in my eyes. Best news, as always, got that free dl HERE!

    23 Jul 2011

    I posted a G2KDJ highlight about sebastiAn a couple weeks ago. Embody is one of the standout tracks off his ‘Total’ album, which was released last May. I just happened across the music video and I couldn’t help but chuckle through the whole thing. The track has got a great “vintage summer” vibe and makes me want to go bust a funky move all over the streets of DC. Too bad the heat index today is 122 °F…

    sebastiAn - Embody (Original Mix)

    sebastiAn - Embody (Kavinsky Remix)

    9 Jul 2011

    Your hangover is about to take a dramatic turn for the worst. With the recent tracklist announcement of their upcoming album, I’ve been getting pretty fired up about Justice (not that I am never not fired up about them). Although most well know in the mainstream world for their hits D.A.N.C.E. and their new single Civilization, the real Justice sound comes from tracks like Waters of Nazareth. It’s just so heavy and crunchy, I can’t get enough. I saw Justice live at Ultra in 2008, but had barely started scraping the electro world, and sadly knew not what I was witness to. I can’t wait for their new album and corresponding tour. This one’s like a punch in the face, so wear a mouthguard.

    Justice - Waters of Nazareth

    24 Jun 2011

    Better Off Alone was the first single from Dutch pop eurodance group Alice Deejay off their album “Who Needs Guitars Anyways?” which debuted in 1998. The song broke into top charts around the world and has been remixed countless times, but nothing like this new remix by Laidback Luke. LL pays homage to the classic club anthem by preserving most of the instruments and vocals, but brings it up to date for this summer’s Ibiza season with some grinding bass and a massive electro breakdown, which will make the swaths of partygoers go insane.

    Alice Deejay - Better Off Alone (Laidback Luke Remix)

    3 Jun 2011

    I posted about Feed Me’s ‘To The Stars’ EP a couple weeks ago and today it has finally been released. No download for this one, but if you want to listen to each track you can go here or head over to Beatport where it is available for purchasing. Really solid EP, all four tracks bring something new and unique to the table. Def worth the buy.

    I posted about Feed Me’s ‘To The Stars’ EP a couple weeks ago and today it has finally been released. No download for this one, but if you want to listen to each track you can go here or head over to Beatport where it is available for purchasing. Really solid EP, all four tracks bring something new and unique to the table. Def worth the buy.

    7 May 2011

    Get 2 Know A DJ - Calvin Harris

                            

    This weekend I journeyed with my group of friends (otherwise known as the Tufts Electronic Music Syndicate) to see a Calvin Harris DJ Set at Pacha nightclub in NYC. Although the Scottish singer-songwriter announced a couple months back that his live vocal performance was gone for good, I knew that he would deliver nothing but a spectacular DJ set. Needless to say I was not mistaken. Although he wasn’t singing them himself, Harris made sure to pump his set full of his own production from his earliest synthpop singles to his contemporary electro house smashers.

    His stage presence may not have had the wild mania of Rusko or the chilled out swag of Pretty Lights, but he exuded confidence in everything and his set was nearly flawless. He included a wide variety of other tracks apart from his own, including classics like Darude’s Sandstorm to unreleased singles such as Save The World by SHM, and even threw in a little dubstep to confuse all the house fiends. Calvin Harris has sat at the top of the UK charts for years and his latest ventures into vocal-less production show no sign of unseating him from the throne. His sound is always fresh yet timeless. I’m Not Alone still feels like it just hit radio waves and is going to be next summer’s EDM concert anthem.

    For those of you who are classic Calvin die-hards, don’t be put off by his “DJ Set” versus his live performance. He still brings a vibrant energy and demonstrates mastery behind the CDJ decks. Calvin Harris is an icon and as any great artist should, he’s trying out new musical pursuits to keep himself interested as well as make new and creative music for all his fans. 

    28 Apr 2011

    Even Skrillex is scared of this song. Download if you dare…

    Even Skrillex is scared of this song. Download if you dare

    19 Mar 2011

    Lady Gaga + Dada Life = Lady Dada.