18 Nov 2011

    More Crank music. Dis one’s heavier.

    Sorry.

    5 Oct 2011

    Posting Benassi’s remix of Florence and the Machine got me wanting to dig up the past…. Wow. This is one of the first electronic songs I started listening to ever. Blast from the past.

    Benassi Bros - Rocket In The Sky

    2 Oct 2011

    I posted a brief interview with James Blake a couple days ago but forgot to hook you all up with some ch00nes from the man. Like many, my favorite Blake track is Wilhelms Scream. It’s so unique in every way and undeniably catchy, despite its minimalist composition and lack of traditional verse/chorus structure and melody. In addition to this wonderful track, you have to peep Blake’s Essential Mix, which premiered on BBC Radio 1 two weeks ago. It is a magnificent change of pace for the broadcast and really highlights all the best things about this artist.

    James Blake - Wilhelms Scream

    James Blake - BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix (2011-09-17) by Hypetrak

    28 Sep 2011

    A classic. By a classic.

    Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat

    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)

    31 Aug 2011

    One of the singles off Shlohmo’s new ‘Bad Vibes’ LP, Just Us is just right. Filled with minimalist melodies and soulful ambience, it’s easy to lose yourself in this music. The entire album is infused with Shlohmo’s signature sound and personality which was visible but not entirely realized on his ‘Places’ EP released earlier this year. Take a listen for yourself. The mood is hypnotic and infectious and oddly enough, filled with everything but ‘bad vibes’.

    23 Aug 2011

    This track by Lykke Li has been out of for a bit, but a recently listened to this remix by The Magician (Stephen Fasano, formerly one half of Aeroplane) and was really into it. Lykke Li’s vocals are great as usual and The Magician’s remix takes the original’s darker tones and brightens them with a nu-disco vibe that I enjoy thoroughly.

    Lykke Li - I Follow Rivers (The Magician Remix)

    27 Jul 2011

    Here’s something a little different for your hump day. Following on the heels of Nero’s Dubstep Symphony, Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, better know as the Basement Jaxx, have released a ‘versus’ album, collaborating not with another EDM duo, but with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest. The project features a sixty piece orchestra along with a twenty voice choir performing classical and contemporary orchestral versions of the legendary Basement Jaxx back catalogue.
In a small article, The Guardian reported that, “As a teenager, Basement Jaxx's Felix Buxton was forbidden by his vicar father from watching Top of the Pops, and instead had to sing in the church choir and take violin lessons. A career making rambunctious house music could have been seen partly as rebellion – and as if to prove that we all become our parents in the end, Buxton (with fellow Jaxx Simon Ratcliffe) has returned to his roots by rescoring a selection of Basement Jaxx cuts for orchestra. It is a worthy curio…”
A worth curio indeed. Although some of the tracks fall flat, lacking the instrumental gusto capable of a full orchestra, the pay-off on tracks like Where’s Your Head At, Raindrops, and Red Alert make it worth your time, especially if you are an avid Jaxx fan.
All of it right here.

    Here’s something a little different for your hump day. Following on the heels of Nero’s Dubstep Symphony, Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe, better know as the Basement Jaxx, have released a ‘versus’ album, collaborating not with another EDM duo, but with the Netherlands’ Metropole Orkest. The project features a sixty piece orchestra along with a twenty voice choir performing classical and contemporary orchestral versions of the legendary Basement Jaxx back catalogue.

    In a small article, The Guardian reported that, “As a teenager, Basement Jaxx's Felix Buxton was forbidden by his vicar father from watching Top of the Pops, and instead had to sing in the church choir and take violin lessons. A career making rambunctious house music could have been seen partly as rebellion – and as if to prove that we all become our parents in the end, Buxton (with fellow Jaxx Simon Ratcliffe) has returned to his roots by rescoring a selection of Basement Jaxx cuts for orchestra. It is a worthy curio…”

    A worth curio indeed. Although some of the tracks fall flat, lacking the instrumental gusto capable of a full orchestra, the pay-off on tracks like Where’s Your Head At, Raindrops, and Red Alert make it worth your time, especially if you are an avid Jaxx fan.

    All of it right here.

    22 Jul 2011

    Pretty Lights has surprised me again with an awesome remix of Country Roads by John Denver. For those of you who cringe at the words “country” and “John Denver” you can relax. Even though I think the original is a true classic, Pretty Lights gives the track a substantial electro infusion, which completely changes the cadence and sound of the song, while maintaining the nostalgia and melancholy of the original.

    John Denver - Country Roads (Pretty Lights Remix)

    19 Jul 2011

    Katy B’s soulful voice has been permeating the UK radio waves for months now. Her tracks bridge multiple genres unconventional to the Top40 charts, including dubstep, garage, and electro house. This remix of her fourth single Easy Please Me was produced by West London’s dubstep duke, Caspa. The original follows the traditional dubstep cadence, but Caspa’s remix goes all in and impregnates it with the dirtiest of grime sound, giving it a huge boost of swagger. A must hear. Thizz face on.

    Katy B - Easy Please Me (Caspa Remix)

    17 Jul 2011

    Get 2 Know A DJ - Dem Slackers

                                

    Dem Slackers is a must-have for your EDM library. From his website:

    Despite only being 19 years old Dem Slackers has quite a few titles to his name. He found his love for producing about five years ago and decided to spend more time making music in 2008. Since then he has signed two EPs (one on Wearhouse and one on BMKLTSCHRCRDS), made official remixes for Lil’ Wayne, Foamo and Mightyfools and was asked to remix for Kissy Sell Out’s San City High and Bart B More’s Secure Recordings to name a few. Next to producing he also started out DJing not long after, and his live act was soon discovered and praised by many – his tracks are supported by Crookers, Steve Aoki, Fake Blood, Don Rimini, Sinden, Tommy Sunshine, Mightyfools and many more, and with tours in Hungary, Belgium, the Netherlands and England already confirmed it won’t be long for him to take over the world!

    Everytime I hear a new Dem Slackers joint I just want more and more. His sound crushes through every track and on top of making some superior original pieces, his remixes are some of the best out there. Recently he dropped a new free remix of Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night. Dem Slackers puts out nothing but hot fire, keep your eyes on him, he’s just going to get bigger and bigger.  

    15 Jul 2011

    Modestep is a four-piece live bass-heavy band from London. Like other electro bands such as Pendulum and Chase & Status, Modestep is at its core a band, for which electronic music is the primary medium of composition and style. They garnered a lot of attention with their single Feel Good, which was released in late 2010. Now they are back with another incredibly heavy track. Sunlight shares the spotlight equally between the DJ, band members, and vocalist, which makes for a refreshing balance in EDM. See for yourself and enjoy the hilarious music video made to go along with it.

    12 Jul 2011

    It doesn’t get more classic than Aphex Twin. Considered one of the most influential electronic artists of the 90’s, this EDM vanguardist has spent his musical career moving through all electronic genres and has influenced a generation of musicians today. Windowlicker is one of my favorites by Aphex Twin. The tone is incredible complicated, evoking feelings of melancholy and anxiousness, yet it remains a totally danceable piece of music. The music video will also creep you out 100%.

    Windowlicker - Aphex Twin

    1 Jul 2011

    I got too drunk last night. I can barely even type this. Here’s a classic track to cure what ails ya.

    Major Lazer - Good Enuff (Cash Flow Dub)

    30 Jun 2011

    New Bassnectar, free as free can get! Previews some of the other tracks on his upcoming album Divergent Spectrum can be streamed on his site. Just another reason why today is a great day.