Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Kap Slap- Nothing Inside Molly

After a slight delay we have Kap Slap's new bootleg. Titled Nothing Inside Molly, this track features The Wanted, Cedric Gervais' Molly, and Nothing Inside, by Sander can Doorn. It's nice to have Kap Slap back after a break since Frequent Flyer. Can't wait to see what he brings out next after this bangin' mashup.

Dillon Francis- Wet & Reckless Tour

What does Dillon Francis do to raise awareness about his upcoming tour you may ask yourself, well, he gives away free tacos in downtown L.A. Francis' upcoming Wet & Reckless tour is set to kick off this September and carry through until the end of November. Check out Francis' hilarious free taco video and if he's in your area, hit up one of his shows. 
Presale tickets available here.

Tour Dates:

Sept. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Stop
Sept. 14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Sept. 15 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
Sept. 18 - Victoria, BC - Sugar Nightclub
Sept. 19 - Vancouver, BC - Celebrities Nightclub
Sept. 21 - Edmonton, AB - Empire Ballroom
Sept. 22 - Calgary, AB - The Hi Fi Club
Sept. 25 - Minneapolis, MN - The Loft
Sept. 26 - Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
Sept. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Sept. 28 - Chicago, IL - The Mid
Nov. 4 - Northhampton, MA - Pearl Street Nightclub
Nov. 5 - Boston, MA - Paradise
Nov. 6 - Rochester, NY - Pearl
Nov. 8 - Albany, NY - Albany Armory
Nov. 9 - TBA
Nov. 10 - TBA
Nov. 11 - Washington, DC - Fur Nightclub
Nov. 12 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
Nov. 13 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Nov. 15 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
Nov. 16 - Tampa, FL - Ampitheater
Nov. 17 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
Nov. 20 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Nov. 21 - Houston, TX - Stereo Live

Milo & Otis- Goin Down (Milo & Otis Unoriginal Mix)

It's good to hear Milo & Otis back with a brand new track. Although their past tracks have included a lot of heavy moombah influence, this time they've swayed over to trap and this is a really sick track. Although trap is still a rising sub-genre and I'm not completely sold on it, tracks like this as well as Skrillex's Hard Mix of Goin' In by Birdy Nam Nam are starting to sway me over.

Deadmau5- There Might Be Coffee

Just two days after posting his work in progress version of the track, he's tweaked it and given us an updated version. Zimmerman says he'll be putting it on his album which is set to release this October but for now he's given us a sweet track.

Monday, 30 July 2012

Mashed Monday #5

This latest track from Garmiani takes some Avicii house music and none other than Bob Marley for the vocals. The two undoubtedly make a killer combo.

Mashup Germany is back after a brief break with his latest track, It's Always a Good Time. I like the way Mashup Germany is going with his tracks like  I Miss You Via Payphone, The Day The Music Died, and now It's Always A Good Time. I'm sure you'll love this track.

I've got two brand new mashups from Mashup Germany. The first is a chill, laid-back reggae version of The Veldt which is really nice. When I first heard it I was reminded of Carlos Serrano's Something About The Fire.

The second Mashup Germany track is called Summer Bash which takes a whole barrel of summer pop hits and electro. The result is a drum n' bass mashup or as Mashup Germany puts it, "drum n' pop".

Next up is a mashup from Klaud, and it's s pretty intense rager, although I was a little dissapointed that it lacked vocals.

Tee Ts' latest track features Madeon's Icarus, some Lights, Paramore and Chromeo. It's a really solid mashup that's sure to by my jam for a while.

Zedd- Spectrum (3LAU Remix)

Blau is killing it, what's new? He dropped Dance Floor Filth 2 a few weeks ago, shortly followed by the killer mix, 3LAU HAUS 4, and now he has the entire EDM community in awe with his remix of Zedd's Spectrum. The list goes on and on, playing at Camp Bisco and scheduled to rock Electric Zoo, Blau must be loving his life right now. Be sure to check back for the post on Zedd's Spectrum Remix EP tomorrow.

Deadmau5- There Might Be Coffee

You gotta love when Joel creates then drops new tracks on his livestream. It's a real treat he's made for us today. While I'll admit it starts out a little different than his usual tracks, it quickly emerges into a classic Deadmau5 tracks. This one sounds pretty close to a full release as a single or good to go on Zimmerman's next album. Either way, it's a pleasure to have a new Deadmau5 track to play.

Martin Solveig- Tomorrowland 2012 Live Set

I'm really pumped to have the full set from Martin Solveig. The official TomorrowLand TV only streamed a few clips but Solveig just posted his full set on SoundCloud. This is really an epic set.

TommorrowLand Day 3 Recap (Livestream)

It's safe to say that the final day of TomorrowLand was a major success, the acts were spectacular. A lot of live sets that were recorded were surely by coming in over the next few days but as of now I've only found Avicii's which was posted yesterday, Chuckie's and Skrillex's. All in all I only envisage this festival growing and growing. While I, along with thousands of others, would have loved to be there, I'm neither old enough or have the funds to travel there, but someday...

Chuckie's set was posted on his SoundCloud, it was a pretty solid set and while it did everything it should, I got pretty bored with it and ended up skimming over it.

Skrillex was the first dubstep artist to headline on the main stage at TomorrowLand, and while he made a brand new set, it was on the safe side, and there's nothing wrong with that. His set features all your favourite Skrillex tracks as well as one I didn't recognize. Although this is only a 25 minute rip, it's far better than nothing.

Martin Solveig's set was insane. He's now officially on my list of DJs I'm desperate to see. This eight minute clip includes Solveig's hit, The Night out.

Next up is Zeds Dead, although I wanted to hear some of their set, it really wasn't streamed. Either way mad props to these guys for performing their set then flying straight back to Toronto to throw a crazy block party, nice little interview.

Now I don't care how old Fatboy Slim is, I saw his set live and he's still got it. His set had some killer edits and tracks in his set that caught me off guard and it's awesome. Enjoy his pre-set interview.

Last but not least is David Guetta. We all know that Guetta was one of the big pioneers of TomorrowLand and has been supporting it for a long time. His set was incredible, I watched all of it that was streamed and it didn't fail to disappoint. Some call him the father of TomorrowLand. As you see in this video, the magnitude of TomorrowLand is near incomprehensible. It truly is a three day city. As Guetta flew in over Afrojack's set I couldn't help but smile.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

BINGO BALLS - July 2012 Mix

As promised, here is Bingo Balls' July Mix and let me tell you this one is a massive rager. You gotta check this one out as it's too intense for words. It combines so many giant house ragers and the mix flows flawlessly.

Avicii – TomorowLand 2012 Live Set

Avicci was one of the headlining acts on day one of TomorrowLand 2012. I not only watched his set on the YouTube livestream but we've got a recording of his entire set. If you didn't watch the livestream of his set then here it is. It features a ton of unreleased bangers from Avicii as well as a lot of favourite hit tracks as well as some favourite tracks from last year's TomorrowLand. 

TomorrowLand Day 2 Recap (LiveStream)

Day two of the legendary three day festival brought an incredible new set by Skrillex, considering I've been hearing the same one since Ultra Music Festival Miami. Anyway, Porter Robinson, Paul Van Dyk and Chuckie all threw down crazy sets. The centre of attention on day two for me was Swedish House Mafia. They really did a great job with their overall performance and the highlight for me was when they performed their new single, Don't You Worry Child which can be seen below.

 Anyway, the livestream is still going on the third and final day of TomorrowLand so if you've got nothing to do, watch the livestream for what I'm sure will be some killer music!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Skrillex- Right In (Stratus Remix)

Since he remixed Spectrum, I've been keeping a really close eye on Stratus and yesterday he dropped a remix of Right In by Skrillex. It is a head banging dubstep remix of the track we all love and it revives what was starting to become an old track.

Saturday Spotlight #6- Madeon

There is absolutely no doubt that Madeon is the most talented young producer out there. The 18 year old producer from Nantes, France is the artist I get most excited for when a new track is released. He stands by quality over quantity which builds up so much suspense when he releases a new track. His first big release was a remix for Deadmau5 of Raise Your Weapon, which certainly turned a few heads. Madeon's next big hit was his Pop Culture mashup which is arguably the best mashup ever, in my opinion. Not to mention he did the whole thing live, and only using a Novation Launchpad and Ableton Live. After he posted that video on YouTube Madeon's social networking pages exploded and even though he's legally not old enough to get in, he's been playing at huge festivals like Coachella. He quickly refined his feel good sound and released Icarus which is his best original track. Along the way he did a remix for Martin Solveig's The Night Out which again displayed his unique, easy going, feel good sound. Shortly after giving us a teaser for Finale, he did a mini mix for BBC Radio, which took over 70 tracks and mashed it all together into 5 minutes. When Finale was officially dropped last Sunday I was over the moon. There is not a single negative thing to say about Madeon's work and his latest track only goes to reinforce his already notable reputation. If one thing is true, Madeon is going to go so far and I can't wait to hear what he's got for us next.

Steve Aoki- Aoki's House on Electric Area

I love Steve Aoki mixes / sets, end of story. Aoki just posted 3 mixes he did for Electric Area on his SoundCloud. They're all really solid mixes that are awesome to just stick on and listen to. 

Friday, 27 July 2012


Blau's monthly mixes known as 3LAU HAUS are starting to build up a really solid reputation. This 4th instalment features alot of stellar tracks including Blau's unreleased remix of Spectrum which of course I am so excited for. This mix is again an absolute beauty.

Nine Inch Nails - Survivalism (deadmau5 remix thing)

Deadmau5' remix of NIN's Survivalism has been floating around for about a week now and I've finally gathered my thoughts on the track. While it's rumored but unconfirmed that Nine Inch Nails had nothing to do with the remix, it's still pretty good. Although Zimmerman really didn't do all that much to the original, I really dig the remix for it's glitch metal vibe.

Tomorrowland Livestream RIGHT NOW

Tomorrowland is no doubt one of the biggest festivals in the world. We're lucky enough to have a livestream, courtesy of the new YouTube Live, all day long for this 3 day event of spectacular EDM madness!

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Jack Beats - Evolution Mix

Here is ‘Evolution’- a mixtape which Jack Beats made as a preview to their forthcoming release: ‘Careless’- the first of 2 mini albums they’re dropping over the next few months. Jack Beats feel this shorter album format works better with their style of music, and that’s why they’ve decided to essentially split their album project into 2 releases, as opposed to 1. ‘Careless’ features new tracks and collabs with Diplo, Dillon Francis, Example & Takura, and drops on OWSLA (beatport only) Aug 7th, and then as a full worldwide release Sept 10th through Columbia.

Thursday's Thoughts #1

This new segment I'm starting will be taking a look at the news over that past week in EDM and putting my own spin, opinion, and rant on it.

Over the last week Rusko had an interview with DJMag where he rips on a lot of things including Deadmau5 and his own performance. Rusko admits to heavy drug use not only in his producing sessions but also during his live performances. Rusko even had to postpone a recent show as he was carried away on a stretcher due to dehydration and left his audience to chill. Now most of us know that Deadmau5 is always one to take to twitter or tumblr to voice his opinions and back in 2010 Deadmau5 voiced his disaproval of Rusko smoking a joint backstage. Deadmau5 shakes these celebrity twitter wars off but Rusko hasn't gotten over it.

“People have tried to reconcile us,” Rusko tells the magazine. “I’m like, ‘Don’t bring that c**t near me.’ It’s still very much on. We haven’t really been in the same room since it happened, until we are put in the same room by accident or whatever, who knows? He might be chilled out; it’s still on for me. Once I hate someone, I hate ‘em forever.”

Although you wouldn't expect it from Joel, he genuinely wants to stop his shows when he sees people being carried away for medical attention because he promotes sense of responsibility. Rusko however is setting a bad example for young kids looking up at him when partys so hard at his performances.

“I’m very raspy today, after 22 nights of getting pissed up in a row,” he says. “You know they have the one litre bottles of Grey Goose, the big fat giant ones? I do a whole big one a night. It’s a combination of tolerance and being more fucked up. Every day I wake up more and more hung-over and more and more bruised and tired, so I have to drink more to get myself in the right frame of mind to get back on stage. I’ve been drinking vodka for the last 22 nights in a row, so you build up a tolerance to it. Now I’m just necking it out of the bottle. It does make mornings a little harder, but every night I get more pissed. It’s fun. If I worried about it, I’d be a mess.”

To be honest, most of the people that read that interview in DJMag will be under 21, that's plain and simple. When Rusko goes and boasts about his poor drinking habits it's a bit disappointing. It's not the fact that he's drinking that much. You can go to a random ass house party on the weekend and see plenty of morons trying to give themselves alcohol poisoning. No, it's the fact that Rusko is doing it so publicly when he has such an influence on a young crowd and even worse, the fact that he simply doesn't care either.

Here Rusko talks about the making of his latest album, Songs.
“I made Opium entirely on Promethazine codeine syrup, which basically looks like opium in a bottle,” he cheerily details to the DJ Mag interviewer. “I managed to score a bottle of the real lean 100-percent codeine syrup. The album was very inspired by the drugs I was taking while I was making it. One day I took Rohypnol, the date-rape drug. I date-raped myself, and made a track, Dirty Sexy Money. I’m at this stage now, I’m drinking a bottle of vodka a night, enjoying drugs for what they are, and not being shy about it. This album wouldn’t sound as good as it does if I wasn’t taking a fuck-load of drugs.”

The fact that Rusko believes that he has to resort to drug use to produce material is a really bad sign. People have made dubstep 10 times better than any of Rusko's tracks without having to go out every night and "get fucked up". It's really a shame that Rusko has to give credit for his music to drugs. It just makes it shittier for all the other artists who pour their personality and soul into their tracks where all Rusko seems to be pouring into his tracks is Grey Goose vodka and Promethazine codeine syrup. The worst part is, Rusko isn't damaging his own career but damaging the growing reputation of the EDM scene with throwing around casual recreational drug usage

Next up Skrillex, Diplo, KOAN Sound, Pretty Lights, Tokimonsta and Grimes’ Full Flex Express tour came to an end this past week. I wasn’t lucky enough to make it to the Toronto stop but I heard from friends in Ottawa and Calgary that it was a killer show. Diplo and KOAN Sound threw down amazing sets while underdogs Tokimonsta and Grimes took the crowds by surprise. Skrillex and his spaceship had a killer set featuring his latest remix for Birdy Nam Nam as well as all our favourite Skrillex tracks like Promises, Reptile, Ruffneck, Scary Monsters and Right In.

I secured my wristband the other day for the Veld Festival in Toronto. Lineup includes Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Kill The Noise, Tommy Trash, Steve Angello, Avicii, Nicky Romero, Savoy, Krewella, Bassnectar, Swanky Tunes and many others. Its gearing up for an unbelievable day and I’ll be sure to hook you guys up with an aftermath post on that one.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

USHER - Climax (dave sitek remix)

Today we've got a remix of Usher's Climax that is really mellow and bass heavy. I know the two might not sound like they go together but give the remix a listen, you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised.

Jokes On You (Kill The Noise Remix)

This one's been floating around for a while on the internet for a while now but it was recently confirmed to be on the Roots Remixed EP which dropped today. KTN's VIP of Jokes On You is straight filthy. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full post of Roots Remixed.

Feed Me - Annie Nightingale - BBC Radio 1 Mix

I love getting a BBC Radio Mix. It showcase's an artist's latest tracks as well as some of their favorites, and its always nice to see what your favorite artists are listening too. Feed Me's mix for BBC Radio is a solid mix and the first one I've ever heard from Feed Me. 

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

We Are Young - Fun. Ft Janelle Monae (Alvin Risk Remix Part 2)

Alvin Risk's first remix of Fun.'s We Are Young really didn't do anything for me but the part 2 of the remix that Risk dropped yesterday evening is exponentially better. It does a lot more for the track and keeps the majestic feel that Fun. put into the original while still maintaining the usual Alvin Risk dubstep sound.

Madeon vs. Katy Perry - Wide Awake for the Finale (TeeTs Mashup)

Although I missed this one for Mashed Monday, Tee Ts takes Madeon's epic new track, Finale and gives it the well known vocals from Katy Perry's Wide Awake.

Jon Bellion – The Motto (Drake Cover)

Drake's popular track The Motto just received a fresh new cover. New kid Jon Bellion took Drake's lyrics and put them over soft piano instrumental. The combo works out really nice and the result is a chill laid back cover. I've never heard of Jon Bellion until now but if this is any indicator, keep your eyes peeled for that name.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Usher- Scream (R3HAB Remix)

Who else could remix Usher's club hit Scream but R3HAB? This giant house remix of Scream decks it out and adds a lot of fist pumping. Through Usher's vocals R3HAB builds the suspense and when the beat drops you get a giant house beat that's reminiscent of the beat you'd find in a Zedd remix.

Mashed Monday #4

This week was another quiet one in terms of bootlegs (minus Dance Floor Filth 2). However, I've still got some pretty awesome mashups for you guys.

First up is the latest mashup from Two Friends. Titled Both Of Us Feel Good, this mashup isn't a banger but still encompasses alot of sweet tracks including Feel So Close, I Gotta Feelin', Both Of Us, and 100 Years. This mashup really encompasses a solid beat that's definitely gonna bring back some good memories.

Bingo Balls is a really respectable source for bootlegs and mixes. His latest project takes quite a few classic tracks as well as the borderline overused track, Feel So Close. No matter what though, this track is pretty cool. Make sure to check back for Bingo Balls' July Mix.

Just last night I got my hands on the latest mashup from Manic Focus that he did with dveloped. Mrs. Fantastic takes Nothin' On You as well as All Summer Long as well as a few other samples and comes as a solid track as the summer is at its peak. Unfortunately Manic Focus put in the description for the track that no download is available yet but it's on its way.

Last but by no means least is the new 5 & A Dime track which dropped last night at midnight or today at noon depending on whether you're part of the BASSMOB group on Facebook (join because you get tracks sent straight to your email earlier than the release with a note from Kantor!) LINK TO BASSMOB GROUP HERE . Snapbacks & Centipedes is a promising bootleg that takes Driickey Graham's Snapbacks and Tatoos and gives it some Knife Party filth. All in all another hard bootleg from 5 & A Dime. Can't wait to see what he's got for us next.

GRiZ – The Future Is Now

With a sound reminiscent of Pretty Lights, GRiZ has rapidly become a common name in the EDM scene. A combination of funk and lazers, GRiZ's latest track is pretty sweet and be sure to enjoy the free download.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Adventure Club – Wait (The Killabits Remix)

Toronto's newest duo known as The Killabits just released an awesome drumstep remix of Adventure Club's Wait which we posted back in May. This remix highly modifies A.C.'s track with tons of energy and good vibes.

Rick Ross ft Jay-Z & Dr. Dre – 3 Kings

As I said when I started this blog, I disregard most hip-hop but this one was really something else. Off of Rick Ross' upcoming album dropping on the 31st, this gem, 3 Kings, features Jay-Z as well as Dr Dre, three of the big hitters in terms of rap. However, this track is really sweet, has hard hitting rhymes and is a well rounded track. Make sure to grab the rest of the album on the 31st.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Nostalgia- Faith In Dubstep Restored

Upcoming producer, Nostalgia just dropped a massive new dubstep mix that packs 21 of your favourite wubs n' dubs into a killer 29 minute dubstep mix. The title really speaks for itself on this one. You really gotta check out this one and make sure it finds its way into your library.

Saturday Spotlight #5- Kraak & Smaak

Although I'm relatively new to Kraak & Smaak, the clever trio from the Netherlands have very quickly become my favourite electronic funk producers. Although their second album, Plastic People sold 80,000 copies in the U.S. they have really started becoming more and more popular over the last year, playing at massive U.S. festivals like Coachella and Ultra Music Festival. Their latest album, Electric Hustle has put them on not just American College radio networks, but also mainstream radio which has only been working wonders for the trio. This European powerhouse of funk and bass is clearly working, tracks like Summer Runnin', and their latest remix of Solomun's Cloud Dancer are included in my favourites.

Dillon Francis: EDC Alaska

Clearly Dillon Francis is joking but nonetheless this video is hilarious. If you follow him on Twitter then you know that Francis is an easy going, jokester that doesn't take things too seriously and is willing to poke fun at just about anything. Also be sure to check out some of Francis' other YouTube tour adventure vlogs.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Popeska- You'll Never Know

The 19 year old dubstep-glitch hop fusion producer from Atlanta known as Popeska released a new track yesterday titled You'll Never Know. It is a mischievous glitch/dubstep track that may have gone under the radar if not for SoundCloud.

Two Door Cinema Club- Sleep Alone

After what seems like a lifetime, Two Door Cinema Club is back with a brand new track. Coming somewhat off the back of Tourist History, their chart topping album with the big hit, What You Know. The Irish trio's next project, Beacon, is due to release on September 3rd and I'm so pumped to find out that these guys weren't a one hit wonder. The track is absolutely great and comes as a great summer track.

Deadmau5 feat. Gerard Way - Professional Griefers (Preview)

Most people heard the unreleased rip of this track about the same time last year and just assumed it was done. However, this preview just goes to show that the unreleased rips and leaks are never representative of the final product. Deadmau5's Professional Griefers  now has vocals courtesy of Gerard Way and the full single drops on September 2nd. 

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Zedd - Spectrum Remixes Post

I've decided that instead of posting Spectrum remixes individually, I'm just gonna post them all into this one big post. With the remix contest on Beatport, there are a ton of Spectrum remixes out right now and some of them are really awesome.Zedd had the number one spot on Beatport locked down for a solid two weeks!

The first one from DJ Firefox had a sound that really reminded me of Zedd's remix of Scary Monsters Nice Sprites, either way I really liked this remix.

This next remix from Stratus adds some filth to Spectrum. The dubstep loop was just made for fun but when Stratus found out about the Beatport contest he reworked it for Spectrum. Either way this is a filthy dubstep remix that works.

Another, more recent version from Absurd Rate Drumshaker turns Spectrum into this massive banger with a killer beat.

The acoustic version isn't quite a remix but if you haven't heard it then grab some tissues as this one may make you cry. This beautiful piano acoustic version of Spectrum is spectacular and although it's only 1:50, it is so incredible, way to go Zedd!

Grinfer's spin on Spectrum, while a little slow to start, has a really nice piano medley over top that works nicely to add to this master piece.

This old school dubstep remix of Spectrum caught me a little off guard, but it's pretty cool and is a solid dubstep remix.

One of the few drum n bass remixes of Spectrum that I've found is definitely in my top 3 remixes for Spectrum. You can really feel the drum n bass as well as the sweat and tears that clearly went into this remix. I definitely saved the best for last in this post.

Finally is Arty's Remix of Spectrum which is set to drop on the Spectrum EP on July 31st. This track really gives the original a run for its money in terms of just how epic it is.

All in all, if I had to choose a my favorite remix it would either be the Nyasin remix or the JackLNDN remix or the Arty Remix. Both in my opinion have really done all the things a remix should. Make sure to check back on July 31st for the drop of the Spectrum EP which is set to contain some remixes and hopefully some new tracks from Zedd.

Afrojack- Rock The House

Afrojack's Rock The House is an awesome club banger track that almost has a drum n bass feel to it. Either way this track is awesome and I guarantee theres gonna be some really sweet mashups and remixes that come from this track. Make sure to buy the track from Beatport.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Kill The Noise- Roots Remixed EP Sampler

Nothing builds up suspense like a teaser from Kill The Noise. Dropping on July 24th, The Roots Remixed EP is set to contain remixes by Kaskade, Torro Torro, and others. To keep your cravings satisfied however, KTN was nice enough to drop a sample on his SoundCloud.

Birdy Nam Nam- Jaded Future EP

I'm always pumped when there's a new OWSLA release especially now that the label is releasing Birdy Nam Nam's Jaded Future. Birdy Nam Nam are one of the bigger (in terms of how many DJs are in the group) DJ ensembles I know of. Birdy Nam Nam were really unheard of until Skrillex's remix of Goin In. This EP has three really sweet, original tracks as well as a ton of awesome remixes too. Be sure to snag the Ep from Beatport or iTunes.

Jay-Z vs. Lana Del Rey - National Empire (Carlos Serrano Mix)

Carlos Serrano's new mashup is his best since Something About The Fire in my opinion. National Empire combines Jay Z's Empire State of Mind and Lana Del Ray. This mashup while more laid back instrumentally, really hits all the right notes. You can really feel what Serrano was going for and man is this mashup a killer.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

3LAU- Dance Floor Filth 2

Dance Floor Filth was one of my favorite mashup albums of last year, it contained all the respective elements that one should contain. Just today, Blau released the second edtion to DFF and it doesn't dissapoint from any angle. The album features 12 packed bootlegs including 5 brand new never heard bootlegs as well as some singles he's been working on. As I've said before on this blog, one of the nice things about 3LAU is that he really does things for the right reasons as we saw with his Pencils of Promise campaign in which he raised 25,000 dollars to go towards building schools. This album is packed with rager mashups that don't fail to please. If you hadn't already found your summer go to mashups then you're sure to find them here. My personal favorite from the album was Love Control.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Cubic Zirconia – Darko (Tommy Trash Remix)

Tommy Trash is back with his latest remix. This time, tackling Cubic Zirconia's Darko, Trash has taken what was at first a decent track and really wound it up a notch.

Mashed Monday #3

This week we've got three sick mashups to share.

First up is the latest track from DJ I6, titled Sorority Squat, this mashup features a ton of massive pop tracks, from CMM to Rack City.

Next up is the latest project from Carlos Serrano, this track adds Biggie & Diddy's rhymes to M83's timeless classic, Midnight City.

Moving along, I have a really sick mashup from a producer I just found, CastAway. In this bootleg he takes Guetta & Avicii's Sunshine and adds Florence & The Machine as well as The Police, this unusual combination takes you by surprise but flows very well resulting in a brilliant mashup.

Madeon- Finale

Since Madeon posted the YouTube teaser for this track a few months back, I've been waiting in anticipation for Finale and just less than an hour ago Madeon uploaded the track to SoundCloud. Although it varies sligtly from Madeon's usual sound, I love it. There is nothing at all that I have to say about Madeon thats negative. He's killing it as one of the biggest young DJs we have. Make sure to download the track on iTunes.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Basic Physics - Light Me Up (Volume One)

From Basic Physics comes the full version of the song Light Me Up. The short, 2 minute teaser that he posted a while ago is nothing compared to the 33 minute monster that he put up last Monday. It's very well done, completely fulfilling my expectations.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Saturday Spotlight #4- 5 & A Dime

Where to start with 5 & A Dime? Known as 5 & A Dime, Gregory Kantor is a mashup artist from Philadelphia. I caught on to 5 & A Dime back in the summer of 2011 with his release of Skrillmau5 which took My Name is Skrillex and Ghosts N Stuff. From then on he went forward to release the hugely successful #BASSMOB in the fall. All through the winter I waited and waited with anticipation as he released more singles and in the spring when he announced that he was working on a sequel to #BASSMOB, I was over the f**king moon with joy. Bassmob II: Return To Neverland, his fourth album has taken Kantor soaring to new heights and he has really built an iconic show for himself with his clever use of the Tiger and Elmo suits at his live shows. Shortly after the Bassmob II, he released his latest single, Change, just a few days ago. This latest single combined Dillon Francis' Dill The Noise and Porter Robinson's 100% In the Bitch, also adding some vocals from Diplo.  I haven't been fortunate enough to go to one of his shows yet as he has really left Canada unexplored so far, but I can't wait to see one of his shows as I know they are epic. Keep an eye out for Kantor over the rest of this summer. Even though he released an album, I guarantee that he'll be continuing to pump out more track before the summer is up.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Keys N Krates- Promises (In Studio Rehersal Cover)

Keys N Krates are known for their legendary remixes. Today however, I was taken by surprise to see them operate as a crazy live band in their rendition of Nero's Promises, which has a really prominent beat and you gotta check it out.

Zedd - Spectrum (JackLNDN Remix)

Yes, I realize I've posted far too many remixes of Spectrum but I swear this one is my favourite. JackLNDN's remixes are always legendary and this one follows the trend. This remix of Spectrum adds a really cool twist that I haven't heard done on this track. 

Kraak & Smaak- Summer Runnin'

This morning I've got the latest track from the laid back duo, Kraak & Smaak. This time we've got yet another chill electronic track with a catchy synth and the usual funked out bass line. It's always a bit of a treat to hear a new track from these guys.

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Birdy Nam Nam - Goin' In (Skrillex "Goin' Down" Mix)

As we were just warming up, Skrillex drops another mix of Birdy Nam Nam's Goin In, this time with a slower mix with less of a trap feel, while still maintaining the bass at a high standard.

100th Post Special

Well here it is. The 100th post special. I'm really happy with the way this blog is shaping up. Today I'm gonna compile a whole bunch of track into one big, badass post with a lot of the tracks I've found over the past few days.

First up is the latest remix from Dillon Francis, I've been really impressed with what Francis has been coming up with recently and this track takes one of the pioneer moombah track of last year and turns it into a really sweet trap song. None the less its a really filthy track with some bass to wake you up.

Second up we have another edit from the up and coming producer, Chi Duly. This time he took on the broad task of editing the legendary California Love. It's got a really laid back, mellow tone to it with a funky bass line underneath.

Next up we have a remix of Steve Aoki's The Kids Will Have Their Say fresh off of Aoki's Wonderland remixes album. Remixed by Bassnectar, let me just warn you this track really proves the bass in Bassnectar.

Also I've got another remix from Aoki's latest which is Alvin Risk's remix of Earthquakey People. This remix from Aoki's fellow Dim Mak producer packs a punch and gives the orignal a real run for it's money. 

Our penultimate track today is a new mashup, highlighting Taylor Swift, the latest mashup from Yoni blends popular electro house tracks with a few of Taylor Swift's vocals.

To close the post is yet another remix of Spectrum, this one by Bassex, it really brings some bass over to the track and builds up quite well.

Porter Robinson- Spitfire: Bonus Remixes

Today we have a free release from Porter Robinson that nearly slipped under my radar. Porter's Spitfire album was undoubtedly one of my favorites of last year and Porter recently dropped three free remixes from it that includes two spankin' remixes of Vandalism, which was my favourite track from the entire album as well as a remix of the title track, Spitfire. It's not often that we get free things on Beatport let alone one as sweet as this. 

Link to free Beatport download

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Birdy Nam Nam- Goin In (Skrillex Remix)

Yesterday we were lucky enough to receive the official remix for Birdy Nam Nam's Goin In from Skrillex.It's time to delete the ripped concert version you've been listening too and head over to Skrillex's YouTube page. Make sure to check back on the 17th for the release of Birdy Nam Nam's Jaded Future EP dropping via OWSLA on Beatport. For now though turn up the bass on this one as it's packed with hard hitting Skrillex beats and when the second drop comes around, your brain may melt.

Ellie Goulding- Hanging On (ft. Tinie Tempah)

Since her cover release of The Weeknd's High For This, Ellie Goulding has been really killing it. Her latest drop of a track featuring Tinie Tempah is really remeniscent of Starry Eyed, and has a really good beat, as well as nice vocals.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

5 & A Dime- Change

Having just come off the release of BASSMOB II, I wasn't expecting to get another bootleg from 5 & A Dime for a while, but this one comes as a really sweet track, featuring Dillon Francis & Kill The Noise's Dill The Noise, as well as featuring Diplo's Butter's Theme and Porter Robinson's 100% In The Bitch.

DJ i6 - Electric Midnight EP

DJ i6 dropped an EP last week, and his second one so far. From the first listen of the intro, it appears that he is determined to use every reasonably popular song or artist that has been published within the last year. For example, within the first thirty seconds (excluding the vocal intro) he uses four distinctive tracks, and keeps up that pace for most of the song. It may sound a bit hectic, but in most cases, it flows nicely.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Ellie Goulding Vs. John Dahlback - Lights Embrace Me (Imanos Mash-Up)

A recent mashup of songs from the well-known Ellie Goulding as well as songs from John Dahlback works perfectly. Created by Imanos, it has multiple, but different-sounding drops compressed into a 5 minute span. He puts out new mixes and mashups pretty regularly, and his page on soundcloud is definitely worth a check.

Sun Glitters - Insane (Need a Name Remix)

Most likely a track that went unnoticed, a chill remix by Need a Name puts a new spin on Insane. Although it starts out pretty slow, it picks up a bit in the middle and has a nice strong beat.

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Martin Solveig vs Nicky Romero vs Laura LaRue – Night Out UnDeuxTrois Toulouse (Laidback Luke Mashup)

Here comes a pretty sick mashup from Laidback Luke, incorporating Martin Solveig’s “Night Out”, as well as a song by Nicky Romero and one by Laura LaRue. Its smooth all the way and really worth a listen, and the free download.

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Basic Physics - Light Me Up (Volume One)

From the amazing Basic Physics comes a preview of a mashup guaranteed to be a hit. In the short two-minute spree that he posted, it is song after song of awesome combination, with a sexy sounding fade thrown in. The full version will be released on Monday, and it is definitely something great to look forward to.

Spotlight Saturday #3- Carlos Serrano

Carlos Serrano has been pretty underground up until a few months back with his release of the mash up Something About The Fire, which took Adele's vocals and combined it with some really funky Daft Punk. I really urge you to check out his other tracks as they really don't disappoint. One of the other things that really caught me was that Serrano doesn't follow the traditional mashup formula of house track with pop vocals. He really mixes it up with the genres he draws his samples from. Also be sure to check out the post we did on his lates mashup, which again had a peculiar combination, featuring Ellie Goulding's delicate and petite vocals with Biggie's heavy rhymes. Below are two of his most recent mixes, Something About The Fire and Night Mania. Be sure to keep an eye open for Serrano as his mashups are getting better and better.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Slap The Bag & Christian Ulstrup - Resaca

Spanish for hangover, Resaca is a dope progressive house track. Influenced by dancefloor beats, this is a sick track to both listen to and dance to.

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Zedd – Spectrum Ft. Matthew Koma (Steerner & Tjernberg Remix)

Two Swedish musicians, Steerner and Tjernberg, remix the recently published song Spectrum, ft. Matthew Koma by Zedd. A great song to start off with is made even better in this remix.

They're stealing our pie.

I recently read an article in EDM Snob about what is the beginnings of an EDM crisis. Theres no point in me trying to paraphrase or reword it, the great people over at EDM Snob have put it simple and blunt, so feel free to read. So many people are trying to grab a corporate slice of the pie that is EDM. Even though there are the die hard fans that will always back it up, I feel that as of late, too many people seem to be jumping on our band wagon trying to profit from what has been years of great times with no real troubles.

Letting the corporate world into EDM is like letting a thief take your house and then sell it back to you brick by brick. There, I said it.
By now, it’s no secret. The world of corporate music and concerts wants your house.
…And your trance, your dubstep, your electro, and your drum and bass, too. They want whatever you want, so that they can sell it back to you note-by-note and wobble-by-wobble.
Since our original expose about Insomniac’s Electric Daisy Carnival, I’ve spoken to a lot of people in the industry, and many others in the live EDM business have spoken out on their own publicly. Let’s recap on what I’ve learned.
There are two big factions in the live EDM business, and both of them are in a gold rush to acquire independent promoters and become bigger and more powerful than the other one.
The first is Live Nation Entertainment, which you may know as Ticketmaster, the service-charging powerhouse of the ticketing world. In the last year, they’ve acquired Creamfields and Hard Events, bringing on the respective leaders of those companies and building strategies to further increase their influence.
The second entity is what will eventually be known as SFX Entertainment, which includes Disco Donnie Presents. Originally I thought that this company had spun off from Insomniac’s touring events division entirely. What I now know is that Disco Donnie took back the approximately 20 local affiliate companies that he delivered to Insomniac around 2010, and sold that whole entity to Robert Sillerman and SFX Entertainment. Insomniac and Disco Donnie Presents are still partners on the massives (including Electric Daisy Carnival), so we’ll lump these companies together.
There’s been a lot of ridiculous PR-talk coming from these two companies, so let me make this perfectly clear: this is all about money. In honor of my economist marketing manager, let’s lay down a few economic lessons.
  1. Decreased competition drives prices up. This one is easy. When you have fewer options, people can charge more. Buying competing companies is a down payment. You pay a good amount now to be able to charge a lot more later, because people don’t have alternatives. So all this talk about “We’ll be able to deliver better events because of the resources we have now” is total jive. Yeah, you’ll be able to deliver what people perceive as “better” events because you make it seem that way through your marketing, and then you can charge higher prices.
  2. People don’t invest millions of dollars for fun. The people in the music business at the highest level are not in this for the love of the music. That might be a perk, but this is about making money. A lot of money. If these companies are investing $100 million into a company, it’s because they expect it make them $200 million. A lot of times, this money comes from financing arrangements with banks or investment capital firms. These are groups of rich white men that look for hungry businessmen that can make their money grow in exchange for the opportunity to run a powerful business.
  3. The artist and the businessman do not get along. I love it when I hear about how a music festival created an “experience” for the people there, like it’s some kind of gift that they worked day and night to give to you. Make no mistake, they’re charging you for that experience. You’re paying for every light, sound, and smell that you’re getting. There’s no place for “had a good time” or “beautiful” on a balance sheet. Corporations don’t care.
So what does this mean for you? It means, very simply, that these companies are selling themselves out, and they’re selling you out in the process. When people like James Barton of Creamfields, Gary Richards of Hard Events, and Disco Donnie say that they’ve sold their company to be able to “deliver bigger and better events to the fans”, that’s nonsense. If they don’t know that it’s nonsense, they’re delusional, and if they do know, then they’re liars. They have effectively sold their souls to the devil that is corporate music, and you will pay the price.
We’re already seeing the signs. Increasingly, EDM artists are being signed to what are known as “360 deals”, which are exactly what you would expect: record companies now get a slice of EVERYTHING that an artist profits from, where they only used to get a big slice of the music revenues. Music profits are disappearing. You simply can’t sell someone a song when they can get it for free. Live performances are now the big moneymaker.
Concert Production and live EDM promotion companies are starting to realize how important they are and swing that weight around. If you want to play at Ultra Music Festival, you have to sign a contract with a “radius clause”, where you agree to not play anywhere nearby for 90 days before or after their event. Eventually, more big festivals will have this, and artists will be terrified to be left out of these massive events. So it will be virtually impossible to see your favorite artists outside of a big festival where you are paying hundreds of dollars alongside a hundred thousand other people.
These are the juicy profits that these two big companies want. As soon as they can get away with it, they’re going to start locking up popular artists, hyping them up even more, and then cashing in when they have the only way to see them.
I like to think I have a very complete and advanced marketing education, so let me sum it all up. This is bad for absolutely everyone except for a very small number of people that will become very rich. I laugh when I talk to a mid or low-level employee of one of these companies that has been bought by a big corporate venture. They really think that this is their ticket to the big time. These corporations will put together a list of people that work for the companies they buy, draw a line through the middle, and fire the bottom half. Then, they’ll assign those responsibilities to the people in the top half, or make them automated completely. I’ve met many people that thought they knew where the line was and which side they were on. They were wrong.
Luckily, it’s not too late. There are things you can do, but probably won’t. None of you will care enough or be brave enough to go against what you are told is the popular thing to do. I’ll give you a list anyway.
  • Refuse to buy any tickets through a system with service fees. These are code words for “we can get away with it, so why not” fees. It’s pure profit.
  • Demand to know how much an artist charges to perform before you go to see them. You’re paying for a ticket, why is it secret how much of that goes to the promoter and how much goes to the artist?
  • Support independent shows. The more companies that have successful shows, the more competition there is in the market. That drives prices down.
  • Make up your own damn mind about who has good music and who doesn’t. Don’t settle for what people tell you is good. That just means that artist has a better PR team. Go listen for yourself.
  • SEND THIS ARTICLE TO YOUR FRIENDS. I don’t make any money no matter how many people read this. I care about saving my music from the claws of corporate greed. So get the word out.
Make no mistake; we’re in for a war. There are very powerful men that are trying to figure out how to turn the love of EDM into an ATM on their front lawn. Maybe this time will be different. Maybe this time, people won’t stand for being taken advantage of. EDM has always been about the idea that anyone can jump right in. But right now, there is a battle being fought over what used to be free, and you are the prize. I’m reminded of a line written by the poet To Huu during the Vietnam War:

“In the end, in any war, whoever won, the people always lost.”

Not on my watch.
-EDM Snob