Fridays are perfect to give a Rebirth to a worthy cause or DJ!
It’s Throwback Friday and we’re taking you to London to experience Bijan Aka O’Nari. Bijan is described as a very versatile DJ, able to cross multiple genres based on the need and is proficient as either the headline DJ or a DJ to warm up the crowd. Since he is such an adaptable DJ, he has had the opportunity to play alongside several highly respected artists, such as, Pharrell Williams, The Killers, Phoenix, MGMT, and LMFAO (just to name a few).
With the oldest event dating back to 2001, what I can tell you for sure, is that he is a very seasoned DJ. He’s had the time to develop his sound and style and it shows through his select productions available on his SoundCloud account. Plus, studying music productio in Logic over the last few years couldn’t have hurt his abilities. Now you can’t mention that someone has worked with LMFAO and not include their mashup that includes a sample. Sexy Aura (which also includes a sample from Mark Mendes & Paris & Simo) is a mashup I could see doing well in both the warmup set and as a headlining number.
His newest mashup available is 3 months old, but gives you a glimpse of what he’s capable of. Just a few samples, Avicii against Morgan Page featuring Lizzie as O’Nari’s Longest Road edit. It has that Progressive House feel that we’ve enjoyed featuring a lot more lately. Finally, to round this baby out, I wanted to leave you with my favorite mashup he has on his account. It’s his mega mashup from 2010! Oh man, this really takes me back. O’Nari considers it his mega mix of the club hits from that time. Can you identify them all (I can’t, so don’t feel guilty if you can’t recall them all).
O’Nari (Wiggle Dat Bootleg 2.0) – Sexy Aura (Mark Mendes & Paris & Simo vs. LMFAO) – 6A
O’Nari – Tim vs. The Longest Road (Avicii vs. Morgan Page ft. Lizzie) – 2A
Hed Kandi Pres. VIP (mixed by O’Nari)
A few days ago I was listening to my “Matt & Kim” channel on Pandora, when a song started to play that I absolutely loved. Turns out I had heard it before and gave it a thumbs up in approval at that time too. Punks Jump Up is a music-making duo from London (well, Joe Attard is from London; David Andersson is from Sweden), that first came together all the way back in 2004. Over the past four years they have several Disco Club originals, not to mention their official remixes of the likes of Miike Snow, Two Door Cinema Club, Lykke Li, Ladyhawke, Chromeo, Yell, and Peter Bjorn & John. They have toured heavily in most European countries, as well as Australia, USA, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, China, Singapore, and Jakarta. Currently, they’re focusing their attention on an album, projected to release sometime in the Spring of 2013.
Now, back to that Pandora track, it was their remix of Miike Snow’s Animal that really caught my ear and wouldn’t let go. I’m sure it helps their case that I’m already a huge Miike Snow fan. This remix is nearly 3 years old and has well over 25,000 plays on their SoundCloud account. I also found Punks Jump Up’s remix to Chromeo’s Hot Mess. “I need somebody – *what* – I need someone,” gotta love the robot voices – granted that’s all Chromeo’s doing. But hey, it’s a remix I can get into. Finally, there is the remix of Lykke Li’s Breaking It Up. I like that it has a drop built into it, not like a Dubstep track that comes back with heavy bass, but rather a soft build that takes about a minute to get back into the Dance beat. A lot of fun is what this remix is!
Miike Snow – Animal (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Lykke Li – Breaking It Up (Punks Jump Up Remix)
I just don’t know where to start for today’s Throwback Friday feature. I’ve selected Cosmic Dawn of Lillehammer, Norway for today’s write-up, but he has a few great House Remixes that makes it hard to pick one to start with. His style is to take pop artists with Top 40 hits to remix (he has official remixes for Chris Brown, Jason Derulo and many others). In fact, most of the artists could fall under empowered women (Kelly Clarkson, P!NK, Adele)… and yet I’m going to talk about his Ke$ha remix eventually, it’s all about the party girl right? Well, I am (not so secretly) a fan of her, and I know I shouldn’t be. So let’s start there. Can we at least agree that her second album is much better than the first, and hey, now she can actually do a full length concert (at least I haven’t gone to one… yet). Cosmic Dawn remixed Ke$ha’s C’Mon showing off his DJ/Production skills, taking this already EDM directional hit and making it much more House savvy.
Going on to an older remix of his, we have Maroon 5′s One More Night, which Cosmic Dawn declares as his Club Remix, and with a 7 minute remix, I agree, it’s ready for any dance club! He also remixed Pay Phone, which is another one you should check out, especially if you’re a fan of Adam Levine. Finally, we have the Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen, Good Time club remix …because it’s always a good time! How can’t you like this remix, granted 5 months ago, it was the time when everyone was remixing this song and adding it to mashups. I think enough time has elapsed that we can confidently give it a Rebirth!
Oh Throwback Friday, how I enjoy thee. Today I’m featuring DJ Luvrée of Vienna, Austria and aside from his local fame, he is one of the most requested and booked DJs in Carinthia. On his SoundCloud account, he has a handful of mashups, some House music and a few minimalist productions. Luvrée has the perfect description of why mashups can be so addictive, “the allure of a mashup is that many songs have different styles and through interpretation can be remixed into something new and exciting…” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
Let’s start with a mashup he posted nearly two years ago, Its Like That Oldskool Satisfaction, which takes samples of Run DMC with Benny Benassi. It’s Electronic vs. Hip Hop (old school Hip Hop at that – though the same could be said about Benassi these days). I love how Luvrée uses Run DMC as an intro and then Benassi sneaks into the mix. Another great mashup of his is Shout “GRRRR” which takes the popular Shout by 80′s New Wave band, Tears For Fears against 2011′s #1 DJ (according to DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs) David Guetta. Another prime example of “taking different styles… remixed into something new and exciting.”
The previous two mashups are 2 years old, let’s grab a newer one to see where his skill is; this one is only a year old! We Are Not Getting Up 4 Connected, okay, grammatically, not the best title – but we’re here for the music anyways. Now I’m not really sure who Fawkx is, but I like this mashup enough to forgo that. Also, I’m not sure this is Luvrée’s best mashup – I think we’ve featured some of his top mashups already. But I will say he has some skill and I wouldn’t mind going to Austria to see him perform.
I have the urge to add “Hilton” to the end of this DJ’s name every time I say it (I’m kidding, if something were to happen to her in the next few days…). Kill Paris has been around for years, Facebook claims him around 2009, I’m sure he’s been producing well before that. He recently came out with a remix to Anita Ward’s Ring My Bell. It really shows off his “Future Funk” style and if you’ve been reading these posts over the past few months, I have really taken a liking to Funk remixes. This one easily competes with some of the best ones I’ve been hearing lately..
Kill Paris is also the creator of a recent favorite of mine, Tender Love, which takes the sample from Force MD. I was reading through some of the tags on SoundCloud and saw “Pantydropstep” right in between Lovestep and Dubstep (haha). It goes well with his earlier theme of Panty Soak and Dropstep; can’t say he isn’t consistent! Following in line with his unique tags, he’s got a song to fit the description, Baby Come Back. It is indeed ‘baby makin’ music’ – you’re hearing the sample from Player. Kill Paris is able to take a brief sample and really give it a new life (dare I say a ‘Rebirth’) with his Funky beats.
I’m going to sneak a fourth song in here for you to enjoy. It’s I Do Love You with the popular GQ sample. Let this one take you back to a much simpler time. Or at least to a relaxing place, to help you come to terms with the end of your work week (or school week). Enjoy this Throwback Friday and stay tuned for more rebirths!
I figured it was about time that we change up the feel of Throwback Friday. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Rebirth of a Mashup artist just as much as the next guy. But when I was on my Wobble Wednesday hunt, I found an excellent Dubstep producer that I knew I had to share. Xilent (of AudioPorn Records) was born in Warsaw, Poland and currently resides in the UK; in 2011, he was nominated for the “Best Newcomer Producer” by the Drum and Bass Arena Awards. I really enjoy the remixes he has available on his SoundCloud account. First off, there is his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Figure 8. It has a fantastic build up with some sick beats and of course, it has the drop. A few drops at that. This is an official remix for Ellie Goulding by the way – or at least it is now, as it is featured on her SoundCloud account.
Another remix that you need to hear is about 6 months old, he took on Katy Perry’s Wide Awake. Another Dubstep remix with a good build, and based on what we’ve come to know about Xilent so far is that we know the bass is coming. That excitement increases with anticipation the longer you wait and all of a sudden the bass hits. It’s one of those that you can sit back, take in and just enjoy.
Purchase on iTunes: Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Xilent Remix)
Katy Perry – Wide Awake (Xilent Remix)
It’s time to get funk-a-fied with Featurecast’s personal NuFunk/Breaks style for 2013′s first Throwback Friday. Featurecast (aka Lee Mintram) is a DJ/Producer out of the UK, he has experience playing all over the world. Taking a track off of his debut album, “Run For Cover,” with Jalapeno Records, would have to be Got That Fire (Oh La Ha) featuring Pugs Atomz and Ill Legit. It’s the chorus that gives it a touch of French attitude. I particularly enjoy how upbeat this track is with the Breaks style built-in. Another popular track of his would be Ego Tripping featuring the funky, soulful, vocally talented singer, Farina Miss. The old school sample that you surely noticed is that of Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, giving it that classic Hip Hop sound with Featurecast’s NuFunk.
Now that we have heard an old school sample, let’s really dive into the greatness of early Hip Hop with some Public Enemy! Harder Than You Think is a great remix. It is actually this remix that led me to Featurecast and to more of his Funky fresh beats. Hands down, his best remix available on his SoundCloud account. FLAVA FLAV! I couldn’t resist, but this is truly a great tune.
Purchase on Beatport: Featurecast ft. Farina Miss – Ego Tripping
Did someone say Miller Time? Hold on, let me go grab a beer quick.
…Okay, I’m comfortable and ready now, Miller Lite in hand.
Mark “MILLERTIME” Miller hails from Burlington, Vermont and has always been musically inclined. Starting off with guitar, he played in a garage band throughout High School. While confined to his bed (due to a chronic illness), he discovered his passion for Electronic Music. Which, can I just say, is a great step up from a garage band! When his status quo returned to normal he had the good fortune of being mentored by ZJ of Lazerdisk Party Sex. Which led him to majoring in music production at Berklee College of Music. Alright, so he know’s what he’s doing. Got it.
But, it gets better (not that it wasn’t already good for MILLERTIME). His edit of Deadmau5′ There Might Be Coffee reached the #1 spot on the Popular Charts for the Hype Machine. Now, while he considers it an ‘edit’, we call it a Mashup, and that’s what we enjoy the most. It includes the sample I Don’t Like You by Eva Simmons, plus Walking Alone by Dirty South & The Usual Suspects featuring Eric Thercht. It’s not hard to see why this Mashup is a favorite of many.
MILLERTIME has also performed with a few noteworthy artists such as 3LAU, Paper Diamond, Lazerdisk Party Sex. With his bootleg, Here We Scream The Dada, I could see him opening for Dada Life. This bootleg includes samples from Basto, Dada Life, Usher, and Hard Rock Sofa & Swanky Tunes. Oh, and as long as we’re featuring MILLERTIME for Throwback Friday, I think it’s important that we slip in his bootleg of Bad Touch. I can’t help but enjoy a mashup that includes The Bloodhound Gang’s Bad Touch, you’re also hearing Rattle by the Bingo Players on this track as well.
This is just merely a glimpse at MILLERTIME, I encourage you to go forth and find your own favorite MILLERTIME productions; let me get you started by sending you to his Facebook, Twitter (@DJ_MillerTime) and SoundCloud accounts. Like/Follow him, and together we’ll discover his latest works!
Why do artists (both big and small) make it so difficult to find out more about them? Listen, if I drop by your SoundCloud account and discover some of your songs, remixes, or productions and enjoy it – the quickest deterrent for me is not being able to easily find information on you. I’d like to consider myself above average for trying to find out information about DJs and other musicians. So, if I have trouble finding your website or even a Facebook account, then I can only imagine quickly Joe Schmo will stop trying. I know I’m up on a soap box about this issue, but I feel the need to shake some of these musicians awake. No you don’t have to be a marketer to understand how to market yourself. If you’re accessible, that’s the first step. To gain followers, you need to give them an opportunity to follow you and interact with you on occasion.
With that being said, let me introduce you to Twenty20 – or Luke Baer of Red Creek, Alberta, Canada. He was once in a band called Shift, but they haven’t been active since 2011. At the time Luke played guitar and keyboard but has since started DJing and creating his own mixes. That is all I can say about him, I can come to the assumption that he’s likely a Sophomore in college and he’s been making mixes for about a month. But seriously, I want to know more Luke! Why Twenty20 and what inspires you? I was tweeting earlier with Cato (@CatoLiveMusic) about whether or not he should get a website (first of all, he’s all over social media – which is great), but yes – you should have a website! It is the best way to promote yourself without having to worry about what happens to Facebook or Myspace (did you hear they have a new design now?). Your website is your own content that you pick and choose what you create on it. It’s freedom.
Point being, you want people coming back to you, so make it easy for them to do so. Give them a place that they can find updates from you or a landing page to find out more.
Now, the real reason that this post exists. The music. Twenty20 (while new) has a lot of skill and it shows in his work. There’s a Gotye remix that strangely cuts out for 2 minutes at the end, but is worth a listen – however, it feels like a giant tease. Listen to his remix of Macy Gray’s I Try, not only is it a good fit for Throwback Friday because it’s Macy Gray but how does it not take you back? But to really hear Twenty20′s skill-set, you have to hear what originally brought me to him. I was searching for undiscovered remixes of the Lumineer’s Ho Hey, because that song has been stuck in my head lately. I found this version and loved it. It feels like a new DJ playing around with scratching for the first time. But if it were the first time, it wouldn’t be noteworthy enough to mention. It is smooth and adds that little extra to a brief song. In fact, the remix is over 4 minutes long, so he takes a favorite of mine and allows me to listen to it for an extended period of time!
Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks (Dubstep Remix)
Butch Clancy is a Dubstep producer from Detroit who started forming his style after he was first introduced to the style of EDM. I’ve seen his popular YouTube video of his remix to Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks, which has over 70 million views. The video features Dubstep Dancer, Marquese Scott (aka Nonstop), whom is signed with Xcel Talent Agency and is part of the dance crew, Remote Kontrol! Pairing Butch Clancy up with Marquese was a brilliant idea, as you can see in the video below of the Russian Lullaby; which is yet another amazing production, music-wise.
As much as I would like to keep this Butch Clancy article as just a Rebirth article for Throwback Friday, he has a new release out that is worth mentioning. LIARZ was dropped yesterday, on Thanksgiving (happy belated Thanksgiving everyone… and Black Friday to those that survived the mob scene). It’s deemed to be of the ‘Ratchet Trap’ genre, but fans will know it simply as Trap music. Which, for those of you that may still be new to it, it’s best enjoyed with a pair of headphones (like most music, but this genre especially benefits from it).
Butch Clancy – Russian Lullaby
Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! I recently added some new songs to our party playlist and re-ordered some to make it completely new! Its just what everyone need to get them moving and get them out of their food comas!
Get your funk on with a free download from buzzing duo Kastra & Aylen with their instant mood lifting podcast brought to you by The Drop. This hour long mix is one of now many examples where electronic dance music is quickly starting to make its way into various genres, a trending pull marketing strategy that’s bringing an entirely new nonlistener appreciation to the table. All you 70s music aficionados, Dubstep kids, Electro/House kings and queens, bass heads, and all the rest of you funky cats: get your groove on and look out for more from this dynamic duo!
The Drop Presents: Kastra & Aylen 002
1. Kastra & Aylen Intro
2. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (James Egbert Remix)
3. Bastille – I Can’t (Original Mix)
4. Montee – Touch The Bubble (Original Mix)
5. Otto Knows – Million Voices (TORN Remix)
6. NWA – Straight Outta Compton (Cazzette Remix)
7. Kastra – American Sex (Original Mix)
8. Chuckie vs. Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan – Breaking Up Kangaroo (Kevin Alves Mashup)
9. The Hi-Yahs – Error (Aylen Remix)
10. Kill The Noise & Feed Me – Thumbs Up (For Rock N’ Roll)
11. Cali Swag District – Teach Me How To Dougie (Aylen Remix)
12. Dillon Francis – Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up) (Original Mix)
13. Deorro – For President (Original Mix)
14. Kastra x Porter Robinson x R3hab x Afrojack – Less Hold A Light! (Kastra Bootleg)
15. Zombie Nation vs. Swanky Tunes, LBL, Norman Doray, Arno Cost vs. The Prodigy – Smack Trilogy 400 Up (Henry Fong Mashup)
16. EDX – Touched (Original Mix)
I’ve been aware of The Jane Doze for a while now, but to my surprise, I haven’t given them a feature yet and that needs to change pronto. The Jane Doze are consisted of the dynamic duo of New York DJs, Jen Mozenter and Claire Schlissel. They have gained quite the following with over a million hits through their YouTube and SoundCloud releases. Back in February of this year, they released a mixtape entitled “Girls Talk” which has garnered them well over 60,000 downloads and over 400,000 streams; some of their individual songs received well over 100,000 listens alone on SoundCloud (Kids, Set Fire To Someone That I Used To Know, Replacement Ros, and No Love Stories Without Pretty Girls - were the most popular respectively). Of the three, No Love Stories Without Pretty Girls was hands down my favorite from the “Girls Talk” Mixtape, but I’m biased towards a great mega mashup; and with 10 samples, it’s hard not to enjoy it.
But the three songs I wanted to feature, after listening to all of their releases, didn’t even include mashups off of their mixtape. Instead, I went with two that are over a year old and another that was released post “Girls Talk.” Hang With Me Sweet Teenage(r) is a great mashup with samples from Robyn (the Avicii Remix), Temper Trap, Adrian Lux, Yelle (the Madeon Remix). I really enjoyed the use of the classic, Sweet Disposition, by Temper Trap; but hey, you can’t go wrong with including some old school samples! Plus, Adrian Lux’s Teenage Crime vocals with Yelle’s vocals works so well on this, I can easily get lost in it.
Another favorite is Ain’t No Drugs High Enough, a simple mashup with just two samples, Ratatat versus Marvin Gaye featuring Tammi Terrell. Again, bringing a classic with something current (well, somewhat current) is my ideal kind of mashup. Especially when you consider how easily the next generation will just overlook legends like Marvin Gaye. I feel like I shouldn’t like this next one as much as I do, but I really can’t help it. Ke$ha, Go Outside and Pass Out has samples from Ke$ha, Cults and Tinie Tempah; it has to be the fact that I am so fond of the Indie Pop duo, Cults, that makes this mashup an automatic win for me.
Make sure to download their mixtape, “Girls Talk” online.
I’ve been listening to a mashup called, Hold Me One More Time At Midnight, for a couple of months now and realized that I really should share it on a Throwback Friday. This mashup is created by Dzeko & Torres of Toronto, Canada; they used samples from M83, Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris, and Daft Punk. The four samples work effortlessly together and it really shows the skill level of these two DJs, Julian Dzeko and Luis Torres. After a little more research, I found a few other tracks worth sharing. King & Lionheart is their ‘Streesh’ Bootleg of the Of Monsters and Men original. It has a great Progressive House addition to it now that gives your ears something new to listen to. Both of these songs were initially songs that they did live first before releasing them on their SoundCloud account.
For the last one it’s a toss-up, Who Is Ready To Jump, is a House remix to Chuckie’s original that has been promoted by Chuckie himself and featured on Tiesto’s Club Life Episode 277. The other is the remix to Animal Kingdom’s Strange Attractor that has been featured on Paul Oakenfold’s Planet Perfecto Episode 95. To me, I am looking for something different and I’ve heard Chuckie remixes before (not to say that the remix isn’t worthy though); Strange Atractor continues with the journey of finding that different sound and it goes really nicely with the Of Monsters and Men remix.
Kid Cudi – Falling Star (R3K remix)
The other day I find myself aimlessly surfing the internet while ‘spying’ on the Hype Machine, when suddenly my attention is brought to a song that is playing in the background. I quickly find the tab and discover a new remix that I have to favorite and add to my playlist, it’s Kid Cudi’s Falling Star as remixed by R3K. It was a little more challenging to find out more information about R3K than I’d like to admit. R3K, or Riley Keating, hasn’t had a new track released in over a year and his SoundCloud account is empty. All that I can find on the kid is that he’s a Boulder, Colorado based DJ/Producer and that he’s collaborated with Conor Alu (a freestyle artist from the same area). There doesn’t seem to be too much activity coming out from these two young artists, perhaps they are focusing on school (or working on the next big project – one can hope).
I did want to share two songs from the collaboration of Conor Alu and R3k, these tracks are more than a year old and will work well with our Throwback Friday. Fire Fly is a great Electronic Hip Hop song that has a subtle euphoria built-in that gives this one such a chill ambiance. Another worthwhile track is, WTF, which reminds me a little of another local group, 3oh!3 (or at least what I assume their early attempts at music would sound like). These two need to reemerge onto the music scene and mount a long-awaited comeback!
Conor Alu & R3K – Fire Fly
Conor Alu & R3K – WTF