Posts tagged EDM
I have recently seen a lot of controversy around will.i.am and have been following it. The Huffington Post has a great article on the accusations. The claims are that will.i.am’s song with Chris Brown, Let’s Go, sound remarkably similar to House producers Mat Zo and Arty’s Rebound. His new album is due to come out on Tuesday, April 23rd and on iTunes, the song is question is not currently featured. Could it be related to all the controversy?
Good or bad, any publicity is good publicity and now I know that will.i.am has a new album coming out next week. I like a lot of the songs that he’s been putting out lately. He’s teamed up with Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Eva Simons; I’m curious to see who else ends up on the new album. Some say he should stay away from Electronic music, but really, this next generation seems to be gravitating towards EDM and it looks like will.i.am is embracing that fact. I always thought that the Black Eyed Peas were pretty cutting edge and stay ahead of the curve musically. Then Fergie broke off solo, followed by will.i.am and what’s this about him being a coach on the U.K.’s version of The Voice? Yeah, he’s all over the place these days.
Fall Down is his collaboration with Miley Cyrus, a new single released just days ago and I have to say, I’m hooked. It does seem a little weird to think of this song as the two singing to each other. Not quite the pairing I would have expected, for a love song especially. At first, I thought it was Fergie and found myself a little sad when I realized it wasn’t. It has a classical (almost dark) opening and extended ending. But very quickly, the intro shifts with the happy-go-lucky whistling. Simply put, it’s a fun and upbeat song.
Purchase on iTunes: will.i.am featuring Miley Cyrus – Fall Down
I have definitely missed the creativity of The Catalina Rhyme Mixers! It has been 6 months since their last interaction with SoundCloud, it was a great one though – they dropped an entire album, “Mullet Mash.” Now they are back and have another creative collection of mashups entitled “Traylor Trash.” Get it? It’s a play on ‘trailer trash’ and ‘Taylor’ Swift. Yeah, I see what they did there too. This compilation has four mashups that are heavily influenced by Taylor Swift; Taylor’s Black Van, Twenty-Twerk-it; Spring Fling; and You Belong Right Above It. To me, I enjoy Twenty-Twerk-it the most, maybe it’s because it includes her 4th single that was released only a few weeks ago. I’m not tired of hearing it yet (and secretly, I enjoy more of her music than I probably should).
Spring Fling is very Pop oriented mashup with a plenty of Top 40 samples, most recognizably are the samples including Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown. You Belong Right Above It is not necessarily a favorite of mine, but I think it makes it so that you can come out of Lil Wayne and switch genres relatively smooth. Which, when you think about it, is not something you’d expect a DJ to be able to do – go from Lil Wayne to Taylor Swift. Back to the first of the four, Taylor’s Black Van, it has that 80′s vibe with the iconic Ferris Bueller (as subtle as it is) beat in the background (or maybe it’s just me, though hearing that and seeing the original music video by Yello may have prompted a new WTF video entry). Either way, it’s a very upbeat mash and has more of an EDM vibe than the other three.
They’re at it again, the EDMc is back with another thrilling EDM hit. Roam The Night is co-produced by the Chicago, pioneering DJ, Bad Boy Bill. The other half to this co-produced phenomena is the up and coming prodigies, Sephano & Torio. Yes, that means the vocals are once again provided by our main-man, Na Palm. About a month ago he came out with his captivating single Away From You featuring Kelsey, which now has a full-length music video included.
Another new bass filled song that you need to hear is that of Dada Life, or at least their remix to Marina And The Diamonds’ How To Be A Heartbreaker. The bass on this baby will have a lasting effect on you, that is, if you have a subwoofer that can handle it! In other news, the Feed the Dada competition has come to a close and the winner has been since crowned. KitSch 2.0 (of Marseille, France) took away the victory with their banger. We’ve been a fan of the originally for months now, happy to see that they were able to get more exposure to this single through their remix contest. Though, I really don’t think it needed a remix!
Purchase on Beatport: Bad Boy Bill, Sephano & Torio ft. Na Palm – Roam The Night
Marina & The Diamonds – How to be a Heartbreaker (Dada Life Remix)
Dada Life – Feed The Dada (KitSch 2.0 Remix) – Remix Contest Winner
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I’ve been getting a handful of requests to favorite songs on The Hype Machine or vote for a mashup in a competition, luckily it’s all been by DJs I am already familiar with and would likely have done so without being prompted to do so. Well, Bruneaux is the latest offender, he hit me up on Facebook and of course I gave it a like. But then I realized that Bruneaux must be out with a brand new mashup, how did I miss this for nearly a week (usually I’m in the know)? Well, as you can expect, it’s another great mashup – dare I say it’s also ‘beautiful’. Alive In Technicolor takes samples from Krewella, Coldplay, The Beatles, and Zedd. It’s not hard to see why he thinks this may be his favorite of all his children so far.
Now, for A Quick Change of Scenery (see what I did there?). This one is ‘fresh off the press’ – only a few hours old. DJ i6′s latest mashup inspired by The Veldt by Ray Bradbury and includes samples from Deadmau5, Tommy Trash, Nicky Romero, Krewella (makes for a great transition after Bruneaux’s mashup), and Avicii. The mashup ends at around 4 minutes, but takes a full minute to power down and fade out.
We started with two familiar DJs, thanks to Bootleggers Music (once again), I have a new Mashup Artist to share with you. He goes by the name of Jay Stone, he’s from Plymouth (and Worthing), Britain. He started DJing at the young age of 17 and has most recently won Thirst Bar’s Annual “Super Star DJ” Competition with his mixture of House bangers to Club classics. His latest mashup is only a few days old, Changed The She Wolf showcases only two samples, that of: Example and David Guetta featuring Sia. This one screams EDM, even more so than the first two mashups in this feature.
Purchase on DMC: Jay Stone – Changed the She Wolf (David Guetta ft. Sia vs. Example)
Happy New Year! I thought, I’d wait until everyone on the West coast changed over before I officially said it (I think I have my time zones correct… not positive on Hawaii & Alaska, but 48 out of 50 ain’t bad). I found this awesome remix that I felt brought in the New Year perfectly, it’s a high-energy EDM hit by Kat Krazy of Guildford, Britain. He is taking the UK music scene by storm by producing some of the hottest remixes to chart-topping artists like Coldplay, Foster The People and more! The remix I had to share with you is just a few days old, it’s Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay. I can only imagine how fun it would be to hear this remix live in a club; though, unless it was Kat Krazy actually DJing, I’d be stuck without knowing who’s remix it was or how to get a copy of it.
Another EDM remix of his is Wiley’s Heatwave featuring Ms. D; this is one that I wanted to include merely so I could keep that party pulse going a little longer. In fact, I could listen to a nonstop playlist of Kat Krazy’s remixes without complaining once. I highly encourage you to visit his website to find more of his productions (KatKrazyMusic.com) – also, it is a pretty nifty site too. The last remix I will leave you with is his remix to Foster The People’s Don’t Stop; because hey, why would you want it to stop?
Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven (Kat Krazy Remix)
Purchase on iTunes: Wiley ft. Ms. D – Heatwave (Kat Krazy Remix)
Foster The People – Don’t Stop (Kat Krazy Remix)
Alright, my New Years Eve pre-game starts in 30 minutes, set the timer and go! I just started listening to a few songs that I hope to be as awesome as I predict, I’m listening to them moments before I write about them (if they make the cut that is – so far I have one for you – consider it as real-time as you can get with writing). Ravi has a mashup of the top hits from 2012, no set list available as of yet – come on Ravi, give the people what they want (well, you did, with the mashup… but I want to know all the samples you used!). So Close (2012 End Of Year Mix) is right up there with his Mind Explosion 2011 he did under his former alias, Sex Ray Vision (miss that DJ name!). This is an EDM Mashup of 2012 for sure!
Next we have our main man Bruneaux with a mashup that he has had in his live sets, which is how Bruneaux performs – 100% live, every time. The tracks on SoundCloud are merely the mastered versions of what he has already practiced and performed live. Feel So Close to the Otherside has samples from Calvin Harris and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Definitely worth a listen, or two. Turns out the other song wasn’t good enough to make the cut. …And time! 13 minutes, not bad. Enjoy these two tracks as you get ready for your 2013 countdown!
New single out by Nā Palm! It’s an EDM love song (well, a ‘lust song’, if I know anything about Nā Palm by now), it’s called Away For You. I’ve heard a good handful of other writers/promoters talk about how EDM hits don’t have any substantial lyrics outside of one catchy hook. I’ve always appreciated what Nā Palm has tried to do, calling himself the EDMc, putting his lyrics over EDM hits that have none. That’s why it’s always so exciting to hear that he dropped another podcast or came out with a single. But what I’ve really enjoyed is the appearance of the new female vocalist on the chorus, I had to reach out and ask him who she was (@NaPalmLive). She goes by the name of “Kelsey” – which made her a little tricky to find. But you can find her much easier if you Google “Kelsey Montanez“. Kelsey (recently signed with Force One Seven Co. – Producer) also dropped an EP – “A Delightful Sadness” – that you should head over to iTunes to hear.
You may have seen Kelsey on an episode of American Idol, she auditioned on season 11 (Phillip Phillips won). Another American Idol contestant (season 8 with winner Kris Allen) was Devon Baldwin. She recently collaborated with G-Eazy and Skizzy Mars on the new song called Pay For You. It’s similar Nā Palm’s song in that it’s a song about love for another. But it takes the interested perspective from her point of view (Devon’s in this case) instead, singing about being able to pay for him and that he (Skizzy) doesn’t have to worry about finding a real job, she’s got him covered.
To me, what makes these two songs extraordinary, is that little extra (sorry – I had to borrow that from David Koechner’s character on the movie Waiting). The little extra being, Kelsey on Away For You and Devon Baldwin on Pay For You. The collaboration decision was beautifully executed and gave these songs that extra boost that will make me want to play them a few more times tonight.
It’s International Tuesday and today we’re taking you to Montreal, Canada to hear the musical styling of Kaytranada (formerly known as Kaytradamus). His style ranges from House, to Hip Hop, to Electronica and even stretching out to Trap music with a bit of EDM too. A few of his remixes that I feel showcase his talent would include one he did about 5 months ago on Beyonce’s Party featuring Andre 3000. Who would have thought that Beyonce would sound good slowed down? I didn’t, but Katranada has shown it to be possible. Another fun remix is that of Janet Jackson’s If, which adds an extra bassline for extra poplocking Hip Hop music.
Finally, we have Kaytra’s newest release, Lady originally created by Modjo. It’s only a few days old and it already has over 1,000 downloads! I’m impressed and this is definitely one of my favorite remixes of his. I think this highlights his abilities in the best possible way.
Rub!no is a Mashup Artist out of Milan, Italy; outside of that, the information on this guy is quite scarce. The fact that I can’t find more about this guy surprises me because he has 53 songs out and the oldest dating back to February of this year. But I have found two of his recent mashups to be quite enjoyable. The first is titled Walkin on Titanium which takes samples from David Guetta and Empire of the Sun. It’s a fun club hit and yet has some softer and soothing section in the mashup. Another one, actually submitted by Luca Rubino himself, was Halley Battlefield, with samples from Warkids & Jezen, and Jordin Sparks. I actually think the EDM of Warkids & Jezen underneath the Jordin Sparks is an incredible idea and works really well. Rub!no has some impressive talent and I want to know more about him!
Calvin Harris has been crankin’ out the tracks for his newest album 18 Months, to be released tomorrow, October 29! This track showcases a nasty collaboration with Scottish EDM star Dillon Francis and English Rapper Dizzie Rascal on the track “Here 2 China”. The track takes Dillon’s super Electro edge and Calvin Harris’ epic smoothness and turns out a bangin’ heavy bass hip hop hitter. Calvin has also streamed the entire 18 Months album for free through his website for your listening pleasure. Turn this hip hop banger up and make sure to grab this EP next week!
Purchase on iTunes: Calvin Harris & Dillon Francis – Here 2 China (feat. Dizzee Rascal)
Pick up the whole EP on iTunes.
Let me start by saying, I’m impressed with the new song that’s out by Ke$ha. When she first emerged on the music scene she had a handful of hits but her live shows only last 45 minutes because she didn’t have too many hits. I later learned it’s her voice on Flo Rida’s Right Round. I was sad when I found that out. But now, Die Young is out and I think it’s a hit. D Swaggy obviously recognized this right away and released his remix to it right around the time of the original’s release. D Swaggy is from Aracaju, Brazil and is heavily inspired by Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber. I think I’ve just become numb to DJ/Producers that admit to being inspired and having the curse of Bieber-Fever. Don’t worry, that won’t make me a Belieber. His remix to As Long As You Love Me is unfortunately really good. DJs like this are making it harder for me to avoid the once tween-pop sensation (now post-tween sensation).
I need to gain my street-cred back after admitting all that. He also has a Swedish House Mafia remix to Don’t You Worry Child, which continues with his EDM direction that he’s done on countless songs. I have a few Don’t You Worry Child remixes saved to my playlist that I play each morning during my morning commute (I’ll include one of my favorites below – by Promise Land, of Rome, Italy); D Swaggy’s remix should be accepted by Swedish House Mafia and promoted on their channel as well.
Ke$ha – Die Young (D Swaggy Remix)
Purchase on iTunes: Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix)
Calvin Harris and Florence Welch collaborated to create Sweet Nothing which released back in September. It took Florence’s (yes, of Florence and the Machine) soulful, indie rock vocals and matched them with Calvin Harris’ EDM production skills (who is out with a new album, “18 Months,” on October 29th). A great song on its own for sure. Then you have Dirtyloud come along and add some heavy bass to give it a Dubstep remix. They released the full version just a few days ago and I have been listening ever since. Dirtyloud is an Electro House/Dubstep duo from Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
It hasn’t even been a full month since we last featured Candyland with their remix of Stafford Brothes’ Pressure. But hey, when you like someone’s style, it’s hard not to do a write-up about them! Luckily for us, they keep pumping out remixes that I want to listen to and share with everyone. Krewella is not a hard sell by any means, since their original productions are usually right on the mark. I like the extra bass that Candyland brings to this and makes it even more of an EDM and Dubstep hit. My play-count for this one is definitely in the double digits at this point, and I’m sure it will be one you’ll want to replay again and again too.
**Dcost performs LIVE on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 10pm EDT on Mixify!**
The Music Phoenix is going into the 4th installment of the Club Level Series this Thursday, October 11th with Dcost and DJ Massakerr. Dcost will be performing our opening set at 10:00pm (EDT) until roughly 11:30pm. At which point, DJ Massakerr will be taking center stage as the headliner, starting at 11:30pm and going until 1:00am. Make sure to join the Facebook event page to get the event updates (which will include the physical Mixify.com event links) and to help us spread the word to your loyal friends!
So far we’ve heard DJs from New York, Texas, California, Georgia and Flordia; but this week we are going outside the United States for the first time! Both Dcost and DJ Massakerr are from Canada; well more specifically, Hamilton, Ontario. We are very excited to take our “International Tuesday” concept to another level by including DJs from all over the world on our Club Level Series (Canada is just a start, we can’t wait to get European DJs involved).
DJ Massakerr has been featured on The Music Phoenix multiple times over the past year and we have become very familiar with his mashup style. He is currently a resident DJ for Volv Marketing and has had the opportunity to open for the likes of Basshunter and LA Riots. His most popular mashups have been top ranking songs on the Hyper Machines trending charts; Good Fucking Day & Night reached #5 and Gimmie Dat Sexy Cobra reached #24 (the latter being a personal favorite of ours). Dcost was hand-picked by Massakerr to perform with this Thursday with him, they have performed together in Canada and he’s very excited to share the virtual stage with Dcost.
**DJ Massakerr is LIVE on Thurs., Oct. 11 at 11:30pm EDT on Mixify!**
Hear more mixes by Dcost on SoundCloud.
Take a look at the Club Level Series lineup for the rest of October and see the new additions to the list.