Collin McLouglin keeps popping up in the EDM scene, and I am loving it. Not only is he an amazing singer, but he is proving to be a great producer as well. He just gave us his remix of “Escape” by 3LAU and Paris & Simo ft. Bright Lights. I wouldn’t have thought to put these talents together on a collab, but DAMN is this is a great song. Collin categorized it as “melodic dubstep” on SoundCloud and that’s the perfect genre to describe this song – full of heavy synths, dubs and wubs, intoxicating vocals… everything you need to escape reality (get it? Escape?) The lyrics of “Escape” capture exactly what the rave scene is about – freeing your mind and leaving your troubles behind. Advice that everyone should take, and directions to feel as euphoric, free and weightless as possible.There’s not time for fate there’s just us
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Sherrboy is a NYC raised but now Montreal-based college student who just wants you to TURN UP. Only 20 years old, Sherrboy is a classically trained percussionist who is fascinated with rhythm and its ability to move humans. Sherrboy explains that “Growing up in New York City, Hip Hop has always been a part of my world, so trap became an excellent voice for me to express my rhythmic ideas.”
Some of his tracks are meant for destroying the dance floor, trap-style. Just listen to I’m The Shit, How Low Can You Go, Hashamayim, and What’s Good. I dare you to listen without uncontrollably jumping up to break it down.
Then he gives us Opus, which is the chillest of electronic with a heavy bass. Opus brings me to the state of mind that XXYYXX and Sohn songs do–into a trance taking all my thoughts and worries into complete oblivion, letting my body be taken over by the music.
My personal favorite is I’m The Shit because of it’s incredible build-up that leads to such a hypnotizing melody about a minute in, and then tricks you by falling into a DOPE drop at 2:35 confirming that Sherrboy is in fact, the shit. (I can dream big and see him collaborating with Dillon, Diplo, Baauer, etc.)
Knowing the artist for years, I can tell you that Sherrboy is just a free-spirited kid who wants to connect with everyone through his music, and have his music move every listener collectively. He has a humorous persona that’s similar to but less obnoxious than Dillon Francis, and overall Sherrboy just wants you to turn up, move, and have a good time.
I know we already posted remixes of Radioactive, but here is one more to make sure that you have on your playlist. It was officially released by the New Jersey based brothers Synchronice back in June, but this song is so dope it needs to be on your radar.
Synchronice has a talent of playing with many genres, ranging from heavy dubstep, to electro-house, to drum and bass. Their remix of Imagine Dragon’s huge hit “Radioactive” is the chillest rock-gone-dubstep track that is perfect for every mood.
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Adventure Club began their new “Superheroes Anonymous” series a few months ago when I posted their first mix. Just two days ago they released their third one, and it is by far my favorite of the three. The hour long mix begins with the AdventureDub sound that we all have come to know and love, full of the dirty wubs that flow through your body with every drop. The bass kicks in a few minutes later and we get some good ole dubstep with Adventure Club’s melodic vibrations. Then they throw in some familiar vocals and drop some dope beats to take the track in a more electronic dance direction. It’s all over the place, and every minute of it is worth listening to. Put it on repeat at your next party and wait for the inevitable “OOOOooooohhhhhhhhh sh*t!!”
This is exactly what I want to listen to when I’m coming down from a whole day of raving… looks like I’ll be going to the Adventure Club Electric Zoo After Party….
In case you missed #2…
When dance music visionary and Colorado native Derek Vincent Smith takes his show out of the warehouse and moves it to the unparalleled Red Rocks stage, he takes you on a multi-sensory experience that transcends space and time. His pioneering blend of electro soul hip-hop combined with the aura of Red Rocks and a rowdy home town crowd is truly something that any music aficionado should experience at least once. On Friday 8/16 and Saturday 8/17 he returns to this hallowed ground with his brand new material ‘A Color Map of the Sun’ in tote, to once again dazzle thousands under the Colorado night sky.
Accompanying Smith on the Friday 8/16 Live show will be special guests Talib Kweli and Blue Sky Black Death. On Saturday 8/17 Pretty Lights Music labelmates Supervision and Paul Basic will open the Dance Party segment of the two night run. Whether you make it to Friday, Saturday or both you can’t go wrong as both nights are sure to blow your mind into the stratosphere. As of now tickets are still on sale for Friday (Purchase Tickets – Aug. 16) and Saturday is SOLD OUT, so if you feel the itch to catch night two your best chances at a ticket are getting to the venue early and scanning the parking lots or checking out Craigslist (buyers beware).
On July 2, Pretty Lights released a new studio album – A Color Map of the Sun. “Around The Block,” the first single, features Talib Kweli. USA Today praised its soul-funk groove, placing the track atop its “Playlist” of notable new songs. Fans can check out the video for “Around The Block,” which was directed by Anthony Dickenson (The xx, Groove Armada, Miike Snow), at www.prettylightsmusic.com along with the trailer for the documentary on the making of A Color Map of the Sun. Other guests on the new album include Eric Krasno (Soulive), members of the Harlem Gospel Choir, Ben Jaffe (Preservation Hall Jazz Band) and the late “Uncle” Lionel Batiste (Treme Brass Band). Break-beat extraordinaire, Adam Deitch, played drums throughout.
A Color Map of the Sun – which takes its title from the writings of Isaac Newton – builds on the original Pretty Lights sound and style that Smith pioneered. He spent a year composing and recording music and vocals that emulated genres and time periods that spanned the last century, then pressed it to vinyl. He used that vinyl along with a custom built analog modular synth to create A Color Map of the Sun. The resulting album is analog electronica – soulful, electro hip-hop that pays respect to music’s immense power to touch listeners on every level. A Color Map of the Sun is the first Pretty Lights album to be released physically and digitally simultaneously. As always, the album will be available in its entirety as a free download on the album’s release date via www.prettylightsmusic.com. Since its conception in 2006, Pretty Lights has distributed more than 18 million album downloads at no cost to the fans.
The 2013 edition of Global Dance Festival saw artists from all genres of EDM grace the Red Rocks stage over the three day event. Event promoters Triad Dragons did a great job this year of dividing the three nights so that fans hoping to see a particular genre had it all slam packed into one unforgettable night. Night one saw live electro, night two was chock full of trance & progressive and night three was defined by one thing…Bass. On sunday night listeners were treated to an assortment genre bending bass heavy music that spanned dubstep, trap, electro soul, live instruments and at the best moments all of that rolled up into one tightly wrapped package.
Upon arrival to the amphitheater legions of Colorado’s finest were already up in arms as Cookie Monsta was playing a very uptempo hard style of dubstep that seemed to resonate with the majority of the crowd. Although it was a bit over the top for our crew and seemed to lack a lot of musical elements that we look for, he still played the part of opener well and really got the crowd moving…even though we weren’t.
RL Grime & Baauer followed as the sun began to set and the full moon began to rise over the amphitheater. Their tag team set of body shaking dubstep really kicked things up a notch as the main stage continued to fill and the energy in the amphitheater continued to rise in anticipation of what was to come. Straight nonstop trap & dubstep has always been a little overkill for me but from time to time they were able to strike a nerve and get me stomping it out in full vigor. They managed to mix in just enough melodic breakdowns, decent musical arrangement and hip hop remixes to keep the dancing vibe flowing. One of my favorite moments of the set was when they dropped ‘Rihanna – Pour It Up (RL Grime Remix)’ as the the vocal chants from Rihanna perfectly balanced the heart murmur inducing and contagious bassline that sent the crowd into a frenzy. They continued to the end of their set on a high note dropping brand new tracks from both RL Grime and Baauer that brought the energy right to brink in anticipation for GRiZ.
Coming into the night GRiZ, Gramatik, Grizmatik and Mimosa were what I was really looking forward to. Each one of these three incredibly talented artists push the envelope of EDM to create incredibly innovative sounds that tantalize the senses before blowing them into the next dimension…on Sunday night all three did just that.
As Boulder, CO resident GRiZ took to the stage the electricity in the air reached a peak and you could feel the hair stand up on the back of your neck. He gave a heartfelt address to his local crowd and proceeded to put on a musical display that was truly something to behold. Blending electro and dubstep with soulful samples and live saxaphone it was impossible to not start grooving out to the max. His understanding of composition was breathtaking as jazzy sax solos give way to thick basslines and soulful vocals that on paper you would assume shouldn’t work together, but they do, and it was very very good. On top of this, GRiZ’s second to none energy and stage presence elevated the whole performance to a truly unforgettable level. Playing an assortment of tracks from his recent ‘Mad Liberation’ album like ‘The Future is Now’ ‘Live on Arrival’ ‘Where’s the Love’ and ‘Mr. B’ among many others. He put it all out on display and showed the entire crowd that he is a rising star that will be making waves in the industry for years to come. I went into the night relatively neutral on the subject of GRiZ but left a wholehearted believer.
Following GRiZ was someone who is no stranger to the CO dance scene, none other than Gramatik. He kicked it off slow and melodic in true Gramatik fashion and as we all have seen before built it up into a comprehensive and perfectly structured soundscape complete with live guitar. For the duration of his set he had the crowd movin and groovin to all of his best and brightest tracks including my personal favorite ‘Illusion of Choice’ but I have to admit towards the end I began to really look forward to his collaboration with GRiZ as the youngsters fantastic performance still held court in the back of my mind. I dont want to take anything away from what was a fantastic performance but it wasn’t anything I had not seen or heard previouly from the Brooklyn based artist.
Grizmatik (the collaboration between GRiZ and Gramatik) served as they final precursor to headliner MIMOSA and just like each of their solo sets it was pure genre blending gold. The deftly incorporated sax and guitar solo’s alongside grooving samples and thick dubby drops was nothing else but swagalicious, with the production so on point and multifaceted it sounded like a live band playing at times. With each and every track like ‘My People’ and ‘Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom’ they had the amphitheater and myself flying high from start to finish. As was my impression of GRiZ so is my impression of Grizmatik…incredible. Together the two accounted for almost two and a half hours of pure magic that the whole crowd swaggin it out til the very end. It is undisputable that this duo has an amazingly bright future that is sure to continue to push the boundaries and preconceptions of EDM.
As Grizmatik exited the stage to thunderous cheers it felt as if the night had reached its climax, but it was not so as Mimosa was about to close out GDF 2013 in massive style. The Brooklyn born DJ/Producer scampered onto the stage and without hesitation set forth on giving every Red Rock raver a true taste of BASS. The first 30 min of his set flew by in a barrage of yet to be released new material that had the giant monolith rocks shaking at the foundation. Another boundary blurring artist that cannot be pegged into just one box, Mimosa hit the crowd with his unique and interesting blend of sultry soulful melodies, hip hop and ear drum shattering basslines and had the amphitheater in pure pandemonium. Every drop reverberated in the center of your chest sometimes making it difficult to breathe as you jumped up and down in pure enjoyment. Not moving was not an option especially with the pint sized maestro workin it out hard behind the decks as he carefully plotted his way from track to track. It was an impressive performance and he lived up to every one of my expectations coming into the night. The only hiccup to be found was right at the very end of the night when he brought out a vocalist and guitarist to play some new material to the frantic crowd. Now I appreciate the effort to mix it up and give a live performance but in my experience it always falls short of what could have been and that was again the case on Sunday. The vocals were off and the delays to bring the artists on and off the stage killed the epic vibe that he had worked so hard to build through the set. Then, just like that, his set was over. It was a sadly low ending to a fantastic performance, but such is life sometimes and hopefully everyone in attendance went home remembering the first 95% of his set and not the last 5%.
All in all it was a fantastic ending to yet another memorable Global Dance Festival. A hat goes off to all of the artists as well as Triad Dragons for again bringing three epic nights of dance music to the incomparable Red Rocks! Im sure I speak for everyone in attendance in saying ‘thank you’ and we all look forward to another great event next summer.
Case & Point are back at it again. But who are these guys? Good thing I got an interview with them so you can find out. If you didn’t catch my earlier post with their awesome tracks, check them out here.
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But wait, a new song perhaps? This duo offers a distinct electro sound, but for their newest track “Open Your Eyes” feat Lara Woolf, they thought they would mix it up a bit. Thus, taking us into the dubstep world. Listen below. Oh, and don’t forget to bump your speakers and click the download button.
So how and when did you two get together?
Case: Well we met in 2007. TJ was working in Terravita’s drum and bass record shop. And I’m childhood friends with Chris [Terravita]. So TJ and I ended spending a lot of time together and discovered that we had similar tastes in music. After working on music together for a long time casually, we decided to formally collaborate on Case & Point one year ago.
Point: Ya, I was definitely the butt-end of some hazing in those days as an intern under Terravita.
Case: If you ever see TJ at a bar, don’t be afraid to order him a nice high ball glass of Old Grand-Dad Whiskey. He loved it on his 21st birthday.
Point: I hate you Casey. Really.
What is the meaning behind your name and how did you come up with it?
Point: Casey couldn’t handle the possibility of not having his name in our moniker.
Case: TJ, are you not happy with the name?
What’s your favorite color?
Point: Rich Mahogany.
Why did you choose this genre of music?
Case: We primarily produce electro house. It’s a lot of fun, dancefloor friendly genre. We both had residencies at a club in Boston together playing electro house and we developed our taste together during that period of time.
What is your favorite part of making music?
Point: I think the most satisfying part is getting a specific sound, progression, or melody, written down, and having it sound exactly the same as it did in your head. Also, it’s fun to surprise ourselves through experimenting with ideas and new sounds, and incorporating them into tracks that we get to play out later, and then see how a crowd will react.
Which musicians do you admire?
Case: Kaskade, Dada Life, Tommy Trash, Knife Party, Kill the Noise, to name a few. We are always feeling fresh sound design paired with epic and emotional writing aesthetics.
Point: We also have a love for some non-dance music artists like Radiohead, M83, Trent Reznor. There are honestly too many artists/acts to list, as we admire and draw inspiration from so many sources from Drum and Bass, to Indie, to more experimental artists. It’s hard to not admire an artist that you appreciate the work of, and also to not be inspired by music you enjoy.
What do you like most about your profession?
Point: I really think that anytime you can make a living working on creative things you’re passionate about, you’re winning.
Case: I think connecting with people through music in general is also pretty awesome.
If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Point: Italian Sports Car Admirer / Whiskey Connoisseur
Case: Professional Tennis Player / Yacht enthusiast
Any big artists you are working with or hope to work with?
Case: We have a lot of exciting collaborations and productions on the horizon but we just can’t give out the details yet.
Anything else you would like to share- upcoming shows, tours, tracks?
Case: We’re playing Bella Terra Festival in New York on August 17th, Gypsy bar in Boston on July 26th, and the House of Blues in Boston on September 27th.
Point: We just released a dubstep single entitled Open Your Eyes and we’ll be back to our normally scheduled electro house program in a few weeks with a single called ‘Pressure’.
I’ve been searching for a perfect remix of Scream and Shout, so I was very happy when I found this track. When I first hit play, the song did not play out how I thought it would. Instead, it turned into some big womp womp womps mixed in with a bit of Britney Spears and Will.i.am, but then it changes again. I don’t even know how to explain this song, so I suggest taking a listen. It’s a crazy mix that will take you all over the EDM scene and makes you will wish you were partying at a concert.
Dotcom focuses on the Dubstep/Electro genre and comes out of Philly.
Adventure Club has brought us the first of their new mix series, “Superheroes Anonymous”. Vol. 1 is an almost 40-minute long mix of 23 popular songs, now all dubbed out with Adventure Club’s sound. Starting with Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash‘s “Reload” and ending in iO & Kastle‘s “Only You”, the mix includes almost every genre in between, using songs from Ellie Goulding, Krewella, Bruno Mars, and even Above & Beyond. Can’t wait to see what else this duo has in store for us with Superheroes Anonymous….
Joshua Steele is, I assume, at least part man, but he’s certainly no myth, and has established himself as a certified legend — the kind of singularly brilliant mind that has helped propel electronic music to the forefront of pop culture the world over. Best known as a dubstep mastermind and one of the founding fathers of his label, Circus, Flux Pavilion has been busting speakers and blowing roofs since he first left his mark on the UK soundwaves in 2008. He’s the architect of a pantheon of bass-infused, earth-shattering classics, and seems to have a hand in some genius original or remix every few months. From anthems like “I Can’t Stop” and “Cracks” to his 2012 collaboration with Major Lazor on “Jah No Partial”, Flux has made one thing clear: he’s an artist that requires no introduction, and he can bang with the best of them. When he speaks, the EDM world listens, and we’re rarely disappointed.
It comes as no surprise, then, that he’s managed to raise the bar once more. Flux’s “Blow the Roof” EP, released earlier this week, had a lot to measure up to; even a prodigy can’t get it right every time, and you may have been led to wonder, given his recent forays beyond the cozy confines of the dubstep genre, whether Flux might leave his fans wanting with this one . Anyone hoping to see some semblance of a stumble from one of the UK’s finest is going to have to wait another round, though, because not only does Flux bring his customary heat in this six-track monster of an opening to 2013–he transcends it.
“Blow the Roof” features the kind of masterful versatility of sound that shatters the boundaries set by an increasingly obsolete set of genre titles. “OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna)” leads off with a Diplo-esque moombahton beat that does exactly what it promises–that is, makes your body wanna dance–and from there, Flux simply doesn’t let up. Two tracks–“The Scientist” and “Starlight” feature vocals from the man himself, while “Do or Die”, my personal favorite, combines perhaps the EP’s heaviest hits with the smashmouth, audacious flow of hip-hop up and comer Childish Gambino (heard of him?). And it’s not all about the bangers; I might just be projecting my infatuation with Daft Punk on “I Feel It”, but I’ll be damned if there’s not a strong dose of “Aerodynamic” in there.
Needless to say, this EP’s got something for everyone. Flux Pavilion, you’ve done it again.