Another week down; you’ve definitely got beer to drink, friends to catch up with and shit to watch on TV. And while EDM can be a great can be GREAT for kick-starting a party, or keeping it going, we’ve got a mixed bag here. We’ve got a video from Calyx & TeeBee reminiscing about how much fun partying used to be, while Skream dropped a free album of tracks that you could go grocery shopping to. Bass straight in your face tunes and previews of updated classics are all in this week’s batch of the best.
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Skream – 100K Freeizm
Wild to think that Skream‘s been pushing the dubstep sound for the last six years or so, and is still 26. He’s been at the forefront of the scene since his emergence, and has helped make this sound that started out in Croydon a truly mainstream entity, both as a solo artist and as part of Magnetic Man. The pop life might be getting to him, or he might just be wanting to bring some of what he experienced to the masses of today, because he’s been going through a bit of a throwback period right now.
He recently hit 100K followers on twitter, and released 100K Freeizm, which features tracks he produced from the 2006-2009 era. He’s also embarking on a Skreamizm tour, which will find him playing more intimate settings for three-hour long sets. Good to see he’s not giving up on his roots, and that he wants to share how he grew up in the scene with the masses.
The Prodigy – “Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)”
This is so serious. While The Prodigy was popular before Fat Of The Land, this album skyrocketed them into the mainstream, back when electronic music was embraced in America as “Electronica.” Songs like “Firestarter,” “Breathe,” and “Smack My Bitch Up” helped bring a new edge to the scene, and made guys like Keith Flint, who was more of the character of the group, into stars.
For the 15th anniversary edition of Fat Of The Land, The Prodigy gathered remixes from the EDM scene’s hottest, with the likes of Noisia, Baauer, Zeds Dead, and Major Lazer being among the producers asked to flip these tracks. Noisia’s “Smack My Bitch Up” remix premiered on MistaJam’s show, and it’s nasty. It keeps the vibe of the original in tact for the intro, but goes heavy and dirty into some mind-blowing dubstep. Noisia knows how these things should be done, and this clip should have you salivating for the full version.
A-Trak & Zinc ft. Natalie Storm – “Like The Dancefloor”
Smart moves made this one an even bigger tune than it already was. A-Trak and Zinc collaborated on the track “Stingray,” and it was massive. Add in the dancehall-styling of Natalie Storm on the track? When a track is really firing on the dancefloor, really getting the crowd worked up, in any proper club the crowd will ask the DJ to rewind it and start it from the top. Sneak this one into a mix expertly and it should be automatically pulled back. The single for this monster dropped via Fool’s Gold and Rinse, and featured remixes from Dismantle, JWLS and Shadow Child. Grab it and find out how to “treat her like the dancefloor.”
Chase & Status ft. Liam Bailey – “Big Man”
Not to say we wouldn’t agree with you, but if you said someone was doing more for EDM on a global scale than Chase & Status, we’d have to question that. This duo has been at it for a while, and over the last few years have really turned it up, taking upfront styles within drum & bass and made them successful, without compromising too much of the roots of the sound. Sure, Liam Bailey sounds like he might have some Auto-Tune on his vocals. And yeah, this beat has a prominent guitar riff through it. Take this exact same track to a rave, though – see how mental the club will get. These two know what their doing, which is why their No More Idols LP has done so well for them.
While we await their next full length album project, they gave away this cut “Big Man” for free via their website. Enjoy that, and the black-and-white chaos which is the video.
Opening Ceremony Mixtape Series #28: Nick Catchdubs
Hopefully this isn’t the first Opening Ceremony mix; hell, we REALLY hope this isn’t the first Nick Catchdubs mix you’ve heard! Their reps proceed them, so Nick linking with OC was an obvious win. Nick’s selection is superb, with cuts from Crookers, DJ Sliink, Meek Mill, DJ Craze, and more (including Kastle’s “Pyramids” remix) are thrown in. This might be the pre-game soundtrack.
Craze – Selekta VIP
Tae Bae Bae feat Wale – Teco (Remix)
JWLS – Bashin’ (Nadastrom More Bounce Edit)
Gent & Jawns – Holler
Meek Mill – Rollin
Traxamillion feat Clyde Carson & Ya Boy – Boy
Brown & Gammon – How I Feel
Bingo Players – L’amour
Tony Quattro – Ray Ray
Crookers – Bowser
Astronomar – H3Y I C U PERCUL8-10
GTA – Booty Bounce
DJ Sliink – Put Ya Back Into It
Partysquad & Punish – Mash It Up
Nick Catchdubs x French Montana x Munchi – Pop That Party Break
Frank Ocean – Pyramids (Kastle Remix)
A$AP Rocky – Purple Kisses
Starkey – Orbits Sampler
One of the more captivating producers of the moment has to be Starkey. Hailing from Philadelphia, this guy was living in the UK and heard Grime, and brought it back to the US. Taking a sound that was birthed from a sound that was influenced by the US, he put his own unique spin on the sound, setting off plenty of awesome movements on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s produced acts from the UK, and signed UK acts to his labels, all the while finding time to churn out thought-provoking albums of his own.
Orbits is his third LP, and it drops on December 3rd (while some select spots will have it at the end of November), and based on this 13-minute sampler, featuring all 13 of the album’s tracks, he runs the gamut: we have the no nonsense dancefloor material like “Command” (which is the first single, dropping on October 29th) to more intense, epic tracks like the album’s closer, “Distant Star.” You can pre-order the album now; if you pre-order the vinyl or CD versions, you get digital copies for free.
Calyx & Teebee ft. Kemo – “Pure Gold”
We put you up on this single last month, and the video for this monster dropped. Real throwback drum & bass flavor. Love the direction of the video; we get shots of real people interspersed with Kemo’s bars about days gone by. Awesome depiction.
Antiserum & 12th Planet – “Bass Salt”
To build up to his Smog imprint’s Smog City LP, 12th Planet dropped his track “Bass Salt,” which is a collaboration with Antiserum. It it’s straight up nasty new school dubstep, no bones about it. 12th says that Smog City will be a blend of the old and new styles of dubstep, with producers like Noah D, Kelly Dean, SPL, and others contributing tracks. This might be your facemelter tune of the week.
Pre-order Smog City via iTunes right now; it officially drops October 30th.
AC Slater – Animal Kingdom: A DJ Mix
First things first: dude has either the best or the worst DJ name based on a Saved By The Bell character out there. Whatever it is, he is a talented producer and DJ, and to support his production in the form of his Party Animals (which drops on his Party Like Us imprint on the 6th of November), he showed off his DJ skills with this sick mix. Cuts from Jack Beats, Starkey, Sub Focus and even Carnage’s collaboration with Borgore are featured in this mix. You won’t be able to stay still while this one is rocking.
1. Jack Beats – “Careless” ft Takura
2. Surrender! – “Locate” (NAPT Remix)
3. Crookers – “Bowser”
4. Gent & Jawns – “Bugoff”
5. Bart B More – “The Box”
6. TAI – “Steroid”
7. Dog Blood – “Middle Finger”
8. GTA – “Booty Bounce”
9. Party Crashers – “Brooklyn VIP”
10. Example – “Say Nothing” (Foamo Remix)
11. Michael Woods – “We’ve Only Just Begun” feat. Ester Dean (Gorgon City Remix)
12. Substantial Error – “Sunshine” (Checan Remix)
13. Hydraulix – “West Side Playur”
14. Derro – “Everybody in the Club” (Boy Zuki Remix)
15. Starkey – “DPMO” (Instrumental)
16. Trinidad Jame$ – “Females Welcomed” feat. Reija Lee
17. Mayhem & Antiserum – “Spend It”
18. Borgore – “Turn Up” feat. Carnage
19. Nina Sky – “Heartbeat” (AC Slater Remix)
20. Sharkslayer & Blaze Tripp – “Boss Hog”
21. AC Slater & Nick Thayer – “Night Owl”
22. Bro Safari & UFO! – “Puttin Work”
23. ETC!ETC!, Brillz & Smile Future – “Represent Your City”
24. Sub Focus – “Tidal Wave” feat. Alpines
Zee Reach – Run Me A Murdah Trap Mix
Zee Reach isn’t a new name; he was one half of The Cheerz, which was known in the fidget house scene. He’s gone on his own and created many different forms of EDM, and my personal blog was lucky enough to score the premiere of his Run Me A Murdah Trap mix. The thing I loved most about this mix was that he had no problem putting his signature touch throughout this mix – if it’s not an original production of his, he’s edited it to fit the structure of what he was trying to do – which is definitely not a small feat. Check out 45 minutes of that certified Trap music.
S-Type – “Billboard”
We dropped S-Type’s “What Dreams Are Made Of” remix already, but had to show love for his “Billboard” video, taken from the Billboard EP that’s out now on LuckyMe. The epic-ness of his beats are undeniable – the melody he laid on this track in particular is hypnotic and super-catchy. With Kanye already snapping up Hudson Mohawke, you get the feeling that S-Type might be the next EDM producer that starts getting those G.O.O.D. calls. His sound is just tailored for the stadiums, not just the clubs.