Baauer‘s “Harlem Shake” is receiving a serious revival after a group of boys took to YouTube to post a “Gangnam Style-esque” dance video. The track was released back in May and made waves within the dance music community, but it seems the “Harlem Shake” may be the next Internet meme as well. The “Harlem Shake v2 Version” was uploaded days go and quickly gained traffic (about 2 million views currently) that was followed by an influx of imitations. Today there are similar videos stacking up too many views to count, making it clear Baauer’s infectious 2012 summer anthem may sticking around for a little bit longer.
Julio Bashmore and Hyetal return as the production duo Velour for the first time since their 2010 EP The Velvet Collection. Both hailing from Bristol, England the two producers unveiled both tracks from their forthcoming EP due out on Bashmore’s imprint Boardwalk March 4. The first track, “Speedway” stays consistent with the former sounds of Velour, opening with disco-inspired house vibes. “Dial” follows giving listeners a fluttering house line before a smooth “Don’t touch that dial” vocal sample chimes in. Both tracks seep with the silky sounds fans have grown to associate with Velour – here’s to hoping these are the first of many productions from the duo in 2013.
Click below the break to listen and check out the duo’s remix up-and-comers BenZel’s “Fallin’ Love”.
Skrillex, Diplo, Kaskade, Tommy Trash and Nero have teamed up with (RED) to bring fans a Grammy’s pre-party called DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES on February 8th. The mostly invite-only event will be held at a secret location in Los Angeles and will benefit the Global Fund to Fight AIDS. DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES offers a uniquely intimate setting for audience. If you’re interested in getting a more up-close and personal experience you can bid on the meet and greet package. The highest bidders wins the opportunity to meet dubstep heavy-weight Skrillex.
Many producers have attempted to remix tracks of the late R&B princess Aaliyah and few have done so with the polished precision of Skream. The dubstep producer’s latest release “Kreepin’” is his take on Aaliyah’s notorious song “If Your Girl Only Knew,” giving listeners more ’90s R&B inspired house productions from the UK. Touching on the sounds of garage, Skream maintains the soul of the 1996 original while adding the 2-step rhythm of newcomers like Disclosure and Bondax have helped champion. The rework was featured in Skream’s December mix last year and now the track is available as a free download.
Click below the break to listen and head over to his Soundcloud for the free download.
In anticipation of his Clarity remix compilation due out Feb 12, Zedd teased Tiesto‘s rendition of the powerful production today. Last year his concept album by the same name became a defining release in the young producer’s career. “Spectrum” — the first single off the album — reached number one on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Songs chart and a remix EP featuring reworks from artists like A-Trak & Clockwork, Arty, and Armin Van Buuren to name a few. Zedd is ready to give “Clarity” the same treatment with another extended play via Interscope Records.
If you got into electronic music through the sounds of dubstep as I did, Mary Anne Hobbs should be a name that is synonymous with the development of the genre. Her early efforts at BBC Radio 1 helped foster the infamous radio station’s experimental show—formerly called Breezeblock, where she launched Dubstep Warz in 2006. The show is considered to be a pivotal turning point for the bass-heavy genre, allowing the sounds of dubstep to emerge from the underground club scene to international airwaves. The 2-hour set showcases UK dubstep OGs such as Mala, Skream, Hatcha, and Kode 9 to name a few—giving listeners completely different interpretations of the genre categorized by its sub-bass. With that said, turn up your subs and feel the power of dubstep’s roots.
GTA took to Soundcloud to unveil their new mix series “Death to Genres” yesterday. The duo comprised of JWLZ and VanToth revealed Volume 1 of the series with hopes to create a buildup of anticipation for their new productions, due out later this year. The mix kicks off with their infectious “Booty Bounce,” a nod to the power of their hard-hitting Miami house roots before working in multiple Laidback Luke edits, some Mad Decent family outputs, and of course teasers of their new work including “FuntCantasy” and “Darkness.”
Known mostly for that bouncing bass, TJR has racked up success through remixes and mashups as well as original productions like his dizzying “Ode to Oi.” The track stole listeners ears, even making Dancing Astronaut’s Top Tracks of November, and now TJR returns with something a little different.
Last year Wideboys brought fans their Addicted 2 The Bass remix compilation, featuring reworks from winners of their competition of the same name. The British duo’s original track, a big room progressive production, received a complete renovation with renditions categorized from drum & bass to electro. Now the Wideboys are ready to give “Addicted 2 The Bass” another round of revisions with their Addicted 2 The Bass – The Refix slated for a March release.
The second remix compilation will feature Lazy Rich, Sunship Tantrum and Australian-hailing Nick Thayer. Thayer, who was recently signed to Skrillex‘s OWSLA, revealed a teaser of his version and it looks like the Wideboys can add moombahton to the list of genres that make the cut. The short snippet reveals a slowed BPM before the rising producer works in a thick two-step bassline with soaring synths delivering listeners a moobah-laced translation of “Addicted 2 The Bass.”
It is clear that Minnesota native Gigamesh has a love affair with the grooving sounds of the past. With every track he unveils, however, he gives light to the future of nu-disco. His latest funky pop production, “Enjoy,” brings listeners to their feet with its infectious dance-worthy line — forming another 70s-inspired production from the American producer. Sampling the 1980s British post-disco duo Wham!, Gigamesh works in a vocal sample from their 1982 hit “Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do).” “Enjoy” proves Gigamesh’s ability, yet again, to give listeners a fresh take on disco, leaving his glimmering beat dancing in our heads.
Click below the break to listen to “Enjoy” and stay tuned for another release from Gigamesh in February.