Before there was Dog Blood, Jack U, and Leaving EP, Skrillex was a name almost purely associated with jaw-dropping dubstep. That’s not to say it was all he produced, simply, Skrillex had inspired a mass convergence of fans around the colloquially (and satirically) termed genre of “brostep.” Out of this reign came many heavy singles — one of the more famous ones being his collaborative stint with Alvin Risk, “Imma Try It Out.” Nearly a year after its official release, the OWSLA-nauts have unveiled an interesting “Neon Mix” to the single. Perhaps even more compelling than the boisterous VIP is the video that accompanies it, featuring cameos by Dillon Francis, Diplo, 12th Planet, The Prodigy, Flava Flava, Jack Black, and many more.
The “Neon Mix” will be released on iTunes at an undisclosed date with two more accompanying B-sides.
[Update] Skrillex has uploaded the “Try Harder” mix, one of eight total revisions. The version features a modified intro and heavily syncopated second drop. Click past the break to hear it.
Always one to push artistic boundaries, KOAN Sound’s new Sanctuary EP alongside fellow Bristol producer Asa is something of an orchestral-bass-music concept release. While this isn’t the first time KOAN Sound have opted for the soothing, symphonic route (see “Introvert” or their remix of “Green and Blue”), it’s certainly some of their most delicate work to date. Reinforced by the 2-step/grime precision of Asa, Sanctuary features some incredible drum programming and processing. It’s not all beatific dream sequences either — the EP’s got a darker side lurking in the depths of its tracklist.
We caught up with KOAN Sound on their tour with Bassnectar, where they mentioned the live string recordings that went into the EP. In light of this process, the Bristol producers have achieved some breathtaking results. Listen below and stay tuned for the release of Sanctuary on OWSLA and Inspected on October 22nd.
Lake Tahoe’s annual SnowGlobe music festival has released its 2013 lineup. As expected, Tahoe’s premiere New Years’ Eve event has booked a diverse array of talent, featuring such formidable acts as Tiësto, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Gramatik and Dillon Francis. Backing these festival regulars is a laundry list of forward-thinking electronic musicians, such as Kill Paris, Cashmere Cat, Kastle, The Polish Ambassador and more. Throw in Dirtybird, a performance from Snoop Dogg (Lion), and an impending third headliner, and you’ve got the makings of an awesome festival. If you can brave the weather, $150 for the three day pass should sound quite reasonable.
Purchase tickets here.
Deadmau5 is cooking up something big. Only time will tell just how big. While Zimmerman has never been afraid to shed insight into his production process, the last few days have been the equivalent of a golden ticket into his studio. After treating fans to plenty revisions of the loosely termed “Phantoms Can’t Hang,” Joel has finalized the arrangement for the track along with his darker new tune, “Avaritia.” Of the two, I found the latter to be a bit more enticing. The lead chords and bassline are pleasantly distorted, and the percussion is interesting and on point. It’s worth bearing in mind that all these uploads are by nature previews, and thus lack the kind of mixing and mastering that will ultimately set them apart from from inspired musings to polished, final productions.
Also of particular interest, Deadmau5 said of his recent uploads: “the real mindfuck is how these songs are going to go together on the album.. there’s a plan at work here.” Looks like we can expect another Random Album Title arrangement for deadmau5′s impending release.
Click past the break to check out Deadmau5′s latest work.
Pleasurekraft have proven a hot commodity in 2013. While their deep house edit of “Got a Feeling” broke into the Beatport top 10, their ode to Detroit techno alongside Jaceo and Vedic, “313 (Detroit Calling),” topped the techno charts. Their newest production “Sinister Strings,” however, may prove one of their biggest offerings yet. The track is a remake of Brainbug’s 90′s dance anthem, “Nightmare,” and is sure to inspire chilling waves of nostalgia. Pleasurekraft’s re-imagining of the classic brilliantly incorporates the original’s spooky synths and string work while introducing a plump bassline.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week’s edition of SMM features five dubstep tracks of the gentler nature. I hesitate to even call these tracks “dubstep,” as the term tends to connote disorderly loudness these days (not to mention a few of them may be better classified as breakbeat). Regardless, the following five tracks are some of the cleanest, lightest bass music tunes around. Sink in to the 140 bpm delightfulness of Blackmill, Phaeleh, Zeds Dead, High Rankin, and Neutralize.
1. Blackmill is a sacred name in the world of chilled out bass music. His remix of Coldplay’s “Trouble” is as therapeutic as Sunday morning music gets.
Click past the break for more mellow Sunday morning tunes.
After unleashing his dark remix to Lemâitre’s “Continuum” just a few days ago, Fehrplay has unveiled his newest charismatic original, “Indigo.” Catalyzed by a driving bassline and cinematic build up, the Norwegian’s newest offering features the same kind of vigorous grandeur that earned him his spot on Prydz’s coveted label. While the producer has dabbled in everything from techno to deep house recently, “Indigo” is pure progressive house bliss. The track is due on on Pryda Friends on October 21st, just after he and Jeremy Olander have joined the EPIC 2.0 madness on the tour’s NYC dates.
Beyond Wonderland Bay Area took over the Shoreline Amphitheater this weekend with a stacked lineup of talent. Everyone from Avicii, to David Guetta, to Dash Berlin took over the fantastically designed stages for the awe-inspiring two-day event. It came as no surprise that acts such as Hardwell, Calvin Harris and Arty were the talk of the festival, yet amid the Beatport chart-toppers and festival mainstays were three artists of lesser mainstream appeal who delivered some of the best and most underrated sets of the weekend.
Click past the break for the three most overlooked sets from Beyond Wonderland.
Pretty Lights’ two-night run at Red Rocks this past August has already become a thing of legend. Performing for the first time with his full live band, Derek brought the Colorado crowd to their knees with stunning live renditions of his music. Fortunately for the rest of us, the producer is hitting the road to promote A Color Map of the Sun and bringing his band with him. If the above video is any evidence, it looks to be one hell of a time. Check out the full tour at prettylightsmusic.com.
In an exciting collaborative joint, Zeds Dead has teamed up with Major Lazer and Jamaican rapper Elephant Man to produce “Turn Around,” a hot and heavy dance track with a fierce, primal backbone. Fueled by the fervent flow of Elephant Man, the dance music juggernauts combine their shared affinity for tribal percussion to create a raucous, dancehall-inspired beast. The last minute of “Turn Around,” features an engrossing drum break, making the track well-worth the entire listen.