Pop the champagne and peel the bananas – Dada Life is back with the July installment of its monthly mixtape. The Swedish duo kicks the set off with the Otto Knows remix of their own “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” and dives straight into massive electro jams like Dyro and Ansol’s “Top of The World” and Hard Rock Sofa and Swanky Tunes’ “Here We Go.” From there, Dada Life gives us a hint of funk by dropping Wolfgang Gartner’s “Flexx” but brings us right back to the hard-hitting electro with a very appropriate mashup of Knife Party’s “Rage Valley” and the Beastie Boys’ party-themed “Fight For Your Right.” Download the mix for free and be sure to check out our exclusive Behind The Booth with Stefan and Olle for even more Dada.
Jack Beats, the fidget masters, just brought us their “Evolution” mixtape but they’re not the only ones producing quality fidget. WhiteNoize and Mike Balance just released their remix of “Reckless Gurl,” which isn’t as wobbly as a Jack Beats production but is similarly intriguing. The fidget-disco sounds combined with a vocal sample from The Beginerz give it an awesomely vintage feel. We could see someone breaking out into the jitterbug while listening to this one.
We have exciting news for all of you Jack Beats fans out there. On August 7th the British fidget house duo will be dropping the first of their two much anticipated mini albums. The first album, which will be titled Careless, will be released on OWSLA and will feature collaborations with Diplo, Dillon Francis, Example & Takura. Jack Beats have just released a brand new mixtape, titled Evolution, which includes a lot of this new material. We’re huge fans of Jack Beats’ trademark wobble sound, so we could not be more excited about the release of their upcoming mini-albums. Have a listen below and get ready for Careless to drop! Read on for the Tracklist.
As a follow-up to largely successful tracks including “True Story” and “Best Friend,” Russian producer Eitro is back with his latest effort called “Love 2.0.” This track is in the same progressive vein as his previous releases, offering a building bassline that culminates with a melodic synth drop layered over pounding kick drums. Check out the preview video and stay tuned for the August 6th release on Spinnin’ Records.
Stepping into Pacha NYC, you never really know what to expect. Sometimes you can’t breathe and other times there’s enough room to warrant staying until sunrise. Friday wasn’t the most packed we’ve ever seen the NY hotspot, but when Adrian Lux took to the decks at 1AM the club came to life. While Lux might not be the most recognizable name, you have definitely heard many of his tracks, which have received support from the likes of Axwell, Avicii, and even the videogame FIFA 2011 which features “Can’t Sleep.” The Swede seems to be gaining traction in the industry and a killer set at Pacha only seemed to solidify his skills. Keep reading for 5 tracks you need to know.
It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of everything Toolroom here at DA. If you share our obsession with tech house, then Toolroom TV should be required viewing. If don’t share our obsession with tech house, here’s your chance to turn your life around.
The half-hour web series is a fascinating look behind the scenes at the label, featuring club footage, artist interviews, and tons of excellent tracks. Episode 1 celebrated Toolroom’s fifth anniversary at the Brixton Academy, and Episode 2 expands the narrative, taking us to Miami Music week. At the DJ Mag pool party, we catch up with the lovely Cassy and SHM-killer DJ Sneak. Russian DJ/producer Nina Kraviz talks about her love for men in that slightly unsettling but nonetheless attractive manner that many Eastern European women have. We also hear from Alex Kenji, Sander van Doorn, Mark Knight (swoon), and our favorite bespectacled Brit, Funkagenda. Bonus appearances from Sasha and James Zabiela. (more…)
First heard at the Amsterdam Dance Event in October 2011, we have finally been given a July 23rd release date for the Apster and Eva Simons collaboration called “I Need More.” Abdesamad Ben Abdelouahid, AKA Apster, delivers building chord play and a melodic bass-heavy drop that is reminiscent of what we heard in his previous production, “Goldcoast.” Layered over the beat are Eva Simons’ infectious vocals, which have quickly become the some of the most recognizable in dance music. Give the preview a listen and stay tuned for the release on Wall Recordings.
As we promised you from our first “Best Of The Rest,” Special Features released his newest progressive tune “You and Me” as a free download today. Special Features has been blowing up since his beatport favorite “Synergy” alongside Michael Brun, and noteworthy remixes to “Feel So Close” and “Strobe.” Impressively sticking to his progressive roots, Special Features takes you on a lovely journey with “You and Me.” Using many highs and lows, there practically isn’t a pitch Special Features doesn’t reach with his extremely melodic synths. We are certainly looking forward to more club gems and free downloads like this from the up and coming London based producer.
Even though the DJ Mag Top 100 is essentially a popularity contest, we think everyone who loves dance music should vote. It’s a great way to support your favorite DJs and engage in some spirited debate with fellow dance fans. As an extension of our Where My Head’s At series, our editors will share their five favorite CDJ technicians, and tell you what makes them so great.
We’re not strangers to festival teaser videos, but the introduction video for Tomorrowland 2012 is unlike any we’ve ever seen before. Usually these videos just feature footage from the previous year’s concert, making promises that this year will offer something “completely new.” With such an expertly crafted preview video, Tomorrowland doesn’t need to promise anything because if you’ve watched last year’s recap,you know just how good it is. This video should get you excited if you’re lucky enough to be making the trip to Belgium, if not you can just sit at your computer and drool like the rest of us.