If what’s cooler than being cool is indeed ice cold, then A-Trak and Oliver have earned that distinction with their latest track, “Zamboni.” Named after that delightful ice cleaner of hockey lore, the tune is positioned to sweep floors with its throwback vibe. Equal parts funk and acid, the collab combines the unconventional edge of the Oliver boys with the Duck Sauce DJ’s dance sensibility and serves it up with 80s-flavored flare. A welcome studio reunion for the Fools Gold acts, their “Zamboni” will be available to ride on December 10th.
Fool’s Gold Radio is back with their 23rd installment, mixed by Fool’s Gold co-founder Nick Catchdubs. One of many things that this “tastemaker label” excels in is its keen ability to create masterfully mixed sets with incredible assortments of innovative sounds. But what else would you expect from a business run by a couple of the best technical DJ’s out there? Nick starts this episode with the recently released “Radio Stereo” by Fool’s Gold’s own Duck Sauce. He quickly shifts gears into electro mode with various tunes by Nom De Strip, GTA and Crookers. Nick keeps the energy high at the halfway point with some hip-hop and twerk music with the help of Grandtheft & Smalltown DJ’s. Finishing off this saga, he dishes out a great selection of up beat dance club tunes, including those by Lxury and Feed Me & Crystal Fighters.
Fool’s Gold is bringing an all-star Sunday Funday to Los Angeles this November 10th. The Fool’s Gold Day Off will return for free with RSVP and boasts an already impressive line up including A-Trak, Danny Brown, Kill the Noise and more.
There are some serious notable hip-hop names on the Day Off lineup like the wild but undoubtedly talented Danny Brown and the whiz kid and Kanye prodigy, Travis Scott. As per usual, Fool’s Gold perfects the balance between the hip-hop and dance worlds and will bring co-captains A-Trak and Nick Catchdubs along with dubstep firepower Kill the Noise to the decks as well.
Though the show is free with RSVP, limited space is available, so sign up today and clear your calendar for Fool’s Gold Day Off.
On Friday night, Duck Sauce made their Essential Mix debut on BBC Radio 1. The takeover, masterminded by Armand Van Helden and A-Trak, transformed the iconic airwaves with 2 hours of their own original productions and a gaggle of old school disco gems. Showcasing numerous cuts from their upcoming album, Quack, the talented duo took their Essential Mix duties as an opportunity to school their peers in Creativity 101. One of the most lively and unique Essential Mixes of 2013, Duck Sauce’s debut is a must listen for fans of any genre. During a time when people claim the art of DJing is “dead,” Armand and A-Trak prove that no matter how the sounds and styles change, the funk is always timeless.
Listen to the Essential Mix on BBC1 here.
A-Trak and Armand Van Helden came together to form Duck Sauce back in 2009 with “Anyway,” and since have been behind chart topping hits like “Barbra Streisand” and “Big Bad Wolf.” With a debut album looming, tonight’s Essential Mix promises to unveil new material from the two, as well highlight some throwbacks from the veteran DJs. Tune in tonight at 1:00 am GMT (UK) / 8:00 pm EST (NYC) on BBC Radio 1 for the two hour segment.
After playing host to some incredible artists on day two of Electric Zoo, the head honcho of Fool’s Gold finally stepped behind the tables of the packed Riverside Clubhouse. The tent featured 3D visuals on the massive LED screens across the entire stage, for those who had previously picked up special glasses earlier in the day. For those who hadn’t done so, the light show was still impressive and when paired with A-Trak’s deftness on the decks, the overall experience was something epic to behold.
When it comes to refreshing productions, A-Trak has the Midas touch. Every single original or remix that he’s released in the last 6 months has been impossibly funky. From his unbelievable remix of Kavinsky’s “Oddlook” to his disco-tinged touches on Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool,” the Fool’s Gold frontman has managed to evolve without ever compromising his style. Taking on Jack Beats for the second volume of their Remixed series, A-Trak set his sights on interspersing hip hop spirit with the techno soul of “Just a Beat,” shifting the mix into a scatterbrained mess of chirpy synths and tempo shifts.
Despite MTV’s recent MTV Clubland outlet, dance music stars were snubbed of awards at last night’s VMAs. There was Zedd being beat out by Austin Mahone for the fan-voted Artist to Watch, Calvin Harris falling short to Pink for Best Collaboration and to Justin Timberlake for best editing, A-Trak & Tommy Trash being toppled by Ryan Lewis & Macklemore for Best Cinematography, and both Skrillex and Duck Sauce taking a back seat to Capital Cities for Best Visual Effects.
While Daft Punk was ousted by One Direction for Best Song of the Summer, the duo made their first public appearance since the Random Access Memories craze, presenting the award for Best Female Video alongside Pharrell and Nile Rodgers following a teaser for their follow up single “Lose Yourself To Dance.” Other dance music mainstays may not have taken home a moon man, but instead served as the DJs for the red carpet. Of course, that was the Nervo twins spinning the pre-show as stars and starlets entered the Barclays Center.
Surprisingly, the program’s commercial interludes included tracks such as Baauer and Just Blaze’s “Higher” and Disclosure’s “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” When all said and done, however, dance music has certainly had a stronger presence in VMAs past with performances from David Guetta and Deadmau5. MTV’s 2013 award show was electronic friendly, it just wasn’t actively electronic.
Electric Zoo; the festival name itself draws imagery of wildlife illuminated neon with its mainstay headliners such as Tiësto and Armin van Buuren as the electronic lions. On day two, however, A-Trak shifts gears and takes the electric zoo into a concrete jungle fitting for its host city. The long-time Kanye West partner will be using his Fool’s Gold brand and its street-friendly aura to bring Electric Zoo the true soul of New York City, ditching the bright blue gorillas and green rabbits for a crew of urban animals.
Last year it was Dillon Francis who stole the spotlight at the same stage and brought the then-fashionable moombahton to the forefront, but A-Trak will be giving hip-hop a home this time around, calling on Just Blaze, Green Lantern, and Araabmuzik; some of the genre’s biggest producers with undisputed pasts, veteran DJ experience, and tested-and-proven success amongst dance music’s festival circuit.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instagram each week. This week, we feature gems from A-Trak, Nic Fanciulli, Brodinski, and more.