The legendary Run DMC and turntablist phenom A-Trak have teamed up for adidas’s latest campaign; “Unite All Originals.” The collaboration doesn’t stop at the hip hop icons and Fool’s Gold labelhead, as the trio invite fans to remix the video themselves on the brand’s interactive website. Head over to http://www.adidas.com/us/content/unite to take your shot at remix duties and watch the behind the scenes making of footage here.Posted by
If this year’s VMA nominations are any indication, dance music is increasingly beginning to find its place in mainstream media. In past years similar nominations have been heralded as major accomplishments and milestones, but in 2013 the shock is beginning to wear off. Although DJs are by no means dominating the VMA nominations, their presence is much more pronounced than in year’s past. Zedd, A-Trak & Tommy Trash, Skrillex, and Calvin Harris (x2) have all garnered nominations, which you can view in full below. Head here to place your vote.
A-Trak has released a short video recapping his time spent at Bonnaroo this year. While the video doesn’t reveal much, it does offer yet another glimpse into the fabulous life of a DJ. And if A-Trak himself isn’t a good enough reason to press play, the child with the mullett, mustache, and saxophone at 0:12 should be persuasive.Posted by
Bringing back the quack, A-Trak is gearing up for the fall release of his collaborative Duck Sauce album. Even after dropping its lead single, however, he’s still found time to focus on solo projects. Back in the studio A-Trak takes on the latest from French band Phoenix, giving their indie yet popular sound an appropriate dose of dance attitude. Offering a new approach on “Trying To Be Cool,” the latest remix boasts a minimal yet effective sound that rallies a record of its own. Download A-Trak’s remix for Phoenix free of charge exclusively at Rolling Stone.
A-Trak and Armand Van Helden have a track record of hits resulting from the special occasion that they collaborate together as Duck Sauce. “Barbra Streisand” took the charts by storm in 2010, “Big Bad Wolf” garnered further popularity in 2011, and their latest record, “It’s You,” has just been released this week. Joining forces to produce music beyond singles, the duo have spent time in the studio to complete a full-length album. In a recent interview, A-Trak has revealed that a Duck Sauce album is on the way, set to be released this fall with 12 tracks.
“Album in the fall, October I think. Full album, we’re mastering in less than two weeks. It’s looking like 12 [songs], we’re still tinkering with things. When you listen to it, it all feels like one thing. Especially in dance music, there’s no point in doing a dance album unless its a concept album or a cohesive body of work.”
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A-Trak and Armand Van Helden haven’t released an original production since 2011′s “Big Bad Wolf” and the dance music world has been patiently awaiting Duck Sauce’s inevitable return ever since. Never one’s to take themselves too seriously, “It’s You” is a funk-fueled, sample driven groover that jostles and scratches with 1920s barber shop quartet vibes and the duo’s classic house sensibilities. A fun trip from start to finish, “It’s You” is a welcome change from the sounds of now — and it’s nice to have dance music’s Laurel and Hardy back in the saddle… or should we say duckbill.
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As Sin City revs up for the third and final day of the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival, we are taking a minute to reflect on the greatest hits of day two. With 75 artists on the bill on Sauturday evening, it’s not a surprise there were almost too many moments to store in the festival memory box, but for those of you who were not able to be raving under the desert sky, we’ll try our best to set the scene for you.
Sonic and visual outputs alike, A-Trak rarely disappoints with his creative endeavors. His “Big Bad Wolf” video still holds the crown as one of our favorite music videos ever and is, at the very least, unforgettable. While “Jumbo” doesn’t come close to topping “Big Bad Wolf,” it’s still compelling and capable of holding any viewer’s attention — a rarity in the world of music videos today. With all the A-Trak clones present in the film, we can’t help but reminisce on the TRL-era classic “The Real Slim Shady.” Press play to enter a world where there are more than enough A-Traks to go around.Posted by
Coming off a night that concluded with three hours of non-stop electro house from Wolfgang Gartner and Porter Robinson, fans at Bonnaroo will return to festival grounds on day three with fatigued legs and ringing ears only hours after gates closed on Friday. If dance music fans can find their stride in the early hours of Saturday, Clockwork will be offering an opening set at 12:30, but the sunny afternoon will be prominently occupied by the likes of Nas and Solange. Late night and beyond midnight hours, party-goers have the chance to see Mumford & Sons and R. Kelly, with the premiere electronic act serving as relief between Bonnaroo’s heavyweights.
Adherents to the “quality over quantity” mantra need only cite A-Trak‘s remix repetoire to win any argument. The Canadian turntablist extraordinaire does not deign to remix the work of others very often, but he’s got the Midas touch every time he tries his hand.
The latest example is also his greatest, and that says a lot when the architect of this legendary Kanye West remix is being discussed. One listen is all it takes to tell that his forthcoming reinterpretation of Kavinsky‘s “Odd Look” is worthy of superlative praise. Commencing with a moombahton-inspired march beneath a pitched and nearly percussive electro lead, the track navigates through trap hi-hats to build into a breathtaking breakdown, featuring warm analog swells accentuated by choral ambience above a plodding backbeat. Aside from showcasing his signature versatility, the production is a testament to A-Trak’s uncanny ability to sync elements from divergent genres in seamless fashion. Hats off to the man who rarely removes his for a stellar rework that will abuse many a replay button upon its release.