J. Cole’s “Power Trip” just got taken down a peg by AC Slater. The Brooklyn beat master teamed up with the L.A.-via-Sydney DJ/songstress Anna Lunoe to cover the tune, taking the sound from hip-hop to happy. Replacing Miguel’s lines with a rehabbed beat and opting for a chipper rendition of the chorus, the cover decidedly takes the edge off the original, playing with sound before sliding firmly into the house camp. Released as a free download, the track gives just a taste of the slew of new material from the producer, who, in terms of output anyways, appears to be on his own power trip.
Growing up in West Virginia, AC Slater - real name Aaron Clevenger – got his start as a hip-hop DJ at the ripe age of 14 after spending much of his childhood making mixtapes on an old TDK D-C60. It wasn’t until he heard The Chemical Brothers that the Trouble & Bass mainstay became obsessed with the electronic side of music production. Joining the T&B crew in 2008 after moving to New York City, AC began working with guys like Drop The Lime and Dell Harris, setting into motion a string of friendships and a career that continues to burn bright. His production and performance style is strangely eclectic but distinctly his own. Focusing primarily on the bassier aspects of dance music, an AC Slater performance is a shocking blend of hip-hop, bass music and techno – all with a distinct New York City twist. His own outputs run the gamut from electro house to dark techno and are oftentimes littered with strange samples and sound effects, adding personality to his production style. While Wavefront may feature a predominantly house and techno cast of characters, Slater’s presence at the festival is not one to miss – his performance will likely be one of the most unique (and bass heavy) of the weekend.
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Trap has proven something of an acquired taste for the party-focused dance music obsessives, framed by it’s crawling BPM and percussive flairs. Los Angeles resident Adam Glassco knows this better than most – behind the guise of his Flinch moniker, AC Slater’s “Party Animals” is exposed to the topical hip-hop offshoot that has the community so torn towards its party-hard schematics. High-end synth work and stabs in full-effect, Nina Skys’ refined topline makes for a strong set-piece for the genre at its more universal and qualitative heights.
Spacesuit-wearing duo, The Manufactured Superstars deliver another bouncy pop house outing with “Zombies in Love.” Enlisting the help of anthemic choral lines and sugary-sweet piano rolls, “Zombies in Love” is much brighter than the name suggests, generating a feel good peak time vibe with driven percussion and catchy progressions. Scheduled to be released on April 9th, the remix package for “Zombies in Love” switches its focus off of ‘love’ and onto ‘zombies’ featuring bass driven and disemboweled versions of the feel good original. K Theory, AC Slater and Jaz von D all take their turns with the mix, creating three remixes that utilize throaty bass and gritty synthwork to transform the vibe into something deliciously sinister.
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Fresh from New York’s Trouble & Bass label, the folks who bring you releases from the likes of Drop The Lime, AC Slater, Plastician, and others, is a new EP from Estonian producer Bert on Beats. The three track EP, Modern Vampires, offers quite the range of bass heavy style. The EP isn’t easily constrained into a genre; we hear bouncy bass lines and stuttered vocal loops on the title track, a crazy dramatic flute melody on “Flute Thing,” and Diplo-like drum kick on “Get Your Freak On.” It’s not dubstep, it’s not moombahton, it’s not electro house, it’s just heavy bass and it’s well-designed for the dance floor.
“Raise Up” is AC Slater’s newest offering and will be released as part of his upcoming Party Animals EP. The track relies on heavy doses of bass, one of his key production ingredients. Parts of “Raise Up” remind us of a harder, electro version of Michael Wood’s “No Access.”
“Raise Up” will be available with the rest of the EP on November 6th.
Los Angeles-based dubstep producer Adam Glassco, AKA Flinch, released his latest effort, “Light It Up,” today via SMOG Records. Layered under Heather Bright‘s familiarly soothing vocals, Flinch adds a bass-heavy foundation coupled with creative synth patterns to develop an original melodic dubstep track. It is no surprise that this title track has received support from big-time DJs including Skream, Benga, and 12th Planet.
The Remix EP also includes versions from acclaimed producers including AC Slater, LA Riots, J. Rabbit, Codes, SPL, and David Heartbreak and Craze. From AC Slater’s grinding electro to LA Riots’ progressive house take, this Remix EP has something for everyone. Head over to Beatport to pick up the original and your favorite remix.
Bart B More, Drop the Lime, and AC Slater team up to bring you a bass heavy, 2 track EP. Leave your earbuds at the door because these two tracks need to be listened to on a serious system. Both songs have Bart’s signature, gritty synth bass lines – the kind that hit hard enough that you can feel your ribcage rattle.
Drop the Lime adds his own spirited groove to the title track on the EP and it shows. The vocals here are also incredibly addicting, this one is going to get some serious time on the decks of any DJ worthy of the name.
The second track is a bit harder to swallow, it lacks the infectious vocals and the disco groove. Instead it goes straight for the jugular and hits you with heavy tribal beats and a sweeping synth breakdown.