On the heels of last month’s Zeds Dead and Noisia remixes of The Prodigy, OWSLA-adept Alvin Risk has reworked “Firestarter,” the iconic track off of The Prodigy’s fabled third album The Fat of the Land. Preserving the gothic overtone of the legendary single, Alvin Risk ramps up the tempo to 170bpm for a drumstep/drum ‘n’ bass production just as menacing as the original. The Prodigy’s influence on Alvin Risk is quite clear, and thus it only makes sense that he pays tribute to the famed group by remixing one of their biggest singles. Risk’s remix is part of the official reissue of The Fat of the Land, released on XL Recordings.
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The Prodigy, the hard-electro innovators who produced the legendary album The Fat of the Land in 1997, celebrate its 15th anniversary with a reissue. This time the originals will be accompanied by remixes from some of 2012′s biggest names and the latest are from Zeds Dead and Noisia.
In anticipation of the rerelease, XL Records released an EP with a sneak-peek into the remixes. Noisia starts off the 2-part compilation with a remix of the long-lived “Smack My Bitch Up,” giving the track a sharper drum & bass edge. Zeds Dead rework “Breathe” another one of The Prodigy‘s biggest tunes, deconstructing the track entirely to recreate a dark vibrating electro beat. Keeping the original instrumental hook and a vocal sample, ZD remix “Breathe” into a club banger without losing its original eerie vibes.
The reissue of The Fat of the Land is due December 3 and will also include remixes from the likes of Major Lazer, Alvin Risk and Baauer.
Producers Rocky and Rufio’s bass-heavy pop beats weave around the soulful vocals of Skaar to create the harmonious tunes of Monsta. The trio, who was discovered by Skrillex and signed to OWSLA, released its debut self-titled EP today. Made up of three original productions and three epic remixes, the compilation will tickle the ears of dubstep and pop fans alike.
Beginning with the opening track “Hold On,” listeners can hear the power behind Skaar’s silky androgynous voice. The original cut creeps into a muffled bubbling bassline to emphasize Skaar’s every echo before a rework by Skrillex and Nero comes up later on the EP. “Messiah” and “Where Did I Go” precede the list of heavyweight remixes, both of which give listeners melodic instrumental beats laced by Skaar’s seemingly signature vocal hooks.
After a year of building a team, the OWSLA crew is ready to hit North America with their first proper label tour. Starting in Nashville October 26th, the group will make their way to the West Coast, Canada, and the East Coast, before ending in Philadelphia November 18th. The lineup will vary by date, but unfortunately, head honcho Skrillex will only be making an appearance in New Orleans with Zedd. The rest of the dates will feature Kill the Noise, Jack Beats, The M Machine, Alvin Risk, Birdy Nam Nam, Alex Metric, Kill Paris, MONSTA, and Seven Lions. Tickets will be on sale soon so make sure to checkout the linuep and dates for each location past the break.
You may remember Nina Sky from their “Move Ya Body” days but the Puerto Rican-American twins have moved on. The duo recently released a remix package for their newest single, “HeartBeat” featuring revised offerings from AC Slater, Bailey Smalls, and Sizzahandz. We’re not sure if the twins are intentionally paying homage to their New York roots or whether it’s a happy coincidence that all three of the producers are New York based — but we do like it. AC Slater’s remix is absolutely bonkers and employs a variety of sounds whereas Bailey Smalls offering is a more relaxed listen. The Sizzahandz remix is our least favorite but still worth a listen. All three versions are available as free downloads, so be sure to check them out.
Halo is back in its fourth installment, and the game’s accompanying score is a different affair this time around. Neil Davidge, the lead composer for the project, has expertly crafted 12 original tracks and has employed electronic producers to help out with remixes. Sander Van Doorn and Julian Jordan team up to take on a track titled “To The Galaxy” and turn the standard adventure theme into an absolute banger. Koan Sound, Caspa, Alvin Risk, and Andrew Bayer are some of the other artists featured on the remixed album, which will be released on October 23rd. This is not the first time we have seen video games use electronic producers Syndicate actually gave away remixes to its theme song back in February. Listen to ‘Halo 4′ remixes below.
No stranger to bridging gaps between musical genres, Skrillex’s collaboration with reggae legend Damian Marley paid homage to the Jamaican dancehall that played such a crucial role in the development of the dubstep sound. On the forthcoming Make It Bun Dem After Hours EP, 6 distinctly different producers lend their styles to the dubstep maestro’s collaboration. With remixes from Culprate, Brodinski, French Fries, David Heartbreak, Flinch, and Alvin Risk, this EP showcases a wide range of styles that will appeal to the tastes of dance music fans from all camps. Listen to the exclusive stream below and tell us which remix your favorite is in the comments section.
Update: The EP will be released through OWSLA/Big Beat on August 28th.
It’s not the frequent that an artist remixes the same song twice, but Alvin Risk has done just that. “We Are Young” was remixed last year into an electro house masterpiece, which we didn’t think anyone could top. Risk managed to one up himself with a dubstep remix that even bass haters will love. Unfortunately there is no news on a release date just yet — but we don’t have any problem admitting that we’ve listened to the track four times already during the process of writing this article.
Hopefully you jumped on the presale opportunity for Kaskade’s upcoming “Freaks of Nature” US tour. If a stellar Ultra performance and talks of unprecedented stage production weren’t convincing enough, maybe the supporting acts will put you over the edge. One of EDM’s most up-and-coming producers, Fareoh, will join Kaskade on all stops of the tour. Additionally, dubstep producer Alvin Risk will join for 19 shows, and Treasure Fingers and Le Castle Vania will each make one-time appearances. Click below to purchase tickets and check after the break for the official tour video and list of dates.
Update: Kaskade has added nine new dates to the tour including July 27th at the Staples Center. This is will his first show in LA since 2010 and the first EDM act at the Staples Center. Other dates added are past the break.
Alvin Risk has always been somewhat of a mystery, and his newest release doesn’t answer any questions about his production style. His last release was a remix of “We Are Young” and had an upbeat progressive sound. This track uses similarly upbeat synths to combat the overarching dark tone, which separates itself from previous tracks. The devilish lyrics are also worth paying attention to and our favorite part is when the vocalist croons, “death of the world.” “Infinity” is also the name of his upcoming EP set for release on Dim Mak Records, April 24th.