Up-and-coming production sensation Aylen supplies the perfect soundtrack for a heavy hitting Halloween. Rife with ghouls, ghosts and ghastly samples, Aylen’s 42-minute ode to the horror films of yore opens with Urban Assault’s “Halloween” combining the iconic keywork from the film that defined the genre with growling dubstep wobbles. Dark and foreboding from start to finish, the mix features all of electronica’s darkest devotees. The Prodigy, Dog Blood, Alvin Risk, Knife Party, Figure, Brodinski and more flesh out the remaining 40 minutes, side-by-side with Aylen’s own deftly produced originals, including his rework of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Trick-or-treating just got a bit more bass-y.
I never thought I’d be able to write something about Slayer for Dancing Astronaut. But with one unconventional (and surprisingly effective) remix, New Jersey producer Aylen has proven me wrong and taken me right back to my high school metal head days. “Raining Blood” is a hallowed track off a seminal album by the same name in those head-banging circles, and Aylen has somehow succeeded in doing the original justice while still producing a remix that could be dropped and enjoyed at any modern dubstep show. That takes skill, something that it is becoming abundantly clear Aylen has no shortage of. Kudos for doing something different.
Given his prolific past, it has been a bit since we’ve heard from Aylen. Now we know why. The New Jersey electro producer just unveiled his latest EP, giving away two stomping electro house originals that he had been hard at work on in the wake of his previous remix releases.
Title track “Rapid Fire” is the standout single on the release, sporting a simple yet effective syncopated electro lead that sandwiches warm pads and bright plucks before returning in the form of a smooth drop following a snappy snare-driven build. Meanwhile, “Damage Control” is defined by a growling electro bass which guides the listener through a funky maze of complextro stabs into its own menacing build. Together, the tracks represent a more consistent electro-driven sound for a multifaceted producer who has struck varied tones in his prior output.
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Is it just me, or is there something of a bootleg revolution going on? It seems to have started back in February with Hardwell’s massive 19-track bootleg giveaway, followed by a Wolfgang Gartner bootleg pack, a Porter Robinson bootleg pack, a R3hab pack, two standout bootleg compilations from Clockwork, and more. Sure, bootlegs have pervaded DJ sets for years, but recently it feels as though they’re being mass produced — which is not a bad thing. Bootlegs are a valuable tool for DJs, as well as a more enjoyable mashup format for fans.
Yesterday, New Jersey producer Aylen also released his ensemble of bootlegs. With heavier house selections, dubstep drops, and sudden trap transitions incorporated, the bootleg pack is clearly targeted towards a tumultuous live environment. Not only has Aylen released all thirteen bootlegs for free, but he’s turned the bodacious bootlegs into a forty-five minute mix, which is also available for download. Head over to Aylen’s Soundcloud to download both the bootleg pack and mix.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week features the immaculate production of Chris Malinchak, Air Zaïre’s hypnotizing original “Play,”, Bufi’s groovy remix of Plastic Plates, Rogue Vogue’s original “Feel Love,” and Maribou State’s delightful remix of “Gold Dayzz.”
If you missed any of DA‘s more mellow posts from the week, make sure to check out Jamie Jones and Lee Foss’s Hot Creation’s twenty-four track compilation, Major Lazer’s reggae spin on Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Aylen’s endearing trap rendition of Coldplay’s “Fix You.” For five tracks to cure your Sunday morning woes, click past the break.
Chris Martin’s euphonic vocals beg to be remixed. There is something about a Coldplay tune that can harmoniously counsel a depressed man off a ledge and animate your 90 year-old grandmother into a fleeting can-can. Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, Avicii, and Datsik have all offered their own electronic accent to the British virtuoso and now its Aylen’s turn. With his remix of Zedd still buzzing in our ears, Aylen decided against filibuster-ing his fans; wasting no time in presenting us with a remix of “Fix You.” It’s not often a Coldplay remix will take the form of serenity-step. A traplicious masterpiece, Aylen caresses the senses by way of kicks, snares, and hi-hats. If you can forestall the inevitable euphoric stupor, brace yourself for Aylen’s symphonious outro.
A scant eight days after Zedd released the song’s acapella to the public, Aylen has given “Clarity” the remix treatment. The prolific New Jersey producer checked in from his tour with 3LAU to tell Dancing Astronaut he hoped his remix would complement Foxes’ “amazing” singing. He’s succeeded there; the track’s plucky introduction gives way to an upbeat lovestep beat and pleasant synth progressions that leave the limelight for the vocals. We’ve seen Aylen opt for unbridled electro house before, so his reinterpretation of this melodic anthem represents some well-advised restraint on his part. Head to Aylen’s Facebook for the free download.