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 Steve Angello, Afrojack, and Diplo.
When I think Nero Essential Mix, I think “instant classic.” This Essential Mix from back in 2010 was undoubtedly the catalyst to Nero’s rising star in the UK dubstep scene and beyond. This was Nero pre-Welcome Reality. The mix starts off bass-heavy with the now hugely legendary Flux Pavilion remix of “Cracks” and their own remix of Plan B‘s “The Recluse” and moves into French electro like Alan Braxe, Kavinsky, and Thomas Bangalter. Nero sprinkle in many of their own originals and showcase basically every huge name in dubstep and DnB: Skrillex, Chase and Status, Netsky, Doctor P, Feed Me, Sub Focus, and Magnetic Man just to start. Kick start your Monday morning with this one and lap up one of the best Essential Mixes from any genre in recent years.
Dubstep icon Flux Pavilion has released Blow the Roof, his first EP since 2010′s Lines in Wax. It’s an eight track EP featuring an inspiring mix of divergent bass music, with complimentary vocals from Sway, P Money, Childish Gambino, and Steele himself. While Flux teased a generous selection of originals off Blow the Roof prior to the EP’s release, it was difficult to formulate an opinion on each track without seeing them in their broader context. Upon reviewing Blow the Roof, however, it is quite evident that this not just another slew of disparate ‘bangers’ — rather, Blow the Roof has the type of cohesion and format typically reserved for an LP.
Blow the Roof isn’t perfect by any means, but it’s damn impressive. From Flux’s surprisingly enticing singing voice, to his experimentation with trap and breaks, Blow the Roof is the mark of a producer with more than a few tricks up his sleeve. Click past the break for a track by track review of Flux Pavilion’s brand new Blow the Roof EP.
Flux Pavilion is treating fans to another track off of his upcoming Blow The Roof EP with “I Feel It.” It’s the fourth track he’s shared so far from the eight track EP, each showcasing a different skill set. ”I Feel It” is glitchy and reminiscent of an old school video game, but still features sprinklings of his signature dubstep sound. We anticipate Blow The Roof will be one of the bigger releases of the year, perhaps acting as a gateway drug to new sounds. The EP is due out in full on January 28th via Flux’s Circus Records label.Posted by
For those of you who can’t wait to get your hands on Flux Pavilion’s forthcoming EP Blow The Roof, the producer is offering one of its tracks ahead of the release date. Flux seems to be stepping into trap territory with ”OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna),” further evidence of the genres growing power. The tune got its first plays during Electric Zoo 2012 in Flux and Doctor P’s set and Knife Party’s, respectively. All you have to do to redeem your copy is head here and enter in your email — as easy as OneTwoThree.
Flux Pavilion teams up with comedian-turned-rapper, Childish Gambino, for another hip-hop/dubstep fusion. The UK-based producer’s “I Can’t Stop” was heavily sampled in Jay-Z and Kanye’s massive tune “Who Gon Stop Me” in 2011 and now Flux is back for an original hip-hip output.
“Do or Die” starts out with an upbeat instrumental line which highlights Gambino comedic flow before his rhymes are met by Flux‘s signature wobbles. Midway through the dubstep producer adds plunging bass and cascading synths making for another quality dubstep/hip-hop crossover. “Do or Die” is set to appear on Flux‘s Blow the Roof EP, due out January 28.
Circus Records head honcho Flux Pavilion is known for dabbling in diverse genres during live performances, spinning everything from dubstep, to trap, to tribal dance and beyond. Taking this mantra to the studio, Flux has unveiled a preview for an upcoming track entitled “Blow the Roof,” a menacing moombahton original. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Circus Records exec take an interest in the 110-112 bpm genre. Earlier this year, Flux’s partner in crime Doctor P collaborated with Dillon Francis on their moombahton track “Music is Dead.” It’s refreshing to see dubstep artists taking a stab at new genres. Flux’s “Blow the Roof” will be released on January 28th on Circus and Big Beat Records as part of Flux’s forthcoming Blow the Roof EP.Posted by
Major Lazer have released a music video for their latest single “Ja No Partial.” The track, which is a collaboration with UK dubstepper Flux Pavilion, features a reggae sample from Rasta legend Johnny Osbourne, who opens the music video. After Osbourne’s tributing intro the video jumps into live footage from the Mad Decent Block Party in Philadelphia, Notting Hill Carnival in London, and Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.
The cameras capture the essence of the Major Lazer style, whose high energy performances incited massive parties throughout their tour. The music video features the wild shows the trio deliver, complete with Jamaican flags flying, half-naked girls daggering, and as always the giant inflatable ball for Diplo-certified crowd surfing.
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Major Lazer released the second single “Jah No Partial,” off their forthcoming sophomore album Free the Universe today. In light of the album’s arrival date being pushed back to February 19, the trio tried to tide listeners over by releasing the “Jah No Partial” track with an official music video. Diplo, along with fellow Major Lazer members Jillionaire and Washy Fire, decided to team up with Flux Pavilion on this track to give their rasta-inspired flavor some bulldozing bass. The producers open the track with an acapella vocal sample from reggae/dancehall legend Johnny Osbourne. The sample from Osbourne’s tune “Mr. Marshall” sets a reggae tone before Flux Pavilion comes in with his distinctive bass booms. Click below the break to see the official music video for “Jah No Partial.”
As someone who is very picky about her dubstep, and can for the most part only handle it in small doses, seeing Flux Pavilion and Doctor P was a risky move fueled mainly by curiosity. Although the Circus labelmates often produce and perform together, they are at their core separate entities. My preference is for Flux but having heard good things about their collaborative sets, I chose to skip Knife Party in favor of the dub duo. I found the set enjoyable, but I also learned that their shows are certainly not for the faint of heart. The crowd is rowdy, their dance moves spastic, and the bass so hard that even with ear plugs in it rattles your bones to their core.
My typical complaint about festivals is that I wish I had more time with each DJ but in this case the opposite was true. I likely wouldn’t survive a headlining show, so the shorter length of their performance was a better fit for dubstep weakling like me. (more…)Posted by