It’s no secret: anything Maya Jane Coles touches turns into pure deep house bliss. Her latest work is an absorbing take on Rudimental’s recent single “Free,” which features vocals from the lovely Emeli Sandé. In typical MJC fashion, her kick and bass are mixed to a tee, while her percussion is both unique and evolving throughout. Maya makes brilliant work of Sandé’s vocals, looping, chopping, and inserting them at just the right moments. There’s an unparalleled clarity to Maya’s work; it breathes like no other. Her remix of Rudimental’s “Free” will be released on November 18th on the official remix EP.Posted by
Rudimental has added yet another hit single to the list of tracks off their recently released debut album, Home. ”Free,” featuring Emeli Sande, subdues the drum & bass melodies that the UK quartet has made their signature and brings focus to a guitar and vocal-centered indie electronic tune. What’s really magical about “Free,” however, is Emeli Sande’s evocative sound as she belts out “c’est la vie, I am free” throughout the three and a half minute track.
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In celebration of the App Store’s five year anniversary, Native Instruments is temporarily offering their iOS Traktor DJ app for free. The scaled down version of Native Instruments’ beloved software usually runs for $20 on the iPad and $5 on the iPhone, making this a hot deal for mixing enthusiasts and the software-curious alike. The App Store’s official anniversary is Wednesday — it is unclear how long Traktor DJ will be available for free, although we wouldn’t sleep on this deal.
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This Berlin-based duo are keen on bringing Boiler Room style electro to the German dance music scene. Dumme Jungs‘ newest release, “Trap Tech,” is not what we expect to hear from the techno capital, featuring vocals and percussion derived from the American trap scene. Maximally designed bass-hits and minimalistic horn blasts push the envelope of the ‘bohemian’ (see ‘hipster‘ for definition) underground movement. “Trap Tech” is released side by side with a promo video from their last tour, bringing you behind the scenes and into the booth for the most aggressive drop in Berlin this year. Hear what the future holds for the German electro scene below, and grab it for free on Soundcloud.
Figure has teamed up with Skullcandy to offer a free download of the bass music producer’s remix of Deltron 3030′s “Upgrade.” Deltron 3030 – the futuristic, other-worldly super-group of Dan the Automator, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Kid Koala – released a landmark self-titled album in 2000 that undoubtedly influenced a generation of producers, including Figure.
“I tried to capture the vibe of the original all while keeping my sound intact. This remix isn’t made for just dj sets… it’s for the people who grew up on this album like I did and still hold that era up on a pedestal.”
Figure’s remix maintains the original Del vocal while adding a pounding beat and his usual blend of resounding bass and screeching synths. This track is a must for bass heads and hip-hop fanatics, alike. Give it a listen and download your copy for free after the break.
Los Angeles-based producer Kill Paris offered up a free download of his latest genre-blending track, “Tender Love,” via his Soundcloud yesterday. Following in the same vein as “Baby Come Back,” Kill Paris continues to bridge the gap between distant genres, combining ’80s R&B with contemporary electronic music. “Tender Love” samples Force MD’s smooth, heartfelt vocals and layers them over wobbling bass, running synths, and powerful electro stabs. Give it a listen if you’re in the mood for some “baby-making music” and check out the rest of Kill Paris‘ productions, much of it available on his Soundcloud for free.Posted by
Yesterday marked a somber day for electronic music, as Phra and Bot of Crookers announced that they will no longer be working together as a group. While Phra will continue to work under the moniker of Crookers, Bot has decided to pursue other avenues: “After having worked together for more than 8 years now, the time has arrived to start exploring different directions,” Bot said. It is safe to say that Crookers have been been one of the most influential electronic acts of the last ten years, and thus their decision to go separate ways has left many fans heartbroken. Countless artists and fans payed tribute to the duo via Twitter, including A-Trak who wrote: “Big up @crookers.net @bot106 @phrappuccino - soundtrack to an era.”
In the wake of the unfortunate news, Phra has composed a free “Don’t Be Sad” mix. The blistering, electro house mix is an attempt at reassuring fans that despite Bot’s absence, Crookers will continue on. Download “Don’t Be Sad” for free and make sure to leave some heartfelt words for both Phra and Bot. A separation of this magnitude doesn’t happen often. Click past the break for the mix and a full tracklist. (more…)Posted by
The Knocks have followed up their remix of “Sleep Alone” with a free download of their take on Haim’s “Forever.” The New York Ci
ty-based duo have made quite the name for themselves in the indie dance soundscape with infectious vocal samples and a unique blend of funk and nu-disco. Their remix of “Forever” follows in the same vein – featuring pulsing drums and piano breaks coupled with a catchy hook and dancefloor-moving grooves. Give it a listen and download your copy for the fair price of a “Like.”
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Best of the Rest is a daily feature from Dancing Astronaut that recaps the most important posts of the day as well as the stuff we didn’t get to. With the rapidity that dance music news and releases come out it’s difficult for us to hit everything — we hope BOTR serves as a catch-all. Make sure to check it out at the end of each day to ensure you don’t miss anything! (more…)Posted by
After collaborating on “We Are The Stars,” Laidback Luke teamed up again with LA-based singer/producer duo, MARTEL, to remix their latest effort, “Ricochet.” We weren’t sure of a release date when we brought you a quick snippet of the track last month, but it looks like Luke and MARTEL have decided to just give it away for free. Featuring a pulsing bassline and infectious pop vocals, this remix embodies Laidback Luke’s signature club-destroying sound. Give the track a listen and download your copy below.