Last December A-Trak unleashed his highly anticipated Tuna Melt EP to outstanding reviews and much-deserved praise. The Fool’s Gold imprint featured a four-song extended play capturing the essence of A-Trak’s refreshingly unique hip-hop infused electro style. The title track, a collaboration with Tommy Trash, is joined by “Landline” featuring trap masters GTA, “Jumbo” featuring bass-heavy Galantis and “Disco Nap” featuring 80s-influenced Oliver.
Today, the remix package is finally available for purchase and includes a seven piece deluxe assisted by Grandtheft, Les Rhythmes Digitales, Q-Bert, Funkin Matt, Jack Beats and The Partysquad, each providing a distinguished flare. Also included is a revamped version of “Landline,” which you might recognize from Adidas Originals’ campaign showcasing urban lifestyle at its finest. The remix package brings the EP to new heights, once again crowning Fool’s Gold as the King of electro groove.
Battle of the Beats is a new feature from Dancing Astronaut that pits two tracks that share the same title against one another to determine which production represents the name better. With the dance music community continually growing, producers, mashup artists and DJs alike constantly create new music, often of the same name. Now we are opening it up to our readers to weigh in on who’s rendition takes the proverbial cake.
Over the last couple of days Jack Beats have been treating fans to previews of songs off their upcoming EP Somebody to Love. “Knock You Down,” “Storm,” and “Just A Beat” received warm receptions from enraptured fans, leaving them clamoring for more. Hopefully the duo can keep up the positive momentum with ”About to Get Fresh,” which features frat star rappers Chiddy Bang and OV. Like “Storm,” the track is an experimental departure from their signature fidget sounds. Although I’m partial to the tried-and-true Jack Beats formula, I’m not knocking them for trying something new either. I wasn’t crazy about the vocals at first, but with each additional listen they grow on me more and more. The full EP is set for release this Sunday via OWSLA and Columbia Records. Check out “About to Get Fresh” after the jump.
Just a week away from the full release of their Somebody to Love mini-album, Jack Beats have uploaded yet another track from their upcoming EP, putting their streaming tally at four. While last week saw the unveiling of “Storm,” an emotive, vocal-driven production representing a softer direction from the duo, “Knock You Down” is classic Jack Beats. Bouncy, gurgling synths dominate the main riff, while a catchy vocal sample receives some masterful Jack Beats splicing and warping.
If the tune sounds familiar to “End of Love,” it’s because ”Knock You Down” is apparently an alternative version, eventually reworked into an original. Stayed tuned for more inevitable previews and catch the release of Somebody to Love EP on December 9th on OWSLA.
With the December 9th release date of their Somebody to Love mini-album creeping ever closer, Jack Beats have continued to build anticipation for their upcoming EP by unveiling another full length track. While “Somebody to Love” and “Just a Beat” have already been leaked for streaming, “Storm” is the newest track to see the light of day. First aired on Jack Beats’ ‘Progressions’ mix, “Storm” represents an alternative direction from the typically fidget house-oriented duo. Wrapped in humming reverb and riding on a smooth bassline, “Storm” is a deep, vocal-centric production, emphasizing the lyrics of English singer Kid Harpoon. This is the chillest production we’ve seen from the London duo yet, and it’s nice to see Beni and Niall experimenting with something new.
Back in July, Jack Beats uploaded their Evolution mixtape — a sampler of songs from their album Careless – and gave fans a taste of “Just A Beat.” But when Careless was released in August, “Just A Beat” was noticeably missing from the album. It looks like the quintessential Jack Beats track will finally be released in full on December 9th and we can’t wait. “Just A Beat” is our favorite tune from the duo as of late and employs their typical wonky, fidget sounds.
In anticipation of their forthcoming mini-album Somebody to Love, Jack Beats set loose the Progressions mix as a free download. Progressions combines tracks from the duo’s compilation Careless, out earlier this year, with tunes from the new album due December 9. Their 2012 releases were originally meant for a full-length album, but were split into two separate segments. As a result, the genre-fusing producers gifted listeners with a teaser mix complete with all of this year’s productions.
Progressions starts off with “Knock You Down” a new track that moves straight into Jack Beats’ signature wobbling electro baselines. The song opens the mix with a bang before the duo moves into the previously-released, “Careless,” “End of Love,” and “War.” The rest of the mix is made up of entirely new productions, with the exceptions of “Hooligans” which precedes their new single “Somebody to Love.” Click below the break to hear the Progressions mix in full.
Hard Events, the organizer that brought us Haunted Mansion in years past, has announced stage lineups for its inaugural Day of the Dead celebration. The event, which will take place on November 3rd features hard-hitting acts like Justice (live), Major Lazer, Zeds Dead, Knife Party, Crookers and Soul Clap, among others. It promises to knock your socks off “like no other Hard event before” with an enhanced production and four stages that will keep your eardrums fully engaged at all times. Hard-goers and music enthusiasts are also being treated to some pre-party mix tapes from select performers. Tickets are on sale now. Click past the break to check out the full stage lineups.
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. (more…)
Jack Beats will soon be releasing their second mini-album of the year, Somebody to Love. In the build up for that release they have previewed the title track of the album on SoundCloud. We’ve come to expect lots of bass and wobbles from the duo, and they’ve met our expectations with this offering. “Somebody to Love” features vocals from Jess Mills which complement Jack Beats’ signature warped bass perfectly. The album is due out on December 2nd and we’re looking forward to hearing the remainder of it as soon as possible.