When talking about OWSLA, it is nearly impossible not to name drop, and the second chapter of Jack Beats remixes only makes the challenge more difficult. Following up on August’s efforts from Major Lazer, Brillz and AC Slater in Jack Beats Remixed Vol. 1, Clockwork has enlisted his remix services for the second volume. Taking on the iconic British pair’s collab with Example and Diplo, the young Dim Mak signee will make his debut on The Nest with a re-strategized “War.” More electro than eclectic, the remix preserved the vocals while twisting the tones into bass-heavy builds. To be released alongside A-Trak’s rework of “Just A Beat” on September 24th, the “War” remix offers just a taste of the many ways to serve Niall and Ben.Posted by
With the afternoon heat in full force, Jack Beats took the stage on the 360 stage of Electric Zoo. Sporting a black cap and white tee, Beni G stood in contrast to Niall Dailly, dressed in all black. While the crowd screamed in delight to the departing Gramatik before, the duo hit the ground running with deep bass, a departure from the bluesy live guitar show of the preceding act. To help properly segue from one genre to the other, they began their set with a small introductory beat edit. With the sun beating down on both sides of the tent, the crowd began to shuffle and sway back and forth.
When it comes to refreshing productions, A-Trak has the Midas touch. Every single original or remix that he’s released in the last 6 months has been impossibly funky. From his unbelievable remix of Kavinsky’s “Oddlook” to his disco-tinged touches on Phoenix’s “Trying To Be Cool,” the Fool’s Gold frontman has managed to evolve without ever compromising his style. Taking on Jack Beats for the second volume of their Remixed series, A-Trak set his sights on interspersing hip hop spirit with the techno soul of “Just a Beat,” shifting the mix into a scatterbrained mess of chirpy synths and tempo shifts.Posted by
Jack Beats launched the first edition of OWSLA After Dark on BBC1 Xtra in a blur of fidget house and blaring electro. Opening with their own remix of Example’s “All The Wrong Places,” the British twosome pay their respects to the OWSLA moniker, keeping things dark and bouncy on the label’s BBC 1 debut. Running the gauntlet of tricked out electro house and funky bass music, Jack Beats pack 17 tracks into their hour slot with a handful of their own originals and cuts from AC Slater, Brillz, Style of Eye and more.Posted by
Example’s sixth studio album is due for release in early 2014. Earlier this week, the album’s lead single, “All the Wrong Places,” was revealed, showcasing a darker appeal than traditional Example tracks. The singer/rapper’s characteristically catchy vocals are backed by a ravey, 90′s-like beat. In tandem to the radio edit, the forthcoming Jack Beats remix has also been previewed. Offering a much lighter take on the powerful original, Jack Beats have opted for the deep house route, slowing the tempo down and building an irresistible bassline. Example’s new single will be released in early September with accompanying remixes from Jack Beats, Calyx and TeeBee, Starkillers and Quintino. (more…)Posted by
Since making a splash with spotlight-stealing Ultra Music Festival performances and releasing their sophomore album Free The Universe, the talents of Major Lazer have been in high demand. Still early in the summer, Diplo’s side project has collaborated with everyone from 2 Chainz to Macklemore, and weeks after remixing Dada Life’s “Boing Clash Boom,” they’re back to shape-shift Jack Beats’ latest production “KYD.” In cohorts with Jack, Major Lazer leave their dancehall-heavy sounds behind but inject the fun-loving, bouncy stylings that support all of their adored tunes.Posted by
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.
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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.