During CMJ’s massive week in New York, while many of the music events were spaced evenly across Manhattan, Brooklyn’s Output held a showcase of Nick Catchdubs’ and A-Trak’s project, the amazing Fool’s Gold record label. A perfect venue in the label’s own backyard, Output welcomed the a cozy crowd unlike the usual CMJ fare – underdressed non-industry types there to enjoy a good time for the artists’ music. With a brisk wind whistling from the East River, New Yorkers who were lucky enough to attend the show were treated to multiple eclectic sets that spanned several genres, each no more than 2 hours long. (more…)Posted by
Electric Zoo ’13 Artist Spotlight: A-Trak’s concrete jungle; hip-hop stars emerge as Zoo’s urban animals
Electric Zoo; the festival name itself draws imagery of wildlife illuminated neon with its mainstay headliners such as Tiësto and Armin van Buuren as the electronic lions. On day two, however, A-Trak shifts gears and takes the electric zoo into a concrete jungle fitting for its host city. The long-time Kanye West partner will be using his Fool’s Gold brand and its street-friendly aura to bring Electric Zoo the true soul of New York City, ditching the bright blue gorillas and green rabbits for a crew of urban animals.
Last year it was Dillon Francis who stole the spotlight at the same stage and brought the then-fashionable moombahton to the forefront, but A-Trak will be giving hip-hop a home this time around, calling on Just Blaze, Green Lantern, and Araabmuzik; some of the genre’s biggest producers with undisputed pasts, veteran DJ experience, and tested-and-proven success amongst dance music’s festival circuit.
Out to prove himself for more than a one hit wonder after the wild and viral success of “Harlem Shake,” Baauer has finally released his follow up production. The collaboration alongside Just Blaze hit Beatport today after circulating the expansive trap sphere for nearly one year. Jay Z’s vocals sampled from “U Don’t Know” (coincidentally produced by Just Blaze) give this animated track its “Higher” title, but the pairing of hip-hop influenced drums and a more tamed breed of trap support the braggadocios shouts, making for one provocative venue-shaker.
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For Baauer, it will serve as the follow up effort to the global sensation known as “Harlem Shake.” For Just Blaze, it will be a legendary hip hop producer’s giant leap into uncharted territory. “Higher” surfaced in the earliest days of 2013, but now their collaboration featuring vocal loops from Jay Z is scheduled for an official release next week. The record will be released on the relaunched Priority Records and will simultaneously be debuted in the form of a music video from Nabil Elderkin, a director whose track record lists everyone from Bon Iver to Kanye West. Listen to a full-length preview and watch the video teaser below the break before both are unleashed on August 13th.
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Dropping four Harlem Shakes on a mobbed Webster Hall, Baauer was crowned king of the moment in the city that never sleeps on a meme.
Rewind three weeks. The Brooklyn native was toiling in relative trap obscurity, completely unaware that a YouTube user named Filthy Frank was poised to make him the site’s latest poster child for viral video stardom. Don’t get me wrong, Baauer has been one of his subgenre’s brightest talents for some time and his success is well-deserved. But until four men donned strange latex suits and even stranger dance moves to a clip from his year-old single, trap had not quite arrived on the mainstream radar. One thing led to another… tens of thousands of times. Nearly two hundred million views and thousands of truly bizarre 31-second snippets later, Baauer seemed at home with his newfound fame last Friday.
Apparently it’s possible for a trap production to be longer than three and a half minutes and still thwart my generational ADD. If a hip hop legend and trap vanguard collaborated, what would be the result? It would probably be combination of old school samples and new school trill. Dare I say, trap hop? Living up to my expectations, Just Blaze channels The Blueprint in his production treasure chest and renews Jay-Z’s vocals from ”U Don’t Know.” Mr. Carter also pays tribute to his longtime friend by providing a freshly recorded opening introduction. Baauer‘s contribution becomes clear as the bassline comes in, sprinkling reverb drums, nifty FX edits, and general badassery throughout. After previewing unintimidating house music from his forthcoming EP, “Higher” feels more indicative of Blaze’s style. Either way, we love his all-embracing approach to today’s dance music.Posted by
As one of the most revered hip-hop producers of our day, Just Blaze has produced for Jay-Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Cam’ron, and many more. You may also recognize him from his signature opening tag, “Just Blaaaze.” After a decade of giving rappers a rhythm to versify, the maestro that helped make Joe Budden relevant has joined the EDM ranks; where producers put their name in front of tracks – not just in the credits. A long time fan of house music, Just Blaze has been a staple at Fool’s Gold events for months and now has his own dance-focused EP on the way. Sampling his piano riff from “Exhibit C” with Jay Electronica, “Exhibit J” previews the easy-going house vibes we can expect. Catch the hip-hop icon live as he tours with Baauer across North America the next two months.Posted by