After splitting from Stupid Fresh in 2009, Chris Elliott assumed the new moniker Nom De Strip, developing his new persona and style into a sound that was hard to define. Rather than pigeonhole himself to one specific genre, Nom De Strip represents a more experimental and grassroots approach to electronic music – one that has seen the producer’s sound touch on everything from electro to disco. On his latest EP, Clouds Volume 2, Chris taps into his electro backbone to deliver three high-octane productions that are as unrelenting as they are gritty. “Techno Saturday” is punctuated by a Dutch breakdown, tactfully meshing together electro groans and techno-fueled percussion. On “Seesaw” Acid house reigns king, utilizing a barrage of 808s and ghastly synthesizers to push the track into overdrive. The most party-friendly track on the EP, “Tyhita” refuses to take any prisoners, featuring a shuffling bass line and thunderous kicks that are complimented by a peak hour vocal line encased in a fury of electro house punches.
After creating the definitive remix of deadmau5′s “The Veldt,” Tommy Trash once again gets his fingers caught in the mau5trap, returning to the imprint for a remix package of “Monkey See Monkey Do.” This time around Tommy’s brought some friends along, handing the track over to Tom Staar, Nom De Strip and Zero Hero for remix duties. Tommy’s re-edit turns the original up to 11, pushing the track into overdrive with his signature grunge-flavored style while Tom Staar takes the track a bit deeper with the inclusion of tribal drums and cascading white noise. Nom De Strip open up the throttle with a teeth-clenching breakdown while Zero Hero drops the hammer with heavy-hitting dubstep and electro .
The entire package will be released on March 4th via mau5trap.
After weeks of submissions and over 1,000 tracks received, mau5trap has finally announced the top ten finalists for their We Are Friends Vol 2 compilation. On March 11th, the mau5 himself will hand select one lucky finalist whose track will be featured alongside mau5trap favorites on the forthcoming release. The 10 submissions are all-strikingly unique but play nicely with mau5trap’s already established aesthetic. Gritty takes on electro, progressive and dubstep are all present on the comp – presenting a difficult decision on which track is deserving of top honors.
Clearly writing songs about robots wasn’t enough for John Gooch, known to the masses as Feed Me. The multi-talented mau5trap artist today unveiled the latest video tracking the construction of his mysterious Project Feed Me robot. Modeled after the green monster mascot he designed, the project is the latest example of Gooch bringing his twisted artistry to life. Already capable of toothy grins and menacing squints, it’s a wonder anyone felt comfortable giving this thing opposable thumbs. Catch his previous two videos to see its progress after the break.
Last year mau5trap introduced the ‘We Are Friends’ compilation, a collection of tracks from friends of the label that was well-received by fans and the industry alike. This time mau5trap is opening it up, allowing one lucky producer to have their track featured on the compilation alongside some of the biggest names in dance music. Starting today, aspiring producers are urged to submit their original productions via Soundcloud to mau5trap for thorough investigation.
The competition closes on February 15th and on February 22nd the top 10 finalists will be selected by mau5trap based on production quality, label suitability and potential artist development. On March 11th, deadmau5 himself will announce the grand prize winner who will go on to have their production featured on the mau5trap compilation, receive full social media support from mau5trap, and then sit down for an interview with Dancing Astronaut.
Deadmau5 recently played an intimate secret show for 200 fans at the Sonos Studio in Hollywood. If you didn’t happen to be one of the lucky 200 to attend the show, you can still hear Deadmau5′s full performance if you tune into KCRW at 11:15am PT. Fans not based on the West Coast can still hear the full 90 minute mix on demand later today via KCRW’s website. Have a look at the video above and you’ll see why this is not something you want to miss.
First premiered a month ago on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, Feed Me & Crystal Fighters’ collaboration, “Love Is All I Got,” has been made available for preorder via iTunes. The musical stylings of both shine through the finished production, blending the uplifting indie-meets-electronic sound of Crystal Fighters with the darker electro-funk basslines of Feed Me’s dubstep inspired sound. Check out the track after the break and stay tuned for the November 11th release alongside four remixes, including one from Feed Me himself.
Just a few days after Feed Me delivered a two hour long Essential Mix for Pete Tong, we already have a rip of his collaboration with Crystal Fighters, “Love Is All I Got,” courtesy of Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. The musical stylings of both shine through the finished production, blending the uplifting indie-meets-electronic sound of Crystal Fighters with the darker electro-funk basslines Feed Me offers. Check out the rip and stay tuned for the full release from mau5trap records coming soon.
Less than a week after we brought you the extended rip via Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, Feed Me has formally released his latest effort, “Little Cat Steps.” The London-based producer incorporates a pounding electronic bassline complimented by a consortium of wobbles, scratches, and progressive synth play that makes this track a formidable follow-up to his Escape from Electric Mountain EP. Check out the rip below and head over to Beatport to pick up the full-length from mau5trap Records.
We first heard Feed Me’s upcoming single, “Little Cat Steps,” when the London-based producer dropped it during his twenty minute mix on Annie Nightingale’s BBC Radio 1 show at the end of July. However, a longer version of the track has surfaced via Annie Mac’s own Radio 1 time slot. “Little Cat Steps” features a pounding electronic bassline complimented by a consortium of wobbles, scratches, and progressive synth play that makes this track a formidable follow-up to his Escape from Electric Mountain EP. Check out the rip below and hold tight for August 20th release via mau5trap Records.