The 22-year-old dynamo from down under known as Flume had emerged nearly one year ago, and he’s been riding his waves of success since. His unique music is characterized by it’s unmatched sexiness; although always funky, and sometimes abstract, Flume’s uncommon style has certainly set him apart from the slew of up-and-coming producers across the spectrum. While already boasting accolades as a solo artist, the young artist is also one half of production duo What So Not. The collective, alongside partner Emoh, serves as an outlet that allows him to showcase his versatility in crafting more bass-heavy music with grittier trap influences.
Flume’s efforts such as “Holdin On” and his famed remix of Disclosure’s “You and Me” have generated much of his momentum this year, but unrelenting as ever, he still continues to display a well-roundedness. Coming into play with the release of The Mixtape, a package of his top-notch originals, Flume goes further to weave hip-hop with deep waves of bass for a deluxe edition that artistically ranges from the sensual to the soulful.
The inaugural OWSLA After Dark series aired last week with a feisty mixtape from Jack Beats. For the second edition, Kill the Noise takes over the BBC 1Xtra airwaves for a frenetic, 40-track mix of trap, dubstep, electro, and all-around boisterous bass music. With plenty of selections from the recent Black Magic Remixes EP, the mixtape is full of re-worked Kill the Noise productions. Jake’s own renditions of notable tracks like “Sleaze,” “Ghosts in the Machine,” and “Diplodocus” help round out the mix, which, in typical KTN fashion, comes as a barrage of drop-hops, tempo changes, and quick transitions.
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It’s safe to say that Bassnectar has mastered the mixtape format. After all, he has been making them for over 15 years. His newest assemblage of gargantuan bass tunes comes under the guise of Immersive Music, his massive upcoming fall tour. The mix begins with Lorin’s latest remix to Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good,” before taking it back to late 2009 with his notorious remix of the Pixies’ “Where is My Mind.” To much delight, the mixtape is pervaded by plenty of unreleased Bassnectar tunes, ending with some truly beautiful downtempo selections. Click past the break for the tracklist and free download, and stay tuned for Side Two.
Zeds Dead’s mixtapes have always been something special. From their outstanding 2013 Essential Mix to their memorable Holiday Mix, the duo excel at piecing together genre-bending mixtapes which alternate between harder and and more groove-driven selections. Zeds Dead’s newest work is a preview of what’s to come in their Altered States fall tour.
While their Essential mix displayed their remarkable catalogue of productions, Altered States Summer Mix is a showcase of Zeds Dead’s deeper enthrallments. The first track, DEVolution’s “My Friends,” is a perfect example of this, as Zeds Dead dive right in with some UK garage. Other surprises like Camo & Krooked’s latest d&b original “All Night” and Kastle’s future bass single “Death From Above” even out the headier selections from Distance, Datsik and more. Tack on the techno fervor of Gesaffelstein’s “Pursuit” and the deep house elegance of Gorgon City and we’ve got quite a diverse mix on our hands.
Resurrecting the youthful romantic within him, Bassnectar has re-released his ‘Dreamtempo’ mixtape which he originally recorded back in 1999 on a set of four CDJs as a gift to his girlfriend at the time. The mix showcases Bassnectar’s often-overlooked penchant for downtempo music (usually of the psychedelic nature). With selections from Thievery Corporation, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and even Boards of Canada, the mix is funky, jazzy, and overwhelmingly hypnotic. The rhythms may seem a bit outdated upon first listen, but the give the mix a chance to draw you in and you won’t regret it.
Right in time for Christmas and New Years Eve, Canadian dubstep duo Zeds Dead have unleashed a colossal ‘Holiday Mix,’ jam-packed with their own originals and favorite cuts from the year. In the same fashion as their live show, Zeds Dead run through tracks at a blistering pace, covering 29 tracks of electro house, drum ‘n’ bass, dubstep and more in just 50 minutes. Aside from their heavier, well-known dubstep originals, Zeds Dead showcase their penchant for lesser-played genres such as tribal dance, trap and reggae. On the whole, ‘Holiday Mix’ is a lesson in creative, risky mixing, which, when done correctly, can be infinitely more entertaining than standard kick-snare outro transitions. Big ups to Zeds Dead on this mix. Click past the break for the full tracklist and free download.
Anyone who has seen Adventure Club live knows that their taste in electronic music goes beyond their penchant for melodic dubstep — the Montreal duo have an affinity for the entire spectrum of beautiful bass music. Releasing their first ever published mixtape, Adventure Club stay true to this idea, sculpting a thirty minute mix of delightful dubstep, trap, downtempo, and deep house for Life in Color (formerly known as Dayglow). With tracks from Flinch, TNGHT, Flume, Duke Dumont, and Disclosure, this is one of the most eclectic mixtapes we’ve heard in a while. In typical Adventure Club fashion, the mixtape is available for free download from their SoundCloud. Click past the break for the full tracklist and download.
Upon joining Major Lazer, Walshy Fire has lent both his MC’ing and DJ’ing abilities to the versatile project. Teaming up with reggae adept Chronixx, the two have released “Start a Fyah Mixtape” under the official Major Lazer heading. The mixtape is strictly dancehall/reggae, with Chronixx providing continuous verbal output. While we gave a glimpse into Jamaica’s dancehall phenomenon with Diplo‘s Kingston diaries, “Start a Fyah Mixtape” is further education into the flourishing dancehall culture. The mellow, dub-driven mix is available for free download below.
In a playful stab at the nominal wordplay of Deadmau5, Knife Party have entitled their new mix ‘Clever Title Like Deadmau5 Would Use.’ Ripe with Rage Valley EP singles and Knife Party VIPs such as “Rage Valley VIP” and “Internet Friends VIP,” this mix is brimming with heavy original material. Aside from their own productions, Knife Party include thumping minimal selections such as Jewelz & Scott Sparks’ “Toxic Rush” and Alvaro’s “Pay Attention to the Drums.”
This mix is as technical as it is menacing. Quick, risky transitions give it a human element, conspicuously absent from most modern mixtapes. Impressive double drops such as Tom Staar’s remix of “African Drop” with Knife Party’s remix of “Save the World” will have you double-taking. Knife Party’s prowess is ever evident. Full tracklist after the break.
Pop the champagne and peel the bananas – Dada Life is back with the July installment of its monthly mixtape. The Swedish duo kicks the set off with the Otto Knows remix of their own “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” and dives straight into massive electro jams like Dyro and Ansol’s “Top of The World” and Hard Rock Sofa and Swanky Tunes’ “Here We Go.” From there, Dada Life gives us a hint of funk by dropping Wolfgang Gartner’s “Flexx” but brings us right back to the hard-hitting electro with a very appropriate mashup of Knife Party’s “Rage Valley” and the Beastie Boys’ party-themed “Fight For Your Right.” Download the mix for free and be sure to check out our exclusive Behind The Booth with Stefan and Olle for even more Dada.
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