While two months ago they debuted a Traktor DJ app for iPads, Native Instruments have now brought the scaled-down version of their beloved software to the iPhone. Complete with a revamped interface for the tiny rectangular screen, the app is just as powerful as its big-brother iOS version, boasting the same A/B crossfading, FX, EQ, and cue point abilities. The app syncs to your library through iTunes or dropbox, and even features an external mixing mode. While iOS and Android DJ apps may spawn a new generation of “pocket DJs,” perhaps the deeper implications are the ability to mix externally from an iOS device as well as prepare tracks beforehand in a similar fashion to Pioneer’s Rekordbox.
Though Barrett Richards has been releasing forward-thinking music under the moniker of Kastle for over three years now, Tuesday marked the release of his self-titled debut album Kastle – a 15-track odyssey of warping, vocal-driven bass music. With countless tempos represented, Kastle oscillates between slower 2-step jams and more upbeat, garage-centric productions. The culmination is an awe-inspiring first album playing off the sonic signatures of the past with a futuristic vision in mind.
Delete those bootlegs immediately. Trash those DJ No Name extended edits. They will never be played again, because Daft Punk is back and this is the real deal.
For the first time in eight long years, the French robots have released a single that was not written for a Disney movie. After weeks of teasing with tantalizing clips at Coachella and snippets on Saturday Night Live, Daft Punk has finally dropped Random Access Memories‘ lead single “Get Lucky” on an expectant world. There’s not much that hasn’t already been written about the track that has abused so many YouTube replay buttons. Pharrell has never sounded better. Nile Rodgers has never looked happier. The robots have never been a more welcome sight.
In the last year, Zeds Dead have exalted their status to the highest tier of dubstep producers. From their rugged Living Dead EP to their more reserved Victor EP, Zeds Dead have shown a knack for both mischief and musicality. If their live shows have proved anything, it’s that DC and Hooks are never content with stagnation. With tastes ranging from trap, to breaks, to electro house and more, it’s about time Zeds Dead have integrated their more creative interests into productions.
Hot Sauce EP is not your standard Zeds Dead release. Boasting only one traditional dubstep song and no Omar Linx, Hot Sauce showcases some of Zeds Dead’s more obscure musical affinities. With midtempo, deep/garage, tribal, and breaks represented, Hot Sauce is an experimental release geared towards reconstructing the Zeds Dead sound to a more liberal definition. Check out all five originals below the break.
With the first ever album to be released exclusively via Spotify, Cazzette have completed the unveiling of their debut LP, Eject. While part one brought their charting single “Beam Me Up” and multi-BPM original “The Rat,” part two saw the release of the melody-driven originals “Weapon” and “I Surrender.” Part three, however, is arguably the most coveted installment of them all. Click past the break to listen to Eject on Spotify, as well as hear our thoughts on the album as a whole.
After previewing the elusive track more than two months ago, Tommy Trash has finally released “Truffle Pig.” The bouncy, nu-disco tinged tune is one of his most unique productions to date. Trash’s signature scintillating build is layered with funky vocal samples and gleaming synths, while the minimal electro drop is a welcome change from the Aussie. While topping “Sunrise (Won’t Get Lost)” seemed a near unfathomable feat, “Truffle Pig” gives the track a run for its money. “Truffle Pig” is Trash’s first solo release on Fools Gold Records, and is available on Beatport today.
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Morten Breum continues his run of recent success with his remix of Medina’s “Forever.” Morten gives the poppy original a serious makeover, adding in an acidic bassline and fragmented snare beat. With a major collaboration with Axwell to be released in the near future, expect to be seeing a lot of Morten over the next year. Check out his latest remix below and if you haven’t heard it yet, click after the break for Morten’s special guest mix on Axis!
While we previewed the uplifting collaboration three weeks ago, “Living 4 the City” has been officially released on Wall Recordings today. Taking a cue from his mentor Afrojack, R3hab has teamed up with fellow Dutch artists Shermanology to craft the emphatic production. Dorothy Sherman lends her invigorating vocals to the track’s build up, before R3hab’s characteristically bouncy and ripping synths take over. Pick up the catchy collaboration on Beatport today.
We have a fantastic dose of deep house for you with Craze & Codes’ just released collaboration. NYC based producer Codes has impressed us recently with the range and versatility of his releases. He has dabbled in moombahton, dubstep progressive and now has impressed us further by releasing this deep house gem. The aptly titled “Deeper” features a smooth melodic house groove layered over a classic deep house beat. If you’re looking to expand your iTunes library with some new music from different genres then this is definitely worth your time.
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With his latest remix Sasha shows yet again why he is considered one of the all time greats of electronic music. With a series of complex series builds and breaks, Sasha’s rework is nothing short of an eight minute musical journey. His relaxed deep house melodic groove provides the perfect backing to Hot Chip’s signature vocals. Hit play only if you have the next few hours free as you’ll be playing this on repeat for the duration.
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