SCCRRRRRRR! The biggest name in hip hop, now a days, has jumped onto one of the biggest tracks form Major Lazer’s second studio album, Free the Universe. This may not come as a big surprise for many on you considering that 2 Chainz joined Diplo and The Major Lazer crew to perform his verse during their set at Coachella a few weeks ago. Check out 2 Chainz spit a bunch of nonsense over one of my favorite songs from the album. Hate it or love it, “Bubble Butt” is going to be a huge summer anthem.
On Wednesday, I posted a one-two punch of g-house featuring a fresh track and an equally impressive set from steezy French guys, Amine Edge and Dance. As is the custom with great mixes, one must begin the hunt for track IDs as soon as humanly possible. To make matters more difficult, Amine Edge refuses to post track lists due to a reason along the lines of “Go F*ck yourself, just enjoy my sets”. I can’t really be mad about that. These dudes post all of their performances and they’ve proven to be a bottomless supply of great music. In addition, I sometimes get a kick out of a good track ID challenge. That’s just the way it goes I guess. Luckily, I was able to ID a track that is sure to be a win with the Boston crowd (Go Bulls), courtesy of Melbourne-based producer Torren Foot. It was released in 2012 on a label called Jump to This. While we typically make an effort to post newer music, I think this one is too good not to post. It’s Friday, and we have more g-house for you; I’d call that a win.
Major Lazer is keeping up well post Free The Universe as you can tell with their recent remixes – including this dancehall-y track just released a few hours ago via their Soundcloud of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s, ‘Can’t Hold Us’. Starting out strong with great vocals by Swap Pi plus some good beats by 1st Klase and ML, the track is straight fire within the first 30 seconds of the song. It’s completely redone and the original production of the song is complimented very well through some dancehall + trap-esque sounds by ML. This summer anthem is made even more perfect for jamming out with friends while soaking in the sun with these reggae vibes and some filthy beats. Enjoy it below and you can cop a free download as well.
As we look back at EDC New York, we can take away a few basic things from the festival. The venue/space was terrible, the two main stages were literally on top of each other, Carl Cox is awesome, and the Wide Awake Art Cart was hands down the best time all weekend long. The little pirate ship floated between a massive dubstep stage and the tech-house tent, and provided a much needed break in the entirely to crowded festival. Day 1 saw our friends over at Gotta Dance Dirty curate a lineup full of disco and deep house beats. As the boat rocked from side to side and the passengers became more inebriated, a couple of Canandians took the decks. Rynecologist and Meech destroyed their sets and now are back at it with a free choon off the Clubhouse Series from Fools Gold Records. The track is quite uptempo, and gets at that ghetto house they expressed last weekend.
I think I get sucked into the whole genre game as much as the next dance music fan, but I have to say that Fehrplay’s new track “Phantom” helps to define the world of Progressive House. This gem was released on Monday as part of the Pryda Friends label, which is one of Eric Prydz’s labels and sees releases from the genre of, you guessed it: Progressive House. After seeing Fehrplay live two weeks ago I already knew his style was progressive, with detailed and intricate song choices, booming bass lines, and minimal vocals. “Phantom” may have the workings of Pryda and his school of productions, but that is far from a bad thing. The track is high-quality, melodic and energizing at the same time, and after seven minutes you’ll see why this release has been anticipated for months. If you weren’t a believer in Fehrplay already “Phantom” should help sell you on him and as I’ve said before, make sure to catch him live the next time he comes to a venue near you.
BONUS: Speaking of Pryda, I couldn’t let his latest episode of EPIC RADIO go unnoticed. I posted it on our Facebook Wall earlier today, but here it is for you to stream and download. It’s a special Cirez D/Mouseville Records special that features a lot of darker Techno tracks, but is still quite awesome.
Tracklist after JUMP!
Double Bonus:: One of the tracks in that mix is Cirez D – Mokba. It’s an older track but it’s fucking epic. Mat Zo played a mashup of that with Above & Beyond’s “Thing Called Love” during TATW 400 and I found an artist on SoundCloud who put it together for your listening and downloading pleausre. Check it here:
This week brings another addition to the growing collection of g-house dance floor weaponry. I thank my lucky stars every day for artists like Amine Edge, Dance, Kolombo, Sishi Rosch, and Marco Darko for cleverly combining aspects of two classic sounds to further fortify this compelling and fast-growing sub-genre. For those not familiar, Frenchmen Amine Edge and Dance are at the forefront of the budding g-house movement. As an additional recap, g-house (short for gangster house) combines elements of deep house with hip-hop vocal samples to provide a delightful sonic concoction for the listener. With regard to the main course today, “My Girl” is a home run hit perfectly in advance of Amine Edge and Dance’s forthcoming album release on the reputable Get Physical imprint. Released Monday on the delightfully sleazy Mr. Nice Guy imprint out of Miami (the label’s SoundCloud bio states, “No Hype, No All American Smiles. Just Talent & Dick Length. Not accepting demos 2013- 2015.”), this track should earn lasting play this summer with its sleazy bass line and catchy vocals set amid splashes of funky electro. In addition, I’ve also included an Amine Edge + Dance Mix so that you may further marinate yourself in g-house flavor. Enjoy.