Last night, Skrillex cleverly delivered us a stream for his new album through his new smart phone app/game, Alien Ride. With the announcement of his second Mothership Tour featuring such artists as Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, What So Not, and Milo & Otis, It was a perfect time to release his 11 track LP titled, Recess.
Yesterday I eased you into the week with some funky tracks by a couple Sydney natives. Today I’m here to crank things up with NYC’s Designer Drugs (Theodore Paul Nelson and Michael Vincent Patrick). Back at the end of my college days, around 2009-2010, I had realized my newfound passion for Electronic music but I still had no idea what I was doing with it. I didn’t know many of the artists in the game and I was unaware of just how deep the rabbit hole went. One thing I did know, however, was that I loved the Designer Drugs’ DATAMIXes which were new at the time (I couldn’t tell you where I originally discovered them but they now boast 20 editions) – a great source of new music for all you dance freaks out there. I’ve seen Designer Drugs tear crowds up at festivals like Ultra and Spring Awakening and today I was pleased to find out they had just released a FREE nine-song LP through their label Sex Cult Records – called The Drugs Are In Control.
If you know anything about the Designer Drugs it’s that they go hard – they aren’t your typical “EDM” package. The Designer Drugs have been referred to as the “punishing electro-punk DJ/production duo who have made their name pushing the boundaries and tearing up venues around the world with their heady, mind-melting sounds”. One listen to this album and you’ll understand how they push the boundaries and melt minds. Throughout the album you might hear bits and pieces that remind you of other artists but the essence of the album is 100% original. “Zombies (Part 2)”, for example, is a Trap-Step song that reminds me of something Skrillex, Alvin Risk, or 12th Planet might produce, but it has Designer Drugs’ fingerprints all over it. The Drugs Are In Control is an example of an album that I would refer to when I say TRUE Electro and Electro-House – none of that triplet-infused, go-to-war bullshit and certainly no big breaks between drops. There’s an air of darkness found across the nine tracks, like the title track “The Drugs Are in Control”, but there are refreshing melodic pieces like “In Your Eyes” featuring the vocals of Catiana Van Dinh and “Poison” which is a collaboration with Audrey Napoleon. “Poison” was an interesting track to me because I don’t associate Audrey Napoleon with such an aggressive sound, but this track is great with female vocals and chopped and pitched cuts. “Poison” is definitely a more accessible track given the melodic nature of its composition.
All in all, the Designer Drugs’ new sound, compared to their first album Hardcore/Softcore (2011), “delivers a hard-hitting blur of heady, tripped-out tunes on this lurching beast of an album.” If you want to learn more about The Drugs Are in Control, you can read Theodore and Michael’s exclusive interview with Billboard Code HERE. Personally speaking, I recommend this album as something to really get amped up with, but don’t overlook the intricate writing and high production value. Designer Drugs have been doing their thing for close to a decade and there’s certainly no signs of slowing down.
*To download the album you need to click on each track and download individually*
Check out the video for “Crystal” below (NSFW)
Some of the Trap lords have teamed up to make quite the epic track. Antiserum, Mayhem, Billy the Gent and Long Jawns have created quite the track, it has been a long time since i’ve heard any type of EDM track that has such a cinematic buildup. The orchestra inspired instrumentals are epic enough for a Michael Bay movie. Make sure to check out the track below and follow all of them to get their newest releases, especially since festival season is around the corner. If you are in Austin this week, check out Gent and Jawns at the Mad Decent SXSW showcase on March 13th.
Despite my best efforts in the past, I have never been able to successfully categorize or label Kill Them With Colour’s music, spanning countless remixes and originals over the years. The Toronto duo have managed to stay relevant in a surprisingly non-relevant way, having picked up fans and interested listeners since their forming almost five years ago, never tailoring their music to a particular genre or style and never staying put for long. Kill Them With Colour’s latest release is a free remix of Disclosure’s rampant hit “Help Me Lose My Mind” and the duo successfully injects the track with an erie deepness. KTWC takes the more upbeat and happy lyrics of London Grammar‘s Hannah Reid and transposes them way down into to a minor key, layering the underpinnings of the remix with a decidedly minimal rapid but steady beat. The remix is being offered up as a free download through Kill Them With Colour’s Facebook page, as well as several of their other recent remixes.
A brand-name collaboration almost always reeks of contrived synergy (see: Red Bull’s Azealia Banks/Paul Oakenfold duo), but just sometimes it can hit the nail on the head. Today, Converse released the next chapter of “Three Artists One Song,” this time featuring Diplo, Frank Ocean, and Mick Jones & Paul Simonon of The Clash. The track features classic half-croon vocals from Ocean on top of an island-Brit hybrid between Diplo and The Clash. Twangy chords (a la Joe Strummer) play out over mellowed 808s (a la Diplo) before breaking down into a mix of raucous reggae and a quasi-motown chorus. Pick up the track for free below.
Most music fans look at music festivals, concerts, and club nights as opportunities to enjoy music and to let loose. While that may ring true for me, I see those events as opportunities to network. My experiences aboard Holy Ship over the past two years have proven the rave cruise to be a source of music discovery, new friendships, and expanded networks. I was fortunate enough to make friends with a great group of Australians this year, and one of them runs the marketing and PR for Unknown Recordings, a young label out of Sydney. Browsing through UKNOWN’s SoundCloud page I found a couple gems that should ease you into your Monday mornings and set you up for a great week: remixes of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and “Jack”.
A couple weeks back, our Chicago-based writer and underground House aficionado Ian (aka Oxtavius) posted one of his fantastic Goody Bags containing a bootleg remix of Fatboy Slim & Riva Starr’s “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat”. “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” was undoubtedly one of the biggest tracks from 2013, thanks in part to an Acid House remix by Calvin Harris. The Goody Bag contained the Parkah K bootleg and it had Deep House elements with a darker Hot Since 82 sound embedded in it. Today I’m bringing you the Colour Castle remix of “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” and this is an equally, if not better, Deep House take on the original. I like that this version is a bit shorter and has less of the vocals that are found in the original – I think we can all agree the vocals get a bit annoying after a while. I’m also partial to the fact that the “Eat sleep rave repeat” hook is reworked into a female voice on the Colour Castle remix. This one dropped a few weeks ago but it’s fresh to me and available for free download. Show this Sydney native some love! *click the shopping cart icon to download*
While I was browsing through Colour Castle’s SoundCloud page I noticed he reposted a remix of Breach’s “Jack” which we voted one of the best Tech-House songs of 2013. Given the massive popularity of “Jack”, and because it was one of my favorite songs from the past year, I’m always interested in hearing fresh takes on this one. Fear of Dawn is a duo out of Sydney who are new to me but given their close to 10,000 Facebook fans and awesome rework of “Jack”, are worthy of being paid attention to. The group incorporates a live element to their shows rarely found in House music these days, and their mixes and remixes on SoundCloud will be grabbing my attention for the remainder of today (pay particular attention to their remix of Outkast’s “The Way You Move”). *click the shopping cart icon to download*