“Where is My Mind” is a song by the Pixies, probably their most famous, that came out in 1988 (recorded right here in Boston!). Most famously it was remixed by Bassnectar four years ago, and almost three decades later the track is still receiving attention. Enter Hip Hop newcomer Will Brennan in conjunction with The Ethnikids. Known mostly for his MC skills, Will Brennan makes his producer debut on this “Where Is My Mind?” remix, adding elements of Moombah and Trap mixed with the ethereal vocals of Black Francis (lead singer of the Pixies). The Pixies may be a band founded in the cold air of Boston Massachusetts, but Will Brennan spends his time down in the warmth of Atlanta (originally from West Palm Beach, FL). The MC-turned-producer is signed to Dim Mak Records and after hearing his version of “Where is My Mind”, there’s no doubt it was a strategic signing for Steve Aoki’s label. Keep an eye out for more to come from Will Brennan and show him some love if you like what you hear!
I absolutely adore mixes, they are a good way to get a full stream of continuous music, exposure to new sounds that otherwise may have not interested you, and a good way to learn of new artists and tracks that may become popular in circulation soon. Thats why I was absolutely delighted to discover that not only had Zeds Dead released a new mix but the living legend Bassnectar as well. Both these names are incredible driving forces in our music culture today, and both of these artists are some of the few that have actually continued to impress me for years on end.
Bassnecter in Burlington VT is never taken lightly, and this year it was absolutely no exception. Every year Lorin Ashton seems to be able to make it up to Burlington Vermont, and our long standing patronage to the basshead himself has kept him loyal to us even with the expanse of his lustrous career. Within days of the box office opening up his ticket sales, they are depleted; some say they are worth their weight in gold. With around 50k people living in an area the size of about half a NYC block, and the biggest venue in the area able to only hold around 3000 people, there is a high demand and a very short supply for the chance to see one of EDMs biggest names.
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As we get closer and closer to the end of 2012, many of dance music’s biggest names are pushing to get out quality tracks to close out the year with. They’ve spent weeks upon weeks touring all around the world, but in the mean time have been working in between shows to create the awesome tracks that fans recognize them by. We’ve got plenty of EDM big shots looking to push some big productions out this month, and here’s what is in store for just this week!
Figure — Monsters, Volume 3
Bassnectar — Freestyle EP
Seven Lions — Days To Come
Dada Life — The Rules of Dada
Some big names on that list! Figure is coming back with some hardcore bass music as he returns just in time for Halloween with his Monsters series! Bassnectar drops his Freestyle EP to compliment his tour and his mixtape from last week, which in case you missed it, we posted it here for you guys so you can gear up for the EP. Here’s a track from the mixtape also as a little bonus!
We also had one of our other writers do a look into what to expect from the Seven Lions EP here, which looks to highlight their signature dubstep style. Finally, we have some house music in the form of our friends Dada Life. This is a full album, containing much of their previous hit singles, along with plenty of new material for fans to enjoy!
Bassnectar has always had his own unique way of approaching dubstep. He is the master of the craft but has constantly advanced his own sound, the mark of a true musician and true artist. He often has undertones of hip hop laced within his tracks. This hit a new level when he enlisted Lupe Fiasco to provide the voice of his smash hit ‘Vava Voom‘. His new ‘Freestyle Mixtape’ takes this approach even further. This most recent release mixes aspects of several genres – hip hop, reggae, jazz and of course some dubstep. Mixing hip hop classics (see ‘Hip Hop‘ by Dead Prez) with new rap anthems like ‘100‘ by Belngladesh that features 2 Chainz, Jadakiss & Pusha T, Bassnectar continues to keep his mixes original. There are several of his remixes included in the mixtape including Butterfly, Hologram and a true highlight, his remix of Zion I’s ‘Human‘. The long haired California native continues to impress with inventive new ways to thrill his fans. This mix has the feel of an actual mixtape with down points that separate distinct sections of the mix. Oh and in true mixtape fashion, it’s free.99 because thats the kinda guy he is!
Tracklist after the jump!
Counterpoint may be the most ambitious yet exciting festival project to emerge this year. It’s literally groundbreaking, if just for the sacred soil it tramples on, once (and perhaps still, by many) thought to be only reserved for traditional Southern Hip-Hop. Such legendary hip-hop acts as Outkast, T.I. and Ludacris have emerged from the Georgian capitol and established strong roots among the city’s predominantly urban population as an epicenter for the affected and characteristic styles of Crunk and Southern Hip-Hop. The musical influences of the population span further and farther back in time, into the R&B, gospel, blues, and jazz realms, for example, but still haven’t come close to to touching the relatively new phenomenon of EDM.
While the new wave of trap music might have you believe that the lines between EDM culture and urban culture are being blurred, let me assure you that day is far away. Will Atlanta be receptive to the almost exclusively white crowd that this festival promises to bring in attendance? Only time will tell but, who knows, maybe Atlanta will become the next Chicago? After all, with C3 Presents, the production company behind Chi-town’s Lollapalooza, helping here, they should know precisely what to do. But moving in on new territory is not the only way in which this festival breaks ground.