I know that all of us over here at MMIBTY get really excited when we get a new mixtape of any kind from good ol’ DJ Benzi. The longtime DJ has most recently been gaining mild fame as the man responsible for the GIRLTRAPZ mixtape series (One & Two) but we know he’s capable of a lot more than just stringing some awesome trap tunes together. After several delays, late last night Benzi dropped his newest mixtape Victory Lap which features an interesting mix of house and trap, amongst other sounds, including exclusives from the likes of Brenmar, JWLS, Keys N Krates, GTA and more. There’s even a new collab from Diplo & Dada Life on there. Grab the free download and take this one to go… The replay value is high.
Last week as MMIBTY sat down as a team to discuss our picks for the best tracks of 2012 we had a massive list of remixes to sort through. In discussing what makes a good remix we came to a couple of conclusions that we based our 2012 selections on. The first being we wanted remixes that were truly a re-invention of the original track and contained some well thought out production. The second being that the remix was in many ways an improvement on the original track, and in fact made an older or played out track enjoyable again. A great example of this would be No Big Deal’s remix on the Eric Clapton classic Cocaine. While maintaining a few great samples from the original No Big Deal was able to build an epic dance track that has been engaging dance floors everywhere during 2012.
Remixes are an essential part of the EDM scene, they promote a constant state of growth and creativity between the artists as they push each others tracks to be the best that they can possibly be. Not only do remixes advance the EDM scene but they advance the music industry as a whole. Tapping into just about every genre out there, todays remix masters are sampling anything they can get their hands on. Artist’s that may not consider themselves dance music specific such as Adele, Ellie Goulding and Miike Snow have exploded onto the scene and are seemingly stoked on their acceptance to this growing community. EDM as a parent genre of sorts is so amazing because of the all inclusive nature it has maintained during its growth. From remixes on classic tracks such as Clapton’s aforementioned Cocaine, to 2012’s biggest mistake, Call Me Maybe the list below has a fresh take on it all. Listen as Usher and J-Cole break it down with a little help from Diplo and Overwerk, while Dada Life and Reidiculous bring Bieber and Carly Rae up to speed. Remixes will always be at the core of the EDM community and 2012 was no exception, we hope you enjoy these 15 tracks as much as we have and may 2013 bring more progression!
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For as many singles releases as we see all the time in dance music, there are the artists who still realize the creative advantages to releasing an multi-track release like an album or an EP. 80’s babies will remember the days when you had to buy a CD just to get the song you wanted and can appreciate listening to the whole thing and hearing some pleasant surprises (or sometimes utter disappointment). With the advent of technology came a la carte music, with everyone only buying the songs they wanted and artists no longer feeling compelled to release more than one track at a time. Albums, however, remain a powerful way to convey the full spectrum of an artist’s creative talents and ideas and so we wanted to recap some of our favorites of the past 12 months here. Click through to read all about it!
If I had to pick one category of dance music to listen to for the rest of my life it would probably be Electro-House. Nothing gets me ready to party quite like some hard-hitting bass, deep four-on-the-floor kick drums, wobbles, chain saw buzz attacks, and if there’s still time maybe some female vocals or melodic synths layered on top. But let’s stick with those first four to begin with. Our list for this year’s best of Electro-House speaks for itself. We chose songs that we both enjoyed, but that were also popular among fans of the heavier side of House music. I think you’ll recognize a majority of the songs, but with any list there may be a few surprises. We were treated to gems by juggernauts in Wolfgang Gartner, Sander van Doorn, and Tommy Trash, but we also had the pleasure of witnessing some break-out action by guys like Torro Torro, Firebeatz, and John Dahlback. Check the list and let us know what you think! In no particular order…
- Firebeatz – Dear New York
- Wolfgang Gartner – Love & War
- Sander van Doorn – Kangaroo
- Tommy Trash – Truffle Pig
- Wax Motif & Neoteric – Go Deep (Torro Torro Remix)
- John Dahlback – Zeus
- Kaskade – Llove (Dada Life Remix)
- Avicii – Silhouettes (Lazy Rich Remix)
- Mord Fustang – Windwalker
- Revolvr – Beat Goes On (Charles Deluxe Remix)
And here are all 10 songs mixed together for your listening pleasure!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The next step in your week may or may not be gearing up for some shopping while the rest of us slip into food comas. Regardless, us at MMIBTY.com were feeling a little generous and wanted to hook you guys up with some bangers to listen to while you wait in line, or just to get you through the rest of the week without putting more stress on your wallet. Enjoy, and make sure to show some love on our Facebook page.
TRACKS AFTER THE JUMP!
Diego Camejo, who hails from Miami and currently attends Boston University, just released Volume One of his Edit Pack for free and I wanted to make sure this didn’t go unnoticed. The man with the flowing locks and a passion for melodic Big Room and Progressive House is an up-and-coming producer who has made a name for himself, among other things, as a DJ at some of South Beach’s biggest clubs. He is also a good friend of the blog, having put together an Exclusive Mix which I still have in my personal music rotation to this day. Beyond that we’ve posted his Rise Remix EP and his remix of the Komback’s “Impressions“.
What Diego did with this edit pack is pretty spectacular. A lot of major artists in the dance music world have been compiling their own mashups (I’m looking at you Kaskade, Hardwell, and Thomas Gold) and these compilations, many unreleased, have been widely successful. Diego took different bits and pieces from some of the biggest tunes in House music, including some of his own originals, and tastefully combined them into brand new compositions that are both fresh and contain that Diego Camejo flavor.
I think you’ll be pleased with these nine tracks and if you are make sure to show Diego some love on Facebook
*Track breakdown after jump!*