The weekend we’ve been waiting for is finally just a couple weeks away. On Thursday July 31st, the HARD team drops down on the famous Red Rocks amphitheater – featuring sets by Nero, Dillon Francis, Rudimental, Destructo, Julio Bashmore, and Samo Sound Boy. Then, just two days later, HARD returns to its home base of Los Angeles for HARD Summer 2014 – a two-day festival at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area featuring a massive lineup of some of the best DJs in the world. Headliners for HARD Summer include Jack U, A$AP Mob, Axwell, Flosstradamus, Tiesto, Disclosure, Dillon Francis, and Nero. Tickets for both events are still on sale but they are going fast! Let’s dig in to HARD Red Rocks and HARD Summer 2014 a little deeper and see why these have the potential to be the biggest parties of the Summer.
I’ll admit that I’ve kind of gotten over Dillon Francis as of late. I used to love his productions and had a blast seeing Dillon Francis DJ live on multiple occasions. Maybe it’s because I started getting into the more underground side of Dance music, better suited for Dillon’s alter-ego DJ Hanzel, or maybe it’s because Dillon has gotten away from his Moombahton roots, but either way he hasn’t had my attention. Well that all changed today when a new Dillon Francis remix popped up on my SoundCloud feed. And it wasn’t a remix of just any song – it was a remix of the classic track “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” by Daft Punk. I’ll put aside my disappointment that this remix isn’t of the Moombahton variety (a dying genre?), because Dillon Francis’ Trap remix is extremely well-done. I love the chopped up vocals and I think it has an original sound for a genre that has been beaten into the ground over the past couple years. It takes a special producer to successfully remix a dance classic and I think Dillon Francis nailed it. He writes:
“COACHELLA THIS PAST WEEKEND WAS FUCKING AMAZING AND I LOVE YOU ALL SOOOO FUCKING MUCH!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE SUPPORT AND LOVE YOU SHOW ME DAY IN AND DAY OUT SO HERE IS A FREE DOWNLOAD OF MY REMIX I DID OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE DAFT PUNK SONGS HBFS ….. OH AND HAPPY EASTER”
While Dillon Francis wont be dropping his first full length album until July, this week he has given us a gem and a little preview of what to expect. The collaboration with DJ Snake was first debuted at Tomorrow World last September, at both of their set. “Get Low” is a perfect example of what a collaboration should sound like. When you take DJ Snake’s chart topping Trap drops and combine them with Dillon Francis’s original Moombahton drum programming, you get great fusion of sounds that reflects what MAD DECENT is all about. Pick up the new single below and be on the look out for upcoming singles from Dillon Francis on the road to his album release this summer. Dillon Francis also debuted a track with Diplo at Tommorrow World, who also collaborated with DJ Snake on another track that debuted at the festival, so be on the look out.
With the anticipation of his new album growing by the day, Dillon has given us a little something something to tide us over. Taking a break from his album production and his daily social media personae we are once again reminded how talented he is. Transforming Steve Angello’s ever popular club hit KNAS, Dillon has given it a Trapped out “Re-birth.” With his classic hard hitting synth work and tight production we can only get more more excited for what is to come out on the album. Grab this one for free now and be sure to stay tuned for Dillon’s full length album that will be dropping this spring.
As to be expected, a year such as 2013 which has included a ton of amazing new production has yielded a handful of awesome remixes. The twenty or so tracks below were all chosen because we felt the remix had truly elevated the song to the next level. The art of the remix requires a good ear and a level of creativity that improves on the original piece and can grab the listeners attention even though they may already be familiar with the orginal. Another great thing about remixes is that no artist really seems to outgrow the practice, this list is filled with young guns as well as some of our timeless favorites such as Alesso, Tommy Trash, and Cedric Gervais.
The goal of any remix is to breathe new life into a track that may have fallen out of the spotlight such as the Brillz and Z-trip take on the legendary Jay-z song Dirt Off Your Shoulders or Vinnie Maniscalco’s remix of The Champ’s original Tequila. The tracks below are in no specific order but this is the perfect playlist for any pre-game or party as just about anyone should be able to find a song here they can relate too. Be sure to support all the artists below with a follow on Soundcloud and we cannot wait to see what refixes, re-takes, and remixes that 2014 will bring us!
2013 has been an amazing year for the EDM industry as a whole, Indie Dance and Nu-Disco are two genres that seem to have truly exploded this year as we witnessed tracks such as Royals and groups like Disclosure reach every radio station and musical outlet around the world. With Daft Punk and Pharrell’s track Get Lucky crushing charts and album sales since its release there is no doubt that EDM skeptics from previous years are finally coming around and truly enjoying these more approachable genres. Clearly there were the obvious five or six tracks from the list below that just couldn’t be left out as they quickly climbed to the top of Billboard’s top 100 list and often remained there for months. Then there was also a new generation of lesser knowns that have truly broken out of their shells and caught the worlds attention this year such as Duke Dumont, Hot Natured, Russ Chimes and many more.
The list below is filled with some of the years most creative and fun tracks, containing uplifting beats sure to get just about any dance floor moving and vocals that even your parents can relate too. We couldn’t be happier with the diversity of this years list it is great to watch as young guns like Anna Lunoe, Amtrac, and Thomas Jack make their way alongside the likes of Daft Punk, Boys Noize and Dillon Francis. With many of these tracks gaining a lot of momentum in the music industry as a whole we are witnessing more and more sold out shows and events and hearing more and more of our favorite artists on all sorts of media outlets be it radio, film, or television, 2013 has truly been a huge year for the Indie Dance and Nu-disco Movement. Have a listen to the tracks below which are in no specific order what so ever, but all of a quality we at MMIBTY carefully deemed as the years best. Be sure to support all the artists on the list and check out the continuos mix below from EASTablished!