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The Jack Ü Album Is… Really Fucking Good

We all know Skrillex and Diplo, the duo who came together to form Jack Ü, are two of the world’s biggest taste-makers. Sonny and Wes have an incredible work ethic – both in the studio and with nonstop touring – and their ear for music isn’t something you can teach. Diplo prides himself on always doing something different (he even says so during his 2010 Electric Zoo set, back when he was all about Moombahton) and he’s always looking for the next big sound. Skrillex isn’t too far off from that, but rather than cultivating sounds from all around the world he tends to push himself to continue evolving and bring dance music to the masses that few before him have done. Jack Ü is the definition of a super-group and I’ll admit I’m surprised at how much I’ve been enjoying their debut album. In case you missed it, the album dropped last week on Diplo’s Mad Decent label.

So what is it about the 10-song Jack Ü album that I like so much? Plain and simple: it’s fresh. The production quality is so squeaky clean, so crisp, that the volume has no choice but to be cranked. While it’s easy to categorize the album as Trap, I think it moves away from what the dance music listener has come to know Trap as. There are all kinds of melodic elements, vocals, hard-hitting drops, Rasta vibes, Moombahton influences, Dubstep wobbles, Hip-Hop hooks, and even THE BIEBS (real talk: “Where Are Ü Now” featuring Justin Bieber is probably my favorite track on the album). In essence, unless you’re a pure House, Techno, or Trance junkie – this album is for you. And hey, even if you are (I’m a self-professed House junkie) – you might be surprised and enjoy this release.

Again, no knock to Skrillex or Diplo on this. I’m a huge fan of both. I’ve paid money to see Skrillex and Diplo perform countless times and I constantly bump music by both of them. I shouldn’t be surprised that the Jack Ü album isn’t cookie-cutter, I shouldn’t be surprised that it perfectly fuses Diplo & Skrillex’s individual sounds (even Major Lazer). Maybe I was getting tired of their mixes or live sets because it was Trap banger after Trap banger, but the Jack Ü album is a perfect balance of exactly what I want in a ahead-of-its-time dance album.

If you haven’t heard the album you can stream it below. But more importantly, grab a copy if you like what you hear and make sure to continue supporting the artists who make you move.

Top Three Picks from the Album:

  1. Where Are Ü Now (featuring Justin Bieber) – melodic, soulful, chill-step with Electro flutes?
  2. To Ü (featuring AlunaGeorge) – AlunaGeorge’s voice gives me the chills and the track has a great beat, almost contains Flume/What So Not sounds but perfect blend with Skrillex Dubstep wobbles
  3. Beats Knockin (featuring Fly Boi Keno) – I mean fuck, that’s how you come out of the gate full steam ahead. This one sounds like a Diplo track all-around but the bottom line is if your head isn’t nodding and your body not moving you need to check your pulse


HARD Day of the Dead 2014 Lineup Announced

Few festivals demonstrate such a pure dedication to music as much as those put on by HARD. Year after year, HARD puts together stunning lineups spanning all genres of electronic music for their flagship events, including HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead, and Holy Ship! to name a few.

Case in point: today’s announcement of the absolutely stacked HARD Day of the Dead lineup, just another in the long line of excellently billed HARD events. This year’s spooky party will be taking place on November 1 & 2 at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA, home of the L.A. County Fair. Bringing in the haunted vibes will be a spectacular cast of artists, including some exciting headliners and a shockingly good supporting bill.

Headliners include Knife Party, a live set by Pretty Lights, Diplo, Calvin Harris, Zedd, Bassnectar, and an exciting VS. set between big-room progressive superstars deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Day of the Dead’s insane lineup includes a sweet lower bill that features everything from future bass to deep house to live German techno. Some notable acts include the likes of Seven Lions, ODESZA, The Gaslamp Killer, AraabMuzik, Giraffage, Klangkarussell (live), Zeds Dead, RL Grime, Justin Martin, Christian Martin, Claude VonStroke, J. Phlip, Eats Everything, Cajmere, Pete Tong, Galantis, Benoit & Sergio, Booka Shade (live), Aeroplane, Thomas Jack, Felix Cartal, Valentino Khan, and so, so, so much more. Seriously, so much more. We’ve never quite seen a lineup like this. It’s insane.

Maybe take it easy on Halloween this year, because the following two days, it’s time to go HARD.

Grab your tickets HERE starting this Thursday, 8/28 at 10 a.m. PST.

Elliphant feat. Skrillex – Only Getting Younger (Remixes) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Hot damn, this was a pleasant surprise to find out about today. Mad Decent just dropped the remix package for “Only Getting Younger” by Elliphant ft. Skrillex. Elliphant is a female vocalist who reminds me most closely of M.I.A., with her exotic dialect, and who has been taken under the wing of Diplo and the rest of the Mad Decent team. Elliphant is described by Mad Decent as “unapologetic and often outspoken” and the label goes on to say “Elli has lived all over the world, including the streets of India as a teenager, and it’s exactly these unique life experiences that have led her to create such powerful material in the studio.” Her Look Like You Love It EP (available on iTunes HERE) dropped earlier this Spring and features production by Skillex, Diplo, Dr. Luke, TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek, and more.

This week the Mad Decent team not only dropped five remixes of Elliphant’s single “Only Getting Younger”, but they also released all five tracks for free download. The remix package includes work by TJR, Milo & Otis, Brazzabelle, Vice & Justyle, and NGHTMRE & Imanos. The TJR treatment gives the song a fun, bouncey House vibe that TJR has been known for over the past couple years. Milo & Otis show us why they’re very quickly becoming a top-notch duo for all things bass music and I really like the Moombahcore vibes in their approach. The rest of the remix EP features some Dubstep, some Drum & Bass, and some Trap. “Only Getting Younger” was originally a heavy-hitter, and the new remixed sounds we hear today certainly build on that momentum.

Go ahead and check out the tracks below and absolutely give props to all artists involved. You’ll have to click on each individual track to grab the free download, but it’s worth it to add all of these to your collections!

BENZI | Get Right Radio (Summer 2014 Edition)

After premiering last week during Benzi’s residency on Diplo & Friends on BBC Radio, the soundtrack to your summer is finally here! Benzi’s Summer 2014 Edition has been months in the making with at least half of the tracks/remixes being created exclusively for this project. This mixtape covers everything from house jams to 100bpm to jersey club and it might be the greatest in the annual series. Grab the tracked out album version ( and get ya swerves on.

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A Response To Dubco’s Ocean Club Eulogy

Eric Prydz performing an epic set at Ocean Club Quincy MA, Summer 2013
Eric Prydz performing an epic set at Ocean Club Quincy MA, Summer 2013

Yesterday the music collective Dubco posted an article eulogizing Boston’s Ocean Club at Marina Bay. For those who don’t know, it was recently announced that Ocean Club would be no more and that luxury apartments would be built in its place. Though Ocean Club gained its name only a handful of years ago when DePasquale Ventures (Prime Nightclub, Umbria Restaurant, Quattro Restaurant, Bricco Restaurant, etc ) purchased it, the venue itself had been around for two decades under various aliases. Over the past few years Ocean Club’s rise in popularity was a direct response to the rise in popularity of dance music (or EDM as many of the club-goers would call it). Promoters like MASS EDMC and NV Concepts took the reins in booking talent to entertain crowds at Ocean Club, and management from Prime and the-now-closed Splash ran operations. Even resident DJs from the Boston community, like Bamboora, Voltran, and Dirty Dek, were part of the action. During each of the last couple Summers, rumors were always swirling about Ocean Club closing and that the venue would be torn down to make way for residences – I had always doubted this rumor. But it looks like the claims were not unfounded as the greater Boston area loses a key player in the dance music scene.

I’m not here to shit on Dubco for writing a mostly negative article on the late Ocean Club. Being a part of the media I respect the fact that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion – I can’t say Dubco’s piece was right or wrong. In fact, I share some of the same views the Dubco author provided his/her readers with. What I’m here to do is offer my perspective and history with Ocean Club.

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Mad Decent Block Party Takes Over Boston & USA This Summer

This summer, one of the most influential labels in electronic music today returns with their Block Party, which has gained enormous amounts of traction in just the seven years it has been around and has even spun off into Mad Decent’s very first Boat Party this November. What started in Mad Decent‘s hometown of Philly (and where Diplo spent a good part of his early career years) in a rented tent has grown to be much more than the name would have you believe. This year, the multi-city Block Party is hitting 22 cities, including Boston, Detroit, Denver, Dallas and most likely a city near you. While the lineup is different for every city and party, the collective of artists features the likes of Outkast, Big Gigantic, Fatboy Slim, Flume, Kaytranada, RL Grime, Wave Racer and Wolfgang Gartner – surely making up one of the more diverse lineups for an electronic music festival this summer.

Tickets are on sale now for all cities and the tour kicks off its first date this July 26th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. See a list of dates and get ticket info on the MDBP website and be sure to check out our choice picks from this year’s artists below.