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 (benzi.co/BENZI2014) and get ya swerves on.
Earlier this week, Bay Area underground veteran and Acid Crunk mastermind An-Ten-Nae dropped a fresh future bass remix of alt-J‘s new single, “Hunger Of The Pine.” It’s an exciting reworking of an already-great track that highlights the best elements of the song and uses them in an interesting way while bringing something new to the table in the form of An-Ten-Nae‘s signature bass sound. It’s dark, it’s bubbly, and it’s definitely alternative in more ways than one. This is not your typical dance remix.
In many ways, the remix follows the same structure as alt-J’s original version, including a climactic finish with horns and haunting vocals, but An-Ten-Nae does what he does best and adds a distinct bass-heavy twist throughout the entire track. It’s a slow track, but it packs a heavy punch and lots of energy. As always, An-Ten-Nae is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to creating truly unique bass music.
Throttle joins the expanding forces hailing from Australia, on a joinery of disco domination as the music sweeps over the American dance scene. More and more club bookings and festival stages have been designated to the disco movement this summer, bringing a smile so wide to myself and the rest of the team here. Throttle believes he fits into the Dirty Disco sub category with that being the title of his mix series. Several of his originals have over 100K views on Soundcloud with his Avicii remix of “You Make Me’ even earning him a spot to open for Avicii during his Australian tour this past winter. Out now is his newest remix, the familiar vocals of Sam Smith are paired with some amazing piano rips and groovy guitar chords. Grab the remix for free ninety-nine while supplies last.
Solidisco swung through Boston this weekend as part of their mini New England tour that will take them to casinos, pools, and New York City over the long holiday weekend. Making their debut at Emerald Lounge, we took the opportunity to catch up with the duo from Buffalo. Young, bright, and thirsty are all great descriptors of these kids – check out what they had to say and be sure to keep a look out for the disco beat makers!
MMIBTY: Hey guys, how are you doing, welcome to Boston!
Solidisco: Thanks man it’s great to be here. This is our first time playing in Boston together actually, so we are pretty excited for later on.
MMIBTY: Oh that ‘s awesome, how is this summer shaking up for Solidisco? Club shows, festival gigs – where are you finding yourself the most?
Solidisco: I’d say mostly clubs recently, heading down to New York City to play at Cieolo this Friday and then a pool party at Mohegan Sun on Sunday. That will be fun, we’re pool party DJ’s I guess (laughter).
MMIBTY: Have you noticed an increase interest in in disco bookings lately as the style seems to drawing more and more fans?
Solidisco: Wouldn’t necessarily chalk it up to these venues you wouldn’t expect to go, uh I guess, but I would say it’s more of a result of hard work as us as artists are constantly releasing new work and doing some great collaborations. everyone thought disco was going to make a comeback aftter the Daft Punk album, but you don’t see a lot of kids trying to record “Get Lucky”, most of them are trying to make “Animals.”
The Aussies continue to bring the heat this summer as the insurgents continue to conquer our vast country, spreading their beats from coast to coast. Motez is helping lead the charge with his jacking drums and davy baselines. Bringing the deepness of down under is a full time job, as Motez hits us with yet another unbelievable edit this time of Iggy Azalea‘s Fancy. Although Motez is currently tearing it up at the home country, he is due to announce a North American tour today. Keep your ears and eyes out for the announcement, we are all crossing our fingers for a set near you!
Tommie Sunshine recently spent a few days out in the deserts of Nevada cranking out beats with newcomer Halfway House with some unexpected results. Taking on a legendary classic, the threesome plugged in just the right amount of electo to create a modern day club heater. Read what Mr. Sunshine had to say about this release and please make sure to enjoy the FREE download..
“With all due respect to George Clinton & Parliament, I present you a new version of their classic “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)”. I made this alongside Halfway House, a recent Brooklyn Fire signing who’ve made a HUGE impression on me. I traveled to Las Vegas where they live just to work with them & we made 3 tracks in 3 days; one of which is this one. Its such a pleasure to make music alongside people who aren’t just collaborators but truly are your friends. Expect many things from us in the future & for now, GIVE UP THE FUNK!!!