This week Boston natives Case & Point (Casey & TJ) dropped their Upgrade EP on Lazy Rich’s label Big Fish Recordings. I was excited to hear what they had come up with after really enjoying their remix of the Bingo Players’ track “Out of My Mind”. To my pleasant surprise, I learned that both tracks on the Upgrade EP are true Electro-House gems that remind you this is what Electro-House is supposed to sound like. Neither songs include vocals – which is fine with me since I’m mostly into musical selections based on their beats, their bass lines, etc – but they do include driving kick drums and my type of dance floor fillers. “Upgrade” is a track whose breakdown/build-up reminds me a bit of Zedd’s song “Codec”, both in the chopped vocal sample and the synth sounds. The words “I need an upgrade” come across the speakers right before a crashing drop, something I think fits very well. If I had heard “Razor” without knowing who produced it, I might guess it was a John Dahlback track. And that’s a huge compliment because everything Dahlback puts out these days is pure filth. I really do like both of these tracks and I think you will too. The boys that are Case & Point continue to grow in popularity and they continue to impress me with their production skills. Great choice by Lazy Rich, one of my favorite Electro-House DJs, to include C&P on his label. If you’re in or around Boston Friday night, make sure to go catch their FREE show at Gypsy Bar (RSVP HERE)!
The guys who brought us the hit, ‘Torrent’, have done it again with new electro-house banger – ‘Animals’. Martin Garrix and Sidney Samson have teamed up to soon release this new track off of Spinnin Records and it will definitely be one hell of a release. There has been plenty of recent confusion on who this track is originally by (Garrix & GTA, Sidney Samson, BassJackers, etc.) – and it has been yet to be confirmed who the hit is really from. Regardless of the mix ups, this banger brings you a sweet build up along with some great electro synth and a drummy drop which is surely the trend this festival season. Garrix has recently been going crazy on my radar lately, especially with all the Twitter talk of him working with Dillon Francis etc. etc. so I’m sure he has plenty in store for us this year. Although there has been no word on when this track will be released or who it’s really from you can stream it below and by all means jam out!
Today Dutch producer Ralvero released his latest track “Fuck What U Heard” on the Bingo Players’ Hysteria records. This is a Big Room/Electro-House cut with a heavy drop and an epic synth break-down. What really ties it all together is the vocal sample right before the drop, exclaiming “fuck what you heard!”. I love the bass undertones in this one and although the track does have a relatively generic formula that many Dutch Big Room guys have these days, it does manage to stay unique in its own way.
I also wanted to call your attention to Ralvero’s remix of “Like Ya Hollywood” by Paolo Ortelli & Luke Degree featuring Katt Rockell & Jay Mula (that was a mouthful). This one dropped last week and really had me moving, maybe even more than “Fuck What U Heard”. It’s got a bass sound similar to that of Nicky Romero & David Guetta’s “Metropolis” , but has some poppy vocals thanks to Katt Rockell & Jay Mula – so you get the best of both worlds with this one.
One DJ that has certainly been risin ‘n’ grindin lately is Felix Cartal. He very recently dropped a couple of new filthy tracks that are definitely worth listening to. Collaborating with AutoErotique, this talented Canadian duo released ‘The Alarm’. It has a crazy, hypnotizing sound with a build up and drop with shouts and sirens that’ll get your adrenaline pumping fire. I’m not sure what the deal is with all this talk about these two hating each other, but looks like they overcame their differences and are doing something right. Rave on to that. The other new track Felix dropped as a thank you to all his fans for reaching 50,000 likes on Facebook is a remix of The Killers‘, ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’. Breathtaking. It’s definitely one of my favorites on replay this week. You can even download it for free from his Facebook page! Be sure to check out both songs and keep Felix’s like-count going and maybe he’ll drop some more ‘thank you tracks’!
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!
Firebeatz have exploded onto the dance scene in 2012. Following the release of “Dear New York” at the end of the summer, the duo followed up the smash single with the release of “Disque” and “Here We Fucking Go”. Instead of taking the rest of the year to prepare for New Year’s Eve celebrating and spinning (they will be playing in Best and Tilburg, Netherlands on New Years Eve), Firebeatz took to the tables to make their own 2012 Year Mix. The mix features many of their own remixes including Zedd’s “Stars Come Out”, Sean Paul’s “She Doesn’t Mind” and even their club mix of P!nk’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)”. If you are in need of a mix to get the party started this holiday season, look no further.