REMIXES ON BOOTLEGS! TRAP ON ELECTRO ON DISCO! Holy hell kids, hold onto your hat. Kennedy Jones not only earns big points in my book for remixing one of my favorite bootlegs of all time, but he gets a gold star for taking this tune to the next fuckin level. In a very ambitious move, Jones takes the disco-influenced song that put the Bingo Players on the map, then took the hard hitting bootleg that put Kids at The Bar on the map (they’ve now got a track coming out on Tiesto’s Blackhole recordings) and flipped it on its ass again with one of the wilder trap drops imaginable. Screeching and running the pitch gamut, it makes you screw up your face in a combination of surprise and satisfaction. Enjoy this one throughly and pick up the free DL on Jones’ Facebook page.
So I came up with this concept a little while ago but of course waited way too long to get it started. The idea behind Shuffle Sunday is this: whoever is running the post any given week will simply go through their iTunes on shuffle, sorting through all sorts of tracks spanning genres, older and newer, and find stuff we’ve never posted before or that we haven’t posted in a long time. Personally I sift through a lot of music on a weekly basis and a lot of it ends up falling through the cracks. So the point here is to introduce you (and me) to some tracks that may have slipped under the radar and reintroduce us to some old classics. I’m going to try my hardest to make this a weekly thing but to start, it’ll be bi-weekly. Sound off on our Facebook page if you really like it!
A lot of people are familiar with Madeon’s “Song 2″ bootleg ever since he made it a point to start dropping it in all of his live sets. While his version is still unreleased, I did dig up this older Vengeance remix which provides a similar modern take on the classic British rock song adding in pounding kicks, filter effects, beat repeats and other edits. Great idea for any DJ’s looking to add a little old-school spice to their sets.
Remember MSTRKRFT? What the fuck happened to those Canadian drunks? They definitely used to be hands-down some of my favorite producers and DJ’s back in 2008-2009 and back around then they released a whole album of straight remixes. This is one of them, and a pretty fun one at that.
The king of Crunkstep teams up with Kids At The Bar, who have done a few interesting projects, one of which is a bootleg of Bingo Players’ “Cry (Just A Little)” that gets talked about a decent amount on this blog. This track will blow your ears off once it drops and you won’t see it coming. Just a bomb, right here.
Holy hell is this a gem! This is a much older Canblaster (aka Club Cheval) remix that is simply outside of the realm of classification. It might be too weird for some, but nobody can argue that what happens at 1:48 is nothing short of fantastic. So many awesome things going on in this song.
Yet another one of my Top Tracks of 2011 has gotten a fresh reworking by the guys who brought you the Cry bootleg that took the world by storm last year. Kids At The Bar have made a living by pumping a steady dose of electro bass into everything that passes them by. Adding that much needed spark to my all time favorite disco track, K.A.T.B. has accomplished what so many other DJ’s have failed at over the past year. Genres are becoming ever more difficult to define, allowing for the rise of sounds that some never thought imaginable. Bringing together the classic feel of disco with the ever increasing popularity of electro house is only a logical step forward. The ability to mix old with new is not easy, but this bootleg is sure to keep the party going all night long. Please, please, please check these guys out if they come through your city either on tour or during the upcoming festival season.
What’s so special about remixes? Well, everything. As music connoisseurs, there is nothing more interesting than hearing a song that you already know being taken to new heights. As musicians, remixing another’s song is one of the highest forms of respect you can pay to a fellow artist. Remixes give producers the chance to take what they liked about a song and make it better, change what they didn’t like about it, or completely throw away most of the original to only to make it their own. Some remixes crash and burn as they remain outshined by the original (i.e. almost every “Levels” remix) and others replace the original as the definitive mix to know (i.e. any of the songs below). No matter how you look at it, remixes are some of the most popular to produce and tend to be the most sought after amongst the EDM community.
This category is a list of the remixes that made the biggest impact to us over the past year as music bloggers, as music lovers, as show junkies and as mix masters. These are not just good songs that happen to be remixes. These songs were chosen because they happen to be an amazing interpretation that improved or made different the original. Most of these remixes exemplify everything a good remix should be: they include just enough of the original to make you know what you’re listening to but contributes a whole new dimension of awesomeness. You should recognize a couple…
- Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)
- Flight Facilities – Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
- Daft Punk – Aerodynamic (Specimen A & James D’ley Re-fix)
- Skrillex – Drop Dead (Blende Remix)
- Bingo Players – Cry (Just a Little) [Kids at the Bar Bootleg]
- Marvin Gaye – Grapevine (Voodoo Farm Remix)
- Grant Smillie ft. Zoe Badwi – Carry Me Home (Tommy Trash Remix)
- Kaskade – Eyes (Mistermike Remix)
- Steve Aoki – Earthquakey People (Dillon Francis Remix)
- Deadmau5 – Strobe (Special Features Remix)
- Katy Perry – E.T. (Black Matter Remix)
- Chase & Status – Time (Karetus Remix)
- The Heavy – How You Like Me Now (Wick-it Moombahton Remix)
- Zedd – Shave It (Kaskade Remix)
- Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
- Lucky Date – Hos and Discos (Space Laces Remix)
- Nero – Guilt (DallasK Remix)
- Swedish House Mafia – Save the Word (Zedd Remix)
- Fatboy Slim – Ya Mama (Push the Tempo) (Moguai Remix)
- Wynter Gordon – Dirty Talk (Laidback Luke Remix)
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Time for everyone to meet the bass monster reigning from the great state of Texas (so don’t fux with him). Crizzly, Chris Marshall, is one hell of a 19-year-old producer tearing up decks around the country bringing those notorious southern ganster anthems with him. Combining some fresh hip hop lyrics with the undeniable sounds of dubstep, he has found yet another niche in the over saturated electronic music scene. Let’s jump right into it with a track he dropped yesterday that will give you a sense of what I’m rambling on about…
Next up is an original track he collaborated on with Kids At The Bar titled “Like Dat.” The track starts off on a slow note, but quickly builds on a heavy electro beat and some fresh vovals so when the drop finally hits you’ll be sure to be five feet up in the air. This along with all of his tracks can be found on his Soundcloud page for absolutely free along with album artwork.
Crizzly has got a lot of talent and we will be seeing him for years to come as he has already played at EDC Dallas and will be at Insomniac’s fall massive Escape to Wonderland for Halloween Weekend. He is also playing with an MMIBTY favorite, DallasK, at the Fox Theater in Boulder on November 1st, along with several other dates around the country so make sure to follow his BandPage on Facebook. Finally, here’s some more of that southern crunkstep for you to rage too….
It’s not Sunday, you say? Well, I just slept for 13 hours so it’s hard for me to even tell you what day it is but I do have my normal Sunday serving of hot tracks for you plus a wrapup on the Identity Festival from this past Saturday in Mansfield, MA. If you were lucky enough to be there or at any of the other dates in NY or NJ this weekend, you have a good idea of what a success this roving festival turned out to be. If there was one word I could use to describe the way things went at Identity, it would be smooth. Almost all the sets started and ended on time, despite Rusko’s tweet mere minutes before his set declaring he had just spilled his drink all over his equipment, and the schedule made for little chaos in getting from one stage to the other. As far as the music goes, after seeing Datsik open up for the party in the parking lot on the Dim Mak stage, we headed in to catch parts of Booka Shade, Nervo and Manufactured Superstars before heading over to Dim Mak to catch Nero. While I’ve seen them (or just one of them, as was the case on Saturday) more times than I can count, their set blew me away featuring all of my favorite remixes of theirs, including “Hypnotize You”, “The Recluse”, “Stress” and the “Crush On You” track off their newest album. What an amazing set.
Then we cruised over to Avicii whose set I could only say was amateur. I know there will be people who disagree with that as he had the crowd, including myself, loving it but other than SHM’s “The Island”, Axwell’s “I Found You” and a mashup of the Killers with Afrojack’s remix of “Techno Fan” to close, it was all his originals pretty much played through in their entirety with minimal transitions in between and he even fucked up doing that a few times. I love this cat as a producer but for as much time as he spends with the Swedish legends, you’d expect him to be a much better DJ. I think part of it had to do with the fact that Identity was a debut performance for a lot of his fans and he wanted them to hear all his original stuff but bro, that’s what iTunes is for…
The next block was split between Rusko and Steve Aoki for us. Rusko was killing it per usual with a few new tracks that I’d never heard, including a remix of Daft Punk’s “Aerodynamic” and a new dub track that had a sample that sounded like Toots. Aoki’s set was sweet, as had been promised, with him DJing about 20 feet high above 4 giant letters spelling his last name. He also played Alvin Risk’s “Diminshing Returns” which sold me on his set, despite drowning me in heavy metal for one song too long.
Finally, Kaskade. Never seen a full set of his before but given his studio repertoire of straight baby-making music, I didn’t really know what to expect. If you were there, you know… If you weren’t, make it a point to try to see him, he puts together great sets full of current and RAGING songs interspersed with some of his slower originals, creating a great balance.
Sorry for the drawn out review but believe me when I say I could say a lot more… Now let’s get into it.
First, Duck Sauce released their new track under the guise of another producer’s edit (like Oh God did with “Barbera Streisand” and Viceroy did with “Goody Two Shoes”) with Bastille getting the credit this time. Usually, these “edits” are very close to what the originals end up sounding like…
Tommy Trash also finally hit us with the full remix of the track “Edge of The Earth” which previewed a while back on his SoundCloud. This guy is absolutely destroying it lately, especially with his track “The End”.
Avicii also dropped a new track this week. Not amazing and definitely not the next “Levels” or “Fade Into Darkness” but worth having in your collection.
And since this was a rather slow week for music and I wasn’t necessarily “blown away” by any of these other tracks, I wanted to share with you a remix that has found a special place in my heart as of late and you should grab it. Bingo Players’ “Cry (Just A Little)” gets remixed by Kids at The Bar and was released as a Gotta Dance Dirty™ exclusive a few months back. Takes what is already one of my favorite songs of the summer and turns it into a banger. Listen and love it.