Knife Party is back for the summer with their much awaited Haunted House EP. The Knife Party Haunted House EP, a collection of four tracks, is now available to buy on both Beatport and iTunes. Their third EP features some classic sounds from the duo along with a less familiar one. “Power Glove” and “EDM Death Machine” are the most recognizable sounds from guys, very hard hitting Electro house, while “LRAD” is the duo’s first venture into world of Progressive house and it’s safe to say that these guys could do big things in whatever genre they decide to go into. “Internet Friends VIP” is a twist on the huge hit that we have been hearing for the last 2 years during their live sets.
Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!
The first weekend of Ultra Music Festival is a wrap and although many of us could only watch it on YouTube, we all feel a little depressed that it’s over. Seeing the best in the world, pull out all of the stops is what makes Ultra the premiere music festival here in America. We heard countless unreleased tracks, saw some unusual collaborations, all while drinking with our closest friends on couches across the country. Well now you can relive the experiences as we have collected sets throughout the weekend that you can stream and download. Many of these sets were posted by our friends or other blogs and we have simply compiled them all in one place. We would rather work smart than work hard if we can! Download them all if you want and be sure to check out the tracklists below!
Dubstep, now a house-hold name, has been an integral part of enlarging the EDM culture in our country and continues to be a thriving genre of music distinguishable musically in its own right. The term dubstep has many different interpretations to all people of all walks and colors and is a hotly disputed genre. But this evening we would like to take a stab at what we consider to be the best dubstep of 2012. Although times have changed and we have been introduced to so many new artists due to the increasing access to music production technology and new and improved ways to share these products and software with, this list certainly consists of some of the forerunners that now have become household names such as Skrillex, Flux Pavilion, and Monsta . So please take some time and observe this nice list that we have put together for you, we welcome comments and polite discussion so please feel free to tell us what you think. We are very excited for what 2013 has to bring us in music and culture.
- Monsta – Messiah (Alvin Risk Remix)
- The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)
- Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin Hard Remix)
- Knife Party – Bonfire
- Flux Pavilion Ft Example – Daydreamer (Radio Edit)
- Above and Beyond – On My Way To Heaven (Seven Lions Remix)
- Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem
- Monsta – Holdin On
- Nero – Won’t You (Be There)
- Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Remix)
Love them or hate them, Knife Party successfully invented a completely different sound when they dropped onto the scene and have continued to innovate their productions constantly. While their live shows have been something of a let down for me, partly because of their uninspired performance and partly because of the less than savory fanbase they attract, I have always looked to their mixes as a great way to connect with the duo and their ever-evolving sound. Their latest 30-minute mix for Mixmag does just that. The mix is, as you’d expect, full of rage-worthy tracks but is surprisingly house and electro-focused, particularly in the first half. That might be a turn-off for brain-dead Knife Party purists, but it’s a refreshing mix of ups and downs in a short but sweet mix. Highlights for me (other than the obvious): Lazy Rich‘s “Silhouettes” remix, “Internet Friends VIP” and the Space Laces mix of Excision‘s “X-Rated”. Tracklist after the jump.
Going into the show I was excited to see one of my favorite groups, Knife Party, especially at Pier 94. I was hoping that it was going to be extra special since they were headlining this Haunted House tour with other big acts such as Tommy Trash and Kill the Noise.
It wasn’t. The set they put on was practically, if not exactly, the same set they had done for Electric Zoo 2012. Anyone can find the live set from that show, play it, and you wouldn’t have missed a thing. “Internet Friends,” the song that pushed these producers/Djs to the forefront of the EDM world should have been their crowning moment during this live show, but they played the exact same VIP remix/mash-up of “Internet Friends” and “Bass” by Paul Anthony, the Atom Pushers, and Afro-K that they played at Electric Zoo.
Having said all of that, they were still on point. They were full of energy, the crowd was having a great time, and the production value of the show was on point as well. As much as I was expecting something different from my previous experience with Knife Party, I still thoroughly enjoyed it.
Style of Eye, the Swedish producer/Dj, was someone that I really didn’t know anything about, but surprisingly had a huge set featuring a lot of deep house and then venturing into some heavier electro. Pier 94 was packed by 10:30, and he managed to keep the crowd’s energy on high, giving Kill the Noise a lot of momentum going into his set.
Kill the Noise was probably my favorite part of the Haunted House tour. I had not previously seen him live, and did not know what to expect from the California based Dubstep producer/ DJ. He did what my favorite Djs do, he actually Djed, and let me explain. At no point during Knife Party’s set was I surprised by any of the songs that I heard, it was like they were just going through the motions and I can say that about a lot of Djs that I’ve seen including Benny Benassi and Avicii. Kill the Noise played for the crowd. There were certain moments where you caught a glimpse of what was about to drop and you thought to yourself, “Oh shit, this is about to get wild.” He gave everyone in the audience what they wanted, regardless of their preference in music. Of course, a lot of his set was Dubstep but he incorporated other genres as well. I’m actually looking forwards to getting an opportunity to see him live again; it’s rare to see a supporting act outshine the headliner.
Below, are some videos of a few of my favorite moments from the show, check them out to get some of the experience.