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)!
Back in April of last year Lazy Rich dropped his then-newest banger “Breakfast of Champions” on his label Big Fish Recordings. Electro-House chainsaw massacre fans received a treat last week when Lazy Rich unveiled three new takes on the track. I can say with complete honesty that I had never heard of any of the artists who assumed remixing duties, but what I can also say is that these remixes go hard as a mother, fucker. None of the remixes are vastly different from Lazy Rich’s awesome original (they’re all Electro-House @ 128bpm), but they all do contain elements that make them unique. For example, I think my initial favorite is Zorastra‘s because it manages to bring in some funk while slowly building up to a destructive drop. If you can produce a song that is both funky and hard-hitting, you’ve probably got me in your wheelhouse as a fan. Rabbit Killer‘s remix is a surprising one because it starts off melodic and has elements of festival anthems but the drop is pretty insane. And whatever he did at 4:48 is something you wouldn’t expect towards the end of a song – make sure you check that part out! And let’s not forget about DJ Exodus, LJ-MTX, and A-Peace‘s collaborative remix because, you guessed it, it’ll make you want to punch a baby!
Make sure to check out all of these artists, who have 200 Facebook fans to over 10,000, and to show them some love. And don’t forget about the King of Electro-House Lazy Rich!
Lazy Rich – Breakfast Of Champions (Original Mix) | Purchase on Beatport
Lazy Rich – Breakfast of Champions (DJ Exodus, LJ-MTX and A-Peace Remix) | Purchase
Lazy Rich – Breakfast of Champions (Rabbit Killer Remix) | Purchase
Lazy Rich – Breakfast Of Champions (Zorastra Remix) | Purchase
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!
Shuffle Sunday Vol. 3 Featuring The Crystal Method, Lazy Rich, Michael Woods, Mustard Pimp, and the Gorillaz
Welcome to our third edition of Shuffle Sundays! For those just tuning in, this is a song drop from my massive library of tunes that I may have forgotten about over the past several months or years. I simply hit “shuffle” in my iTunes library and came up with some tracks for you to check out. In case you missed them you can visit Volume One and Volume Two at any time. Keep your eyes out for our best of 2012 lists starting tomorrow!
The Crystal Method are a veteran Electronic duo who made some of the first dance music I had ever heard. Getting their start in the early 1990s in Las Vegas, they have had a string of hits and were a prevalent force in the Electronic game far before EDM blew up in America over the past couple years. Their music was played on Boston rock radio and one of their stand-out tracks for me was 1997′s “(Can’t You) Trip Like I Do” featuring Filter. Their 2005 album Community Service II is a compilation album featuring collaborations and remixes and the song I shuffled on today was “Bound Too Long (Hyper Mix)”. It’s a Break Beats remix (read: sped-up. Hyper is the perfect description) of their original song “Bound Too Long” and is something a little different than we normally post on here. Consider this an educational track.
This next one we actually posted back in June as part of the Weekly Weather Report but since I shuffled onto it today I might as well drive your attention to it in case you missed it. “Damage Control” is an Electro-House banger by our king of Electro-House in Lazy Rich. He teamed up with Canada’s Hirshee and singer Amba Sheperd (worked with Hardwell and Porter Robinson) to make this a really complete track from start to finish. This is why I love Shuffle Sundays, because it allows me to revisit songs I loved at one point but totally forgot about. Crank this one.
“Natural High” is a tune that reminds me of the golden age of 90s House music with the beat and more importantly with the vocals of Inaya Day. A lot of my friends were surprised this is a Michael Woods song because it sounds unlike many of the other Progressive House songs he produced. This, however, is one of my favorites from him. I had originally downloaded “Natural High” as part of the compilation Clubbers Guide to 2009 (Australian Edition) but it’s one of the ones that stuck with me. Great party tune.
Sad but true: the next track was featured on the trailer for Jersey Shore: Italy. The awesome Mustard Pimp took a classic aria, “Largo Al Factotum”, and turned it into an Electro-House banger clocking in under three minutes (crazy, right?). We actually featured this track as one of Co-Founder Soup’s favorite tracks of 2011 but we might as well revisit it here to refresh your memories on a track from last year. I feel like the French duo of Mustard Pimp don’t necessarily receive as much credit as they should, so go download more of their music.
To wrap up this week’s Shuffle Sunday I’m going to shed light on something off the beaten path from one of my favorites growing up: Gorillaz. This is one of their relatively newer songs off the album Plastic Beach that came out in 2010 during my senior year of college. “Stylo” was one of the first singles off the album featuring vocal hooks by Hip-Hop star Mos Def and the track reached #24 on the Billboard Alternative Charts. Chances are if you are in to the Gorillaz or paid attention to Alternative music back in 2010 you’re familiar with this one so take a trip down memory lane and revisit it.
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There’s nothing more fitting than starting your weekend off with a new episode of Fedde le Grand’s Dark Light Sessions. The monthly mix is one of my favorites by one of my favorite DJ/Producers in FLG. It always features both sounds from the underground and some more well-known tunes by the guys popular in dance music at any given time. Always flawlessly mixed and keeping you moving for the entire hour, this is a series to keep on your radar.
Standouts from this mix: Tommy Trash’s new song “Truffle Pig”, Chris Lake & Lazy Rich ft. Jareth – “Stand Alone”, Sander van Doorn & Julian Jordan – “Kangaroo” (duh), Firebeatz ft. Schella – “Dear New York”, and many more. Full tracklist after the jump!
Start Your Weekend Off With This New Video from Chris Lake & Lazy Rich + 2 Bangin Tracks by Norin & Rad
The king of Electro-House and the king of, well, every other style of House came together to release the track “Stand Alone” which was released back in July. The track features a buzz-saw bass line and chilling vocals from Jareth. Although we’ve come to expect this kind of track from Lazy Rich, it’s great to see Chris Lake pumping out an aggressive tune like this as he’s been known to span the world of House by releasing Big Room and Tech-House/Disco House sounds in the past. Today Ultra Records released the official music video for the track which I found to be pretty entertaining and a great way to kick the weekend off. Check it for yourself – and don’t forget to enter our Chris Lake ticket contest for two passes to Bond Boston next Friday. ENTER HERE
I’ve been really high on the California duo Norin & Rad who have really started to make a name for themselves with hard-hitting Trance and Progressive-House tracks that have been hugely popular with guys like Above & Beyond, seeing heavy rotation on their Trance Around the World podcasts. We caught Norin & Rad’s set (real names Bruce Karlsson and Nick Sember) at Electric Zoo and we were very impressed by what we heard (and saw). On Monday the duo released their new EP Five Finger Death Punch/DeVas and you NEED to hear it. “Five Finger Death Punch” goes real hard but also gives us an uplifting break that reminds us this is a Trance song. “DeVas” follows in similar fashion and the unique style of Trance this falls into really rubs me the right way. Support these guys and pick up the EP HERE.