In preparation for their debut at the world famous Liv Night Club in Miami the Chainsmokers tossed together an all around amazing electro house track entitled #selfie that includes all the elements necessary to light the club up. As we have come to love the Smokers over here at MMIBTY we have come to expect two things from these guys, great remixes, and massive drops. Although this song is a Chainsmokers original, their creative use of vocals in this track as a female goes on and on regarding her next Instagram post is nothing short of hilarious. With that said we are stoked to see the Smokers coming out with some original productions and this drop is something else let me tell you. So go grab a cigarette and turn this one up, with a build that starts almost immediately this track is sure to leave us all out of breath.
Yesterday the boys who are Miami’s GTA (Van Toth & JWLS), released a three-song bootleg pack in celebration of hitting 20,000 Twitter followers. That many Twitter followers is a pretty huge deal and it’s a sign that you’ve made a name for yourself regardless of what industry you’re in (I mean, we’ll be happy when we reach 1,000 Twitter fans – FOLLOW US!). If you’ve been keeping your ear to the ground in the dance music world you already know that GTA have produced some bangers that have been popular in many DJs’ sets, like the addicting “Hit It” (produced with Digital Lab and Henrix) as well as “Booty Bounce“.
The 20k Bootleg Pack may be lacking in quantity, but it surely packs a punch (and hey, it’s free so you can’t exactly complain). My favorite track on the collection is easily GTA’s Drop the Bass Edit of “Genie” which was originally produced by Van Toth. It’s got some great bounce to it, and most importantly it has a different sound to it – something exotic-sounding. I wasn’t particularly fond of “Back to the MegaTroll” which is a mashup of Astronomar’s “Back to the Beat” and Avicii & Nicky Romero’s “I Could Be the One (Nicktim)”. Essentially it’s the lackluster “Back to the Beat” eventually dropping into “Nicktim” and doesn’t really do it for me. GTA wrote that they made the mash to troll people in their sets. Finally we’re presented with “Fucking Got the Life” which is a mashup of GTA’s remix of “Fucking Lose It” by Breakdown and Korn’s “Got the Life”. Yes that’s right, a song by Korn made it into a dance music song. This one really has a special place in my heart, as I was a pretty big Korn fan growing up, especially of “Got the Life”.
If you like this pack, make sure to show the GTA boys some love and to help them continue growing their name!
Today I have a special treat in the form of an exclusive guest mix by DJ/producer Richard Fraioli. I’ve been excited for this one to get finished as the next feature in the MMIBTY guest mix series and boy it was worth the wait. While I was privileged enough to meet and chat with Fraioli last Summer in Boston, he has been surrounded by music for most of his life. Fraioli saw his mix show career begin in 2002 as a weekly resident on Energy’s 92.7 / 101.1, Arizona’s premier Dance Music Radio Station and he hasn’t missed a beat after 11 years (no pun intended). Other notable experiences include a seven-year Ultra Music Festival run, and production credits with dance music veteran Louie DeVito (remixing the track “Give Me Tonight 2010″).
I spoke with Richard after he sent over the mix and here’s what he had to say:
“This mix for MMIBTY represents my style of House Music I like to deliver to people across the globe, or as I like to put it, “That MOTHER F#%KING House Music”. Sexy grooves, emotional vocals, dirty basslines, and phat beats. One thing I am most thankful for in life is how my versatility and passion I have for music. Ever since I went to a DJ event with my father who has been a DJ for almost 40+ years now, I knew making people happy through music is exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
Today, I am privileged and grateful to say my living is Music. Waking up everyday anticipating new music, producing new tracks, and the next thing! A huge staple in my life has been being invited to play the world-renowned Ultra Music Festival for seven years in a row in Miami. Along with being able to warm up the decks for some of favorite DJs/producers who inspire me daily. I’ve been holding a 11+ year mixshow residency on Energy 98.1 St Louis (and world wide), and have been releasing originals and remixes on beatport and EDM outlets under Pacha Recordings & Peak Hour Music.
I currently hold weekly residencies throughout the Boston / New England area, and monthly residencies in Miami, New York, Arizona and more.
If there is one thing I’d like to make known to everyone, is being COMPLETELY THANKFUL for their support since I first pushed play. My way of getting to say that to everyone individually, is through my only love, music.”
Listening to Fraioli’s mix was a pleasure. Everything from the track selection to the mixing to the general flow of the hour-long set was exactly the reason I invited Richard to do this guest spot for us. The mix represents his versatility in Progressive, Tech and Electro and supports both his team and his favorite A-list DJs. We’re even treated to some Richard Fraioli originals, remixes, and mash-ups that fit perfectly into the set. I don’t know if I’ve heard a better opening track like “Nice & Close” by Trent Cantrelle, but as soon as you hear the bass pumping in that one you know the rest of the hour is going to be fun and smooth sailing.
*TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP!*
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After two weekends, 330,000 attendees and over 10 million unique live stream viewers, Ultra Music Festival officially celebrated its biggest, most successful year yet in 2013. And I’ve got to say, I had set my expectations relatively low. After attending in 2011 at Bicentennial Park, I thought the festival had a lot to offer but it was also incredibly chaotic. After watching the live stream in 2012 I braced myself in 2013 for an onslaught of bros, stereotypical candy ravers, and hearing a lot of the same songs by many different DJs. Ok so maybe I experienced all of those things last weekend but they were in relatively small doses causing me to focus on more important things. Let me just say this: it was a huge being invited down to Miami to be part of the press covering Ultra. To the folks both at Ultra and at MSOPR we are incredibly thankful, as Brian describes in his editorial on the road to Ultra.
There is no question Ultra remains one of the premier music festivals in the world, whether you’re including multi-genre events like Bonnaroo and Coachella or dance-only events like Creamfields and EDC. In fact, we had friends who had planned to only attend WMC/MMW events and ended up buying tickets for Ultra while they were down there – they just couldn’t stay away. And there’s no question as to why: some of the best electronic artists in the world coming together in one place at one time. Is Big Room House your thing? No problem, they’ve got you covered over at the main stage. Want to get deep and funky? Head to the Carl Cox or Toolroom Knights stages. Want to catch some live instrumentation or perhaps to run some Trap? The Live and Trapped stages have you covered, respectfully. And let me also say that Bayfront Park is a much more organized, clean (no dust), and sun-protected venue than Bicentennial so that in itself was a positive aspect. Let me just say this again: the venue of Bayfront Park strongly added to my enjoyment of Ultra this year and it would be a horrible move to relocate anywhere else next year.
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Deniz Koyu is one of those producers who just writes fun, upbeat party bangers. He also has a tendency to make remembering song titles incredibly easy with other tracks taking up little space, such as “Tung”, “Bong”, “Halo”, “Hertz”, etc. Koyu’s newest banger “Rage” dropped yesterday on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records. It has some unique sound elements to it while bringing the listener through a slowed-down break in the middle, only to speed things back up for a bass-pumping end. This one was a big track down in Miami for WMC and Ultra and I’m sure it will see heavy rotation during festival season with our Big Room and Electro-House DJ friends.
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!