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2012 In Review: Dubstep

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.

  1. Monsta – Messiah (Alvin Risk Remix)
  2. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Noisia Remix)
  3. Birdy Nam Nam – Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin Hard Remix)
  4. Knife Party – Bonfire
  5. Flux Pavilion Ft Example – Daydreamer (Radio Edit)
  6. Above and Beyond – On My Way To Heaven (Seven Lions Remix)
  7. Skrillex & Damian Marley – Make It Bun Dem
  8. Monsta – Holdin On
  9. Nero – Won’t You (Be There)
  10. Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Remix)



Nero – Won’t You (Be There) Remixes EP

A few weeks back, UK dubstep duo Nero unleashed their new track “Won’t You (Be There)” to the world for free. They now follow up that release with a full EP, featuring another new original track – “Etude” – and remixes from Baauer and Club Cheval. The preview of Baauer’s remix from the Annie Mac show had us excited and the final release does not disappoint. Baauer is straight up on fire these days since he exploded with “Harlem Shake” and he turns up this already awesome Nero song to the next level with his trap treatment. “Etude” is also a nice track that features syncopation similar to that KOAN Sound style, though it doesn’t quite touch the title track, in my opinion and really gets more and more awesome the more I listen to it.

Nero – Won’t You (Be There) (Baauer Remix)

Nero – Etude (Original Mix)

Pick up the whole EP over on Beatport or iTunes now.


I first posted about the UK Dubstep trio MONSTA when Zedd’s Spectrum EP first came out. I selected their version of “Spectrum” as one of my favorite remixes of the track, alongside Deniz Koyu and Armin Van Buuren. More recently we posted about Monsta when the Skrillex & Nero remix of “Holdin’ On” dropped. And now we post about the trio (producers Rocky and Rufio and vocalist Skaar) for a third time as today is the day their first EP was unleashed to the world.

From MONSTA’s website:

MONSTA have been described as having the melodic synth thrum of Flux Pavilion, the tech-soul vocal drops of Moby and the reverberant snares of trip-hop act U.N.K.L.E. -but their sound is instrument-based and largely sample-free and it was Skrillex who found them.

“I was at South by Southwest with my manager Tim [Smith] and a few friends,” says Skrillex. “Tim says, ‘I got something,’ and pulls up [MONSTA's ‘Holdin' On’]. I said, ‘That’s a sick track and a cool vocal sample. Where’d they get that from? Is that Aretha Franklin?’’ But it wasn’t a sample. It was Skaar’s powerfully androgynous performance of an original song written and recorded by the group.

This EP has something for everyone – lots of melodic Dubstep, some Moombahton, some Drum ‘n’ Bass, and everything in between – an eclectic mix for sure. With three original tracks and those three tracks remixed by Skrillex & Nero, Dillon Francis & Kill Paris, and Alvin Risk, it’s truly hard to pick a favorite. Since the trio have a singer that means all six tracks give us some powerful vocals to go along with deep kicks and wobble bass lines. I really do not dislike a single song on the MONSTA EP and my guess is you won’t either (Skrillex and his OWSLA label know how to pick them). If you like what you hear don’t hesitate to show some love and purchase on Beatport HERE.

MONSTA – Holdin’ On (Original Mix)
MONSTA – Messiah (Alvin Risk Remix)
MONSTA – Where Did I Go (Dillon Francis & Kill Paris Remix) 

**Grab the full Zip Package HERE**

Introspective Gems From Chris Malinchak, Illo and Satin Jackets

As we all gear up for a surely balls-to-the-wall Halloween weekend, it’s nice to hear a few chilled out and calming songs that clear up some room in your head for mental preparation and will help soothe your way through the rest of the workweek. Satin Jackets, German-based producers, teased this song to the internet last week, finally releasing it for a quick free 24-hour download yesterday, which has now ended. No worries, we’ve got the download below and this song is a gorgeous seven minute journey of blissful, downtempo beats and vocal samples.

Satin Jackets – You Make Me Feel Good

Next, Illo takes an interesting approach on Nero‘s older hit “Promises”, which got its most notorious remix treatment from Skrillex and Nero themselves. His remix is a “RNB-808-TRAP-SLOWED” affair, which sums it up quite right. It’s a nice refresh to the track and the now-infamous vocals.

Nero – Promises (Illo Remix)

Chris Malinchak, whose song from a few months back “If You Got It” still has me grooving, just dropped another free track through the French Express Soundcloud. The track starts off sounding like the intro to Soul II Soul’s “Back 2 Life” and then the track opens up into a beautiful vocal track accompanied by a driving yet open and airy beat.

Chris Malinchak – So Good To Me

Grab all three in the ZIP Pack here

Manufactured Superstars Destroy Bijou Boston on 10-11-12

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Clad in their usual astronaut costumes, Brad Roulier and Shawn Sabo came, saw, and conquered. The duo who make up the Manufactured Superstars, owners of Denver’s Beta Nightclub (voted #1 club in North America last year) and founders of the largest online dance music store, played a two-hour set of bumpin’ dance music where the beat did not stop the entire time. Bijou may not be one of my favorite clubs in Boston – due to its lack of dance floor, high prices, and emphasis on table service – but I will say this: it may have the best sound system of any venue in the 617. As one person put it, “it makes you feel like you’re rolling even when you’re not.” That sound system could probably make my mother sound like a good DJ.

I got there just in time to see the opener wrap up, grooving to his set of Tech-House and typical “opening DJ” music. Soon after, the boys ran up to the booth and dropped their recent single “Serious” on us – a song I have really been feeling lately and have begun working into my sets. From there the beat kept slamming and the Superstars never looked back. Did I mention how dope the sound system is there? Yeah, that didn’t hurt their cause…

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MONSTA “Holdin’ On” (Nero & Skrillex Remix)

There are only a few times that two EDM acts come together and make a super team that works, Afrojack and Steve Aoki, Diplo and Switch, just to name a few, but the Nero/Skrillex dynamic trio it probably one of the best. They are the ones that brought us that “Promises” remix that everyone knows and every DJ has been playing for the last few years, and this new remix does not disappoint, combining both of their unique sounds, wobbles, and that high pitch voice Skrillex loves to use, to make this Drum and bass remix another classic from the trio.

MONSTA – “Holdin’ On” (Nero & Skrillex Remix)

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