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Skrillex at Red Rocks 6.20.14 – Show Review

After much anticipation Skrillex’s Mothership Tour finally landed in Denver for back to back nights of some Red Rocks fury.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Friday 6.20 show but many of my friends were fortunate enough to see Sonny throw down on both nights (Fri & Sat 6.20/6.21). Before we get to Skrillex I’ll give a little re-cap of the venue and the support.  As far as venues go Red Rocks is second to none. All of us Colorado dwellers are spoiled rotten that we have such a beautiful venue to attend some pretty incredible shows at. For all of you out-of-towners just imagine being at a venue where you never have to strain to see the stage, where music is is channeled upwards between two, three hundred foot monoliths, where the laser light show competes with the Denver Skyline below. Yes, it’s a great place. If you are ever in Colorado for the summer this venue should be number one on your list of places to visit. It doesn’t matter what kind of show, even if a show isn’t even going on, I recommend a visit.

Now onto the support:

Milo & Otis:

Unfortunately because Red Rocks can be a pretty good hike to get into from the south parking lot I made it in just as Milo & Otis were closing their set. Hoping to catch these guys another time soon.

What So Not:

Though many people were there for the main event there was a fantastic early showing for one of the trap masters in the game.  Bringing his hard hitting trap to main stage Red Rocks, What So Not rocked the Rocks and even had some of the pure dubstep fans pretty interested.  Showcasing a bunch of originals and collabs he definitely set the tone for the night. A couple of his most notable tracks were his originals Jaguar and Touched, his collab with RL Grime Tell Me and also his new I.D. with Dillon Francis sounds poised to be a big one.  He even found time to slip Flume’s edit of Tennis Courts into the set that had the place throwing down. Overall a great showing from What So Not.

RL Grime:

Keeping the bass and trap theme going RL Grime was next up on the decks. Riding What So Not’s wave of momentum RL Grime through down a gem of a set.  Mixing back and fourth between Trap and Hip-hop he had much of the crowd grinding and shaking. Some of his most notable tracks were his Love Sosa Remix, his Satisfaction Remix, Infinite Daps and a shit ton Kanye West remixes and edits/samples.  I must have heard Kanye 10 times during the set no joke. Pretty decent showing from Mr. Grime.

Pusha T:

Next up was Mr Pusha T himself.  This was my only question mark on the night.  With a bill full of big bass I was wondering how Pusha would fit in.  Though the energy dropped down a notch I felt like the majority of the crowd was still feeling his flow.  Though the tempo was a little slower and he didn’t fit in exactly, he still put on a good show.

 

Now the Main Event:

Skrillex:

Next up was the man we had been waiting for. After a little bit of Bob Marley to transition between acts, Skrillex dropped the curtain to unveil his Mothership. As you could expect from any Skrillex show everything was on point. The light show was flawless, Sonny’s mixing was flawless, and I was very pleased with the diverse set that Skrllex lay down. Consisting of Moombah, Trap, House, and of course Dubstep, Skrillex had the crowd on a string.  He mixed in some of his big time orginals from his new CD, Recess, with a bunch of VIP Edits of his oldies, and many more new tracks ranging from Dubstep to Deep House.  Though Skrillex is now a household name and is considered “mainstream” by most, there was nothing mainstream about his set.  Some of the most notable tracks were NRG (Skrillex, Kill the Noise, Milo & Otis Remix), Recess, his VIP of Devil’s Den, Boy Oh Boy (Thugli Remix), and he even went one deeper with F**K That, and Danger (Habstrakt Remix). Thank you all for coming out for an amazing night and we will see you very soon on the rocks!

Dog Blood – Middle Finger Pt. 2 (Valentino Khan Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Valentino Khan always causes my interest level to rise whenever I hear his name. I first heard of Valentino Khan, who says he produces “everything… from Hip Hop club anthems to dance music hits” when he put out his track “Cigarettes”, first shown to me by MMIBTY co-founder bhanna and which I later included as the opening song on my Beantown Boogiedown Guest Mix. I admit I’ve let Valentino Khan fall off my radar a bit, but today I saw he released his remix of Dog Blood’s “Middle Finger Pt. 2″ for free download and I couldn’t help but check it out. If anyone knows Dog Blood, the super group of Skrillex and Boys Noize, then they likely also know the track “Middle Finger Pt. 2” as it’s a HUGE track. Valentino Khan did a fantastic remix of his take on “Middle Finger Pt. 2″. Khan created more of a House and Electro-House vibe with his remix and while I don’t know if I can say it goes harder, it certainly has a lot more drive with a four-on-the-floor beat and increased BPMs. I also like the use of pitched-up vocals as a compliment to the original chopped-and-screwed vocals.

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Skrillex Mothership Tour Hits Red Rocks

For one of the last legs of his US tour Grammy winning artist Skrillex is coming to Red Rocks in Denver, CO.  With so much hype for a Red Rocks show he has decided to bring his crew to town for back to back nights, June 20th and 21st. If you have seen any teasers online or are familiar with Skrillex’s live shows you know you are in for a treat of stage engineering genius.  To go along with his stage he will be bringing his latest tracks from his recent album Recess and also some of the tracks that he has been producing on the road with some of the support talent.  We will be attending the Friday show which will be showcasing support from Pusha T, RL Grime, What So Not, Milo & Otis, and Fury. The Saturday show will see support from the likes of Jack Beats, Tchami, Vindetta, and Dirt Monkey. |PURCHASE TICKETS HERE| and if you are unable to attend, a show recap will follow shortly after the show. (Free release below from What So Not and RL Grime)

Anna Lunoe – Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D) [NEST031]

This past April, Anna Lunoe kicked off the festival season on the Sahara Stage making her Coachella debut. The set was a sophisticated genre-bending thrill ride winning her legions of new fans. A particular tribal club record in her set caught the attention of Skrillex, resulting in him signing, mixing and mastering the track himself. Now Anna has teamed up with Nest to bring you the Bass Drum Dealer (B.D.D) EP. With B.D.D, Anna takes us on a journey through house-inspired jungle rhythms, industrial synths, and a slamming half-time breakdown, with the song punctuated by Lunoe’s hypnotic vocals.T he B-side features the collaboration between club maestro, Treasure Fingers, and Anna titled “Bad MF” — a West Coast-inspired House record with serious dancefloor potential. “Bad MF” might take the cake for me, but either way, the entire EP is available for free download so get clicking and become your own bass drum dealer!

NAPT – Come Like This EP [NEST028]

Next up for the ever growing NEST HQ imprint comes a five track EP from London duo, NAPT. NAPT’s stylish and imaginative records straddle cutting edge house, futuristic bass and disco music haracterised by emotive melodies, punchy drums and a tasteful dose of lo-end. London duo NAPT team up with friend and previous collaborator, Roska, on the title track of Come Like This, chopping vocals from NAPT’s Ashley Pope with classic piano chords and punching drums for a new school take on classic House. The duo layer up a hefty amount of fun, cheeky samples in the B-sides, “Hold Tight” and “Party Politics,” carefully placing a multitude of chops for two made to play House-influenced tunes. Overall it is a solid collective work that is definitely worth grabbing up and incorporating it into the next summer mixtape!

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Skrillex – Fuck That (Dolan Dark’s ‘CRASH BANDICOOT’ Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Well theres a new EDM prankster in town and judging by his social media pages he’s a sick fuck (I’m okay with that). This producer goes by the name Dolan Dark and he doesn’t take life too seriously. The New Zealand-based producer is taking a page out of @@’s (AT-AT) book and remixing popular dance music tracks in a satirical fashion. Both @@ and Dolan Dark clearly have the skills to produce music, and while they both seem to be interested in having some fun with some of the bigger tracks in the music world, Dolan Dark likes to take his approach a step further. What I’m talking about is @@ has a habit of throwing some obnoxious sound effects over his remixes of tracks, like animal sound effects over Martin Garrix’s “Animals”. Dolan Dark’s sense of EDM fun is a little more refined, and it seems he has a particular soft spot for cartoons and video games. The OWSLA team (Skrillex’s label) liked Dolan Dark’s ‘Crash Bandicoot Remix’ of “Recess” so much that they actually uploaded the track to their SoundCloud page, undoubtedly exposing thousands and thousands of people to this producer’s work, including me. Dolan Dark took pieces of the Crash Bandicoot video game theme song and skillfully intertwined those pieces with Skrillex’s “Fuck That” which is one of my favorite songs of the Recess album. Dolan Dark’s track is surely a fun way to wind down your weekends and make sure to take a look through his SoundCloud for added hilarity.

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