VOODOO FARM is becoming the go to guy for that bass heavy remix of some of today’s favorite tracks. It all started with the Grapevine, then we heard Whitney Houston, Led Zeppelin, and Notorious BIG all get the signature glitch step treatment. VOODOO FARM decided to tackle a current chart topper for his next challenge, the catchy tune “Can’t Hold Us,” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Other than maintaining the key chorus vocals, VOODOO FARM has transformed this track into a glitchstep anthem that makes you want to go HARD. Just try and sit in your seat when that first drop hits, it’s not possible.
Our boy Liam Dirlam, aka VOODOO FARM, is back at it again – this time in the form of a four-song EP titled Hitsville U.S.A. Upon searching the term ‘Hitsville USA’ – I discovered it was the nickname given to Motown’s first headquarters in Detroit starting in 1959. For those of you candy ravers not familiar with Motown, it was a record label that saw mainstream success in the 1960s and 1970s, home to artists who wrote and performed Soul/R&B music; between 1961 and 1971 the label gave birth to 110 top-ten hits. It’s easy to see why Liam named his newest EP after one of the biggest Soul labels to ever exist: there ain’t no shortage of Soul sounds and samples in his tracks!
VOODOO FARM prides himself on a style of music he calls Moombahglitchtrohop. The first record of Liam’s I heard was his remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Grapevine” which we posted back in August of 2011. Since then I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him perform live (kills it) as well as listen to his consistently hyphy original tracks and remixes. If I had heard the Hitsville EP without having known who produced it, I would have thought a member of the Pretty Lights Music family put it out – maybe Gramatik or Griz, and “Rain” reminds me of a Paper Diamond track. As I said before, this is a funky and soulful release with three out of the four tracks coming in under 100BPM – that swerve-and-lean swag. “Cocaine” is a great tribute to the legendary Eric Clapton but I bet the guitarist never pictured his song with wobbles the way VOODOO FARM did. And how about that horn section? I thoroughly love each of these tracks and I think the vocal samples work perfectly for this style of music.
If you’ve been a supporter of Liam in the past, continue to do so. And if this is your first time hearing his work, make sure you show him some love over on SoundCloud and Facebook and dig through his crates a little deeper.
Download the full EP for free HERE
Check out the video for “I Don’t Know Why”:
Check out a recap of his performance at Webster Hall NYC:
I’m not sure how much ground I have to stand on here, but I have to get this off my chest, ask some questions, and maybe spur a discussion. Last night I was doing my usual Friday night thing – over at a friend’s apartment getting ready to go out in Boston (yes, pre-gaming). Things started off great; I walked in and there was some House music playing. I recall hearing artists like Dada Life and Kaskade which I never have a problem with. Rick Ross made an appearance for a bit but that just didn’t fit the mood at all. Eventually the music stopped for an extended amount of time, so I took liberties and attached my iPhone to the speakers. My “Recently Added” playlist included A-Trak, Wolfgang Gartner, and Tommy Trash but they were also songs I figured everyone would enjoy as a way to get pumped up for the night. Well, I was wrong. At least in the eyes of the females in attendance. I stepped out of the room only to come back to Country music being played off my iPhone. Now I don’t own any Country music so I could only assume my friend Jenny put on Pandora and I couldn’t have been more correct. I HATE Country music. It’s the only genre of music I genuinely hate. It’s cheesy and boring and just makes me cringe – I’ll take Lady Gaga on repeat before I sit down and listen to Country.
Anyways, the other ladies walked into the room and started singing along until I unplugged my iPhone from the speakers and they collectively made a disappointed “awww” sound. The next song played? “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen (watch that video it’s not what you think). Following “CMM” came an onslaught of Top 40s songs that all the girls knew and had me feeling about as unenthused as I could get. I tried to fight it but it wasn’t worth the battle because I knew I was going to lose. And then Jenny made a statement that will stick with me for a while: “Jon, we want to hear songs that are on the radio.”
Thursday night Robotic Pirate Monkey (RPM), VOODOO FARM, and Richard Fraioli will be tearing up the Middle East basement in Cambridge Massachusetts as part of their Northeast tour. Thanks to promoters The Royal Edge Experience (T.R.E.E.), there will be a massive light show to go along with the hard beats and deafening drops only these guys can bring to you. For your chance to win FREE tickets, Like MMIBTY on Facebook and fill out the form – winner will be selected at random tomorrow.
Headliner RPM is a trio of bass music producers and DJs by the names of Matt Berryhill, Matt Flesher, and Andrew Hathaway, otherwise known on SoundCloud as Captain FlesheHathaBerry. The crew hails from Boulder, Colorado and began producing tracks in the Spring of 2010. Since that time they’ve managed to rack up a huge following and just under 10,000 fans on Facebook. According to The Untz, “Robotic Pirate Monkey in its truest essence is the holy trinity of electronic music. Their robotic nature of using computers to their fullest musical potential, combined with their ruthless habit of pirating and manipulating musical samples as they see fit creates an atmosphere where “monkeying around” seems to be the only appropriate behavior.” Since their foundation they have “put every waking effort into bringing people the music that makes them go bananas“.
VOODOO FARM is the music project of NYC-based DJ/producer/filmmaker Liam Dirlam. By infusing sounds of Electro House/Dubstep/Glitch-Hop/Moomba, and releasing self-made music videos for each track, VOODOO FARM sets himself apart both musically and visually. If you’ve read this blog over the past year, you know that VOODOO FARM is one of our favorites and we even selected his remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Grapevine” as one of the Top-20 remixes of 2011. After seeing him in Rhode Island in front of a PACKED house, we quickly realized Liam can THROW DOWN. If your body isn’t moving during his set you may want to go to the hospital because you are probably pulse-less. VOODOO FARM’s debut album “The Weird Circle EP” is slated to drop this month.
Quickly becoming one of our favorite remixers here on MMIBTY, Liam Dirlam aka VOODOO FARM, has rocked out this tribute to the late great Whitney Houston. Having already released remixes of other classic artists such as Marvin Gaye and The Beatles, this track flows in the same awesome and speaker-rattling way that VOODOO FARM’s other productions do. The first minute has listeners wondering what exactly is going to happen as a synth lead intertwines with Houston’s vocals. Then all of a sudden: BOOM. Wobbly bassy goodness that Liam is quickly becoming known for. Check out the free download and don’t sleep on his video production skills either!
Voodoo Farm will be performing here in Boston at the Middle East in Cambridge. More details HERE.
More goodness can be found at VOODOO FARM’s SoundCloud.
Released what seems like a generation ago on the Watch the Throne album, Niggas in Paris has exploded onto the dance floor over the past month. You can catch the track at every dive bar and wannabe DJ’s set to some of the most well known producers’ sets in the world. America is 100% addicting to the vocals as they scream them at the top of their lungs whenever the track comes over the sound system. Where this complete infatuation came from is anybody’s guess, but what I can offer you are some bootlegs, remixes, and other stuff that will help this song get more played out than the recently awarded Rolling in the Deep track.
As the song infiltrates more of America’s heart through social media, radio spots, and at live shows it is important for us to stay ahead of the game with our musical selection. We don’t want to be viewed as another poser playing that orginal track that came out eight months ago. So here are two of my favorite mash-ups that will help keep your sets fresh and the girls dancing all night long. Both tracks have received support from such acts as Laidback Luke and many more.
Now if mashups aren’t really your thing (even if they’re really, really good mashups) then maybe you enjoy the grimier side of things. Having such a huge presence in the world of music today, Niggas In Paris is off limits to no one. That’s why when two of my favorite dubstep producers took a stab at it, I knew I would love the indulgence.