This week we’ve decided to dig up the dirty past with our good buddy Betatraxx and find those filthy throwbacks that helped shape his early DJ sets. Whether your new or experienced in electro, these are some gems that should definitely be staples in your collection. Enjoy.
.zip download and tracks after the jump…
I love the Ed Banger distorted rock feel that this song has. On top of that I don’t even know if the vocals are saying anything but they have the most amazing timbre and attitude. I just listen to it on repeat.
John Roman killed it in 2009 and 2010 putting out several tracks that are just so dynamic and interesting. He isn’t afraid to experiement and really seems to enjoy put technology to the test. In many of his songs you can hear how he uses reverb to make the synth seem like it is coming out of the darkness. It is very theatrical. The second thing I really enjoy about this track is how the synth evolves. Listen between 1:30 and 2:00 how there is a filter that changes the timbre of the synth slowly. I wish more producers took the time to develop their synths letting them say more instead of just creating new sounds.
Also counter to the monotony that sometimes creeps up in all genres of music , this song just stomps on your face and takes you for a ride. It has moments of heaviness, randomness, awesome lyrics “I’m going to party my fucking ass off”, and an awesome progression throughout all nine minutes. Check out 7:38. Awesome
Its no secret that I am a pure grunge junkie. I love distorted lo-fi garage electro, and this is the perfect example. I can see 50 wasted teenagers raging in their garage to this track. Ironically the reason I love this song is also the reason I would never play it in a big room setting. The lo-fi effect only really works in a unique environment, and I think that is what makes it so special.
This one is simple. I love the Bassline and the simplicity. This song has no gimmicks or bells and whistles. Here is my song, here is my bassline. Deal with it.
This song is really the opposite of the Vogelspand remix in my mind. There are amazing sounds, stunning arpeggiation, beautiful vocal layering and cutting. No one ever has or ever will sound like old Van She Tech.
To stay on an awesome vocal cutting path, check out the drop at 1:30. uggggghh
“Hey Yo! its time to get it” Heard this for the first time in 2007 on a mixtape by Pauly Shore. It took me forever to find the song and was so gratifying when I found it. This song has so much feeling and aggression as well as the best DJ break at 2:00. Makes mixing into any song sound amazing.
To take a breather from all the grunge and distortion this is the track I switch too. It is actually a staple in many of my DJ sets because it gives the crowd a sec to catch their breath while maintaining interest. I love the contrast that break down creates because there is no sidechaining (pulsing) so it really changes the feeling in the room. Then when the drums and pulsing come back everybody feels the contrast and can’t help but move.
I really just love this song for vocal bit right before the drop. I can’t even remember how many times I’ve just cut to that vocal bit and just watched everyone’s face say “what the shit?” and then it drops and everyone starts jumping wildly. Just a fun track
What I love about this track is Sebastian’s use of silence throughout the song. Many producers try and fill every split second with sound and don’t utilize silence as an artistic element. This song has been a lot of my inspiration for percussion as well. Sebastian uses so many little drum hits before the beat making simple synth hits seem complicated. Really really creative and well executed.
Just in case you missed the memo.
Yes you all know this song, but have you really listened to it? I challenge you to listen to the entire song. Debussy was a French composer (yes French people are great at making music) at the turn of the 20th century. What I love about Debussy is that he was known for not conforming to one key or pitch. He does a much better job of this than I do which makes him a very influential person in my music. Now several of you may have heard the RAC remix, which is a valiant attempt, but I think the sound of blatant midi sequencing is not very powerful. Put them back to back and you’ll hear what I mean. I’ve had this on repeat while I wrote this entire post.
All tracks zipped HERE
Bonus Tune! this little number receives thumbs up from none other than Bassnectar!