• Flosstradamus do a Reddit AMA, say they’re bigger than Yeezus
• Disclosure’s ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ video pulled
• bassAware Holster creates soul-shaking dance party that only YOU can hear and feel
• Shazam reveals Ibiza’s most-searched tracks of the summer
Flosstradamus do a Reddit AMA, say they’re bigger than Yeezus
Josh Young and Curt Cameruci, the Chicago duo known as Flosstradamus, have been instrumental in bringing the sounds of Dirty South trap to the world of EDM over the last two years, and their latest single Pillz combines a classic Green Velvet vocal with their signature snares, bass and chopped-up samples for another guaranteed hit.
To celebrate the track’s release, Young and Cameruci sat down for a virtual interview with the public as part of Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) series, following on from their tour buddies Chromeo’s AMA a few weeks back. The trap duo talked about everything from their much maligned recent collaboration with hardstyle megastar Headhunterz to how they got their name – we compiled the seven best moments from their AMA below.
1. On the origins of their brilliant name:
2. Flosstradamus are the best producers in the world, with four prestigious follow-ups:
3. The guys tackle their recent (and much-maligned) Headhunterz studio session:
4. Upcoming and dream collabs, some of which surprised us:
5. Reflections on trap:
6. News on Banned 3, the latest edition of Flosstradamus’s mixtape series:
7. And, finally, the unmasking of top-secret trap producer UZ:
Disclosure’s ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ video pulled
Mercury Prize nominees expand their worldwide tour.
Brotherly duo Disclosure have just dropped the video for their new single ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’, featuring Hannah Reid from indie trio London Grammar.
The clip is labelled ‘parental advisory’ – surely a reference to the fringed crop top that appears two minutes in rather than the fairly mild representation of spangled London teenagers heading out clubbing. The same track recently received a club-ready piano house makeover from man-of-the-moment Paul Woolford.
‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ comes out on October 28 through PMR, backed with Woolford’s remix plus one from Pearson Sound.
The group are currently in the running to pick up the Mercury Prize for their debut album Settle – although they’ll have to fend off strong competition from a back-on-form David Bowie. Stream Disclosure’s Radio 1 Essential Mix in full here.
Update: the video has already been pulled, with PMR issuing the following statement:
“The video for Disclosure’s new single was revealed this morning and as with previous Disclosure videos, it was about the connection of people having a good time, something that Disclosure want associated with their music and what we hope people have done when they’ve seen the band live or while listening to their music. Unfortunately the video has received a few comments referencing the use of drugs within the video.
“PMR feel very strongly against the glamorisation of drugs in any capacity and as such we have made the decision to remove the video.”
Last month, Oneohtrix Point Never’s video for ‘Still Life (Betamale)’, which featured hentai and more, was taken down from YouTube.
(via FACT Mag)
bassAware Holster creates soul-shaking dance party that only YOU can hear and feel
That night at the club, pressed close to the speakers, every drop of bass pulsing your body to its very core – imagine that feeling. Now imagine having it while walking to work. Or while waiting in line at the grocery store. Wherever your headphones meet your portable audio device, envision that scenario becoming your own private, sonic dance party.
Welcome to the world with a bassAware holster. The brainchild of Brooklyn-based inventor Michael White, bassAware is not just next-level wearable technology. It’s an entire dance club packed into a sleek back harness, using vibration to facilitate an experience other portable audio devices haven’t yet explored: the way it feels to love music. Contribute to the bassAware kickstarter campaign HERE.
Sonic bass in a fashionable holster.
How does bassAware work?
This fashionable tech uses a tactile transducer – a special type of audio driver creating vibration instead of sound – placed on your upper back. The sensations then travel through the body to the inner ear, where the nervous system translates them into “heard” sounds. The result? Your body becomes a walking party, with an immersive bass experience that no one but you can hear or feel.
History in the making
A kickstarter campaign for bassAware is currently backing this big idea as it shifts from prototype into mass production. How did the bass holster first come about?
White came up with the idea for bassAware after years spent facilitating mobile dance parties in New York’s underground club scene, first with a rolling dance tricycle called BoomTrike, later by throwing “silent disco” parties. Silent disco uses special wireless headphones, tuned to the same DJ and dance music, so party goers are all experiencing the same sound that onlookers cannot hear. White and company would occasionally take silent disco on roaming trips throughout New York City, dancing on subway cars and interacting with the public.
“As cool as the silent disco was, it really didn’t do justice to a lot of music, like dubstep, hip- hop, glitch-hop. I kept asking myself, ‘Is there any way we can add more bass?’” White explains. Building on his experience fabricating mobile audio systems, in the spring of 2012, White began to assemble the necessary technical pieces and people to build a bassAware prototype.
“I hit the ground running. I put in notice at my straight job. I started calling everyone who might be able to help me,” White laughs. A little over a year later, with the support of a product design team, a New York fashion studio, a medical researcher, an electrical engineer and more, White’s innovative idea became a reality. One with more uses than he had previously imagined.
All bass, with all audio devices, all the time
“bassAware fulfilled the idea of adding bass to headphone parties. But as I was testing it out, everyone kept saying to me, ‘I just want to wear this all the time. I want to wear it on the subway, or when I’m in my room, and I don’t want to disturb anyone. And the great thing is that it works in all of these scenarios, with any audio source: your phone, your music player, your tablet, or your laptop.”
Along with mobile partiers, pedestrians, subway goers, students, grocery shoppers or anyone at all who loves music with a heavy dose of bass, another key market served by bassAware is DJs and sound engineers. The device can be used to address the often poor acoustics and sub monitoring system in club booths. Strap on a holster. Problem solved.
It’s even fashionable, with pockets for gear
In addition to being functional, bassAware is also stylish. The device resembles a futuristic gun holster, or a minimalist backpack, with two pockets big enough for a phone, music player or wallet. It’s super adjustable and comfortable, fitting an array of body types, both large and small – and it’s unisex, looking great on men and women.
Music never felt so good
Portable audio devices and their accompanying headphones have been besting one another over sound quality for ages. To date, only one device takes things to the true next level: the level of feeling. bassAware adds physical punch to premium headphones and completely fills out the low end on inexpensive earbuds. The best headphones get better, and low quality headphones sound amazing. All while filling your body with the pulsing sensation of being at the club.
Once you go bass, you’ll never go back.
Shazam reveals Ibiza’s most-searched tracks of the summer
We may have already told you our top tracks from Ibiza this summer, but the music identification app Shazam has just unveiled a list of its own. Ever since the service paired with Beatport to expand its song database, adding over 1.5 million electronic tracks, dance fans have been spotted holding up their phones at shows and festivals to find the names of the tunes they’re hearing (no shame; we’ve done it too).
Since Shazam notes users’ locations when they hit the “Listen” button, the minds behind the app took a look at the data coming in from the White Isle this summer. “For the first time ever Shazam has used its unique local data to find the biggest dance track in Ibiza,” according to a company blog post. “Shazam has delved through the last six months and found the trends that have shaped the sound of Ibiza 2013.” Unsurprisingly, deeper, underground sounds prevailed over mainstage-style anthems and chart-toppers. Get stuck into the top five tunes below.
Shazam’s top five tracks of Ibiza 2013
1. Ninetoes – Finder
2. Marlon Hoffstadt & Dansson – Shake That
3. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub II)
4. Nick Curly – Underground (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
5. Ten Walls – Gotham