I had the real pleasure of hanging out quite a bit with the gLAdiator boys last week in Miami, and after knowing Ian (readily donned with glasses and at least one bucket hat) from our original industry trench days I have to say I’m quite pleased to see how far they’ve come. April 1st marked the release of their gettup / party-burner EP Assembly Line on Fool’s Gold and I think they kinda nailed it with this one. gLAdiator’s honest approach to just having a genuine GOOD TIME is tangible from their presence on stage to the structure in their songs.
The EP begins with “Work” – a record set at the perfect pitch, tempo, and range to easily launch this into a category with other big festival anthems… “Sweat” takes a heavy nod towards A-Trak’s production style, with stuttering reverb toppling itself over disco-oriented chords. Then you have “Assembly Line” which is almost exactly what you’d expect it to be… a drippy and rolling track with various leads and growls, chants and twangs… you can tell the guys had fun with this one. Or it took them like six months. Who knows. Unsurprisingly the EP continues it’s well-structured progression and you dive right into “230 Feeling” which with a militant drum intro and whooping sirens inevitably means you’re not really going to bed til the sun comes out. And finally, “Weekend” takes trap music canons of hollow eastern-european influenced bells and chants like “Where my white girls at?” and cuts them into something interesting by the aid of a perfectly chopped vocal synth cry.
Overall I have to say a valiant effort from the guys, they cover a lot of ground here and amongst the heavy midst of various trap artists who’ve found solace in the super low-end or rampaging horns of the genre, gLAdiator take a welcomed seat right in the middle. It’s neither completely cheesy nor over-saturated, which is a simple nod to gLAdiator just having fun making what they want to make. Their honesty and effervescence as musicians will assuredly be what sustains them on the ever-changing map of dance music. Nice one, guys.
You can go buy the Assembly Line EP on Beatport or iTunes or wherever music is sold, and you can stream it below.
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Coming off a huge tour w/ Zedd and Alex Metric, the LA rising duo Oliver follow up their finely tuned Mechanical EP with an all-star remix collection that casts their already-diverse originals in a stunning new light. Kicking off with a stomping, fan favorite mix of “Night Is On My Mind” by festival king Dillon Francis, Mechanical Remixes kicks into even higher gear with Nom De Strip‘s big room take on “Control,” before pulling a moody left turn with Tchami‘s bouncing funky house version of “MYB,” and closing out strong with a high energy remix of “Mechanical” by new young producer Values. Machine music on all levels!
*Don’t miss Oliver on the main stage @ HARD Day Of The Dead – Saturday, November 2nd!
It’s been a very, very good year for the skinny-white-boy producers of the world. At the top of the pile shines one in particular: RL Grime (who is currently on tour with a bunch of other skinny white dudes. Brilliant.) Henry Steinway won our artist of the year in our 2012 recap and, judging by the past seven months since then, is on a warpath to take the title once again at the end of 2013. His latest EP High Beams, out today on Fool’s Gold, was a long awaited package from the wunderkid and is a bonafide selection of club weapons at their most volatile.
Read the review & purchase/stream the EP after the jump.
The Vancouver native Sleepy Tom has quickly made a name for himself with his viral remixes across the blogosphere and an especially wide supported take on Diplo’s “Set It Off”. Today, his debut original EP was just released worldwide on Fool’s Gold Records, already gaining support from the likes of A-Trak, Mat Zo, GTA, and Style Of Eye (to name only a few). I gave this a listen today and haven’t been able to pick a favorite – these are all seriously huge tracks that we can guarantee you’ll hear across the festival circuit this summer. Check them out below, and pick up the Currency EP today on Beatport!
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Our friends at iHeartComix, Mad Decent, and Fool’s Gold have joined forces for what seems to be THE party to attend this year at SxSW in Austin. Boasting by far the largest dance music lineup of the week, #SUPERPARTY will take place at the former Beauty Ballroom on Thursday the 14th and will be open to fans of all ages from noon until 2AM. We’ll, of course, be making this a stop on our upcoming #GDDRV tour, and after seeing this lineup, we couldn’t be more thrilled to attend our very first SxSW event.
Check out the full lineup with set times below! Continue Reading
A-trak‘s Tuna Melt EP unloaded a stacked collab package at the end of last year, with the self titled EP single w/ Tommy Trash taking things to festival fathoms. With remixes on deck, our Toronto-based friend and familiar Grandtheft has served up the trap treatment on this big room monster and the product is down right naaaasty. And wait, he’s giving it away for free? DAYUM SON, where’d you find this sandwich.
The Fool’s Gold family has always stood apart from its peers because of its wide appeal and complex sound. Labelheads A-Trak & Nick Catchdubs make it very clear through their curation that Fool’s Gold can be home to any music that they see fit, which is a perfect segue into the latest release on the label — a 22-track compilation titled Loosies featuring the likes of Juicy J, Jim Jones, Danny Brown, and many more.
“One of the things I’m most fond of with Fool’s Gold is our extended family,” says A-Trak. “Our foundation is in hip hop and the talent around us in incredible. Loosies is raw, unadulterated rap from the dudes who hang out with us backstage at Day Off.” Pick up the limited edition cigarette USB over at the Fool’s Gold Recs store today.
After a tremendous amount of entries and careful judging for our Crookers “Trillex” Remix contest, we’re happy to announce the winners who stood atop the rest and we’re favored by Fool’s Gold, Neoteric, and Phra from Crookers himself…
Congratulations to Autofish from Kiev, Ukraine! You will be receiving a Fool’s Gold limited edition pair of AIAIAI TMA-1 DJ headphones and a Fool’s Gold Prize pack! You will be contacted shortly
RUNNERS UP: W4RD, Sleepy Tom
Our runners up W4RD from DC and Sleepy Tom from Vancouver also served up some solid remixes, and will receive Fool’s Gold Tees + Stickers! You will receive an email soon as well.
SLEEPY TOM (also featured in Felix Cartal’s Weekend Workout #40)
Crookers, Fool’s Gold and GDD have a treat for you today: The official “Trillex” remix contest!
HOW TO ENTER:
Grab the sounds from this banger off the Crookers’ Bowser EP (out now on Fool’s Gold), put your own spin on it, and post a Soundcloud link on our GDD facebook wall. One grand prize winner will get a pair of Fool’s Gold x AiAiAi TMA-1 headphones and a Fool’s Gold prize pack, and two runner ups will snag Fool’s Gold tees.
Go nuts! Just be sure to get your entries in by Wednesday, November 21st.
Dont miss Crookers (now just Phra) performing this Saturday @ HARD Day Of The Dead on the Moombahton Massive stage (10:50-11:50pm)!