Swept up in the bass house craze, Wax Motif & Gladiator got in the studio to make a beefed up version of Kid Ink & Dej Loaf’s hit “Be Real”. The outcome is a low end driven monster, teasing Dej Loaf’s vocal along a growling bassline and jackin lead. Originally planned to be a bootleg, Kid Ink’s camp loved the version so much it got picked up as an official remix, scheduled to drop at the end of this month on RCA. Listen below, and keep it locked for the release!
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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.
Our friends over at Shifty Rhythms have been slaving away all year to finally produce their first compilation series, featuring the sounds of their members and artists alike. Tracks included are from the likes of gLAdiator, Neo Fresco, Planet Rock, Marvel The GR8 and too many more…. with a range from hip-hop, bass, house, trap, and experimental – there’s something solid for everyones ears. Listen to the full set below, and download exclusively from BandCamp!
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Over the past two years, I’ve had the pleasure of attending The Do LaB‘s famed transformational festival known as Lightning in a Bottle, and each time it was truly an indescribable experience unlike any other. With new dates falling in the heat of Summer and an unfamiliar venue situated in a desert environment, this year’s festival underwent a significant amount of change in certain aspects, but its fundamental anatomy remained as artistic, conscious, purposeful, and spiritually vibrant as ever – exceeding my expectations and providing for yet another phenomenal weekend.
Through hosting an extensive lineup of some of the most in-demand musicians, DJs, speakers, yoga instructors, and artists, among many other performers and participants, Lightning in a Bottle has once again exemplified why it has gained such prestige as a world-class event that draws thousands from far and wide. After the jump, I’ll run through my thoughts on the new venue/atmosphere, my top 3 performances, late-night happenings, other highlights, and some photos to give you a better visual perspective of the festival.
One of LA’s most promising dance music groups, gLAdiator, has brought us a stunning guest mix oozing with peak-time selections for the all-embracing trap-inclined listener. Recently, the duo has been enjoying some time on the road showcasing their mastery behind the decks, while releasing tracks like their latest remix of M.I.A.’s “Boyz,” which was featured on Jay-Z’s Life + Times blog. Catch gLAdiator live this Summer (tour dates on Facebook), and keep your eyes peeled for a new collaboration with Brazzabelle on a remix of TLC’s anthem, “No Scrubs,” to be released next Wednesday. In the meantime, be sure to have a listen to this guest mix and download it for safe keeping.
TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP
Alright, so no remix of this song will ever be better than Jay’s original in my mind, but our pals, gLAdiator, from right here in Los Angeles did a pretty damn good job of switching it up — chopping the vocals and throwing in some Trappy snares and hi-hats for good measure. Download this one for free over on the boys’ Facebook.
In coming weeks, GDD™ will be joining forces with our friends around the world for collaborative editions of The Dirt. So far, we’ve teamed up with Discobelle and Stoney Roads, and this week we’ve put together a comprehensive 10-pack of tracks with our buddy Brandon over at Elektro Magazine. All 10 are available for download, so head on after the jump to see what we have in store for you this week!
When this track leaked last Friday I immediately knew a million remixes were going to be coming our way, and now that I’ve listened to the original approximately 164 times over the course of seven days I couldn’t be happier our LA brethren gLAdiator have decided to give it some proper treatment. They deliver far and away the best effort I’ve heard so far, foregoing any of the verses by heavy hitters Ye, Jay, and Big Sean, they manage to completely retool the song into both a festival and club ready anthem.
My only problem with this song? It’s only 3:29. Wouldn’t be surprised if I hear it on multiple occasions at one venue on a single night though, because if I learned anything at Electric Zoo two weeks ago it’s that Trap is the new Levels, and I’m not at all mad about it.
Nick Weiller stepped into the scene as part of the American leading drum & bass trio Evol Intent, while also keeping the comedically wonderful mashup moniker Ludachrist before evolving into the bass peddling one man army known as Bro Safari. This Friday, he rolls into town with his BROS GONE WILD tour, showcasing the moombah-loving antics of Tittsworth, LAZRtag, ETC!ETC!, Valentino Khan, and gLAdiator. Get ready, the Avalon is about to turn into a giant BASS FIESTA. Please RSVP below and arrive before doors to guarantee entry!
Please email names to RSVP@gottadancedirty.com to be on our discount guestlist for the evening. All names must be submitted by 5PM on Friday.
$10 before 10pm | $15 before 11pm
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After arguably the biggest VS we’ve ever had last week with a special guest set from DIGITALISM, we’re back this week with a showcase of LA talent that are making some big moves in the scene. Our good friends from gLAdiator won this year’s Discovery Project from Insomniac, getting them a spot on the lineup for Electric Daisy Carnival this month. We’ll also be celebrating the EP release of Dom Corleone, a VS veteran and ultimate crowd-pleaser. Support will come from some of our favs: Bastille, Gojira, and Justin Cornwall. Let’s ride the energy from last week into a good one this Thursday!
RSVP HERE for FREE entry before 11PM.
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