What’s up dirty dancers? I hope your weekend was as good as mine. Personally, this was one of those weekends that was epic enough to make Monday suck even more. However, instead of trying to decide the least painful way to off myself, I have found that this particular Monday hasn’t been too terrible. Why? Because I have been bumping Marseille‘s new EP, Dak Dak all day long. A true breath of fresh air, Marseille gives us something new in a constantly over-saturated scene. The young producer has been turning heads with his intricate synthesis, complex song structure and distinct sound.
These tracks have been championed by the likes of The Proxy, Feadz and Das Glow. So don’t sleep on this dark and driving EP, it does not disappoint!
How does one describe Haezer? Only way I can think of is dirty, dirty, dirty, hardcore in your fuckin’ face electro along the lines of early Proxy. I first discovered Haezer a few months back when he released his first EP rightfully titled “Who the Fuck is Haezer?” This past week he released his newest track “James Bond” for free over his Soundcloud, and trust me it does not disappoint. Its heavy, distorted synth is just perfect; if Soulwax had an evil twin they would sound like Haezer.
What is with all these Russian producers these days? They just love to produce in your face thrash electro and are fucking good at it. First we had the mysterious Proxy who all of us who attended Coachella got our face’s melted off by and now I present to you my newest discovery from the Russian thrash scene DJ Antention. I randomly came a crossed his newest EP “Jump!” released this past week on Crux records and it instantly had me craving for more. I could not find out much more information about him besides a couple of his old tracks which are in your face thrash.
After a manic weekend filled with music fueled debauchery in the desert, I’m finally coherent enough to tell the tale of how it all unfolded at Coachella…
Friday – Day 1
AfterLe Castle Vania and12th Planetsmashed up the camping grounds from Thursday night into the we hours of Friday morning, the ball was set rolling for three days of tunage. Finally gracing Indio with his hotly anticipated live set, MuscoviteThe Proxyleft the Sahara Tent in tatters mid-afternoon as he threw down one of the heaviest sets I’ve seen all year, highlights included ‘Raven’ and of course a rendition of the jam hot ‘8000’. Angelenos, if you missed his set at Coachella, don’t fret; he’s just been added to theHard Summerbill. Get your mits on passes to thathere
I can’t help thinking that festival organizers got more than they bargained for in booking The Proxy, because he threw down the heaviest set during one of the earliest slots of the day. In my opinion I think he should’ve been playing a lot later, and not the set before a chilled disco-house duo like Aeroplane, who changed the vibe massively with another awesome set. I like to think that by this point, the bar was being raised at a prolific rate, Wolfgang Gartnerhammered out an intense set dominated by heavier dutch house, and a little later Erol Alkantook to the stage as the Sahara Tent was reaching fever pitch. Track of the day for me, was during Erol’s set with his manic drop of ‘Lemonade’.
With everyone throwing down super heavy on Friday afternoon, the ‘Mau5 failed to disappoint, creating the most intense visual experience I’ve ever seen. Evidently three years after the Alive 2007 tour, it’s easy to draw comparisons between Deadmau5 and Daft Punk: the helmet thing that both acts have going on is the most obvious similarity, also the fact that the Mau5 was set up on an lcd plinth in the shape of a large chunk of cheese that someone’s had a nibble at. Daft Punk’s pyramid anyone?! But time and technology has allowed Deadmau5 to up the ante, as he showcased his new robomau5 helmet composed of led lights, making him the centerpiece of surrounding visuals which appeared to engulf him.
The trippiest moment of the set came when the led lights formed the mau5 face for the first time on the plain grey helmet, during ‘Sometimes Things Get, Whatever’. With each lyric mouthed on the helmet, the face twitched, then melted. For a better idea, I highly recommend you check YouTube, cos this visual spectacle was off the scale. I now can’t wait to see what Daft Punk will bring to the table with their next tour, I’ve a feeling it’s going to be mind-blowing.
Saturday – Day 2
Day 2 was off to a flier with Bassnectar, another heavy act on early. “All your bass belong to Bassnectar” ringing pretty true as his hectic dubstep launched an assault on the Sahara tent. He appears like the maddest geezer on the planet, with long hair flailing around as he dances, head bobbing wildly behind the 1s and 2s. One things for cert, and we like him because of it: This guy can definitely dance dirty. Probably the best set I heard on Saturday, he ended with this:
followed by a track which he told us he’d received back from mastering less than an hour before his set – so Fresshhhh. But seriously, Bassnectar throws down the sickest dubstep, I can’t recommend his shows highly enough – check it.
Playing the smaller Mojave Tent, Major Lazer packed the place out, Dave Switch and Diplolooking boss; taking to the stage in tuxedos, maybe a bad idea as temperatures soared to about 90 degrees in there. Heat aside, Major Lazer killed it with their set, which included everything from dutch house, to dancehall, as well as Ace of Base throwback classic ‘All That She Wants’ and this:
2manyDJs closed out the Sahara Tent on the Saturday night, blitzing a 50 minute set Radio Soulwax style. Each track that dropped brought with it visuals of the track’s corresponding album cover which had been doctored: jaws yawning, eyes rolling and body parts tweaking out. Highlights included ‘Mustapha Dance’, a Soulwax remix of The Clash ‘Rock The Casbah’ and the Soulwax remix of Chemical Brothers‘ ‘Hey Boy, Hey Girl’.
Sunday – Day 3
Rusko‘s sound has changed a lot in the last six months since he moved out to California, and this really lends itself to the vibe everyone was feeling by Sunday. Combining super heavy with mellow dub, Rusko played a mixed bag of classics such as ‘Jehova’, alongside brand new dubplates and material from his forthcoming record which drops in May on MadDecent. Back in the UK I was lucky enough to see Rusko playing to a packed out crowd on a regular basis, but now Stateside, he’s truly getting the appreciation he deserves, and has been more or less adopted by LA and the West-Coast crowd.
One particularly sick drop that stood out during his set was this:
The Sunday set I was really psyched about seeing was Club 75, the five piece Ed Banger supergroup consisting of Busy P, DJ Mehdi, Xavier De Rosnay from Justice, and Zdar and Boombass from Cassius. As a spectacle these guys threw down a killer set: 4 cdjs, 2 mixers, a laptop and an mpd was the setup, so with all five pitching in at the same time, it was kind of expected to get the occasional clang, but they made up for it in their track selection, throwing down a 90 minute set of (Ed) Bangers. Unsurprisingly, these guys can throw one hell of a party!!
SweetFA’s overall picks…
Heaviest Act = A dead heat between The Proxy and Bassnectar
The electronic music gods have answered our prayers. The famous ‘Radio 1 Essential Mix’ has graced our ears this week with its first ever date with the wobble bad boys, Jack Beats. The 2 hour set features some of the best new music that Beni G and Neil are dropping these days, as well as their signature original tracks that if you know from seeing them live or hearing their mixes at all, are at an unreal sound quality and might as well be a wav file thats jack hammer fucking your ear. Sound weird? Then you better be getting weird to this one kids. Jack Beats covers every genre that encompasses their tyrannical signature sound, dropping everything from dreamy pianos to the nastiest dubstep beats you’ve ever witnessed. Well worth the big download and theres some fresh new tracks within the tracklisting you can get as well, so grab those treats too. Wobble Wobble Woop Woop!
1. Dead Can Dance – Dawn Of The Iconclast (Jack Beats Intro Edit) 2. Passion Pit – Little Secrets (Jack Beats Remix) 3. Lee Mortimer & Laidback Luke – Blau! (LA Riots Remix) 4. Jack Beats – Labyrinth 5. Pase Rock – Nights (Nadastrom Remix) 6.L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (MJ Cole Remix)√+ 7. D1 – Pitcher (128 Mix) 8. Kissy Sell Out – This Kiss (Jack Beats Remix) 9. Black Box – Ride On Time (Zombie Disco Squad Remix – Jack Beats Edit) 10. Sound of Stereo – Button (Beataucue Remix) 11. Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Epic Last Song (Jack Beats Remix) 12. Foamo – Jookie 13. Tiga – What You Need (A-Trak Remix) 14. Zombie Nation – Seas of Grease (Harvard Bass Remix) 15. Diplo & Blaqstarr – Get Off (Jack Beats Remix) 16. Noob & Brodinski – Peanuts Club (BeatauCue Remix) 17. M.A.N.D.Y & Booka Shade – Donut (Boy 8-Bit Remix) 18. Mvsvem – French Jeans (Style Of Eye Remix) 19. Boys Noize & Erol Alkan – Waves (Chilli Gonzales remix) 20. The Black Ghosts — I Want Nothin’ (Jack Beats Remix Accapella) 21. Felix Da Housecat – Kickdrum 22. SonicC – Unicorns On Acid 23. La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix) 24. Jack Beats & MC Dynamite – What (Boy 8-Bit Remix) 25. Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars (Siriusmo Remix) 26. Claude VonStroke – Vocal Chords 27. Popof – Serenity w/ Fingers Inc – My House Acapella (Jack Had a Groove) 28. Breakage – Justified ft. Erin 29. 16-Bit – Jump 30. Joker – Tron 31. Calvin Harris – You Used To Hold Me (Nero Remix) 32. Subscape – Hardcore Members 33. Doctor P – Sweet Shop 34. Benga – Little Bits 35. Donaeo – Riot Music (Skreamix) 36. Jack Beats – U.F.O (K-Hole Bass Riddim) 37. Lady Sovereign – Got You Dancing (Jack Beats Remix) 38. Unknown Artist – BG (Crookers DJ Tool Mix) 39. Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song (Jack Beats Remix) 40. AC Slater – Jack Got Jacked (Jack Beats Remix) 41. DJ Zinc – Gimme A Camera ft. Angela Hunter 42. Hockey – Song Away (Jack Beats ‘Anger Management’ Unreleased Dub) 43. DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter (Jack Beats Remix) 44. The Count & Sinden – Panther 45. TC – Deep (Jack Beats ‘2008 Unreleased’ Remix) 46. L-Vis 1990 – The Bird 47. Project Bassline – Drop The Pressure (Jack Beats Remix) 48.Diplo & Laidback Luke vs. Proxy – Hey vs. Raven (Will Bailey Bootleg) 49. Faithless – Never Going Home (Herve Remix) 50. Fake Blood – Mars (Jack Beats Remix) 51. Jack Beats – Get Down VIP
Jack Beats are set for a huge world tour this entire year, check their myspace for dates in your hood! For all us North Americans, here’s what you can plan for, strongly suggest getting into one of these:
pic: 8mts After seeing his remix of ‘Pon De Floor’ gather a heap of hearts on hypemachine thanks to you awesome fans, Kansas City producer/DJ Spinstyles shot back to the studio and put together another hectic dubstep rendition of Proxy‘s ‘Who Are You?’. He works in a little b-more ‘whooo! yaaaa!’ over a grinding bassline that’s sure to blow a few speakers. Please let us know in the comment box if we owe you money for said damage. (actually, we’re broke. but we heard duct tape can fix anything)
The guys from Evol Intent have just sent us over a nice dubby little remix of the ever-popular banger from Russian dancefloor murderer known to you as the Proxy. Evol Intent will be on tour around the US until the end of November before heading into the studio for an LP which they hope to release in 2010, and I’m excited to hear some new original stuff from these talented drum and bass boys.
As the air in LA gets thick with the rusty musk of dirty synths and bass in anticipation of this weekend’s HARD Summer, we bring you three tasty exclusive bits and one remix of FCKN from the up and coming hard electro madman from France, Sawgood.
Played (and praised) by BBC Radio 1’s own Kissy Sell Out, the guy’s got potential that is perhaps not yet even realized through these searingly massive, nailgun-wielding industrobrutalizers.
If industrobrutalizer isn’t yet in your vocabulary, think The Proxy, Les Petit Pilous, and SebastiAn then juxtapose that with beats chopped and tweaked by Lucifer’s lead drummer in Hell’s marching band. I guess that would have to be Ministry, so take your pick. He’s been played by the likes of The Bloody Beetroots, StereoHeros, Hostage, Mustard Pimp and FCKN.
You know the drill by now. Get it into you, you won’t find these anywhere else. “Get Up To Oinked” is one you need to hear.
Tracklisting: 1. The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 1.9 (G-Tronic vs. Sir Bob Edit) 2. The Proxy – Who Are You? (Bloody Beetroots Remix) 3. His Majesty Andre feat The Bloody Beetroots – Puppets (Original Mix) 4. The Bloody Beetroots – Awesome (feat The Cool Kids) 5. The Bloody Beetroots – Warp 9.5 (Autoerotique Mash-In/Out-Hihat-Re Edit) 6. Ryskee Feat. Leslie Ming – Leave me Amor (Bloody Beetroots Shoegaze Rmx)