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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.

Thank god it’s Friday night cus I ju-ju-just GOT PAID! Just kidding I never get paid on Fridays but whatever cus it’s still FRIIIIIIDAYYYY!!! PUMP UP THE JAMS! Me and the Doyle-ster got 10 free tunes for your listening pleasure, hopefully whatever you’re into (ahem, musically) this’ll help liven up your weekend. Get to booty-shakin, head-bopping, hip-griding, whatever it is you do. Preferably don’t twerk. -LD

If you trust us you can download the .zip files here but check out the tracks + stream / download individually after the jump.

OH Doyle’s .zip (5 Tracks)
Laura D’s .zip (5 Tracks)

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The eve of revolution is upon us… the Los Angeles mystery that is Whiiite has been cast upon the blogosphere in the form of the first chapter to his saga – a graphic novel telling the tale of how Whiiite came to be, who he was, and maybe, what his purpose will be for? We’ll have to watch (above) and see what happens…

CREDITS:
A Graphic Novel Fueled by Bass music
Story by Aric Avelino & Chris White
Written by: Aric Avelino
Illustrated by: Paul Shipper
Score by: Chase Brawner (Pigna Productions)
Motion Graphics by Aric Avelino

¡BONUS!

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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.

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Aluna Francis and George Reid struck a chord when they released their heavily anticipated original production, “Attracting Flies,” under their moniker Aluna George. Lurking in the background of all the instantaneous hype for this new track was a remix from the Harlem Shake sensation, Bauuer. Looking to shed the stigma behind his internet craze, Baauer steps up to the plate with a huge edit to the English electronic groups new single.

My biggest worry when I saw Baauer‘s name on the remix bill was that the vocals were going to get drowned out with his signature trap sound. He dispels my preconceived notions, though, with a more sophisticated bass sound that still maintains the Bauuer bounce we all know and love. Also set to take on “Attracting Flies” with their own renditions are Jamie Jones and S-Type. You can purchase this Bauuer remix at midnight tonight on Beatport, but Aluna George‘s debut album isn’t expected to hit stores until July 1st.

Rolling along into March madness, the homie Valentino Khan brings forty ounces of hood-hopping bass into his new original for his #TrapThursdays giveaway series. This one starts spooky and then quickly sounds the alarm for all those in need of the festival trap wave. Enjoy!

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In case you missed last week’s installment (because we did), heres the previous giveaway from VK called “Firepower” – this one is a rapid fire drum & bass influenced production, not for the slow…

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As a duo of ex-DMC champions out of Toronto, Thugli brings a fresh perspective on the Trap movement. With support from top-tier talent including Diplo, A-Trak, RL Grime, Just Blaze, and Baauer, they surely hold more than enough merit to be worthy of your attention. Thugli has given us the green light on premiering their brand new “Inflight” mix that largely consists of their own edits as well as a number of beat-driven, bass-heavy gems. Be on the lookout for their highly-anticipated debut EP due out late this Spring, and catch them at the Smog vs. Basshead WMC event in Miami on March 21st with Adventure Club, 12th Planet, UZ, and many more.

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In the 4th installment of his Trap Thursdays series, our pal Valentino Khan releases a hood anthem that he personally sends an advisory to all listeners:

“THIS SONG IS STRICTLY 4 THUGZ ONLY. IF U R NOT A THUG PLZ CLOSE UR INTERNET AS IT MAY INFLUENCE U TO DO THINGS THAT R SCANDALOUS & ROWDY IN NATURE. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY AND GOD BLESS.” - VK


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Our GDD familiar and LA local Valentino Khan has a serious treat for you this week. WOW.

“Week three of my Trap Thursdays series! I took Sidney Samson’s classic tune “The World Is Yours” and originally had made this remix as a VIP for my DJ buddies, but I kept getting asked about a release once it got in a few mixes. So by popular demand here it is for all of you! -VK”

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