We finally made it through the week and our Halloween festivities are upon us. I have some great content for you to indulge in this morning that includes the RE:GENERATION tracks, an Escape From Wonderland preview & set times, AraabMuzik’s tour with EDM support, a 12th Planet interview, a trailer of a Soulwax video project, and a video of Afrojack playing classical music. Be entertained after the jump…
Just in time for your weekend debauchery, I present to you dirty dancers my 2011 Halloween Mix. I’m excited for you guys to hear this one because of the fresh-faced talent, some unreleased tracks to look forward to, and some classics that are sure to get you ready to rage and thirsty for blood. So grab the mix, and get your pre-game/costume party/afterparty on– this one is gonna wake the dead.
TRACK LISTING: 1. Michael Jackson & Vincent Price – Thriller (Intro Vocal Edit) 2. Clockwork – Hulk (Original Mix) 3. Cicada – Come Together (Beataucue Remix) 4. Tristan Garner & Gregori Klosman – Bounce (Original Mix) 5.Wolfgang Gartner vs. Rusko – 818 Everyday (No Body Edit) 6. Etienne De Crecy – Hope (Alternate Studio Version) 7. Fedde Le Grand – Metrum (Original Club Mix) 8. Market Price – Luxe (Unreleased) 9.MAYBB – Touring In NY (Original Mix)(MAYBB = Benny + Alle Benassi) 10. Bart B More & TAI – Spezi (Unreleased) 11. Dr. Gonzo – Springer (We Don’t Belong In Pacha Remix) 12. Clockwork – Squad Up (MAKJ Hands Up Vocal Edit) 13. Michael Woods – First Aid (Original Mix) 14. Mustard Pimp – ZHM (Dada Life Remix) 15. Fuser – Bangtuk (JFK Edit) 16. D.I.M. – Is You (Original Mix) 17.Nom De Strip & BONES – Yo!(Unreleased) 18. Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf (Gesaffelstein Remix) 19. Gesaffelstein – Viol (Original Mix) 20. Sticky K – Persian Algebra (Unreleased) 21.Proxy – Raven (Planet Rock Moombahween Bootleg)
So the Party Like Us Records guys have made their decision. The winner of the GDD™ ‘Stumble’ Remix Competition is Detroit native/LA resident, Rob Darke. Rob actually just recently got into EDM in the past couple years, saying that he really got into it after using it as a sleep deterrent while writing essays in college, but since his first few dance music experiences, he knew musical production was something he wanted to do. With the help and guidance of his brother Brian, Rob Darke has quickly become keen to the ways of making a solid electronic track, and with influences such as Canblaster, Wolfgang Gartner, and Tony Senghore, it’s safe to say that a bright future lies ahead for this up and comer. Here’s what Udachi had to say about the winning remix:
“I think Rob Darke’s remix is a good example of a nice solid tune, nothing overdone, just straight good. The vocal on the original is tricky because it starts a quarter note late from the 1, and I think it threw a lot of people off. But Rob Darke’s remix makes sense musically and has his own personal flair. The mix is nice and clean, and I love the big build into the 4×4 tease into the soca snare bit. I can hear this in a variety of DJ’s crates; from sunrise sets, to setting the pace for the night. Real classy and gleamin’!”
Find Rob’s remix as well as remixes from the first and second runners up below, and make sure to pick up the full Stumble EP on Beatport!
Together As One boasted a festival to remember, and it certainly was. The massive event went off without a hitch and each artist delivered a set that was unique, massive, and memorable. Whether you witnessed the giant banana that was passed around when Dada LifeUnleashed The Fucking Dada, Laidback Luke‘s 2011 countdown or Rusko smashing the Bassrush Arena, this year’s TAO couldn’t have been more epic.
This year I wanted to get the full TAO experience, so I decided to skip the VIP treatment and throw myself into the sea of people to gain a true perspective of this massive event.
So, this is how my night panned out at Together As One 2011…
We really have our plates full this weekend. After the absolute insanity that will occur tonight at the Avalon with Wolfgang and Harvard Bass, the GDD™ crew will be trekking down south to Voyeur in San Diego tomorrow night to host an epic show with Circuit Freq, Bareback DJs, and ///BONES. We’re very excited to be collaborating with the good folks at L.E.D. as they put on some of the best parties in SD, so come on out tomorrow night and give us a warm welcome in the southland!
We’ll also be heading to Wavehouse and Voyeur again on Sunday to see Mr. Steve Aoki throw down some nasties, so get over to that if you can too!
Here we have a GDD™ + Chemical Jump exclusive for you guys. Nate over at CJ and I were asked by the great people over at GreenElectronic to simultaneously release this monster out today, so we’re giving it to all of you fine folks. Valerna has been pumping out some serious bangarang lately with their multiple releases on Miles Dyson‘s Plasmapool Records, as well as getting a Felix Cartal touch-up to their latest track ‘Look Ma, No Pants!’ that went out on Beatport in July. Definitely make sure to catch these guys this Friday on the main stage at CONTROL along with Wolfgang Gartner, Harvard Bass, Skrillex, and ///BONES!
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org to be on our guestlist!
(First come first serve)
All feedback is valued and encouraged, so tell us what you think!
Oh Boy dirty dancers, do we have CONTROL Friday for you.
This week, we welcome two big room monsters that are backed by the incredible production they’ve quickly become known for. Undocumented Management’s Wolfgang Gartner and Harvard Bass. If that wasn’t enough to make you pass out, they will be supported by up-and-coming heavy hitters Valerna and Skrillex. And if that isn’t enough reason to go, I have been given the closing set for this carnival of a friday night, and I would love if you could make it just so you can see me bouncing off the walls in excitement. The flyer is enough for me to start jumpin right now.
Now, make no mistake, this night is gonna be FUGGING CRAZY. Pre-sale tickets have already sold out, and apparently our guest list this week is going to be first come, first served. I can’t stress enough to RSVP NOW and make sure you SHOW UP EARLY.
RSVP to: JonahDancesDirty@gmail.com
21+$15 before 11/ $20 after
18+ $20 before 12AM
…and heres your maximum tunage for the hype machine in all of us:
A pretty original take on Wolfgang Gartner‘s original Latin Fever cut, GDD favorite Tre brings his own brand of heavy, synth-high electro over filthy basslines and woodblock drops. The general rule of thumb that I buy into is: if a track’s named an artist’s “…” remix, then it’s probably banging, so give this one some airplay and tell me I’m wrong.
Fresh from what many have said was the best set of Coachella, Wolfgang Gartner returns to San Francisco to perform at Ruby Skye and Gotta Dance Dirty™ and BandsInSanFran can hook you up with an mp3 and a free pair of tickets. The mp3 is below and the tickets go to the first party to email me at tronjeremy at gottadancedirty dot com with their first and last names. Good luck!
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