When discussing the notion of reworking the classic Deadmau5 piece “Strobe”, the phrase that comes into mind is “Do not fix what isn’t broken”. And while this still holds true, as not many have attempted to remix the track, the electronic group Alesia have accomplished something truly magnificent and exceptional of any remix or edit to-date, bringing fresh air into the beloved progressive single. The epicosity of the classical orchestral genre combined with the present dubstep scene is equivalent of a Hans Zimmer composition with a twist. I give credit to the amazing Dancing Astronauts for the great find and look forward to what else Alesia can offer in the near future.
What I’ve been waiting for for a long time has finally come out to make this world a better place. Years ago when Canadian duo Zeds Dead collaborated with Omar Linx, they knew what they were doing. Omar Linx is unbeatable when it comes to rapping over a Dubstep track, especially if that track has been produced by the Dubstep legends Zeds Dead. It seems as their badass tunes were made for the Toronto based rapper. Recently Zeds Dead released their newest EP ‘The Living Dead’ and what was expected, happened. Four sick tracks have been produced to complete this EP. Badass lvl: 100
Everyone should know who Knife Party is by now – Pendulum’s Gareth Mgrillen and Rob Swire. Since winter of 2011, they have been laying down varieties of beats from dubstep to electro and everything in between. Songs like “Internet Friends” and “Antidote”, after released, have exploded onto the EDM scene, being played by every DJ from coast to coast. It was almost like their EP “100% No Modern Talking”couldn’t be beat. Then, they trumped it with their new release of “Rage Valley”. It is easy to say that they keep the wobble in Dubstep, but also mix that wobble with electro, giving Knife Party almost a genre of their own. Let’s break down the EP:
Centipede was first shown off in Knife Party’s set in Ultra. It starts off as a documentary, but don’t be fooled. This song hits heavy and loud. May God have mercy on your speakers….
[Cheat Sheet 0:40, but the intro is priceless]
Rage Valley begins like any other electro song, with hard bass and eerie synths. Then, the drop takes a drastic turn with even harder synths, with a 90s video game feel. If any of you have played any games with Captain Falcon, it sounds awfully like his theme song, doesn’t it? This song is my favorite of the bunch. Rage Valley is not only a crowd pleaser but a high energy song for any party. This is a must listen!
[Cheat Sheet 1:01]
Sleaze begins with an electro version of Jaws, and with a scary sound like that, you know it has to be massive. Then, the song breaks down into a decent Moombahcore song. In terms of Moombah, not too bad of a Knife Party song, but I would definitely not call it the strength of this album. But, if you like Moombah, you will definitely enjoy it.
[Cheat Sheet 0:35]
Finally, to my second favorite song of the bunch, Bonfire. Bonfire is a reggae song on steroids; boy is it massive. Knife Party combines wobbles to the max with the horns of reggae, and they couldn’t have conjured up a better combo. This song makes you want to definitely rage, and with a sound like this, it’s hard not to. Make sure to give it a listen.
[Cheat Sheet 0:33]
See if you can find your favorite, I sure found mine! With hits like these, it seems like Knife Party will be rocking the scenes for a while, and they don’t plan to go anywhere anytime soon.
Being away for a while really gave me some time to collect some amazing Treats ‘n Beats for you!
We’re starting off with Bassgator (we’ve already had him here with thisbadass tune). Bassgator’s main feature is obviously bass, which is always highlighted in all of his songs. The latest of his work has its unique twist, though: ‘From the Light to the Darkness’ is a gentler track, which sends out some mad swag vibes. It reminds me of a more mellow, yet equally funky, Major Lazer “Original Don”. Out on Beatport!
Bassgator – From the Light to the Darkness
Next off we’ll have a look on Timo Juuti & Hector 87’s ‘Disco Wobblez’, which came out a while ago (almost 2 months!). The track gives off a really friendly feeling, and believe me – if you like house with a slight touch of electro, you will enjoy this. The track came out along with an entire EP, which consists of three originals plus three remixes. Check the EP out hereif you have time, but your time is spent better listening to Disco Wobblez if you’re not into… erm… ‘electro-loungey’ music.
Timo Juuti & Hector 87 - Disco Wobblez EP
Alternative / Dance duo from Toronto, Canada, Ryan Freeman and Grant Peters get better with every song they release, whether it is a remix or original. The Dirty Tees are currently based in Los Angeles, California where they are focusing on completing their debut album. Here are some of the duo’s uplifting tracks. Feel free to download the tracks here, or help The Dirty Tees by buying them on Beatport.
Even after numerous amount of versions of everyone’s favourite “Somebody That I Used To Know” from Gotye, the remixes keep coming and coming. As our Part 1 wasn’t enough, here’s part 2. Gotye’s and Kimbra’s vocals have been the latest popular acoustics to use on top of house bangers, so its no wonder that the track has attracted so much attention, even the irreplaceable EDM giant, Tiesto.
[House] Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (Tiesto Remix)
Yes, the Dutch DJ has given “Somebody That I Used To Know” more of a big room house twist while leaving the lyrics untouched, perfect for all the EDM festivals.
Want it Harder? Here you go
*[Electro House] Gotye ft. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (TheFatRat Remix)
Personally, TheFatRat takes the gold ‘Favourite Take on Gotye’ because it doesn’t feel like someone quickly through together a few synths and beats on top of the vocals and shared it while the hype was still up. No, you can see that TheFatRat thought thoroughly before, taking elements from the original sound and implementing them well into their own mix.