Author: Tim Gauthier
“Club Nokia was the epicenter of Trap music Friday night, with big-time performances from AraabMuzik and Flosstradamus. There were also other great opening sets by Congorock, gLAdiator, Noizfiend, Alex Bustamove, and Mature Content. The night was full of the hard hitting bass and sway inducing beats that have become synonymous with the Trap sound. Araabmuzik was first to kick off the night and he didn’t disappoint.
Araabmuzik is the type of DJ who is so solid, that you know you’re going to have a good time no matter what when you listen to his music live. One of the reasons for this sure thing is that Araabmuzik mixes live using a MPC and so everything you are hearing is coming live from his hands to the speakers and then straight to your ears. Because every drum kick and sample is mixed live, it makes for a different type of set, where the beats and rhythm are on showcase instead of any big name song drops.
He opened his set with one of his tracks “Never Have to Worry,” and immediately the crowd started to get into what was a great constant track-to-track dance party. Araabmuzik showed great variety throughout the whole set, starting with slow deep bass only to speed up the tempo and then drop right back into a monster bass drop. Araab danced the night away while mixing but he never took his hands off the table and you could tell he enjoyed performing just as much as the audience enjoyed listening. Towards the end of his set he introduced some noticeable tracks like Nero’s “Promises,” and Biz Markie’s “Let Me Clear My Throat.” All-in-all Araabmuzik’s set was a good mix of trap and other quicker electro beats.
Next up on the deck was headliner Flosstradamus. The DJ-duo is known for their hard hitting trap sets and that is exactly what they delivered. It was both a classic and unique set as the DJS dropped popular Trap tracks as well as some remixes that were unexpected. They opened up with Lana Del Rey’s “Videogames” and then mixed right into “Bugatti” by Ace Hood. Things got especially turned up when they dropped a trap remix of “Face Down, Ass Up” by Meek Mill and then launched into “What’s Your Fantasy” by Ludacris. In fact, Flosstradamus threw the beat down so hard during a mix of a new song with DJ Slink that the power actually blew out for a minute.
After the technical difficulty the duo launched back seamlessly into their set and hyped up the crowd with a remix of “Jah No Partial” by Major Lazer featuring Flux Pavillion. The rest of the set was a bevy of trap classics from Rick Ross, Waka Flacka, and Chief Keef to name a few. The highlight of the night was definitely when they dropped RL Grimes remix of “Satisfaction” by Benni Benassi and then spun right into a mix of Kanye West’s “Mercy,” and the classic techno song “Sandstrom,” by Darude.
Flosstradamus kept spinning through the night as they disappeared behind the fog that was being shot out in front of the DJ booth. When the lights hit the fog, it made them look even more awesome, as if they were illuminated in a cloudy rainbow of epic-ness.
It was a great night for trap music and EDM fans, and the crowd at Club Nokia seemed to be pleased, as they stayed through the night and seemed to dance forever.” - Jenna Browning
In honor of their North American “Irreverance Tour”, which kicks off March 27th in Vancouver, Dirtyphonics has implemented a whole new level of stage production that is sure to wholly captivate their audience. The French group–consisting of Charly, Thomas, Pho and Pitchin–has penned a new playbook in the electronic dance music genre, merging heavy bass music, drum n’ bass, dubstep and electro with grimy energy to boot. Their latest EP “Walk Into The Fire” is a testament to their very palpable versatility and has already given fans a taste of what their live experience will convey. Their new, state-of-the art stage setup, which they call “The Crown”, is nothing short of a full-blown visual arousal that will blow your socks off. If you haven’t had the chance to see them perform, be sure to enter into their ticket giveaway contest via Facebook for your chance to witness the experience of a lifetime.
Pre-order “Irreverence” now: bit.ly/IRREVERENCE
With festival season kicking off next week we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Azari & III at our upcoming showcases for SXSW & WMC. The Canadian collective will be performing live next week at our showcase in Austin on March 13 as well as a DJ set at our Miami party on March 21. Along with our showcases the guys have announced a full line of dates for both festivals with a series of live performances and DJ sets through out each week. If you can’t make it to these showcases dates, then I suggest catching up on their latest release, ‘Remix Album’ featuring a handful of great remixes from artist such as Prince Language, Locked Groove, Nicholas Jaar, and more.
Last week we brought you the anticipated EP, ‘Bass Kick’ from Savage Skulls & Douster now we’re bringing you the official Beatport chart, “Lost In Space.” The chart follows the same path as their “TRT” track, providing an old school flavor to the mix. The chart takes a step back and features tracks from 1993 through present day from Double 99, DJ Q, Circle Children, and more. You can grab your copy on Beatport now.
- Douster, Savage Skulls – TRT
- Double 99 – Ripgroove
- Palace – Trust
- DJ Q – Dibby Dibby Sound
- Classified – Say to You
- Gerd, NY STOMP – The NY House Trak
- R.I.P. Productions – Up and Down
- Circle Children – Indonesia (Sambal Badjak Mix)
- Reflex One – I Got Riddumz
- DJ Slugo – Big Booty Hoes
Following the release of Dirtyphonics EP, ‘Walk in the Fire’ the guys have put together an exclusive iTunes playlist for March. The ten track collection includes their two recent Dim Mak releases, “Walk in the Fire” and “Dirty” along with an assortment of tracks from artists including Noisia, Dieselboy, The Haunted, and more. You can grab your copy on iTunes now.
- Dirtyphonics – Walk in the Fire
- Dirtyphonics – Dirty
- Kill the Noise, Brillz & Minxx – Saturn
- Metrik – Drift
- KillaGraham – Lifted
- Benny Benassi & The Biz – Satisfaction
- Noisia – Tommy’s Theme
- DIeselboy – NVD (Le Castle Vania + Computer Club Remix)
- The Haunted – 99
- Loadstar – Vatican Roulette
The young collective, 3Ball MTY who were featured on our “Phat Brahms” remix package landed a spot in the L.A. Times Music Blog. The Mexican natives have made a huge splash over the border, grabbing a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist last year and will soon do the same with their upcoming date at Coachella. You can read the full feature on 3Ball MTY on L.A. Times, as well as grab their “Phat Brahms” remix on Dim Mak.
“The track’s hip-hop basses combined with feel-good electronic synth melodies explains why these three dance pioneers should be ‘treated right’ by contemporaries throughout the rest of 2013″ – VIBE Magazine Tune, Matisse and Jr. Flo – or Canadian electronic trio and burgeoning live-act…
Dim Mak Records drops another bomb and lets loose a massive collection of prominent tracks from its 2012 catalog, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012: Volume 3′. “This is the last of 3 volumes of the greatest hits from 2012 from Dim Mak Records. We…
Today, UK’s Scanners release their Mexico EP with Dim Mak Records. Their brand new tracks “Mexico”, “Control” and “Charmed Life” are their latest in their sound that Vice describes as “perfecting a laser-fried blend of dance-punk and leaving beer-soaked UK club night in their…
‘Crunk’ and ‘Slow Down’ are masterworks in varied and skilled production. ‘Crunk’ is an all-out high-octane jump house anthem and ‘Slow Down’ a heavy progressive track with a trance inspired melody. Both are so fully charged with filthy bass, piercing synths and huge vocals that…
Looks like Clockwork won’t be slowing down anytime soon with today’s announcement of new tour dates with the talented Congorock. The CongoClock tour launches March 29th in Scottdale, AZ with 11 more dates throughout the U.S. and Canada. If you’re in the area I highly recommend to make your way to this tour featuring two extraordinary artists. For more information regarding upcoming dates check out Clockwork’s official Facebook page. You can also grab Clockwork’s latest EP, “Surge” on iTunes & Beatport now.
03-29-13 – Scottsdale, AZ – Wild Knight
04-03-13 – San Francisco, CA – EPR @ 715 Harrison
04-06-13 – Chicago, IL – Sound Bar
04-07-13 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
04-09-13 – Orlando FL – Roxy
04-10-13 – Miami, FL – LIV
04-11-13 – Tallahassee, FL – Coliseum
04-12-13 – Philadelphia, PA – LIT Ultrabar
04-17-13 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth
04-18-13 – Ottawa, ON – Junxion
04-19-13 – Toronto, ON – UNIUN
04-20-13 – Montreal, QC – Le Belmont
We’d like to congratulate Savage Skulls & Douster for their #1 spot on the Juno Download Electro House chart. Released less than a week ago, Juno Download describes ‘Bass Kick’ as, “unrepentantly aimed at the dancefloor” If you haven’t grabbed your copy of ‘Bass Kick’ you can help keep the EP at #1, and purchase on Juno Download.