Land 2 Air Chronicles II is the second part of Kenna’s three EP series based on the Emerson essay Self-Reliance. On this second installment, Imitation is Suicide, Kenna is stating the clear influences in his work to help define a musical compass while giving credit where credit is due.
Kenna stated, “Music icons like David Byrne and Rick James inspired Imitation is Suicide. I think posing as an ‘original’ without acknowledging your influences is like killing yourself. The chapters and art of this EP speak to those influences all while hopefully dancing between sonics and genres.”
Imitation Is Suicide (chapter one of three) Produced by Chad Hugo and Kenna will be released on September 3, 2013. You can pre-order the EP on iTunes HERE.
With Electric Zoo right around the corner, it’s safe to say that thousands of fans are getting amped up and ready to dance the night away in New York, and the attention this festival is receiving isn’t limited to just the main stage attractions, as proven by HUFFINGTON POST‘s spotlight on the Dim Mak Records stage! Pointing out that “loyal fans…will be flocking to the Dim Mak Records stage”, HuffPost writer Kia Makarechi fired questions at head honcho Steve Aoki; getting to the bottom of what fans can expect from the Dim Mak stage as well as what’s coming up in the next year for Dim Mak Records (spoiler alert: Steve has BIG plans for those smart enough to be at the DM stage!). Read the full interview HERE and rave on you crazy diamonds!
[info_box_1 title=”ABOUT THE RELEASE”] Autoerotique has proven with “Play It Again” that their talent and individuality knows no boundaries. The track fuses elements of Dirty Dutch and Big Room and arrives at something entirely unique. This high-octane Electro banger provides a knocking drop that makes you want to “Play It Again”. And play it again we shall.
[hr] Steve Aoki and his label, Dim Mak, are gearing up for a huge Electric Zoo weekend in New York, and the DJ-producer is getting his mind right with this wild “Electric Zoo 2013” mix. Aoki keeps hard-hitting drops a priority, but offers dancers a chance to catch their breath with a set of varied dynamics and tempo changes. Aoki’s pummeling remix of Dirtyphonics‘ “No Stopping Us” rolls into the shifty, disorienting piano samples of Proxy’s “9000.” Later, Showtek’s titanic elastic bounce on “Slow Down” transforms into the echoing claps and glimmering synth chimes on Etienne De Crecy‘s remix of Yolanda Be Cool’s “Sweat Naked.” Aoki makes sure the fun comes in all shapes and sizes.
It’s been an incredible year for our boy, Felix Cartal. With several chart-topping singles and his newly released “Past, Present, Felix” EP already climbing to the top of the iTunes & Beatport charts, Felix is gearing up for one of the most successful years in his career so far.
[info_box_1 title=”ABOUT THE RELEASE”] Kenna has released his irreverent fun-loving first single, “Relations,” off of his latest EP, Land 2 Air Chronicles II – Imitation is Suicide, co-produced by Chad Hugo of the Neptunes/N.E.R.D., on Dim Mak Records.
Re•la•tions (noun): the way in which two or more people feel about and behave toward each other. “Relations” is about encouraging change through interaction between you and me, forging together a mixture of funk, R&B and hip-hop.
“Drunk on exhaustion and heavy bass driven beats equals RELATIONS. It was a one take verse on a David Byrne and Rick James inspired track. It’s just fun.” – Kenna
[info_box_3 title=”ABOUT THE RELEASE”] Steve Aoki returns to the fore alongside fellow EDM megaliths Chris Lake and Tujamo with a rhythm styled just in time for the summit of the festival season. “Boneless” is set to become the next stalwart across dance floor. Remixes to come soon courtesy of Canadian duo, Keys N Krates, and trap maestro, Ookay.
“Boneless” is a potent fireball of unrelenting bassline, infectiously stomach-stabbing main synth and a crescendo that feels like the tip of a rollercoaster before it plunges to earth. Aoki has buddied up with Chris Lake, the beatsmith behind crossover gems like “Sundown,”“Changes”, “Only One” and “If You Knew”. Fellow collaborator, Tujamo, saw his previous track “Who“ enter the Beatport Top 20 as well as gaining a truckload of DJ support from Avicii, Steve Angello, Afrojack, and A-Trak.
[hr] Qulinez are having the time of their lives. Childhood pals Alexander Lager and Johannes Gustafsson were discovered by Swedish House Mafia’s Steve Angello, who picked up his fellow Swedes for his label Size Records. Now, Qulinez have linked up with another big name name in electronic music – Steve Aoki and his label, Dim Mak – for their single “Drop It,” and they’re serving up a relentlessly intense mix around their new track. Sounds from the Bloody Beetroots, Carnage and Borgore, and Marin Solveig fly by, but the focus remains on “Drop It” and its interplay with a little bit of Daft Punk.
“Their sound is hard and heavy, just how we like it!”Aoki tells Rolling Stone. “This mix hits just as strongly as their live sets. When I listen to it, I feel like I’m right there with them.”
“Drop It” will be out August 27th.
Track listing for Qulinez’s “Drop It” mix follows below.
1. The Bloody Beetroots, Tai and Bart B More – “Spank (Dyro Edit)”
2. Firebeatz and Chocolate Puma – “Sausage Fest (Original Mix)”
3. Martin Solveig – “Hey Now (Schoolboy Remix)”
4. Sultan and Ned Shepard vs. dBerrie vs. Bruno Mars – “Locked Malfunction (Bootleg)”
5. Feenixpawl and Jason Forte – “Together (Marco V Remix)”
6. Qulinez – “Drop It” with Daft Punk – “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Acapella)”
7. TJR – “What’s Up Suckaz (Original Mix)”
8. Qulinez – “Archangel”
9. Carnage and Borgore – “Incredible (Original and Busted by heRobust)”
Los Angeles DJs and longtime buds DJ Metric & Hoff have combined forces this summer to create new production duo Overjoy – a blending of many styles ranging from Disco to UK Garage to Tribal African Rhythms, the pair have already managed to a spark up a buzz on the hollywood streets with their eclectic back to back DJ Sets and snazzy original productions. Today they bring you their all-new-never-before-released banging remix to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs loungey melodramatic opus “Always” absolutely for FREE! Also if your in LA this weekend be sure & catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs headlining at this years FYF Fest in downtown los angeles saturday night…
ATTENTION FESTIVAL JUNKIES: The long-awaited third installment of our 2013 Up All Night Beatpatrol Series is NOW LIVE on the Dim Mak YouTube!
DISCLAIMER:DO NOT WATCH THIS SERIES IF YOU’RE OFFENDED BY ANY OF THE FOLLOWING; Datsik’s a**, Vodka, Autoerotique’s fake British accent, Vodka, hot girls getting TURNT, fist-pumping beats, & Vodka.
In case you missed Parts 1 & 2, we got you covered:
Don’t miss this exclusive behind-the-scenes peek at what went down with the Dim Mak Krew at Beatpatrol 2013!