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[Rolling Stone] Qulinez’s Hard and Heavy ‘Drop It’ – Exclusive DJ Mix

August 23, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , ,

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Screen Shot 2013-08-23 at 10.46.10 AMQulinez 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.”

Read more at: RollingStone.com

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“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)”

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♬ Out Now: Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike, Coone – Madness ft. Lil Jon (Remixes)

August 20, 2013 Nikki Music Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

When the combination of DIMITRI VEGAS, LIKE MIKE, and COONE hits the sound waves, there is guaranteed to be intensity and hiked up bass beats that are as dirty as they are funky; as seen in “Madness ft. Lil Jon”. Hyper like a kid who drank a gallon of Mountain Dew…

Steve Aoki and Linkin Park Debut New Collaboration in Tokyo

August 14, 2013 Dim Mak Music Tags: , , , , , ,

Sneaky Steve Aoki and Linkin Park had a surprise up their sleeve for Tokyo’s Summer Sonic Festival with a reveal of their latest collaboration “A Light That Never Comes”. The artists had been hinting about a mysterious collab in interviews and via twitter but left it up to the fan’s imaginations. Linkin Park had played earlier during the day but front man and rapper Mike Shinoda encouraged fans to stick around for Steve Aoki’s set (as if they weren’t going to already) for a special second appearance.

The two day festival is geared more towards baseball and rock bands but let Steve Aoki get the crowd hyped up as the first act of the “Midnight Sonic” program.  Aoki was successful in getting the crowd back on the dance floor and ready to rave with hits like “Warp 1.9” and “Turbulence”.  Fresh off a sugar high from all the cake throwing the audience was shocked to see Linkin Park frontmen Mike Shinoda and Chester Bennington join Steve Aoki towards the end of his set.  The sound was a total blend of the LP’s vocals and Aoki’s beats that is sure to a hit for fans of both genres.  Aoki later tweeted, “Debuting a brand new song I wrote with Linkin Park was beyond Epic! Arigato Japan!”  It turns out LP and Steve have been huge fans of each other and have been working together for over a year.  More Aoki/Linkin Park collaborations will be released with the new LP video game titled “Recharge”.

Check out the full write up from Billboard here.

♬ Out Now: Yolanda Be Cool – Sweat Naked (Remixes)

August 13, 2013 Nikki Music Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Yolanda Be Cool, fresh off the release of their latest album “Ladies & Mentalmen,” are revitalizing their sound once again with “Sweat Naked (Remixes).” The original track harkens back to ’90s house music with high octane bass and unstoppable energy on every level.

Sweating Naked w/ Yolanda Be Cool

August 12, 2013 Dim Mak Music, Video Tags: , , , ,

Yolanda Be Cool may “No Speak Americano” but these Aussie djs don’t care what language you speak if you are down to “Sweat Naked” to their newest album “Ladies and Mentalmen”. The dou boomed out of the gates with the release of their newest single off their first Dim Mak album, “Sweat Naked” last month. With their eyes on a second world domination the new album boasts fun summer bangers like “All That She Wants” and “Cool Like” that are perfect for the festival season.

These two have been in the game for over a decade but are still busy touring the world and making questionally seductive and definitely out of the box music videos. The videos play along with the unique combination of funky beats, rhythmically driven drops and underground roots that makes me personally want to rollerskate in a bikini all around Hollywood. The pair is pretty stoked about being apart of the “new sound” for Dim Mak. The Remix Package is out tomorrow with features from The Japanese Popstars, Harris Robotis, Oliver Twizt, Sub Antix and Etienne de Crecy. If you want to get down and dirty with Yolanda Be Cool live hurry up and buy your ticket for Burning Man, Electric Zoo and TomorrowWorld or pre-order the Remix Package on iTunes right now!

If you want to stalk Yolanda Be Cool a little more check out our homies at THUMP one on one interview:
http://thump.vice.com/words/yolanda-be-cool-are-actually-super-cool

Click here to pre-order the Remix Package on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sweat-naked-remixes/id677585696

FoF Dim Mak Exclusive Interview: Leeor Brown Is in The Business of Making Friends Through Music

August 12, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Tomorrow night at Dim Mak Studios, we’ll be hosting the Friends of Friends Collective for an ambient night of experimental deep house brought to you by Young Adults, Grenier, and Sodapop.

For the past five years, our friends at FoF have been showcasing fresh, up and coming artists in new and exciting ways! Read all about this unique label and who exactly comprises this special collective in our exclusive interview with Leeor Brown, founder of FoF, and one half of tomorrow night’s featured DJ duo, Young Adults.

Enjoy this Young Adults mix for FADER and be sure to make friends with the whole Friends of Friends collective on Facebook and Twitter!

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Tracklist:
Tiger & Woods – Pitch [Editainment]
Psychemagik – Beauty & The Bass [White Label]
Chamboche – Into The Murk [Young Adults]
Crazy P – Heartbreaker (Huxley Remix) [2020 Vision]
LOL Boys & Grown Folk – Ghost Path [Young Adults]
Waze & Odyssey – Our World [Throne of Blood]
Sleepyhead – Good Love [Party Guy Records]
Tensnake – Mainline (Dub) [Defected]
Tigerskin – Try The Impossible [Future Classic]
Volta Cab – Strange Days (Creative Swing Alliance Remix) [Illusion Recordings]
Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix) [Lets Play House]
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The Interview

DM:
Tell us about Friends of Friends. How did you come up with the concept?

BROWN:
It was just a way of tying a bunch of things together. When I used to shop for records, I would always looks at 3 things. The art, the collabs and the label. Those three would basically tell you about someones aesthetic, who they’re friends with or who respects their music enough to work with them and their general vibe. I wanted that all to ring true immediately for FoF releases, so I ask every artist about who they might know that can help them make their release special. Would way rather that than some random a&r decisions like “get a hot vocalist” or whatever. We try and make it about building a community of friends that all make great art. And the releases come out great because of it.

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DM:
What separates FoF from other labels/brands in the same market? Your website states that the name “Friends of Friends” is “the driving force behind the label and website, referring to the most effective way (yet traditional way!) people learn about new music: through Friends!” Tell us how this process works!

BROWN:
I kind of touched on it in the last answer but basically the people closest to you are the ones who want to see you succeed the most. So we try and incorporate all of FoF’s artists friends and our friends of friends in our planning of say, releases and remixes, all the way down to our website’s news and bookings for events etc. It’s about hopefully showing the world that FoF is a network of talented and passionate people that can all build careers by supporting one another’s art.

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DM:
Young Adults is your side project with David Fisher. Tell us how this collab came about and the connection with your label.

BROWN:
Ah, D is just one of my oldest and best friends. We’ve DJed together for about 8 years now. We played house parties mostly for years… total bedroom DJs. For the longest time the US wasn’t really fucking with what we playing. A lot of German techno, old disco and house records etc. We just kept it low-key for a while. But a few years back we started really talking about starting a label and last year we finally made it a reality. YA is FoF’s “sister label.” We wanted to push vinyl, slow mixes, long songs and all that as a counter to the laptop DJ culture that’s been everywhere. We’ve put out 3 records now and have played started playing out a ton. This summer we got to take over the Ace Hotel Palm Springs for a weekend, opened for Omar S at A Club Called Rhonda and now headlining Dim Mak Tuesdays. Been a pretty awesome ride so far :)

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DM:
We’ve heard Friends of Friends referred to as “a collective.” Who exactly comprises this collective and how does one become a part of it?

BROWN:
Honestly it’s pretty nebulous. I can name so manyyyy people who are extended fam but i guess it starts by the artist releases put out by the label. Salva, Shlohmo, Groundislava, Tomas Barfod, LOL Boys, Jerome LOL, Ernest Gonzales, Evenings and our newest signees Kyson and Perera Elsewhere all make up the crew now. But we’ve also had amazing more friends built through compilations, artist/project collabs, remixes and shows etc. People like Daedelus, Baths, Grenier, Low Limit, Robot Koch, Toy Selectah, the Wedidit and Anticon teams…I mean really this paragraph could go on forever. We’re very fortunate to have an extended network of rad talented people. On the video/visual side as well! I see you Great Nordic Swordfight, Video Marsh and Sus Boy :)

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DM:
What are your plans/dreams/goals for 2013, both individually as an artist as well as for Friends of Friends? How would you like to expand FoF?

BROWN:
MY DREAM IS EVERYONE FALLS IN LOVE WITH KYSON & PERERA ELSEWHERE(our newest signings) LIKE I HAVE. Haha, but seriously my goal is to just stay on course. Definitely been building the infrastructure of FoF as a label. We signed a distribution deal in UK/EU with !K7 which I’m really excited about. We’ve been wanting to get our music out internationally way more so that’s definitely a great step. And really focus on continuing to develop good relationships and partnerships with other people doing rad things. Oh I guess also planning our anniversary stuff for ’14. Can’t believe it’s gonna be 5 years!!

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