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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, “Madness ft. Lil Jon” will get your heart pounding, but don’t worry: any heart attack induced from listening will be totes worth it. The already dynamic record has received the full remix treatment from OH SNAP, YVES V, and RUN DMT. Hard hitting, bass fueled, zealous, and ambitious, each remix brings a certain flair to a track that already held its own in the world of dance anthems. Trap in some places, moombahton in others, and lucidly electro when least expected, “Madness ft. Lil Jon” and its remixes are basically a guarantee that your life clearly needs more madness, and it doesn’t fail to deliver. Besides, we’re all a little mad here, amiright?!
[info_box_1 title=”ABOUT THE RELEASE”] “Young Love” featuring Koko LaRoo by FELIX CARTAL managed to encapsulate the sounds of summer, nostalgia, and, of course, young love. The fetching and popular track is back to thrill listeners, this time with remixes by VALENTINO KHAN, SLEEPY TOM, BURNS, and THE REEF. Working with the wistful sounds of KoKo LaRoo’s vocals, the remixes vary greatly in what they bring to the table of the smash song. While the VALENTINO KHAN remix amps up the volume and tempo of the overlays, the BURNS remix provides D&B breakbeats that will appeal to the junglists out there. To take a track that is as loved and adored as “Young Love” and turn it into a prime example of the multi-facets of dance music is no easy feat, but these four remixes have done just that and more.
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”.
CLOCKWORK struck gold with his single “Surge” featuring Wynter Gordon, a heavy-hitting track that has dominated festivals and music charts alike. Now, CLOCKWORK has handed this solid track over to be remixed byCHARLIE DARKER, TONY ROMERA, RIGGI & PIROS, and DEORRO, four producers who no doubt translate the anthem in a multitude of ways. The DEORRO remix in particular has a very drum and bass feel, signature to his bass-laden sound, whereas the CHARLIE DARKER remix has a certain high energy that amps up the prodigious track. “Surge” and its respective remixes prove to be as much fun and exemplify pure talent all across the board.
DIRTYPHONICS have had an incredible year with the release of their groundbreaking album “IRREVERENCE” and its corresponding tour. Now the quartet returns with help of Foreign Beggars on “No Stopping Us (Remixes).” Featuring remixes by Steve Aoki, ETC!ETC!, Marion Corrales, and Smooth, the “No Stopping Us” remix packageis a heavy, 6-track EP that hits hard in the chest and provides high energy fit for dance floors and festivals alike. Each remixer on the EP brings their own signature sound to “No Stopping Us.”Aoki’s remix brings raucous bass, ETC!ETC! vamps it up with tuned down bumps and heightened vocals, Marion Corralestakes it to another level with a beautiful piano version that is sure to induce chills with her flawless rendition. “No Stopping Us” featuring Foreign Beggars is one track with multi-faceted potential to be a chart-climbing hit all across the board.
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. The remixes are provided by the likes of Etienne de Crecy, Oliver Twizt, The Japanese Popstars, Harris Robotis, and Sub Antix, five producers who provide the track with varying degrees of hype and originality. Where one remix sounds like a stadium anthem, another sounds like a club banger, and so it goes for the entire remix lineup Yolanda Be Cool has put together. Each remix manages to stay true to the original sound, which is crunchy and fun, whilst enhancing it with genre-specific tastes. “Sweat Naked (Remixes)”is a true gem that is as sexy as it is smart.
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What do you get when rock roots meet electro madness? You get the groundbreaking new remix of Psycho White’s (Travis Barker & Yelawolf) “Push ‘Em” by drum genius, Travis Barker, and Dim Mak’s very own, Mr. Steve Aoki. Centered on an awesome drum pattern that hits as hard as the crunching melody and bassline, this hybrid track features all your favorite rock inspired drum elements while also showcasing its own electro sound unlike anything else out there.
Years of hard work continue to pay off for duo SOUND OF STEREO, and this sentiment is echoed with the release of the “Origin/Terminal” remix package, a chill and vibey set of tracks that manages to pack a punch while maintaining a low-key level of scintillating solidarity. The package breathes new life into the original EP with remixes by COLD BLANK, CYBERPUNKERS, MIGHTYFOOLS, ASTRONOMAR, and CRAIG WILLIAMS. The remixes are allowed the freedom of being more bass-driven and even a tad darker, especially in the case of the Craig Williams remix of “Terminal.” Crisp and gleaming, the remixes provided by the five contrasting producers will appeal to a variant of tastes and top choice music enthusiasts.
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!
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!
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]
Tell us about Friends of Friends. How did you come up with the concept?
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.
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!
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.
Young Adults is your side project with David Fisher. Tell us how this collab came about and the connection with your label.
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 🙂
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?
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 🙂
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?
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!!
It’s a beautiful day when Dim Mak Records sends out the hard work of our producers out into the arms of you beautiful fans. We feel like proud parents when it comes to this stuff, and right now-the excitement and pride runs high with the release of “RESET” by TRITONAL & 7 SKIES, a trance-esque yet dangerously heavy hitting track that overflows with energy and piquancy. In celebration, as per the tradition of such monumental releases, TRITONAL and 7 SKIES have come up with their own individual BEATPORT Charts. Featuring heavy hitters such as KASKADE, HARDWELL, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, BT, TOMMY TRASH, SANDER VAN DOORN, and many many more to blow your minds totally out of the water, these two charts are equal in one major respect: THEY’RE FREAKING AWESOME. So if you haven’t listened to “RESET”, I suggest you do so…and when you’re done party rocking to that, go snatch these two incredible charts over on BEATPORT.