Get your fire extinguishers out, y’all, because this episode of #AOKIFILES is on fire (which may explain the hole in Steve’s shorts)! Steve hangs out with the extraordinary singer, producer, visionary, “monk,” KENNA to get the dirt on what fans and tastemakers alike can expect from the collection of EPs Kenna is hitting us with this year. With what Steve describes as a “classic dance record”, Kenna is part of the evolution of Dim Mak Records with the release of his single “Relations (An Ode to You and Me)”. Watch the episode for more info on the 3 chapters of Kenna’s release, find out what artist helped Kenna make his “alien-esque” EP, and keep your ears wide open for the fantastic dance sounds emerging from this self-proclaimed nerd (whereas we prefer to think of him as a genius)!
DOWNLOAD: Chapter 1
PRE-ORDER: Chapter 2
Bass music giant BORGORE joins hip-hop heavyweight Waka Flocka Flame and vocalist Paige on the new single “Wild Out” from his upcoming Wild Out EP, out this fall on Dim Mak Records. “Wild Out” features the signature BORGORE bass crunch and trapstyle-influenced production…
Three great minds in music have come together on Dim Mak’s latest release, “Bring You To Life (Transcend)”. Defined by its warm lead sounds, “Transcend” was one of the most popular tracks on Steve Aoki’s It’s the End of the World As We Know It EP from this past December.
Run Hide Survive EP is the newest effort from Brighton outfit SOUTH CENTRAL, pushing the expectations of what electro can be. “Drop It” at first plays much like a big room progressive track, complete with lush chord progressions and a memorable build up. When it drops though…
The Back Off, Bitch! remix EP invites a diverse palate of producers to try their hand at the Static Revenger and Kay original. Dim Mak enlists the help of Melbourne Bounce favorite J-Trick to give this electro track a much needed Down Under attack….
Israeli DJ-producer Borgore has a knack for stitching together eclectic styles. As a former death-metal drummer, he brings a hard-hitting approach to his electronic tunes – but he’s still savvy enough to collaborate with artists of very different genres. On his new single, “Wild Out,” he brings both a pop singer, Paige, and a rapper, Waka Flocka Flame, into the fold.
Borgore had high praise for her, as well as for his guest rapper. “Working with Waka was like working with the energy of an MMA fight, while Paige brought a serene, silky, angel-like voice and I had to somehow mix them both together. Mission.”
“Wild Out” will be released on October 15th, on Dim Mak Records, and it’s available for pre-order on iTunes and Borgore’s official website. The Wild Out EP will be released later this fall.
(via Rolling Stone)
“Daniel (LA Riots) and I have wanted to do a track together for a while, so when we got the chance it was really exciting. I had been a fan of his few a while. We asked up and comer Jessie Malakouti join us on this track and she added a really special element…” – ThankYouX
We are elated to announce that Goon Squad’s recent “Twerk EP” release just last week has been getting great reception from bass music fans alike. Just in the past week, all the support its received pushed it up the #11 spot on Hip-Hop Top 100 Releases Beatport chart. Even better yet, we just received news that the second track on this hard hitting release, “Correction,” has already earned the #1 position on Track It Down’s Top 100 Dubstep tracks. At this rate, the “Twerk EP” will definitely be heard in clubs all around the nation. Be sure to cop your own “Twerk EP” on Beatport to enjoy these bangin’ tunes for yourself, and like Goon Squad on Facebook to keep updated. You can also check out the Track It Down website to steam this bass heavy track.
Now firmly cemented as one of the staple tracks in the Dirtyphonics discography, “Hanging On Me” made headlines earlier in 2013 for its huge dubstep sound. Now a number of versatile artists have lent their hands to remix this dancefloor devastator into wholly different creations.
SAVAGE SKULLS & DOUSTER released the Bass Kick EP in early 2013, a mixture of 808’s, garage and even Dutch influence across its tracks. The time has come for a number of producers to try their hands at these songs…
Kevin Focus shows us that, when it comes to electronic music, less isn’t always more. In fact “Less is Snore”. The long awaited follow up to Focus’s number one selling EP Stuck 7/Brock Out takes his progressive, big room sound and fuses it with his past underground roots.
2013 has been a huge year for English alternative band, “Scanners.” This June marked the release of their long awaited third album, “Love is Symmetry” on Dim Mak Records. To follow up, 5 songs on the album have been chosen for 8 remixers to give their interpretation on Scanners.
It seems like producing a super legit remix of a DIRTYPHONICS track is like a right of passage only bestowed upon the most gifted of music makers, as witnessed by Kastle’s remix Dirtyphonics‘ “Hanging On Me”; laid back and fresh, “Hanging on Me (Kastle Remix)” is like a breath of clean air on this #dirty track. Kastle, who is known for infusing the sounds of R&B with edgier dubstep influences, sheds a whole new light with his chilled out rendition.
Felix Cartal is experiencing a monumental year! With a slew of chart-topping releases, including his recent “Past, Present, Felix” EP, and a North American tour that kicked off with a bang, Canada’s electro-house golden boy knows no limits!
Having just reached the #1 spot on Hype Machine popular charts, Felix’s summer single “Young Love (feat. KoKo LaRoo)” is making massive waves in the blogosphere. To add fuel to that fire, the official video for the track has just been featured as one of the “fresh videos” on Canada’s iconic pop-culture site www.muchmusic.com!
Felix will be participating in an in-studio interview with Much Music coming up soon! #staytuned
When it comes to heavy bass, haunting lyrics belted out with soaring vocals, dirty beats, and overall badassery…who do you turn to? If you didn’t answer DIRTYPHONICS, then you are wrong and need to reevaluate your life/music situation. The only way to make a DIRTYPHONICS song even dirtier is to add the talents of the cake lovin’ Borgore and trap producer extraordinaire Ookay; the results of such a collaboration can be heard in the Hardstyle-inspired remix these two heavy hitters produced on the Dirtyphonics track “Hanging On Me”. Full of subtle drops and vibey bass, “Hanging on Me (Borgore & Ookay remix)” is sexy and fun, which is just what we’d expect from a fusion of all this talent in one place.
Is there any sound so tough that a U.K. garage refix can’t turn into something pliable and seductive? Apparently, not, at least judging from the Los Angeles producer Kastle’s remix of “Hanging on Me,” a new song from the French quartet Dirtyphonics. Their recent singles have typically trod the line between headbanging and Ed Banging: “No Stopping Us,” featuring Foreign Beggars, was hip-house via Alice in Chains, while “Walk in the Fire” was forged of blast beats and chugging metal guitars. “Hanging on Me” is similar, marrying Master of Puppets-inspired twinned leads to a shuddering, dubsteppy cadence and topping it off with vocals from the Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss, who here sounds, improbably but intriguingly, a little like Cat Power imitating Ozzy Osbourne. In Kastle’s hands, though, the tune flashes back to 2-step’s glory days, complete with bouncy organ bass line and synths as bubbly as a freshly uncorked bottle of Dom. In contrast to 2-step’s habit of making chipmunks out of its singers, he plays Moss’ vocals relatively straight, save for a judicious bit of glottal chopping, but he strays from convention by briefly flipping the groove into a brittle triplet rhythm that’s halfway between trap and Schaffel. If you’ve ever dreamed of a Lex Luger/Superpitcher collaboration, here’s the next best thing. (via SPIN)
Brace yourselves again, dance fans. Clinton VanSciver is back for your dance floors, and he came prepared with “Indie Anna Jones Remixes”, a seven track remix EP that demands to be turned all the way up…
“I put together this EP using many different ideas and sounds, drawing inspiration from artist such as W&W, Deorro, Showtek, Diplo, Kendrick Lamar and Tyga . I wanted to fuse all of these elements together with the goal of coming out with something truly unique…” – ZooFunktion
Three unique and diverse producers come together as GOON SQUAD to unleash a six song EP by the name of “Twerk EP” today, a collection of bangers that will leave fans and tastemakers clamoring for more. Hip hop meshed with trap colliding with driving basslines…
A first for Dim Mak, we have some stellar news to share with the hardstyle community, and the dedicated family of electronic dance music as a whole. We are excited to announce that our first ever hardstyle signee, Coone, has topped the Beatport Hard Dance chart! The Belgian native dropped “Our Fairytale (Theme of Tomorrow 2013)” just under a week ago as a Beatport exclusive, and it has already shot all the way to the top of its respective genre chart.
The second single from his upcoming full-length album Global Dedication, “Our Fairytale (Theme of Tomorrow 2013)” is the official track for Q-Dance video coverage at TomorrowWorld 2013. Featuring the vocals of Chris Madin, Coone himself is excited to spin the track and perform at this year’s inaugural TomorrowWorld event in Chattahoochee. Coone plays on Saturday, September 28th of the Georgia festival, as well as at The Sound of Q-Dance on October 5th, alongside hardstyle contemporaries Noisecontrollers, Wildstylez, Gunz for Hire and more.
King of punk rock dance music Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo, better known as The Bloody Beetroots, has released his highly anticipated HIDE today via Ultra Music! HIDE premiered last week on Rolling Stone.com and features a number of cameos including Brooklyn-based rapped Theophilus…
On one of the staple releases for Dim Mak this summer, Carnage and Tony Junior teamed up for the ultimate basketball ode, “Michael Jordan”. Delivering the proper testament to this courtside legend, the original track brought the ever needed energy to dancefloors and festival grounds…
Last Fall, Brighton based group SOUTH CENTRAL electrified dancefloors across the world with their Hollywood EP, chock full of hard hitting bass sounds that thoroughly satisfied the palates of dubstep and electro fanatics. The time has come for even more.
Linkin Park officially revealed the band’s new collaboration with Steve Aoki, “A Light that Never Comes,” on L.A.’s KROQ (a Radio.com station) this morning. While fans were able to “unlock” the song late last week by playing the band’s new Facebook game…
Were someone to describe Keys N Krates as an artist who includes Diplo and Annie Mac as friends, one whose schedule includes appearances at festival stages like HARD, Mad Decent Block Party and Electric Zoo, and one who is signed to Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label, you might have and idea of who this artist is. But as a live electronic band, Toronto-based trio Keys N Krates, are anything but a typical EDM act.
In fact, as they show on their new EP, SOLOW, out this Tuesday, there’s still a lot of room for originality in a genre typically defined by similarities. Check out the first listen of SOLOW here, on CODE.
Coone’s new track ‘Our Fairytale’ is the second release of his forthcoming album ‘Global Dedication’ which will be released around October 2013 on Dim Mak records. Fasten your seat belts for this Hardstyle fairytale roller coaster and experience…
FELIX CARTAL is fresh off the success of his most recent EP, Past Present Felix, with the hit lead single “Young Love”. The follow-up single, “After Dark”, takes a more euphoric approach with enchanting melodies and hypnotizing female vocals.
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” has become the next stalwart across dance floor. And…..
RNR 2.0 is Will Brennan‘s sexy summer follow up to his “RNR” single and, true to Will’s signature musical style, the song can’t be defined by just one genre. RNR 2.0 is infused with soothing acoustic melodies, the sensual voice of Jenny Reynolds, and a backdrop of trap beats…
Mercer, D!RTY AUD!O & Reece Low joined forces and created a melodic big room Dutch house anthem. The three men fused together each of their own unique styles and elements and created ‘Drop’. Though ‘Drop’ is festival-ready, it goes off just as well in the clubs.
Belgium based producer/electro pioneer GTRONIC is blazing new trails in the dense forest of dance music with the release of “STROBO”. This two-track release is hypnotizing and builds upon multiple layers of rowdy bass, treble, and stabs of synth that keep the tempo hyped.
Every artist knows that the highest form of a compliment is through imitation. From the outdoor coastal concept to the colorfully artistic effects, Big Sean’s latest music video for his single “10 2 10″ is exactly that.
Dim Mak’s own Clockwork released the music video for his single “Surge” back in June 2013 showcasing some unique and original effects against a back drop of the coastal wilderness. From the hike through the wooded trails to the shots of the waves and the clouds rolling in over the scene, it puts you at one with nature and the meaning of the lyrics “I can feel it in my body” shine through without question.
“10 2 10″ , released just about a week ago, boasts an oh so similar concept. Hike through the wooded trails? Check. Waves? Check. Clouds? Check. But wait, what about those super cool visual effects? Check. (Shout out @susboy911) It is super reminiscent of what we saw with Clockwork’s “Surge”… and that is awesome. As far as the lyrics and video creating cohesive concept, its not exactly on the money. With the song being about working from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and back again, when did he have time to stroll to the beach? I mean, since he was busy working and all.
So you be the judge. Who wore it best?
So you’re the popular DJ at all your friends’ house parties. You’ve played the clubs. Everyone you know thinks you’re the next A-Trak.
But do you have what it takes to open a stage at one of the largest festivals in the world?
Globe-trotting producer/DJ ANGGER DIMAS has just released his debut full-length album Angger Management on Dim Mak Records. Angger Management sees ANGGER DIMAS collaborating with an impressive array of producers and vocalists throughout the album…
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…
It seems like just yesterday when we were all jamming the eff out to the brilliant collaboration of Felix Cartal and Clockwork’s “The Fire (ft. Madame Buttons)”. Oh wait…it was just yesterday. And every day since it was released, right?
If anyone knows how to make music that resonates across genres, it’s without a doubt Bloody Beetroots. This is obvious when you put the likes of Bloody Beetroots with rapper Theophilus London, a man known for his own genre smashing sounds that touch the soul of music in an entirely unique way. Peep the video below for insight as to how Theophilus came to collaborate with Dim Mak’s own Bloody Beetroots and stay tuned for the release of “All The Girls (Around the World)”, due out in September!
ANNOUNCEMENT – Kenna’s ‘Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation Is Suicide’ dropping on September 3, 2013
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.
DROP whatever you’re doing right now and grab your headphones. Swedish electro house duo Qulinez are releasing their highly anticipated new single “Drop It” on Dim Mak Records. “Drop It” will, without a doubt, be one of the hottest festival anthems of 2013.
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…
Producers YUNG SKEETER and WAX MOTIF join forces on the 2-track release “Next To Me” Two monstrous sounds collide on this release, packing a double punch with tracks “Next to Me” and “Hush Hush,” bringing forth music that is as brisk as it is fiery hot…
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….
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.
Stream it here: http://dmak.co/FelixCartal_YoungLove
Also be sure to check out Felix’s upcoming tour dates for his North American “After Dark Tour”: http://afterdark.felixcartal.com/
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…
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 dancefloor…