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Aoki Files #48 w/ Kenna

October 16, 2013 Nikki Lifestyle, Music, News, Video Tags: , , ,

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)!
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[Rolling Stone Premiere] Borgore parties with Waka Flocka Flame and Paige on new ‘Wild Out’ single!

October 7, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , ,

100413-wild-out-600-1380907204Israeli 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.

“What the fuck you hatin’ for?” sings Paige over blaring electro-bass drops and Euro-house synths. “Give me a round of applause!” Check out an exclusive stream of the track on Rolling Stone.

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.
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LISTEN TO THE EXCLUSIVE STREAM OF THE WILD OUT SINGLE HERE

[trackitdown #1] Goon Squad – Correction (Original Mix) off the ‘Twerk’ EP

October 3, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , ,

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.

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It’s remix season! Dirtyphonics – Hanging On Me ft. Liela Moss (Kastle Remix)

September 27, 2013 Nikki Music, News Tags: , , ,

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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.

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Music Video: Felix Cartal feat. Koko LaRoo “Young Love” (Official Video) on MuchMusic.com!

September 27, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News, Video Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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

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New Borgore and Ookay remix for Dirtyphonics’ ‘Hanging On Me’

September 26, 2013 Nikki Music Tags: , , , , , , ,

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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.

[SPIN Premiere] KASTLE Wrings a Bubbly 2-Step Remix out of Dirtyphonics’ Brutal ‘Hanging on Me’

September 26, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , ,

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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)

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Coone’s ‘Our Fairytale (Theme of Tomorrow 2013)’ hits #1 on Beatport’s Hard Dance chart!

September 20, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , , , , ,

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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.

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[Billboard Premiere] Keys N Krates, ‘SOLOW’ EP: First Listen

September 13, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , ,

keys-and-crates-hard-summer-2013-650Were 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.

Who wore it better? Clockwork or Big Sean

September 5, 2013 madeuceuh Music, News, Video Tags: , , ,

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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?

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♬ Out Now: Kenna – Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide – Chapter 1

September 3, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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…

[BEHIND THE SCENES] The Bloody Beetroots ft. Theophilus London “All The Girls” (Around The World)

August 30, 2013 Nikki Music, Video Tags: , , , , ,

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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

August 29, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , ,

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.

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Felix Cartal’s “Young Love” ft. Koko LaRoo Reaches #1 on Hype Machine!

August 25, 2013 Tim Gauthier Music, News Tags: , , , , , , ,

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Felix2It’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.

THIS JUST IN: Felix’s hot summer single, “Young Love (Feat. Koko LaRoo)” is getting massive love from the blogosphere, having just reached number 1 on Hype Machine popular charts!

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/

Purchase “Past, Present, Felix”: iTunesBeatport