In Billboard’s most recent installment of their “The Beat” series, host Jonathan Brooks sat down with 3/4 of Azari & III to get a feel for their music, what they have planned for the future, and what inspires them most. The quartet, hailing from Toronto, are rising heavyweights in the electronic music circuit and have quickly taken audiences by storm. They recently put out an official Remix Album featuring mixes from many top deep house producers such as Nicolas Jaar, Disclosure, Jamie Jones, Riva Starr and more. Their highly-anticipated upcoming EP, “Lost In Time” is out on Dim Mak Records. Be sure to scope out the interview to get a feel for what these guys are all about and to learn more about what drives their truly unique creative vision.
Keys N Krates, the most versatile and newest addition to the Dim Mak Records release roster, have created a couple March mixtapes that reflect their truly revolutionary style. Combining synths, keyboards, and turntables, the trio present us with an invigorating spin on the trap phenomenon that has swept the nation. Their Spotify playlist along with their March Beatport chart are true testaments to their abilities to merge different stylistic elements into a singular sound that you can’t help but get down to. Featuring tracks from the likes of Salva, Kendrick Lamar, GTA, Drake and more, these mixes are sure to become a staple for hip hop and dance music enthusiasts alike. Be sure to have a listen and check out their single “Treat Me Right”, currently listed at No. 35 on Beatport’s Electronica Top 100.
Twice a month, our bossman Steve Aoki at Dim Mak Records releases carefully selected mixes of some of the most prominent tracks within the electronic music market. His most recent podcast, titled Aoki’s House #5, was released yesterday on iTunes and is available FOR FREE here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aokis-house/id575308520
Twice a month, our bossman Steve Aoki at Dim Mak Records releases carefully selected mixes of some of the most prominent tracks within the electronic music market. His most recent podcast, titled Aoki’s House #5, was released yesterday on iTunes and is available FOR FREE here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/aokis-house/id575308520?mt=2.
“Club Nokia was the epicenter of Trap music Friday night, with big-time performances from AraabMuzik and Flosstradamus. There were also other great opening sets by Congorock, gLAdiator, Noizfiend, Alex Bustamove, and Mature Content. The night was full of the hard hitting bass and sway inducing beats that have become synonymous with the Trap sound. Araabmuzik was first to kick off the night and he didn’t disappoint.
Araabmuzik is the type of DJ who is so solid, that you know you’re going to have a good time no matter what when you listen to his music live. One of the reasons for this sure thing is that Araabmuzik mixes live using a MPC and so everything you are hearing is coming live from his hands to the speakers and then straight to your ears. Because every drum kick and sample is mixed live, it makes for a different type of set, where the beats and rhythm are on showcase instead of any big name song drops.
He opened his set with one of his tracks “Never Have to Worry,” and immediately the crowd started to get into what was a great constant track-to-track dance party. Araabmuzik showed great variety throughout the whole set, starting with slow deep bass only to speed up the tempo and then drop right back into a monster bass drop. Araab danced the night away while mixing but he never took his hands off the table and you could tell he enjoyed performing just as much as the audience enjoyed listening. Towards the end of his set he introduced some noticeable tracks like Nero’s “Promises,” and Biz Markie’s “Let Me Clear My Throat.” All-in-all Araabmuzik’s set was a good mix of trap and other quicker electro beats.
Next up on the deck was headliner Flosstradamus. The DJ-duo is known for their hard hitting trap sets and that is exactly what they delivered. It was both a classic and unique set as the DJS dropped popular Trap tracks as well as some remixes that were unexpected. They opened up with Lana Del Rey’s “Videogames” and then mixed right into “Bugatti” by Ace Hood. Things got especially turned up when they dropped a trap remix of “Face Down, Ass Up” by Meek Mill and then launched into “What’s Your Fantasy” by Ludacris. In fact, Flosstradamus threw the beat down so hard during a mix of a new song with DJ Slink that the power actually blew out for a minute.
After the technical difficulty the duo launched back seamlessly into their set and hyped up the crowd with a remix of “Jah No Partial” by Major Lazer featuring Flux Pavillion. The rest of the set was a bevy of trap classics from Rick Ross, Waka Flacka, and Chief Keef to name a few. The highlight of the night was definitely when they dropped RL Grimes remix of “Satisfaction” by Benni Benassi and then spun right into a mix of Kanye West’s “Mercy,” and the classic techno song “Sandstrom,” by Darude.
Flosstradamus kept spinning through the night as they disappeared behind the fog that was being shot out in front of the DJ booth. When the lights hit the fog, it made them look even more awesome, as if they were illuminated in a cloudy rainbow of epic-ness.
It was a great night for trap music and EDM fans, and the crowd at Club Nokia seemed to be pleased, as they stayed through the night and seemed to dance forever.” – Jenna Browning
With festival season kicking off next week we couldn’t be more thrilled to have Azari & III at our upcoming showcases for SXSW & WMC. The Canadian collective will be performing live next week at our showcase in Austin on March 13 as well as a DJ set at our Miami party on March 21. Along with our showcases the guys have announced a full line of dates for both festivals with a series of live performances and DJ sets through out each week. If you can’t make it to these showcases dates, then I suggest catching up on their latest release, ‘Remix Album’ featuring a handful of great remixes from artist such as Prince Language, Locked Groove, Nicholas Jaar, and more.
Last week we brought you the anticipated EP, ‘Bass Kick’ from Savage Skulls & Douster now we’re bringing you the official Beatport chart, “Lost In Space.” The chart follows the same path as their “TRT” track, providing an old school flavor to the mix. The chart takes a step back and features tracks from 1993 through present day from Double 99, DJ Q, Circle Children, and more. You can grab your copy on Beatport now.
- Douster, Savage Skulls – TRT
- Double 99 – Ripgroove
- Palace – Trust
- DJ Q – Dibby Dibby Sound
- Classified – Say to You
- Gerd, NY STOMP – The NY House Trak
- R.I.P. Productions – Up and Down
- Circle Children – Indonesia (Sambal Badjak Mix)
- Reflex One – I Got Riddumz
- DJ Slugo – Big Booty Hoes
Following the release of Dirtyphonics EP, ‘Walk in the Fire’ the guys have put together an exclusive iTunes playlist for March. The ten track collection includes their two recent Dim Mak releases, “Walk in the Fire” and “Dirty” along with an assortment of tracks from artists including Noisia, Dieselboy, The Haunted, and more. You can grab your copy on iTunes now.
- Dirtyphonics – Walk in the Fire
- Dirtyphonics – Dirty
- Kill the Noise, Brillz & Minxx – Saturn
- Metrik – Drift
- KillaGraham – Lifted
- Benny Benassi & The Biz – Satisfaction
- Noisia – Tommy’s Theme
- DIeselboy – NVD (Le Castle Vania + Computer Club Remix)
- The Haunted – 99
- Loadstar – Vatican Roulette
The young collective, 3Ball MTY who were featured on our “Phat Brahms” remix package landed a spot in the L.A. Times Music Blog. The Mexican natives have made a huge splash over the border, grabbing a Latin Grammy for Best New Artist last year and will soon do the same with their upcoming date at Coachella. You can read the full feature on 3Ball MTY on L.A. Times, as well as grab their “Phat Brahms” remix on Dim Mak.
“The track’s hip-hop basses combined with feel-good electronic synth melodies explains why these three dance pioneers should be ‘treated right’ by contemporaries throughout the rest of 2013” – VIBE Magazine
Tune, Matisse and Jr. Flo – or Canadian electronic trio and burgeoning live-act KEYS N KRATES as they’re more widely known to the music world – have today released their latest single ‘TREAT ME RIGHT’ on Steve Aoki’s globallly-celebrated Dim Mak imprint.
The first track to be taken from their forthcoming ‘SOLOW’ EP, ‘Treat Me Right’ was initially premiered across the airwaves on Annie Mac’s taste-making BBC Radio 1 show on 8th February to a truly incredible reception. Since then, the iconic trap-tinged electronic/hip-hop monster has been enjoying hefty support from the online sphere and has become a mainstay in the sets of big hitters such as TNGHT, Diplo, Annie Mac and Salva (to name but a few) over the past few weeks.
Having been recently crowned #1 of Billboard’s official “Next Rising Artists” chart, Keys N Krates are also gearing up for high profile North American LIVE shows at SXSW Festival (Austin, Texas), Blue Martini (Tampa, FL), WMC (Miami, FL) and Blue Martini (Orlando, FL). See below for full list of tour dates.
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Dim Mak Records drops another bomb and lets loose a massive collection of prominent tracks from its 2012 catalog, ‘Dim Mak Greatest Hits of 2012: Volume 3′.
“This is the last of 3 volumes of the greatest hits from 2012 from Dim Mak Records. We put out so many influential records by some of the most important artists in their worlds. Huge releases from Angger Dimas, Botnek, South Central, Proxy, Yung Skeeter, Haezer, Mustard Pimp, Dan Sena and many more… Download Volume 3 and enjoy!” – Steve Aoki
Today, UK’s Scanners release their Mexico EP with Dim Mak Records. Their brand new tracks “Mexico”, “Control” and “Charmed Life” are their latest in their sound that Vice describes as “perfecting a laser-fried blend of dance-punk and leaving beer-soaked UK club night in their wake.”
Later this year Love Is Symmetry album will come out on Dim Mak Records.
Supported by: Late of the Pier, Laura Marling, Datarock, Devo, Air, The Horrors, Forward Russia, Asobi Seksu, Florence and the Machine, The Charlatans, Electric Six, These New Puritans, Juliette Lewis, Steve Aoki, Uffie and many more.
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‘Crunk’ and ‘Slow Down’ are masterworks in varied and skilled production. ‘Crunk’ is an all-out high-octane jump house anthem and ‘Slow Down’ a heavy progressive track with a trance inspired melody. Both are so fully charged with filthy bass, piercing synths and huge vocals that they will have you cranking up the speed dial until you blow your speakers!
Never a pair to be tied down into any one field, these two mammoth records marks their musical transition and continued journey through the world of electronic dance music. They cite and utilise influences from rock and hip-hop to house and euphoria. This all combines in the Showtek way to create their unique sound!
‘Slow Down’ is not a phrase commonly used in Showtek’s dictionary. On only the eve of 2013, ‘Hey!’ was unleashed to the world and was met with the ravest reviews from fans and specialists all over the world. In a heartbeat, they then began one of the greatest podcasts in the electronic domain, propelling the Dutch brothers straight to the US – stunning fans from the East to the West. Whilst wowing overseas however, the two have held a special place for home fans that have shown continued support for their ground breaking Justin Prime collaboration. Keeping a firm position at No.5 in the Dutch Top 40, Showtek are rapidly becoming one of the greatest musical exports from the Netherlands and showing the rest of the world exactly why!