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)
Spin Magazine: The 40 Best Dance Tracks of 2013 So Far [#15 Clockwork feat. Wynter Gordon – “Surge”]
#15 Clockwork, feat. Wynter Gordon – “Surge” (Dim Mak)
For all EDM’s pop aspirations, it rarely nails that elusive crossover as perfectly as this extended serotonin rush of a song, which floods your brain just as forcefully whether you hear it in a field full of wide-eyed first-time ravers or waiting in line at the grocery store.
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A festival featuring the biggest names in electronic dance music is usually a destination event, like Ultra Fest or Coachella. But this summer the party’s coming to you: A cornucopia of acts, including Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Rusko, Crystal Method, DJ Shadow, Pretty Lights, Modeselektor, and Disco Biscuits are hitting 20 cities this summer with every niche of electronic music, from electro house to trance-fusion. Remember: Drink lots of water and don’t take the brown acid.