can i have some mo…tez?

November 28th, 2013 (22:54 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-11-28 motez

I learned about Motez when “Take Off” was featured in one of Shadow Child’s mixes. Not surprisingly, Dave Spoon (aka Shadow Child) snatched up the talented Bahgdad-born, Aussie transplant for his new label Food Music.  While his original work is fantastic, some of my favorite tracks of his are remixes of popular songs like Frank Ocean‘s “Thinkin’ Bout You”. With big-name artists already lining up to have Motez work his magic on their tunes, I think he is a producer to watch out for.

♬ Motez – Take Off
★ Frank Ocean – Thinkin’ Bout You (Motez Edit)

Its hard to get someone to want to break it down in a coffee shop, but that’s exactly what’s happening right now as I’m typing this and listening to Motez’ newest release: “Gas Pedal (Motez Edit)” by Sage the Gemini. I’ll definitely be listening to this track on repeat.

♬ Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Motez Edit)

dirty dirtier dirtiest

November 28th, 2013 (15:19 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-11-28 dirty south

After a seriously amazing friend scored us tickets to a very intimate preview of Dirty South‘s new album “Speed of Life”, my faith in house music has been completely renewed. Booming basslines met emotional vocals to delicately pattern the beautiful melodies developed by Mr. Roganović (read: Serbian-Australian hotness). Enjoy the shit out of these two — happy ravin’ Thanksgiving!

★ Dirty South – Until the End (feat. Joe Gil)
★ Dirty South – Your Heart (feat. Joe Gil)

EVENT: Sphongletron 3.0

November 28th, 2013 (11:58 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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I will never forget the first time I heard Shpongle perform: the sun was rising over the Baltimore waterfront during the last couple hours of Starscape and just as I was losing steam, a crowd was forming around the main stage. The combination of psychadelic trance, ambient music, and world sounds completely blew me away while their intricately built stage – aptly called Shpongletron – held me captivated for the full 90 minute set. Above is just a glimpse at the production of their first ever stage. Simon just announced a stacked spring tour to promote their new album “Museum of Consciousness” that includes a brand-new Sphongletron 3.0 stage set-up. A definite MUST-SEE if you can get yourself to any of their shows — see where Simon is touring at!

is this real life? [updated]

November 19th, 2013 (17:05 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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Update (11/19): This remix of Lucid Dreams from Above & Beyond‘s latest session of Group Therapy is just too good not to share.

★ Mat Zo – Lucid Dreams (ilan Bluestone Remix)

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the genre killer

November 18th, 2013 (22:38 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-11-18 ta-ku

One of my favorite aspects of electronic music gaining popularity is the influx of genre-merging. Many producers, such as Australia’s Ta-Ku, stem from a different musical background and are bringing a fresh perspective to the worn-out “eat sleep rave repeat”. Ta-ku can cut ‘n’ chop hip hop beats like nobody’s business, and takes a refreshingly groovy spin on electronic tracks. Check out his take on the UK electronic duo, AlunaGeorge:

★ AlunaGeorge – Best Be Believing (Ta-ku Remix)

His debut album Songs to Break Up To showcases Ta-Ku’s softer side and reminds us that electronic music can break away from big-room drops and oozy soul. My favorite song from his album is “We Were in Love”, a lo-fi lounge track with addicting vocal loops…

♬ Ta-Ku – We Were In Love

don’t waste no precious time

November 17th, 2013 (09:17 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-11-15 thomas jack

20-year-old Aussie deej hits money again with his latest, a beautiful, instrument-filled remix of “Atlas Hands”. Thomas Jack has really grown into his own with these happy-go-lucky, funkier pop songs. Each new remix has an unexpected twist to it that gives it a smooth, beachy feel… great stuff :)

★ Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Atlas Hands (Thomas Jack
★ Adrian Lux – Teenage Crime (Thomas Jack Remix)


MIX: You.

November 15th, 2013 (20:16 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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For those people you just can’t (or don’t want to) get out of your head…




Stream this and our other mixes, days in advance, on 8tracks!

★ Mat Zo Featuring Janai – Time On Your Side
♬ Kaskade – Atmosphere (Shoe Scene Symphony Remix)
★ Avicii x Daft Punk – Dear Boy (Dave Edwards Remix)
♬ Kylie Minogue – Cant Get You Out Of My Head (Forever Kid Remix)
♬ Wankelmut & Emma Louise – My Head Is A Jungle (Extended Vocal Mix)
♬ The xx – Crystalised (Murder Beach Bootleg)
♬ Ellie Goulding – Burn (Leo Kalyan Remix)
★ Jill Scott – Daydreamin’ (Jerry Folk Remix)
♬ Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks (Thomas Jack Remix)
★ Bondax – Giving It All (French Kiwi Juice Remix)

beauty in the breakdown

November 11th, 2013 (19:01 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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★ Mike Shinoda & Skylar Grey – Where’d You Go (Murdok Dubstep Remix)

Absence and loss can occur as two different types. The first type is often like missing something you once had a right to. A ring broken, letter burned or book stolen. The second is more abstract. Sometimes described as a glass of water that cannot be refilled; as the water is removed the glass is emptied. A promise broken, memory forgotten or pattern changed. The third type is missing something you never had. A glass empty, song never heard or a feeling never felt.

wunderkinder, round 2

November 10th, 2013 (11:50 EST) · 1 comment · permalink
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13-11-09 wunderkind

This is the continuation to a post I made a few days ago about young and talented DJs. What I like about these two youngins’ is how they successfully use instruments you don’t hear very often in the EDM world.

Bakermat is another 1991-er who hails from the Netherlands. Bakermat is my favorite artist of the moment — not only because he uses the saxophone ALL the time, but also because his music is consistently good (read: Sax is BACK). Which is why picking only a few songs to spotlight is sooooo difficult. Eeny-meeny-miny-moe:

♬ Bakermat – Brighter Days
★ Bakermat – Leven

Faul is a 22-year-old from Paris who sometimes tours with Bakermat. “Changes” featuring Wad Ad and “Happy Endings” are both so catchy and uplifting; it’s hard not to love the songs immediately.

★ Faul – Changes feat. Wad Ad
♬ Faul – Happy Endings


October 31st, 2013 (22:36 EST) · leave a comment! · permalink
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13-10-31 wunderkind jules

It’s not just their age that ties these producers together– it’s their talent. Each exhibits a unique, bold sound that fits together (in my mind) and could only lead to a tour together (a girl can dream). I gotta wonder: if they are already creating such gems in their youth, what masterpieces await?

Flume, aka Aussie Harley Streten, put on one of my favorite shows of the year when he played at U Street in DC. I swear I had his music stuck in my head for 2 weeks following the show…  I am in love with one of his newest releases “On Top” featuring T. Shirt. The lyrics are: “All that I want in this life is the chance to do my thing.” If that’s not the mantra for the Y Generation then I don’t know what is.

★ Disclosure – You and Me (Flume remix)
♬ Flume – On Top (feat. T.Shirt)

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