New Techy Acid House
Shit just got real. German pioneer, Boys Noize, and acclaimed American Dubstep tycoon, Skrillex, have joined forces to create one of the most interesting production combination I’ve seen in some time. Both have very recognizably aggressive styles and both have a knack for a certain uniqueness in their music, which has been one common reason for both of their rises in modern EDM. The result of this union is a high-speed pounding two song EP featuring strong basslines and crafty drum and chord work. The sound is definitely more reminiscent of Boys Noize’s more techno style, but there is no doubt that Skrillex had his bassy hands all over these tracks. My personal favorite of the two tracks on the Middle Finger EP is the one I’ve included in this post, ‘Next Order’, which is just so damn funky and dope and full of heavy drum work it’s not even funny. Shout out to my neighbor Christian for opening my eyes to this collaboration, because it is epic. Even if you aren’t into the heavier styles of EDM, I urge you to check the EP out as it may be an eye-opener to say the least. Also, although I’m certain that neither Boys Noize or Skrillex will stop producing under their own monikers any time soon, I would also venture to say that Dog Blood will have some staying power, so I would expect more big things from them in the not so distant future.
New Progressive House
Honestly, at this point it is becoming fairly obvious that Swedish EDM veteran John Dahlback can do no wrong. Seriously, it’s like the Hand of God is guiding every chord he hits in anticipation of creating his next massive banger. ‘Life’, ‘One Last Ride’, ‘Rebels’, ‘Escape’ and ‘Start Loving You’ represent just a portion of his impressive studio releases, which have come over the past two years of his lengthy decade-spanning career, and the incredible versatility Dahlback shows in his ability to produce between multiple genres with relative ease. Since 2002 the Swede has straddled tech house, electro, acid house and most recently the more melodic and progressive side of modern house music. That being said, yesterday marked the release of yet another unique Dahlback fire-bomb, this time bringing some unprecedented heat in what is one of the chunkier, gritty and over-all badass basslines I’ve heard from him yet. ‘Comet’ comes right out of the gate guns-a-blazing with a drumline intro giving way to a merciless chord pattern that is nothing short of an absolute festival banger. Toward the middle of the song you’ll be treated to a pretty dark set of chords in the track’s second verse but the real meat and bones of this song is centered firmly in that vicious bassline. The bottom-line is that Dahlback continues to be under-recognized as one of the industry’s brightest talents, though most who know anything about electronic are at least familiar with his name. It begs the question, when will the U.S. finally break the stereotype we’ve created for ourselves as shallow EDM fans who only wear neon, only go to shows to do drugs, and only listen to the mainstream artists like SHM and Avicii? I’ve always argued that the scene in the U.S. is not nearly as negative as everyone seems to think it is, I go to shows almost every weekend and sure I’ve seen my fair share of overboard ‘fans’ or ‘ravers’ but I’ve also seen no shortage of the founding principles of the music, P.L.U.R. To me the U.S. market for EDM will truly reach its pinnacle when true talent like John Dahlback is as easily recognized to Americans as Avicii and Tiesto are now. Here’s your chance to make it happen. Give this jam a listen.
New Progressive/Electro House
Ryan Raddon, better known as Kaskade has been one of the most if not the most successful producer/dj to come from the U.S. In a genre where most of the talent still hails from Europe and abroad, Kaskade has done his country proud. This summer has no doubt been the biggest of his career as he has set off on a massive cross country tour. Kaskade’s Freak’s of Nature Tour has hit over 30 cities since June and is continuing on the West coast and up into Canada. Recently Kaskade reached another monument, selling out the Staples Center. Kaskade is a somewhat rare find in that his productions and dj styles differ, yet he manages to excel at both and still put his brand on the two so you know it is him. Known for his very euphoric, vocal based productions, his dj set is usually much heavier and rager inducing. Kaskade manages to give his songs that heavier big room appeal by putting his trademark vocals over some harder tracks that make for one hell of a show. This new collaboration has been heavily featured on his tour and is finally starting to get some recognition. The collaboration features Kaskades vocal prowess with Swanky Tunes harder sound to make for a perfect production. This song will get you moving and give you that euphoria we have all come to know and love all at the same time.
New Progressive House
The short lived career of rising Dutch talent and HDM favorite Nick Van De Corput, better known as Hardwell, has seen the young Netherlands native reach the point of relative super-stardom. Over the past year he and his label imprint, Revealed Recordings, have proven to be two of the industry’s most reliable sources of unique and increasingly powerful studio offerings as well as promising up-and-coming artists. Today, the man himself joins forces with one of his label’s most talked about exports to date and fellow Breda native, Dannic, formerly known as DJ Funkadelic, to produce a pretty impressive new progressive house gem via remix duties for Example’s single ‘Say Nothing’. The duo was also responsible for one of the year’s bigger progressive house bangers, ‘Kontiki’, which was a pretty formidable marriage of high end synths and sturdy basslines, but their latest track marks a break from the norm in the direction of the more melodic realms of the genre.
I am loving this song right now. Sia can lay down some mean vocals on any track and “Resurrection” producer Michael Calfan brings a powerful drop that I am really enjoying. Definitely go on youtube and check out more that Calfan has to offer, trust me its worth it.
Two pivotal members of last year’s “Tomorrowland” anthem team, and Belgium natives, are back for this year’s installment to the festival’s official anthem, and I’m feeling it. I’m not sure I’m ready to give it “anthem” status, as I don’t use that term loosely, but it will absolutely make the rotation on my iPod. This year’s stage and production was just absurd, and given the lineup and buzz the Belgium based festival has attracted over the past couple of years there’s no doubt that Tomorrowland is one of the world’s premier music events, in the discussion with the Ultra, EDC and Sensation. Now if only I could scheme a way to get to Tomorrowland next year…