At just 15, the child prodigy was a budding master craftsman, winning DJ championships against top talent and carrying the torch for borrowed turntablism techniques that made the ultimate difference — they made people want to dance — along the way. He’s a true auteur and through a continual showcase for his deep love for hip-hop and EDM, he’s provided one of the most unique stylistic coalescences EDM has ever had the pleasure to witness.
Most recently, A-Trak’s seemed to be feeling the GOOD Summer that Mr. Kanye West, Pusha T, and co. have been providing. He’s flipped Pusha T’s new “The Games We Play,” one of the hottest numbers off DAYTONA and even added a new touch to the track. Coyly, A-Trak’s mixed in Eve’s 2001 classic “Let Me Blow Ya Mind,” featuring Gwen Stefani, which was Eve’s highest-charting ever single on the US Billboard Hot 100 and an unbelievably smooth tune in its own right. Ultimately, it’s an incredibly appropriate subliminal mix-in, especially considering the DJ manages to continually blow our minds.
Sammy Bananas hand long been a respected figurehead in the dance music scene. Fans of Fool’s Gold Records will know him as the less forward-facing A-Trak signee, frequently appearing in the label’s radio shows, remix duty, and on many of the imprint’s compilations over the course of a decade. But the Fool’s Gold OG has never been in the spotlight in the way he is now, with the release of his debut full-length LP, Someday.
Through a lengthy, tasty catalog of singles, Bananas made it clear that his game is disco. Someday takes those inspirations further than just disco and the genre’s newer iterations, swinging through indie electronica, flanked by saxophones and progressions lifted right out of 1980’s with some contemporary dance flare. He’s made the record a collaborative effort, teaming up with singers like BOSCO and Kaleena Zanders to round out the album’s vocal fuel.
With a mantra of “little. yellow. different.” Bananas has had a strong sense of humor throughout his career, and it comes through directly in his music. “21,” one of the album’s only singles, hilariously leans on the all too familiar sentiments one might feel as they meet people out at night. The record’s charmingly cheesiest homage to the 80’s however by way of slow jam “How Many Kisses?” effortlessly reaching peak nostalgia. At long last, Sammy Bananas is having a deserved moment in the sun, and he’s dropped off an exceptionally fun collection to celebrate.
Everything A-Trak touches turns to gold. There’s nothing even remotely fake coming from the Fool’s Gold label boss’ wheelhouse. Now, he’s continuing to excavate treasures — having already unearthed supreme dance remixes for artists like Kanye West, Miike Snow, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more, A-Trak’s latest haul is a balmy disco rendition of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s perennially cool “Sylvia Says.”
Gainsbourg recently released a limited edition, 12” EP with remixes from Soulwax, SebastiAn, and Les Oxalis for Record Store Day. A-Trak’s take on “Sylvia Says” comes as a part of a forthcoming six-track remix EP out June 1 which will feature new takes on the track from Tensnake, Breakbot, Jerge, Mind Enterprise, and Radio Slave.
MoMA PS1 has announced this year’s lineup for its annual summer concert series, a 10-week run of affordable concerts in the Long Island City space. This year’s Warm Up lineup includes A-Trak, Laff Trax (Toro Y Moi and Nosaj Thing), Cashmere Cat, SOB x RBE, Valee, Omar-S, Starchild & the New Romantic, Cuban Doll, Discwoman, and more.
A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1’s Warm Up series enters its 21st year this summer. The series runs every Saturday between June 30 and Sept. 1.
The first 100 New York City high school students to attend each event will be given free entry. All Long Island City residents receive free entry as well. Tickets and full lineups can be found here.
HARD Summer is pulling out all the stops for the upcoming edition of the festival, led by one of the event’s most memorable lineups to date. Slated for August 4 – 5, and returning to a familiar venue at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, HARD’s flagship event is sticking to their tried and true playbook of marquee dance and hip-hop match ups, laced together by the underground’s finest newcomer talents, dropping off a lineup of over 70 acts. Best of all, 2018 now is officially the year of the back-to-back.
Additional firepower from Mija, k?d, Tokimonsta, Madam X, Joyryde and many more round out one of HARD’s best bookings to date. And with the festival boasting added amenities, updated safety and comfort features, plus a hilarious trailer that pins Diplo as the “Dawson’s Creek looking motherf****r” he is, we’re looking at what could be the most over-the-top edition of HARD Summer yet.
Drai’s Beachclub readies itself for pool season as temperatures steadily rise. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster for April features household names like Showtek, A-Trak, Audien, Dada Life, Anna Lunoe and more. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.
2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s April 2018 calendar below.
Recently A-Trak and Young Thug linked up for a throwback to the Low Pros days, dropping off their grinding new collaboration, “Ride For Me,” via Zane Lowe on Beats 1. The track was met with equal parts surprise and praise, with Young Thug delivering one of his most aberrantly eccentric vocal performances in recent memory, complemented by rising rapper 24hrs’ tempered contribution, all wrapped up and packed tightly into a slow-burning A-Trak trap beat.
The pair have now released an official video accompaniment that ties together genres, styles, cultures, and even generations. Thugger and A-Trak rope in a heavy dose of 90’s nostalgia, linking with renown skate video director and Zoo York founder Eli Morgan Gesner for “Ride For Me‘s” one-of-a-kind concept.
The video clips together Gesner’s archived footage of legendary NYC skaters from two decades ago with cuts of A-Trak and Thug revisiting the same spots in the present day, filmed with the same Hi-8 camera, making the clips of 1994 and 2018 nearly indistinguishable. The feature’s visual aesthetics, which A-Trak describes perfectly as, “both nostalgic and post-modern,” play right into the track’s sonic appeal, juxtaposing a retro snapshot of life in the urban underground with a soundtrack of futuristic, new wave hip-hop.
Drai’s Beachclub continues to be at the forefront of the Las Vegas day club circuit with its highly-anticipated lineup announcement and dates for the 2018 Drai’s Beachclub season. Rivaling any top-tier music festival, the club’s stacked roster features a host of household names like A-Trak, GTA, TroyBoi, Dada Life and Zeds Dead. Serving as the Strip’s only rooftop beach club, partygoers will be in for a treat each weekend this season with exclusive, power-packed sets from some of the world’s critically-acclaimed DJs and chart-topping recording artists.
2018 is set to be Drai’s Beachclub’s most important year yet as a top contender in the Las Vegas day and night club community. Boasting a round-the-clock calendar of events ranging from house to mainstream dance music to moombahton, there’s arguably a little something for everyone. View Drai’s Beachclub’s March 2018 calendar below.
Las Vegas’ Drai’s Beachclub has unveiled an enormous schedule of programming for 2018 featuring such notable residents as A-Trak, Destructo and Zeds Dead, to name only a few. The rooftop club’s doors open on March 2nd and will feature seven sparkling pools in addition to the high energy sets it’s offering.
With 30,000 square-feet of slip-proof pool deck acting as a festival grounds of sorts, attendees can relish in extensive guest service and luxury offerings, including complimentary towel service, 30 luxury cabanas and bungalows, 40 plush day beds, two full-service bars, 10 towering palm trees, a full-service gourmet café, and more. The club will also play host to a full menu of bottle packages.
Josh Young deserves some serious respect for his boldness. The man left an incredibly successful dance music project as a former half of Flosstradamus, with the promise to himself, and his fans, that he was going to broaden his horizons and challenge himself. Well, since the launch YehMe2, the producer has done just that and avoided the leverage his former position at the head of HDYNATION would provide to his new project.
Now, YehMe2 has linked with A-Trak for a handful of exciting moves. The pair are on tour together as 2018 gets underway, and now they’re upping the ante with a two-track mini EP that includes a preview of a third collaboration to soon follow. Instead of gritty hip-hop and trap products though, A-Trak and YehMe2 opt for a more lighthearted approach with their Skat Men EP — comprised of both DJs actually scatting on the tracks.
Both “Neo Wokyo” and “Take Me 2 The Barbershop,” featuring rump-shaking aficionado Wuki, are simply fun, shuffle-primed uptempo cuts that don’t take themselves too seriously. The EP also includes a preview for the duo’s impending “Prayer Hands” as well. Strong club fare — probably not. Proper festival ammo — also unlikely. The two Fools Gold veterans couldn’t seem to care less though, and therein lies the joint project’s appeal. At it’s core, the EP is meant to be goofy and amusing, and it just made scatting a helluva lot cooler.