BLVK JVCK hits hard with pulsing new trap release featuring Ace Hood, ‘Geronimo’

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BLVK JVCK, crossover duo comprised of Andrew “Dru Brett” Harr and Jermaine “Mayne Zayne” Jackson, are out with new release, “Geronimo.” The two producers who also got their start as part of DJ Khaled’s production team link with rapper Ace Hood, who the duo has previously worked with during their time as hip-hop producers.

“Geronimo” simultaneously harkens back to the golden age of 90’s hip-hop production, while incorporating BLVK JVCK’s heavy-hitting trap chords and forward-thinking production techniques—reach for this one on a Saturday night on the way to the club. Ace Hood’s ferocious vocals that push the track forward through the bass-laced trap notes.

Ace Hood speaks on the collaboration, stating, “Well first off, I’ve had a relationship with BLVK JVCK since the very beginning. Felt this was a dope collaboration, and an opportunity to spread my wings in the world of EDM trap. The record is full of energy and commands a presence. Happy to be a part of it.”

The release is out now via Big Beat Records.

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Good Morning Mix: Sweater Beats flips punk music live at Emo Nite

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Sweater Beats checked off the bucket list in performing a recent DJ set at Emo Nite in Los Angeles. The Big Beat Records signee indicated in a Facebook post that he started his music career by playing for pop-punk/emo bands in high school. In the same post from February, fans get a Sum 41 beat flip, kicking off a wave of nostalgia for the LA-based producer.

Now, he’s perfectly blended humble beginnings with his current status as an electronic artist with this 33-minute mix from Emo Nite in LA. In addition to some familiar remixes, the mix is stacked with flipped classics and mashups by the producer himself, all representing the pop-punk/emo era of the ’90s and early ’00s. Listeners will hear edits of “Swing Swing Swing” by The All-American Rejects, Yellowcard’s “Ocean Avenue,” a Smashing Pumpkins joint “smashed” with a k?d drop, Fall Out Boy‘s “Sugar We’re Going Down,” and more.

In the mix’s description, the artist said he “got to live out a dream” by playing at Emo Nite. “I spent a lot of time finding/making acapellas for a lot of my fav emo & pop-punk songs so I could make custom remixes and edits,” he notes in the description. “The set was probably the most honest set I’ve ever played, a real mixture of my luv for emo & electronic music.”

Big Beat Records begins teasing mysterious compilation album—sounds like new music from Skrillex, Ekali, and more could be on the way

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Big Beat Records has something interesting under the hood, though what exactly the label is rolling out, as of now, remains a mystery. The imprint, which hosts artists like SkrillexEkali, Whethan, Knife Party, and more, posted 15 short, enigmatic snippets to SoundCloud on March 25, captioned simply with a release date of April 11. Without much more to go on, a quick dive into the audio teasers reveals that the impending release is likely a compilation from a group of artists—a fact that Big Beat confirmed in a statement to Dancing Astronaut.

The tracklist spans a wide variety of genres, all with a heavy bass theme, from pumping bass house to echoing big room trap. The mysterious, yet-to-be-revealed compilation sounds like it could include contributions from OWSLA labelmates—in fact, the third track teased already appears in Ekali’s Awakening Mix Vol. 6Though largely unsubstantiated and merely speculation as of now, the EP’s first official release is due on March 29, and a full tracklist is expected to land soon as well. The nameless compilation definitely packs some heavy handed punches, and it’ll likely be well worth the wait come April 11. In the meantime, listen below, guess for yourself, and let us know what you come up with.

Whethan’s Wallflower comes to life in video for ‘Top Shelf’ featuring Bipolar Sunshine

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In November of 2018, Whethan released his eight-track debut EP titled Life of a Wallflower Vol. 1, which included hit collaboration with vocalist Bipolar Sunshine, “Top Shelf.” Now the track is getting the visual it deserves with a vibrant, trippy new music video. The video, starring model Alina Lee, blends reality and the fantasy of hallucination as Lee sits in a field playing with the album’s symbolic star—a wallflower. She eventually eats part of the flower, submerging herself in a hallucinatory world where the wallflower comes to life.

The video builds on Whethan’s plant protagonist, this time with a visual love story. Whethan speaks about the video in an official release, saying,

“This music video is a continuation of the story about Wallflower and his journey through life. It’s one of my favorite songs to play in my sets, and it was extremely fun to experiment with house music. Working with Bipolar Sunshine was an absolute honor and he absolutely nailed it.”

The video is now out via Big Beat Records.

Addal gives The Knocks added groove on new ‘Brazilian Soul’ remix

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The Knocks are primed and ready for 2019, kicking off their New York Narcotic tour on Jan. 24 in Vancouver. Prior to the tour, the NY-based duo dropped a 14-track album and will showcase their project with a brand new live performance, including unique production and a full band. However, they clearly wanted to keep performance options open, releasing a string of remixes for the album that includes this latest rendition from Italian producer Addal on “Brazilian Soul.”

Released on Big Beat Records, Addal brings this funk track up to house speed, raising the tempo and adding a whole new drum beat. Listeners will notice how groovy a track can get with additional club vibes under the always catchy Sofi Tukker vocals. Having done official reworks for Avicii, Sofi Tukker, and more, Addal is proving his true value as a remixer.

Big Beat Records celebrates Detroit on latest ‘Ignition’ compilation

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Big Beat Records has been a home to releases across many different sounds in dance music’s history. While its latest releases range from funky electronica á la Chromeo, bass from WHIPPED CREAM, or pop from Galantis, the label’s cross-genre style is inspired by its roots in house music. In their latest edition of the Big Beat: Ignition compilation series, they’ve chosen to honor that history by paying homage to the place that gave birth to the sound that started it all: Detroit.

On Big Beat Ignition: Detroit, the label has compiled an impressive track listing from house artists from across the globe, including Vanilla Ace, breakout star Rebuke, UK tastemaker Siege, and veteran Mike Vale. Hitting a range of styles and sounds, the compilation highlights house’s grounding in disco, hip-hop, and the warehouse parties in which its growth was nurtured.

WHIPPED CREAM drops dynamic ‘LUV’

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WHIPPED CREAM has delivered a final parting gift for 2018, wrapped nicely and tied with a bow: “LUV.” Since debuting in 2017, she has slowly but surely making a name for herself, using this year as the time to assert her hip-hop, dark, and heavy bass-influenced style.

“LUV” is engaging from the get-go as the ultimate WHIPPED CREAM track, paired with an equally eerie fantastical video. Clocking in at less than two minutes long, the Vancouver-based artist set out to switch things up a bit with “LUV,” saying, “I combined sounds and grooves from stuff I listened to when I first got into electronic music and put it all together into one piece of work. You think you know my sound? Think again. This piece is to leave my listener with questions and wanting more.”

“LUV” is out now via Big Beat Records.

Walker & Royce join in to remix The Knocks & Sofi Tukker’s ‘Brazilian Soul’

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Walker & Royce join in to remix The Knocks & Sofi Tukker’s ‘Brazilian Soul’Walker And Royce 5

A few months after the debut of The Knocks‘ latest album New York Narcotic, the album’s most successful single has gotten a re-up with the release of the Brazilian Soul Remixes EP. The new iterations of the song see it evolve from its original style as a funky and laid-back summery groove, into broader electronic territory.

Leading the way on the release is Brooklyn-based tech house outfit Walker & Royce, who have brought “Brazilian Soul” to the club for techno fans, followed by a big room remix from FTampa. The EP also includes an ’80s-influenced electronica take from Gilligan Moss as well as an “Acoustic Bossa Version” that features a gorgeous arrangement of ukuleles and vocals.

Clean Bandit enlists Charli XCX, Bhad Bhabie, Demi Lovato, Big Boi and more on ‘What Is Love’ LP

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Clean Bandit had a busy lead up to the release of their sophomore album, which landed via Atlantic Records on November 30. The UK electronic veterans newest drop, “Playboy Style” follows the group’s collaborative model, with pop star Charli XCX and viral video sensation turned rapper Bhad Bhabie as their featured artists. Following the delivery of the album’s final single, What Is Love? is now ready to be consumed in full.

Clean Bandit’s new What Is Love? LP packs a star-studded list of collaborators across the record’s 16-track total. The album features past singles like “Symphony” and “Rockabye” along with new songs with artists such as Ellie GouldingRita Ora, Demi Lovato, Stefflon Don, and more.

Elderbrook continues to build momentum after Grammy nomination with ‘Old Friend’ EP [Q+A]

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As the year comes to a close, London’s Alexander Kotz tops the list of artists who continue to prove their worth by cementing a unique sound and a distinctive voice in today’s oversaturated electronic music scene. Kotz, more popularly known as Elderbrook, had a meteoric ascension into popularity after his breakout collaboration with CamelPhat, “Cola,” scored both of the artists a Grammy nomination. The producer is taking this newfound popularity in stride and capitalizing on it with a new four-track EP titled Old Friend. The EP proves that Kotz is a far cry from a one-hit wonder, with each track seemingly strong enough to be its own standalone hit.

Kotz spoke with DA about Old Friend, and revealed that the EP shows his more electronic, upbeat side. “I wanted to release these songs as a body of work to show where I’ve been musically over the last year since the success of ‘Cola,’ ahead of next year when I plan to release my album.” While he did not divulge more details on his forthcoming album, he did give insight into how he measures his own success and how that relates to his future bodies of work. Kotz notes that although “Cola” scored him a Grammy nomination, his measurement of his own future success is going to be based on whether he releases music that he loves.

The EP contains four tracks, and each has its own distinctive flair. Title track “Old Friend,” which the producer cited as his proudest creation of the EP, has an eerily similar effect on the listener as the infectious “Cola.” With its enthralling vocals paired with an upbeat synth progression, it is seemingly impossible to not replay the song over and over again. Kotz has figured out the formula to create catchy releases, and “Old Friend” has the capacity to take over the radio airwaves like past hit releases. Another track of note is “Capricorn,” with its groovy backdrop set against vocal chants that keep the track moving.

Old Friend undoubtedly has the ability to appeal to everyone from techno fans to pop fans, which is consistent with the producer’s own description of his musical style. He comments that, “because I love all genres of music; country, electronic, indie rock to name a few – I like to think that my music takes a little bit from each. Obviously the sounds I make are predominantly electronic, but the vocals and vocal melodies are definitely more down the indie route.” Old Friend is a big end to an important year for Kotz, and the EP is out now via Big Beat Records.


Your recent collaboration with Camelphat scored a Grammy nomination. Is this now a bar that you are aspiring for with new releases and perhaps a release on this EP? Or are you happy using that momentum to continue to build?

The collaboration with Camelphat did better than I could ever have expected, and I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t want that kind of success again in the future. However, since the release of “Cola,” I found myself considering where my music was going to end up as a result. After a while, though, I realized that when putting music out there again, all that matters is releasing music that I truly love. Music that represents where I am as an artist right now. As long as I love the music, reaching certain heights or comparing myself to anything or anyone else seems irrelevant.

Do you have a favorite track off of the EP?

I love them all, but I’m really proud of “Old Friend.” It’s different to what I’ve done in the past and that’s exciting! “Bird Song” is another one I love. It was amazing to work with TEED on that one because I’m a big fan and have been for years. For us to have written a song together definitely means a lot to me personally.

This year was your first tour of the US. What did you think?

It was amazing. When I was younger I always pictured where my music career would take me. I had always imagined myself in the US, touring and driving across the country. To think that I’ve now done that is surreal, and I can’t wait to get back out there again.

How would you characterize your musical style?

This is a difficult one for me because I love all genres of music; country, electronic, indie rock to name a few. I like to think that my music takes a little bit from each. Obviously the sounds I make are predominantly electronic, but the vocals and vocal melodies are definitely more down the indie route.

What were some of your influences for this EP?

I’ve always been really influenced by people like Bonobo, Hot Chip, Jungle, music like that. With this EP I definitely wanted to show my more electronic side. However, I’ve spent a lot of time in the last year finding new sounds that I’ll be exploring next year with my album.

Photo credit: Fiona Garden