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.”
Carnaval has just begun in Brazil, and to honor the cheerful chaos that ensues, Major Lazer has put together a brand new mix. The tracklist reveals something particularly special: most of its tracks happen to be by local artists from the area. Diplo and his colleague’s continual willingness to showcase underrated talent from outside the states is commendable.
Clocking in at just over an hour, the music selection is diverse and high-charged. Some bachata-inspired beats even make their way into the fold via MC Davi’s “O Verão Esta Chegando.” Bass runs abound, with wild trap drops and rhythmic heaters stimulating the senses. Major Lazer make it easy for listeners to place themselves mentally amid the madness that takes over the country during this time of year.
Party master and scratch luminary, A-Trak shows his versatility and relevance in this lava “Holy Ship Rap Party 2019” mix of turn-of-the-millennium rap mixed with newer hip-hop and electronic goodies. For example, the Fools Gold head honcho hits a groove towards the beginning with Clipse’s “Grinding,” Jay-Z‘s “La La La,” a bootleg of Missy Elliot‘s “Work It,” an edit of J-Kwon’s “Tipsy,” Mary J. Blige‘s “Real One,” and Panjabi MC featuring Jay-Z’s “Beware.” That groove is continued and further expanded on; however, those tracks set the tone for a modern-day dose of nostalgia.
Need a wakeup jolt this morning? Adventure Club has just the spike of energy on their latest “Superheroes Anonymous 10” mix that is built to help fans prepare for their upcoming “Death Or Glory” North American Tour. It starts off heavy, with streaks of sharp synth melodies brought out by top players like Zomboy, Wavedash, Riot Ten, Wooli, Kayzo, Tynan, and many more. Interspersed throughout, however, are spots of blissful melody that serve as proverbial, “eyes of the storm.” By the end of its hour duration, one might find their mind has melted just a little.
Adventure Club looks to showcase many of the supporting acts on their upcoming tour which includes Gammer, Riot Ten, Dirt Monkey, Wooli, Tisoki, ARMNHMR, and Wenzday, to name a few. The “Death Or Glory” tour kicks off March 8 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. In other Adventure Club news, they have an upcoming single with Crankdat and Krewella “Next Life” set for release on March 1, and the track is featured in the mix below.
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Rinzen has had a monumental 2018. From deepening his ties to the mau5trap community with his “Monophobia” remix and Exoplanet EP, to touring some of the UK’s finest underground venues, the LA-based artist has shown serious development. To cap off his year, Rinzen has now shared his set from Printworks London back in November.
Cycling through his own tracks (released and unreleased) and killer cuts from Maceo Plex, Stephan Bodzin, Tale of Us, and more, Rinzen offers up some prime techno that packs both hard-hitting beats and ambient textures. Reflecting on the night, Rinzen notes that Printworks “was hands down the coolest venue [he’s] ever played, and one of [his] favorite set’s [he’s] performed as well.” With one of London’s craziest venues under his belt, we can only expect bigger and better things coming from Rinzen in 2019.
There’s no better time than Friday to get lost in some techno. One devoted fan of Eric Prydz‘s alter ego Cirez Dand Drumcode boss Adam Beyer has promptly delivered just that. The two had a one-of-a-kind performance at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Palladium on November 23, going back-to-back for three hours of blinding production and dark tunes. The venue even extended its hours until 4 a.m. for the appearance.
The YouTube user’s steady hand captures perfectly the energy in the room, and, of course, the top-notch light work and mixing from the pair as they slowly build the energy in the room to its maximum energy.
The English duo is sure to include some of their latest jams, including select “Terrace Dub” reworks from their recently released Escape album and a remix of Weiss’ 2018 hit, “Feel My Needs.” They maintain the house-heavy vibes with a Lane 8 remix, Karma Kid & Fono’s recent collaboration “Clap Your Hands,” Rampa’s two-year-old “Necessity,” and other prime selections.
Gorgon City is currently on their Escape Live tour, with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Brooklyn, and more, rolling the train through February 2019. Head here for tickets and more info.
Claptone introduced a different connotation of “haunted house” in his Halloween mix, originally released in 2017. With the month of October at its peak, Claptone’s Halloween effort warrants revisitation, and it is accordingly with an enticing wave of his white gloves that Claptone invites listeners to delve into two hours of sumptuous, soulful house selects. A sleek underground spin on the traditionally trap and bass-laden Halloween sound, the mix is a collection of mid to downtempo tracks that fluidly unfurls with each second. Claptone subtly imbibes the spirit of the Halloween season in the production through deliberate song choice — Ordonez’s “The Spell,” for instance, occupies a mellifluous several minutes of the mix. A dark take on Talking Heads’ “Pyscho Killer” only further underscores Claptone’s attention to the inclusion of the spookiest sonic subject matter.
Eerie synths that stab on occasion, and thrillers of spoken vocal parts augment the mix’s hair-raising quality. In the titular fashion of Claptone’s sophomore album, the modern house revivalist’s sensation building Halloween mix should bring out the “fantast” in each listener this Halloween season.
Ekali has released the second session of his Awakening Radio Series series on Sirius XM‘s Insomniac channel. He is currently setting off on a tour in celebration of the recent release of his Crystal Eyes EP, and fans wanting a taste of what’s in store for his live performance can dip into his radio shows and SoundCloud mixes.
The hour-long mix for Awakening Radio has calming aspects, along with an infusion of club-worthy tracks. The producer is known for his diversity in both original releases and his sets, and Awakening Radio Session 002 is certainly a tribute to this. House is predominant throughout, however electro, hip-hop, and bass make appearances, as well. For those wanting a smooth entrance into their day, look no further than Ekali’s newest radio session.
It was The Knocks‘ turn for a feature on Sirius XM’s The Cookout, dishing out a groovy hour of classic house and disco vibes. Aired weekly on Diplo’s Revolution, the mix series is set to showcase some quality talent for the remainder of 2018, including fan favorites Malaa, Gorgon City, Boys Noize, and more.
Kicking off with Aroop Roy’s recently released disco track “What I Love,” the track list also includes some of the duo’s original content, with a “2K18 dance edit” of the their hit single “Classic,” and a Purple Disco Machine remix of “Ride Or Die” (also a vocal edit). With a some 2018 gems and an Aretha Franklin mashup to close out, this mix is packed with feel-good jams that’ll brighten anyone’s morning commute.
The NY-based producers will embark on their 2019 tour with a NYE performance at Mezzanine San Francisco. Head here for tickets and a complete list of tour dates.