Boys Noize purveys a thrilling, warehouse-appropriate mix for ‘The Ransom Note’

With rampant overdrive and reverb, the warehouse music Alex Ridha pulls into yet another Boys Noize mix grabs its listeners by the chest and throws them into a dark dance floor filled with sonic booms, thuds, and hisses. In the culture surrounding this music one can find leather-clad punks bouncing from dusk to dawn to repetitive acid-synth arpeggios in clubs around the globe. A complex melting pot of techno, punk rock, and disco house gives Boys Noize the unique sounds and image many associate with the project.

There is something beautifully sinister to be found in the sweaty incantations that a mix like this places over its listeners. In this featured mix for The Ransom Note, Ridha teases out samples from and remixes of tracks in Mayday, his latest feature length album. Listeners can hear vocals from “Overthrow,” “Euphoria,” and “Midnight” cutting in and out between hypnotic kick drums and erratic breaks.

In an interview with The Ransom Note that accompanies the release of the mix, Ridha opens up about the inspiration, motivation, and history behind his music. Tracing his roots back to the 1980s house with names like Farley Jackmaster Funk, Steve Silk Hurley, Marshall Jefferson, and DJ Pierre, Ridha accounts his early days in DJing as a 15-year-old in Berlin gay and house clubs.

The atypical culture surrounding Boys Noize mentioned above seems rooted in Rihda’s 1990s experiences, such as seeing 2manyDJs mixing techno with punk-rock by Iggy & the Stooges. Ridha ends the mix by mixing punk rock with techno, enigmatic of the Boys Noize project, but also historically ironic because Iggy Pop hated techno. When interviewers ask, “what does your music sound like,” Ridha responds appropriately: it’s like “punching into a sunny side up egg.” Ridha’s jovial attitude brings to mind the yellow smiley face symbol iconic to acid house and adopted under the Boys Noize name for nostaligic merchandise. The interview is full of comical remarks by Ridha, and the mix features a transformed vocal with his unique “drink more water” introduction, which is a recurrent trope throughout many of his mixes.

Listen to the mix here:

H/T: The Ransom Note

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Deadmau5 continues to deliver in episode 2 of his BBC Radio 1 Residency [Stream]

Kicking off February, deadmau5 has delivered the second episode of his monthly BBC Radio 1 residency mix. Joel Zimmerman met much acclaim when hit the airwaves in January with a his techno-filled residency debut. This February iteration follows suit, continuing to deliver techno to the airwaves, but also delving more deeply into the progressive sounds that many fans more traditionally associate with the deadmau5 moniker.

In this mix, Zimmerman weaves through the works of Maceo Plex and Lane 8, as well as remixes of tracks by Icarus and Moby.  Bookending his mix on strong notes, deadmau5 gives nods to some of dance music’s most prodigious talents, opening his broadcast with Kölsch‘s “Oma” and concluding with the thematically-fitting “Final Credits,” by this year’s Essential Mix of the Year winner, Midland.

Listen to the mix here:

Tracklist:

1. Kölsch – Oma
2. Lane 8 – In My Arms
3. Olivier Giacomotto – Bipolar Star
4. Moonwalk – Landscape
5. Sailor & I – Black Swan (Maceo Plex Remix)
6. Drunken Kong – Chanted
7. Moby – Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad (Enrico Sangiuliano Remix)
8. Steve Bleas – Annex
9. No Mana – Fade
10. Popof – Serenity
11. Jeremy Olander – Caravelle
12. Icarus – Don’t Cry Wolf (Seven Doors Remix)
13. Guy Gerber & Deniz Kurtel – Here Comes The Rain
14. Cubicolor – Dead End Thrills (Patrice Bäumel Remix)
15. Blue Mora – Life
16. Matt Lange – Lying To Myself (Clear Skys Remix)
17. Oneohtrix Point Never – Chrome Countr
18. Midland – Final Credits

H/T: BBC

Infected Mushroom share mix filled with new and unreleased music [DA Exclusive]

Released on January 27, 2017, the LP Return to the Sauce marked live-electronic outfit Infected Mushroom‘s return to the genre that most fans know them for: psytrance. The iconic duo who founded the band, Erez Eisen and Amit Duvdevani, have provided an exclusive mix for Dancing Astronaut. The mix includes a number of tracks from Return to the Sauce, as well as some brand new, unreleased remixes of classics like “Bust A Move” and “Becoming Insane.”

Most anyone who’s attended an Infected Mushroom show can attest to the energy they bring to every venue, small or large. Seeing a band play some of the world’s best psytrance on real instruments – not to mention their ever-innovative stage design – is something that should be experienced at least once, especially if it’s the dynamic force that calls themselves Infected Mushroom. Fortunately for those who have never had the chance seen them live, they are currently on tour with the whole live band and a brand new stage production.

The full schedule and tickets are available here. Their new album, Return to the Sauce, is available for purchase here.

Tracklist:

Infected Mushroom – Bust a move (Bliss Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Groove attack

Xerox – Gravity ways (2017 Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Suliman (No Comment Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Becoming insane (Warriors Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Manipulator

Infected Mushroom – Cities of the future (Time Lock Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Return to the sauce

Infected Mushroom – Liquid smoke

Infected Mushroom – Nutmeg

Infected Mushroom – Demons of pains (Trance Remix)

Infected Mushroom – Milosh

Infected Mushroom – Flamingo

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Knife Party evoke major nostalgia in their latest mix for BBC Radio 1

Demonstrating that their taste for cacophonous, aggressive, and loud electronic tunes has not diminished a bit over the years, Knife Party have taken to BBC Radio to deliver a outlandish hour-long mix. Featuring classic tracks from the duo like “Internet Friends” and “Centipede,” this mix gives fans a nostalgic sonic journey through the colorful history of Knife Party’s music. Tracks from KAYZO, Herobust, and Jauz are intertwined with Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema,” deadmau5‘s “Ghost n’ Stuff,” and Porter Robinson‘s “Language,” resulting in a glorious blend between the recognizable early dance music anthems listeners know and love and contemporary innovations from rising stars.

Pendulum’s Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen have recently resurged their Knife Party project, teaming up with legendary guitarist Tom Morello to release “Battle Sirens.” Both the Brillz and RIOT remixes are featured in this mix. Not only are Swire and McGrillen revitalizing Knife Party’s aural presence, but also revamping Pendulum, the drum & bass project that led to their initial success. Neither Knife Party nor Pendulum have confirmed any upcoming releases, however the Pendulum website hints at an impending album and tour.

Nonetheless, this mix will give fans a taste of what Knife Party can still bring to the table.

Listen here:

Tracklist:

1. Knife Party – You’re No Saint
2. Knife Party – Parliament Funk
3. Axwangingft. Dominique Fricot – The Twilight Faithful (BitasRemix)
4. Destructo & Wax Motif Feat. Pusha T & Starrah – Catching Plays (CONVEX Remix)
6. LAXX – Hardcore
7. KAYZO & RIOT – Wake Up
8. heRobust – Dirt Heater Tea
9. Knife Party & Tom Morello – Battle Sirens (Brillz Remix)
10. Brillz & Willy Joy – Power
11. Knife Party – Centipede
12. Dirty Class – China
13. Porter Robinson feat. Bright Lights – Language(Gammer & KAYZORemix) w/ Benny Benassi feat. Gary Go vs. Yellow Claw & Mightyfools – Cinema vs. Lick Dat (Vice Ultra Bootleg)
14. Ekali & KRANE – Akira
15. heRobust – Bottle Swervice
16. Pegboard Nerds – BAMF
17. Galantis – No Money (Dillon Francis Remix) w/ Ookay feat. Ragga Twins – The Boot
18. Knife Party – PLUR Police (Jauz Remix)
19. Knife Party – PLUR Police
20. Ralvero – U Got 2 Know
21. 22 Bullets – Sounds Like This
22. Walden – Orx
23. EDX – Cool You Off w/ deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire – Ghosts ‘N’ Stuff
24. Knife Party – Internet Friends w/ Wiwek & Moksi-Masta
25. Contrvbvnd – Python
26. MOTi feat. Katt Niall – Livin’ 4 Ya
27. June Miller & Mefjus – Saus
28. Knife Party – Boss Mode
29. Knife Party & Tom Morello – Battle Sirens(RIOT Remix)

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Slander releases all-inclusive mix on Diplo & Friends

As one of dance music’s biggest rising acts in recent years, Slander has grown to be a familiar name to massive festival line-ups and sold-out shows across the world. In the duo’s recent Diplo & Friends mix, Slander makes it abundantly clear that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

Kicking the mix off with their unreleased, emotionally-driven song, “Superhuman,” Derek Andersen and Scott Land have curated an all-inclusive brew of sultry R&B, signature Slander trap, synth-heavy LFOs, and cinematic instrumentals.

The mix has been a hit on Soundcloud, racking up hundreds of thousands plays in just a few days, with listeners openly expressing their gratitude for the duo’s innovative and free-form approach. As it continues to climb in views, Slander’s one hour mix is an abstract musical journey which will appeal to listeners of diverse persuasions.

Stream the duo’s Diplo & Friends mix below:


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This seven-hour mix of deadmau5 classics is an illustrious sonic pilgrimage

Could there be such a thing as “too much deadmau5?” A fan who goes by the name powerLien has tested this question in August when he uploaded a mix of the Canadian artist’s catalogue that spans seven hours and 23 minutes in length. In total, the mix contains 65 tracks, comprised mostly of Zimmerman originals. Within the extensive mix, powerLien gives a nod to practically every essential deadmau5 track conceivable, including “The Reward Is Cheese,” “The Veldt,” “I Remember,” and his new classic, “Snowcone.”

The mixer’s choice selection and ability to evoke nostalgia may very well leave listeners wanting more, even after dedicating close to a full workday’s length to consuming the compilation’s entirety. At the very least, the mix serves as a tidy selection of tunes that represent deadmau5’s skill as an artist that fans can listen to as they please.

Stream powerLien’s “deadmau5 7+ Hour Continuous Mix” below:

H/T: powerLien – YouTube

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Dancing Astronaut presents AXIS 188: Mixed by Crankdat

Those who have attended a show from The Chainsmokers within the past year have likely become familiar with a trap-metal hybrid song called “Game Over,” which the duo have recently favored as a regular show opener. One of the masterminds behind the track was 19-year-old Ohio native, Crankdat.

Since “Game Over,” the bass prodigy has been spitting out remixes at rapid fire speed and has earned support from the scene’s most influential figures. Skrillex, Excision, Marshmello, and Diplo, have all given notable nods to “Game Over” in their sets, while Jauz is suspected to have a forthcoming collaboration with the newcomer.

Crankdat’s amorphous style has allowed him to experiment and release a variety of 808-fueled sounds across his numerous remixes and originals. To give fans an insight into his live set style, the young artist has crafted a mind-boggling, frenetic mix for Dancing Astronaut’s AXIS series.

Easing listeners in with his future bass remixes of Lil Yachty’s “1Night” and Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen,” Crankdat quickly hits the throttle and takes listeners on a high-octane journey of dubstep, trap, and bass house overlaid with a capellas nostalgic and new hits alike. Excitingly, Crankdat even sprinkles in a couple IDs from his studio vault that will hopefully be released soon.

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A-Trak’s ‘Music Heals’ Mix remains a comforting way of processing current events

A-Trak outlined a sentiment felt among many when releasing his “Music Heals” mix on November 9, the day after Donald Trump’s election; in the DJ’s words, “Music helps me process these emotions.” A-Trak artfully stitches together a melange of classic R&B and soul pieces across thirty minutes that provide a sense of hope and nostalgic comfort to the listeners with songs like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” as messages of love and unity are sung over a background of timeless soundscapes.

Meanwhile, songs like Solange’s “Cranes In The Sky” and the Larry Levan edit of “Stand On The World” add a relatable touch to the mix, emulating ardor to stand up against the system tinged with a hint of sadness which is certainly present in a good deal of people who are concerned over the new executive branch’s stance on certain issues.

A-Trak’s “Music Heals” mix is a well-compiled effort to alleviate the sense of uneasiness that many currently feel in the presently divisive political climate. We feel it warrants being shared, given the strong reactions on both sides of the fence following President Trump’s inauguration.

Stream the mix below:

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Check out this thousand-song playlist of Daft Punk’s musical influences

Friday, January 20, 2017, marked the 20th anniversary of Daft Punk‘s seminal Homework album, which included such classics as “Da Funk,” “Revolution 909,” and “Around the World.” The album which would introduce one of dance music’s most impactful acts also included “Teachers,” a playful track in which Daft Punk paid homage to a number of their influences. Among the “teachers” listed in the song are Green Velvet, Robert Hood, and Dr. Dre.

In honor of the landmark album’s 20th birthday, FACT commissioned a “Teachers”-inspired mix from music historian and devout Daft Punk fan CK. The musical archaeologist’s mix, which spans over an hour in length, is the third volume of his “Teachers” influence mixes – and only the tip of the iceberg. After crafting the mix for fact, CK took the initiative to laboriously compile a Spotify playlist with over a thousand more songs from Daft Punk influencers (1,018, to be exact).

CK’s extensive playlist presents the extraordinary breadth of Daft Punk’s influencers. The first hundred songs of the playlist alone range from electronic progenitors such as Carl Craig and Kraftwerk, to rock stars like David Bowie and Van Halen. Both CK’s playlist and mix are available to stream below:

“Teachers” Playlist:

“Teachers” Influences Mix (Vol. III)

H/T: FACT

Featured image by Terry Richardson.

Celebrate Throwback Thursday with a formidable Bassnectar mix from 2012

Roughly two decades have passed since Bassnectar began his career, yet his impact and leadership within the electronic community has proven to be timeless. Lorin Ashton released his twelfth album last year, alongside his supplemental successes of transforming Bass Center into a two-day festival and becoming an official Electric Forest resident.

Keen Redditors have dug deep into Ashton’s archives to unearth a mini-mix from 2012. Featuring an array of classic original tracks and remixes from the bass lord himself, including “Freestyle,” “Infinite,” and more, each minute of the mix provides a stimulating and well-engineered listening experience that further proves Bassnectar’s abilities in creating tracks that retain their glimmer through time.

H/T: Reddit (r/bassnectar)

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