One of Skrillex‘ most seminal works, Bangarang, has officially reached its seventh birthday. It was the then-burgeoning talent’s fourth EP, whose exploratory nature made it a standout of the time and an early indicator of the success to come later in his career. Totaling seven tracks, Bangarang maintained all the hallmarks of the Skrillex sound, but also saw him explore new realms along a series of fellow powerhouse collaborators. “Devil’s Den” with Wolfgang Gartner was a house-based rodeo that kicked up its robotic undertones with a variation of throwback synth riffs, for example, while his Ellie Goulding collaboration “Summit” showed off his softer side. Other notable singles from the EP were “Right On Time” with 12th Planet and Kill The Noise, and of course, title cut “Bangarang.” It was quite an out-of-the-box project at the time of its production, and showed off Skrillex’ willingness to step outside his comfort zone.
Eventually, Rolling Stone named Bangarang their 14th best electronic album of all time. We suspect it will still sound plenty timeless another seven years from now.
Ed Banger Records has summoned a most lustrous lineup for their milestone 15th year in rotation, with symphonic assistance from fellow Frenchmen, the 70-piece Orchestre Lamoureux.
Including sightings from Ed Banger emblems like Mr. Oizo, Justice, and longtime label-head, Busy P, the album, Ed Banger 15 Ans, is an instrumental conflation of some of the labels most celebrated tracks, performed entirely sans electronic equipment. Busy P enlisted his aptly adept comrade and accomplished film score composer, Thomas Roussel to conduct the album’s performance at the Parisian Grand Rex this past March.
To accompany the momentous release, Ed Banger has mashed up some of the label’s most memorable video releases, with the visually retrospective “I Want My Ed Tv,” which includes clips from Busy P’s own “Genie,” Boston Bun‘s “Paris Groove,” and Justice’s “Fire,” with the tracks’ respective audio paired accordingly. The album is now widely available across streaming platforms, with limited edition vinyl and CD/digital versions also available for purchase.
Before Skrillex was an electronic music legend with an entire universe of fans and artists in his orbit, there was a debut EP called Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites that started it all.
Crafted on a laptop in his apartment in 2010, the EP hit Beatport eight years ago on October 22 via mau5trap recordings and Big Beat records – and it was like nothing heard before. Dubstep was bubbling up in the scene prior to the release, but Skrillex’s formula catapulted bass music in the public eye in the United States like never before. The future OWSLA boss’ debut would go on to win a Grammy for best dance/electronica album and define an early era of America’s dance music explosion.
Each and every track on the EP is pure old school electro and dubstep. Signature pitched-up vocals and now-iconic Skrillex growls are everywhere, as are an absolutely astounding array of future heavyweights collaborators and remixers including Bare Noize, Noisia, and a budding young electro artist named Zedd. The title track still batters ear drums with oh-so-sweet brutality, and “With You, Friend [Long Drive]” remains one of the most gorgeous songs in the Skrillex catalog. The artist has reinvented himself and experimented endlessly since the EP’s release, leaving some fans still pining for his initial sound. No matter where the next Skrillex era is headed, the genesis of it all still unapologetically bangs.
Ed Banger is celebrating its fifteenth birthday in the most ethereal of fashions. Known for its leadership in French electro and its unique aesthetic, the label is taking things down a notch for its commemorative 15 Ans LP, which is entirely orchestral. The upcoming album — set for a November 23 release — is an explorative one, reimagining 27 of the label’s most iconic records in a cinematic, instrumental form.
Those who know the label know there’s no shortage of incredible music housed within the Busy P-owned imprint. In addition to groundbreaking albums from Daft Punk themselves (formerly managed by Busy P) as well as Justice, countless other major league acts like Mr. Oizo, Breakbot, SebAstian, and more have continued to make new waves in their field. The aforementioned artists are featured heavily in the album, in addition Uffie’s “Pop The Glock,” “Jacques In The Box” by Laurent Garnier, and other newer releases from the label family.
DJ Mehdi, who passed away in 2011, is another key featured talent on 15 Ans. His famed “Pocket Piano” happened to be chosen by Busy P as the announcement piece for the LP, whose celebration concert took place earlier in the year.
1. Breakbot ‘Star Tripper / Back For More’
2. Breakbot ‘Fantasy / By Your Side’
3. Breakbot ‘Baby I’m Yours’
4. Cassius ‘I <3 So’
5. Mr. Oizo ‘Intra / Tricycle Express’
6. Mr. Oizo ‘Hand In The Fire’
7. Busy P ‘To Protect And Entertain / Pedrophilia’
8. Busy P ‘Genie’
9. DJ Mehdi ‘Pocket Piano’
10. DJ Mehdi ‘Tragicomehdi / Signatune’
11. Vladimir Cauchemar ‘Aulos’
12. Uffie ‘Pop The Glock / Difficult’
13. Boston Bun / Borussia / Feadz ‘Paris Groove / Kinda Love / Metaman’
14. SebastiAn ‘Motor / Prime / Hudson River’
15. SebastiAn ‘Embody’
16. SebastiAn ‘Tetra’
17. Krazy Baldhead ‘My Soul Is Like A Tree’
18. Laurent Garnier ‘Jacques In The Box’
19. Mr Flash ‘Champions’
20. Para One / Myd ‘Elevation / The Sun’
21. Justice ‘Genesis / Phantom / Phantom Part. II’
22. Justice ‘On’n’On’
23. Justice ‘Safe And Sound’
24. Justice ‘D.A.N.C.E.’
25. Justice ‘Canon / Alakazam ! / Horsepower’
26. Justice ‘Stress’
27. Justice ‘Waters Of Nazareth / We Are Your Friends’
Ten years ago, deadmau5 changed the course of dance music with Random Album Title, one of the genre’s most influential albums to date. Arriving on Ultra Records in September of 2008, deadmau5’s third official LP put the world on notice that the Joel Zimmerman had arrived, was here to stay, and had a lot more up his sleeve. At the time of the album’s release deadmau5’s mighty mau5trap imprint was only a year old, and would go on to share Random Album Title‘s now iconic bolded arial black font. Time to get nostalgic.
As far as listens go, the record is still a front-to-back odyssey of genre-defining cuts. From the prophetic meeting of two future legends on the Kaskade-assisted instant classic “I Remember,” to the soothing waves of “Faxing Berlin,” the track list reads like a definitive collection of late 2000’s progressive house and electro. The horde will likely go on debating whether Random Album Title beats out its follow up, For Lack of a Better Name as deadmau5’s magnum opus until the end of time. What isn’t up for debate – the clear ripples of influence created by Random Album Title that are still felt across the dance music spectrum to this day.
Quite a few trap aficionados point to the era of 2012-2015 as trap’s heyday. RL Grime dominated the scene as one of its prime pioneers at the time, and continues to do so today.
It’s difficult to be into bass music and not be aware of the song “Core.” Characterized by its wild horn samplings and thick, sludgy bass that whips audiences into submission, this masterful piece of trap history became one of the heaviest-rinsed tracks on the circuit for years after its release, and one of the most memorable singles of RL Grime’s already enormous collection of anthems. It also gave fans a solid taste of what was to come on the heavyweight’s groundbreaking VOID album.
As “Core” inspired quite a few young trap producers over the years, we’ve decided to look back on its goodness and honor its fourth birthday, which passed by on July 15. We’re reminded of the base it served for Grime’s most recent single off his upcoming sophomore album, “Pressure.”
Ask your average Skrillex diehard and they might tell you that the follow up to 2014’s Recess sometimes feels like it’s never going to come — Sonny Moore’s Detox, so to speak. Released on March 18, 2014, the wait since then for another solo Skrillex project feels like it’s crept by in dog years. Despite that, on the fourth anniversary of the OWSLA head honcho’s full-length debut, a circle back to the groundbreaking 11-track LP proves Skrillex’s bass sensibilities of old still undoubtedly stand the test of time. Recessis still a riveting adventure from front to back.
Since then, some of the album’s highlights have become core products in the Skrillex cannon of floor-rattling classics. Moore’s output hasn’t slowed at all since either. He’s spent the better part of these last four years building a rolodex of collaborators that include pop’s most dominating forces, from Jennifer Lopez to Justin Bieber, Ty Dolla $ign to Rick Ross. Nowadays, a considerable touring hiatus, along with a backhanded mention of studio work from Diplo suggest that perhaps a solo Skrillex could one day soon materialize. Skrillex stans may tell you not to hold your breath, but there’s really no reason to when Recess is still so damn good.
It is almost unbelievable to think that this truly remarkable album is already five years old today. Zedd truly took his name from an artist who had a decent following from his famous remixes, to a main stage, headlining superstar with the release of ‘Clarity’. This LP featured countless singles that are still celebrated widely
Gaining traction with every release, prolific duo Krewella continue to show off their feverish electro appeal in a guiltless fashion. Only two weeks ago, the team made their 2017 entrance with “Be There,” a release which showcased the sisters’ impenetrable bond.
Now, with a broadening horizon featuring a new chapter of the artists’ musical careers, Krewella once again have come forth to proudly announce their forthcoming ‘New World’ EP with the second single off the project, “Love Outta Me.” Notably, the release date of their ‘New World’ EP is scheduled for June 8, Krewella’s anniversary of dropping out of school and quitting their jobs to pursue music full time.
“In honor of 6/08/10, the day we decided to quit our side hustle and drop out of school to dedicate ourselves to Krewella full-time, we are releasing an EP called New World on 6/08/17. Through the highs and lows of our career and personal lives, not a day has gone by that we haven’t regretted that decision to stay focused and committed to making music.”
As for their new single, “Love Outta Me,” Krewella lay out a strong message of defiance and overthrowing negativity. Catalyzing a diligent tone throughout the entire track, the producers kick off the single with a bass line fueled beat and rising synths alongside hints of ethnic instrumentation, giving time to slow the groove of the song at the drop for an authoritative impact.
Time flies, especially when it comes to music. Electronic music in particular is a genre that runs as fast as a cheetah, with trends that change seemingly overnight. Five years ago, EDM went mainstream and festivals like Ultra Music Festival and Electric Daisy Carnival became popular among die-hard EDM fans and new listeners alike. For many people, artists like Swedish House Mafia, deadmau5, Tiësto and others were introductions to a whole new world of music.
Five years ago to the day, Hardwell released the smash hit that would help make him a star: “Spaceman.” Despite its age, every EDM fan on the planet can likely hum the recognizable tune from memory. “Spaceman” aided Hardwell in his catapult from rising producer to world-famous artist. Released right before one of his many-revered Ultra sets in 2012, “Spaceman” carries a massive amount of influence. It combined progressive builds with a bigroom backdrop, and a remix from Carnage paved the way for trap music as a whole. Since releasing “Spaceman,” Hardwell has scored #1 DJ on the DJ Mag poll twice, headlined every festival from Tomorrowland to Ultra, started the Revealed Recordings record label, produced a full-length album and much more. And while Hardwell’s dedication is the root of his success, “Spaceman” opened many doors for his career.