HARD Summer 2018 has come and gone — the festival’s first year without founder of the HARD brand Gary Richards (a.k.a. Destructo) at the helm — and all seemed to go as planned. Recruiting some of today’s top talent in house, future bass, dubstep, and hip-hop, the weekend featured some powerhouse back-to-back sets from Dillon Francis & Diplo, Zeds Dead & Jauz, and A-Trak & Baauer. Travis Scott celebrated the release of his new album, Astroworld, and Mija dropped another set that completely embodies her “Fk A Genre” mantra.
With more sets from Marshmello, Ghastly, Louis the Child, and others, this weekend marked the beginning of a new chapter for the HARD organization. Check out some of the top sets of the weekend below.
After a reinventing remix of Zeds Dead and Jauz 2017 collaboration “Lights Go Down,” Polish-born DJ Sikdope continues the trend of intense bass house products on his newest track “Bubblegum.” Linking up with the Austrian duo ZOOTAH, Sikdope finally gifted fans with this long-awaited single, which hungry ID-seekers seemed to be calling “Snakes Vol. 2,” referencing an unofficial a sequel to Sikdope’s viral breakout track.
On “Bubblegum,” the bass-music masterminds utilize some heavy, pounding percussion under rapid, high-pitched synth layers, making for another high-octane dance floor weapon in Sikdope’s booming arsenal. The drop is preceded by a quick vocal sample and a snappy bubble pop before being drilled with a menacing four-on-the-floor break. Sikdope will stick to the West Coast this August, with shows in Salt Lake City, LA, and San Francisco. Tune into “Bubblegum” here.
HARD Summer is amidst its 2018 takeover of the Auto Club Speedway, and even if fans are unable to make it to the festival itself, the action will be streamed exclusively via LiveXLive. In addition to streaming festival, there will be backstage content, interviews and more.
In a July 29 tweet, the producer revealed that The Wise and The Wicked is coming out on Aug. 31. He also noted that the LP’s final single, “Super Fly,” is “coming soon.” With the diverse array of tunes the LA producer has been churning out, this album is guaranteed to be stacked.
Jauz – The Wise and The Wicked
FULL ALBUM OUT 8/31/18
Last single from the album – Super Fly – coming soon
Your favorite DJ’s favorite DJ is back at it again. Summer time inevitably means a new “Get Right Radio” mix installment from LA-based edit dealer Benzi, and for the 10th anniversary edition of his running mix series, the Girl Trapzproponent has definitely pulled out all the stops. Famous for his endless trove of personal edits, mashups, underground exclusive VIP cuts, and unheard gems that might never see the light of day, Benzi has become the plug for the LA dance scene over the years, but he always finds time to share his goodies with the rest of us.
On this year’s edition of “Get Right,” Benzi whips up a mile-long tracklist of trap, hip-hop, bass, and pop, bringing Drake, Jauz, Calvin Harris, Falcons, Childish Gambino, Nitti Gritti, Zeds Dead, Post Malone, and Outkast to the mix, along with so many more. Spanning nearly 50 tracks, Benzi laces dance music’s top power players with mainstream pop and rap’s most in-demand authorities, all glued together by a slew of Benzi’s famous personal edits. Originally premiered on Benzi’s longtime home of BBC Radio 1, the “Get Right Radio” series continues to age like fine wine, and we’ll undoubtedly be reaching for this mix all summer long. To celebrate this year’s session, Benzi and collaborator Blush have also dropped off a new remix of Youngboy NBA’s “No Smoke” via Atlantic Records. Tune in here.
At the end of 2017, Zeds Dead and Jauz teamed up for the single, “Lights Go Down,” a drum and bass belter that may have helped launch the genre’s 2018 resurgence in the United States. Now, the producers have enlisted nine heavy hitters in the bass music scene, each giving a unique take on the intense track.
The Deadbeats duo reach to their own label for a few of the remixes, looking to LICK and Duke & Jones for two bass-heavy renditions of the track. Gentlemen’s Club and Subtronics each drop off solid dubstep remixes, while Sikdope and Sqwad turn the song into high-energy bass house thrillers. With nine solid remixes viable for almost any set, don’t be surprised to hear “Lights Go Down” in one form or another for the rest of the year.
Ever wonder what your favorite DJ is up to? Musical Freedom is doing just that with their Musical Freedom Focus weekly episodes. This week the focus is on JAUZ and his soon to be released album. Jauz has been picking up speed in the industry with collaborations with DJs like Diplo and Tiesto. In addition
The remix holds short ties with the original bassline house anthem, ensuring that the drum & bass percussion assets are still there, yet takes the tempo up a notch and drops some rapid synths, wobbling bass, and some buzzing modified distortion. The edit is the first of a nine-track remix package dropping in July, which will feature the likes of Gentlemens Club, LICK, and more.
Sikdope will hit the decks at numerous festivals this summer, including Stereo Sunday in the Netherlands and Moonrise in Baltimore come August.
Marshmello has become widely know for his vibrant music that bounces with his signature saw bass and catchy melodies, but there is more to the man behind this mask.
In the past months, Marshmello has been flaunting his talents outside of music whether it be in the form of a cooking show or teaming up with Fortnite masters such as Ninja. With more and more celebrities joining in the gaming scene, Marshmello now decides to create his own show where he will play a slew of games in his Mello Cave with other celebrities and gamers alike.
He will host a new episode every Friday on his YouTube channel, and in the preview below teases episodes of Rock Band with Jauz, Slushii and Ghastly, to FIFA, and even some Grand Theft Auto.
Once upon a time, the name Jauz would have automatically brought thoughts of gritty synths and heavy bass, but Sam Vogel has proven his versatility and unending ability to live his mantra that “music has no boundaries.” With numerous collaborations with electronic powerhouses such as DJ Snake and Marshmello, Jauz has left his mark and continues to tell his story.
This chapter starts as a collaboration with the multi-platinum artist Kiiara, that has riddled a multitude of tracks with her whimsical sound that she conquers with ease. “Diamonds” stays minimal and leans on the more chill side of Jauz’s productions, ladened with vibrantly warm plucks and expertly produced percussion.
If this is any indication of what his 17-track album will sound like, the release date just can’t come soon enough.