Watch Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka heavily revamp his group’s classic, ‘Witchcraft’

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KJ Sawka has just made his case for why he may indeed be dance music industry’s most talented drummer. The Seattle-bred beat-maker has just released a drum rework of what may arguably be one of Pendulum’s most popular tunes, “Witchcraft.”  The video comes just on top of his drum rework of Dirty Phonics, Bassnectar, and Ragga Twins recent release, “Watch Out.”

Fueled by the content team at WAV Media, the legendary drummer of Pendulum and Destroid finds himself at the iconic Blvd Studios in Los Angeles, the site where the likes of legendary drummer Ringo Star and Pink Floyd recorded their first albums, respectively.

Sawka’s take on “Witchcraft” arrives as the second in a series of over 20 where KJ takes on monumental productions from some of dance music’s most notableartists. The video also spurs rumors of a few more revamps of Pendulum tracks in the works and prefaces the group’s impending world tour, which kicks off June 9. The famed electronic super group will first hit Ultra Korea, followed by 15 hand-selected festival main stages throughout the summer.

View Sawka’s rework of “Witchcraft” above and “Watch Out” below:

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Destroid will reunite for Excision’s music festival

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Excision enraptured the bass music community earlier in May when he announced the launch of his own three-day festival. Though discussion surrounding the event has been substantial, its details thus far are sparse. Recently, the Canadian artist revealed the dates of the festival (September 29 – October 1) through a semi-cryptic “cave painting,” but its lineup and location have yet to be announced.

Yesterday, May 17, marked a momentous announcement for the event. After over a year of hibernation, Destroid laconically broke their silence on social media to share a cave painting of their own. The post depicts a prehistoric image of the trio performing above an etching of the festival dates.

The formidable live band – made up of Excision, Downlink, and producer/Pendulum drummer KJ Sawka – is a veritable rarity on the festival circuit, with Ultra 2016 marking their most recent appearance. Destroid’s larger-than-life aesthetic and overwhelmingly loud, aggressive sound make them an ideal candidate for a concert of such low-end magnitude, and their inclusion foreshadows an epic lineup to come.

Suffice it to say, the next cave painting has a tough act to follow.

H/T: Global Dance Electronic

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The First Artist Playing Excision’s Festival Has Been Announced And It Tells Us A LOT!

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Well maybe it is the second since obviously Excision himself will be playing his very own festival. Lucky for all bass music fans out there the second artist has taken to social groups to announce their appearance. We all probably could have guessed this one as Excision is a member of the group. The second

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ILL.GATES vs KJ SAWKA Giveaway

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Got nothing to do tonight? You are in luck. We are doing an emergency ILL.GATES vs KJ SAWKA Giveaway. That is right but you need to act fast. The first 5 people that RT this on Twitter will receive tickets to the ILL.GATES vs KJ SAWKA show at Avalon in Hollywood California tonight. The next

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Arguably the Best Bass Lineup of the Season Hits Philly Nov. 25

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FIND TICKETS HERE! There comes a time once a year that a lineup gets released, and you can immediately feel the bass resonating through your soul just by looking at it. “Adventures through the Multiverse”, presented by the Kontrol Room, gives bass heads exactly what they are looking for, November 25th at the B-Side Complex

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[Premiere] ill.Gates & Stephan Jacobs — Bounce ft. Mayor Apeshit + Remixes

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In the underground scene, Ill.Gates and Stephan Jacobs are both icons in their own right. So, a collaboration between the two bass maestros is always cause for celebration. This one is called ‘Bounce’, and rightfully so; it will have you out of your seat in no time flat.

The duo wastes no time in getting to the nitty-gritty. Featuring the vocal talents of Mayor Apeshit, things get wild almost immediately. Booming bass and fast-paced drum patterns collide with twisted synth melodies that sound like they came from an alien mothership. The lyrics go undeniably hard, with Apeshit rattling off clever rhymes and one-liners like he was born to do it. And things don’t stop with the original track; KJ Sawka, Subp YaoPigeon Hole and several others are on remix duty. Each one of them absolutely crushed their edits, re-imaginging the tune as everything from dubstep to future bass and beyond. This is the second installment of remix EPs leading up to Ill.Gates forthcoming album Terminally Ill, so you definitely don’t want to be caught sleeping on these tracks.

While no release date has been set for the full album, you can check out the full stream of ‘Bounce’ after the jump. If you like what you hear, be sure to grab a copy of your own on Bandcamp, Beatport, or other digital retailers.

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