Allright! As you can imagine, WMC got in the way of putting a post up last week. It was amazing – got to see old buddies like LA Riots and Donald Glaude, meet new people like Jen Lasher and Frankie Bones and play an amazing packed rooftop pool party! There were definitely a few misses during my stay – like a party I went to where the venue decided to relocate the event to their tiny, 20-person bar – and some hits – like Josh Wink’s INSANE set at the Ovum anniversary party. I could go through a bunch of my WMC stories, but there’s just one I want to share here that I think you guys will appreciate.
The morning I left, I had to catch a cab at 6AM and found myself standing in torrential rain after getting 90 minutes of sleep. Worse yet, because I was staying with a friend in Midtown, there were NO cabs to be found – at that time they were all in South Beach, picking up everyone leaving parties. I was terrified I was going to miss my flight, was cold and miserable, holding my wool coat over my head when miraculously a cab pulled up to drop someone off. I ran up and saw they were only dropping one person off…and someone was still in there. I started to walk away when the guy asked if we wanted to share a cab – I could go to the airport after he was dropped off at his hotel. Lifesaver!
I hop in and as we start going towards South Beach I ask where he’s from (I detected an accent). I think the convo went something like this:
“Oh? And were you here to work or just to hang out?”
“To work, I’m playing a few parties.”
“I played Shine at the Shelborne the other night for the Ovum party.”
“Um, really? I was there… What’s your name?”
Smalltown DJs sent over this fun little track called “Autograph”. Some of you might recognize the vocal from the Hatiras and MC Flipside tune – yep it’s the same one. Smalltown DJs lighten the tone a bit from the original with sparse, soft melodic notes that belie the content of the vocal. It almost makes me laugh when I hear “do you want my shaft” and then the track breaks into cutesy, high register notes. It works though, and this would be an amazing three minute interlude to break up a set.
Smalltown DJs: Autograph
I’ve always been a big fan of Blende, and this newest, “Iratus”, took me by surprise. To be fair, the majority of the work I’m familiar with are the collaborations with people like Miles Dyson and Dylan Rhymes, but this definitely sounds different from what I’m used to from Blende. It seems his direction with the material coming out this year (for example “Fluttery Will Get You Nowhere”) is a duality between wide and epic retro synths and evil-ass crunchiness. It’s not something that’s easy to mesh but Blende does it well. It’s like…The Neverending Story goes to Debonair Social Club.
Hyper Crush has been killing it on the remix tip lately and I’ve been happy to see them spit out some boots to get their name out there even more. I especially love that they interject their own vocals in the remixes, something that definitely sets them apart. They’re starting to regularly hit the road which makes me happy – I remember talking about these guys when they first started putting music out there and I know at least a couple of my friends thought I was crazy. Also helps that their production is always consistent and I love their big, crunchy synths and punchy as hell kicks.
Drake: Over (Hyper Crush Remix)
Ok, if I know you guys, I can bet that you’re going to love this tune – it’s got classic WTFTHISISAWESOME written all over it. Mix this Sick Boy track in your set with some Hot Pink Delorean, Boys Noize, etc. and, well, you get the idea. The vocal is completely unimaginative, but here’s a case where context is everything. I’ve heard “drop the beat” a million times in tracks, and yet when it’s surrounded by a Bloody Beetroots-esque vibe, I love it all over again. Speaking of which, I’m not the only one getting a pretty direct “Warp” vibe, am I?
Sick Boy: Drop That Funky Beat
Did I ever think I would get a Lil Wayne vs. Deadmau5 track emailed to me? Did I ever think it would actually work? Did I think I would ever post such a thing? If you answered NO to everything, then congrats. Now download Mike D‘s remix (well, he calls it that but it’s arguably a mashup) that at once is ridiculous and awesome.
Lil Wayne vs. Deadmau5: Steady Ghostin’ (Mike D Remix) (Clean)
Lil Wayne vs. Deadmau5: Steady Ghostin’ (Mike D Remix) (Dirty)
Continuing with vocal and track pairings I never thought I would see appear in my inbox, Voidstar brings us the Fugees vs. Benny Benassi with bits from some other tracks thrown in for measure. I think this one sounds more overtly like a mashup – though the vox does match and there was plenty of apparent extra work put in, it’s not disguised well and seems pretty obvious (at least to my ears) that it’s an external vocal laid on top. It’s still a fun match that would be a nice surprise to drop into a set.
Fugees vs. Benny Benassi: Ready For Satisfaction (Voidstar Remix)
I would have posted this the other day, but I wanted to triple check since it was an original that DuoTone was okay with me putting it up. “Black High Heels” sings the praises of DuoTone’s favorite footwear amid a flurry of descending synths that play off each other. The only drawbacks here – I wish there was a little more depth in the mastering and although the hook is catchy, some of the lyrics come across as trite. Still a really well put together track from a name I suggest keeping an eye on.
DuoTone: Black High Heels
I’ll be honest, I saw this in my inbox and almost didn’t want to listen to it. It looked like it was going to be hokey, but I listen to all my submissions so I downloaded it and I’m glad I did. This Bardeenz electro remix of Rick James’ “Give It To Me Baby” is actually done really well, complete with panned horns, drum fills hiding in the background and just enough loopiness to slightly remind me of disco house. This track just makes me smile and I love the little Easter eggs (like at 1:43).
Rick James: Give It To Me Baby (Bardeenz Rejuice)
Oh Snap!! has been sending stuff over lately that has more of a party rocker vibe/beat to it. I’m not sure what to say…it’s made well and is fantastic for people who like remixers like Risk One, but I feel like it’s missing that Oh Snap!! spark to it. I love his truisms, self-aware humor and fun programming in his tracks and it’s just not here. Don’t get me wrong – it’s a solid remix – but it revolves around a basic drum-centric loop with a few extras…it just doesn’t scream Oh Snap!!
Kevin Rudolf feat. Birdman, Lil Wayne, & Jay Sean: I Made It (Oh Snap!! Remix)
Bonus DISCO HOUSE MADNESS track: