In the electronic music world, our histories are less important than we let them be for way too long. If you have been orphaned or abused, ridiculed and bullied. If you just liked to learn, ironically a weighing factor in those younger years growing up in school. Looking back, we wish we could stop certain things, say to our younger selves, "Just hang in there. It'll be okay." Because in this fucked up, tumultuous world we are living in, a bunch of these rave kids have realized that we are all going to make it. The struggle builds your character; the greater yours is the more greatness you were meant for. But be patient. The universe gives and takes in mysterious ways, but ti doesn't make mistakes.
We say EDM saved our lives. We say we didn't know home until the dancefloor. We say that we finally know what it is like to call some sister, brother, and maybe even mom and dad. There is an overwhelming sense of love surrounding this music most of the time, even the heaviest dubstep or dirtiest trap sends the happiest vibes.
We say family, and we mean it.
I was getting really into Borgore when he released a podcast from his record label, Buygore. They also are a ride-or-die family, one of the closest I have trolled on the Interwebs. They have regular bowling nights, are often billed together on a tour (at least two of them), and you can tell from Twitter alone that these guys love each other. When Kennedy Jones was the new hot artist at Buygore a few months back, it was Borgore himself playing "Suavamente" in every live set in every major festival, along with Kennedy's remix of "Cry" with maybe the best drop I've ever heard; it gets inside you and eats at your soul, pulls the evil out.
Kennedy grew up tough, a ginger kid that floated in the Hispanic neighborhoods of Southern California. He is no stranger to the struggle, probably bearing witness to these evils. He has been on his touring hustle for months now, bringing the happiest vibes to his shows. He stood outside of Soundgarden Hall in the smoking section until I swear he met every Twitter personality he has ever come in contact with. He knows how important it is, what an inspiration he is, and he uses these powers to deliver PLUR to cities worldwide. The guys at Buygore, especially Asaf himself, are very public about their love for Kennedy. I thought this allegiance was much like one you would see in the streets. You can't get out once you are in; death is the easiest way to get out. I forget that this is an industry sometimes, and just see one big happy family sitting on rainbows and clouds in a glittery sky.
Hey, I can be a realist. I had a check with this reality just a few days ago, when Kennedy Jones released a new mixtape. He had just done a guest spot on The Borgore Show, Borgore's radio show on SiriusXM, so I was a bit baffled right off the bat. Then I notice this mix was done for Ultra, the biggest corporation probably within our counterculture. I sat shaking my head in disbelief, wondering what this move could mean. As if that wasn't mind blowing enough, this movement is going global, more global than it was last year. People who make festivals and the artists that perform, even to each and every fan in attendance. This music speaks to an entire globe with no words but sounds that register in so many hearts and minds. What does that mean?
Literally, this is happening: Ultra South Africa is hitting Capetown in February, while Ultra Japan kicks off in December. I am still beyong baffled about this move Kennedy Jones seemed to have a solid home at Buygore, and not that he isn't a big room dude caue he is, he is larger than life. I'd just worry about intentions and mostly the integrity of my art, and what happens to high art in the wrong hands. Despite what power moves like this usually mean, we should put the energy out there that all of this is being done for good.But DAD doesn't gossip, they are professional trolls bringing the truth.
Peep the tracklist of the below mix that he did for this announcement; it's wonderful. Maybe a little preview of what we can expect from Kennedy Jones, new bass music artist signed to Ultra Records. One thing is for certain about him, each of us, and anyone else that makes up the outliers: You can expect Kennedy's style and personality to stay as true as always.
He is such a renaissance man, coming from a hip-hop background and very able to spit truths, he writes all kinds of new sounds for remixes, bootlegs and VIPs, Jones has become something of a staple for trap VIPs. I wish we could talk in grave detail about each track on this mix, but that would be enough talk to fill my thesis I believe. Starting with a throwback like "Show Me Love" shows me he cares. He is moving into a label that features artists unlike him in some ways, and he seemed to flex his house music muscles just fine.
We at DAD fucks hard with Happy Colors, and this anonymous superhero fucks hard with Victor Niglio. One of my favorite track on this mix was the unreleased remix of "Jungle Bass." Another long anticipated remix, Partysquad's "Oh My" since I saw Vines of him dropping it at shows. Having the unreleased track on a mixtape is a pretty solid consolation prize. Maybe it tells us something about what he is getting ready to release, maybe not.
[I wouldn't read too far into the Ultra Records thing if I were you, that's my job.]
Steve Angello & Laidback Luke Ft. Robin S - Show Me Love [Mixmash Records]
Robin S - Show Me love (Oliver Heldens 'Epic 2013' Bootleg)
Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash - Reload [Downright Records]
W&W - Thunder [Mainstage Music - Armada Music]
Mike Hawkins - Jump (Original Mix) [Hysteria Records]
Tiesto - Adagio for Strings (Blasterjaxx Remix) [Magik Muzik]
Blasterjaxx - Fifteen (Hardwell Edit) [Revealed Records]
YVES V & Blasterjaxx - That Big [Spinnin Records]
Victor Niglio & Happy Colors - Jungle Bass [Unreleased]
Kennedy Jones - Uprise [Unreleased]
Clockwork feat. Wynter Gordon - Surge (Riggi and Piros Remix) [Dim Mak Records]
Partysquad - Oh My (Kennedy Jones Remix) [Unreleased]
Carnage and Tony Junior - Michael Jordon [Spinnin Records]
Dj Snake vs Junior Senior - Move Your Feet (Parisian Vision) [Free Download]
Ace Hood - Bugatti (Diamond Pistols Unoriginal Remix) [Free Download]
Martin Garrix - Animals (Riggi and Piros Remix) [Spinnin Records]
GTA - The Crowd (Original Mix) [Fly Eye Records]
2 Unlimited - Get Ready (Steve Aoki Extended) [BYTE Records]
Deorro - Yee (Original Mix) [Revealed Records]
Bare & Ookay - Gem [Buygore Records]
Antoine Clamaran - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Original Mix) [Juicy Music]
Pelari - Cango (Original Mix) [Musical Freedom]
Showtek - Slow Down (Original Mix) [Dim Mak Records]
Adventure Club - Thunderclap (Original Mix) [BMG Rights Management US]
Katy Perry - ROAR (Kennedy Jones ROAR Louder Remix) [Capitol Records]
Empire of the Sun - Alive (Zedd Extended Remix) [Capitol Records]
Kennedy Jones - Bounce VIP [Unreleased]
Blasterjaxx - Miami (Luke and Skywalker Bootleg) [Ones To Watch records]
TJR - What's Up Suckaz (Ricky Vaughn Bootleg) [Rising Music]
Sak Noel - Loca People (Kennedy Jones Trap Remix) [3Beat Records]
Kennedy Jones - Came To Party (Original mix) [Mad Decent]
DVVBS & Borgeous - Tsunami (LOOKAS & HLTR_KLTR Bootleg) [Spinnin Records]
Coone ft. Chris Madin - Our Fairytale (Original Mix) [Dim Mak Records]
Dimitri Vegas & Moguai & Like Mike - Mammoth (HXV x CARNAGE rmx) [Spinnin Records]
Dimitri Vegas, Like Mike & GTA ft. Wolfpack - Turn It Up (Pelari TRAP Remix) [Musical Freedom Records]
Showtek Feat We Are Loud & Sonny Wilson - Booyah (Party Favor Remix) [Spinnin Records]