You got any plans? Need a soundtrack to get things done to? Need some tunes outside of indie rock, rap, and other assorted goods you grabbed this week Here’s the fifth edition of this series that focuses on EDM, and we’ve got some heat on deck this week. Major league mixtapes from Bassnectar and JayCeeOh, refixes from B.Dolla and DJ Swizzymack, some Trap from Branchez, DJ Cable and Styles&Complete, as well as some fresh tracks to preview. We’re running the EDM gamut this week!
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Branchez Vol. 1
First up this week is the latest in the Trap-A-Holics-certified EDM releases, this time giving you a sampling of the heat coming from a producer by the name of Branchez. You should have already heard a couple of these if you checked out Certified Trap Reloaded, and got as enamored with the way he uses samples in his hypnotic tracks. He comes from a different angle, almost flipping vocal samples in a Kanye style – pitched up (or down), and thrown in to really add something special. You ever feel like you were hearing someone on the cusp of something awesome? No? Give this a spin, then. Branchez is sounding like the future.
Kill The Noise x Feed Me – “Thumbs Up (For Rock & Roll)”
Tracks like this are where you can really see how ingrained EDM is with the Internet and memes. Taking a hilariously awesome clip of a speech from a little boy speaking to other children who are learning to ride a bike, the duo of Kill The Noise and Feed Me link up for this funky track. KTN and Feed Me are, oddly enough, both producers from the drum & bass scene that flipped the script and made a name for themselves in other forms of EDM, and this plays like their celebratory jam. We’ll include the original video along with the banger of a track (of which we’re not quite sure has a release date as of yet).
Bassnectar – Freestyle Mixtape
Bassnectar‘s part of a class that’s been doing his thing for a while, putting out countless projects and establishing himself for both his productions and live shows. If you like your EDM crunchy and in your face, he’s one you should link up with. His Freestyle EP drops via Amorphous Music on the 16th of October, and he randomly chucked out this mixtape earlier this week in support of it. He mixes up his own original tracks with special remixes and edits he cooked up, making the diverse styles of EDM he touches still uniquely sound like him.
01. Dancer In The Dark Intro – Audiovoid Remix
02. Bassnectar – Freestyle feat. Angel Haze
03. Jantsen – When The Beats Drop (Bassnectar Remix)
04. 6 Blocc – Ammunition Sample Pack (Bassnectar Recut)
05. Bangladesh – 100 [Acapella]
06. Dead Prez – Hip Hop [Acapella]
07. Bassnectar – Rap with a T [Instrumental]
08. Hudson Mohawke – Thunder Bay (Bassnectar Edit)
09. Zed Bias ft Juiceman & Simba – Jigga Up (Bassnectar Remix)
10. Ming & FS – Madhattan Bound (Bassnectar Remix)
11. Zion I – Human (Bassnectar Remixxx)
12. Bassnectar – Infinite
13. Bassnectar & DC Breaks – Breathless feat. Mimi Page
14. Son of Kick – From Here
15. Bassnectar & Double You – I Am A Laser (2012 Remaster)
16. Dusk & Blackdown – Kuri Pataka
17. Ed Solo – Egyptian Horns (Bassnectar Remix)
18. Bassnectar – Butterfly feat. Mimi Page (Bassnectar Remix)
19. Bassnectar – Hologram
Juicy J – “Bands A Make Her Dance (B.Dolla Remix)”
We recently featured B.Dolla’s Trap remix of Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River,” but this Juicy J remix is a 180 degree shift in style. He took the original‘s slower rhythm and cranked it all the way up, turning J’s bars about “ratchet pussy” and clapping cheeks into a rave anthem. Don’t be surprised if you’re in the club and the most non-stripper-esque females are bouncing to this, glow-stick clutching hands in the air. Beats a make them dance.
Future Cut ft. Jenna G – “Obsession (Ulterior Motive Remix)”
Damn near everything about this track, aside from the producers credited for the remix, is a throwback. When the original “Obsession” came out, the duo known as Future Cut was pushing the progressive side of drum & bass. Jenna G was a known singer, but definitely not as recognized as she is today. The original “Obsession” also dropped in 2001, during a time that many consider to be one of drum & bass’ peaks, both creatively and financially. Ulterior Motive is one of the new school torchbearers for the dnb scene, and they kept it true and Metalheadz-y for this 2012 revisiting of this classic. The Metalheadz flavor is kept in tact, which is great for fans of that breakbeat science. This release feels like its geared for the vinyl lovers and enthusiasts – this’ll be a limited edition, one-sided picture disc release. Save your pennies, as this one drops on the 22nd of October.
DJ Cable – New Trap Order
For all of you beat freaks who might be going out this Halloween as a vampire, this might be your anthem. DJ Cable has been working on different takes on the Trap scene, and got the idea to rework the Pump Panel remix of New Order‘s “Confusion” (most commonly known from the opening bloodbath scene in the first Blade movie) into a Trap banger. He kicked the remix’s infectious melody up a bit, brought out the deep sub and the 808s and there you have it. All you need is a black trenchcoat and some fake blood.
Noah D ft. The Grouch – “Just Right” The Remixes
Let’s keep it real: most original dubstep tracks with rappers on them suck. For whatever reason, either the producer doesn’t bring his A-game or the MC doesn’t know how to attack the beat properly. We’ll get into that at a later point, but this tune “Just Right,” featuring The Grouch over a Noah D beat, fits like a glove. It has a sly dub vibe to it that still knocks hard, and Grouch doesn’t adjust to fit the beat to the point where we miss what he’s putting down on the mic. Noah D decided to share the fun and asked some of his talented friends to rework his track. What we get are alternating takes from the likes of Kelly Dean, Djunya Blackleg and other bass-driven beasts. Some kick up the intensity a bit, others make the grooves more danceable. Some play the track as a proper dub version, with less vocals, while others keep the bars in tact. Sometimes it’s good to open up the vault and let others noodle with your sounds, you know?
DJ JayCeeOh Presents Pop Models, Volume 5
For a great glimpse of what can happen when EDM and popular culture collide, longtime DJ and remixer/blend master JayCeeOh drops Pop Models, Volume 5. Not only does he feature a Carnage “festival Trap” remix on this, but blends with the likes of Future, Ca$h Out, Bob Marley, French Montana and others are thrown up against a crop of the EDM scene’s finest producers, including RL Grime, Luminox, Bro Safari, Sub Focus and plenty more, spanning a number of styles. Pre-game to this!
1. Emalkay vs Sammy Adams – Me and My Vocals (JayCeeOh Remix)
2. Bro Safari & Knuckle Children – Freak
3. Snap Backs + Tattoos (JayCeeOh Edit)
4. French Montana – Pop That (Styles & Complete Trap Bootleg) (JayCeeOh Edit)
5. Hardwell – Spaceman (Carnage Trap Remix)
6. Future vs RL Grime – Same Damn Time (Big Once Blend)
7. Sandro Silva & Quintino – Epic (Luminox Remix)
8. Sammy Adams x JayCeeOh – Fall Back (Luminox Rattle Remix)
9. With My Hands Up (Mighty Mi Edit)
10. Daleri – Touche (JayCeeOh Edit)
11. The Knocks – The Feeling (Fat Race Remix)
12. Tiesto & Swanky Tunes – Make Some Noise
13. Daddy’s Groove – Power To The People
14. Disco Fries – Bass
15. Tony Junior – Feeling Kinda Strange
16. Nicky romero – Se7en
17. Lazy Rich & Hirshee – Damage Control
18. Chambray – Mangoes
19. The Whip – Secret Weapon (Alex Metric Remix)
20. Deadmau5 – FnPing
21. Scooter & Lavelle – Beats Inside My Head (Revolvr Remix)
22. Michael Calfan – Resurrection (Axwell Version) (JayCeeOh Edit)
23. Lucky Date – Hos & Discos (Space Laces Remix)
24. Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas – Beat Down (Afrojack Remix) (JayCeeOh Edit)
25. Erick Morillo & Konshens – Murder The Dance Floor
26. Datsik & Kill The Noise – LightSpeed (JayCeeOh Edit)
27. Firebeatz – MiniMan (JayCeeOh Edit)
28. Wess & Santa – Hardcore
29. The Partysquad – Go Down Low
30. NO_ID – Zelda (Hardwell Edit)
31. Rebecca & Fiona – If She Was Away (JayCeeOh Edit)
32. Crystal Fighters – Plage (Alvaro Remix)
33. Bob Marley – Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)
34. Rudimental ft John Newman – Feel The Love
35. Sub Focus ft Alice Gold – Out The Blue
36. Skrillex – DnB Thing (JayCeeOh Edit)
37. Rusko – Somebody To Love ( Loc’d Out Remix )
38. Cash Out vs UNknown Shapes – Cashin Out (JayCeeOh Bootleg)
39. Will.I.Am – Reach For the Stars
Styles&Complete – “FACEDOWN”
When we last visited Styles&Complete, we were showcasing our appreciation for their “Thinkin Bout You” remix. We don’t have any somber dubstep today, though: this is strictly in your face, x-rated Trap nastiness. Tons of skittery snares, random bleeps and a dope edit on a timeless vocal sample. One of those cuts that get sprung on you mid-set and change the direction for fun to insane by track’s end. This freebie can be seen as a teaser, as S&C have an EP on the way as well. You’ve been warned!
Future – “Turn On The Lights (Swizzymack Remix)”
Swizzymack might not be a known name to many, but the Philly club scene shouts his name and flocks to whatever venue he’s spinning at. He’s got a knack for flippin’ current r&b and rap tracks into the harder-hitting “club” style, alongside guys like DJ Sliink and DJ Sega. Sega and Swizzymack actually have affiliations with Mad Decent, and tore it up at the Mad Decent Block Party (and had the after-party on smash). Taking elements of Future‘s original and adding a heavy dose of what gets the Philly/Jersey/Baltimore club scenes turned up, Swizzymack makes this one a winner.