We’re less than a day away from Ultra Music Festival kicking into full swing, we thought it’d be the perfect time to throw a wrench in your perfectly laid out plans. As we do every year, our team of ninjas have hand-selected a few of their must-see acts, giving you an even bigger scheduling nightmare than you already had before.
With that in mind, we strongly suggest catching even a small portion of sets from these artists below, as they’ve come to be some of the most impressive we’ve caught over the past few years.
Friday, Resistance Stage, Presented by Link Miami Rebels, 9:00 PM
After nabbing Resident Advisor’s #1 DJ of 2014, Steffen Berkhahn has seen his ‘Dixon‘ project near the top of every house & techno head’s ‘Must-See’ list. Though his signature style has undeniably morphed over the years, he’s stayed remarkably independent and adventurous, and he’s fiercely loyal to his label’s sound no matter how large the stage. For those in need of a massive set not aimed at the ‘EDM’ crowds, ABSOLUTELY do not miss Dixon’s slot.
The king of tempered down, breeze-along diso melodies, Goldroom hasn’t forgotten the platform which put him on the tip of so many tongues: the DJ booth. Josh Legg’s DJ sets still function as a vital part of the Goldroom experience even after expanding to a live four-piece. Everyone needs a chilled out hour or two during UMF’s absurd three days. Make it with Goldroom.
Potentially the Norwegian duo’s last ever run on the festival circuit after announcing an end to albums for their timeless dance-pop project, culminating with an incredible 2014 two-hour opus, fittingly titled The Inevitable End. Just the premise of not having them around in the near future is enough to make us label this as one of our ‘Must-See’ performances of the weekend.
We know, we’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again: We love discovering on the rise artists. There’s a novelty in finding a song that really makes you feel something and then seeing who created such a thing but not recognizing the name. That’s exactly what happened with Trivecta’s latest single, “Ease My Soul.”
Putting the bass throttles on full, Trivecta comes in hot from the sunny state of Florida to craft a tune that is equal parts beautiful and hard-hitting. The vocalist he chose, Charlotte Haining, couldn’t have been a better choice as her musical component only adds an extra layer of depth to take this track into the stratosphere. Mobilizing a calvary of nebulous melodies, Trivecta takes us back to the days when dubstep was the best thing since sliced bread and really blends the bass, percussion, and accents elegantly for the drop. He will without a doubt be an artist that we keep our eye on in the future.
Buy “Ease My Soul” on iTunes, and stream it above, or on Spotify.
Shortly after premiering their latest single on Annie Mac’s radio show, Nero have officially released “The Thrill.” The UK veterans have continued to remain a relevant force in electronic music mixing the heavenly voice of Alana Watson with melodic electro and intense bass breakdowns.”The Thrill” carries on that sound bringing the vocals to the forefront before building into an infectious bass-heavy chorus. We don’t have much details yet on what they’ve got in the works for 2015 but this one’s a great sign if it’s any indication of what’s to come.
Kicks N Licks are coming at us from the West Coast with a new mix called “REFILL.” Thirty minutes of banger after banger is what these two scrapped together, with tracks coming from acts like MUST DIE!, Barely Alive, Habstrakt, Jauz and Dabin. Aside from bringing in quality tracks from other producers, Kicks N Licks dish out some of their old music, as well as five of their own IDs and one complete ID that has no artist labeled with it. Electronic styles of music that are more hip-hop oriented (trap, twerk, dubstep) are mostly what you get within this mix that you can download for free. Anybody traveling to or from SXSW this week definitely should hop on this bad boy. If you’d like to see these guys live soon, check out their upcoming dates below, with more to be announced soon. Continue reading →
Everybody’s saying dubstep is dead, but they have yet to venture to the “Darkside.” We mean that both in a macro and micro sense, with the latter more specifically referring to this collaboration between Downlink and Twofold. You want heavy? You got it here. These guys don’t mess around one bit, bringing the gnarliest basses you can expect to find anywhere. The nuances of each have their own appetizing qualities that you just want to eat up for as long as you can. Rage hard, and don’t let up because there are no doubts that Downlink or Twofold held back nothing. Love having your face melted by the “Darkside?” Get yourself a copy of the Uplink Audio release.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, ninjas! In honor of this legendary drinking holiday, we’re paying tribute by highlighting one of our favorite fictional pubs, Paddy’s.
If you’re new to the site, you probably don’t remember when Denver-based producer/DJ Joman did an absolutely mind-blowing remix of “Day Man.” The song and accompanying video went viral, getting approving nods from everyone who heard it, including the cast. It’s been a few years since that came and went, but Joman is back again with another remix and video, and it’s just as good as the first.
Taking a crack at the “Paddy’s Theme”, this producer has once again impressed us and furthered our admiration for IASIP. Starting off with a firm grip on nostalgia experienced from 80’s TV sitcom intro songs, this remix walks in with the original score remembered from Charlie’s tune. From there, we’re welcomed into some rolling cymbal hits that bring in the iconic Joman electro house sounds we’ve become accustomed to. From there on, it’s an epic journey complete with ample samples from the cast and a heavy dubstep breakdown.
Raise a glass of green beer, press play on either the track or the video, and take a minute to salute all the glory that is IASIP. And cheers to Joman for putting something like this together once again.
Grid Living is the latest EP from the Los Angeles meets Miami duo SLDGHMR. Their eclectic tastes come out in a big way with six originals, along with two remixes. Included in the originals are collaborations, one with Crywolf and one with Chuck Inglish and K.Flay. SLDGHMR show off their innovation throughout, especially with tracks like “Rocket Fuel” and “Saccharine.” Even with their more traditional sounds, they still manage to keep things interesting and meritable, without a doubt. If we were to pick personal favorites, I’d have to roll with “Lombardy” because of its dark, yet energizing sound. It’s a little trashy, and we love it. The whole EP deserves two thumbs up, and if you feel the same, then you can go ahead and purchase the project for yourself, or gift it to a friend.