Today we have a special premiere for you of not one, but two official remixes for Balkan Beat Box. One comes from our good friends Bad Royale and the other comes from the London creator GAUDI. Each of them have their own take on “Chin Chin” and each definitely had a different idea in mind of where to take things.
In going in nearly opposite directions, it’s cool to see just how easy it is for people to put their own spin on a song. With Bad Royale, we get a high-octane flip that sees the group’s Caribbean bass sound go all over the place, as they usually do. No matter what they release, it’s always a fun listen. GAUDI takes things much slower, with a laidback remix whose slight groove makes this the perfect kickback track. He manages to make two styles of music fit together that at first thought you might think against it. GAUDI not only makes it work, but he does so in a manner that exceeds even the best expectations. Check them out below and if you haven’t heard the original, check out the music video as well.
As cool as the first “xXx” movie was, I honestly can’t remember much of the second. Now, we’re getting a third, and although that’s exciting for many action movie lovers, we’re excited for the music moreso. We recently came across Madsonik, the man behind two songs on the soundtrack, including a single with Kill The Noise and Tom Morello.
We’re going to dive right into the collaboration “Divebomb” that is our favorite of the two. It’s got breaks, it’s got guitar, and it’s got some very clean sound design. It’s jam packed with energy, exactly as you’d expect for a Hollywood song. “Take It To The Top” is a bit more of a big room style record. It’s hard, bringing the more classic electro vibe than the festival style that reigned supreme a couple of years ago. It’s not easy to get one song in a major blockbuster, but Madsonik got two. Listen for yourself and see why.
’Divebomb – Madsonik & Kill the Noise Ft. Tom Morello’
You’re seeing politics everywhere, but it’s Friday; it’s time to relax, or party. We’re going to choose party. This week’s playlist will help you turn up and trump all that is going on in American politics. Puns help, but music helps more. As usual, we collected our favorite free downloads from the past week and there are plenty of them. High quality tunes in this batch of a dozen come from the legendary GRiZMATiK, LUMBERJVCK, Luca Lush, Jack LNDN, Havok Roth and more. From future funk, to hybrid to deep house and beyond, we’ve got a bit of everything for you here today. All good songs from great people. Don’t miss out on any of them. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.
There are a ton of producers who are all talk about having no limits when it comes to genres. Most of that is just talk, as those same producers pretty much keep within arms reach of a certain sound. Bad Royale actually lives it. They’ve already proven what they could do with the harder styles of dance music time and time again, but now they flip the switch to bring something entirely new.
Their new EP, We’re All We Need, dropped today in partnership with Anjunabeats and Mad Decent. You’re probably wondering how the hell those two fit together, but it will all make sense after you listen to the three singles that make up the project. As it has been in the past, Bad Royale enlist collaborators including Ruby Chase, Kim Nain and Flipo.
“Blue Sky Action” introduces us to the new sonic territory, where Bad Royale slow things down for an extremely ethereal, vibe-ridden record. It’s not what we may be used to, but it’s just as dope as what we are used to. Next comes the title track, a more upbeat, poppy tune that is absolutely perfect for radio stations all across the globe. “Fly To New York” is more along the lines of what we expect from Bad Royale, but it still has its own fresh flash and flare. We’re All We Need is a must have, plain and simple. Grab your copy today.
First of all, Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukkah to holiday celebrators. With Christmas this Sunday, we wanted to give you all we could in this week’s edition of the Friday Party Playlist. Within it, you get a whole lot more than the twelve usual tracks. Sure, you get songs from the likes of Breathe Carolina, Choppa Dunks, Twofold, Tha Trickaz, YOOKiE, Dubloadz and more, but you also get multiple records from Kastra and Aylen, who have short mixes of some song packs. Lastly, Carter Cruise dishes out a nostalgic mix for all to enjoy. As usual, everything is downloadable for free. No need to spend anymore money, treat yourself to these free presents today! Most importantly, make sure to #danceirresponsibly.
As 2016 begins to wrap up blogs are releasing their “Artists to watch in 2017,” and while there are many deserving names among these lists, London Future is one artist that should be included. “Don’t Stop,” released on ULTRA Records, features the soothing and billowy vocals of Jem Cooke, builds into a climactic dance laden drop and slowly exits via a simplified guitar pluck melody showcasing Jem’s soulful voice.
London Future has become a sought after producer throughout the years in his hometown Caribbean Islands, Trinidad and Tobago through his artful ability to bring Soca, a genre of Caribbean music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 70’s, to the forefront of mainstream music. He’s caught the attention of names such as Jillionaire from Major Lazer and Diplo and scored a release on the Mad Decent imprint, Jeffrees in 2013. We’re excited to see what London Future brings in 2017 and suggest keeping this multi platinum record producer on your radar.
As we move closer to the end of the year, artists are trying to get one more track out. This rush to wrap up brings out a ton of great records and because it is Christmas time, a lot of those releases are free. Good thing is we have collected some of our favorites for you from this past week. There were so many that we had to include an extra one, so instead of the usual twelve, you’re getting thirteen this week. Party on with works from Sean Turk, SKULS, Venessa Michaels, Reid Speed, Juicy M and many more. Stream them all, download the ones you dig, and enjoy the weekend. Most importantly, #danceirresponsibly.