Paper Diamond knows what it means to fill a room with radiating energy; the man has been filling up venues for years with it. The Colorado native kicked off his Night Vision tour at the Ogden on Thursday night, bringing a mix of powerful bass drops with a combination of seductive melodies. Intertwined throughout the captivating tunes were pulsating vocals which just added fuel to the fire for the already animated crowd. With his new LED video set up and array of novel new songs, one thing is for sure, Paper Diamond is ready to show his fans on this tour what is means to Crunkstep.
Opening for Paper Diamond were two artists who know what it means to bring the dirty dub. Max Hype, also known as Protohype, started the night off hard with his creative mix of nasty dub with hip-hop drums which has been given the name Dub Hop. Second up, making his Denver debut all the way from the big Texas, was Crizzly. He said it himself, “I’m nasty.” Oh Crizzly are you ever. His sound is what Crunkstep is all about; mixing dirty Southern beats, a bit of hard rap vocals, and throwing in a few collaborations between artists such as DJ Khaled and Rusko. All three artists brought the dirt, the bass and the filth to keep the crowd screaming for more.
Pretty much anything that Afrojack touches turns to gold, so it came as no surprise that he destroyed this remix. Afrojack takes this tune to the next level starting with a dark intro featuring some creepy sounds while still sampling the original melody. Before you know it you have a bass heavy drop featuring classic Afro chords and an insane high pitch siren synth. He then tweaks Iggy‘s voice in all the right ways during this second transition. Our next remix comes from Larry Tee and Attack Attack Attack, and their take on “Beatdown” goes in a completely different direction. Starting with a standard drum section and the original hard vocals from Iggy, then slowly building into a mind-altering drop featuring a reworked take on the original melody. Cheers.
To Buy both of these insane tunes, CLICK HERE. Both were released via Dim Mak yesterday.
Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas feat. Iggy Azalea Beat Down (Afrojack Remix)
Canadian indie pop duo Tegan And Sara have blessed us with an oh-so-sweet track called “Closer,” off their forthcoming 2013 album. The sisters (identical, actually!) have been putting out music for over a decade and have 5+ albums under their belts, but haven’t released anything since 2009′s Sainthood so we will probably gobble up “Closer” like hungry beasts. With bouncy synths and delectable harmonies, it’s hard to resist.
Last week, Bird Peterson, the producer from Austin, Texas released his fourth, and possibly final chapter in the “Drankenstein” mix series through Mad Decent. For over a year, Bird has been using the Drankenstein handle to remix popular electro tracks, turning them into instant Trap bangers. While his remixes are great, his Drankenstein Mixes have always been something very special. Filled with (mostly) Trance classics, with a healthy amount of heavy dub bass, Bird traps these tracks out, not simply by increasing the 808s and snares and throwing in the odd gunshot or “Damn son” sample, but instead by expertly layering lyrics by some of the best dirty south Trap rappers like Three 6 Mafia, T.I., Future and Crime Mob over every song. Now, Bird has given us the entire mix separated into the individual songs, resulting in 15 incredible mashed-up tracks that would fit well into any Trance or Hip-Hop set, or act as your soundtrack when you are hitting the streets. Below are a few favorites, but be sure to cop the whole thing here!
Well Ninjas, another week has passed and as tantalizing thoughts of the upcoming weekend begin to seep into your train of thought it is time again to embrace your weekly dosage of trance. As we stated last week, trance is a genre, which has served as the foundation for some of the largest and most successful names in the EDM. Noted for its 8-bar patterns and hypnotic melodies, trance music speaks to its listeners on a profound emotional level. So without any further ado, lets take some time on this fine Thursday to enter a state of trance.
This week our playlist begins featuring the newest massive tune “Must Be The Love” from BT, Arty and Nadia Ali. This track is a spectacular representation of trance at its finest; intense build-ups and meticulous breakdowns from two trance legends intertwined with premier vocalist Nadia Ali’s sensual verses. Next, we have Gai Abutbul’s remix of Ruben De Ronde’s track “Fjords”. Gai’s remix exemplifies the light and dreamy sensation of expertly crafted trance melodies overlayed atop rythmic up-tempo drums. Miss Nine’s latest effort “Stranger” featuring Kyler England is a great selection illustrating the progressive aptitude of trance as a genre. Other notable tracks are Tritonal’s mashup of their tune “Broken Down” with Ost & Meyers “Antalya” as well as New Hero’s remix of W&W’s “Moscow” which are both available for free download. Enjoy.
BT, Arty & Nadia Ali Must Be The Love (Original Mix)
And if the tracks above aren’t enough to satiate your desire for trance then make sure to jump over and listen to Armin Van Buuren’s weekly broadcast A State of Trance Ep. 579. Click the “listen now” on the page to download the stream, playable through iTunes.
Brother Ali‘s Mourning In America is already available now on iTunes and in the Fifth Element store, but in case you were still somehow hesitant about the project, Ali’s done us the courtesy of putting a stream up for free online. It’s not your typical boring SoundCloud stream though. Brother Ali’s provided us a visual complement to his music — a nearly hour long music video if you will — that gives us a glimpse into an average day in his life. It’s definitely an interesting journey, if not pedestrian at times, but it certainly gives us an insight into the man’s life. As always, if you’re feeling the stream, make sure to support the artist and cop the album!
A few weeks back we fell head over heels for Years & Years’ impressive debut single, “I Wish I Knew”. The London based quintet fuse a combination of laptop samples and infectious guitar-pop to bring to life an engaging sound that is perfectly placed to soundtrack the late summer.
Toppling the uplifting original into firm dancefloor territory, Scuplt’s remix strips away the song’s poppier elements to leave a bed of abrasive beats and deep bass, galvanized by heavily edited vocal chops. Check out The Music Ninja’s exclusive stream of the remix below, before Years & Years unleash the full “I Wish I Knew” package on October 3rd via Good Bait.