[Live Review] Skrillex & Knife Party – Denver 10/31

Preparation for an electronic show is a hefty process that if underestimated can render the spectator extremely vulnerable to having their expectations immensely superseded while simultaneously leaving their bodies fatigued and depleted of all energy. However from personal experience, it has become wildly apparent that regardless of one’s preparation and mental training, nothing can prepare you for Skrillex. Hate him or love him, Sonny Moore absolutely destroys his live performances. Chock-full of punishing drops, lasers, fireworks, confetti cannons and stunning visuals Skrillex shows are a spectacle that no one should deprive themselves of seeing.

On October 31st, all Hallows’ Eve, Skrillex and his Spooky Tings tour returned to Denver, Colorado to team up with Knife Party and a host of excellent openers to celebrate this ghoulish night in spectacular fashion. Upon entering the 1st Bank Center, hoards of eager party goers donning every Halloween costume under the sun poured into the arena. The energy was palpable and as soon as Zane Lowe started his set it was clear that everyone in attendance was in for a treat. Zane Lowe, Baauer, Kill The Noise and Tommy Trash each put on a fantastic show, representing the full spectrum of EDM from trap to electro to ear splitting bass music. To be honest the only negative of this strong of a lineup is that each of the openers could justifiably headline their own event. Thus, by the time your ears and body have weathered a musical onslaught of this magnitude it is very difficult to survive a back to back set by Knife Party and Skrillex.

As Tommy Trash finished his set, the atmosphere immediately jolted away any looming signs of fatigue and the haunted mansion with which the artists were performing illuminated to display the act everyone had been eagerly awaiting. Skrillex and Knife Party emerged on the top level of the haunted house and sent the crowd into a frenzy right out of the gate. I was a little skeptical of how a back to back set would flow between the two artists but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the mixing between the two appeared almost effortless. Playing in 10 to 15 minute increments, the entire set moved fluidly from track to track highlighting new releases from Knife Party’s forthcoming EP, their infamous VIP of Internet Friends and a healthy sampling of Skrillex’s discography. The energy was incendiary, the light show was world class, and the music did everything short of provoke seizures. The Haunted House Tour vs. Spooky Tings was a monstrous event which definitely left no spectator wishing they had stayed home eating candy. Best of all, at the end of the night Skrillex hinted that Spooky Tings will be back next year. So if you missed out this year you may have one more chance to witness this ghastly event first hand.

Photos taken by Shannon Shumaker. View more of her work here!

Scary Bolly Dub (Unreleased)
Knife Party
Internet Friends (VIP) (Studio Quality)
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[Hip-Hop] Emilio Rojas – Ice Cream 2K12


Emilio Rojas is one of the most slept on lyricists in the game, but he’s looking to change that with his upcoming album, No Shame, No Regrets. His latest single, “Ice Cream 2K12,” pays homage to the original Raekwon classic it’s based on, while directing the content into an entirely different direction. Emilio’s interpretation revolves around his rise through the hip-hop ranks and his endless hunger for success. The young New York native weaves together some slick verses as he expresses his readiness to take over, stating in the hook “I ain’t never going back to my broke days/Before that, I’m going back to my old ways/Because I’m trying to live it up/I started out with nothing, now nothing is enough.” Although No Shame, No Regrets has no official release date, we’ll definitely make sure to remind you once the project drops. In the meantime, make sure to keep this song on repeat.

Emilio Rojas
Ice Cream 2K12
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[Hip-Hop] Rick Ross – Hold Me Back (Remix) Feat. Gunplay, French Montana, Yo Gotti & Lil Wayne

Rick Ross does not hold back on the remix to his smash-hit, “Hold Me Back,” bringing out frequent collaborators Lil Wayne, French Montana, Gunplay and Yo Gotti. The timing of the release could not be more appropriate, as President Obama has just been re-elected as the leader of this great nation for four more years. One has to think that Rozay secretly handed him an advance copy just so he could use this as his anthem while popping champagne during tonight’s festivities (at least that’s how I’d like to think the president parties).

Rick Ross
Hold Me Back (Remix) Feat. Gunplay, French Montana, Yo Gotti & Lil Wayne
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[R&B] The Weeknd – Twenty Eight

This newest track from The Weekend might be one of his most heartfelt and emotional outings to date. The song itself is about a woman who initially is nothing more than a one night stand, but soon transforms into a thorn in Abel’s side once she realizes his identity. He then delves into the issues this causes as she becomes part groupie and part girlfriend, while The Weeknd struggles to find a true solution. This latest effort also allows The Weeknd to stretch his vocal range, as he torches through the track with intensely raw emotion. If you’ve been steadily awaiting the release of Trilogy, take solace in the fact that it is now only a week away.

The Weeknd
Twenty Eight
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[Hip-Hop] Pac Div – Cross-Trainers (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Blu)

Continuing to gain momentum for their upcoming album, LA-trio Pac Div let loose one of the most anticipated tracks. The wobbly, hard-hitting and 808-driven single brings in some extra Los Angeles flavor featuring the man of the hour, Kendrick Lamar, and veteran lyricist, Blu, to give us an encompassing portrait of the re-ascendence of west coast hip-hop. “Cross-trainers” carries the playful bravado of Pac Div (think “Automatic”) simultaneously capturing the unique and differing styles of both Kendrick and Blu.

Check out this impressive taste of the city of angels below and make sure to grab Pac Div’s GMB, due out on November 27th.

Pac Div
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[Drumstep] Dirtyphonics – DIRTY (Synchronice Remix)

A couple weeks ago Dirtyphonics released their latest single “DIRTY” accompanied by a slew of fantastic remixes. The original track flaunts a blistering baseline, rousing vocal sampling and the overall exceptional production one has grown to expect from Dirtyphonics. The remixes on the EP range from Metrik’s stunning DnB remix to 12th Planet’s trapped out remix to Darth & Vader’s electro-house take on the original. However, today thanks to Synchronice, the New Jersey based productional duo, “DIRTY” reemerged onto the EDM scene in spectacular fashion. Synchronice transform the original into a hard hitting drumstep banger. Complimenting the original with filthy wobbles, lasers, and a hefty amount of bass, this free track is nothing short of outstanding. Plain and simple, this track goes hard! Make sure to give the whole EP a listen and grab this free download. Enjoy!

DIRTY (Synchronice Official Remix)

DIRTY released on October 23rd on Dim Mak Records and can be purchased here.

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[Electro] Kill The Noise & Feed Me – Thumbs Up (For Rock N’ Roll)

I’ve been waiting for today for a long while, and I’m not talking about Election Day (I voted early anyway).

Today is the official release day for Kill The Noise and Feed Me‘s “Thumbs Up (For Rock N’ Roll),” and the KTN BLVCK MVGIC EP it’s on. The track is a major collab on the OWSLA record label, taking two of their best artists and creating some unbelievably raunchy filth. It is is uniquely KTN and Feed Me; with their heavy bass signatures and glitchy stylings, they appropriate some elements from most genres EDM has to offer, and turn it into quite the club-crusher. The OWSLA Label is giving away the track for free on their Soundcloud, so go grab it while it’s fresh out the oven!

In other news, make sure you vote today while you can!

-Thumbs Up (For Voting)

Kill The Noise & Feed Me
Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll)
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