Deltron 3030 – Upgrade (Figure Remix)

Mad dubstep scientist and producer Figure is here to lecture us on grey matter. Well not quite as educational as you think it will indeed expand your musical universe. Taking on the work of the alternative hip hop group Deltron 3030 single “Upgrade” from their 2000 self-titled debut album, Figure does just that by enhancing the song for consumption in 2012. He explains

“Deltron 3030 was essential music to me for so long that to have the groups blessing on this remix is more than a honor. Dan The Automator was more than kind enough to send me Del’s studio acapella, and Del gave me the thumbs up on the mix … In short, I am very giddy about this one!

I tried to capture the vibe of the original all while keeping my sound intact. This remix isn’t made for just dj sets… it’s for the people who grew up on this album like I did and still hold that era up on a pedestal.”

A classic case of oldschool turned newschool by the crafty and relentlessly aggressive Indiana producer.

Deltron 3030
Upgrade (Figure Remix)
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[TMN Exclusive] Interview with Mibbs (of Pac Div)

The L.A.-based hip-hop trio, Pac Div, have carved out their own niche in the blossoming Los Angeles rap scene, interestingly distinguishing themselves by sticking to their West Coast roots. While carrying a recognizable LA feel, their music also holds elements of the Bay Area hip-hop scene making for a unique, yet encompassing, portrait of California. On Tuesday, the Div released their highly anticipated second album, titled GMB, which stands for the members’ first names–Gabe, aka Like, Michael, aka Mibbs and Bryan, aka Be Young.

Through out GMB, the three emcees emerge with their most confident, and creatively boastful, project to date. Although the old-school influence remains in tact, the Div continue to progress bridging the classic and future of West Coast hip-hop. With several notable features including Mac Miller and fellow LA natives Kendrick Lamar and Blu, they also branched out more on this project, which added to the diverse underlying influences. From start to finish, GMB  makes for an extremely enjoyable, and entertaining, experience delivering some west coast sunshine through your speakers.

I was lucky enough to get a chance to shoot Mibbs a few questions and he had some pretty insightful and interesting responses. In the interview, he touches on the group’s origins, their vision for the album and his thoughts about the Los Angeles rap scene among other topics. Check out what he had to say along with a few of our favorites tracks from GMB below, out now on iTunes. Big ups to Mibbs, and the Div, for taking the time to answer our questions.

Pac Div
The Return (feat. Ty$)

TMN: I know the three of you go way back, but when and how did you get into writing raps? How did the Div come about?

Mibbs: Like and myself were in different raps groups with each other growing up. We wrote raps since we were about 7 and 8 years old. Fast forwarding to when we created Pac Division (which was a much larger group from 03-05) we just pretty much gained chemistry with BeYoung and were always around each other, like everyday. So with us 3 being inseperable we created the sound and the whole swagger that you see today.

TMN:It is clear in your music that you guys are influenced by the old school west coast legends. Who else within hip-hop, current and in the past, do you think has influenced your style?

Mibbs: Theres so many rappers, singers, and musical groups that influenced Pac Div’s style and continue to. Just to name a few, Wu-tang, Ras Kass, Redman, Dogg Pound, Pharcyde, Slum Village (huge influence), Jay of course, Nas, Biggie, NWA (for sure), Above the Law, E-40, Outkast, Comptons Most Wanted.

Pac Div
Slow

TMN: Although there is a throwback and classic element to your music, I feel like GMB really showed a lot of progression in the sound creating a sort of past-meets-present-and-future sound to it. Tell us a little about your artistic growth and the process behind the album. What was your collective vision for this project?

Mibbs: I’ve always felt that we have a very throwback/futuristic style. I could point to our many influences as the motor that keeps us running our operation the way we do. With GMB, we definitely wanted to give the fans an aggressive, westcoast heavy sound thats also universal. As far as the rhymes go, I believe we spit a bit more arrogant than in our previous projects. We always want to make the albums classic in our own minds before we put it out. This time, we used more features than we ever have. Some new, and some familiar but in all, the album I feel is the best effort to date. Pretty much, the concept of GMB is Gabe, Mike and Bryan were so mad at the music industry that we decided to rob it, then after we robbed it we rubbed it in everyone’s faces.

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[Dubstep] Nexus – Ginger Kids

Aside from similarities with the google tablet, we knew nothing about rising producer Nexus, out of Winter Park, Florida. Electronic music has had an explosion around the United States and it is so rewarding to see talent come out of smaller cities, granted the greater Orlando area is by no means small (with EDC making its premiere this year), but as a former resident, I am so proud to see new talent rise. “Ginger Kids” looks to be one of the handful of songs Nexus released this year but it is already out to be his greatest. The 19 year old producer lays a formidable foundation with an exuberant introduction of captivating melodies interlaced with a slow grind of a bass that is unique and fluid, setting him apart from the many dubstep producers trying to do the same.

We had no idea who Nexus was but as of today, and thanks to “Ginger Kids”, we predict a bright future.

Nexus
Ginger Kids

Download here.

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[Denver Events] This Week at Beta 11/29

Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent all year, and this weekend is once again no exception.

Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.

MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER

Details:
For the shows Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!

Fedde le Grand
Dark Light Sessions 017

Dirtyphonics
I Need Your Love (Original Mix) FREE DOWNLOAD

Gabriel & Dresden feat Betsie Larkin
Play it Back (G&D Sunrise mix)
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[Trap Anthem] Benny Benassi – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)

It’s about time RL Grime released this massive Trap tune, remixing one of Benny Benassi‘s biggest songs and slapping it with a heavy dose of 808′s and flawless vocal edits. RL Grime is no stranger to Trap anthems, and this track has already been supported by the likes of Diplo. It is sure to be supported by other A-List names, it’s just a matter of time. Every drop in this is satisfying and sure to put a smile on your face. Cheers.

Benny Benassi
Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)

Release date is December 17th via Ultra records 

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Zedd ft Foxes – Clarity (Aylen Remix)

Updating a Zedd original is not an easy feat but when it comes to New Jersey producer Aylen, nothing is impossible. The incredible voice Foxes lends herself for this track is sure to induce more than just goosebumps as her sensible vocals glide through this progressive single from Zedd. And yet, Aylen is able to expose the beautiful harmonies of the original track while still lifting “Clarity” to welcomed, and much aggressive, heights. The rise of reconstructing songs and turning them into the next juggernaut dubstep/trap banger is far too common nowadays and it is producers like Aylen that are inherently capable of striking the perfect balance between fluid melodies combined with the harsher elements of electro house. DID I MENTION THIS SONG IS FREE? Grab it right now and don’t forget to check out Aylen soundcloud for more.

Zedd ft Foxes
Clarity (Aylen Remix)
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Tegan and Sara – Closer (Video)

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Once the holidays come around, it’s as though they never leave. All the work days in between feel painfully slow and arduous, and the omnipresent scents of pine and gingerbread are torturing teases. So what’s the perfect Wednesday cure? Spanx, a 90s-era house party and an überinfectious synth pop jam. Thank you, Tegan and Sara. Check out the video for “Closer” above, stream the track below (because it’s so good it deserves multiple listens), and then mark your calendars: the duo’s new album Heartthrob comes out January 29th.

Closer

For the full story behind the video, SPIN’s got the scoop here.

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