Afrojack has decided to dabble in the Trap world, making a bootleg of his own classic Bangduck, calling it Bangtrap. He has previously tried his hand in a bit of dubstep- not to my liking personally- but I do love Bangtrap. The original Bangduck is one of my all time Afrojack favorites. While his Trap take on it is repetitive, full of high pitches noises and choppy, it kills. If you don’t like that style, you probably don’t like Afrojack anyway.
I thought it might be fun to do a new feature here on WHYH where we highlight up and coming producers/dj’s that are still relatively unknown. Our first feature takes us to the east coast, NYC to be specific, home of progressive house whizkid Madera. My boy Jimmy is Madera’s manager and he is definitely a name to watch for in 2013. He has been generating a real buzz out east, and Jimmy has helped him land some prominent club gigs in NYC.
The New York City based DJ and Producer formerly known as Josh Raymond now looks to take his unique blend of dance music to the masses. Only 23 years old, his bootleg releases have been listened to over 250,000 times on the digital spectrum and continue to spread.
With the experience of producing all types of music, Madera takes his roots of Jersey punk, classic, and progressive rock and has combined it with his new love for electronic dance and progressive house. His records have gained support from heavyweight electro pop act Dragonette, and Madera was chosen to be the main re-mixer of their new single ‘Live in This City’. The track hit more plays than the original single through Soundcloud and has helped put his name on the EDM map. House blogs worldwide and the dance community are starting to feel the buzz that Madera’s productions are creating, and the young artist plans to keep smashing together tunes to get his sound heard by more and more music fans. Be sure to check out Madera’s SoundCloud below and give a listen to his mix of original productions, remixes, and personal edits/mashups.
Today, Tritonal released their new collaboration with Super 8 & Tab ARC. I’ve been waiting for this song to be released for weeks, and I’m stoked that it’s finally out. The song borders on a mix of progressive, big room, and trance. I really dig the sound overall. I think it uses the appropriate elements from each genre to create a song that appeals to a wide audience. As always, a download will be provided for listening purposes, but please support the artist and purchase this on iTunes and Beatport.
Now here are a bunch of songs that I don’t mind giving away for free at all…because that is exactly what the artist who creates them does. Kaskade uses his SoundCloud page to give away all the mashups he plays in his sets. He appropriately titles it Kaskade Music Mondays and uses the hashtag #KMM on Twitter. Today he offered up Empty Streets Cascade, a mashup he’s been playing on his most recent Freaks of Nature Tour. He uses the vocals from his hit Empty Streets and the beat from Tommy Trash’s Cascade and creates a flawless mix of the two songs.
The rest of this post will be a best of from Kaskade Music Mondays. His most recent FON mashups weren’t to my liking, so I’m going to feature some classics from past tours. Angel On My Reaver 76 is a mashup Kaskade played last summer during his Identity Festival Tour. It uses my favorite vocals of all time, Angel On My Shoulder, with the build from Marco V’s Reaver and the drop from Zero 76 by Tiesto and Hardwell. The result is quite possibly the best mashup of all time. The only way to describe it is absolute insanity.
Step One For Redemption is one of the most unique mashups Kaskade has posted. I love the versatility of this track. It could be played during a chill sesh or a party and work perfectly in either setting.
The title of this next one is awesome. Be Still Bang Bang is so contrasting in nature but that’s exactly what the song is. The soothing vocals of “Be still my soul” next to Franz Novotny’s banging beat.
I saved an absolute bomb for last. Michael Woods’ progressive banger First Aid was one of the best party tracks from last summer. The Move For Me vocals work phenomenally well with it. The ear that Kaskade has for all of these mashups is truly amazing. They sound more like remixes than two seperate songs mixed together. Check out his SoundCloud for about 25 more of these free giveaways.
I’ve got a new mix for you today that I call The Trap House. I became kind of obsessed with the new sound that Trap was bringing to the game, and absolutely fell in love with mixing it. So I started the mix off in my typical up-tempo Dutch House style and finished it off with some of my favorite dirty Trap tunes of late. Hope you all enjoy listening as much as I love making it! See the track list below the download link.
Hello again my Homeless friends, and welcome to our new writer Count Van Count. Hope you’ve enjoyed his latest posts. I can’t express how excited we are here at WHYH to add another writer to the mix. I’ve got a great post for you tonight, all songs definitely worth a download.
Trap Music or Trap House, whatever you like to call it, has been dominating the EDM music scene lately. I have to say, Trap really caught my attention. I hadn’t given anything below 128 BPM a listen in quite some time. But as it goes with popular bass music some of it sounds like shit – literally. So, here are my favorite Trap songs I’ve heard in the last few months, cheers.
Lets start things off with legends in the music industry, Chase & Status. I saw these guys at their first performance in the United States do a live set, and they brought more energy to a show than I had ever seen. I love their style, love everything they do. Enjoy this Hip-Hop influenced nasty Trap beat.
Here are two songs that have been reinvented with Trap beats behind them. The first is Hardwell’s classic Spaceman and the next is Lapdance from N.E.R.D. The re-work of Spaceman is quite possibly my favorite in this list.
I had the incredible privilege of seeing the progressive house legend, Eric Prydz, at Identity Festival back in August. His set was surreal to say the least, and I wanted to feature a few of the tracks that he played. I’ll be highlighting one new Pryda track and a couple songs from his buddies Jeremy Olander and Audrey Napoleon.
Everyday is an amazing new Pryda song that i think is absolutely brilliant. It’s vintage Pryda, with that signature sound and builds. The vocals by John Ciafone are super catchy and you can’t help but sing along.
I had never heard of Audrey Napoleon until I saw her on the bill at Identity. I didn’t see her perform so I still hadn’t heard one of her songs until Eric hammered out a mashup of Banana Soda Es Muy Loca. Needless to say, I lost my shit.
The first time I saw Bassnectar, he ended his set in Eugene with this remix of Lupe Fiasco’s Kick Push that he calls Land Of the Lupes (Download it below his VaVa Voom remix). Lorin was quoted describing how much he loved Lupe Fiasco’s sound and style. So when they finally teamed up to make VaVa Voom, it was nothing short of magnificent. The new VaVa Voom remix has almost a trap style feel to it and Bassnectar uses Lupe’s vocals to perfection. Enjoy!
Here’s a new mix for the beginning of your summer from yours truly, BigBird . I put together some of my favorite old classics from legends like DJ Shadow and Fatboy Slim, then into some Moombahton, and finally transitioning into House. Love putting together these mixes, and I really hope you enjoy this one. The track list is below the download link.
Donor Work (BigBird Bootleg)- Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)- DJ Shadow Vs. Slight Work (Ft. Big Sean) (Prod. by Diplo) – Wale Praise You– Fatboy Slim Esta Noche– Munchi Horsey (Lazerdisk Party Sex Remix) – Diplo K-hole– Bro Safari Stop It (Crookers Remix) – Theophilus London California Dreamin– Savoy Turn It Ft. Fedde Le Grand & Johan Wedel (Original Mix)- Deniz Koyu Quasar (Original Mix)- Hard Rock Sofa Miniman (Original Mix)- Firebeatz 1234 Ft. Chuckie & Martin Solveig (Original Mix)- Laidback Luke Louder (Hardwell Remix)- DJ Fresh Ft. Sian Evans Level Up (Fake Blood Mix)- Sway
Until next time, BigBird.
One of my good friends first introduced me to Ken Loi, master of mashups, bootlegs, remixes etc. Looking for something to play at a party? Press play on one of his albums. Here are some of my favorites from both albums.