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.
Been nice knowing everyone, cheers to the afterlife! The WHYH crew will be celebrating the end of the world tonight in style by seeing Lassi and ASW perform songs from their new album Primal Ideologies.
Pretty Lights continues to demonstrate what a hommie he is by giving away all his music free. Here is a little gem that he put together featuring lots of different Rock and Hip Hop samples for the end of the world.
I’ve got a new Christmas time mix for you today, hopefully to make your Monday suck a little bit less. I’ve been working on this one a while, and finally got to the point where I wanted to share it. I’ve been enjoying mixing trap a lot, and I start the mix off with a few of my recent favorites before transitioning to house.
Hope you enjoy, thank you for listening!
White Christmas (Kaskade Mix) -Bing Crosby
Sweet Nothing (DIplo & Grandtheft Remix)- Calvin harris
Epic (Carnage & Luminox Festival Trap Remix)- Sandro Silva & Quintino
Replica (Serotonin Remix)- Afrojack
Land Of The Lupes- Bassnectar
The Matrix- Bassnectar
Explosive- Dr. Dre/ Kurupt/ Nate Dogg/ Six Two
Annie’s Theme (Afrojack) vs. Jammin (Benny Benassi Remix)- Bob Marley (BigBird Mashup)
Atrium (Anger Dimas Remix)- Joachim Garraud & Alesia
Zica Memo ft. Suppa Fla (Gregor Salto Remix)- Shazalakazoo, Chernolbyl
We Get High (Club Mix)- Gregor Salto
Ode To The Drum (BigBird Mashup) Ode To Oi – TJR vs. Move it to the Drum – Chuckie
I’m killing two birds with one stone this evening. I’ll be doing a recap of Mat Zo’s amazing Ruby Skye performance last Friday, as well as giving you plenty of Trance Thursday goodies. Mat Zo’s set at Ruby Skye was one of the most diverse sets I’ve ever witnessed. He played just about every genre of dance music there is…trance, electro, house, techno/tech house, big room, drum and bass, and a little dose of dubstep. Not to mention he used Nate Dogg and Kurupt’s Where I Want To Be as his intro. I’ll be featuring ten songs from his set that you should definitely know about. Five songs from other artists and five songs from the Zo man himself.
Using Nate Dogg’s bridge from Where I Want To Be was an amazing way to kick the night off. It didn’t hurt that Mat transitioned into my favorite song of the moment…the almighty Truffle Pig from Tommy Trash. Sing That by John Dahlback is a close second for me, and to my delight Mat played it as well. Dahlback has been absolutely crushing it, and Sing That might be the best tune he’s put out lately.
Kuedon by Bang La Decks was debuted during Mat’z TATW 450 set in Bangladore, India. You can see why he chose to play the track there as the India vibes are quite obvious. Thankfully Mat took the annoying-ass voice sample out for his set. Once you get past that, the track takes off.
Mr. Zo played plenty of mashups throughout the night. The tranciest of the bunch was when he mashed the vocal sample from Ferry Corsten’s Feel It with the beat from Beltek’s Kaiten. When you listen to the song below, just imagine “CAN YOU FEEL IT” sprinkled in right before the drop.
Both Fedde Le Grand and Deniz Koyu have had massive years in 2012. They created an absolute banger by combining forces on the remix of Zdarlight by Digitalism. I have been sleeping on this track because it’s been out for awhile. Rest assured, that’s certainly no longer the case.
Now I’ll get into some songs that are strictly Zo. Starting things off, I’ve got a couple of mashups. Both Eric Prydz and Mord Fustang got play throughout the evening. When Prydz’s remix of Personal Jesus came on the club WENT OFF! However, my personal favorite moment of the night was when Mat dropped a mashup of Call On Me and We Are Now Connected. Crank up on the volume on this one; that Call On Me build never gets old.
Another really sick mashup from Mat was Flash A Ring On It. He combines his song Ring On It with the Nicky Romero remix of Flash. The breakdown from Ring On It is perfect for “Smooooking on a jooooooint”!
I was really pleased when Mat Zo dropped his essential unreleased mix of Loop. This song is so damn good and doesn’t get nearly as much play as it should. It’s definitely got a unique sound and crosses the fine line between techno, trance, and progressive. The beat and harmony are absolutely intoxicating.
The club mix of The Sky is easily Mat’s dirtiest production to date. The dub elements at the beginning are insane and by the end it’s full blown trance. A shower may be necessary after listening to this one on full blast.
For song #10, I’m featuring Mr. Zo’s incredible remix of Be There 4 U by Kyau & Albert. This song could not be more uplifting and happy. Hearing it puts the biggest smile on your face and it’s impossible to not lift your hands in the air and dance around like a madman.
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.
Greetings friends! The San Francisco Giants just took game 2 from the Tigers and I’m headed to see Tritonal at Ruby Skye in a matter of hours. I’m pretty much on cloud nine right now, and can’t wait for another epic show with my fellow Tritonians. Because of the show, I decided to feature nothing but Tritonal tracks for the 4th installment of Trance Thursday.
Starting it off, I’ve got a brand new mashup from Chad and Dave. Much like Kaskade, the boys from Tritonal LOVE giving away free mashup goodies on their SoundCloud page. The latest is a blend of their epic track Slave with the lyrics from Tiesto and BT’s Break My Heart. Slave was the song that made me fall in love with Tritonal, and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.
Azuca was first premiered at EDC Vegas back in June. Cookie Monster and I experienced first hand what this track does to the festival crowd. This song is nothing short of anthem status, and it may have been the stand out track from what Chad and Dave declare as their best show EVER.
Tritonal’s remix of Caught reminds me a little bit of Zodiac by Jochen Miller. There are fun glitchy sounds thrown around at various spots. The combination of the beat, vocals, and chord progression will certainly put you into a state of trance.
To end things, I’ve got a really dope remix the boys did of Craig Connelly’s Absolute Electric. The signature Tritonal sound is very evident in this song. The breakdown in the middle portion of the song is incredible and really sets you up for the party that takes place in the last couple minutes.
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.
I’m going to start a new weekly feature on some of the top trance tunes at the moment. The picture above signifies my campaigning to have ASOT 600 come to the city of San Francisco. Armin makes his decision in a few weeks so I’ll do my part to represent.
Speaking of Armin, here is his latest track I’ll Listen. This is vintage Armin, with that upbeat, pulsing trance sound and amazing vocals.
Here is a new mashup from Tritonal, which Chad and Dave released for free on their Soundcloud page. They take Ost & Meyer’s Antalya and mash it with the vocals from Broken Down off their Piercing The Quiet album. The result is a smashing success.
This next song is more of trance infused electro tune. Beltek’s remix of Honeyslave by Booka Shade has been getting support by the likes of Ferry Corsten, Kyau & Albert, and Gareth Emery. I never thought a Booka song could sound so dirty.
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.