Hey! It’s finally Friday again here at the Beatery (where it’s always Friday at least once a week!) and we have another tasty sampler of five fresh tracks for your ear holes. We got your Electro House. We got your Tropical Bass. We got your Dubstep! We got you covered, is what I am saying.
1. Meat Katie & D Ramirez ft. Odissi - Stop the Revolution
2. Illikon - Circus Jack
3. Vaski - Jelly (Nostalgia remix)
4. Heavyfeet ft MC Mad Rush - Vs Up (Rack n Ruin remix)
5. FS - Touch O’ Klass
Despite how it must look, this post is actually quite safe for work, though there is enough bass wobble in these tracks to make the more tender amongst us a bit seasick.
Not Safe For Work Records is a brand new label out of….somewhere. Their official page neglects to include any geographically identifying information, and you can probably imagine what a Google search might return. If that is the joke, then well played, my friends.
NSFW launched in September of 2010 and only have two releases under their belt so far, but the second one - the subject of this here post - is a doozy. I know nothing about four of the five contributing artists here, but High Rankin is a fantastic producer and a wonderful coup for a label kickoff. He’s been on my radar for a while now and will probably get his own post shortly on The Beatery, but in the meantime the Lemon Party EP is one of the best groups of tracks I have heard in some time, and an awesome start for NSFW. They’re all going straight into my crate, and I am definitely looking forward to hearing what they come up with next.
UK producer Calvertron has been steadily creeping into my track collection over the past few months, and you may have noticed his tracks popping up on the Beatery as well. Way back in January his collaboration with Banga was part of our Transition Tracks post, and he was featured in the first edition of The Friday Five as well (Safe Sound).
While clearly a master of the one-note bass wobble style of Electro House (and despite his masturbatory use of filters and LFOs) , he also falls squarely in the A/B style of production that we generally hate on with some ferocity here on The Beatery. These are tracks that sound like two separate songs, generally with a self-produced primary section and a second, sample-reliant break featuring a catchy melody or extremely recognizable slice of a popular song that is often unrelated to the bulk of the song. While I generally write them off as lazy, cheap thrills I think I give Calvertron a pass because I really like his own contributions. I still don’t agree with the format in general and deeply hope that he can achieve a level of artistry that shows more confidence in his own production (and possibly a better ear for melody) but in the meantime I am happy to get down to these bangers.
Calvertron - Hit Da Ground*
*this track definitely highlights why the A/B format can be successful. How can you deny this sample?
Kid Kenobi, MC Shurechock - Safe Sound (Calvertron remix)
Hey everyone, welcome to yet another Podcast Friday here on The Beatery! This week happens to be my chance to share with y’all and I am going to take this opportunity to exercise some lingering musical ghosts that have been haunting my psyche for a while now.
For as much music as it must seem like a DJ goes through on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, there are often as many tracks that fall by the wayside as there are those that make in into the crate. When it came time for me to plan a new mix, I decided that there were a number of tracks that I really liked but for whatever reason never got the love they deserved. So, before retiring them, I figured I’d finally give them a chance to shine.
Just about every track in this mix has been in my library for a long time but never really played much (or at all), just sat on for a long time for no real good reason. They all are going into “storage” once this is published as I start to look beyond 2010 and to the future of new music, but I am very happy to be sending them off in style!
It’s Podcast Friday once again! Not much to say here this time except that I am happy to be back in the saddle and putting bass in your tubes. These are all just tracks that have been grooving my brain lately, so I hope you enjoy them as well!
Also, a quick plug for those of you in the Bay Area; I’ll be DJing at the Cat Club on Tuesday My 25th, so if this mix gets you in that sweet spot, there’s plenty more where this came from! Keep an eye on The Beatery for more details soon.
1. Black Mahal - Save the Flavor (Pance Party remix)
2. Foamo - Wardance
3. N.A.S.A - Gifted (Steve Aoki remix)
4. Afrojack - Bangduck
5. Major Lazer - Bruk Out
6. The Young Punx - Ready for the Fight (Black Noise remix)
7. Pitto vs MC Flipside - Feelin What it’s About (mashapella)
8. Sub Focus - Could This Be Real
9. Boris Dlugosch - Bangkok
10. SportyO - Guestlist (Deekline & Ed Solo Balti mix)
11. Stereofunk - Schattenwelt (Popmuschi remix)
12. Redial - 45 Overdrive (Matt Haegen Trancey edit)
13. Crookers feat. Miike Snow - Remedy (Magik Johnson Vocal mix)
14. The Temper Trap -Sweet Disposition (Axwel and Dirty South mix)
15. Kid Sister, Tittsworth, Pase Rock - WTF (dub)
16. Will Smith - Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Mustard Pimp remix)
17. Ludacris feat. Twista & Rick Ross - How Low
18. Alex Gopher - Handguns (Dada Life remix)
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