Quick hit this morning. Sixteen year-old phenom Madeon shows us how you do a fucking mashup. Thirty-nine tracks, and it doesn’t sound like a complete trainwreck. In fact, it sounds pretty damn incredible. Girl Talk, take notes.
Bonjour mes amis! Je suis très heureux aujourd’hui parce que… Yelle is coming to town!! Yelle (pronounced “yell”) is a bite sized explosion of French electro-pop that I had never heard of until she come out with her most recent album, Safari Disco Club early this year.
Being smitten with her super spunky electro-swag I checked out her back catalog and turns out she’s been banging out the synth-pop jams for years! Here are a few of my favorites and the show details. See you there? I can’t imagine she’d disappoint live.
Yelle at The Regency Ballroom - Thursday, May 19th, 2011
It’s SXSW season again, as I’m sure all you dear readers noticed (or failed to block out as the case may be), which means shows, secret showcases, album drops, mixtapes, and more schmoozing than any sane person could possibly stand. But what serious musician is sane?
In the grand tradition of self-promotion, even people who may or may not have actually gone to the festival are joining the party. Mad Decent DJ Benzi dropped a mixtape (sponsored - also an enduring SXSW tradition - by Oakely) full of party jams to help people dance through the week. As someone who sorta follows the festival, it’s my impression that there isn’t a whole lot of EDM featured there (though Skrillex did play a set this week, and Beatery buddy Kidhack had a few gigs around town) and that in general Rock is king. But really, who doesn’t like to party? No one. No one doesn’t? Hm.
Anyway, this mix is an hour of Electro beats, club raps, and fun vibes. If you’re at SXSW, throw this on your ipod to take a break from all the bearded flannel dudes singing about feelings. If you’re not, just turn it up and shake that ass.
I have very exciting news: We are on the brink of landing a weekly happy hour gig Fridays at 800 Larkin lounge! I’ll tell you all the details once it becomes official but the last hurtle to clear is a “get to know you” set the owners asked me to play tomorrow, Friday 3/11, at 10 pm.
So I want to pack the place. It would be awesome if you brilliant reads, friends and fellow DJs could roll out, get some cheep drinks, rock out my (hopefully) amazing set and kick your weekend off right!
To sweeten the deal I’ll be giving out some free drinks! Below are some hot new tracks I just got that I’ll drop tomorrow. When you hear one, just come up on up to the decks and say something like: “Hey, this is one of those track form your blog!” and BOOM, free drink! You don’t even have to remember the names (hell, even I can’t remember the names of all these tracks).
See you tomorrow night!
800 Larkin Lounge
10 pm - Friday 3/11
Robb G, The Afterschool Special - “Big Money Jazz Hands”
Britney’s new track “Hold It Against Me” caused a big hubbub when it dropped last week and incited a lot of soul searching in the dubstep community in particular. Hearing this on the heals of dubstep remixes of seemly every song under the sun, and a glut of new gifted dubstep crossover producers (see Me, Feed and ex, Skrill) bringing in legions of new dubstep converts, and it’s no wonder dubstep diehards are feeling like they need to move The Island, like Lock and Ben did on Lost.
See, I think more than any other sub-genre of electronic music, dubstep prided itself on being different. They wanted the music to be inaccessible. They took pride in it being harsh. They hoped you didn’t get it. They were like how the GOP painted North-East liberals: “elitists”; only 80% younger, dressed in black, grimy, and bringing so much bass and miscellaneous aural artillery to their debaucherous elitist gatherings that they are often mistaken for the onset of World War III.
So how will dubstep react? The underbellies of most genres get more techy or aggressive when the bulk of the sound goes mainstream (see drum & bass, tech house, gabber, glitch, etc), but where exactly down this path could dubstep possibly go? It’s ALREADY techy and aggressive!
Where do you see this going? Will be be hearing dubstep jams in heavy rotation on the radio soon? Has it reached “the tipping point”? Will the dubstep producers line up to “sell out” and go mainstream like they were at Disney World waiting to get into Harry Potter World? Do you like dubstep now any more or less than you did at this point last year?
Here’s a little light dubstep soundtrack for ya while you’re typing out your brilliant insights. This is exactly the light, entry level dubstep that I love and may be making diehards pull their hair out:
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