Yesterday, the Skrillex camp announced a surprise EP through The Nest, the private pay service from OWSLA that provides exclusive content for its subscribers. The EP titled Leaving is not what many would have expected from Sonny, since his uprising was through a plethora of heavy-hitting “brostep” tunes. The title track “Leaving” is much more emotional than aggressive, and though we’ve heard such tracks from him in the past (Summit with Ellie Goulding), “Leaving” presents a slightly different tone of midtempo electronica. Maybe it has something to do with the Ellie breakup, or maybe he just wants to make whatever he feels like, but there has certainly been a lot of controversy among some of his more “stubborn” fans. Personally, I think the song is very listenable and I promote the idea of producing many genres, but we’ll have to wait and see what Skrillex delivers next.
One of the most accomplished breakthrough producers in 2012 was undoubtedly Henry Steinway, AKA Clockwork, AKA RL Grime. With the ongoing success of his big room house alias Clockwork, Henry was able to make time for his other persona, RL Grime, a name that has become a favorite amongst the electronic community. Needless to say, both names have gained their deserved attention, online and offline. It seems like just a few months ago that Clockwork released his 15K bootleg pack, and yet here we are with more than double that already just a short time after. On NYE, Clockwork played at LED’s OMFG festival and tore the roof off the place. If you’ve ever seen him live, you’ll know that he always packs special edits to move the crowd, and he’s giving them away for free. Grab the free download below.
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In the past, we’ve heard lots of gut-wrenching, heavy productions from Detroit man Butch Clancy, who has been referred to as one of the most talented producers of his time. Last year, his dubstep offerings were consistently getting better and better, and the best part is that almost all of them are free to download. With the recent surge in trap popularity, Butch has been showcasing his diverse skill sets by cranking out some of the most ratchet tracks the genre has to offer. In light of the new year (happy new year, by the way), he presents us with “A Beautiful Mind,” an infectious collection of choppy vocal samples, sirens, and all that good stuff. Also, Butch finally released his first official remix of Zeds Dead & Omar Linx’s “Cowboy.” You’ll see why Butch is the real deal.
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Producers like Shlohmo and Yarin Lidor have put out some stunning remixes of Jeremih tracks with “Fuck U All The Time” and “Birthday Sex,” leaving quite a bit of pressure on young Belfast producer BEAR//FACE. Not like we were ever worried, but hey, things happen. Needless to say, he delivered a solid remix of “Rated R,” top to bottom. The centerpiece in his tracks are often the high hats, and I think he’s just about perfected them. I expected to hear some lower-pitched vocals at some point, but they work flawlessly as they are. BEAR//FACE was going to wait until tomorrow to release this free download, but was feeling a little gracious and let it go a little early. For that, we thank him.
Originally, Ultra claimed that the Phase 1 lineup of next year’s UMF wouldn’t be announced until January 3rd, but it seems that they were too excited to hold off, and one can understand why. Over the last few months, the Internet has been on its heels, closely following artist calendars and spattered announcements, trying to piece together any confirmed artists. To much surprise, deadmau5, one of UMF’s biggest critics (because of their ticket pricing, antics, etc), announced that he “gave in” and will be playing this time around. Additionally, we learned that Swedish House Mafia would make Ultra their FINAL (so they say) performance, going out with a bang. Phase 1 already looks massive, but knowing Ultra, the final bill will be painfully stacked. Get your tickets early and stay tuned for more info.
California trapstyle duo SLANDER are no new name to Raw Goodage (they even mixed our last podcast episode), but their latest persona might be. During the early inception of the group, SLANDER were more focused on big room and progressive house, but carried with them the same energy and oomph that they do on stage to this day. It is obvious that Derek and Scott have truly found themselves within the genre, as their first mixtape Trapstyle Takeover raked in over 16,000 plays in just 4 short months. Since then, the two have collaborated with artists like Omeguh, Kayzo and more to create originals and remixes alike. After much anticipation, they’ve released their 2nd mixtape titled 2Ø13, featuring 22 hand-picked 808 tracks for the masses. With 1,500 plays in 1 day, one can only imagine how wide this one will spread. Enjoy.
For more than a year now, San Francisco electronic duo K Theory have been busy working hard while touring and producing. With over 80+ originals and remixes to their name, these guys have demonstrated proficiency in a multitude of genres and categories, being summoned by top labels like Universal, Ultra, and Garuda. Their most recent work “Notorious” is a hip-hop collaboration with respected emcee Danté, and is featured as a part of his “Deuce Day” mixtape. There are so many things I love about this track, but mostly the fact that they sampled one of the best rap songs of all time, “Notorious Thugs” with Biggie and Bone Thugs ‘N Harmony. Danté’s vocals grow on me more and more each time I listen, and the instrumental is unique to say the least, presenting a totally different tune worthy of being called an original, regardless of the past it carries within. Grab the free download below.