Morning Brew: Disclosure – Latch (Manic Focus Remix)

Absolutely the definition of a remix right here. Completely lets the song be itself, and lays some amazing sounds overtop. Just listen.

-Dusmo

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Dusmo’s Top 5: Names In The EDM World

Today I have to talk about one of the most fundamental, serious, and earliest decisions a musician needs to make. That is: what name are they going to take when they perform or produce? Many people choose to simply go by their name. There is nothing wrong with that. Really, you cannot pick a bad name. It is how you choose to express yourself and the image you want to portray. However, I wanted to write about this because I feel like there are several artists in the EDM community that have gotten extremely creative with the name they choose to step on stage with. Be it funny, intense, or just really clever, I bring you the Top 5 Names In The EDM World, as decided by me.

Number Five

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Jose Guerrero from L.A. is a producer who specializes in Moombahton and is heavily influenced by bass. I like his name because it matches his style, getting in your face and explosive. Using the exclamation points is an added bonus.

His remix of Lana Del Ray is really fucking good – and has already hit 144k plays on SoundCloud in just NINE DAYS. Do you understand how good this mix is? You will once you click play.

Number Four

Bro Safari

Bro Safari, What a dope name. Just like a bro going on a safari what’s not to like? It’s like, “Hey, bro, jump in my Jeep and lets go scout out some trill music on the plains of EDM. I don’t fucking know. I’ve never been much for his music, but that is just me. It seems to never develop enough, and that goofy face he puts on all of his artwork haunts my dreams… Bro Safari often pairs up with UFO for some intense trap mixes. Hear one here.

Number Three

RL Grime

Paying tribute to the amazing R.L. Stein who made me a pro pants shitter when I was a kid, RL Grime puts out the dirty beats that could probably scare small children still. But I dont hate it. They’re dope. He just released his new EP, High Beams. The cover art sticks to the Goosebumps tribute.

Number Two

Zeds Dead

Paying tribute to the classic amazing movie Pulp Fiction. That’s how you get to #2 on my list. Not to mention being one of my favorite artists. How do you do that? Oh that’s easy just remix a track like Nina Simone’s “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. Some of the heaviest and best DnB this side of the sun. This is a track that has me relaxed. Completely and absolutely relaxed. While still on edge and feeling the DnB rhythms racing through start to finish. It’s a nice break from the trap and house overhauls that I’ve been through lately. Fuck yeah Zeds Dead, baby.

Number One

Rell The Soundbender

This name is number one to me because just imagine actually having the ability to bend sound to your will and how much more intense that would make the music you listen to? That would hands down be one of the coolest things in the world – since music has influenced me so much. Plus Rell is a really cool name. On top of that, Rell backs up his title by bending some intense beats into your ear receptacles. Specially this collab he did with Far East Movement – Ain’t Coming Down. Last, who the hell hasn’t watched “Avatar: The Last Airbender”? Seriously, if you haven’t then get over yourself and do it. Clearly influenced the name choice.

If you disagree? This is America go right on ahead. Better yet, suggest some names in the comments section that I passed up.

-Dusmo

Guys, I just want to get ignorant. Do it right.

Let me start out by saying that I do not think ALL the artists I am about to mention are idiots. I think some are brilliant and know how to work the system. They have built an image of straight ignorance that has them rolling in dough and probably hooking up with your girlfriend, if they wanted to. Who am I talking about? I am talking about rappers like 2Chainz, Trinidad James, Waka Flocka, Chief Keef, and I guess you could stretch and include crews like A$AP and OFWGKTA but I think they actually have messages to send and are not ignorant.

See like this kind of ignorance:

But see people like Chief Keef worry me since people are actually concerned he may be handicapped. Then there is 2Chainz who is hands down my favorite rapper in the game right now. Such sick beats, such witty/funny/ignorant lyrics, and just that I don’t care personality. But it’s totally a show, which is perfect. He isn’t a poser, he isn’t a fake, he is a genius. 2Chainz was an honor roll student. People WANT THE GUY TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT.

Shit, maybe “ignorant” is not even the right word to use, but basically the music I am trying to get you to picture is shit that just makes you want to jump around and get hype and go wild. Almost like that one track:

But you know that one is done right, when you bring in Skrillex on the production like what else do you need…

Either way I am here to talk about trap remixes of these already dope songs. Most of them are GOD AWFUL. Like I get that usually so far on this blog all I have done is put people on, like praised you for your talents. But there comes a time when trap enthusiasts need to sit down and remember that just anybody can sit down and make a track. I am not just shitting on the entire discography of the guys I am going to feature today – but as previously discussed each trap remix of a track needs something different. Some tracks need more work and others only need to be slightly changed up to make for an amazing remix.

I really love that ignorant rap. That’s why I want the trap remixes to do it justice – to enhance it and make the experience better for the listener, who it’s all for in the first place.

So first we have Spenca and AFK remixing 2Chainz – I’m Different. They slow down the song, which bores me. Then they try to hype it up with some low drums in the back, and lay this loud horn beat over it for the “drop”. I don’t want to hear your loud horn. Then when they bring it back, it’s just more of the chorus. I want to hear 2Chainz. I just want you to hype me up for it. And this track is just lackluster like it doesn’t have it.

Then we’ve got KMillz Remixing Chief Keef – Don’t Like. It’s deceptive. It actually is really really good in the beginning. The beat gets you going. You’re ready to kirk out with possibly the most ignorant man in the game. The guy singing about macaroni. Then KMillz just ruins his own track by changing the tempo, the pitch, and cutting the song so hard that you literally can’t understand or enjoy anything. I had to turn it off.

But I will leave you with DJ Carnage and Protohype. That is how you do it! We need more like Carnage and HEROESxVILLAINS who can do this genre justice. Carnage just takes the drop on Trinidad James – All Gold Everything, and lets you enjoy the lyrics, while speeding up the beat, boosting the bass, and making you want to kick holes right through the closest wall you can find. I might need to see an anger counselor.

My last request: Like if I were to die today, someone – preferrably someone I trust like Carnage or HxV, please remix Feds Watchin’ by 2Chainz and make it amazing.

Dusmo’s Top 5: Mashup Artists

Fuck I love mashups. I posted about it just this morning on the Morning Brew. Something about the combination of  different sounds that bring stuff unrelated together just gets me going. So here are my favorite mashup artists, they put in the work and it is all for free and the glory of music (due to licensing laws and shit). These people deserve to be making money for their talent and I am sure they do through merch and shows and such.

Definitely feel like mashups are an underappreciated sector of EDM that deserves to be shown more exposure.

Number Five

White Noise

His name is Mike McCourt from Huntington, NY. This is his Soundcloud, follow it. Here he pulls together Bass Cannon by Flux Pavilion, Mercy by Kanye West, and other stuff that gets me amped up. He has 7 discs out on his BandCamp channel, all for free download and streaming. Find it here and support him!

I mean holy shit people.

Number Four

KapSlap

KapSlap (Jared Lucas from Bethlehem, PA) is not just a mashup artist. He does mixes, house, electro, so I definitely do not want to give anyone the impression that he exclusively does mashups. However, Frequent Flyer is such an awesome mashup CD, 17 tracks and 84 minutes of constant enjoyment. This is honestly something you could put on at a party and just let it run with no effort necessary (don’t do that though – that’s lame). KapSlap also currently has Bootie Bundle Vol. 1 out – and just started up Slapcast, his podcasts, which are available for free download!

Number Three

Super Mash Bros.

These guys. These fucking guys. They are amazing. I have been listening to them for about 2 years now, longer than I have listened to most other artists. And they constantly keep coming out with grade A high quality mashups. They are a trio from LA, comprised of Nicolas Fenmore, Dick Fink and Ethan Dawes, and manage to go to school in addition to their artist careers. I am featuring the Pure Fix Mix in this post because it is the most accurately titled mix I have ever heard. Thriller from start to finish.

Number Two

Girl Talk

Girl Talk aka Gregg Gillis from Pittsburgh, PA, is probably the biggest mashup artist out there. He also is one of the oldest, coming out with his first album, Secret Diary, in 2002 under the label Illegal Art. Perhaps one of his biggest accomplishments – Girl Talk’s album Night Ripper was named #22 on Rolling Stone’s best albums of 2006. He offers all his music via his website with the option to “pay as you wish” which essentially means the music is free but you have the option to help the EDM scene and the deserving artist by making a donation (Which you should).

Number One

The White Panda

The White Panda is comprised of Tom Evans (Procrast) and Dan Griffith (DJ Griffi) respectively from Chi-town and LA. They stepped on the mashup scene in 2009.These guys, in my opinion, are hands down the best mashup artists in the world right now. They are just destroying everything they do. I cannot get enough of them and have been playing “Bearly Legal” since it came out a little over a month ago. You can download it for free here. Follow them on their Facebook page for updates, as they release full versions of each of their Bearly Legal tracks.

One of their biggest successes is this amazing mashup of Kanye West and M83. I don’t know why Kanye is good for mashing but oh well.

Here is an amazingly chill mix I just found of Kendrick Lamar and Pierce Fulton. Really relaxing.

Last, my favorite track off of “Bearly Legal” – “All Knas Everything”. Which is one of the few tracks they have released a full version for. THIS IS FUCKING HYPE.

Follow these guys. They are going places. I would love to have the opportunity to interview them, like that is one of my goals right now.

WHITE PANDA IF YOU READ THIS LET’S SIT DOWN FOR AN INTERVIEW.

Enjoy guys.

-Dusmo