Kickraux – Harriet Thugman – Interview coming soon!

I am in touch with the dope duo Kickraux (check out their website, it’s sick) for an upcoming interview. Understandably, the guys are too busy for a phone/video interview. But the text interview will still be a great read – and I am pumped for it. This is a sample preview post to get you guys amped up for it.

Why should you be so amped up? Because Kickraux are some up and comers who have already worked with artists like 2Chainz, Ree$e, and more. Harriet Thugman, their new EP, is free to download and it is so dope. It focuses on trap, but also brings in some house, electro, and chillstep to constantly keep the feel different. I can honestly say that there is not a bad track, in my opinion, on the 17 track, 55min EP. Enjoy it all here – and get pumped for the interview. I know I am.

PS- their album artwork is so sick.

-Dusmo

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

MORNING BREW: The White Panda – Panda Waves #7

To wake you up this morning I chose to share Panda Waves – The White Panda’s podcast. They switch up their usual style to bring you a podcast featuring their favorite tracks – most of which you probably haven’t heard before. This is a great opportunity to delve deep into Electro, House, Dance, and some other genres to find new content. Enjoy. Also a smart alternative to Caribou Coffee, which seemed like a good idea 15 minutes ago, but now I can’t stop shaking hahaha.

Have a good day.

-Dusmo

MORNING BREW: Diplo – Crown ft. Mike Posner, Boaz Van De Beatz & Riff Raff [FREE DOWNLOAD]

This track dropped yesterday and has already made its waves around the EDM community. I can’t exaggerate that I have probably listened to it 20 times already. The production is flawless. It’s like the music itself has a message to bring and it delivers. I feel like the producers had this image of a dream they want to accomplish and they put that ideal into lyrics and sounds. Obviously the song talks about claiming the crown, because they want to have happiness and success, but it isn’t there just yet. Diplo and Boaz keep the beats lightweight, faded, distant. Dreamy. Then Mike Posner sings up in the high register, just adding to that image.

What brings this together for me is how well you can tell that the track is a collaboration. Everyone on it has an essential talent that they bring to the table – and they mash really well. Diplo and Boaz have the amazing beats that scramble you like a fucking egg. Posner has the lyrics and vocals that get you inspired, they make you want to share his dream of success – and RiffRaff just makes you hype… typical Riff (ya, we’re on a first name basis).

You guys will fucking love this track.

Breaking news: Diplo just got to try on the crown. He liked it.

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Fuck you I’m a musician not a painter.

-Dusmo

MORNING BREW: Subfocus will make you happy.

Subfocus is an English music producer who started as early as 2003. What I want YOU to wake up to though is his most recent stuff. First we’ve got his new(ish) track with Alex Clare and it is something I didn’t originally intend to feature, but discovered along the way and couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell people about it. Look at the music video. So intense.

This one is a bit older, but I have been wanting to share it with as many people as possible ever since I first heard it around last fall.

Have a great day and do something with your life.

-Dusmo