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Josh Wink: Why the Acid House Spirit Lives On

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Wed 18 Mar 2015 3:24 am

There has been a constant debate in electronic dance music circles about new DJs and producers not knowing about the history of DJing or the inception of the music. The question is – do they really need to know?

Do you know the background of acid house music? Do you care? Beatport asked me to write about ‘Why the Acid House Spirit Lives On.’ After thinking about it, I felt awkward writing several paragraphs about why I simply love this genre, or why I think it is still relevant today.

Acid house as a musical style has had such a profound effect on me as a producer and a DJ that I felt that it was my responsibility to share some words on how I found acid house – or how acid house found me. I also wanted to share some of my favorite compositions at the time, as well as those that helped express my feelings of the movement.

The acid house movement took shape in the UK in 1988 during what was regarded as the ‘Summer of Love’ and fueled by music being produced by artists from the Chicago house scene. I did a little research into why it was called ‘acid’ and it’s a bit vague. Some say because of LSD (acid) taken while listening to the music, or some say it’s simply how the Roland TB-303 synthesizer (used in making the music) was described.

TB-303 The iconic Roland TB-303, the piece of gear that’s been there since the start.

Whatever the reason for the name, the modern-day disco hippie of the Summer Of Love – complete with baggy neon-colored clothes, smiley faces and whistles – was born. Dark clubs with fog machines and psychedelic visual projections were the new haunting grounds for this emerging musical style and culture. This was documented in magazines and the hype and exposure spread across the world, eventually finding its way to me, in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly love.

I can’t remember what song I heard that made me fall in love with acid house, as I believe it was both the movement and the music that got me hooked. I was unable to get into clubs or bars due to the age restriction, so at 18 I got a job at a club called Memphis in 1988 being a bar back as a means to get into the  nite-clubs that played the music I loved.

During this time I was also working as a bicycle messenger and met a fellow kindred sprit named Blake, who also happened to be a DJ. We instantly became friends. He was six years older than me and was part of the club music scene in Philly. We used to talk every day about life and music in between delivering packages. Strangely enough, we were both mentioning articles we read on acid house in UK publications like NME and iD.

nmeacidcrackdown The infamous cover of UK music magazine NME from November 19, 1988.

During one of our conversations, he told me that he knew the bouncer at a venue called The Bank, which was hosting a new night called “Revelations” (or known as Acid House Wednesdays). It was a weekly party thrown by two DJs, Jett and Stefan, who instantly became my inspiration for learning and going deeper into this new alluring sound. Blake was confident his friend could sneak my underage self in, due to the fact I was working at Memphis. Immediately I was ready and psyched and couldn’t wait to experience this music.

After being snuck into the club, I was instantly hit with it all. The movement and spirit of acid house struck me at full force. A huge 14-foot-high neon painted black lite TV was constructed on the dancefloor, allowing people to dance inside. Elementary single red and green lasers shot through the air, zig-zagging in and out of the crowd’s frantically moving hands, trying to touch the beams. I was lucky to see at all due to the countless strobe lights and dense fog infinitely pouring out of who knows where.

Then there were the day-glow smiley faces, Timothy Leary-quoting artwork on walls, painted dancers, racially and sexually mixed clubbers and psychedelic eye candy everywhere. Then there was the music! I was in love. I was inspired and moved, and I said to myself, “This is the music I want to make.” This was one of my musical epiphanies and it’s clear as day in my memory. I wanted to make and DJ this form of music.

Now I had been DJing for several years already – buying, collecting and spinning all kinds of music from hip hop to house, from New Wave to reggae and from soul to alternative and pop. I craved it all. Diversity. In my mind – then and now – good music is good music, regardless of the genres or labels given to it.

So, I was familiar with Chicago house music in the mid ‘80s, from artists like Frankie Knuckles, Lil’ Louis, Marshall Jefferson, Mr. Fingers, Shep Petibone and Virgo. Then there was this new mutation of house music pioneered by the Chicago producers Phuture (who are credited for making the first acid house record broken and championed by the legendary Ron Hardy, the DJ from the Muzic Box). Hopefully this inspires you to get online and do some research and go deeper into the history, as I imagine you can get more accurate information than my accounts.

I would like to share with you some of the tracks, labels and artists that metaphorically planted the seed in me. These tracks guided and influenced me, into who I am today, as a DJ and as a producer. Tracks that were played indirectly to an 18 year old who was snuck into Acid House Wednesdays.

I was first inspired by the originators in Chicago and then motivated by the English producers who took the sound and gave it their own twist, creating a worldwide phenomenon with its own fashion, culture and global movement.

Chicago producers like Phuture, who gave us “Acid Tracks” and “The Creator”; Armando with “151” & “Land of Confusion”; DJ Pierre’s “Box Energy”; Sleezy D’s “I’ve Lost Control”; Adonis’s “No Way Back” & “The Poke”; Spanky’s “Acid Bass”; Farley Jackmaster Funk’s “The Acid Life”; Mike Dunn’s “So Let It Be House”; Jack Frost’s “Clap Me”; Bam Bam’s “Give It To Me” & “Where’s Your Child”; Robert Armani’s “Ambulance”; Ten City’s “That’s The Way Love Is”; Mr. Fingers’ “Acid Attack”; Gherkin Jerk’s “Acid Indigestion”; Maurice’s “This Is Acid”; Chip E’s “Time to Jack”; Steve Poindexter’s “Work That Motherfucker”; Tyree’s “Acid Thunder” remix & “Acid Crash”; Fast Eddie’s “Yo Yo Get Funky”; LNR’s “Work It To The Bone” and Mr. Lee’s “Pump Up London.”

The list can go on, as there are countless gems and tracks I played and own. However, these are some of my ‘Chicago acid house anthems’ and tracks that I heard non-stop in Philly. These tracks were released on the smallest – yet most influential – independent labels in Chicago. Labels like Trax, DJ International, Underground Records, Bam Bam’s Westbrook Records, Armando’s Warehouse Records & Musique, and Jesse Saunder’s Dance Mania Records. Once again, there are more, but this is simply what I recall and those that clearly influenced me.

DANCE MANIA 24 classics from seminal Chicago label Dance Mania featured on this 2014 compilation.


During that time all of these artists and labels traveled by the power of vinyl distribution to the world, being championed by the mighty island of England, where they were energized to make their own form of acid house.

This new sound also had an influence on me, especially Baby Ford’s “Oochy Koochy” & “Chikki Chikki Ahh Ahh”; 808 State’s “Pacific,” “Flow Coma” & “Let Yourself Go”; A Guy Called Gerald’s “Voodoo Ray” & “Tranquility on Phobos”; D-Mob’s “We Call it Acieeid”; Humanoid’s “Stakker Humaniod”; Longsy D’s “This is Ska” & “Dance Fever”; The Garden of Eden’s “The Garden of Eden”; S-Express’s “Theme From S-Express” and Adonis & Charles B’s “Lack of Love.” UK labels like Rhythm King, FFRR, Desire Records, Creed and Rham were all influenced by the Chicago visionaries. Truly amazing.

Quickly the music spread and influenced producers and labels in Europe where DJ Miss Djax who operated Djax Records in Holland started licensing and signing Chicago originators like Mike Dunn, Steve Poindexter, Armando and Ron Trent. The sound grew and grew and progressed. As the music became more popular, many of the artists were getting signed to major labels, capitalizing on the acid house craze.

It then came back to the USA and influenced New York City – labels like NuGroove, Idlers, Underworld Records, Warlock, Vendetta, Fourth Floor Records, Cutting Records, Breaking Bones, and artists like Todd Terry, Frankie Bones, Lenny Dee and MAW. The sound then squelched its way to Detroit’s Techno City on Derrick May’s Transmat label as well.

WINK_20TO20COVER The cover of Wink’s 2003 album was all about the acid.

The cause for all this acid house ruckus is due to Roland Corp, a Japanese electronics company that for two years made 10,000 of these TB (transistor bass) 303 bassline synthesizers boxes, which were marketed for guitarists who wanted to practice guitar without a live bass player to backup. The units flopped as their original marketed intended use. Yet the 303 magically found its way to Chicago house producers, who made a terrific rendition of what the 303 was meant for.

I would love to plunge further in the archives of how the sound advanced, mutated and developed into the 90s and 2000s and who carried the acid house torch, but I won’t. I will leave this up to you. I implore you to find out, as the history of the ’90s and 2000s is the continued diaries of why acid is still relevant today. The spirit of the original acid house movement was never lost.

In closing, I go back to the initial premise of this piece: ‘Why The Acid House Spirit Lives On.’ Thinking about it now, I guess it was so difficult for me to describe, because to me acid has never left. The spirit still lives happily inside me, ever since that momentous Wednesday night in 1988.

Stream music from Josh Wink on the all-new Beatport

Richie Hawtin Announces 2015 CNTRL College Campus Tour

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Tue 17 Mar 2015 5:07 pm

Back in the fall of 2012, techno ambassador Richie Hawtin set out on the ‘CNTRL: Beyond EDM’ US tour. The concept saw Hawtin and a rotating cast of his peers like Loco Dice, Josh Wink and Seth Troxler stop at colleges across the East Coast and Midwest to open new ears “the deeper side of electronic music.”

In 2015, CNTRL is returning with an expanded itinerary – and Beatport is very proud to be involved. From April 15-25 2015, Hawtin and co. will hit eight major college markets including the west coast, staging masterclasses and all-star parties along the way. Other acts joining the tour include Matthew Dear, Matador, Dubfire, Chris Liebing and Victor Calderone.

The centerpiece of each stop is a masterclass produced by Point Blank Music School, plus a discussion with Hawtin, DJTechTools’ Ean Golden and special guest speakers ranging from Blue Hawaii in Montreal to Grimes in LA. Check out the poster below for the full cast of artists and partners, then scroll further to see a city-by-city breakdown.

As Hawtin puts it: “I hope that people walk away from the CNTRL tour with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the individual creativity that each artist & performer puts into their own shows. We hope that some of the participants and fans will be inspired to take their next steps at trying their hands at their own creativity.”

[Article photo by Douglas Wojciechowski]


Wednesday, April 15
Berklee College of Music / Middle East Downstairs

Richie Hawtin
Matthew Dear
Ean Golden

Guest Speaker: Michael Bierylo, Chair, Electronic Production and Design – Berklee College of Music

Thursday, April 16
Penn State University / Levels

Richie Hawtin
Matthew Dear
Ean Golden

Friday, April 17
NYU / Webster Hall

Richie Hawtin
Francois Kevorkian
Ean Golden
Dantiez Saunderson

Saturday, April 18
Concordia / New City Gas

Richie Hawtin
Marc Houle (Live)
Ean Golden
Mateo Murphy

Guest Speaker: Blue Hawaii

Sunday, April 19
University of Toronto / Coda

Richie Hawtin
Marc Houle (Live)
Justin James
Ean Golden

Wednesday, April 22
University of Washington / Neptune Theatre

Richie Hawtin
Chris Liebing
Ean Golden

Friday, April 24
San Francisco State University – Music/Recording Industry Program/ DNA

Richie Hawtin
Chris Liebing
Ean Golden

Saturday, April 25
UCLA / Hollywood Palladium

Richie Hawtin
Chris Liebing
Victor Calderone
Ean Golden
Lee K

Guest speaker: Grimes

Hear Tiga, Dubfire, Luciano and More Give Tips For Producers

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Tue 17 Mar 2015 4:18 pm

Skipping the regular formula of festival recaps, Igloofest in Montreal, Canada has followed its 2015 edition with a video aimed at burgeoning electronic music producers.

In this wrap-up from the team at LANDR, key acts from the lineup – including Panorama Bar regular Cassy, Montreal’s own Tiga, Get Physical duo M.A.N.D.Y., Cadenza boss Luciano and minimal techno maestro Dubfire – offer their tips to producers, from the importance of mastering to finding your own signature in the studio. Watch it below.

As you’ll see from what the DJs are wearing in this video, Igloofest is Montreal’s winter electronic music festival, stretching across four very chilly weekends in January and February. As well as the aforementioned artists, 2015’s lineup also included Loco Dice, Flosstradamus, John Digweed, Oliver Heldens, Joel Mull, The Gaslamp Killer and many more. It all goes down at the Old Port of Montreal, where the best way to stay warm is to dance.

Calvin Harris Gives Away an ‘Ultra 2015 Acapella Pack’ For DJs

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Tue 17 Mar 2015 3:31 pm

While just about every major dance music name is headed to Florida next week for Miami Music Week, Calvin Harris is a notable non-attendee. (At least officially.) While he won’t be joining Armin, Hardwell, Skrillex, Tiësto and co. on the Ultra main stage this year, Calvin has compensated by offering other DJs a free bundle of his a capellas.

The producer’s ‘Ultra 2015 Acapella Pack’ features vocal-only versions of five chart-topping, mainstage-ready anthems from his catalog: “Blame,” “Sweet Nothing,” “Summer,” “Feel So Close” and “Outside.” So if your set needs a sprinkle of John Newman, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding or Calvin Harris himself, you’re in luck. Download the pack below.

In the months ahead, Harris will make regular trips to Las Vegas, including an April return to the Hakkasan Group’s new Omnia Nightclub. (“Club looks like it’s been beamed in from an alien planet,” he tweeted, with the photo to prove it.) He’s also booked for a string of summer festivals in the UK and Europe, plus a headline slot at EDC New York in May. Business as usual, then.

[Article photo by Rukes at Ultra Miami 2013]

Hip Hop Duo Run The Jewels Attacked Onstage at SXSW

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Tue 17 Mar 2015 2:38 pm

The annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas took an unexpected turn for hip hop duo Run The Jewels yesterday (Monday, March 16), as Killer Mike and El-P’s performance at the Spotify House was interrupted by a violent stage invader.

Blindsiding Killer Mike after making his way on-stage, the assailant was then chased into the crowd by Run The Jewels’ security team. The incident was captured on camera by fans. As El-P later tweeted, “Those weren’t audience members fucking dude up – that was our people. We are about peace but don’t make the mistake of thinking we are alone.”

Other acts booked to play the Spotify House at SXSW this year include ODESZA, Ryan Hemsworth, Gorgon City, CAZZETTE and Hudson Mohawke. Interspersed between the live sets are selectors like DJ Premier, Just Blaze and De La Soul’s DJ Maseo. The final day – March 20 – is capped off by Brooklyn MC Joey Bada$$. Let’s hope the crowd stays well behaved. Check out the videos of the Run The Jewels incident below.

Don't fuck with @RUNTHEJEWELS #ForRealTho #TheSpotifyHouse #SXSW #WeLive #SpotifyHouse

A video posted by djfreeverse (@djfreeverse) on

Glastonbury’s Saturday Headliner is Kicking Up a Lot of Debate

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 11:17 pm

As arguably the world’s most recognizable festival, Glastonbury is held to a very high standard when it comes to booking headliners. With its 2015 return locked in for 24-28 June, only a few marquee names have been locked in so far.

First there was the announcement of rock stalwarts the Foo Fighters, who will headline the Pyramid Stage on Friday night for their first appearance at the festival since 1998. Then there was the addition of iconic songwriter Lionel Richie, another act the Glastonbury massive can comfortably get behind.

Today’s headliner announcement, though, has proven a whole lot more controversial. Co-organizer of Glastonbury, Emily Eavis, took to Twitter to reveal “the one and only Kanye West” as Saturday night’s main drawcard. It’s set to be his debut at the festival. True to his reputation as perhaps the most divisive figure in modern music, the reaction from fans has been decidedly mixed. (Some people seem to have forgotten they can always just spend that night at one of Glastonbury’s many other stages.)

Glastonbury watchers will note the parallels to the festival’s booking of Jay-Z as 2008’s headliner, a move that was debated right up until his set began. Oasis’ Noel Gallagher infamously led the dissent by claiming the rapper was “wrong” for the festival, which traditionally championed rock acts. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said at the time. “If you start to break it then people aren’t going to go. I’m sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance.”

Kanye aside, the full Glastonbury 2015 lineup is coming in Spring, and it’s sure to feature an exhaustive cast of dance talent. Last year’s electronic contingent included James Blake, Massive Attack, Jamie xx, Skrillex, Disclosure, Four Tet and many more. Stay tuned to hear who else is joining the 2015 lineup.


Hear The Prodigy in Attack Mode on New Track “Wall of Death”

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 9:17 pm

Right now, The Prodigy‘s live setlist is stacked with cuts from their upcoming album The Day Is My Enemy, and one of the most explosive is “Wall Of Death.” After road-testing the track on Australia’s Future Music Festival tour, The Prodigy have now shared a “lo-fi” video that puts the “venom and vocab” at front and center. You can watch it below.

“Wall Of Death” certainly has the aggression we’ve been promised on The Day Is My Enemy. As Liam Howlett recently put it, “This record is definitely violent. I only use music for one reason, I want it to attack me. I don’t know what a mellow Prodigy would sound like. The band only operate in one mode. And on this album it’s in full-on mode.” 

With the album release date fast approaching, The Prodigy has also just dropped a remix package for the “Wild Frontier” single. The collection, out through Take Me To The Hospital, features remixes from Wilkinson, KillSonik and Jesse & The Wolf. 

Hear The Prodigy in Attack Mode on New Track “Wall of Death”

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 9:17 pm

Right now, The Prodigy‘s live setlist is stacked with cuts from their upcoming album The Day Is My Enemy, and one of the most explosive is “Wall Of Death.” After road-testing the track on Australia’s Future Music Festival tour, The Prodigy have now shared a “lo-fi” video that puts the “venom and vocab” at front and center. You can watch it below.

“Wall Of Death” certainly has the aggression we’ve been promised on The Day Is My Enemy. As Liam Howlett recently put it, “This record is definitely violent. I only use music for one reason, I want it to attack me. I don’t know what a mellow Prodigy would sound like. The band only operate in one mode. And on this album it’s in full-on mode.” 

With the album release date fast approaching, The Prodigy has also just dropped a remix package for the “Wild Frontier” single. The collection, out through Take Me To The Hospital, features remixes from Wilkinson, KillSonik and Jesse & The Wolf. 

Kaskade Shares Holy Ship Set Rip of His Latest Single

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 7:31 pm

Last month, Ryan ‘Kaskade‘ Raddon launched a ‘sneak attack’ on Holy Ship, appearing as the cruise’s surprise guest on the Pool Deck. While on board, he also teamed up with Holy Ship favorite Skrillex for an intimate 3:30am back-to-back set on the final night.

With his DJ offsider hyping on the mic, Raddon threw down his new Kaskade single “Never Sleep Alone.” Now he’s shared a three-minute set rip from that night so all his fans who weren’t there can hear his latest handiwork.

We expect to hear “Never Sleep Alone” booming out from festival mainstages this summer, and Kaskade has his fair share lined up. As well as headlining EDC New York, El Paso’s Neon Desert Music Festival and Electric Forest, he’s making repeat trips to Las Vegas for his residency at XS and Encore Beach Club. Listen to the set rip of “Never Sleep Alone” below – needless to say, the completed version won’t feature Skrillex on the mic.

Listen to Skrillex’s Relentless Set From Lollapalooza Chile

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 4:54 pm

South America loves Skrillex, and the DJ’s headline slot at Lollapalooza Chile in Santiago over the weekend was one of his most raucous yet. Stepping up to the Coca Cola stage following Foster The People, the OWSLA boss threw down his well-honed festival set for a crowd that collectively lost its mind. The performance was broadcast locally, and it now lives on thanks to a few super-fans.

As you’ll hear in the SoundCloud upload below, the set was stacked with the usual barrage of Skrillex originals from his early days right up to 2015, cuts from OWSLA recruits like MUST DIE! and a sprinkling of Jack Ü fire. This is about as high-energy as DJ sets come, and that’s exactly what the occasion called for. 1001 Tracklists has the full rundown.

Skrillex was far from the only dance name given an explosive Chilean welcome over the weekend. Dillon Francis (who called the festival “fucking insanity,” with video to prove it), Nicky Romero, Carnage and Kill The Noise all shared a heaving stage, while Sunday night brought sets from Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, DJ Snake and SBTRKT.

[Article photo by Rukes]

Hear Deadmau5’s New Nine-Minute ‘Drop The Poptart’ Edit

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 3:41 pm

Last week, mau5trap recruit Colleen D’Agostino shared the radio edit of her new single “Stay,” which features Joel ‘Deadmau5′ Zimmerman on production. As fan-pleasing as that was, D’Agostino’s new six-track EP Collide – which was just released on mau5trap – features the real pay-off: the promised ‘Drop The Poptart Edit’ of “Stay.”

At nine minutes long, this extended version of “Stay” is the perfect showcase of both Deadmau5 in progressive house mode and D’Agostino’s shimmering vocal talents. You can hear it below thanks to an enterprising fan on YouTube.

Over the weekend, Deadmau5 and D’Agostino teamed up for a standout performance at Canada’s Juno Awards, bringing their collaborative while(1<2) cut “Seeya” to the stage. While D’Agostino celebrates the release of Collide (and the wave of attention that’s sure to follow), Zimmerman is going back to work on building a new live show for the festival season ahead. So far, his itinerary includes New York’s Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and the Reading/Leeds UK double. Here’s hoping this ‘Drop the Poptart Edit’ makes it into the set.

Hear Major Lazer’s Huge Two-Hour ‘Diplo & Friends’ Takeover

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Mon 16 Mar 2015 3:10 pm

Right now, the Major Lazer crew is riding high across South America, igniting crowds in Peru, Colombia, Chile and Brazil. In the midst of all that party-starting, the dancehall collective got together to record a special two-hour mix that aired on Diplo & Friends. Naturally, the tracklist (which you can check out below) is enormous, spanning Major Lazer originals, exclusive dubplates, Diplo-produced gear from Madonna and much, much more.

Earlier this month, Major Lazer revealed its new single with DJ Snake and MØ, the summer-ready “Lean On.” There’s much more to come on the group’s next album, which is set for a 2015 release. Last August, Diplo told Billboard the new LP will arrive in tandem with the Major Lazer cartoon show on Fox about a “Rasta superhero.”

If this two-hour mix gets you hyped, now’s a good time to catch Major Lazer on tour. Following their trip around South America, the crew is rolling through Las Vegas en route to Europe for festival season, hitting stages in Poland, Finland, Sweden, The Netherlands and Austria. Get into the ‘Diplo & Friends’ takeover below.

Major Lazer on Diplo & Friends tracklist: 

Kat Dahlia – Mash It Up
Chronixx – Blaze Up Di Fire (Pirate Radio Anthem)
Major Lazer & Salvatore Ganacci – Jah Jah Guide Me
Beyoncé – 7/11 (Jack U Remix)
Sean Paul – Come On To Me (Tomsize Remix)
Madonna – I’m Madonna
Tove Styrke – Borderline (Salvatori Ganacci Remix)
LNY TNZ, Yellow Claw & Diplo – Techno (feat. Waka Flocka Flame)
O.T. Genasis – Coco (Major Lazer Dub) (Trapzillas Remix)
Fetty Wap – Trap Queen
Schlachthofbronx – Bump And Grind (feat. Nicky Da B)
Snappy Jit – Rockin It
Diplo – 6th Gear (GTA Remix) (feat. Kstylis)
Chipman – Peanut Butter Jelly Time (GTA X Lolla Remix)
Skrillex, G-Dragon, Diplo & CL – Dirty Vibe (DJ Snake & Aazar Remix)
Planet Raux – Oye Morena Remix (Walshy Fire X Kick Raux)
Bunji Garlin – Exodus (Major Lazer Remix)
Vegas – Lean Wit It (Major Lazer Dub)
[unknown] – Collie Budz (Stolen Pirate Radio Version)
Cosenza – Bassline
Slimatic – Man Str88
Spice – So Mi Like It (Boombox Riddim) (Major Lazer Dub)
Alkaline – Bruk Out (Boombox Riddim ) (Major Lazer Dub)
Taranchyla – Place A Burn Up
TroyBoi & Flosstradamus – Soundclash (Deejay Theory Vip)
Major Lazer & DJ Snake – Lean On (feat. MØ)
Machel Montano & Sean Paul – One Wine
Dee Wun – Bunx Up (Major Lazer Dub) (feat. Marcy Chin)
Ape Drums – Dude (feat. Beenie Man)
Splurt – No Chill
Ape Drums – Overload (feat. Gappy Ranks)
Ape Drums – Fire
[unknown] – Bookshelf 2015 Instrumental
Busy Signal – Bookshelf 2015
Chi Ching Ching – Way Up (Major Lazer Dub)
Machel Montano – Like A Boss Dub
Os Detroia – Bela
MC Magrinho – Senta Em Mim Xerecao
Gregor Salto – Samba Do Mundo (feat. Saxsymbol & Todorov)
Unknown – Derb (Pirate Radio Bootleg)
Planet Raux – Gah Dam (Walshy Fire X Kick Raux)
Machel Montano & Xtatik & Ariana Grande – All My Love (Remix)
Major Lazer – Dance Bling (Major Lazer Dub) (feat. Kreesha Turner)
TWRK – Helicopter
Drake & Martelo – Limb By Limb Is The Motto (feat. Lil Wayne)
Paul Devro – Fm$ Cumbia
Fasta – Coca Cola Shape Riddim
Shabba Ranks – Ting A Ling (Deejay Dario Bootleg)
Marcy Chin & DeeWunn – Mek It Bunx Up
Tropkillaz – Rayah
Tiësto – Skank
Tony Matterhorn – Dutty Wine (Ape Drums & Diplo Remix)
GTA & Wiwek – What We Tell Dem (feat. Stush)
Major Lazer & Autoérotique – Hit That
Jus Now – Tali
Leftside – Monkey Biznizz (Wiwek Remix)
Diplo – Gucci One Crystal Castles
Rihanna – No Love Allowed
DJ Orion – Pa Ke Te Calles
Capleton & Cesqeaux – Preacher (feat. Roëndy Rosanjo)
Major Lazer & Snoop Dogg – Drop Drop It Like Its Hot (Dub Plate)
Major Lazer & Pharrell Williams – Nothin (Dub Plate)
Snow Patrol – Informer (Major Lazer X Milo Otis Dubplate Bootleg)
Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Major Lazer Dub Plate)
Bruno Mars – Locked Out Of Heaven (Major Lazer Remix)
OutKast – SpottieOttieDopaliscious (HugLife Remix)
6blocc – Never Scared / New Dimension
Busy Signal – Fi The Money Main (TryMeDejLoaf)
Major Lazer – Smooth Sailing (feat. Mr. Williamz)
FKA twigs & Mavado – Weh Dem A Do
Gyptian – Hold Yuh (Major Lazer Remix)
Madonna – La Isla Bonita (Major Lazer Dub Plate)

The Beatport Chart Report: Flosstradamus and the PLURNT Effect

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Fri 13 Mar 2015 10:22 pm

“They hit the club and turn the crowd into a mosh pit!” Wocka Flocka Flame yelps a bunch of times, each successively higher-pitched than the last, on his Flosstradamus collaboration “Mosh Pit,” a track that, in its original version, hit number 1 on Beatport’s Hip-Hop list nine days after its December 13, 2013 release date.

Now that’s what you call a hit – and a formula, easily replicable, not to mention remixable – “Mosh Pit” got the treatment from Meaux Green, Caked Up and Headhunterz during its initial moment of contact. So it stands to reason that a new version would do just as well.

Remixes may extend a track’s life, but often they do less well than the original, and that’s the case with “Mosh Pit” as well. The track has two new incarnations on Flosstradamus & Wacka Flocka Flame’s PLURNT: The Remixes EP – currently number 87 on the Beatport Releases chart, and both are charting decently: TroyBoi’s remix is currently number 40 Hip-Hop (it was number 24 on Wednesday), while Willy Joy’s is number 31 on the Dubstep chart (down from number 18 on Monday). But the new EP also features new versions of two other well-charting Flockadamus pair-ups that are besting their blueprints.

The original version of “Drop Top,” featuring Travis Porter and released at the beginning of April 2014, peaked at number 3 late that month. Today, on its seventh day in the Hip-Hop top ten, it has reached number 1. Then again, peak position isn’t the same thing as long-term sales: “Drop Top” is the top track on Flosstradamus’s artist top ten, one position ahead of Meaux Green’s version of “Mosh Pit,” which peaked at number 5 last June 3. (The original “Mosh Pit” is fourth on the Flosstradamus list.)

“TTU (Too Turnt Up)” is another story – or two. On the Hip-Hop chart, the TroyBoi version is a respectable number 9 (it was fifth on Tuesday). But the Valentino Khan remix, with its serrated bass builds and water-torture keyboard plinks, is now in its third day at number 1 Dubstep – a good sight better than the original version, which peaked at number 5 on the Hip-Hop list last July. A ready-made chant – or instrumental hook – can go nearly anywhere.


The PLURNT EP shows that it’s common enough for a track to appear twice in a Beatport Top Ten in different mixes. More unusual is what’s happening on the Pop / Rock list right now. At number 5 is Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” – currently in its tenth week atop the Billboard Hot 100. And at number 9 is “Uptown Funk (BBop and amp Roksteadi Ext Remix).” No, not the Ronson & Mars track: This one is by some entity calling itself Band of Funk, which has no other releases on Beatport – or anywhere else.

Sound-alike cover versions go back to the 1950s, when cheapo labels like Bell Records would record bad carbon copies of rock & roll hits and sell them for cheap in order to grab dollars from the credulous.

For decades, the practice was generally limited to drugstores and other non-music-intensive retailers. But the Internet has expanded the practice considerably – see Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long,” which in 2008 peaked lower on the chart than a sound-alike “group” called Hit Masters’ version since the Devil Without a Cause wouldn’t allow his version to be sold digitally. (For more background, see Maura Johnston on Pitchfork last month. Naturally, that was “covered” too, by a piece we won’t link to.)

The same thing is at work here. The difference, bizarrely: Band of Funk’s version costs $1.99, while Ronson & Mars’ is 50 cents cheaper.

The Prodigy’s Maxim Has Made You a Fire-Starting Playlist

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Fri 13 Mar 2015 4:32 pm

Right now, rave originals The Prodigy are very much at large. The group’s new album, The Day Is My Enemy, lands on March 30, and they’ve just spent the last few weeks road testing the tracks on Australia’s Future Music Festival circuit. Next up, Liam, Keith and Maxim will travel across the UK and Europe on an extensive headline tour.

In the countdown to The Day Is My EnemyThe Prodigy is also reminding us all of the music that inspires them. First up, studio wizard Liam Howlett delivered 15 Spotify selections, including hip hop icons Public Enemy, JVC Force and Beastie Boys, the raw power of Rage Against The Machine, Diplo’s 2012 single “Express Yourself,” punk rock trailblazers The Ruts and more.

Now it’s Maxim’s turn. The MC’s new playlist reps rappers like Angel Haze, Nas and Ghostface Killah, alongside his own solo cut “Carmen Queasy” from 15 years ago and the three most recent Prodigy singles. We also get a dose of rock thanks to Stone Temple Pilots, The Who and Royal Blood. Hit play on Maxim’s selections over at Spotify.

Skrillex Shares 10 More Tracks He’s Vibing to Right Now

Delivered... Jack Tregoning | Scene | Fri 13 Mar 2015 3:21 pm

Since last September, bass ambassador Skrillex has been flexing his tastemaker muscle with the ‘Skrillex Selects’ SoundCloud series. Every month (or thereabouts), the OWSLA head will handpick a selection of tracks he’s vibing to right now, often giving then-unknown producers a new platform for major exposure. This week, he’s delivered 10 new cuts for your playlist.

This round includes gear from OWSLA associates like Valentino Khan and Vindata, plus selections from Brodinski, Lapalux, Swick and Hundred Waters. Skrillex also throws in a couple of tracks he made alongside Diplo as Jack Ü, including the fiery Missy Elliot flip of “Take Ü There” and the pair’s surprise collaboration with Justin Bieber, “Where Are Ü Now.” It’s a pretty accurate snapshot of where the producer’s mind is at, spanning both club bangers and music to kick back to.

This month sees Skrillex return to Miami to close out the Ultra mainstage on Sunday night. Expect shuddering bass, fireworks overhead and a whole lot of pyro. His OWSLA crew also has its own stage at Bayfront Park featuring Salva, Jack Beats, AC Slater, Wiwek and more. Get into the latest ‘Skrillex Selects’ below.

[Article photo via OWSLA on Facebook]

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