The Young Punx – Harlem Breakdown (DJ Mark One)
Patrick Baker – Summer Lover (Gazzo vs Dani Deahl)
Jason Herd & Stafford Brothers ft Sherry St Germain – Wicked Child (Extended)
Mel B – For Once In My Life (Sidney Samson)
Erik Arbores – Get Ready (Original)
Hardwell ft Matthew Koma – Dare You (Extended)
Denzal Park – Animal (Club)
Thomas Gold ft Kaelyn Behr – Remember (Original)
Benny Benassi – Back to Pump
Markus Schulz – Remember This (Original)
Baggi Begovic – Dragon
Sia ft The Weeknd and Diplo – Elastic Heart (Pitron Sanna)
Chicago’s in the house, literally. I make no secret that I am a fan of Dani Deahl – for her productions, mashups, DJ sets, and blogs. Teaming up with fellow Chicagoan Animale, they unleash the spicy electro of “Thunderbolt,” on Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label. With the double dropouts, the track that comes immediately comes to mind is Steve’s own “Beatdown,” except instead of going trap/moombahton, the military-styled drumbeat leads to a pretty synth-line that isn’t dissimilar to the Art of Noise classic “Moments in Love.” It’s not as obvious as the recent Katy Perry single “Dark Horse,” but if you listen closely and have ever vibed to a Quiet Storm broadcast on the radio, you will definitely hear it. DJs should jump on this track, as well as the appropriately-titled “A DJ is Not an iPod” by Tocadisco, which are both featured on Dim Mak’s ‘New Noise Volume 5.’
Image Courtesy of Dim Mak.
Back in December, when I wrote up “Alive” by Krewella, I had no idea that the song would become so big. The track crossed from the clubs to the radio and continues to be a massive request record every time I play out. But what’s a DJ to do when you get so burned out on a song that you want to jam pencils through your eardrums rather than hear it again? Well, you find a fresh new mix. Granted, there was the Hardwell remix which topped the Beatport chart recently, but that doesn’t quite move me, so I found two bootlegs that take “Alive” in completely different directions. When you first hear TJR’s Booty Bass version, it sounds just like the original with a little more of a drumbeat. Then two minutes in, the buildup goes hyper, massively speeds up and drops into old school Miami booty music. The surprised looks on the dancers’ faces the first time I played this was insane- people were literally screaming. The more you think about it, the mix is completely inappropriate with the tone of the song but screw it, if you are at the club you are are supposed to be dancing and having fun, and not thinking. Chicago electro mistress Dani Deahl reimagined “Alive” as a mashup with pretty elements of “I Could Be the One” (Avicii & Nicky Romero) and glitchy bits of “Skull Kid” (Must Die!) Calling this a mashup borders on disrespectful as it sounds more like a fully-realized production that could have been one of the official remixes from the label. A commercial release is doubtful due to all the copyrights, but since Nicky Romero just teamed with Krewella for that hot new “Legacy” track, I guess it could theoretically get cleared. Realistically, if you haven’t already bought the original mp3 of “Alive” by Krewella, get it from Amazon, iTunes, or Beatport and then snag both of these sickening/awesome/tits bootlegs from their respective Soundcloud pages.