I’ve got a lot of love for the DJs from Mars. The Italian prankster boxhead Producer/DJ duo bring fun and humor to the world of EDM, which often takes itself far too seriously. Remember “Phat Ass Drop,” their insanely viral instruction clip on how to make “that” big track that sounds like what everyone else is making? Can you guess what “Rock’N’Roll” sounds like? Yes, they went there – first with the attitude of the intro where they list what they don’t play, and then as the track builds in intensity, the guitar solo takes the focus as they seamless merge rock and electronic music with an aggressive, energetic sound. With their fondness and expertise for mashups, it’s not a surprise they are able to bring the two genres together so well. Together with last year’s track by Sharkjumpers & Shreddward and the Skrillex vs Doors “Breaking a Sweat,” the rock-and-dance fusion could be the next big thing. Since everything ’90s is coming back, that would be the cue for a new generation to enjoy the Prodigy experience.
I’ve never been a big fan of rock music, but this current trend of bringing rock elements into electro is quite sickening. First spotted last year with the Sharkjumper tracks (which will hopefully get released one day) and covered last week in Tristan Garner’s “Machine Gun,’ the frenetic live energy of rock melds perfectly with the aggressive electro which is dominating big rooms. Native New Yorker dBerrie (great name) harnesses the two and adds distorted noises to the drop-out that have an eerie, almost operatic feel to them. There is a really fresh feel to this track with everything from the complicated bass loop (with the added beats) perfectly engineered to shake things up. If this is the “new funk” sound referenced in the male vocal bit, then bring on more of it. Getting released in mid-March, listen for this track to be dropped by the big guys all over the Winter Music Conference.
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One of the many strengths of deadmau5 is that his tracks do not all sound the same. If you play the aggressive hard rock/electro fusion “Professional Grievers” after his last single “The Veldt,” most people wouldn’t even think that they came from the same person. That he can channel such aggression into a track in addition to capturing a sense of somber beauty shows the range of his masterful production. “Professional Griefers” continues the trend of hard rock/heavy metal influence in EDM (listen to the Sharkjumpers EP for another good example). It’s a track that can work well at both a dance club and a rock club, aided by the strong vocal performance of My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way. As strong as the record is, the video takes it to another level, looking to be one of the most expensive videos ever produced for an EDM record. Obviously cosponsored by UFC, there are so many inside jokes that mau5heads will pick up on – a robotic Meowington sabotaging the opponent, G3rard with a 3 instead of an E, dueling mau5heads controlled by others – the symbolism is almost overwhelming. The video is also reminiscent of another time a pop music outsider teamed with wrestling for comedic effect – Cyndi Lauper, back in the ’80s. The results are just as colorful and humorous and makes you realize the deadmau5 is in on the joke as well.