Weekend of 8.8.13

Hey all, so I am in fact insisting on weekend posts starting on Thursdays, because, well why the hell not? Now I hope you’ve been enjoying the little 30-minute doses I’ve dropped in the past few weeks, but today I just had to go and mess up the format because these tracks are too massive to narrow down. First up, brilliant Brooklyn-based artist Gramatik unleashes a 22-track EP out of no where that continues his dominance in the hip-hop instrumental/electronic/soul space with laid back vibes that keep you kickin’ through the whole mix. I’ve really been enjoying his Grizmaik collaborations with Griz as of late, but Street Bangerz 4 aka SB4 is a refreshing change of pace.

 

Once you’re past the ‘I need to chill before the weekend’ stage and are truly ready to welcome one of the last weekends of summer (fast, right?), Dog Blood, the new collaboration between all-too-well-known Skrillex and lesser (yet still equally awesome) Boys Noize, unleash an epic laser-filled EP raging from start to finish. Though shorter than I enjoy (and only including 3 originals), it is nice to finally hear HQ editions of the tracks that have been making noise across the festival circuit this summer from the Middle Finger Pt. 2 EP.

 

Now, unfortunately I know that everything above is stream only – but it’s due to the artists dropping these on a whim – so go ahead and share. Download links should be arriving later this week!

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The title says enough. Enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weekend!

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Weekday Fun 7.22.13

So I’m just going to go ahead and apologize in advance for this week’s hodgepodge of genres spanning nu-disco to heavy dubstep and every indie-riff in between, but I can guarantee you that everything is worth the listen (and great if you can’t decide what you’re in the mood for). To start things off, Australian newcomer Wave Racer drops a video-game inspired glitch-hop track Stoopid that swirls across so many genres I’m yet to find an appropriate way to categorize it. They do however have some damn awesome artwork for their initial FREE two track EP that you can grab over on their Facebook right now. Remixes of Jay Z’s latest album were inevitable (and apparently hyphen-free!), but No Pets Allowed is leading the pack with a downright dirty trap edition of Tom Ford that’s sure to bring you to an 808 mindset.

Dialing the tone to somewhat slightly more chill, Oliver takes a swing at stripping down and soothing out Mayer Hawthorne’s Her Favorite Song from his incredibly catchy Where Does This Door Go album (seriously a summer must-buy on iTunes). If you were digging the yacht-club-meets-lounge style of the last track, then ETC!ETC!’s Trapped It! remix of Cedric Gervais remix of Lana Del Rey’s original Summertime Sadness will probably hit the spot through its uplifting mellow-trap beats and incredible synth work. It also might win the most confusing title of the week. Keeping with the downtempo theme, Women of the Ghetto by Marlena Shaw gets seriously groovy with Flume’s Jackin House Mix. You’ll be bopping along with the beat by then end.

Now don’t fear that there’s a lack of bangers to help you through the week – because hot new producer BeazyTymes remix of Bro Safari & UFO’s collaboration Drama will blow your subwoofer with massive bass and straight-from-the-future synths. Next up is one of the few indie rock tracks I’ve been enjoying lately, Teenagers in Heat, by one of my favorites, Brooklyn synth-pop duo Holy Ghost!, off their forthcoming Dynamics album. Some serious dream-pop going on there – you can almost feel the 80s drifting off the original.

Finally, if you haven’t heard this one yet, shame on you. Diplo decided to get together with Mike Posner, Boaz Van de Beatz, and Riff Raff. Then they decided to collaborate on one of the most insane dubstep/moombahton/trap songs I’ve heard all summer. Then they decided to release it for free. So blast Crown, a perfect blend between carefully sampled vocals and soul-crushing bass that is a must-have for this week.

Stay tuned for a special mini-mix this Thursday, featuring a collection of the best 1/2 hour – 1 hour mixes from the past month, and enjoy the week!

Weekend Essentials 7.18.13

So you might all be wondering, why a weekend mix on a Thursday? Because it’s holiday…well, I wish. But the summer weekend starts on Thursday for all the cool kids out there, so we’re going to drop mixes like Friday never existed all summer long. Kicking things off is the hot new tack Soup from Charlie Darker, an artist that if you’re unaware of, you better take some quick lessons in electronic excellence because he’s certain to make yet another splash with this dubstep/moombahton/trap hybrid. Next up, a traditional summer jam that should be considered essential to any solid playlist, Skream’s Anticipate (ft. Sam Frank), provides some much needed throwback to early 2000s simplicity. Newcomer Theatre of Delay makes noise with a highly modified remix of RHCP’s Californication, while artist Mully provides a fresh remix of the tried-and-true banger Starlight from the infamous Flux Pavilion. Everything get a little zen with NYC-based Hyperbits reworking Slow Skies’ On The Shore into a melodic low-vibe masterpiece, though things become decidedly old-school with artist Gummy laying down a nasty trap remix of The Isley Brothers’ Shout (they might be rolling in their graves over that one). Next up, the jetsetter lifestyle comes to mind with Flight Facilities’ majestic disco-lounge edit of Fleetwood Mac’s Family Man, while Icona Pop’s I Love It wraps things up with a dirty trap remix by the entertainingly named Viking Breakdance that’s actually tolerable. That’s it, so off to the beach, lake, ocean, club, or wherever else you’re going to enjoy worshipping the sun this weekend!

Summer Essentials + New Posting Schedule

So I know you’ve all been hitting me up on Twitter/Facebook/In-person on the lack of posts as of late, and I’m happy to say it is time to rejoice! Starting this week there will be a 5-track-plus SoundCloud set posted every Monday and Thursday to help you groove through the week and rage through the weekend. On that note, free downloads won’t always be possible but I will always try to link to wherever the artist is offering a download or streaming. On a positive, W&W is now on SoundCloud so you can stream the weekly essential mixes on any device, any time! The best part being that all sets are now in a continuous stream, so simply hit play and enjoy 30+ minutes twice every week.

To kick off this mini-W&W relaunch, Gramatik’s latest super chill track You Don’t Understand lays down some funky rhythms blending classic rock, soulful jazz, and dizzying dubstep drops to make for a near perfect electronic track. Next up, Pretty Light’s collaborates with Talib Kwali for Around The Block from PL’s latest album, A Color Map of the Sun. Be sure to go grab that album for free over at Pretty Lights Music when you get a chance (and donate if you like it!). Some fresh trap arrives next via a Djemba Djemba remix of Laura Mvula’s Green Gardens, and Dzeko & Torres take Capital Cities’ summer anthem Safe and Sound to the next level with a thumping progressive house mix. Things get a little gansta’ with newcomer THUGLI remixing Kanye West’s latest effort Send It Up, while Blackbird Blackbird offers up some original lo-fi electro/trap sounds with Refresh. Finally, Robert DeLong’s insanely catchy track Global Concepts will brighten your day before DJ Earworm drops an unusual mid-summer mashup mix SummerMash ’13. Enjoy!

Week of 4/22: Alex Young, Alex Metric, Griz, DJ Green Lantern, Willy Joy, and more!

Happy Monday everyone! Seems that Spring is finally making it’s way to the North East, and with that, some changes are afoot here at W&W. I’m going to try experimenting with a new format to deliver more awesome music then ever before, but there’s a catch. Posts will be 2x per week, with a 5-track Monday pack to kick off things off, followed by a shorter set on Thursdays (depending on the week’s releases). Instead of reviewing and posting every track individually, I’ll be giving a quick overview of what may (or may not) melt your face, along with some updates from the EDM world. Speaking of, TomorrowWorld travel package tickets go on sale Wednesday at 11am EST, so don’t forget!

To start things off, Alex Young delivers a steller chill trap remix of BenZel’s Fallin’ Love, followed up by some electro/synth-pop goodness straight from the always-on-point Alex Metric with Scandalism. The immortal DJ Green Lantern breaks down Griz’s hit Too Young For Tragedy into a trippy-trap number, while Hucci & GameFace give a serious rework to the classic California Dreamin’ with The Leaves Are Brown. Finally, for a fresh throwback Team Bayside High & Willy Joy partner together to bring back 2001 with a filthy bootleg of the Basement Jaxx’ Where’s Your Head At. Let me know your thoughts about the new format in the comment section, and as always, enjoy! 

BenZel – Fallin’ Love (Alex Young Remix)

Alex Metric – Scandalism

Griz – Too Young For Tragedy (DJ Green Lantern Remix)

Hucci & GameFace – The Leaves Are Brown (Download)

Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Team Bayside High & Willy Joy Bootleg)

Jay-Z – Can I Get A.. (Big Gigantic Remix)

Wow Big Gigantic just melted my face. The Boulder, CO natives grabbed the iconic Can I Get A… by Jay-Z and transformed it into a thumping electronic jam. 15 years later the lyrics sound just as good as ever, and Big Gigantic’s signature funky jazz is a great layer on top. The drops don’t disappoint either, and I know you’ll be hearing it at the 10+ festivals they’re playing in the US this summer. Blast this one and enjoy.

Macklemore – Can’t Hold Us (SUBshockers Remix)

You know I’m still somewhat in shock how far Macklemore has come in the last year, launching to the top of the scene 100% independent and without any major label push, you’ve got to respect that. All things considered though, there are very few quality Macklemore remixes out there, but SUBshockers are looking to buck the trend with a massive trap rework of Can’t Hold Us. Weaving the original lyrics with glitch samples and the classic trap snare, the track is a great example of genre-bending until you’re outside any defined categories. I’m so stoked to see Macklemore on the festival circuit this summer, but I think I might have to keep an eye out for SUBshockers while I’m at it. Enjoy!

Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Ricky Cervantes Soul Mix)

I’m feeling a little funky this Tuesday, and with all the Daft Punk news and rumors swirling about (April Fools really had a field day with that one) I figure why not share one of the more offbeat remixes I’ve come across. Chicago-based mashup producer Ricky Cervantes brings to life Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger smashed against a variety of Earth, Wind, and Fire samples, transforming the originally thumping tune into an almost-laughably cheesy disco extravaganza. You really just have to give it a listen to understand, so kick back and let the (pseudo) 70s jams flow.

ps. Who else would love to see this rework on Kanye’s Stronger? Just sayin’

Brillz and Willy Joy – WTF

Alright, I’ll get to the point. Is it free? Nope (sorry gang). Is it awesome? Hell yes. I mean is from two quickly rising stars in the trap-corner of the EDM scene, Brillz and Willy Joy, both known for electric live performances and typically killing it behind the mix board.  This epic collaboration entitled WTF lives past the stereotypical name/pun/meme/should-be-dead-now phrase (sorry I used it earlier this week, whoops…) for an unusual trip through electro-house with a flair of hip-hop vocal samplings, culminating in the down-and-dirty twerks everyone is enjoying these days. It currently on iTunes (sadness) with Brillz new release Twonk, but for $7.99 you can get one incredible compilation of inspired music sure to make your weekend a party.