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Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora – Black Widow  (D-Rashid – Lucha Libre Bootleg)

Iggy Azalea Ft. Rita Ora – Black Widow (D-Rashid – Lucha Libre Bootleg)

| October 31, 2014 | Download | http://bit.ly/1094V5Y

We got a special birthday-giveaway for you! Dutch Latin House producer D-Rashid is celebrating his birthday today and the perfect way to celebrate that, is to give away a free banging bootleg. Rashid has been responsible for some big tunes lately and his bootlegs often are full of quality. Now he returns with a whole new bootleg, of Iggy Azalea & Rita Ora’s ‘Black Widow’. He injects the track with his famous Latin House, ‘Lucha Libre’ sounds and delivers another big production. You can grab this track below!

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Nick Jonas – Jealous (The Rooftop Boys Remix)

Nick Jonas – Jealous (The Rooftop Boys Remix)

| October 30, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/1q3KSws

Just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the summer vibes can’t keep flowing and thanks to a new remix from The Rooftop Boys you can do just that. “Jealous” by Nick Jonas was already a pretty good song, but with the new club style bass line and the more upbeat feel this track is now perfect for cruising down the highway or keeping the dance floor going. There’s a nice blend of house and nu-disco elements in the track that give a classic, yet modern sound and I’m really feeling the combination. You can get the remix now on iTunes via Universal Music and Island Def Jam Records.

Galantis vs. Tom & Jame – You (Dannic Ultra Bootleg)

Galantis vs. Tom & Jame – You (Dannic Ultra Bootleg)

| October 29, 2014 | Download | http://bit.ly/1yIqIxa

Ultra Music Festival was a while ago, taking place in Miami, USA back in March. While we have the videos and recordings of just about every liveset from the festival, Dannic has given us another gift to aid in our nostalgia. This year’s #30 DJ played a multitude of sets during the Winter Music Conference week, highlighted by an impromptu B2B2B together with Dyro and Hardwell. It was during this set that Dannic premiered his newest edit, putting the vocals from Galantis‘ “You” together with the instrumental and drop of Tom & Jame‘s “Combat”. The result is Galantis vs. Tom & JameYou (Dannic’s Ultra Bootleg), and it has caught the attention of Thomas Newson, Marco V, and W&W in their recent sets. As a thank you gift for 750K likes on Facebook, Dannic has released this edit as a free download. Enjoy!

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Will The Real DJs please stand up?

Will The Real DJs please stand up?

| October 29, 2014 | News, Opinion | http://bit.ly/1sFn5md

When Paris Hilton is considered a “DJ” and is making hundreds of thousands of dollars “mixing” you know the term DJ has gotten seriously watered down. Look at the DJ Mag Top 100 and it’s embarrassing to see how acts like Vinai and possibly worst of all DVBBS at #20. I mean seriously DVBBS? When you spend just as much time with your hands in the air and jumping around as you do with your hands on the decks, sorry you aren’t mixing. In the video below doesn’t seem like they’re really doing anything at all. Don’t get me wrong I actually like some of DVBSS productions, they’re catchy and they get crowds to go nuts, but these guys are producers not DJs and I’m not dropping any cash to go see someone jump up and down and hit play. It’s not just DVBBS either, it seems like every other DJ on the Top 100 list is one of the “hands in the air” DJs so this isn’t an attack on one specific group or DJ.

Anyways thanks to artists like DJ Craze, we’ve seen that the art of mixing is still alive and well and in his latest YouTube video he shows all the fakers what it really means to DJ. Craze might not have a ton of Beatport hits, but the dude has more DJ championships than pretty much anyone on the DJ Mag Top 100 which in my opinion is way more impressive. No pretend button pushing here, just some crazy turntable skills and masterful use of Traktor. If you’re looking for the spot when he uses the sync button you aren’t going to find it here. The routine which utilizes “New Slaves” by Kanye West, sampling, and scratching is pretty mind blowing and you can see how much skill and technique is being displayed from the second he starts to when he finishes. It’s a shame that this kind of talent seems to be fading out, but DJ Craze isn’t going anywhere and his label Slowroast Records is doing a great job of keeping real DJs in business.

MOTi – Lion (In My Head) [November 17 - Musical Freedom Records]

MOTi – Lion (In My Head) [November 17 - Musical Freedom Records]

| October 29, 2014 | Preview | http://bit.ly/1wFalSv

Well, this is the second time that MOTi has tricked us. Last year, the Dutchman uncorked “Don’t Go Lose It,” a track widely speculated to have been created by Tiësto and Firebeatz. The speculation got the best of the dance music community again, as “Lion (In My Head)” was attributed most recently to Tiësto and Martin Garrix. MOTi continues to ride the buzz that has come from his collaboration with the aforementioned Garrix, as “Virus (How About Now)” continues to hold a strong placement in the Beatport Overall Top 100 chart. Now, this Tiësto-approved is hurtling towards its full release through this year’s #5 DJ’s Musical Freedom Records. “Lion (In My Head)” will be available on November 17.

MOTi has been doing just about everything right with all of his recent productions, whether solo or collaborative. The focal point of the breakdown is most certainly the vocals, although they are uncredited once again. They take place over very futuristic bed of synths that operate in a very cyclical style. Once the vocalist hits the end of the chorus, the last word begins to loop, and rise in pitch. Repeating snare rolls bring the build up to a head, where the trademark MOTi sound of three cowbell hits and a deep snare trigger the drop. A big-room bass kick is paired with sharp and sliding synths to form the absolutely pounding drop that has made “Lion (In My Head)” an essential unreleased banger for the past few months.

“Lion (In My Head)” is set to drop via Musical Freedom Records on November 17. Enjoy!

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nick Minaj – Bang Bang (Super Stylers Remix)

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, & Nick Minaj – Bang Bang (Super Stylers Remix)

| October 28, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/1zETkeZ

If you’ve listened to the radio at all over the past few weeks you’ve probably been hearing the track “Bang Bang” from mainstream music superstars Ariana Granda and Nicki Minaj who teamed up with the up and and coming Jessie J to create the Top 40 hit. Now the original is most likely not going to be something that will appeal to a lot of electronic music fans, but the Super Stylers remix is a totally different story. The house remix gives the original a great club vibe and is an impressive rework of an already insanely popular song. It’s nothing crazy, but this is a fantastic warm-up track that will be familiar to everyone, but still will surprise your crowd with it’s electronic twist. If you’re a fan of deep house or nu-disco I think you’re going to like this one.

Joey Dale – Access Denied [Doorn Records]

Joey Dale – Access Denied [Doorn Records]

| October 27, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/1wFlBA7

Few people in dance music history have seen their stock rise faster than that of Joey Dale. The young Dutchman has rose from a relatively unknown name to that of a highly-demanded producer and DJ who has collaborated with the world’s #1 DJ, and rocked the stage at multiple venues during last week’s Amsterdam Dance Event. He comes back now with another solo track, this time hitting Doorn Records with “Access Denied”. This tune follows the same pattern as the majority of Joey Dale tracks: high-powered melody followed by a booming drop. But do not mistake this track as being from a cookie-cutter. Joey Dale uncorks yet another energy-filled melody, but is able to tweak the sound of the drop to avoid the percussion-based sounds. The lead on the drop sounds more like an electric guitar, and leaves behind the plucks of stereotypical big-room. This new strategy has worked quite well with Firebeatz, R3hab, and David Guetta making appearances on the support list. Grab “Access Denied” via the Beatport link below. Enjoy!

Doorn Records – DOORN171 | Buy “Access Denied” here.

Dyro feat. Dynamite MC – Against All Odds [WOLV Records]

Dyro feat. Dynamite MC – Against All Odds [WOLV Records]

| October 27, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/1tAVDLo

Throughout the buildup to the release of Dyro‘s next single, there were as many plot twists and bouts of suspense as in a blockbuster mystery film. The track featured a bunch of different working titles, various artist combinations, and the late addition of vocals to the track drove fans crazy ever since it first emerged as an ID in the #27 DJ’s sets. It turns out that Dyro collaborated with Dynamite MC to unleash “Against All Odds” as the third offering on WOLV Records. The track itself has an incredible amount of energy, coming from Dyro‘s impeccable mixing of a future house-styled bassline together with razor-sharp electro synths along the top line. After the first 30 seconds of drop, a bass-heavy section of triplet bass kicks welcomes Dynamite MC to the tune, as he provides an air-tight verse to complete the fusion of dance music and hip-hop. “Against All Odds” takes plenty of risks in it’s production style, and all have paid off for both Dyro and Dynamite MC. Grab “Against All Odds” from Beatport using the link below. Enjoy!

WOLV Records – WLV003 | Buy “Against All Odds” here.

Sick Individuals – Made For This [Revealed Recordings]

Sick Individuals – Made For This [Revealed Recordings]

| October 27, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/1tzvdv1

As the big-room craze begins to die down, the industry has begun to take steps towards vocal progressive house. This is a hugely welcome change, as it will allow artists to focus more on the quality of their output, and hopefully slow down the constant demand and pressure on producers. Benefitting from this transition are the Sick Individuals, a Dutch duo bent on building a discography filled with powerful tracks. They have continued to build off of the sound used on “I Am,” their landmark collaboration with Swedish mainstay Axwell, to bring “Made For This” to Revealed Recordings. Musicality is of paramount importance on this track, as sweet melodies, harmonies, and layering all team up to create a flowing instrumental. The piece is glued together by the vocals, which come in during the second breakdown. While uncredited, they ensure that “Made For This” packs more of a punch than a standard instrumental track, and provide a catchy tune that will be stuck in the head of ravers for months to come. Grab “Made For This” via Beatport below, and crank it up loud!

Revealed Recordings – REVR134 | Buy “Made For This” here.

Richy Ahmed – Sneaky Acid [Hot Creations]

Richy Ahmed – Sneaky Acid [Hot Creations]

| October 27, 2014 | Review | http://bit.ly/10uRspO

Richy Ahmed has dropped 3 tech house tracks on Hot Creations for the label’s 50th release, as well as 1 dub mix of an original. As you can tell from the title, this remix has a lot to do with the acid sound and the tracks themselves would most definitely be incredibly trippy while on acid. The release starts off with “Sneaky Acid”, and a dub mix of “Sneaky Acid” that has a lot of good elements to it, but is dragged down a bit by repetition. The synths themselves sound very retro, are mixed well, and add a nice funkiness to the track. I also liked how the bass-line interacted with the synth that mirrors it overtop. The bass is subtle, but it adds a lot of power through big speakers. The drum beat is tight, and the track grooves quite hard, but at a certain point it runs out of steam and one starts missing new musical ideas. The next series of tracks are a two part series titled “The Bells”. Part 1 is upbeat, tense, and features a pumping bass-line that keeps the energy up. The synths overtop add a nice touch and the tone is also well done, but certain instruments can be a bit painful to the ears at certain times. Part 2 is darker, the kick is much more prominent, and the bass-line once again drives a lot of the track. Ahmed also uses a few really cool percussive synths in the heart of the track that add a really cool and unique touch to it all. While these tracks tend to have similar styles, the progression from part 1 to part 2 is a nice touch and they compliment each other well. While this EP has trouble with repetition, it is still a great release and worth a listen for any tech house/acid house fans out there.

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