Here’s top-notch, powerful #Dubstep from San Diego’s @Convulsic with “Anesthetic”

CONVULSIC, “Anesthetic” (free DL)

San Diego’s Convulsic, aka Erik Hale, makes some of the most melodic dubstep around, which I discovered a few years ago with the positively contagious “Love Space” and “The Day You Left”.  Continuing in a similar vein, but even tighter with more blistering effects if that’s possible, he brings us his latest, “Anesthetic”, following up his previous EP Darkside.  And it all seems like a frantic life-or-death search for the title item!  It’s very dramatic and powerful, but it weaves through its 3:44 length at a brisk pace, so much that you will ask yourself at the end of the song ‘What just happened here, anyway?’.  Fans of heavier, busy EDM and of course particularly dubstep and trap will love Convulsic’s “Anesthetic”.  Check it out at the link above.  It is a free download 🙂 check under the “More” menu button to download it!

Published in: on July 8, 2017 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Create your own adventure with “Talisman” by @Egzodmusic

EGZOD, “Talisman”

A lot of songs in the trap, future bass, and dubstep sub-genres can sound like one big mess sometimes, but exceptions like “Talisman” by US-based Frenchman Egzod always make it worthwhile to keep listening.  “Talisman” is a bold, aggressive instrumental that sounds like it wants to transport you to an Egyptian or other African adventure of some kind.  It’s meant to be played loud, and the melody shifts seamlessly away from big future bassy sounds to others with more high end percussion and keyboards.  There’s a lot going on here so don’t expect it to sink in with one or two listens.  Egzod definitely knows his craft and while making a splash with an instrumental is always no mean feat, continuing to incorporate vocalists or other talents into the mix on other songs will definitely give his songs the right attention.  

Published in: on July 1, 2017 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Gestures” is deep ‘n dirty trap EDM from Texas’ @FarandFewmusic and @TaylorTmusic

FAR & FEW x TAYLOR THOMAS, “Gestures” (free DL)

If you like your dance music downright gritty and grimy then “Gestures” is for you.  It’s aggressive, dirty trap from Austin duo Far and Few and Dallas’ Taylor Thomas.  This is not the kind of trap that will annoy the hell out of you and make you want to shut it off after a minute.  “Gestures” has a sinewy and funky undercurrent that burbles and sputters until the next surprise in the mix wins you over.  Take earlier Nine Inch Nails and Ministry and douse it with contemporary European EDM and you have a mix worth diving into, so make your own gestures on the dance floor!  And it’s well worth the sample – download it for free at the link above.

 

Published in: on June 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Higher” is new, dramatic and crunchy from @Lemaitremusic featuring Maty @Noyes

LEMAITRE featuring MATY NOYES, “Higher”

“Higher” is going to be one of those songs that club goers will be talking about and jamming to all summer long.  It’s a bit of a shift this time for Norwegian duo Lemaitre -who were more recently emphasizing a rock-inflected sound, particularly in concert last year with a full band and lots of guitars – to a dramatic, atmospheric sound thanks to the distinct vocal of dance music go-to Maty Noyes.  And aside from Maty’s glorious tones, the rhythm is crunchy future bass/trap that will have more than heads bobbing.  All in all, it’s an intoxicating mix that the most picky of dance/EDM fans will thoroughly enjoy, signalling signs of more terrific Lemaitre tunes on the way from their upcoming Chapter One album.

Published in: on May 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Enigmatic @Meatportmusic premieres with bold and wild “The Troll”

MEATPORT, “The Troll”

Enigmatic producer/DJ Meatport premieres with “The Troll” via Vinyl City.  It’s a bold, wild ride of a song that straddles fun as much as it might infuriate you with its alternately ominous and goofy chorus.  Musically it surfs a seriously ambitious wave of 90’s techno-house colliding with drum ‘n bass and trap elements along the way – put early Armand Van Helden and DaRude in a room with Martin Garrix and Pegboard Nerds and you might get a sense of where the song might head for you.  And if you’re game – well, welcome to the #MeatFam with much more zaniness to come, meat-helmet included 🙂 There is no second-guessing that Meatport knows his craft well!  Check out the tight radio edit up top or the full enchilada with all of the hot sauce and jalapeño peppers below, and pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on May 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“ZULU” is large and in charge trap-style from @FarandFewmusic and @Dreamerkta

DREAMER and FAR & FEW, “ZULU”

It’s loud, busy, large and in charge, but what might you expect when with a title like “ZULU”?  Austin duo Far & Few pair up with New Zealand’s Dreamer via Tribal Trap for a song that will put your speakers to a great test.  Chunky bass drips with distorted synths and percussion nicknacks, following a ponderous rhythm interspersed with well-placed chants.  Yeah “ZULU” is pretty much for adventurous dance/EDM fans but it’s a fun three minutes where you can put your head and feet into a different space.  Check it out above and show your support by picking it up at one of the many online digital stores.

Published in: on April 25, 2017 at 8:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Double your @musicbyBrooks pleasure with pairings with @Martin Garrix “Byte” and @Showtek “On Our Own” feat. @itsNatalieMajor

MARTIN GARRIX & BROOKS, “Byte”

SHOWTEK & BROOKS featuring NATALIE MAJOR, “On Our Own”

It looks like Dutch producer Brooks (aka Thijs Westbroek) is having simultaneous breakout moments paired in two heavy-hitting releases, the instrumental “Byte” with fellow countryman Martin Garrix, and “On Our Own”, and returning in a collaboration with Showtek with a slick vocal by Natalie Major.  While Brooks has worked with people like Bassjackers in the past and remixed Morgan Page and David Guetta as well as both Martin and Showtek, this one-two punch should not be ignored.

It’s hard to pass up such a big song as “Byte”, with a (needlessly) flashy video (I would have much preferred seeing the two producer/DJ’s hard at work) that has had almost 8 million You Tube views already.  The song is full of huge moments which help sustain the four minute length, not the least being what sounds like a few bars of signature trappy Martin Garrix, recalling his earlier work.  “On Our Own” isn’t quite as heavy but powerful nonetheless.  Showtek has already released some interesting and varied songs thus far in 2017 and seems to be moving into a new direction with this one.  

Both songs will send club goers spinning on the dance floor and it’s great to see someone talented but less prominent like Brooks benefit from the exposure amid what is obviously a lot of hard work to make these songs happen.  Watch the video for “Byte” above, and check out “On Our Own” on Spotify at the link below.

Published in: on April 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Fast & Furious: NYC’s @ReidSpeed’s “Animal” is a triumph of tough melodic dubstep featuring @Burnheart_music

REID SPEED featuring BURNHEART, “Animal”

If you like your trap mixed with drum ‘n bass and lots of melody, then “Animal” by NYC producer/DJ Reid Speed is for you.  She concocts a mix that does not let up, with beautifully sweet melodic moments in stark contrast to some of the hardest dubstep and trap you’ll hear in a song that has big crossover potential.  It’s aided fittingly by a deep and soulful vocal by L.A.’s Burnheart (aka Scott Bernhardt) that takes “Animal” to yet another level within one song.  I was not familiar with Reid Speed before this song but I can see why she is being touted as one of North America’s most innovative producer/DJ’s regardless of gender.  Check out “Animal” above and be prepared to have your senses twisted and turned and eventually reassembled.

Published in: on April 19, 2017 at 10:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Snappin’: Progressive, trap-influenced “Portrait” by @Bamfsounds

BAMF, “Portrait” (free DL)

“Portrait” by London electronic artist Bamf is a song that could easily get lost if the sum of most of its parts was wrapped around the more quiet elements of the song.  After a real long tease of a slow start, Bamf gives listeners a BAM all right with an instantly potent synth drop right before the minute mark and by then you’re curious as to what “Portrait” is all about.  It’s essentially an instrumental that relies on a wildly creative mix with many percussive moments to keep it flowing.  “Portrait” becomes one of the more unique songs out there as a result and is well worth checking out at the link above, where you can download it for free.

Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Swipe” by @Showtek with a handsome rework by @Dropwizz and @weareSavagez

SHOWTEK, “Swipe” (Dropwizz and Savagez ‘Festival Trap’ remix)

Dutch duo Showtek are always noted for releasing something fun that stands out, and “Swipe” certainly does that, perhaps in a more novel way than usual, if you happen to be wondering what that song you hear about a private Tinder party might be.  My fellow Torontonian Dropwizz and US duo Savagez temper the novelty and slow the pace down to an appropriately sexy grind, and as the remix title says, give it an entertaining hybrid of both Festival and Trap styles.  To me this works better than the original.  Club DJ’s can focus a set around “Swipe” to make the gals and guys get a little crazy.  EDM fans will definitely enjoy and can download it for free at the link above.

Published in: on January 3, 2017 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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