The following articles were authored by Winston-Wolfe

News! Junior Boys Returns to The Social!

Junior Boys are coming to The Social Wednesday, October 5th. Built for fans of glistening electrosynth indie-pop (a la Chromeo), theirs is a classy and refined sound, accessible and polished and warm. The Canadian duo has hit the road hard in America this fall, after a long summer on the European festival circuit (playing more than 10), and tears through Florida this week. All this touring is in support of their newest album, It’s All True, released on Domino Records back in June.

The group itself has an interesting history. As often happens, they enjoyed the bulk of their popularity right out of the gate, with their first release EP Birthday/Last Exit on KIN Records still considered a fan favorite. A track from the release even landed on Sander Klienenberg’s highly acclaimed Renaissance mix CD This Is Everybody Too. That was 2003. Since then, they’ve released handfuls of EPs, a few full-length albums, and gone on several tours across multiple continents.

In their travels, they’ve graced The Social twice before, with tomorrow’s stop being number three. Any band booked three times at an out of town venue the size of the Social has already defied odds, and the video below is a testament to their staying power. Be sure to come to the show early! It starts at 9 and Egyptrixx (arguably headliner material themselves) opens!



Junior Boys – Banana Ripple

Music! Enjoy a Weekend In America, compliments of Wolfgang Gartner!

Dance music LPs have been cranking out faster than Charlie Sheen’s target heartrate lately. First, we Had Nero’s Welcome Reality. Then came Porter Robinson’s Spitfire (yeah, I know it’s listed as an EP, but I’m calling bullshit on that one).

Not to be left out of the mega-producer album release club, Wolfgang Gartner drops his Weekend In America today. The “Bonus Track” version is available on iTunes as we speak, and the “Deluxe Extended” version will be on Beatport in a few hours.

The album is structured similarly to Nero’s, in that in contains more or less every notable single the artist has released this year, as well as a healthy smattering of new joints. The recognizable tracks off the iTunes version are Space Junk, Menage a Trois, Illmerica, and Forever (feat. Wil. I. Am). Everything else is fresh and new, and made with the signature Wolfgang gloss and glitz. I’ve included one of his previously released tracks from the album, two new ones, and his BBC Essential Mix below for your listening pleasure. Enjoy kiddies! Also, Committee Entertainment is doing Wolfgang Gartner at Roxy Orlando on October 8th, so if you’re in the area and you wanna check out his Space Junk in person, you can do so there.


Wolfgang Garter – Space Junk
Wolfgang Gartner – 818
Wolfgang Gartner – Cognitive Dissonance
Wolfgang Gartner – BBC Radio One Essential Mix

Music! “The Ones” before Takeovr’s 2nd: New B More/Harvard Bass!

Bart B More and Harvard Bass released their “The Ones” EP on B More’s own Secure Recordings this morning. Two tracks, and two different sounds, it’s punchy B More cake with Harvard Bass icing. The tracks are appropriately named as well, a tiny miracle in dance music. The Funky One delivers the early-evening vibes, and should be the sound track to your first drink. The Dark One is more the B More banger we’ve all come to know and love, with chunky, reverbed-out vocals and a bassline from hell. They’ve also released a corresponding video to The Funky One, which appears to be a sort of tour diary through Tijuana, Mexico, where everyone gets drunk and B More gets arrested. Enjoy, and I’ll see you at Smile For Camera’s TAKEOVR 2-Year Anniversary with Bart B More tomorrow night!


Bart B More & Harvard Bass – The Ones EP Out NOW! by SecureRecordings

Music! “Watch the Throne” Remixed by L.A.’s Market Price!

I don’t know what it is about Jay-Z material that gets constant remix and mashup attention. We’ve had Collision Course (his official six-tracker with Linkin Park), The Grey Album (a mashup LP crafted from the Beatles White Album and Jay-Z’s Black Album, by DJ Danger Mouse) and Jaydiohead (a Jay-Z/Radiohead carwreck produced by New York producer Max Tannone).

Whatever the reason, we’ve got another one. This time, it’s an L.A. electro-dub-moombahton treatment from Market Price. Definitely hands-up rave material, they take Watch The Throne, Jay and Kanye’s already dance-influenced album, and put it through the wringer. What’s cool and gratifying about it, besides the overwhelming merit of each individual track, is the diversity of EDM sounds within. Sometimes it sounds like Skrillex, sometimes it sounds like Wolfgang Gartner, sometimes it sounds like Dillon Francis, and sometimes it sounds like Major Lazer . They’ve definitely been getting well-deserved blog love from places like MTV Hive, Pigeons And Planes, Idolator, and Earmilk. You just might be kind of an asshole if you don’t download it.


Market Price x Jay-Z x Kanye West – Mark The Throne by Market Price

(If you’d rather just DL the whole thing .Zip’ed up, here’s the Mediashare)

Music! Porterhouse! Porter Robinson’s ‘Spitfire’ EP Drops!

Porter Robinson’s Spitfire came out today. Technically an “extended EP”, this is the first release on Skrillex’s new OWSLA and listens more like an album. It’s electro, dubstep, progressive, trance, and even moombahton. It’s insane. Insomniac and Smile For Camera are bringing him to Takeovr next month (EVENT PAGE HERE). (PRESALE TICKETS HERE). That is all.


Spitfire by Porter Robinson

News! DJ Mehdi dead at age 34


R.I.P. DJ Mehdi.

There’s tragedy and saddness to be found in the passing of anyone, and today dance music lovers worldwide have a reason to mourn. Mehdi Favéris-Essadi fell to his death after a mezzanine or roof outside his home collapsed yesterday in France. It’s also reported that the accident occurred while he was celebrating his 34th birthday with friends. In addition, 3 others are hospitalized as a result of the incident.

Mehdi was a pivitol part of Ed Banger Recordings, and had worked with a number of international stars in the dance scene such as Daft Punk, Cassius, and Chromeo. Best known for tracks like I Am Somebody and Signatune, He also worked on film soundtracks as well as remixes for other electronic artists. Along with Riton (reports indicate he may have been one of the other individuals injured in the accident), Mehdi was the other half of rave duo Carte Blanche (listen to their live Creamfeilds mix below). He was also part of the Club 75 collective of DJs and friends that included Ed Banger boss Pedro Winter and Justice‘s Xavier de Rosnay. Mehdi’s wife, Fafi, is a well-known graffiti artist and cartoonist.

The Paris Social Club, arguably the most influential nightlife venue in France, has already decided to close its doors for the evening out of respect and condolence. They issued this statement on Facebook in the early A.M.:

“Following the death of DJ Mehdi, we have made the exceptional decision to close the club tonight. An evening of silence in honor of the artist. Thank you for not commenting on this status.”

Twitter was also ablaze today as a result of the incident, with comments from Drake, The Bloody Beetroots, Steve Aoki, and Chromeo, to name a few.

Ed Banger Records is expected to release a statement later today.


DJ Mehdi – I Am Somebody

DJ Mehdi – Signatune

Carte Blanche – The Molecules

CARTE BLANCHE CREAMFIELDS 2011 (Annie Mac / BBC Radio 1 Audio) from Riton Time on Vimeo.

Music! Moombahmakk Attack!

Unless you’ve been living under the same rock as the people who still use landline phones and Internet Explorer, you’ve probably heard of Moombahton. Our own John SomeJerk has done several great posts that should have brought even the most clueless up to speed. (Check them out here, here, and here if you need a primer/refresher). That being said, if you do know anything about Moombahton, you know the genre is ‘in a stage’ right now. If it were a person, it would be a mid-teenager: energetic, brash, headstrong, and just becoming mature enough to sit at the adults table. This summer the sound has literally exploded all over the world, with major players in the EDM game taking notice, and starting to take part as well. However, it’s the grassroots/punk/DIY attitude of some of the genre’s best and brightest that make it so exciting. These young producers have come out of the gate full speed, and just by listening carefully to any one of their progressions as an artist, you can see some seriously amazing music on the horizon, waiting to be made.

And with that, I give you BIGMAKK. This guy’s part of the wave of Moomba talent coming out of south and central Florida. Today, he released his ‘Moombahmakk’ EP for free DL, and every track is worth a listen. A nice thing about this EP is that it branches out over a classic moombahton sound, moombahcore, and even kind of a ‘minimal-bahton’ sound. Lots of big classy reverbs and prime sound quality (something I’m a feind for) make it an easy one to play.

Being from Orlando myself, I got a chance to talk to BIGMAKK. It’s evident from our conversation he’s one of those guys to keep an eye on. Cool and inspired, he makes tracks for people to have fun and GET DOWN to, and a listen to his catalogue just illustrates the high expectations of his musical future. Down below is the entire Moombahmakk EP, available for DL on his Soundcloud, a track co-produced with David Heartbreak, and a preview of his upcoming release on Burner Records. Go turn the lights down and the bass up, and enjoy with someone you like to grind on.


Download the EP via Zippyshare


BIGMAKK & Heartbreak – Beautiful Noize DL LINK IN DESCRIPTION by BIGMAKK

BIGMAKK – Hear Me Now *Preview* Coming soon on Burner Records! by BIGMAKK

Music! Korn feat. Skrillex – Get Up (Autoerotique Mix)

You’re gonna love it or hate it: An Autoerotique retouch of that Korn/Skrillex track you’ve heard about but probably couldn’t bring yourself to listen to. I like this one a bit more than the original, which is to say that I actually like it at all, mainly for the Autoerotique influence. It DOES, however, have an L.B.I. and an L.B.O. (Long Boring Intro & Long Boring Outro, respectively). The drop is there, so i could see this track working in a few places. It’s got a big, aggro sound that probably could flip a club over if employed properly, but the end kinda just trails off and is definitely guilty of having one kick drum too many. You decide.


Korn feat. Skrillex – Get Up (Autoerotique Remix)