Thursday, December 27, 2012

Eats Everything - Essential Mix

Eats Everything has released almost 2 hours of his exclusive tracks mixed together in a big bag of goodies. He is offering it as a free download over at Soundcloud, take a listen. Track listing included.




Celeda - Be Yourself (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Locodice - Autotox (Eats Unreleased Jumpin Project Reebeef) [CDR]
Jay Shepheard - Add Arp (Catz n Dogz Remix - Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Rodriguez Jr - Pandora (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
No Boundaries - Modular Pursuit (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Carl Craig - Parking Garage Politics (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Xpress 2 - Muzik Xpress (Eats Everything Rework) [Skint]
Justin Martin & Eats Everything - Feather Fight [Hypercolour]
LB Lynam - Get Things Straight (Eats Slight Reebeef) [CDR]
M1 - Freak The Frequency (Eats Rework) [CDR]
Green Velvet - UFO's (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Jacques Da Booty - Saturday Love (Eats Rework) [CDR]
Boddika & Joy O - &Fate (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Basement Jaxx - Flylife Xtra (Eats Rework) [CDR]
CJ Bolland - Sugar Is Sweeter (Armands Drum n Bass Mix - Eats Rework) [CDR]
WeRobots - WR001 (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
Major Lazer - Get Free (Eats Rework) [CDR]
Tripmastaz - Roll Dat Shit (Eats Reebeef) [CDR]
L'il Mo Yin Yang - Reach (Eats Rework) [CDR]
Eats Everything - The Withywood Walk [dirtybird]
Eats & TEED - Lion, The Lion [CDR]
Justin Martin & Ardalan - Wheelgunner (Eats Slight Reebeef) [dirtybird]
Breach & Dark Sky - The Click (Eats Everything Rework) [Naked Naked]
Eats Everything - Trubble VIP [CDR]
Eats Everything - Vertigo (Eats Flacid Chunder VIP) [CDR]
Kolsch - Opa (Eats Reebeef - Blaze My Beat Acapella) [CDR]
Paul Simon - Graceland (Eats Secret Garden Party VEEEYEPEE) [CDR]
Martin Dawson - Everythings Gonna Be Alright [Recovery House]
Justin Martin - Ruff Stuff (Eats Everything ReRuff) [dirtybird]
Chicken Lips - He Not In (Eats Everything' Chicken Tits Rewix) [defected]

Official Website Update

Hey everyone just a quick mention that my official website has been updated. I want to make it more stream-lined while waiting for the new DJ Airrick site to go online.

Here is the link DJ Airrick Official

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miasha - Everybodies Beautiful (Peter Rauhofer Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD

NYC artist Miasha is getting the Rauhofer treatment with the single "Everybodies Beautiful". Peter Rauhofer has been such a huge influence on my music for the last 20 years in all of his various monikers so its great that he can still turn the party! Check out his remix for this track as he is offering it as a FREE download for the time being!




Sunday, December 16, 2012

Various Trap Remixes - FREE DOWNLOADS

So this post isnt about anything specific just a few Trap House remixes I wanted to share.. so sit back, relax and get trapped out! These producers are offering their remixes as free downloads for a limited time so get them while you can!

First up a Trap House remix of "Hello" from Martin Solveig!


M.I.A. "Bad Girls" all TRAPPED out..



Travis Barker & Yelawolf "Whistle Dixie"

Monday, December 10, 2012

Year End Pride Mix 2012 - preview discussion!

So as 2012 comes to a close its time once again for my Year End Mix full of the hits of 2012! This year I want to do things a little different so I am reaching out to my fans to help create this mix. There were so many great dance records out this year its hard to fit them all into a less than 3 hour mix (I refuse to do a 4 or 5 hour mix sorry LOL). I want you guys to select your favorite songs of 2012 for me to toss into the mix and of course a few surprises from me!

You can let me know here on my blog or at my various social sites!

Twitter - @djairrick

Facebook - DJ Airrick

Or just post a reply down below!

We have a week left before I do this mix so you have until Monday the 17th to drop your selections!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Major Lazer & Snoop Lion - Here Comes The King


Snoop Dogg... I mean Lion is back with a Reggae inspired track produced by Major Lazer. Set to be released on Dec 18th 2012 I expect lots of various remixes of this song to pop up very soon. I can hear this song being flipped and chopped and just mixed all to hell so many options on this track. I have to give it up to Major Lazer for such a solid production on this one! Take a listen, what do you think?


Monday, December 3, 2012

Armand Van Helden - "You Don't Know Me" Dave Silcox Remix FREE DOWNLOAD


Good Monday everybody, after a long hard weekend its time for some new music I have found and sharing with all you guys!

Lets start off the week with a track I have loved since its release, Armand Van Helden's "You Don't Know Me". There wasn't a time during this songs hey-day that you could go to the club and not hear it. This was disco/anthem material at its best, even the Tribal House guys were digging this song. Duane Harden layered this track with vocals that not only preached acceptance but also conveyed emotion that set a path for lots of soul-infused House records with male vocalists we hear today.

Dave Silcox from the UK has taken on this monster and since its original release I had yet to hear a remix that did it justice and brought it into our current world, until now.... This remix is everything that's great about current music and the return of the Nu-Disco sound that I have been talking about for the last couple of months. This track fuses together the current sound of Electro and Disco House in a way that blends the best of both worlds. Don't take my word for it, listen here and take advantage of the FREE download while you can!


Thursday, November 29, 2012

John Dahlback - Get Wild (Monstr Drop Bootleg) FREE DOWNLOAD

John Dahlback is one of the most unpredictable EDM producers in the game. Its always a surprise what he brings to the table. Sometimes I hit play and Im not feelin it, other times I am extremely excited and ready to share it with the world! This is one of those world sharing times! This particular remix brought to us by Monstr Drop an electro producer from Southern California. Its heavy and chunky and a FREE download for the time being, what do you think? Does it boom or not? 

The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up REMIXES - Re*Release

When you think of techno music and some of the pioneers and those that broke out from the underground you cant help but think of The Prodigy. They were part of the movement known as Big Beat and left their mark on the world. One of their most controversial videos was for the track "Smack My Bitch Up". Well its all coming back! They are reissuing Fat Of The Land with some stunning remixes. Heading up the remix packages are Major Lazer and Noisia with 2 of the most diverse remixes of this track to date, check it out below and let me know what you think!


The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up (Major Lazer Remix) by Music2LiveBy

Eats Everything Gives Us Deep House All Day Everyday

Eats Everything aka Daniel Pearce has dropped nothing but pure house bangers since his entrance on the scene. About a week ago he sent so many of us into orgasm with so many previews of his newest music, below are links to his tracks via Soundcloud. Dont get too excited playing these, you could have a very messy desktop! These are all from his "Slow For Me" EP out on Futureboogie Recordings

"Flamenco" Harry Romero, Alex Kenji & Erick Morillo ft Mati (Preview)

The return of BIGROOM HOUSE is upon us! I remember the nights in NYC dancing until the sun came up and its been a few years since I felt any music really gave us that feeling again. Everyone has been so involved in the rise of anthem EDM and the outdoors festivals the indoors big room club music has been lacking however thats all about to change. In the last month I have heard some of these house music giants returning everyone from Peter Rauhofer to Erick Morillo are revisiting the sound that has vanished from the forefront for many years now. "Flamenco" with Alex Kenji & Harry Romero is one of those tracks that begs for you to spin at peak hour. Subliminal Records has released a preview but you can follow the download link to Beatport and snag this beauty right now. Check it out below! I also included another gem "Beat Of The Drum" by T3KTONE the Erick Morillo & Harry Romero remix! This Winter is gonna be BIGROOM READY!



Zedd ft Lady Gaga - Stache (Wiggz n Wonz X Young Piff & Sandor Trap Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD *for now*

The Zedd Track STACHE has been given the TRAP treatment from Wiggz n Wonz / Young Piff and Sandor! They are offering it as a free download so snag it while you can! Check it out below!

Jessie Ware - What You Won't Do For Love (Bobby Caldwell Cover) + FREE Remixes

After posting that little ditty from Jessie Ware earlier this week it got me thinking about some of her other music. She did an amazing cover of the classic "What You Won't Do For Love" by Bobby Caldwell. The original is a chill out NuDisco track but I have found some bootlegs that I want to share with you guys. I will also link the original so you can check it out, probably one of the sickest songs from this past year.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Alicia Keys "Girl On Fire" TOTALLY SOUNDS LIKE...

This isnt DANCE music but I wanted to share this for the sake of showing how big business and pop music sort of just regurgitates better music.. yes BETTER music.. lol

Alicia Keys latest single "Girl On Fire" is heating up the airwaves but it sounded like another song I had heard before... Jessie Ware "Wildest Moments".. and its not just a similarity.. other than the chorus (which is clearly the same chorus Alicia Keys always uses.. yell..yell...yel LOL). Jessie Ware's version is clearly more suited for the melody and 80's inspired drum loop. Take a listen below and you let me know, which one is hotter..




Sunday, November 4, 2012

What Is TRAP House Music?

Hey everyone! Ok so one of the most asked questions I get is "what is this new style of music you are playing, it sounds like a crazy form of hip hop?" or I get people asking me what TRAP HOUSE is when I mention it on Twitter or Facebook. I thought I would take this time to give you a decent explaination LOL

As many of you are familiar with Dubstep and Moombahton became very popular forms of EDM (electronic dance music) over the last couple of years. There is an offshoot to those flavors and it sort of happened organically, Trap House. 

Trap house is a combination of several styles of music, first ingredient, Crunk rap beat formula. The tempo and beat combinations are the same with slightly different pitching to the vocals (if it includes any vocals or samples). Next flavor, Dutch house, using chord progressions from Dutch house adds the electronic sound to the bass'd out beat patterns. Last drop, Dubstep, the bass and wobble can sometimes come from the Dubstep sound, or even Dub in general, its usually a very all encompassing bass element. It sounds very confusing but in fact when it comes together its very simple sounding and to the unknowing ears it might sound like a hip hop instrumental with some strange noises LOL. 

I happen to love this new style, it can be manipulated and played with quite a bit, below I will include some standard examples of Trap house music for you guys! Expect to hear a lot of this from me over the next few months included in my sets... thanks!

 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Medina - Forever - Morten Breum Remix

Medina drops her latest single Forever and the pop gem is getting a huge makeover from Morten Breum. He turned this tune into a Progressive house monster, there is only a preview for now but the official release is later this month. Check it out and let me know what you think!

 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Candi Staton - Hallelujah Anyway - Various Mixes

Its easy in todays EDM world to forget a part of the roots of vocal house were founded in Gospel. Religious or not there is a sense of euphoria in the sweeping uplifting tones and melodies in Gospel music that blend extremely well with House music. Candi Staton who's roots are founded in Gospel hit the disco world with the hit record Young Hearts, Run Free (which came out the year I was born WOW!) has been dancing in and out of the dance music world for decades. Finally back on the forefront she, along with Frankie Knuckles, Larse & Defected records brings us a new anthem for those that miss that throwback vibe in House music.

Hallelujah Anyway offers up soaring vocals with a quiet comfort that can make you feel like the only person on the dancefloor with a flood of people around you. Offered up along with that is a dub that will create a somber mood in the crowd and its great for those afterhours/sunrise/Ibiza inspired pool music sets. Below I will link you all to the Larse vocal version as well as the dub, enjoy!


Candi Staton - Hallelujah Anyway (Larse Vocal Mix) by Christine S Candi staton - hallelujah anyway (larse dub)-you by alejoval

Monday, October 29, 2012

Ciara - Got Me Good - Music Video

Hey everyone! So although I normally dedicate my entire blog to EDM every now & again I find a dance song that may not fit into the normal mold of what I post. 

I have been a fan of Ciara for years, I found her crossover appeal to be massive. This girl has talent abound but typically doesn't get the right promotion for the work she puts in. Her next studio album One Woman Army is set to hit the airwaves in 2013. She released the first single from the album Sorry and I was a bit let down, I didn't think the song did justice to her talent and the wait her fans have been put in since her last big effort, not to mention BET banned her video for Ride for being sexually explicit. Her latest single Got Me Good flips us on our heads! I can hear this song being remixed all over the place even so the production itself by Darkchild is amazing. Its so old school & new school at the same time, below is the official video and trust me its worth the watch. It sticks to what really showcases Ciara's talent slick dance moves and catchy hooks, let me know what you think! 


Friday, September 28, 2012

Latest Podcast Pride Mix Volume 23

So as you may have noticed my busy Summer kept my time on the blog down quite a bit from previous months. The good news is with the Fall setting in I wont be out during all hours of the day and partying all hours of the night so I will have time to keep the blog updated! YEAAAAAAAAA

Anyway, in this welcome back post from myself I wanted to hook you guys up with my latest podcast. Its full of radio goodies remixed for the dancefloors.. so enjoy it and keep on dancing!



Monday, July 23, 2012

Steve Aoki & Angger Dimas ft Iggy Azalea "Beat Down" Official Video!

This track has been pure FIRE for me over the last few weeks! I dropped it in the middle of my set and was a little skeptical if it would work BUT the crowd went NUTS! The video delivers, fun and creepy at the same time! What are you waiting for, theres a party on your face and Im bout to dance on it! BEAT DOWN


Saturday, June 30, 2012

Wallpaper - Best F*cking Song Ever (Chuckie & Glowinthedark Dirty Mix) WHOAAAAAAAA

Have you heard the track from Wallpaper "Best F*cking Song Ever"? Well, probably not... LOL I heard this track a while back and although I thought it was a fun track (very similar to something from LMFAO) I wasn't really into it enough to try and work it into my sets. HOWEVER, that's changed now that Chuckie got his hands on it.

Chuckie & Glowinthedark have WORKED THIS TRACK OUTTTTTTTTTTTT! Yes sir. Its not a certified club banger, something very different from what we are hearing right now. I will be dropping this in my peak sets all Summer long starting NOW. Check it out below and tell me what you think? (If you can get past the lazy vocals) Its an amazing production... js


 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Usher Gives Us EDM with Swedish House Mafia & Alesso!

The continued assault and battery on radio with progressive house music has been relentless over the last year. I think the sound is so new to the mainstream listeners they still have grown tired of it yet. Many EDM fans already know there are tons of great artists out there who have never been heard on the radio and they are ok with that, it adds a sense of exclusivity that you have to retain when something goes mainstream to avoid the overall prostitution of the sound. Usher along with a handful of R & B artists have welcomed the blending of progressive house and soul music and its worked extremely well for them. Usher has worked with David Guetta and is now offering up his efforts with Swedish House Mafia & Alesso. The tracks that have leaked are "Numb" & "Euphoria", "Euphoria" was produced by SHM while "Numb" has SHM sharing credit with Alesso. Take a listen and tell me what you think, I think it sounds brilliant and I could listen to Usher sing over stuff like this all night long.





Friday, June 1, 2012

John Dahlback - Embrace (Dirty South Remix) PREVIEW

Its probably no big secret I am a huge fan of John Dahlback. He actually diverges quite a bit in styles from track to track which I like, it keeps people wondering what his music is going to sound like. His latest effort "Embrace" has all the makings of a festival anthem and the Dirty South remix takes it to another level. Check this out!

Friday, May 11, 2012

What Happened To Dance Music In Hampton Roads?

This blog update is pretty regional so to all my fans who live outside of my immediate area this probably wont make much sense to you unless you lived here at one time or have a similar issue locally with EDM. So you can skip this one if you like or read on if you're bored!

I was in high school in the (ahem) early 90s and that's around the time I discovered dance music. You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing something inspired by the eurodance movement overseas. Although I had heard lots of dance songs from the 80s nothing sounded quite like Black Box, 2 Unlimited, Culture Beat or La Bouche. This inspired a huge movement here in the states and you couldn't go out on a Friday or Saturday night in Hampton Roads without hearing some amazing dance music on the radio for 4-6 hours a night. Both of our major radio stations (103 Jamz and Z104) had specific radio shows dedicated to bringing us the best charting dance music from here in the states and around the world. One of my good friends and a local DJ legend Ross Wilson took part in the 103 Jamz house music show which aired into the late nights and early mornings (for us club-goers who didnt leave until the sun came up) it made a huge impact on the local dance scene. Unfortunately for us as the radio stopped supporting dance music about 10 years ago and switched over to a more hip-hop format we lost a lot of those casual radio listeners who were being educated to new and different dance music. 

Now of course with the introduction of internet radio, demand music services and satellite radio the market is pretty fierce and allows for the consumers to select based on their personal tastes. There is an upside and a downside to this, for the casual music listener this hurts for bringing new music to their library where as the more die hard music fan will know exactly what they want and go right for it. Without FREE local radio pushing the newer dance music in a block format you break up the listeners attention and what could be a concise and direct presentation of dance music becomes a confusing blend of what today's pop music is and what EDM is. I realize that on a local level there is a big upswing in dance music thanks to artists like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Britney Spears & Flo-Rida pairing up with the more unknown (to Hampton Roads) artists that produce the major EDM that spans a much larger audience around the world. The only problem with this is the delivery of the music, you see as I stated earlier when these radio stations had a block of dance music in a mixed format this allowed for the introduction of music that was non-charting in the pop world and exposed the listener to great artists within the same genre but NOT traditional pop music. You could also get a lot of great remixes of pop radio music which sparked a huge increase in remix services like Promo Only & X-Mix. With these formats being abandoned you leave the listener with a very limited scope of what today's EDM has to offer and make it very hard for a metro area to live up to the night life you see in other major cities.

Now to define what existed here in terms of nightlife from the 90s until now is a massive undertaking, just like many other metro areas nightlife comes and goes... except here.. it just.. goes. We had a huge variety of options from the massive nightclub The Abyss to the afterhours club The Late Show, neither of them are around anymore. At one point I could name over 10 DANCE clubs, not just bars but dance clubs that offered medium to large dance floors and catered to the dance music fans. Obviously the local economy as well as other factors play into the demise of a nightclub but since I am still working in the field today I know what I hear from club-goers about all the local nightlife and most of the time the issue is with the format or lack of dance time/dance space. Since the radio seems to only want to promote so much hip-hop it makes it hard to build a core dance music audience, that in combination of the lack of nightlife and options makes Hampton Roads a not so desirable location to a single adult or adults who love to go out on the town and enjoy the bigger city atmosphere (which I believe Hampton Roads has the ability to offer). 

I have the extreme pleasure of working at one of the longest running dance music clubs in the area, The Rainbow Cactus. I have held residencies at several of the gay nightclubs in the area as well as working at many local nightclubs in my career. Having a broad spectrum of views to the community as well as working so consistently in the dance world I have watched the change in the world of dance music locally and change of the type of client that comes to the nightclubs locally. Here is where things change, I also work gigs outside of the Hampton Roads area so I get the chance to leave and work with crowds in different metro areas such as Atlanta, Raleigh, Richmond, Wash DC etc. There is a HUGE difference in the crowds and their expectations to what they want from a night out and what kind of music they want to hear. When I go out of town the audience is more receptive to new music they don't hear on the radio, they are more receptive to staying away from that radio edit sound, stuff that you can listen to in your car 20 times a day. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with loving pop music, but if you are going out to a major nightclub you should want to hear stuff that has a great beat, sounds new & different and doesn't get played over 100 times a week anytime you turn on your radio. Speaking of the radio, here is where I get back to one of my earlier points. In the major metro areas the stations have more variety and they offer channels or block formats of music that allow the listener to hear a more diverse form of dance music opposed to locally where that option has vanished from the FM stations. Nightly dance radio shows are very common in metro areas because those areas seem to understand their customer and want to offer a variety of music. I think our local stations miss the mark by a landslide when it comes to current dance music. So its a big cycle, dance music has gone under the radar here because the customers aren't getting a variety and the DJs who try to offer a new sound are bombarded with patrons who have no real understanding or desire for a real NIGHT OUT to a dance club. Now before you jump down my throat and say "But I go out here locally and I love dance music!" Yes I know lots of guys who come out and enjoy the more current dance music there is one problem, where are the rest of them? I remember when I used to go out the club would be FULL of men who loved to come out and dance get sweaty and stay on the floor all night. Now its vanished in Hampton Roads, that supply of people who loved to do that has either gone into hiding, they don't know where to go to dance or just moved. 

This dilemma is what got me motivated to start trying hard to bring dance music back to Hampton Roads. In combination with bridging all the local DJs together and trying to find a way to inspire the dance community to support local nightlife its been quite an effort. I feel like if there was ever a time to get that spark going again its NOW! I hear and see so many local guys driving to DC or NYC for the clubs and the music when we have that here. We have the talent here, we have the options here I'm still trying to put a solution together to try and figure out when and why that changed? If the music is here and the talent is here, why are all the local guys so determined to drive or go out of town to enjoy the nightlife? What is it about Hampton Roads that has left the nightlife so abysmal? When I figure it all out, I will let you know.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Eva Simons w/ Zedd - I Don't Like You OFFICIAL VIDEO!

It looks as if we don't have to wait any longer for the Eva Simons video produced by Zedd "I Don't Like You"! This fun video shows how vengeful she can be when being on the wrong side of a bad relationship! This is going to be one of my most played songs over the next couple of months I can't get enough of it! Check it out!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

House Of Fur Volume 18 PODCAST Is LIVE!

For this months podcast I wanted to make it a fun mix of Summer house music. These are some of my personal favorite tracks and great for those poolside parties or in an afterhours club where you are trying to mellow out! ENJOY!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Rihanna Brings Us Her New Video "Where Have You Been"

Finally we get the video for the best single off of "Talk That Talk"! Calvin Harris changed the direction of Rihanna's music with "We Found Love" but he also worked with her on this progressive pop banger "Where Have You Been". I shared the Hardwell remix of this track with you guys last month and here we are now finally getting the official video for the radio version. I LOVE THIS VIDEO, this takes me back to the time when artists used to make full on DANCE videos! The choreography in this video is stellar, don't believe me? CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF!


Friday, April 27, 2012

Avicii - Silhouettes OFFICIAL VIDEO

It seems that Avicii has dropped this years "Levels" giving us a Summer anthem and revising his sound just enough to make us jump up and down and shake our asses again. "Silhouettes" features the vocals of Salem Al Fakir and has the signature melody driven sound we have come to love from Avicii, don't take my word for it, check out the video below!

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Afrojack Shermanology "Can't Stop Me" Official Video Released




I know I have been pretty hard on Afrojack in the past about some of his more recent productions but I am in love with this collab he did with Shermanology. "Cant Stop Me" has been a track I have played with in my recent sets using it with various mashups etc. I do think this track has a very reminiscent feel almost like a sequel to "Take Over Control". The official video is a fun video showing some shots of the crew in Las Vegas doing what they do best, having a good time. I have included the Soundcloud link below so you can head over and snag this single. I included this on one of my podcasts which I will link below as well! ENJOY! 

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Scissor Sisters - Only The Horses PRODUCED BY CALVIN HARRIS!

Calvin Harris is really ON FIRE right now! He has become one of the most sought after edm/pop crossover producers of 2012 thanks to his huge success with Rihanna. Not only is he working with some of the biggest names in pop music right now but he is even working with some unexpected artists. The Scissor Sisters (NYC based electro/glam/punk/nudisco band) who have been a cult sensation for many years now have teamed up with Calvin Harris to bring us "Only The Horses" a fun dance laced Summer track for us to party to.





This track is not only one of their best to date (in my opinion) its also setting us up for the sounds of the Summer 2012. Calvin is also working with Cheryl Cole for her next single and this signature progressive sound is hear throughout the track. I expect the Summer of 2012 to be laced with progressive goodness on pop radio (I predicted this Fall of last year btw). I can't wait to hear more from the Scissor Sisters this year and I am on the edge of my seat waiting for what Calvin has in store for us this Summer!!!!


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Eva Simons - I Don't Like You (Nicky Romero Remix) PREVIEW








As you guys know already, I love this track. I posted a link to Nicky dropping
his remix LIVE on my Facebook Page a couple of weeks ago & I have been anticipating the release ever since. I dig the original and I think Zedd did a masterclass on his production (still waiting for an extended version of that) but I wanted to hear some variations of the song. Nicky delivers with his signature sound who so many others are trying to recreate now take a listen and stay tuned for the release!!! Set for May 22nd!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Ben Westbeech "Same Thing" Chocolate Puma Treatment HOT!

Ben Westbeech - Same Thing (Chocolate Puma Remix) by Chocolate Puma

Ben Westbeech (Something For The Weekend, So Good Today) is a singer, producer, dj from London. Known for soulful house, jazz, hip hop influenced music he is back and with the help of Chocolate Puma is giving us dance floor goodness. The original for this track was produced by the amazing Chocolate Puma & gives us a more slowed down radio friendly version of the song. This remix brings the drama, horns, percussion and a build that is sure to get your feet moving on the dancefloor. Check out the link above for a preview & way to purchase the track from Beatport. Below is the original version to be featured on his album "Theres More To Life Than This".







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Saturday, April 14, 2012

Rihanna - Where Have You Been (Hardwell Remix)

When I heard Rihanna's track "We Found Love" I knew for certain we had some major stuff in store from her off her latest effort "Talk That Talk". Although I was somewhat disappointed that there wasn't more dance tracks on the album, the 2 Calvin Harris produced songs were so amazing I couldn't stay upset very long.

I LOVED...LOVED.. LOVEDDDDDDDDD "We Found Love" and to see a crowd of music lovers who had never heard anything like that before jump around and embrace a more progressive house sound on a pop record, wow. Lots of people were upset about the crossover potential for the genre but I for one am pretty happy about it. The reason why is I don't think Calvin Harris compromised the sound of the record for Rihanna, I think they blended pop and progressive together in a way that doesn't whore out the music for the sake of it.

To listen to both tracks (We Found Love, Where Have You Been), you can tell they could have gone either way. Had these songs been released by a dance artist on the dance charts I think they would have still been hugely successful, with that being said the songs can take themselves seriously unlike something from LMFAO that has to bring humor into dance music to try and sell records.

"Where Have You Been" immediately became my favorite record on the album because it was a bit more dance oriented than the first single. It also shows a side of Rihannas voice that gives you a sense of urgency and then the build that takes you directly into accomplishment and satisfaction into a huge drop. I didn't think anyone could top it... then I was wrong. Hardwell brings this track even further into EDM with a complete reconstruction of the instrumental. He didn't use any of the original portions of the track for this, he basically took the acapella and reworked the entire song. I love both versions but I think for me, during a peak set you don't get any slicker than the Hardwell mix, what do you think?



Rihanna - Where Have You Been (Hardwell Remix) [Exclusive Preview] by HARDWELL



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Friday, April 13, 2012

DIE ANTWOORD - time to get FREEKY lol

The rap/rave act from Zuid-Afrika strike again with this crazy track "I Fink U Freeky"... I don't have much to say about it other than it's pretty fucking nuts LOL

Not something I could use in its current form for my sets, but maybe a remix is in order.. watch and be afraid.. HAHA


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Madonna MDNA Sales TANK In Second Week

Well I won't apologize for being the bearer of bad news over the new Madonna album. As a fan I regret being so accurate about the dying sales after the first weeks release. The news groups are reporting several factors but overall lets just chalk it up to a lackluster album. After my review several of my friends were upset at how harsh I was about the album but I wanted to be honest, Madonna wouldn't hold back when it came to her opinion so I felt I would return the favor.

The album debuted at #1 in many countries around the world, but I predicted it was all on the hype of the album release AND it being a Madonna album the fans were dying to get their hands on it. I had told many friends it would be lucky to stay top ten after its first week on the charts, sales dropped 90% in the second week and are showing even more signs of trouble. One of the biggest signs of her loss of pop relevance is the latest single "Girl Gone Wild" has charted well in the Billboard dance charts it has yet to break top 10 in the pop charts while other artists with more current musical influence dominate the Billboard hot 100. In her defense it has been top 10 in the bubbling category but without a break into the official hot 100 its likely to be what many would see as a commercial failure as a single. Fans are holding fast to its number 1 dance chart debut but in the big scheme of things that won't help the album in the sales department.

To be even more specific the first week in digital downloads and pre-sales the album garnered 369,000 copies then dropping to 40,000 the second week. This sets the records as biggest sales drop of all time, a record I am sure she doesn't want to take credit for. Even the "little monsters" are happy about this as the record was held by Lady Gaga for "Born This Way", I guess Madonna did beat Gaga, but not the way she wanted to I am sure.

I don't want to beat up on Madonna, I LOVE the high points of her career and her "take charge, fuck you" attitude, but I think in this case its more of a hindrance than a help for her mainstream career in today's pop market. Madonna was setting trends in the 80s and 90s now she is chasing them, it's not a good look for her. The entire album as a whole may resonate with her fans and the older crowd but its clearly NOT a pop masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. When you have artists like Katy Perry, Rihanna & Nicki Minaj showing how they can still connection with the younger generation and keep a hold on the industry someone like Madonna SHOULD take notes.

All and all I think this album was less about US (the fans) and more about her and to sort of get a buzz for her upcoming world tour. I think for her, touring and playing to HER crowd is probably something she should focus on in the future. Trying to stay pop relevant in todays market is a feat for a much more connection market of artists. I don't think her age has anything to do with it, I think its more of a disconnect with the world around her. Similar to artists like Prince & Janet Jackson who have a history of being world icons but can't connect to a mainstream market, they don't really understand it. I would love to see these artists do a live concert, for nostalgic value but I think they are truly talented and unique. However, I think they should hang up their studio time trying to stay current, its just not gonna happen without a lot of help.


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Monday, April 9, 2012

Chuckie - Who Is Ready To Jump VS House Of Pain - Jump Around +FREE DOWNLOAD+

The Chuckie track "Who Is Ready To Jump" has become one of those expected staple tracks you expect to hear in all major sets over the last couple of months. This past weekend Chuckie released an insane mashup of his track with the inclusion of several recognizable JUMPING tracks, most present is the 90s Hip Hop track "Jump Around" by House Of Pain. Lots of other fun drops and samples in this one, expect to hear this in my more commercial sets. He offered this up as a free download so check it out and enjoy! KEEP DANCING!



Chuckie - Who Is Ready To Jump (Chuckie Jump Around Bootleg) by DJCHUCKIE


Original Version via YouTube





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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Nicky Romero - Tension *FREE DOWNLOAD*

I have been a long time support of Nicky Romero, his blend of electro and traditional house intrigues me. He has hits and misses but he is never safe and I can admire that about him. He is one to watch in 2012, I think we will be hearing a lot from him this year. In celebration of his continued success he gives us a free download of one of his personal tracks. "Tension" reminds me a lot of something from Dada Life meets Alesso with a Nicky Spin on it, you can hear his influence in the structure of this track with the drops and builds. Check out and below the video link is the download link, enjoy! Thanks Nicky!!!




Shawnee Taylor - Colors ft Sympho Nympho (AKA Erick Morillo, Harry Romero & Jose Nunez)

BAM! This is anthem house music as its best! Huge Summer anthem here! SYMPHO NYMPHO (aka Erick Morillo, Harry Romero & Jose Nunez) with Shawnee Taylor gives us DIVA house at its best... this reminds me of some of the best in 90s house mixed with the modern sound of electronic house music. If this song cant get the boys on the dance floor I don't know what can! This is out now to purchase so get your copy today!!! Expect to hear this in my sets all Summer long! I cant wait to hear the remix packages for this song!



Shawnee Taylor feat. SYMPHO NYMPHO Colors (Club Mix) by Subliminal Records

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Above & Beyond - Love Is Not Enough (Kaskade Mix)



Most of you know (and if you didn't now you do) that Trance is almost NEVER on my radar. I don't spin Trance and if you ask me about it, all I know is whoever is on top right now. Above & Beyond are on top of their game when it comes to modern Trance. This track has been circulating for a while in its original form but today I came across this remix and I was blown away. There is a line with me that I cross when a Trance song has been remixed or sounds Progressive enough for me to put it in my sets (Slumber, Drowning etc). Kaskade takes this song to Progressive cheesecake, so good you HAVE to take a bite. This is out for commercial purchase RIGHT NOW I suggest you listen to it then head over to Beatport and snag it!!!!!

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Madonna - Girl Gone Wild (Avicii & Dadalife Mixes)

Posting this from my phone so bear with me, this week the promo package for the second set of "Girl Gone Wild" remixes came out and I am far more impressed with this package than the first one. Avicii and Dada Life laced this track up, the Avicii mix sounds like a more evolved Avicii with a touch of Alesso, not a bad combo if you ask me, very nice almost chainsaw even for Avicii which is a nice twist.





The Dada Life remix is FAT and THICK exactly what you would expect from Dada Life. Out of the Two remixes I am more likely to play the Avicii mix during peak set, but if you are trying to troll the crowd go for the Dada Life remix. Has 2 really nice fades into heavy chunky drops, great for those nights when you are tired of Madonna requests and just want to get it out of the way LOL. Enjoy!



Madonna & Avicii UMF 2012 Drug Reference Or Ironic Promotional FAIL?



This years Ultra Music Fest will go down in history as not only being the biggest but also one of the most controversial. This was the year where mainstream met underground and the clash of the titans in the world of EDM. For years EDM fans had been able to attend these "raves" and enjoy music that wasn't widely known here in the states. Although EDM has been big around the world for years, here in the USA we hadn't seen a dance music resurgence like this since the early 90s with the Eurodance/House music era. I think many if not most of you guys that saw UMF on YouTube/Googleplay this year you were shocked and as confused as I was to see Madonna walk out on the mainstage. She was there mostly, to promote her new (lackluster) album which was produced entirely by EDM producers. She also opened the stage for Avicii who debuted his remix of "Girl Gone Wild" during the evening Madonna used the phrase "Has anybody seen Molly?" which stirred up quite a controversy on the internet to the extent that even deadmau5 spoke up.



Now Madonna responded by saying this statement was in reference to her friend Cedric Gervais new single "Molly". This statement may be true but its very reckless if in fact she said this and had no clue what it meant. It also seems very odd that she would use this phrase while introducing Avicii because there is no connection and Avicii was not playing the track during his set. Also her new album titled MDNA is very similar to MDMA which as well know is also a drug reference, coincidence? Not certain but seems suspicious. Either way it sort of set a bad mood for a lot of the EDM community because for years we have had to listen to the media position us as druggies/freaks who do nothing but destroy property with no respect for anyone. I will link the Cedric track below to give you guys a peek into his acid/house track that Madonna claims to be referencing.



Gotye & Kimbra - Somebody That I Used To Know (LAZRtag Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD!

If you aren't tired of this song already, this might push you over the limit HOWEVER I think this is the best big room remix for this song. LAZRtag has been know for their electro and extremely heavy productions however this mix has a much more uplifting feel to it (Avicii, Alesso, Hardwell) more so than anything else they have done. I had been using the Hypercrush remix but some said it was too short, too heavy or didn't work in their sets. I will promise you, if that mix didn't work for you, THIS ONE WILL! This mix takes the song to that big room level that none of the previous mixes did, this is like peak hour material, don't take my word for it, the guys at LAZRtag are offering it as a free download via Soundcloud right now, snag it while you can.. before they disable it!!!!


Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know (LAZRtag Bootleg Remix) by LAZRtag


If you want to go HARDER with it, check out the mix I have been playing below.. via Hypercrush, this one is offered as a free download at the moment as well.. these are the 2 best mixes in my opinion, what do you think?

Hypercrush - Somebody That I Used To Know (Hypercrush Remix) by ArtJockeyChannel

Monday, April 2, 2012

Delirium by The Frederik (mau5trap records FREE download)

Looks like mau5trap is pushing the Frederik to the masses with this free download. An electro serving called "Delerium", sounds like an evolved version of Daft Punk at 3 in the morning heading home after being wasted drunk.. so enjoy LOL



The Frederik - Delirium by mau5trap records


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Bwana - This Is Real/Can't You Just (Maddecent Label)

Sometimes I come across music so sick I just cant believe it, today I did. I ran across Bwana, a 20 year-old producer hailing from Toronto, CA and currently residing in Leeds. From what I have read about this kid, he has a few hits under his belt on the scene already and I just wasn't aware, now I am! Check out these 2 tracks and below I will have a link to his Soundcloud for you guys! ENJOY!






Bwana- Can't You Just (JEFF013) by Mad Decent

Pioneer RMX-1000 - If youre a DJ you want this!



House legend David Morales test drives the RMX-1000 from Pioneer!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

DJ Sneak Vs Swedish House Mafia HOUSE MUSIC WARS!

added - You can read the full interview w/ Sneak on DJ Mags website >>HERE<<

ATTENTION BEFORE YOU READ THIS - I DONT DISAGREE WITH WHAT'S AT THE CORE OF DJ SNEAKS COMMENT, WHAT I DISAGREE WITH IS HOW HE WENT ABOUT IT.. (thats for the idiots who seem to think I am biased in my opinion, I would have said the same thing had ANY respected DJ or producer did this shit)


I log into Twitter today to see a huge amount of Tweets about DJ Sneak, coming from a lot of International DJs and producers like Steve Angello, Ingrosso etc... I look into and find out that Sneak has said some snarky comments about their success in the world of EDM.


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His comment "It's a sad thing when the Swedish House Mafia is being paid BIG money to come to the US to play house, for the record, they DO NOT play house music". Although I commend him for speaking his mind I do have sort of conflicting feelings about this.

First and foremost, I think this was to be expected. Lots of people on the fringe of breaking the mold of EDM, house music or any other dance genre is going to come under fire. I don't always agree with or like some of the things SHM does when it comes to business, but that's not really an issue for me. When you have some like DJ Sneak who has a very good reputation with the house community come out and say something like this, it sort of makes you wonder "Why?". I did some research and found out that he was a huge part of the WMC this past year, bumping elbows with lots of those guys he seems to dislike. It's also interesting the way he worded his opinion (insult), he says "paid BIG money" now, why would someone of his caliber bring that up? If he was truly worried about the state of house music and the passion of it, then why would he bring up money? That's the part that bothers me, he didn't say they were putting out shit music, he also didn't bring up the commercialization factor, just the amount of money they are being paid for playing NOT house music. Also he sounds ignorant, considering that he is labeled under 3 different genre of house music on Beatport. House music is an umbrella term for lots of different types of dance music, he should know that considering all the links he drops are for deep house or minimal. What it sounds like he (Sneak) is more upset with the success of these other DJs, he is pointing out things that internet trolls do. Linking to pictures of lulz in regards to some of the bigger DJs in the world of EDM.

Check out some of his tweets about this, and how he takes the opportunity to drop his soundcloud link and more into the advantage of gaining new followers and fans on the backs of the DJs he is criticizing.






Look at this insult, but its about the music, right???
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Then he goes on to insult OTHER DJs not even part of Swedish House Mafia
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Then finally after he has created a big enough buzz over this bullshit drama..
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The way I feel about it is no matter what intentions he tries to sell here it comes off as jealousy. I don't always agree with what the bigger EDM producers/DJs do but I'll be damned if I try to bump my hustle off by smack talking them personally. Yes its true, maybe they aren't as big as the hype that surrounds them but you have to take responsibility for what you say, especially on Twitter or Facebook. If you go read his Twitter feed (@dj_sneak) you will see how he was living in the moment when all this drama happened. He didn't just say his piece and let it go, he was practically baiting people to argue with him. This was more like an internet troll than a well respected DJ. I think Sneak is very talented and paid his dues, but seriously, this isn't thug life 2pac VS Biggie shit. At the end of the day there is more than enough room in the world for EDM/House music producers and DJs, you have to pick your battles where they matter, THIS didn't matter. Will this do anything for his career? Make his paychecks any bigger? Get him booked in more clubs and for more events? Most likely, no. This comes across as an out of touch jealous DJ who had nothing better to do than personally insult other people in his field and expose how he wishes HE could make the money they make.

Sorry Sneak, no matter the support here, you lost. Should have said this differently or not at all.


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Podcast - House Of Fur 17




House Of Fur 17
Minimal/Tribal/Latin

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Whitney Houston VS Rihanna & Calvin Harris - How Will I Know We Found Love MASHUP

I stayed away from dropping a bunch of Whitney stuff while everyone else was now I found something cleverly fun I want to share. Here is a cool little mashup of Rihanna & Calvin Harris VS Whitney - How Will I Know We Found Love!

Its not perfect but its very fun and certainly worth a listen. If you're a fan of Whitney this is something you might want to download and bump to in your car or on your mp3 player/phone. Enjoy!



How Will I Know We Found Love by Joshu Ra

Adam Lambert - Better Than I Know Myself (Dave Aude Remix)

Some people love him, some people hate him, doesn't matter which camp you fall into he has a huge following and has become one of the most controversial American Idols of all time. Recently he has been teasing us about his sophomore album and the first single is "Better Than I Know Myself" which because it was a ballad originally I hadn't discussed it much. Well Dave Aude has reworked and remixed the track and made it not only dance radio friendly but has the workings of being a pretty big club hit. I will link the mix from Soundcloud below so you guys can check it out, and under that I will "linky" up you guys with the original song/video. This isnt a peak hour song but a nice filler and good for those radio friendly crowds, I like it! Dave Aude is hit or miss for me, this time he nailed it.








BONUS DUBSTEP Remix by Robert Martin for you wobble wobble dub dub fans
Better Than I Know Myself (Robert Marvin Remix) by adamofficial

Pride Mix Volume 15 - Stream/Download mixed by DJ Airrick




Here is one of my monthly podcasts, Pride Mix 15. This is a mix of big room house music for those that love to dance and sweat around midnight on a packed dancefloor! Lots of great beats and stuff you can sing along to as well as newer stuff to get you moving! Enjoy!

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Track listing:

1 - Dont Give Up 2012 - Chicane ft Bryan Adams
2 - I Who Have Nothing - Gladys Knight
3 - If It Wasnt For Love - Deborah Cox
4 - Someone To Hold - Veronica
5 - Turn Me Out (Turn To Sugar) - Praxis ft Kathy Brown
6 - Push The Feeling - The Nightcrawlers
7 - Everybodys Free - Rozalla
8 - Rapture - Nadia Ali
9 - Hide U - Kosheen
10- Judas - Lady Gaga
11- Finally - Kings Of Tomorrow ft Julie McKnight

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Madonna - MDNA Review

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So as many of you probably know and are sick of hearing about already, Madonna dropped her MDNA album this week and after several rotations my overall opinion is that it doesn't live up to my expectations, unfortunately. There are a few tracks I enjoy, but nothing that jumps out for me and screams innovation. I feel like Madonna has become less of a trendsetter and more of a follower and that's not something I expect from a legend. Let me make this very clear, I am a huge fan of Madonna, many of her records fall into my favorites of all time list. She was such a trendsetter and pushed so many limits but I don't know if its an age thing or just loss of touch with what the public expects? Many of my friends who are huge Madonna fans don't understand how I can so easily be critical of artists I really love, the thing is I am a fan of artists not a fanboy, I can sit back and listen to something and be very unbiased about my opinion of it. After a few rotations of the album I feel its very lackluster and now really what I expect from a legend like Madonna. Where are the "Like A Virgin", "Justify My Love", "Erotica"s at? I don't want to believe she could only be controversial when it came to sexual music but this isn't showing me much more. She was so creative with albums like "Ray Of Light", "Confessions" & "Bedtime Stories" trying new things and setting the trend for the next big thing. "Ray Of Light" in my opinion was one of the record that started a huge trend of crossover music in the 90's that allowed the DJ's to bring more mainstream music into the clubs, where has that gone? "MDNA" to me is a very suitable crossover dance/pop record but doesn't try anything new, I would say if you're already a Madonna fan, its alright you will probably enjoy it. If you're not a Madonna fan this record won't do much to change your mind, and neither will her showing up at UltraFest and crashing Avicii's set to speak to a younger generation that she doesn't speak to musically anymore. Sorry, just speaking my mind. (for a more detailed review of her album keep reading for individual track opinions and information)

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Full Track Review + Info

1 - "Girl Gone Wild" produced by Benny Benassi. This is by far one of my favorite songs from the album. Like I said on a previous post about this song I feel like its the right blend of producer/artist that you don't get very often. Fun record, probably in my opinion the stand out single for this album.

2 - "Gang Bang" produced by William Orbit. Sounds dated to me, very much late 90s. The lyrics are boring & the track could have been a B side to a single from "Ray Of Light". The techno sound of this track has evolved and if you're going to bring something back as a homage you need to make it current or the audience will totally miss the point.

3 - "I'm Addicted" produced by Benny Benassi. Another pretty solid track to me, this to me again makes Madonna stand out even with the producer having so much control over the track. The drops in the track, the placement of the vocals and samples are all very specific and give you the exact point the producer was trying to make with the track. This to me was one of the more risky tracks on the album however it does loose its luster after repetative play.

4 - "Turn Up The Radio" produced by Martin Solveig. Ok here is something you will hear from me again about Martin, his production is well done but damn its predictable and his vocal arrangements are always the same. Its like he is stuck in a room and aliens from the planet of one thought ideas are beating him with a stick and telling him "CREATE HELLO EVERYTIME YOU PRODUCE!" The layers of this song are so similar to everything he has done its hard to listen to it and not want to sing "Hello" over it, guess what, mash the acapella of that song to this one and it works. Martin is too predictable, the only promising thing about this song is its fun, but that can be said about anything Martin produces. Its pure pop crossover but so predictable you can hear the cheerleading elements in every song he does. YAWN.

5 - "Give Me All Your Luvin" produced by Martin Solveig. See above, pretty much hits all the same marks, these tracks are so similar no point in discussing that aspect. I will add that Nicki and MIA are pretty much pointless on this song, they were added in to appeal to their respective markets, take them out makes no difference the song is what it is. This is why it didn't chart well in most places, when I say that I mean for someone with Madonna's history. The song peaked at 10 on Billboards Hot 100 and I think its highest ranked position was in Spain and the Netherlands where it peaked at 2. Most other countries it didn't see anything near top 10.

6 - "Some Girls" produced by William Orbit. Annoying, really annoying. Where is the lyrically content on this album? This song is a big pile of shit, no redeeming factors at all. William Orbit did his best work on her "Ray Of Light" album but outside of that he hasn't done much of anything. I bet he is happy she was willing to pay him to work with her because otherwise he would still be slaving away somewhere in his own little world. He is so out of touch with modern music and anything current in the pop world, check on Wikipedia if you don't believe me William Orbit.

7 - "Superstar" produced by Hardy Indiigo. Ok this sounds just like a Martin Solveig track, boring, predictable, next.

8 - "I Don't Give A" produced by Martin Solveig. Oh great, we get a Martin track that sounds like bad urban pop. I think I would probably pay to hear one of his predictable crap productions anyday over this, wow did I say that? This track is probably the worst on the album. Is she rapping? Really? REALLY? You don't care what the people say? Its obvious, I would say this is the worst track on the album but it's a close tie between so many others. This beat sounds like a recycled track from something in the 90s and Nicki was probably hating life having to record a verse over this garbage.

9 - "I'm A Sinner" produced by William Orbit. Oh fuck, not him again. I don't have a problem with someone in their 50's producing current music, I'm not a spring chicken myself but at least I stay in touch with whats going on in the charts and in the clubs. This song is yet another out of touch track that has absolutely nothing relevant to offer music. This song isn't even worthy of a B Side to a bad movie theme song.

10- "Love Spent" produced by William Orbit. Hillbilly electro, that's what I think when I hear the first 2 bars of this song. Sidenote, why is Madonna singing in the same pattern on every song on the album? It's not just the style of the singing it actually sounds like all the songs were written with the same melody in mind. I don't know, oh by the way hate this track, next.

11- "Masterpiece" produced by William Orbit. Interesting mid-temp ballad, I really don't have much to say about this. This is an interesting track but still certainly nothing that today's youth will connect with. This is probably one of the better songs on the album and one that I wouldn't mind listening to again.

12- "Falling Free" produced by William Orbit. William must have had a huge boner when he found out she wanted him to work on the album because she gave him far too many tracks. BORING, BORING, BORING.

13- "Beautiful Killer" produced by Martin Solveig. Get you pom-pom's out! On the plus side this song isn't too bad BUT its again the typical shit Martin produces. I think if Madonna wanted to work with someone in today's EDM world she should have picked someone with a lot more versatility. I have a feeling she will regret working with Martin and William but probably won't admit it.

14 - "I F__ked Up" produced by Martin Solveig. Probably the best song on the entire album, partly because I feel the title of this song speaks to some of the choices made on the album. I have to give Martin a little credit for taking a risk, but the vocal placement and phrasing sound like a slowed down version of "Hello" LOL sorry just the way it is.

15 - "B Day Song" produced by Martin Solveig. I wonder if in the studio Madonna said, hmmmm all of your stuff sounds the same? I would have. Next.

16 - "Best Friend" produced by Benny Benassi. The most current and innovative production on the album. Again, not a fan of the lyrics, a bit too personal for my taste but the production and combination of Benny and Madonna again worked in her best favor. I think the best tracks on this album were produced by Benny, sounds current and all very different.

Overall, not enough risk in the album. I know Madonna tends to like to work with the same producers on albums to give the album a certain sound but this time it worked against her. Benny proved that out of the 3 major contributing producers he is far more in touch with current music as well as giving more ideas in his production to her work. I think the only real hit single on this album is gonna be "Girl Gone Wild" the rest, in my opinion is throw away for anyone other than her die hard fans. Just doesn't cut it for me.

Afrojack - Fatility (Hoodie Bootleg Mix) +Soundcloud Included+



Its been a while since we had a release from Afrojack with the amount of support behind it that we have with his latest "Fatility". I have been very critical of Afrojack as of late because I felt he hasn't emerged victorious past his sound over the last 3 years. He tried a few things but none of them were very exciting in my opinion, so it was good to hear something a little fresh from him. I have also included a bootleg remix from Hoodie that I think is pretty interesting, its hosted on Soundcloud so a download link may be available. Enjoy and let me know what you think of this latest Afrojack effort.





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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Fire & Ice - LIVE EVENT PODCAST INCLUDED here in Hampton Roads! SUCCESS! VICTORY!

(skip to the red if you just want to hear about the event hehe)

I am very critical about my area when it comes to EDM, house music specifically. This is because of the 20 some years of being involved in the club scene in this area I have seen the trend come and go to varying degrees, most recently and oddly enough with the pick up of dance music on mainstream radio it seems the concept of playing NEW music that isn't on the top 40 playlist is still very foreign to this area. If it doesnt have Pitbull, Flo Rida, Usher or Britney on the track chances are, people will resist it. The few and rare songs here and there that do well outside of the mainstream generally SOUND like something mainstream or sample mainstream music. I sometimes catch a lot of shit for playing mainstream with mostly unknown dance music but hey, at the end of the day I just want people to enjoy themselves while staying true to who I am as a DJ and creator of music. I feel the best way to introduce a mainstream crowd to music they aren't familiar with is to give it to them in doses and help them digest the tracks that way, at least in this area. With that being said, I am a house music guy at heart, and it will always been what I love the most when I spin from my heart. This is exactly what I wanted to do a music show where the DJs got to set the mood without any worry of requests or pressure from the crowd, to let the DJs take everyone on a very personal journey of the music they love and want to spin.

I got the chance to talk with my friend DJ Bulldog (Ray) about my desire to do something like this. An event where we could custom create it the way we wanted and deliver it to the area to give them a chance to hear us out, a night where they could come and dance, hang out, sit and drink and just enjoy alternative music to mainstream. DJ Bulldog came up with the idea for a Tidewater Music Festival event to umbrella any parties or promotions we wanted to create. I tossed out the idea for "Fire & Ice" sort of a theme that has been used in the past and most recently by Kaskade. I felt as if the idea of mixing fire and ice, hot and cold etc sort of embodied what this first event would be, bridging the community back to the music of years ago. Bringing house music back to the area in a way that hasn't been showcased, in my opinion, properly in over a decade. Yes there are lots of great dance clubs in the area, I know I am biased but the Cactus offers one of the best spots to come dance and party on a weekend, and there isn't anything wrong with mixing mainstream music and traditional house, but the music is sort of an afterthought to the drag shows and I feel like that has become a crutch and sort of a thing that this area has been trained into believing. If there isn't a drag show somewhere then there is nothing going on, with that being said when ISN'T there a drag show somewhere now? No shade but its hard to find. So I wanted to take a bit of the power back for the dance music enthusiasts in this area, those that don't "get it" say to me "Are DJ's really entertainment?" My response to that is, Ultra Music Festival in Miami this past weekend offered a lineup of 20 DJs and had over 200,000 in attendance, so my answer would be YES. That doesn't even cover the clubs, afterparties and off site events that happened. Bottom line, we are entertainers, we don't just push buttons and play music from an iPod. There is a skill to not only moving the crowd and controlling the atmosphere but being able to predict if a song will work or not and having the ability to keep the energy at the right level throughout a night.

I take what I do seriously because I have a lot of passion for music and DJing. I think the DJs, however they mix, for a living, a hobby, in their bedroom, on the internet, the same thing remains we LOVE the music. So next time you are out at a club and you may not enjoy every song you hear remember the DJ selected that song for you to listen to because they felt it had something to say. We aren't just a jukebox, some of us are selected because of our talent and skill. I know some DJs don't take requests and others love requests but at the end of the day we all love playing for the people.


This is the most important part of my diatribe LOL! I want to thank everyone that came out to support this event. I saw a lot of my good friends in the house as well as faces I hadn't seen before. It was good to know that on a Monday in Va Beach, Va we could pull off an EDM event and get over 150 people to come through the doors and have a good time. I want to personally thank Alan, Krisha, Kathy and Garrett at my residency The Rainbow Cactus for working hard and allowing us to present this event. I want to thank the staff from the Cactus who came out to party with us on their night off, it meant a lot. I want to thank Nozz & Jimmy for the great posters and artwork that was done for the event & Art for running around and helping me get them posted up! I have to give a huge shout out to my partner in crime and the mastermind DJ Bulldog for being so supportive of this idea and putting so much work into making it happen, I could list all he did but it would require an entire blog dedicated to him!!! All the DJs who dedicated time to this event DJ Silver, DJ Nozz & DJ Nathan Patrick, they all had some very diverse music to bring and offered a wide variety!

So here is to a successful event, victory for all passionate about EDM. Thanks to the support of everyone we are going to start planning the second party hosted by TMF and the lineup for that event! Expect to hear more of this in the future! Below I have included the entire 6 hour set from the event so if you want to stream or download it feel free! I will list my start and stop times above the podcast. The lineup was done in blocks and a rotation of 2, DJ Nathan Patrick, DJ Airrick, DJ Nozz, DJ Bulldog & DJ Silver. Enjoy the podcast and hope to see you at the next Tidewater Music Fest event!

My portion of the set starts at (55mins) & ends at (1:32mins)
My second set starts at (4:07mins) & ends at (4:35mins)