It boy of the moment Baauer has been gathering accolades from across the DJ world for a minute now and seems to be on the precipice of mainstream success. In just a few months time he got everyone doing the Harlem Shake and jumped to the forefront of the big room club/hip hop game. Flosstradamus is another name that seems to be on the tip of everyones tongue. The Chicago duo has collected the debris from juke, trap and dubstep to manufacture their own distinct low end heavy take on hip hop. Here, the former freshens up the latter’s rather dull weed anthem. Baauer’s take on “Roll Up” is everything you could ever want from club music and sees Baauer further cementing his place on a level far above anyone else. The “Roll Up” remix is off Fool’s Gold’s Clubhouse Vol. 2, which will see a free release on July 31st. Stream and download below.
Since the release of the Total Recall EP, Chicago duo Flosstradamus have essentially been dubbed kings of the trapdom. The increasingly popular stylings of Baauer, RL Grime, Mister Tweeks and J2K and Autobot themselves have taken the blog world by storm, making their newest track, the ubiquitous New York temptress sampling “☮☮☮ Lana’s Theme ☮☮☮” all the more prescient. Everyone and their momma’s momma have sampled Lizzie Grant in some form or another over the past calendar year, but none quite like this. Whether you’re a fan of Ms. Grant or not is rather irrelevant while listening to this remix. Ratchet is the word that really comes to mind as Del Rey’s vocals are displaced into skittering, sweat-drenched oblivion. As they’ve been known to do, ”☮☮☮ Lana’s Theme ☮☮☮” is up for free on the Mad Decent Soundcloud. Stream and download below.
So all of you probably know we are just a little bit in love with Chicago duo Flosstradamus and Jersey Club king DJ Sliink. Some might say our obsession borders on creepy at times, but that’s for you to decide. Anyways, when two artists of this magnitude get together on a track, well it can cause all sorts of devastating natural disasters. “Test Me” is the sort of track that ruthlessly crumbles buildings into rubble. At its heart, this is a Flosstradamus track. The hard-as-nails snares and hi hats as well as the rumbling sub bass are all trademarks of J2K and Autobot. It’s no surprise that the duo started off the track and Sliink finished it. Sliink does infuse his signature exquisitely chopped vocals into the mix to give the track a dancehall feel. Unfortunately, SPIN is claiming exclusive rights to the track so you have to head over there to give a it a spin (see what I did there). The track is reportedly off of Flosstradamus’s upcoming Nomads EP on Fools Gold.
Update: “Test Me” is now downloadable. Grab it below.
For a few minutes here, let’s pretend that Diplo isn’t a pretentious ass who appropriates other culture’s musical stylings in order to enhance his personal economic status. His pedigree as founder/manager of Mad Decent is undeniable and he has managed to develop a distinct populist brand of dance music. His most recent venture, the Diplo & Friends (god I hate that name) show on BBC’s Radio 1Xtra has gotten off to an auspicious start with an impeccable set from Lunice two weeks ago, and two (arguably) bearable hours of Diplo last week. While there aren’t many artists out there I’d rather indulge in than Lunice, this week’s guests, Flosstradamus, might just be one of those. Until around six months ago, I viewed Flosstradamus as being the mediocre remix/mash up team that shit out that awful “Act A Fool”/”Kernkraft 400″ abomination a few years ago. It is apparent that the duo has honed their skills in the studio and the Total Recall EP, as well as various remixes (“Original Don” has been all over the place for months), have been a resounding success. Diplo’s announcement that “we’ve done a beat together for Kanye West” wasn’t a bad start to the evening and the Chicago duo proceeded to floss the audience with a number of exclusives including a collaboration with DJ Sliink and a remix of everyone’s favorite sultry songstress, Lana Del Rey. The mixing on this can get a little grating at times, but the exclusives and spotless track selection, along with the exclusives, make it a must listen. Stream the mix over at BBC and download here. Find the full tracklist after the jump.
I saw Major Lazer four times between May and November 2011. Maybe a little excessive, but they were a blast every time. There is not another act in the electronic music world that brings frenzied energy quite like Diplo, Switch and Skerrit Bwoy. Their latest track “Original Don” has been burning up dance floors since its release. The track has gotten the remix treatment from fidget housers Crookers and Dawn Golden and the Rosy Cross. Both remixes were great reinterpretations of the track, but there’s a new king in the “Original Don” remix game. J2K and Autobot, together Flosstradamus, have been producing electro-hip hop remixes and originals for a while now, but have never really been my fancy. Their “Don” remix” is another story.The duo flips the original dancehall banger into a trap hip hop anthem just aching to have some ignorant shit spit over it. Stream/download below. Also check out the video of the original here.