When Greg and Mike asked me to stay on board with 201 Beats a few months ago I admit I was very honored and was grateful for the opportunity. However, I have not lived up to my side of the bargain and stayed on my posting game. The 201 staff put a lot of work into the site and although their vision for its material has progressed from the EDM/House genre, when I heard this track I just felt like I needed to share it with the world. 3LAU is a young DJ I have been pushing to our readers for a while now and frankly I think this is his best work yet taking on an already smash hit from Zedd.
It takes balls to remix “Strobe” and it takes talent to come up with a refined finished product. After listening to this remix I’ve come to the conclusion that Manila Killa has both balls and talent, a fine combination for any man. He continues to push the envelope and seems to have begun climbing up the ranks in the beloved blogosphere. We wish him and the rest of Beacon Records the best of luck in their climb to the top.
So we’ve definitely slowed down with the party tracks lately and the fact that I’m sharing VIZ with you should immediately say something. Straight out of the 201 this 18 year old Electro House DJ/Producer has been DJing since he was 12. I hear a lot of Chuckie and old school Afrojack influence in his music.
Boston producer/dj Durkin is proclaiming that it is OK to rock cut offs, cargos or daisy dukes in the club on hot nights. Though the subject and hook of his newest track “Shorts in the Club” is humorous, the beat is no laughing matter, it’s serious and freaking dope. Durkin enlists MXRCYPXRCY for the vocals. Any House lighter than this I wouldn’t be sharing, this track is just deep enough. I’m sure he’ll have fun with this one at his SOLID! dance parties. Be sure to hit up Durkin’s soundcloud page to see how diverse his electronic production capabilities are.
Previously on 201:
When Mike and I arrived at the show we saw a crowd of middle aged women waiting to get into Terminal 5. I was a bit confused, and then remembered that there was supposed to be a special guest. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time because I was more concerned with the fact that we were supposed to have a Q and A with Steve Aoki. So we went on to ignore all the moms. When security saw our under 21 IDs we were told we had to go to the other line. The other line was a long line of people there for General Admission. I politely explained the circumstances, but to make a long story short the nice lady handling PR that hooked Mike and I up with these Press Passes was forced to break the news to us that we wouldn’t be allowed in the Media area since we were not 21.
The show was being called Trident See What Unfolds Live. It was announced in advance that Aoki would be playing but there was also an unannounced special guest. We got to chill on the floor of Terminal 5 for a little, got the best spot in the house for the show because we were the first ones let in. Before we knew it we were standing up front in a sea of older women. We soon learned that the special guest was Duran Duran. Aoki’s set wasn’t supposed to begin for another 30 minutes and I couldn’t take much more of the close contact with some of these women so we moved to the back. It was at this time that fans for Steve Aoki began to arrive, and we were able to let out a sigh of relief.
Aoki’s set began early around 9:00. He opened up laying down a steady beat and mixing on the spot, like a live DJ should. I was immediately impressed and quick to vibe with him even though I was sober. Then he moved into his most popular tracks as the set progressed, playing all the jams since he only was supposed to play an hour set. I loved everything about his set, the cake, the water, the champagne, the inflatable boat, and his overall stage presence. A DJ can have a stage presence, something that most do not have aside from their visuals. Steve Aoki parties with the crowd and puts on a show like no other DJ I have seen before. His roots lie in Hardcore so he just wants to bang his head, crowd surf, and cause a riot. Aoki posesses all the qualities a crowd will feed on for any type of concert. At the end of the show Duran Duran came out and played a new mashup with Aoki. It’s an interesting collaboration that was brought together by the people at Trident.
With that being said Steve Aoki is one of those DJs that I would be willing to pay to see live again. Even though I know how silly it is, it’s still fun. He creates a live experience unlike any other DJ I’ve seen while still playing the pre-recorded hits that his fans want to hear. The biggest thing that I took away from this show was that Aoki is a wild showman looking to leave a lasting impression on as many people as possible. As we walked out of the show I turned to Mike and said, “Steve Aoki is the man”. He throws cakes at people in the crowd, pours bottles on bottles of champagne and water, rides an inflatable boat on a sea of screaming fans, and even lets his fans take the boat out for a quick trip. He left his booth numerous times throughout the course of his set to jump with the crowd and rage. Today he posted about his rider on his blog, only further strengthening my thoughts on his manhood.
The post includes photos of his actual rider and his explanation for all the items on it. To read the full blog post go here.
Aoki posted a new track on his SoundCloud yesterday.
Along with this sweet remix about a month ago, which we were lucky enough to see him press play for us LIVE! But seriously, if you’re into this kind of Heavy / Hardcore House / Almost dubstep at times, but not really stuff, then you should enjoy this track.
Here’s Calvin Harris’s take on Spectrum by Florence + The Machine. He sped things up, added a couple catchy chords, and a drum kit for the rhythm and that’s the only difference I hear. I’m a firm believer in the idea that less is more. So keep it simple, stupid.
Here’s the original version.
Here’s another healthy serving of House and I couldn’t think of a better way to start a mini set than with another killer remix from Quintino. The dude is straight killing it.
Props: Chubby Beavers
Spencer and Hill – Surrender (Quintino Remix)
David Puentez – Oslo (Are You Ready) (Original Mix)
Angel Stoxx – Something To Remember (Lexvaz & JJ Mullor Remix)
Joris Voorn – Goodbye Fly (Original Mix)
This song isn’t nearly everything that I expected from a collaboration like this. I expected an anthem from this crew. At least it goes hard though…I guess. Maybe they’re going to add vocals? I don’t know, I hope so.
Okay, so I’m finally home from college for the summer and what a crazy year it has been, but that’s besides the point. I finally have a minute to bring you a post on Zack Edward, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while now. Zack Edward is an up and coming DJ based out of New York City originally from the 201 that specializes in putting together mashups of the best House songs. He broke out on the scene with his “Fix Your Million Voices” mashup played by Thomas Gold played for quite some time. In case you missed it you can listen below.
Check out his most recent mashup that just dropped a couple days ago.
Apogee Atom (Zack Edward & Rob Puls Festival Edit)
Head over to the Mix page to hear more…
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