WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: At the ripe age of 29, Alain “A-trak” Macklovitch has accomplished more than most musicians do in a lifetime. Coming from a musically inclined family, (His older brother Dave is the front-man of Chromeo), A-trak busted onto the scene at 15 years old, winning DMC (It’s essentially the Super-Bowl of DJ-scratching) at age 15, 16, and 17, until he was no longer allowed to compete. In 2004, at the age of 21, A-trak became Kanye West’s tour DJ. Pretty sweet gig for a 21 year-old. He went on to begin producing bangers, and founded his own record label, Fools Gold Records, in 2007.In 2009, A-trak formed the DJ/Production tandem “Duck Sauce” with Armand Van Helden, and has since achieved enormous commercial success with the duo’s major single “Barbra Streisand”. In summary: he’s the shit.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Expect to be rocked. Expect an expertly-crafted set, with unparalleled turntablism, dope scratching over hip-hop beats, electro-house bangers, and some funky disco-house. Generally, professional electro-house DJs are seen as pussies if they still have lap-tops/Serato. A-trak is the only one who can get away with it because his scratching is so filthy. I mean, the guy is still rocking the Technic 1200’s and in the age of CDJ’s that speaks to his artistry. On top of that, the event is being shot by my good friend, Kirill, who happens to be the most sought-after party photographer in the world right now. Check out Kirill’s website HERE.
1) Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)-Yeah Yeah Yeahs ***FUEGO***
If you haven’t heard this you’ve been living under a rock for the past year. Either that or you are playing waaaay too much World of Warcraft.
2)Anyway-Duck Sauce ***DISCO FUEGS***
Barbra Streisand was the first Duck Sauce release to receive major commercial success, but this stands in my mind as the best production that the duo has concocted thus far.
3)Indestructable (A-Trak Remix)-Robyn
Right when I thought Laidback Luke’s remix would be the only one I would ever play, A-trak hits me with the violin concerto and driving 80’s-inspired bass-line.
4)What You Need (A-Trak Remix)-Tiga
Tiga may be the best producer to lend his own vocals to his productions with the exception of Calvin Harris. His sex-charged voice is perfectly complimented by A-trak’s dreamy synth progression and percussions at the chorus.
Think you’ve seen somebody scratch? Prepare to have your mind blown.
First, the routine that won him DMC
Second, A-Trak butchering it @ Fat Beats
So, look, let me get to the point…Pretty much you’d be an idiot not to go. Ya dig?
When Chuckie announced that DDDV4 was getting delayed until Mid-May, Gregori Klosman knew that his most avid fans would be somewhat upset. Rather than brushing off their ire, Klosman pulled a stand-up move, and released his highly anticipated bootleg pack. Below is my favorite track of the 5-song release. grab the whole pack by clicking HERE.
1) American French Meichine (Gregori Klosman Bootleg)-Dirty South & Sebastian Ingrosso vs. AMF *Hot*
Right when I’m about to write an interview question asking Gregori how he escapes falling into the typical Disco sound of most French producers, he bangs this release out. It’s really fresh though. I’ve now heard heard amazing Dutch-House, Disco-House, and Tech-House from Klosman. What’s next? Trance? I guess only time will tell.
Brought to my attention by my friend Maura,
This video is an interesting satire of the drug culture which has indelibly permeated the dance music scene.
What I extrapolated from the video was that we must constantly remember that Dance Music is really meant to be enjoyed as the art form that it is. It seems that as it has risen to mainstream prominence, many newbies and scenesters have relegated themselves to doing drugs at every concert rather than allowing themselves to be capable of appreciating this unique expression of sound.
It’s tragic, and in many ways this video stands as a subtle metaphor to remind us of that. I’m left rather perplexed by the meaning of the final frames. Give it a look, and if you have an opinion, feel free to share below.
You can find him killing it on the Beatport Progressive Charts with his “Barbra Streisand”-inspired proggy epic, “Stars on 45”, a blatant rip-off of the Global Deejays track from 6 years ago, but this new guy dropped on Pete Tong’s Essential Selection last week and it’s a doozy.
1) New Day (Original Mix)-Olav Basoski
I know this is an old track, but I SND’d remixes for it the other day and I found this guy. Heavy Duty.
1)I Think I Like It (Original Mix)-Fake Blood ***FUEGO***
Disco-House at its finest.
2)I Think I Like It (Artistic Raw Dirty House Bootleg)-Fake Blood ***FUEGO***
Are you a fan of Dirty Dutch drops that just come out of nowhere and splatter your brains all over the dancefloor? You’re gonna like this one.
1)Don’t Hurt Love (Original Mix)-Steed Lord
Steed lord is taking over the game right now. His “If We Try” Remix was fuegs, but apparently he can kill it in the Disco Housesphere also.
It’s snowing face outside, so take these hot fuzzy danks.
1)Nights (Nadastrom Remix)-Pase Rock
Sick track from last month’s Wolfgang Gartner Essential Mix.
Throwback: I Want Your Soul (Original Mix)-Armand Van Helden ***Dumb Hot***
I’ve always known this track but never the name of it, until today. I bet one of you will have the same epiphany today.