House Music, It's La Cosa Nostra

Afrojack

Prutataaa

As usual, Kopedale always on the scene first. I’ve got mad love for his blogging grind lately; I mean, the homie basically discovered Mord Fustang. Now, everyone’s on Mord’s diddick, and yet Kopedale just sits there with this smug “I told you so.” grin on his face on his face. What a guy. Prutataaa.

1)Prutataaa (Original Mix)-Afrojack feat. DJ R3hab ***FUEGO***

R3hab reminds me of a young Afrojack, which is good, because maybe he’s exactly what ‘Jack needed to get back to being his normal, jovial, beat-dropping self, instead of dropping weird awful tracks like Amanda and Doin’ It Right.

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Rebound


When I hear “Doin’ It Right” I think of one word, “Disappointing”. I was just not impressed with Afrojack’s most recent release. There was the obvious fanfare because his name has become synonymous with quality Dutch House, but I just wasn’t feeling it.

I began to fear that Jack was entering a downward spiral. Then I heard Selecta, and my fears were immediately quelled as if the 6’8″ Dutch giant had stepped on them with his massive size 13 boot.

1)Selecta (Original Mix)-Afrojack & Quintino **Dumb Hot**

Catchy vocal sampling, infectious bounce, and the trademark heavy-side-chained  Afrojack synths make this a keeper.

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Doing it Right

New Afrojack isn’t his best, but it still merits posting.

1)Doing It Right (Original Mix)-Afrojack

It’s a big track, don’t get me wrong, it just seems too busy at times.

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Barcelona gets a taste of Afro’s CRACK

Afrojack=Winner. I can’t even begin to explain the mega achieved at Club Opium Mar last Thursday night in Barcelona. Afrojack is an absolute legend. What was supposed to be a typical walk in the park, hour and half performance, turned into an EPIC FOUR HOUR culmination of classic Dutch House bangers, Dirty top 40 remixes, and multiple unreleased tracks. From 2:30-6:30 A.M. AfroCRACK absolutely murdered the Opium Mar club in Barcelona. Club promoters angrily tried to wrap up his set, and Afrojack wasn’t having it. Every time they signaled him to cut, he continued to drop filthy beats and PUNISH bottles of grey goose.

At one point he took a 15 second pull and nearly ate shit on stage. Quote: “That was supposed to be my last track but every time I see this bottle (holding grey goose) it keeps saying Nicki Nicki Drink Me Drink Me” After announcing nearly 10 or 15 “last songs,” the be all, end all moment for me was this quote when cutting all the music before the beat drop for BangDuck: “Hold on Hold on, Fuck something is wrong with the mixer…. Oh wait i forgot, its just Afrojack [beat drop].” You have to respect the producers like Afrojack that crush out 4 hour sets, engage the crowd and appreciate positive fan reviews, getting fucked up and having a good time. So much more rewarding than the Deadmau5es who could give a shit less, throwing on the same set every time they perform. Afrojack went up in my book (which I assure you is a hard feat) and I suggest you scope these unreal videos posted below. Literally one of the hardest tasks for me was just picking which of the 16 videos I took were post worthy. I tried to capture an eclectic blend of the set with a few new tracks. Enjoy…

Wow. Can’t say I’m an avid fan of Rihanna but I melted when I heard this remix. Chron.

New track Afrojack throws in after his “Milli” drop. Adds a funky electro sound to Pacha on Acid. Got mad close for the 2nd of the 2 videos. Vicious track, get ready for the race.

Afro drops this All of the Lights Remix at about 6 A.M. Got close for this one as well. Really sick video… engaging the crowd and doing his thing on the mixer.

CRUSHINNNNNG MEGA. Getting the club rowdy from the get go.

One Two…Woop Woop (note he drops the Bloody Beetroots one cuz he knows what’s up)

Drops Smells Like Teen Spirit at nearly 6:30, right before the club put the lights on. What a legend.

#1) Who’s That Chick (Afrojack Remix) – Rihanna & David Guetta

Just another day at the office. Doing what I can to share these unreal experiences. One of the best live sets I’ve had the fortune to witness.

DP-CRACK…


Approach With Caution: Dutch House Bangers

3 new essential Dutch bangers that come with Club Epic track warnings – play these at appropriate times. This ain’t chill music – Scope em!

1) Hey Sexy Lady (Afrojack Remix) – iSquare

Afrojack kills it again with his long awaited Steve Angello-produced iSquare’s remix of Hey Sexy Lady. Definition of a Dutch House banger. FIRE.

2) One More Time in Miami Bitch (Pristine Blusters Mashup) – Daft Punk vs. DJ Chuckie

When I was shown just the name of this mashup, I almost melted. You get what you get with this one – banging of Chuckie’s  classic Dutch house music, mixed with potentially the most successful electronic track of all time. This is, in a word… CRACK

3) Outta Your Mind (Sidney Samson Remix) – Lil Jon

Sidney Samson crushes out another Afrojack influenced remix. Wild drop. Super electro. Super CHRONZ.

DP-CRACK….


Afrojack Odyssey

Allow me to regale you with tales of an Afrojack filled week.

First, tunes, courtesy of TheFreshBeat.com , formerly TheHouseDepot.net, who two years ago, had the privilege of getting Afrojack to do an exclusive mix for their blog. Vintage 2008 Afrojack at its finest.

1)ChopShopMix-Afrojack

Now, about my Odyssey.

Chapter 1: AFROJACK TAKES OVER CONTROL OF HYDE

It all started in Los Angeles, at the tony, exclusive Hyde Lounge, Where Logan L1ght and I were behind the 1’s and two’s for 1 ❤ House Thursdays. Then, this happens.

Afrojack takes over control of my set.

Then, this happens.

Afrojack turns the party out.

A video from that splendid, blackout event.

CHAPTER 2: AFROJACK DEMOLISHES PACHA NYC

As I walk into Pacha for Afrojack perhaps the most startling thing was the amount of friends I bumped into immediately. It was like a reunion, under the premise of the dance party. A few things need to be noted.

1. Tip of the cap to whoever was in charge of lighting that night. Much better lighting job than Laidback Luke the following night. His strobes increased in power and velocity with every swelling sweep, and at the drop, the whole place would go bananas. evidence of the aforementioned can be found here:

Apparently, Afrojack liked the video too.

Not enough can be said about the energy that was coursing through the entire venue that evening. Even Afrojack seemed to be surprised by the energy, but, the consummate professional that he is, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the frenzied Pacha zealots, he fed off of them.

The night climaxed with an epic unreleased extended edit of Jack’s Watcha Say. To me, it was the perfect ending to the young DJ/Producer’s debut at Pacha. His alarming ascension up the ranks of DJ supremacy is unprecedented. In many ways, His Pacha NYC show symbolized the culmination of the first Chapter of his career, and his set reflected that, a celebration of his accomplishments, attended by his most loyal and avid New York supporters.

Amazing Pictures courtesy of Oliver Correa @HiFiCartel.com

Download all the pics here.

and, my personal favorite

EPIC!

Thanks to Bobby and the rest of the SBE LA team,

Charlotte, and everyone at Pacha NYC who made it possible.

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Look at Me Now

You won’t see any of the three guys above on Big10 very much,

But when their tracks are getting produced by Afrojack and Diplo, that’s reason enough.

1)Look at Me Now (Prod. by Afrojack & Diplo)-Chris Brown, Bustah Rhymes & Lil Wayne

Futher proof of the gap between hip-hop and house being bridged. Wayne has some clever rhymes but Bustah bodies the track.