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A-Trak

End of an Era


It’s finals week. The Dover-Sole (White Hat) leaves tomorrow. The guys are being disbanded in Madison, and it may be a while before everyone is reunited in Madtown again. What a great way, then, to end what has been an epic year, with A-Trak performing at the Majestic Theatre last night. The show? Epic. The afterparty? Even more absurd. Oh and for the record A-trak is hands down the best hang of all these industry cats I’ve had the privilege of meeting thus far.

Here are two of my favorite tracks that A-trak dropped last night.

1) Variations (Original Mix)-Gesaffelstein ***FUEGO***

During the pre-game A-trak and I started talking about electro-house ish and I asked him who was the biggest up-and-coming producer to watch for in 2011. Without batting an eye he said Gesaffelstein. Later that night, he dropped Variations, which was a track I had a hard time finding an ID for during Boris Dlugosch’s January Mix. It’s a heavy track though. One of my goals this year is going to be to put as many people onto Gesaffelstein as possible.

2)The Joker (Original Mix)-Felix Cartal ***FUEGO***

One of the best moments during the show, was the transitioning from Heads will Roll (A-Trak Remix) into The Moment (Steve Angello Edit) and then into this track which I had never heard before. I immediately asked him after the show to ID it for me. I was pretty shocked when he told me it was Felix because I found it to be a diversion from Felix’s normal sound, but if this is the direction that his sound is headed in, I dig it.

BONUS: In celebration of the end of this era, an era which will probably be lost in my memory due to excessive Grey Goose/4Loko consumption, here is an electro-house symphony with a rather appropriate title.

Bonus Track: A Lost Era (Original Mix)-Gesaffelstein


Concert Preview: A-Trak @ The Majestic TOMORROW


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.

REQUIRED LISTENING: 

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.

REQUIRED VIEWING: 

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?

-2%



Trizzy Turnt Up

When Shepherd Fairey designs your promo flyer, you know you’ve made it.

If you guys aren’t familiar, Fairey is behind the street brand OBEY and is also       responsible  for the catchy Obama “Hope” campaign posters that surfaced in 08′

Check out more of the homie’s art or cop some gear here

1) Trizzy Turnt Up – A-Trak

This far from my typical cup of tea, but there’s something catchy about it that I’m liking.   A-Trak strays away from his norm with this track, that results in a silly mish-mash of electro and hip-hop that makes me wanna get my hyphy dance on.

(Click here to download)


Tiga/A-Trak

1) What You Need (A-Trak Remix)-Tiga

I love Tiga. I think homie is an amazing DJ, as well as a phenomenal producer. If I had one qualm with Tiga’s production, is was that sometimes it is just too mellow. He brings such an amazing intensity to his DJ sets, yet it seems to be missing sometimes from his original records. That is not to say that his work isn’t brilliant, because much of it is…But when you take another D2D favorite like A-Trak, and task him with remixing Tiga’s work, you come up with a beautiful product. This is said product, available for your listening pleasure.

(click here to download)

-2PercentMulq


Allow me to introduce myself

Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve got another music junkie on board reppin’ Madtown. I hope to deliver magic to your ears and will be posting mostly electronic music ranging anywhere from progressive house to indie/alternative electro, along with some occasional music news.

View of South Beach from Fountainbleau where much of the action took place

To start off…every year at the end of March electronic music lovers, industry professionals and international DJs convene at what is known as Winter Music Conference (WMC) in Miami. Not surprisingly, this year’s was nothing short of spectacular. House Music. Beaches. Beautiful Women. Booze. Pool Parties. What could go wrong with that combo?

Aoki drops a super nasty, unreleased track drops at 3:25

It started the moment we got there …By day, The HARD pool party featuring Boyz Noise, Busy P and Skeet Skeet among others and the Size Records (Steve Angello’s Label) party featuring the man himself, Afrojack, AN21 and Max Vangelli with a special apperance by Axwell. And by night, A Tribute to the late DJ AM @ LIV featuring too many bottles to count, A Trak and Travis Barker in tandem, and a set by Steve Aoki in which he sprayed champagne all over the crowd and some guy by the name of Lil Jon was his hype man (Big ups to mattysterling and djryanskolnick who were also in attendance.) Yeah, and this was all before ULTRA, the massive 2-day music festival that WMC culminates in, even began.

Here are just a few of the tracks that I can’t get out of my head from WMC:

1) Swedish Beauty (Original Mix) – Max Vangeli & AN21

If you haven’t heard of these young gunners after their amazing “Starry Eyed” Remix (click here to download) and their hit track “Gama”, I don’t know where you’ve been. Max Vangeli, a young DJ from San Francisco has teamed up with Steve Angello’s little bro, AN21, to make some fire. They’ve received support and airplay from just about every big DJ in the game including the likes of Tiesto and Swedish House Mafia. This track released on Sebastian Ingrosso’s Refune Records was undoubtedly one of the anthems of this year’s WMC and got partygoers on their toes every time it was dropped. Expect more good things to come from these guys.

(Click here to download)

Bonus: Swedish Beauty’s Diamond Life (Sam Ross Bootleg) – Max Vangeli, AN21 & Julie McKnight

This remix of “Swedish Beauty” combines two gems and really brings me back to Miami. The vocals add another dimension to this already seamless track.

(click here to download)

2) RYMD 2010 (Original Mix) – Pryda

Eric Prydz, otherwise known under the aliases Pryda or Cirez D, is a mastermind of progressive house with his complex techny grooves. With a fear of flying, he only makes a trek to the U.S. once a year for WMC, and for those that get to see him live, it’s really a privilege. Here’s his new single that he released for WMC this year and dropped at Ultra on Day 1.

(click here to download)

3) Hey Hey  (Fashion Victim Remix) – Dennis Ferrer

I heard youuuu say…the chorus of this melodic track is one that sticks with you. It wasn’t too shabby dancing into the morning and watching the sun rise listening to this jam.

(click here to download)

4) Yin For The Kill (Dave Spoon Bootleg) – La Roux vs. Wolfgang Gartner

I was fullheartedly impressed, as were other partygoers, when a female opening DJ I doubt any of us had ever heard of dropped this bomb at a WMC closing night party featuring my boy DJ S.Co.  The pairing of La Roux, an indie electro queen, and Wolfgang Gartner, one of the leaders of the new electro sound, speak for themselves.

(click here to download)

Got more fire coming for you guys coming soon!

-jmarkeez


For those still at Ultrafest

Here are two songs that you would probably have heard.

1) Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)- Sebastian Tellier

I love A-Trak. Duck Sauce is that fire, and his other remixes, the best one being the infamous “Heads Will Roll” remix, are fire. The man is also the youngest DMC winner ever. AAAAND his “Robot Rock” routine is unreal in terms of scratching technique. I was going to post the link to that routine, but it is too freakin good, so I’m just going to post it because you need to hear it.

Where was I? oh yeah. download this shit.

(click here to download) (D2D Highly Reccomends)

2) 8000 (John Roman Lost Tourist Dub)-Proxy

Proxy is finally doing a US tour. this song has been around for some time, the original that is, and the Tiga remix was my favorite remix, until I heard this bad boy yesterday. A celebratory release as part of Proxy’s tour announcement, this shit goes HARDDDDD.

(click here to download)

-2PercentMulq