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Big B10 News/Developments


NEWS: The ineptitude of Boxstr.net’s support team has forced my hand, and in order to provide you with the highest quality blog experience, I’ll be switching platforms to WordPress.org.

THE PROS: A more clean, succinct, B10 experience, the return of streaming previews, enhanced synchronicity between Facebook and Twitter, all old posts will remain available and intact, a new interface, and some visual flare.

THE CONS: There may be a downtime of one or two days while I get the new site up and running.

These changes should come into effect sometime next week. Will keep you posted. All downloads will be Mediafire Links in the meantime. Here are two tracks that fall on opposite ends of the house spectrum…

1)Back To Life (Abel Ramos & Miss Melody Remix)-S1dechain **Dumb Hot**

The First: A massive track that encompasses elements of tech-house, progressive house, and trance, in a succinct package made to crush dance-floors at the end of the night.

2) LFOs Attack (Original Mix)-TJR **Dumb Hot**

The Second: a spacey, wobbly, ravetacular electro-house masterpiece with so much bounce to it that you may start bopping your head uncontrollably. Do not be alarmed, it only means that your aural cavities are still in tune with your motor functions.

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Hard-Hitting New Tunes from BasJackers & Apster

Amazing new tunes from Apster & Basjackers, released courtesy of Wall Records, and brought to you by my peer AJ, whose blog is undergoing a serious facelift, and should be coming in the near future.

In other Big10 news, Boxstr.net is still fucking up, so Mediafire it is. Really going to work on a solution by Friday.

1)Brougham (Original Mix)-Apster & BasJackers ***FUEGO***

Dark, Banging Electro-House. A must-download. This track hits hard.

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Tunes Keep Comin’


Boxstr is still malfunctioning but I’m not going to stop delivering the fire. You’ll just have to take my word for it that this is a good track since the preview is disabled.

1)Down South Wobble (Original Mix)-Reepr ***Mediafire Link***

Reepr never disappoints with the heavy bangers.

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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?

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Autoerotique plants himself firmly on the map


Those of you who were in attendance for Steve Aoki @ The Orpheum Theatre may have witnessed Autoerotique spin and never even realized it. His original productions have been incredibly on point though recently, and merit close attention.

1) Freak (Original Mix)-Autoerotique **Dumb Hot**

I always find it intriguing when EDM sub-genres become tangled together in a single production. It’s bound to happen when every record is in the 126-132 range. When it works brilliantly though, it’s really something to behold. In this track, Autoerotique’s first drop is dark and techy. The second drop busts out some hard electro-synths more in the vein of his sound. Super-tight. As Andre 3000 says, “It all blends perfectly”.

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Play N’ Stop


5 years from now when Nicky Romero is headlining the Ultra Main Stage, just remember who put you on the game. It’s happening. the 21 year old dutchman has displayed so much versatility with his production, his remix of “Flash” is getting played by everyone from Axwell to Fedde, and Wolfgang Gartner is even opening up his tour set with the banger.

1) Play N’ Stop (Original Mix)-Nicky Romero ***FUEGO***

This record is such a remarkable diversion from anything we’ve heard from Nicky. It’s the embodiment of the Pacha Ibiza Dance Music sound which dominated the late 90’s and early 2000’s. It’s the modern incarnation of Chicago House, and if Nicky can transition from drumline-riddled Dutch Bangers to something like this with such effortlessness, it’s scary what he’s going to do to Dance Music in the future. Stay tuned.

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