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
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
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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.
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.
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.