Summer is upon us, and with it comes an abundance of time for extended music-listening sessions. Be it laying down on the beach, commuting to an exotic weekend locale, relaxing, or partying, add these 4 mixes, each unique and spectacular in their own regard, to your summer rotation.
The first two come from to personal friends of mine. The second two come from remarkable up-and-coming European producers.
1)Not To Be Mistaken for Vodka-EEKO
EEKO, DJ and Dancing Astronaut extraordinaire, absolutely brings it with this mix. Put this on at your pregame or party and have every single demographic pleased. He opens with the tongue-in-cheek pop banger, and proceeds to demolish it with a plethora of dutch, progressive, and electro-house masterpieces. Perhaps the most impressive part, besides the inclusion of some of his own bootlegs, are the incredibly seamless transitions that keep the mix flowing smoother than a Vodka Tonic with lime. Follow EEKO on Twitter and hit him up on his Facebook to give him props.
2) May 2011 Promo Mix-Jay Costa
After hearing this mix I had to pause and ask myself if Jay Costa is half-Swedish. Heritage notwithstanding, Costa brings it with a slew of massive tracks that would sound right at home within the set of an Ultra Main-Stage Headliner. This mix should be called Big Tunes 101. Cue this up at the peak hour of your party and watch people go HAM. I shit you not I’ve listened to if 4 times already and every time I like it more and more. Hit Jay up on his Twitter or his Facebook and show love for blessing your ears with this bad-boy.
3) Tony Senghore DJ Mix 16-Tony Senghore
Is Hard Electro more of your thing? You’re going to love this one then. Tony Senghore, who happens to hail from, funny enough, Sweden, Attacks the mix with reckless abandon, and dark sounds aplenty. This is for that blackout, sweaty, party when things start getting really weird and you need a mix that thoroughly represents how schwasted everyone is.
4) TrailerTrash 7th Birthday Mix-Gesaffelstein (Mediafire Link)
Gesaffelstein’s sound makes Tony Senghore’s sound seem as dark as an albino. An eerily beautiful 36 minute symphony of Techno, Acid-House, and Electro awaits you upon playing this mix. Listen at your own risk.
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