We hope you didn’t miss the latest release on Discobelle Records, the summer smash “Gone” from Northern Sweden duo Caotico, a massive track that leans on a heavy, pulsating UK garage sounding beat interspersed with robotic vocals a la Daft Punk turning this into a dancefloor bomb.
The release is backed up by smashing remixes courtesy of Sweden’s newest house hope Franskild and Toronto techno heroes in RYME.
BONUS: Peep the video too which was premiered by our friends over at Gotta Dance Dirty.
Aussie duo Playmode and our good friends at Gotta Dance Dirty have come together to present a deep and melodic remix of FKA Twigs’ “2 Weeks”. Available as a free download via GDD’s Soundcloud, Playmode’s edit is a club ready tune perfect for fans of Jonas Rathsman, Gorgon City, and Watermat.
New Jersey born and bred DJ Sliink first came on my radar by chance last year. While perusing Soundcloud as I do, I stumbled across his remix of Grimes “Oblivion” and that was that. At the time, I also happened to be collecting tracks for a Dirt collaboration with our friends at Gotta Dance Dirty and knew that I had to include this remix. If you read the post over at GDD, you’ll see my comments on the remix are pretty straightforward: “D.O.P.E. No seriously.” So when I had the chance to interview Sliink of course I jumped on opportunity. In my chat with DJ Sliink, I ask him about the New Jersey music scene, how he got started and most importantly, his feelings on the new Kanye album. This of course is all leading up to his performance at DC’s Trillectro Festival happening on 8/17 and yes, you should definitely come.
Nancy: So thoughts on the new Kanye, Jay-Z and Daft Punk records? Be totally honest here.
DJ Sliink: My thoughts on the new Kanye album – I actually like it . I didn’t expect it to be that dark. Jay-Z’s album is amazing and he showed why he is a OG. Get Lucky I could see myself remixing that on one on one of my off days.
Nancy: I feel like you came up pretty quickly but I know that’s never how things really are. I remember first hearing about you when I featured a remix you did back in October of 2012 in a Dirt collaboration with Arod at Gotta Dance Dirty. Can you tell me about how you got started?
DJ Sliink: Growing up I started off producing Jersey club music for years. I was always one of the dope young dudes. I actually started a production team called ” New Breed” and it was full of dope young dudes. I always had leadership type tendencies and wanted to look out for people. My big break was actually when I met Dirty South Joe and he had some remix work for me. I did a remix of the record ” I Think” on Pelican Fly. Down the line I met up with Joe’s good friends Sam and Jerome from Body High and from there I released my Vibrate EP with their label. Further down the line a group organically came together called “Cartel Music” consisting of some of my best friends. Coming up I’ve met so many great artist like MikeQ, Flosstradamus and Brenmar. We all colllabed on some pretty great music.
Nancy: How do you feel about mashups and bootleg tracks? Do you think that’s still a viable way to get started as an artist?
DJ Sliink: I’m very big on remixing and mashups. Sometimes as a artist you might want to rework a song the way you like. I believe your audience can really get a piece of your personality and style by the way you remix something. Remixing and mashups can give you great input on your original work as well.
Nancy: What’s the music scene in NJ like if you could describe it?
DJ Sliink: The music scene in NJ is so great! Many states have a lot of culture but I think Jersey nails it to the bottom. Jersey feeds off of Jersey club, basically it’s an offshoot of Baltimore club ranging from 130 to 135 bpm. Right now the scene is pretty cool and they make a lot of videos to the music that’s made. The videos give the audience a better insight on the music.
Nancy: What do you think of the current state of the music industry and music promotion?
DJ Sliink: I love the current state of music and promotion. Promotion wise I think Coundcloud is a label running itself. It’s a great outlet for new artists to breakout and show the world their talent. Most of the time all an artist really needs is that good look. The way music is going now is great; it’s kind of like “do what you want”. Making music without any rules is an amazing thing.
Nancy: What do you hope your music conveys to people?
DJ Sliink: I just want my music to make people happy; I want my music to take them to a great state of mind. People might be having a bad day and might hear my music and it puts them in a better place. I also just want them to turn up and get ready for my next show!
Nancy: Last year you released your Vibrate EP and also recently released a trap collaboration with Flosstradamus. What else is coming up for you?
DJ Sliink: I’ve been working on my next solo EP. They say your first EP is important but the follow up is really a big deal. I’ve just been working hard to feed my audience music on another level. I’ve also been working on collaborations with Brenmar and MikeQ so stay tuned!
If there’s anyone that’s on top of the best new tracks it’s our dude aRod over at Gotta Dance Dirty. He’s put a nice mix together to welcome spring though it still doesn’t feel quite like it here in New York. aRod’s SpringGlo Mix is 15 tracks that are luscious like creamy milk chocolate. Very sweet.
Our dude aRod of the Gotta Dance Dirty crew is out with his 2012 FallGaze Mix featuring some of our favorites like Clancy, Van She, AlunaGeorge and more. aRod again proves why he and the rest of the GDD boys are music tastemakers. Take a listen and peep the tracklist below.
We’ve teamed up with our dudes at Gotta Dance Dirty for a very special edition of The Dirt and it has been nothing but a dream. GDD knows their electronic music and has been one of the go-to sites for the latest and greatest. They’ve also got a grassroots presence in almost every city across the country and are behind 75% of the parties up and down the West Coast. On top of that, they’ve got a pretty slick line of t-shirts and tanks. Really is there anything that they don’t do?
OK enough gushing and onto the good stuff – the dirt. GDD editor extraordinaire and myself have put together FOURTEEN certifiably fresh tracks for your listening pleasure. Number 86 is about to become your new favorite number because this week’s The Dirt is mega. Get it while it’s still hot.
Worship – Spiral End feat. Ricco Vitali (Freak You Remix)
On The Fruit Records’ label boss Freak You has remixed Worship’s “Spiral End.” The track is set to be released next month, but Holographic People has hooked us up with a free download for a limited time.
Van She – Jamaica (Unicorn Kid Remix)
Just when you thought things couldn’t get any dreamier, Scottish producer Unicorn Kid has remixed Van She’s single “Jamaica,” putting waves of ethereal synths over the original vocals. It’s still plenty tropically infused but Unicorn Kid has enlisted the help of his drum machine to kick up the dance floor readiness of the track.
How To Dress Well – Again (Janet Jackson Cover)
When I saw “Janet Jackson cover” and “How To Dress Well” next to each other, I had to push play and I was not disappointed, not one bit. Tom Krell strips the track down, using just a piano as the backing to his staggeringly beautiful falsetto. Tom’s rendition wholly encapsulates the vulnerability meant to be conveyed by the lyrics.
Saint Lou Lou – May Be You (LAUER Remix)
Steady as she goes with Lauer’s remix of twin sister duo Saint Lou Lou’s “Maybe You”. Lauer takes the duo’s dreamy debut single and turns it into a pulsating late night club tune.
Southern Shores – New Love
“New Love” is the first taste of Southern Shores’ second EP New World, out later this year via Cascine. “New Love” is the song that’s playing in the back of your head while you’re kicking up the sand and collecting seashells off a beachy coast. This is the quintessential summer jam you’ve been waiting for with its airy flutes and balmy vocals.
Grimes – Oblivion (Sliink Remix)
I really only have one word for this Grimes remix – D.O.P.E. No seriously.
P.S. This remix slays.
Icky Blossoms – Perfect Vision (Them Jeans Remix)
Production outfit Them Jeans does a great interpretation of Omaha trio Icky Blossom’s “Perfect Vision.” It doesn’t deviate too far from the original, which is a nice electro rock pop tune with The Jesus and Mary Chain vibes.
Bondax – Baby I Got That (Justin Martin’s Endless Summer Remix)
Bondax are paving the way for all that is fresh + new in music right now so who better to remix them than dirtybirdy Justin Martin? It’s a hot match that lives up to the hype as Justin Martin takes the bedroom vibes of the original and moves them directly to the dance floor.
Finnebassen – Monday
Another winner by red hot Finnebassen. I love the way he draws you in with his trademark deep, haunting intros, slowly brings in the vocals and then unleashes that big, dark groove. “Monday” is a remake of the 1994 R&B jam “Everyday of the Week” by Jade and is more of a slow burner than Finnebassen’s other tracks.
Capital Cities – Nothing Compres 2 U
Capital Cities do an amazing cover of this Prince-penned classic. Covers can be tricky but Capital Cities do a wonderful job capturing the passion of the song while adding in some contemporary indie-electro flair.
Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (Lonsdale Boys Club Remix)
Lonsdale Boys Club’s remix of Frank Ocean gives the original slow jammer some disco house vibes with a bassline reminiscent of GLOVES circa 2010. Top notch.
Falcon Punch – Whenever You Call Me
GDDâ„¢ amigo Avery Henderson, aka Falcon Punch’s new track “Whenever You Call Me” is a slow burning, dark tropical island masterpiece. Falcon Punch adds a feathery touch to the 1972 song “I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners and the result is five and a half minutes of pure silky smoothness.
Benedikt Hammer – Big Fella
If Tron had taken place in Scarface-era Miami then “Big Fella” by Benedikt Hammer would be the soundtrack. Killer future/retro disco vibes.
Bubblegum Sci Fi – Heartbeats for L.A.
Old GDD favorite and former Hype Machine slayer Bubblegum Sci Fi returns with a melodic bass track that features throbbing, sonic dubstep mixed in with soaring indie-electro vocals. Welcome back, Bubblegum Sci Fi.