Category Archives: Progressive House

Laidback Luke

Lucas Cornelis Van Scheppingen was born in the year of 1976 at the location of Manila, Philippines. Growing up in the Netherlands this Dutch DJ goes by the alias Laidback Luke!  He first made his claim to fame as a graffiti artist and tried his hand at operating his own brand of protein and weight gain products “iBeefer” before taking his skills to the turn tables.  Voted #46 for DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ’s for the year 2008, #27 in the year 2009, #17 in 2010, and #20 in 2011.  He has worked with many big artists including the Swedish House Mafia and has been playing at all the large festivals around the world!  He is definitely one of my favorite artists, mostly because he’s dutch and he kicks ass!  I can’t even count how many times I have listened to his 2011 EDC Vegas set, so filthy!  I unfortunately missed him this year at EDC Vegas, as he was up there on my list.  He had a conflict with Camo & Krooked‘s set which I had to get to early for front row, absolutely no regrets there.  I will absolutely see him next chance I get!  Alright, so I have quite the predicament here with way too many songs that I love from this man and I’m just going to say F*** it and throw them all up.  Main reason being because my suit is tight, very tight!

First up is LaidBack Luke‘s  remix of Dragonette‘s “Let It Go” an awesome remix bringing in a banging beat to go along with Dragonette’s great vocals!

Cambodia” is a free track Laidback Luke dropped for a 300,000 twitter follower mark.  This song has a nasty, glitchy beat that I find quite unique, making this free track a must listen!  Even though he doesn’t list it, this is a remix of Kim Wilde‘s “Cambodia” as he throws in a sample of her original in here.

His remix of Savoy featuring Heather Bright We Are The Sun” is a quality remix, re-hashing the base beat with a little nasty piano and later dropping some subtle dutch sirens.  Don’t worry not those crazy sirens.

Laidback Luke‘s remix of Benny Benassi‘s “Cinema”  has a little bit of a rough intro for the first 40 secs, but stay patient this one gets dirty!  Funny thing here is my dumbass didn’t realize Cinema was Benny’s song. I always thought it was Skrillex‘s, as he has a ferocious remix of it.  Don’t know how I missed that as Benny is an all-time favorite of mine.

His remix of Anjulie‘s “Brand New” is an amazing remix and hails as one of my favorite’s.  The beat goes so very well with those vocals and he makes a straight banger out of this one!

Laidback Luke‘s Edit on Avesta & B Valley’s Dutchano” is filthy, starting off really slow, this song builds and drops into a ferocious beat!

Oh wait there’s more, some of his best work still awaits in these hilarious music videos!  Laidback Luke featuring John MendelsohnTimebomb” is a great song in a ghetto music video depicting a roller derby pin ball game?? maybe? So random…

Another music video of Laidback Luke‘s featuring John MendelsohnTill Tonight” is straight dirty and is another favorite, I know I have a lot of favorites … Another low production video, this track doesn’t need any fancy visuals or screenplay to justify its worth!

The next video is a collaboration of Laidback Luke and epic trashbag / piggy backing bitch, AKA Steve Angello.  This is a remix of Robin S‘ “Show Me Love” an old hit she produced back in ’93! Another crappy music video, this song has been played all over and I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard it before. Gotta give Robin S a lot of credit on this one with her amazing pipes and her original song!

Last Video, congrats if you made it this far, lol.  I know you’ve heard this one! Laidback Luke‘s collaboration with the Swedish House Mafia (Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello) featuring Deborah Cox Leave the World Behind” is a grade A production and is truly an amazing song!  This video is the best music video of the bunch, showing some great clips of SHM‘s travels and shows.

Longest post ever >.<

BarneyFranklin

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Moguai

After a very stressful day, I proceeded to drink one too many and rant about work…. this led to a bit of a rough morning…. which led to a red bull and some progressive trance….. and this led to one of the best: Moguai. One of Mau5trap’s first pickups, the German has a sound that fits perfectly with the label. Mpire is an epic track, and progressively adds layer upon layer of baller synth work.  The album with the same title has a TON of nice songs, i’ll include a great mini-mix of the album at the very bottom. A collaboration with Tommy Trash called InNOut is a highlight, and Mr. Trash has a club rework that is worth including. It is a banger in true Barney Franklin style. Thirdly, I have to give big ups to the ANTHEM he produced with Fatboy Slim; Ya Mama is an EPIC track, and you’ll recognize it immediately. Short post. Busy Day. Enjoy the trance….. also his BBC essential mix is uhhhhhmazzzzzzzing. Just sayin’ 🙂

Enjoy!

-Ames.

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Zedd

Anton Zaslavski from Kaiserlautern, Germany is an electronic dance music producer and DJ known as Zedd.   Anton was born from two musicians and is also a classically trained musician himself.  He began playing the piano and drums at the age of four.  In 2002 he began playing for the German band, Dioramic, signed by Lifeforce Records.  However, this did not last as Anton’s interest in producing electronic music was sparked after hearing ‘Cross‘ by French electronic duo Justice.   He then began producing electronic music in 2009.  Zedd definitely has a very unique sound as he loves to throw in some random ass sound clips, I had a song I loved until I heard a “burp” in the drop and had to bail on it lol.  He typically rocks the electro house genre, but as of late has been dabbling in some progressive house and dubstep.  I was going to see him in San Diego this weekend during my vaca, but ended up missing it due to some epic swimming with the dolphins and some pro lounging.  Don’t get me wrong I would have loved to see him, it just wasn’t happening that sunday night.  Zedd‘s remix of Diddy‘s “Dirty Money – Ass on the Floor” is one of my favorite songs of his bringing out some epic electro house flare with some filthy vocals.  His original “Dovregubben” is a fun track with a sample from a very famous orchestra song mixed cleanly into the techno and synthesized throughout.  Another original “Spectrum” featuring Matthew Koma, is a progressive house song of his that kills it, bringing a little more pop to that electro sound.  Zedd‘s remix of FLX‘s “I Feel Untouched” has a quite unique drum beat with some great vocals coming together for a complete song.  The last song is a Datsik remix of Zedd’s “Stars Come Out”, epic vocals with a nasty dub drop, bringing some heat to the original.

BarneyFranklin

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