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Showtek

Think “dubstep” is intense? Ever had an artist literally pound your head into the ground? Ever think you’d like it? While hardstyle is not prevalent here in the states, across the pond in places like the Netherlands it is wildly popular, and festivals such as Defqon.1 and Qlimax sell out their alloted 50K+ tickets in under an hour. I never really took the genre seriously until I saw Showtek play the closing set to the first ever EDC:LV. From 5am to 7am on that last day, I got a lesson in hardstyle. Boy did I ever learn, these guys rock. I insist that you have never truly been to a rave until you’ve been to a hardstyle event, they are out of this world crazy. It’s like what you thought techno raves were when you were young: A crazy carnival of lights and UBER INTENSE music. The music is played in 6/8 style compound time signature, in stark contrast to the 4/4 nature of most american EDM. It’s Pounding. It’s Loud. It’s Intense. It’s Hardstyle. This years EDC saw some traction with hardstyle as Q-Dance (biggest hard dance promoter in the world) brought an exclusive stage to the event. We saw Noisecontrollers, Headhunterz, and a few other acts but Showtek was sadly absent from this years event. Furthermore, as impressive as the stage was, it was nothing compared to the Q-Dance events in Europe. Check out the closing video from this years hard dance mecca: Defqon.1 I can assure you, there is NOTHING like this in the states…..not yet anyway.

But I digress, back to the dutch brothers Showtek. These guys are, in my mind, the true kings of hardstyle. From the first EVER hardstyle essential mix (get it here), to the first EVER hardstyle album, to the first EVER hardstyle act I heard. These guys have done it all, and been pioneers the whole way. I’ll leave some tracks here, feel free to rage to them. They need no description. Watching and hearing Showtek is a joy to behold, and hopefully we’ll all get to see more of these two given their recent relocation to the USA.

The World Is Mine!

Enjoy!

-Ames.

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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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Joris Voorn

So it’s Friday… and I really can’t wait to leave work, sit on my back deck, bask in the sun, and sip a cold one. I’ve been jammin’ to Joris Voorn all day so far, and realized we’ve never done a post on him. Its generally hard to post on the techno guys, as their magic really shines in multi-hour progressive sets….  I’ll do my best to do justice to this techhouse mastermind (You want real justice, put on his 9 hour set from amsterdam a few months ago, that’s right. 9 hours). For now, throw on his remix of British duo Goldfrapp’s Believer. Zone out, and you’ll find yourself grooving along effortlessly to the magic of Joris Voorn techno. My favorite of his recent work would have to be Spank the Maid. This track is yet another 10 minute progressive groovedown, it really gets nasty in the second half. He adds in a techy bit that really completes the track. He’s not afraid to remix a pop song either. His chilled out ballad-style edit of Lana Del Rey’s Video Games is a great song to watch the sun go down to. Last, I have to include an actual set. The post would be lacking without it. My favorite of recent times is his techno set from the Awakenings festival in the Dutchman’s home country. The set progresses from very minimal groove techno into a progressive techhouse throwdown. Loved his B2B set with Nic Fanciulli at EDC:Vegas, and this one brings me back.

Enjoy!

-Ames.

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