Skrillex – Bangarang EP

After my latest post about Skrillex, he transformed into massive superstar, one of the most recognizable faces of North American dubstep explosion. His latest EP “Bangarang“, follows his highly successful “My Name Is Skrillex“, “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” and “More Monsters and Sprites” in truly spectacular fashion with more interesting tracks and great collaborations.

Seven track EP was released for download on Beatport on December 23, 2011, was made available from other music download sites like iTunes and Amazon on December 27, 2011, and will be physically released on January 24, 2012. The EP is a collection of songs that had all been previously played live (with the exception of “Right On Time“) during the Mothership tour, which ended a week before the release of the EP.

On this EP Skirllex created another two tracks together with Sirah Bangarang” and “Kyoto“, “The Devil’s Den” was produced together with Wolfgang Gartner, “Right On Time” with 12th Planet & Kill The Noise, and “Summit” with Ellie Goulding. The song “Breakn’ A Sweat” was produced as a collaboration between Skrillex and The Doors, made for the music documentary “Re:Generation”.

Another latest masterpieces from Skrilex include his amazing remix of AviciiLevels” (Dance Energy Selected), half a dozen another remixes for La Roux, Benny Benassi, Rob Zombie, Lady Gaga, Nero, SebastiAn, Robyn and Damian Marley, collaborations with Foreign BeggarsStill Gettin It“, KaskadeLick It” and Knife Party Zoology“. And don’t forget about his collaboration with American metal band KoЯn, he produced two tracks – “Get Up” and “Narcissistic Cannibal” – for their tenth studio album “The Path of Totality” (released on December 2, 2011 in Europe and December 6, 2011 in the US).

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Knife Party

Knife Party is a side project of two members of Australian drumandbass band Pendulum: Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. They experiment with more modern, exploding dance music genres – moombahton, dubstep, electro, and house, but you still can hear some echoes of typical Pendulum sound.

In recent months you could hear their genre-crossing tracks in different radio shows and mixes (for example on Essential mix live from Space club in Ibiza). And finally on 12 December 2011 they released first EP “100 % No Modern Talking“. The name of the EP “100% No Modern Talking” is a reference to a waveform in Native Instruments’ wavetable-based software synthesizer, Massive, called Modern Talking. It features four tracks: “Internet Friends” (my favorite Facebook psycho story, “Dance Energy Selected”) “Destroy Them With Lazers,” “Tourniquet,” and “Fire Hive“. The EP originally had a track called “Back to the Z-List”, but was replaced by “Destroy Them With Lazers” as they no longer liked that song. It was released digitally through Pendulum’s record label, EarStorm, as a free download from their official website and Facebook, as well as being able to buy on iTunes and Beatport.

Before that Knife Party released some great remixes – on Swedish House Mafia‘s single “Save The World,” which was released on 10 June 2011, Nero‘s single “Crush On You,” which was released on 13 October 2011 and, finally, of “Unison” by Porter Robinson which was released on 19 October 2011 on his debut EP, “Spitfire“, released on OWSLA, Skrillex’s label.

In recent Knife Party mixes you can hear some new tracks “The Box“, “Suffer” (which reminded me the most of Pendulum oldschool sound), “Intro (Where’s the Bloody Knife Party?)” and some great collaboration with MistajamUntil They Kick Us Out” and Skrillex Zoology“.

Latest work of Knife Party is collaboration with mighty Swedish House MafiaAntidote“. And what is even better, this track has two different music videos – “Clean” version and great movie/video game like “Explicit” version.

Of course, as the project name suggests, you  can see Knife Party live in some great parties, especially here in UK – Ministry Of Sound in London on 21 January 2012, and The Junction in Cambridge on 04 February 2012. Latest Knife Party news you can receive through their Facebook and Twitter, music you can listen and even download for free on their SoundCloud.

Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party – Antidote (Clean)

Swedish House Mafia vs Knife Party – Antidote (Explicit)

Skream

Skream (born Oliver Dene Jones in West Wickham, Bromley, London on 1 June 1986) is a dubstep producer based in Croydon. One of dubstep’s first and most prominent producers, he has played an important role in the genre’s development.

As a teenager, Jones worked at Big Apple Records, a Croydon-based record store that was at the center of the early dubstep scene; even prior to this, Jones had become acquainted with Hatcha, another dubstep pioneer, because Jones’ brother worked on an adjacent floor in Big Apple Records. As a result of this encounter, Hatcha was the first DJ to play Skream dubplates.

Jones began producing music at the age of 15 using FruityLoops and claims to now have roughly 800 songs in varying stages of development. Skream’s early productions were often with another alumnus of Big Apple, Benga, and are of a decidedly darker and less melodic nature than later releases. As dubstep gained notice from conventional media such as The Guardian and Pitchfork Media, Jones’ music started to take on a more melodic sound; less overtly influenced by the darker, UK garage influenced sounds of early dubstep artists with dub, house, and even jazz influences instead.

The 2005 Skream track “Midnight Request Line” has been described as “dubstep’s most recognizable crossover hit,” and has been praised by producers as diverse as grime producer Wiley, and minimal techno producer Ricardo Villalobos. The key change in the chorus, which The Wire has described as “an epic change of key and tempo that recalls the classicist mannerisms of Derrick May,” has been credited as being a key factor in the evolution of a more melodic sound in the dubstep genre.

Skream has released records on a variety of UK record labels, such as Tempa, Tectonic, and Big Apple Records, including a self-titled album “Skream!” which was released in 2006 on the Tempa label. He collaborated with Benga, Niall Henshaw (otherwise known as Spectrum), Cluekid, Distance, Hijack, Loefah, Warrior Queen, Freckles, D Bridge, JME and many others musicians and vocalists. Since 2006 he produced 5 volumes of his “Skreamizm” EP.

In 2009, he rose to further prominence when his remix of “In for the Kill” by La Roux became firstly an underground hit in the early part of the year before bursting onto the mainstream, being used in promotional material for the 2010 video game Bayonetta and was featured in an episode titled “Hair” on the hit HBO series Entourage. Skream also created great remixes for Bat For Lashes, Toddla T, Klaxons, Dave Gahan, Chromeo, DJ Zinc, Donaeo, Lethal Bizzle, Digital Mystikz and Katy B.

In the summer of 2010, Skream released his second full-length album “Outside the Box“. He also making records as a part of Magnetic Man, a live electronic music project consisting of dubstep producers and DJs Skream, Benga and Artwork. From January 2011, Skream, along with Benga, will be replacing Alex Metric in his ‘In New DJ’s We Trust’ slot on BBC Radio 1.

Latest hits from Skream include his collaboration with Example “”Shot Yourself In The Foot Again” and new great megahit remix of Casssius I Love U So” which recently became Essential New Tune in Pete Tong’s Radio 1 show Essential Selection.

Skream – Midnight Request Line

Skream – Funkanomika

La Roux – In For The Kill (Skream Remix)

Skream & Example – Shot Yourself In The Foot Again

Cassius – I Love You So (Skream remix)

Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows is dubstep project of Joe Erskine & Luca Gulotta from Bristol/London, UK,  who are often noted for their menacing signature sound.

They came to prominence in 2009 when their dark production style broke through massive remix of Damian MarleyIt Was Written“. They got signed by H.E.N.C.H Recordings, where they started with release of “Ill / Amirah” and followed by “Dr Sin / The End” receiving heavy support from Mary Anne Hobbs, Pendulum, Plastician and others.

In 2010 they released rework of Depeche Mode classic “Dream On“, remixes of Laid BackRed“, Foreign BeggarsTyphoon“, Master Shortie Daydream” and their own “Odyssey“. And in December 2010 the remix of Chasing Shadow track “Amirah” from breakbeat legend Elite Force topped Beatport breaks chart.

Chasing Shadows – Dr Sin

Chasing Shadows – Amirah

Chasing Shadows – Amirah (Elite Force Revamp)

Chasing Shadows – Dr Sin

Feed Me

Feed Me is a dubstep project of Jon Gooch from Hertfordshire, England, more famous for his drum & bass music produced under Spor alias. He got this name from a combination of one of the first folders of samples he obtained, entitled ‘Spore Tactics’, and a favorite piece of artwork by a friend. Graffiti outlining eventually meant he would drop the ‘e’ to leave a more balanced arrangement.

After a school friend introduced Spor to the world of Drum and Bass he began experimenting with software to create his own music.  His first tracks was released in 2004 and he soon landed himself an exclusive deal with one of Drum & Bass’ most prestigious labels, Renegade Hardware and Barcode. Nowadays he co-runs the cutting-edge music-label Lifted Music with Chris Renegade, Ewun, Evol Intent & Apex. His latest Spor tracks include “Aztec”, “Do Not Shake”, “Silver Spaceman”, “Some Other Kind Of Funk” in 2009 and “Kaori”, “Overdue”, “Kingdom” and “Halogen” in 2010.

He started his dubstep project Feed Me in 2008, releasing his first track “Mordez Moi” on Noisia’s label Division Recordings. Then in the same year he released “Raw Chicken” and “The Spell” on Deadmau5 label Mau5trap. He also created some great remixes on Chris Lake “If You Knew”, Gorillaz “On Melancholy Hill”, Muse “Knights Of Cydonia”, Rogues “Not So Pretty”, September “Untill I Die” and Chase & Status “Let You Go”.

On December 25, 2010 through Mau5trap he released his latest Feed Me EP “Feed Me’s Big Adventure“. It contains 8 great tracks such as “Blood Red”, “Grand Theft Ecstacy”, “White Spirit”, “Cloudburn” with vocal from Tasha Baxter, “Muscle Rollers” together with Kill The Noise, “Silicone Lube”, “Green Bottle” and “Talk To Me”. On his SoundCloud you can also listen and download  radio version of his track “Jodie“.

Jon Gooch is expected to be releasing Spor LP for Lifted Music in late 2010 or early 2011. His next dubstep track “Pacifica” is set to be released as a single on February 15, 2011.

Feed Me – Feed Me’s Big Adventure

Feed Me – Blood Red

Feed Me – The Spell

Spor – Aztec

Katy B

Katie Brien, better known as Katy B, is a singer-songwriter from Peckham, South London, UK. She is often described as “a R&B, funky, house and garage singer” and had been working with British underground grime, garage and house record producers since the age of fifteen.

As Baby Katy she featured on DJ NG‘s song “Tell Me“, and as Kattie B she done hi-NRG Eurodisco versions of Katrina and the Waves’ “Love Shine a Light” and Deniece Williams’s “Let’s Hear It For The Boy”. Since then she prefer to be known as simply Katy B.

Katy B has collaborated with Geeneus to cover the Kevin Saunderson produced “Good Life” and the track “As I“. She also provides vocals on the track “Hold Me” for The Count & Sinden‘s debut album “Mega Mega Mega” and features on Magnetic Man‘s tracks “Perfect Stranger” and “Crossover” as well as on drumandbass tracks from DJ ZincTake Me With You” and Zinc & MakotoFade Away“.

Her debut hit “Katy On a Mission” was released by Rinse accompanied by a b-side entitled “Louder” on 22 August 2010. The song was co-written by Benga, Katy B and Geeneus, and produced by Benga. “Katy On a Mission” was praised by contemporary critics alike for its club appeal in addition to the standard of vocal delivery Katy B has on the track. It achieved charting success in the United Kingdom where it topped the UK Dance Chart and UK Indie Chart while peaking at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was accompanied by a music video which was directed by Johny Mourgue.

Following on from the huge success of “Katy On A Mission”, Katy B has unveiled the brand new video for her next single “Lights On“. Featuring Mercury Music Prize winner Ms Dynamite and produced by FM founder Geeneus with great remix from Skream “Lights On” is set for release on December 13th 2010 via Rinse. Currently Katy B is working on her debut album which includes productions from DJ Zinc, Geeneus and Benny Ill.

Mp3: Katy B – Louder (Original Mix)
Mp3: Geeneus – As I (Feat Katy B)

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Nero

Nero have become a big name in both the Drum and Bass and Dubstep scenes, often fusing both styles of music in their DJ sets.

Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray started with DnB, joining DJ SS’s Formation Records in the Summer of 2004. Since then they have caused quite a stir, gaining huge support from DJs like Andy C, Grooverider and Friction, as well as radio airplay from Zane Lowe, Jo Whiley, Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Rob Da Bank, Steve Lamacq and Fabio & Grooverider, to name just a few.

In June 2006 Nero released their acclaimed  “Requiem EP” on Formation Records. The EP featured 4 top tracks – “Requiem”, “Bitch I’m Gone”, “Autopsy” and “Bad For the Brain”. High Contrast included “Bitch I’m Gone” in his mix for the legendary Fabric Live series, Fabric Live 25.

2009 saw Nero’s first release on iconic label Breakbeat Kaos. The killer track “Act Like You Know“, backed with Sound in Motion and a Dubstep Edit of the title track, has been hitting dancefloors across the world for the last year and was picked up by Fresh and Adam F.

Nero’s debut dubstep release, “This Way” (feat Alana), became one of the biggest dubstep tunes of 2008 and is still selling big units across the world. Since then, Nero’s consistent releases have made them one of the most talked about acts in dubstep.

Their remix of The Streets‘ tune “Blinded By The Lights” was a massive radio hit as well as a dancefloor smasher played by DJ’s from Chase and Status and Skream to Tiesto and Diplo. More recently Nero have remixed La RouxI’m Not Your Toy” and Deadmau5 Ghosts N Stuff” to devastating effect. They also remixed such acts as MJ Cole, Chase & Status, N.E.R.D., DJ Fresh, Booty Luv, Plan B, Calvin Harris and one of my favorites Bar 9Shaolin Style“.

The boy’s DJing career has also taken off this year, October saw an intensive gigging schedule which included supporting Deadmau5, Chase & Status and Zane Lowe on their UK tours. On 13th of November 2010 Nero showcased their DJ skill in Nero’s first Essential Mix for Radio 1. And recently they won the 2010 Beatport awards for best Dubstep Act and Best Dubstep Track for “Act Like You Know”.

In 2010 Nero signed exclusively to Chase & Status’ label More Than Alot Records and released another super hit of dubstep scene  “Innocence” together with track “Electron“. Currently they are working on their debut album which will be released in early part of 2011, and soon on MTA they also release next single “Me And You“.

And here is Yogzatot‘s video on my second favorite Nero‘s song “Choices“.

Mp3: Nero – This Way (Feat Alana)
Mp3: Nero – Act Like You Know
Mp3: Bar 9 – Shaolin Style (Nero Remix)
Mp3: The Streets – Blinded By The Lights (Nero Dubstep Remix)
Torrent: Nero – Essential Mix (13.11.2010)

Nero – Innocence