Archive for 12/01/2012 - 01/01/2013

DAD: The Revenge of the Rave: Why 2013 is the Year EDM Goes Mainstream

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Now that I've got the podium, I have to show you how I view things. DAD isn't about sitting the background - we're in your face, letting you know what time it is! Check out the State of EDM, and where we think it'll be heading as 2013 progresses.

Introducing Do Androids Dance

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I announced back in August that I got hired by Complex, but didn't go into details. Now, I can do just that!

Last summer, I saw Complex EIC Noah Callahan-Bever tweeting about EDM writers. I threw my name in the hat for two reasons: one, because I figured "why the fuck not?!", and two, I was kind of tipsy (it was literally like 10 minutes after an episode of Monday Night Raw). What I DIDN'T expect was the pouring of support and props from people I've interacted with over the years, name I won't be out here dropping because I don't play those games, but people like YN and that crew knew the score.

Now, the thing is, no one knew that Complex was starting an EDM blog. I figured they wanted to expand the Music channel with more dance music, but when I got word that there was going to be a legit dance music blog that they owned and operated? It's one of those things where I know it's right up my alley, but I don't want to psych myself out. LONG STORY SHORT, we discussed particulars and I ended up getting the gig...of running the EDM blog. Which debuts today.

YOU DON'T KNOW HOW LONG I'VE WANTED TO JUST BLURT THIS INFORMATION TO ALL OF YOU. THIS PAST WEEKEND HAS BEEN CRAZY WITH ME KNOWING THE SITE IS RIGHT THERE BUT I CAN'T LET THE BLOG OUT OF THE BAG.

Pardon my excitement. In any case, head on over to DoAndroidsDance.com, where I'll be covering EDM and how it relates to the musical world we live in on the regular. Check out what Complex has to say about it, and spread the word. Follow us on twitter and Facebook, and tell a friend to tell a friend.

Shouts to everyone at Complex, including NCB, OJ, Jacob, Joe, Jack, and the whole crew, especially Julian and Cedar (#superFuchsia). Props to my wife and family for always believing in me. Huge respect to the entire Pigeons & Planes crew, readers and fans for putting up with my EDM posts as well. Shouts to everyone who fucks with anything I've been doing, or anyone who's ever given me a chance to cover music. It's been a long road to now, and we're just getting started!

[video] Theo Martins ft. Maryann Velasquez "Killer"

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Taken from Wonderland. Via Pigeons & Planes.

[video] CAS "All Hallows"

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Produced by SKYWLKR. Mind = blown.

DJ Wonder presents AnimalStatus EP10 (1/02/2013)

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New year, new edition of AnimalStatuS from DJ Wonder. He drops the serious world premiere from ETC!ETC!, but also touches on some A$AP Rocky, Trinidad Jame$, a dope Miguel remix by Figgy and a shitton more. You already know!

"It's A Trap" (mixed by Disc Jockey Nappy)

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2012 was undeniably the year of the Trap. The EDM scene flocked to this sound (thanks, Flosstradamus!), and cats who might've been making dubstep or Moombahton were now bringing out the 808s. Maybe it's the influx of rap tracks produced by Lex Luger, maybe it's just a desire to start something anew, but Trap was in. And will be in, with players like Baauer, Clicks & Whistles, TNGHT, and others making even more noise. My buddies at TheRapUp (whattup, Jaap?!) got put onto the sounds, and figured it'd make sense to educate the masses on some of the best examples of the sound in 2012, and who else to bring it to you than the one like Disc Jockey Nappy?! 50 minutes of 808 delight. Maybe you should peep the trailer, grab your sabers and hit play! Full tracklist after the jump; click "Buy" to download.


2013 NYE DJ Tools

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I know there's a lot of DJs out there, right now, getting their playlists ready for whatever NYE gigs they have popping tonight/tomorrow morning. Figured I'd round up some bits that will get dancefloor bouncing, especially around the midnight hour...

Complex's The Biggest Internet Videos of 2012

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@MissInfo FTW.

My Favorites of 2012

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I spend a fuckload of time listening to music. I judge how much I fuck with the music by how long the shit stays on my BlackBerry (fuck you, I ride for mine). Here's the top tracks that I just couldn't delete from my life. Hopefully they were a part of yours...

[video] NoEmotion "Excited Egg Sighted"

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The Combat Jack Show: Bomani Jones

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Download the episode HERE.

Donwill "We Are Notre Dame"

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Rashid Hadee - YIM2012

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Reso - Red Bull Studios London Mix

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Nick Catchdubs - New Year's Eve Party Mix

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Numonics - The (Instru)Mentalist

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Download this on site. Numonics is a sick producer, and dropped his debut instrumental album today. He even had J57 aka Scrooge executive produce the project, so it's definitely quality. Head on over to DJ Booth and grab it; if you pay $6, you get like six additional beats. Do NOT sleep.

DOWNLOAD Numonics - The (Instru)Mentalist

Kinzy - The Free Christmas Day EP

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Happy belated birthday, Jesus. Ennjoy this four-tracker from Kinzy.

DOWNLOAD Kinzy - The Free Christmas Day EP



[video] DJ Frosty "Turn Up"

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The 15 Best Mixes of 2012

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I spend about three hours every weekday on trains. Those trips are spent listening to loads of mixes. From my travels, I have culled the 15 best mixes from this past year, and threw them into this handy-dandy list. Hit up Pigeons & Planes for the skinny.

Silent Knight "Ballot of the Wallet"

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SNS - The Hangover II

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Kickstart UNCOOL

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12 days left on this, with a long way to go. Help kickstart this awesome idea.

The Emilio Sparks Experience: Christmas Scumtacular 2012

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THIS made me so happy. Via Emilio Sparks: "Waddup Scumbags! We’ve restored the fine Experience tradition of releasing a Christmas episode for all the good girls and boys. Emilio, Joe, and Carg are even joined this time around by long time friend and former Experience member Mike. It’s a Christmas miracle! The gang discusses their Christmases past, and their plans for this year."

Djemba Djemba - All City Champs

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