Tag Archives: house music

Tribute to Afrojack

11 Jun

Start with this VERY peculiar video, then hit the jump for Afrojack greats. I suggest waiting for Big Boi to jump on the track for a hot second at about 2:00.

Love Afrojack? Check his 13th release after the jump!

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Classic Kaskade Remix

10 Jun

Thanks to a tip from @dansaenz, I’ll be adding this remix of Kaskade’s “Dynasty” to my collection.

Listen here.

I Love Twitter

6 Jun


Thanks, @bigfishsticks

Louder than Words

23 May

Last night at the bar during my usual chat with the DJ he offered to play me a new collab of Guetta and Afrojack.

Serious crowd pleaser… typical Guetta beats with Afrojack’s more mainstream style. The beat drop at around 4:30 is epic.

An Ode to the Beat

14 Jan

As long as I can remember, I’ve never liked a song without a good beat- gouging my eyes out in the doctor’s office listening to soft rock; even the best slowjams (think: All My Life KC and Jojo?) bore me to tears. For me, good music inspires life- whether it’s a catchy drum riff, a Motown bass line or a kickin’ house beat, a good song’s gotta get my blood moving and my fingers tapping.

Driving home from Vermont earlier this week, my iPod died- a tragedy forcing your fearless writer to brave the uncharted territories of the FM waves… while I cruised through the stations, though, I got into a regular music groove- something I’m only used to on my favorite playlists. I realized, then, speeding on snowy mountain roads and fearing for my life, that good beats are what makes me (and most people I know) tick.

It’s history- tribes around the world use drum beats to tell stories, hold rituals, or signal war. Revolution-era Americans used drums for rowing large ships, or ordering troops on the front lines to fire. Even university bands (re: Drum Line, if I must) use beats to rouse the crowds: built in metronomes and added acoustic power.

So, dear readers, please enjoy: an ode to head bobblingly, toe tappingly genre-spanning beats inspired by my long drive and worthy of noting right here.

Motown was created for mass appeal- and for good reason, since crossing cultural and racial barriers in the early 90’s was a Sisyphean task in all arenas. But the “Motown sound”- heavy back beats, rich vocals and bass lines that make you shake your bootay- caught the ears of record labels everywhere, and took off like wildfire. Stevie Wonder- bring the soul.
Superstition- Stevie Wonder || download

Just… the drum breaks. That is all.

I’m Glad You’re Mine-Al Green || download
Of note: Robin Thicke samples this in his Mahogany, which is really worth listening to if you’re a Robin Thicke fan- the guy is practically the Al Green of our time; toss him on a playlist with a little Musiq Soulchild and you got yourself some all night grooves.

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Epic Calvin Harris Mix

7 Jan

Calvin Harris- You Used To Hold Me (Laidback Luke Remix)

I need to get my hands on this mp3- links here when I have time to find one.

Until then- just know… You Used To Hold Me has to be one of my top 2 favorite Calvin Harris songs- and this beat is tight. Breakdown at 3:45 is great.

Til then- Watching that Tide Roll!Longhorts have no chance with Colt McCoy out anyway. Times like these I wish I went to a big football school.

2010 in Beats

2 Jan

2010 Music Predictions:
House music and electronic beats have been around forever, and yours truly has been bumping Louie DeVito and NYC Underground since my age became a double digits. Now with platinum popstars sampling electronic beats in their charttopping hits (Akon/Guetta, Shakira, Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull…), club music is making a lifestyle mark. Look out for a paradigm shift, my friends. Goodbye AM/Tiesto beats of old… welcome to 2010! With beats so easily mashed with hip hop and faster-paced rock, house is about to bumping clubs, dorms and households across America.

That being said- there’s a solid outlook for upcoming 2010 albums (see below). All I can say for sure is that this year for music is gonna be twistedddd.

Upcoming Feature: Broken Bells

Shins plus Danger Mouse

Broken Bells

Danger Mouse and James Mercer from the Shins collab and BOOM! Broken Bells- Oh, Inverted World does the Grey Album, you ask? But n0- these two brilliant men decided to get together and create something entirely new. Rolling Stone says it won’t be a Shins CD produced by Danger Mouse, but in fact a true meeting of the minds to birth “sounds that might’ve been beamed in from another dimension, one where electronica textures collide with psychedelic harpsichords and eerie Pet Sounds harmonies.” With the hype of late surrounding indie music and trippy beats, Broken Bells might make a serious mark.

I for one am looking forward to their new album (released in stores in March), self titled Broken Bells.

Check their single, The High Road, released early December. If it’s any indication of the rest of the album, its great looks…


Other album releases to look forward to:
Lil Jon- Crunk Rock?!
U2’s Remix Album
Ke$ha (leaked)
Peter Gabriel
The Shins