AndDrop! – Godspeed

I know I feature a TON of AndDrop! but how could I not throw their new track some love. Get it, turn up the bass, and enjoy.

**Disclaimer: You might want to run to Walgreens and grab yourself a neck brace first**

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All Aboard the Rumor Train!

Rumored Coachella 2012 Lineup

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, one of the most anticipated and talked about festivals in the world, finds itself amidst a barrage of questions, rumors and controversy once again. Starting in 1999 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (Coachella or Coachella Fest for short) has drawn the biggest names in an eclectic array of musical genres. Although the festival is held on what is essentially a huge lawn in the middle of one of the most arid deserts in the country and hours from major metropolitan areas such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Phoenix, it remains a successful three-day event. This is due in large part to the build up and hype surrounding the star-studded lineup–one that is talked about on blogs, social media outlets, music news websites such as Consequence of Sound, and undoubtedly every college campus in the country. Coachella draws together music fans from around the globe and unites them by their love for music, camping, art and an escape from the “real world.” From personal experience I have met Coachella-goers from dozens of countries across the world who attend every year for what they call the best place on Earth.

Many dedicated music lovers attempt to create a logical list of who will play Coachella based on album releases and tour dates. If a big name act releases an album in mid to late 2011, it is more likely they will be looking to play at the festival. Another huge factor in who is most logical to play the festival is tour dates and times. Many artists release their Spring/Summer tour dates months in advance, so if they are in the middle of a European tour on the April 13-22 festival dates you can reasonably rule them out. However, if an artist/band is scheduled to be in the Southern California area during this time, then you can expect them to at least be available from a logistical level, especially if they don’t have a stop in Los Angeles scheduled.

I have read that this is simply a rumored lineup, and also that it is a leaked lineup. My bet is someone with wishful thinking and a knack for Photoshop got his/her artwork to go viral. My personal opinion is that Red Hot Chili Peppers will make an appearance (based on their newly released album and East to West coast tour schedule that ends in Mid March in Texas).

What do you think? Who do you hope to see, who do you think will be there, and are you going?

 

 

 

Dada Life – Kick Up The Epic Motherfucker

Swedish producer’s Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom (better known as Dada Life) are some of the most rambunctious individuals in electronic music. The duo was ranked #39 by  DJ Mag’s Top 100 in October of 2011, marking their rise to stardom after years of small side projects and opening for DJ great Tiesto during his Kaleidoscope World Tour in 2009. Dada Life is know for their high energy sets and their odd affinity for bananas and champagne, as they are always drinking bottles of champagne, chomping on bananas, and throwing large inflatable versions of each into the audience. At the 2011 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas Dada Life even brought a 35-piece marching band for their performance of “White Noise Red Meat.” The Dada Life philosophy is as follows: “We are Dada Life. Destroy dance music and have fun. Don’t look back in the past. Always go forward. Don’t think too much. Always follow the money. Do the Dada. The result? Big tunes, no frills.”

Dada’s new track “Kick Up the Epic Motherfucker” is a manifestation of this Dada-losophy, as it features huge beats, raunchy synths, and, like many of Dada’s tracks, lyrics that don’t make a whole lot of sense.

Download here | Mediafire 

Here’s their promotional teaser to give you a taste of the inner Dada if you haven’t experienced the craziness of these Swedes for yourself.

 

Challenging The Negative Stigma

The Electronic Dance Music (EDM) Community has been scrutinized as a public nuisance revolving around use of illegal drugs. In 2010’s Electric Daisy Carnival at the LA Coliseum an MDMA related death of 15 year of Sasha Rodriguez caused a media frenzy revolving around illegal activity and underage partying at Electronic Dance Music Festivals (often referred to as “raves”). The city of Los Angeles enacted a temporary ban on raves in publicly owned venues, and event organizers responded by increasing the minimum age requirement to 18. While many still consider raves to be dangerous and full of illegal drugs, those that produce, DJ, or simply enjoy the music on its own merit reject this notion. Joey Li of UC Berkeley’s ElecTonic discusses the tight knit nature of the community.

New Nicky Romero and Avicii Collaboration

This unreleased track was originally debuted by Avicii at his show in DC a few weeks ago. It has been confirmed that the song is a collaboration between Avicii (Right) and the rising star Nicky Romero (Left). The song is right in line with the anthemic house synths of the two young superstars of house and samples Justice’s hit song “D.A.N.C.E.” Although unconfirmed, the song is apparently titled “Fuck School.”

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLAOD | Right click the player and select “save as” to download

Kriss Kross – Jump (TBMA Moombacore Remix)

The Bolivian Marching Affair (TBMA) was formed in 2010 by Joey Fisher, Kyle Meagher and Chris Curran. The group has created their own unique sound and they have already started making waves in both their home of Boston and around the world. For now they have created masterful remixes of Britney Spear’s “I Wana Go” and Alice DeeJay’s world famous “Better Off Alone,” but they are in the process of creating their first EP. Today they’re being featured for their Moobahton remix of Kriss Kross’s Jump. Not only does it have the sultry Moombah undertones, but it really slaps with some force as well in a way that makes you want to get up and dance.

Turn it up and enjoy!

Mulatto – I Run the Block (Bootleg)

Today’s Song of the Day is a bootleg mashup of Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs Takeshy, Maurizio Gubellini, Matteo Sala & Peruz vs De Bos & Ralvero by Mulatto. Mulatto combines the eclectic array of these producers to create an interesting blend of Dutch House with some Jungle undertones.

Julian Daniels (aka: Mulatto) is a Senior at UC Berkeley who is not only a well accomplished DJ in the bay area, but also a well known Youtube sensation for his finger tutting. Watch his impressive tutting display in Samsung’s Galaxy commercial below.

Epic DJ Battle: A New Game by Kyle Meshna

A screenshot of gameplay. Click the image to play

As a side project I decided to create a basic 2 Dimensional arcade game in which the user plays a DJ attempting to defeat the evil Record Executive that is attempting to steal his tunes with the help of evil minions. Prior to starting the game I had no experience coding or creating games of any kind, so I elicited the use of GameSalad, a freemium online software that allows users to create games using graphic design and drag-and-drop behavior and attribute functionality.

To play simply use the Left and Right arrow keys to move, the Up key to jump and Spacebar to shoot. Collect the DJ gear when it appears and defeat all the enemies before losing 5 lives to win. Click the screenshot above or the link below to play

Disclaimer: the game is still a bit glitchy, so bear with me.

http://e.gamesalad.com/play/48180

Lady Lover – AndDrop!

AndDrop’s latest original track is today’s featured Song of the Day. These guys are going to be huge some day in the not so distant future… you heard it here first. This new track is the epitome of beautiful simplicity. Really sit and listen to this track and appreciate the intricacies of every drum, synth, and vocal of this amazing Moombahton track. One element that really stands out to me is the more subtle use of the Reggaeton beat that can often overwhelm other Moombah tracks. If you’re a fan of AndDrop! be sure to check out their website. Also, if you’re a fan of the newly emerging Moombahton subgenre I strongly recommend checking out this Moombahton blog.

Electonic TV

 

A talented young group of UC Berkeley Students have created a club centered on the production and Djing of electronic music. The formation of lasting health of the club, Electonic, exemplifies the rise of the EDM movement. The club Facebook page touts and impressive 500 members and continues to grow, and members of the club are constantly able to find work playing gigs around the UC Berkeley Area.

The club also hosts a weekly videocast called Electonic TV. Watch it here on UStream