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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.

Algebraic Double Whammy and The Great Existential Question

Today I have a special treat in the form of not one, but TWO exclusive new tracks from a new artist by the name of Algebraic. His name is Paul Soto and he brings a unique background of Applied Mathematics to the table in his tunes. This brings to the table the notion of electronic music’s affinity for those who many would not normally think to be attracted to music production. Many producers, like Algebraic, don’t have formal training in music theory, classical piano, or the like. In fact, often times EDM producers do not even have a musical instrument involved in their musical production, instead relying solely on a laptop computer and a pair of headphones. While none can argue that Algebraic’s tunes are inspiring works of a Electro and Electro-infused Moombahton, this begs the question: Is it really music? Obviously I am biased, so I’d like to hear your opinion.

Algebraic – Pon Roborobo ft. Tha Suspect | Direct Download Here

Algebraic – Vodka Ananas ft. MAK | Direct Download Here

If you like this genre of music, check out Sound Logik’s page on Moombahton. I’ll also be featuring a post dedicated to living life at 110 BPM (the beats per minute of Moombahton) in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AndDrop! – Dumb

A few weeks ago I sat down to interview AndDrop!, an electro and dubstep producing trio who have enjoyed smashing success in both South Africa and the Bay Area. Today they have just released their newest original track entitled Dumb, so it was clearly top of the list for the Song of the Day. They have a few new songs in the works, so I’ll be posting them as they’re released. Be sure to check them out at AndDrop.com, and if your interested in staying up to date on new releases follow them on Twitter @Anddrop

Song of the Day 10.5.11

Original Track from Fiasko Daniels “Let Me In”

Young producer and DJ currently based out of SF. This electro-house has a lot of flare and a pretty sick melodic riff. I could definitely see this one getting thrown down and really giving the crowd some energy.

Build… AndDrop! The Universal Language

A cloudy and dreary day in the Bay Area; I meet up with a soft spoken and mellow character to get a deeper understanding of the global culture of electronic music. Upon first glance he may not appear to be the producer of huge and heavy hitting tracks: donned in a baggy sweater and tight jeans rolled to his calf. A look beyond the surface reveals a passionate and devoted musician with a unique and educated outlook on an ever-changing and participatory music genre. His name is Joe Wiseman of AndDrop!

AndDrop! – Don Draper

The up-and-coming AndDrop! is comprised of Joe Wiseman as the lead DJ and co-producer, and the producing duo of brothers Harris and Sylvain Kauffman. While Joe serves as the solo performer for the majority of the group’s shows, the Kauffman brothers are an integral part of the AndDrop! experience. In a few short years AndDrop! has progressed from playing small house and fraternity parties to headlining international shows while studying abroad in South Africa. Joe earnestly reflects on the early years of his DJ career saying he was originally drawn to the art after taking a student run class in his freshman year at UC Berkeley in 2008. His passion for the craft and genre as a whole quickly became apparent. His soft-spoken tone immediately picked up and as he re-lived how he got to where he is today with a smile, only pausing when he realized how fervently I was attempting to keep up in my note taking.

Joe Wiseman and Harris Kauffman of AndDrop!

The big break for the group came while Wiseman was studying abroad in South Africa, a move he said was premeditated. “When I was looking at programs I was drawn to South Africa because of its night life,” says Wiseman. “I even wrote on my application that I wanted to get into the night life scene,” he added with a chuckle. After landing a few smaller gigs in Cape Town Wiseman contacted a promoter for one of the largest night clubs in South Africa, Assembly. Due to a fortunate series of events AndDrop! was billed as the co-headliner for the sold out 1500 person show and given the opportunity to demonstrate his passion in a 2 hour long set. In reflecting on the experience Wiseman states, “That was the best set of my life, I finished and thought to myself: What the hell just happened? It was the most incredible feeling.” AndDrop! quickly gained the reputation of “The American kid on tour from the USA.”

More on AndDrop! and what its like to be a part of an international participatory cultural movement after the break. Read the rest of this entry