What’s a better way to celebrate The Big Dance this weekend than, well, dancing big? Ball till ya fall.
I believe that dance communicates man’s deepest, highest and most truly spiritual thoughts and emotions far better than words, spoken or written.
So, I finally realized the beauty of using sets on SoundCloud. This format will make it waaay easier for you guys to stream Best Five Dance from now on. I mean, just press play once and it’s game over.
Opportunity dances with those already on the dance floor.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Recently, Just Blaze and Baauer teamed up to drop the massive, dubby “Higher.” Two of the most influential producers in their respective genres, this track had big expectations and, in my opinion, delivered. It’s interesting seeing Just Blaze dabble in the heavier electronic scene–only one more sign that hip hop is moving that direction.
The two spoke to Pitchfork about the collaboration, which you can see below. I think Baauer really sums up the effect of the collaboration in that Just Blaze comes at it with a mastery in beatmaking, and Baauer comes at it with a unique catalog of sound. The combination of the two is very, very dope, and the video and the full song can both be streamed below.
Do the d-a-n-c-e. Stick to the b-e-a-t. Just easy as a-b-c. Do the dance, do the dance!
1. VOODOO FARM – I Don’t Know Why
2. Tinashe – Stargazing (Sammy Bananas Remix)
3. Flux Pavilion – OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna)
4. Marina and the Diamonds – Lies (Zeds Dead Remix)
5. Juicy J – Bandz A Make Her Dance (B.Dolla Remix)
So big man Dusty already included this as one of the “Five Best Dance Songs of the Week,” but I wanted to highlight it a little more because I like Aylen‘s work and this song is too dope to go unnoticed.
This little diddy is a remix of one of my favorite Zedd songs, “Clarity.” I love the combination of the grimy bass Aylen uses and the high pitched vocals of Foxes. This is a straight up jam with enough accessibility to be a party song and enough filth to be a rave song.
Aylen kills it per usual, really complementing the original by giving it a slightly different pace and a very different feel.
Throw it down this weekend with Aylen’s help.
1. Carlos Serrano & TrapZillas – Get That Freedom (Jay-Z vs. Major Lazer)
2. Pacific Air – Float (TheFatRat Remix)
3. The Hood Internet – Gangz A Make Her Dance (Juicy J x Black Moth Super Rainbow)
4. Chromeo – Bonafied’ Lovin (RAC Mix)
5. Skrillex – Bug Hunt (Wreck-it Ralph) (Noisia Remix)
It’s been a while, Sunset. Nice to see you again. I’m back. And what better way to come back than with some extra ratchet Chief Keef. Ahhh, the simple ignorance of Keef’s lyrics, so refreshing.
Aylen teams up with Dotcom to add to some fat bass to this hood anthem. If you’re unfamiliar with The Chief, read up here (Via The Fader). As a Chicagoan myself, the hip hop scene is both really promising yet devastatingly representative of the out of hand gang violence that has plagued the Windy City for decades. Kanye often references the issue in his music–”It’s a war going on outside we ain’t safe from, I feel the pain in my city wherever I go, 314 soldiers died in Iraq, 509 died in Chicago”–so it’s interesting that he and the G.O.O.D. Music crew would put an official remix of the song on Cruel Summer, given Keef’s clear ties to gang violence in the city Kanye calls home.
Regardless, Aylen and Dotcom give this song a filthy little fixup, and the result is facemelting.
Check out more of Aylen’s work here, and get rowdy to “I Don’t Like” this weekend.
Oh, and before I forget, do yourself a favor and like this on Hype Machine. You know you want to.
Thought I’d pass on French prodigy Madeon‘s latest single “Finale,” as the Dillon Francis Remix just dropped today. It’s party-bangin’, just liked the original. I have mad respect for Madeon, since around the same age as him, I’m pretty far from playing Coachella and Electric Daisy and helping Swedish House Mafia headline.
Here’s the Beatport link for the Dillon Francis Remix, and if you missed the original, check it out below.
It’s Lollapalooza weekend here in Chicago, so I’m gonna keep it short and sweet as I prep to go cover the festival for you guys. Whether you’re here in The Second City having widespread dance offs to the likes of Avicii, Nero, Madeon, Kaskade and others, or alone in your apartment kitchen, here are the best songs to get down to from this week.
1. Adventure Club Debstep – Retro City
2. ZZ Ward – Criminal ft. Freddie Gibbs (Com Truise Remix)
3. USHER – Climax (dave sitek remix)
4. Pretty Lights – You Get High
5. Azealia Banks – LUXURY
Man it’s been a while since I’ve done a Womp Womp Wednesday…thankfully, I have the perfect producer to return to the wompage with.
Aylen has quickly become one of my favorite producers. He has a unique ability to incorporate the necessary elements of the original song while at the same time completely turning the song into something all his own. His music has a massive, full sound that can’t truly be done justice unless you’re listening on amazing headphones or huge speakers.
That being said, if you don’t have such equipment, you’ll enjoy his huge sounds anyway. I think it’s only a matter of time before Aylen becomes widely recognized. His music deserves it, and his music womps too hard not to be noticed.
This is an exciting time for Sunset, myself and of course you, the beloved reader. Just to give you guys a heads up, I’ll be on hiatus next week as I will be traveling to Manchester, Tennessee to cover Bonnaroo for ya’ll. I won’t have access to the Internets out in the country, but I’ll have a nice write up and presents for everybody when I return from the depths of my musical journey.
With that in mind, I’m giving you a whole extra song for your FAF playlist this weekend. I know, ya boy’s nice.
Enjoy the weekend, or else.
1. Yuna – Live Your Life (Dj Carnage & Jakob Lido Remix)
2. Ellie Goulding – High For This (The Weeknd Cover)
3. The Hood Internet – Fuck With Mo’ Money (Ma$e x Diddy x Biggie x Penguin Prison)
4. Adventure Club Dubstep – Rise & Fall (ft. Krewella)
5. AVICII – Two Million (Original Mix)
6. Princeton – Grand Rapids (RAC Mix)
When Aylen first really caught my eye, he was releasing his first Remixtape. Now, he’s on his second of his Remixtapes, and his progression as an artist is apparent–I’ve said it again and again, the kid just keeps getting better.
One thing I really love about his music is his ability to cover such diverse ranges of music. It’s not often that you see an electronic artist whose remixing repertoire spans the likes of Regina Spektor to the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ellie Goulding. He puts a very unique twist on each song–every record he releases is thoroughly reimagined and reworked, and I have to credit him for that. It’s truly impressive to be able to flip such a wide range of genres, infusing your own unique sound into every track.
This is the kind of tape you can play continuously throughout without skipping any songs–through this on at a party this weekend and see how well it works. Trust me, you’ll be killing it on the DJing and you won’t have to change the song even once.
Enjoy, and show your friends. Let’s get Aylen the recognition his music deserves.
Head over to Aylen’s Facebook page to Download “The Remixtape II”