Some things in this world were just meant to be together. Bonnie & Clyde, peanut butter & jelly, Kim Kardashian & black men…and of course, house music & country. Wait, what? Surprising though it may be, Canadian duo Smalltown DJs made good work of some banjo chords on the truly unique “Good People”. Getting assistance from trap/rave producer Grandtheft, it’s sounds as if someone’s holding a rave on a backwoods Mississippi farm. You can check out the hilarious redneck compilation video below, stream the full song, and grab the download for free. Smalltown DJs will officially release the Good People EP on January 8th through T&A Records.
Regardless of whether or not you’re preparing for the supposed incoming Mayan apocalypse, Steve Aoki seems to be. He just dropped a 3-track EP yesterday titled It’s the End of the World As We Know It. My favorite of the three is the delightfully happy “Transcend” featuring Rune RK, a progressive EDM song that will serve well to help me ignore any chance of the world being blown into oblivion. Grab the EP here on iTunes.
If you were a fan of Nari & Milani’s massive hit “Atom” from earlier this year, you’ll absolutely love this tune. “Flashbang” is the second official release from German duo Jewelz & Scott Sparks, the follow up to their first hit “Toxic Rush”. This track was first premiered at Sensation Turkey in the midst of Fedde le Grand and Deniz Koyu’s sets. Partnering with Fedde’s Flaming Recordings, the two have focused upon a minimalist tech house style with festival anthem power and energy. They do a beautiful job of emphasizing the drums and percussion, proving that more isn’t always better. The track is out on Beatport here.
I’ll admit skepticism every time I see a Benny Benassi remix these days, as you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. Regardless, his house remix of The Rolling Stones’ “Doom & Gloom” is surprisingly decent, and grows on you with every play. Industry standards usually maintain some artists should be left untouched and unscathed by the remix-happy artists of the rising EDM genre, the Stones seemingly being one of them. However, give props to the Italian DJ for cementing focus on Mick Jagger’s vocals, letting his legendary singing voice dictate the direction of the remix. Benassi seemed to be quite mindful and respectful in crafting this dance rework.
“Doom & Gloom” is one of two new singles off the Stones’ compilation album GRRR!, released last month to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The remix is available on iTunes in the UK and is expected to be made available today, December 9th, in the US.
Can’t exaggerate how happy I was to hear this in time for the weekend. I first took notice of Compton’s Problem when he broke through on Wiz’s last mixtape Cabin Fever 2. The lead single on his Welcome to Mollywood 2 mixtape, “Like Whaaat”, got some love and featured fellow Diamond Lane Music Group member Bad Lucc. Now, the two have taken to the twittersphere to drop “Twerk”, a club-friendly dance track that is by far my favorite usage to date of the booty-dropping slang term. Production on the track by Beat Boy. No official release date announced or whether or not it’ll be on an upcoming mixtape, but stay tuned. Pump the volume up on this one and let loose for the weekend – you can download it here.
On Tuesday, Get Physical Music dropped the remix EP to “Equal Responsibility”, the synthy 80’s-like summer track from Mexicali duo Climbers. Most impressive was Mexican tech house producer Betoko‘s take on the song. Never been much into tech or deep house, but this remix takes a detour and touches into the realms of trance and pop, a truly relaxing and calming seven minutes from Betoko. Listen below and purchase the song on Beatport here.
A-Trak dropped his Tuna Melt EP today on Fool’s Gold and it’s definitely worth the buy, at approximately the cost – warning, pun incoming – of a tuna melt. The highlight is definitely the title track with Tommy Trash, a wonderful collaboration of their two styles. The bassline that drops after the buildup on “Disco Nap” is certainly enjoyable as well. Listen below and grab the EP on iTunes now.