2012 is going to be the year of Knife Party. Bold statement, I know. But given EDM’s massive surge in popularity, EDM and nonEDM fans alike are partying and listening to more producers/djs who are stepping out of the progressive house and big room scene. 2011 was the year of Skrillex and I’m predicting all eyes are going to be on these guys and their fresh sound.
Chances are that you have probably heard of this duo recently assembled of two members from the band Pendulum, Rob Swire (@Rob_Swire) and Gareth McGrillen (@GarethPendulum), and they have been tearing up every EDM festival across Europe and North America. They dabble in everything from electro-house, dubstep, drum and bass, drumstep and whatever clever subgenre names people come up with. McGrillen and Swire and huge advocates of using different sounds/tempos to help push the ever-expanding genre of bass music and they are the tippy-top of EDM acts to party to this summer.
Their new EP has missed a couple of deadlines with Knife Party constantly on the road but it will be out early this summer. Their last EP titled 100% No Modern Talking is a free download on their website that comprised of tracks such as Tourniquet and Fire Hive. They have also remixed tracks ranging from hip-hop producer Labrinth, to Swedish House Mafia, Porter Robinson, and Nero.
If waiting for their new EP is as agonizing for you as it is for me, they just released a completely twisted and demented video that might hold you over. Viewer discretion is advised!
Also, here’s a video of the Knife Party set live at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, Florida this year. Rave your brains out to this as you power through to the weekend and happy Friday KNIFE PARTY PEOPLE.
Tis the season where we take a brief moment to reflect on the songs that were the anthems of our playlists, the albums that served as the sounds tracks, and the live performances where we partied our brains out. I’m not going to lie when I say I lost a lot of sleep over this (read as I stayed up until the wee hours replaying to all of these jams at full volume) and I hope that these songs/albums/videos did the same for you!
And Finally, in the spirit of the holidays, I wanted to leave you with one of the coolest holiday light shows I’ve ever seen. This guy had the balls to risk scaring the crap out of all of his neighbors by syncing a ridiculous light show to Skrillex- First of the Year (Equinox). Happy Holidays Party People and see you next year!!!
Dim Mak Recrods just posted the music video for the Bloody Beetroots new single, ‘Church of Noise’ and I couldn’t be more ecstatic! Dennis Lyxzen (the former lead singer of The Refused and current lead singer of the International Noise Consipiracy) is one of my musical heroes and he’s also the featured vocalist on this track. I freaked out for about 7 of my 8 hours at work while looping this song in the background and raving behind my cubicle walls. Amidst my silent rave, I took a brief moment contemplate if this is “The Shape of [EDM] to Come,” as more and more rock/electro collaborations pop up from producers like Skrillex and Modstep, and my conclusion is that I think we’re in for a big treat in 2012.
For many, Lyxzen’s raw vocals might temporarily overwhelm your senses if you’re expecting just a peppy, melodic house beat. However, the blend of Bloody Beetroots progressive sound, heavily laden with fast-tempo punk rock fits perfectly with Lyxzen’s raw voice.
You can see where the inspirations for the video came from with its stripped down cinematography. We’re used to seeing stationary producers and DJs spinning in front of massive festival crowds from atop LED towers. This video is definitely centered around all of these artists’ high-energy live performances and lets you know that Bloody Beetroots got back to their roots for this single. One can hope that, in the near future, they begin incorporating live instruments in their set. Watch the video and let us know what you think.
Another young gun and break through artist of 2011 has caught the attention of the Noise Train and we’ve been jamming to his new Spitfire EP since its release last week. He hails from the town of Chapel Hill, NC and probably has the South so twisted upside down that they probably think it is hurricane induced (too soon?). Who is this mystery weatherman predicting a heavy downpour of thunderous bass music you might ask? Porter Robinson of course. Robinson isn’t even twenty years old yet and if this EP says anything about how his future, we should all hunker down and get ready for a storm of success.
I know it’s a little early to start looking back on 2011, but I think we can all agree that this is a foundational year for bass music and that genres have expanded in all directions. Moreover, Robinson’s talent developed this year and it is evident in Spitfire that he has incorporated the best of 2011′s progressive sounds, including a massive blend of dnb, dubstep, fidget, house, and moombahton. With the help of Skrillex to produce the first album on OWSLA records, Robinson’s was finely tuned so that the end result would resonate with listeners throughout the entire EDM scene.
Check out the new Spitfire EP and let us what tracks you dig most!
Summer concert season is just heating up and it’s time the Whomping Wednesday series shed some light on the NoiseTrain’s next stop on our summer festival run: Skullcandy’s Identity Festival. With it’s national tour stretching from New Jersey to Seattle, the Identity Crew has organized a line up that’s going to keep North America’s hands in the air all summer long. While their line up my vary from city to city with DJ’s like Kaskade, Pretty Lights, Afrojack, Nero, Skrillex, Booka Shade, Avicii, Rusko, Steve Aoki and Pete Tong dropping in and out of the tour, every show is sure to impress.
If you can’t make it to an Identity show, it’s a bummer but not to worry, their website and a ton of the artists performing are posting photos, videos, blog posts, tweets (@IDENTITYfest) and updates on their incredible app so you can still catch a glimpse of all the fest has to offer from coast to coast.
The NoiseTrain crew is kicking off Labor Day weekend with a massive WHOMP! and rolling down the tracks (literally… we’ll probably take the train down and party the whole way) to the San Diego show at the Cricket Wireless Ampitheater. Hope to see some of you in San Diego and be on the lookout if you want to get stamped with the NoiseTrain logo!