Ask anyone what the Deathstar is, and they’ll tell you it’s the dark side’s moon-sized ultimate weapon, and if you like your planet in one piece, you won’t like the Deathstar. Fast forward to 2011: galactic forces have conspired to assemble a new weapon of mass destruction. This new Deathstar is nothing like its predecessor, save for that it’s huge, and kills (dancefloors, in this case). Not too long ago, Deathstar dropped their phenomenal remix of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep. Last week, Deathstar members MartyParty and Minnesota dropped their new EP Ultraviolet Halo and I’ll tell you, every song is fire. When Marty sent these tracks to me, I expected big things. Now I can say without hesitation that this is one of my favorite releases so far this year.
Ultraviolet Halo is melodic bass music at its finest. The downtempo vibe overlayed with fat bass infuses you with this feeling of “I’m the man just for listening to this.” Tell me you wouldn’t buy that album. Oh wait, you can just get it free, here, from the artists themselves. Deathstar’s sound is calculated and paced. Well-orchestrated samples, synth tones, washouts, buildups, and absurdly bassy drops make this one a world-class release and a must for DJs looking for a fresh new sound to mix into their sets.
The remix of Wiz Khalifa’s Get On My Level hearkens back to my “I’m the man” quote from earlier, while Money Talks and Seismic both shine with much promise for the new DJ duo. Those of you going to Burning Man should be excited to see each mixmaster individually at Bass Camp, but I wouldn’t expect to see the duo live anytime soon; there’s still a lot of material to be put out and some growth to be had before the world is ready for Deathstar to bring us all over to the dark side, but it’s something we should all be very excited for.