Welcome to the first edition of LessThan3’s Replay, an article containing the very best posts from the past few weeks including exclusive interviews, new music and staff favorites.
Aside from our usual postings and insights, the LT3 crew has been working especially hard lately to bring you event coverage from around the country. Artwurk and Toothless headed to Electric Zoo in New York City, Sidney Shaw covered Labour of Love in Toronto and Meshblorg and Proto Hit up Burning Man Be prepared for event reviews and photos all this week and in the meantime check out Tweetie’s recap of Summer Set Festival and my own recap of Identity Festival, where I spent four weeks traveling the nation with the EDM superstars like Eric Prydz, Excision and Nero.
BEST IN BASS (Dubstep, Drum & Bass, Trap, Electro, Moombahton)
Skrillex and Damien Marley’s collaborative track Make It Bum Dem gets remixed by up-and-coming producers worldwide. The remix EP, out now on OWSLA, features genres from fidget house to garage from the likes of French Fries, Alvin Risk, Brodinski and more.
Don Diablo drops his newest electro bangers, Lights Out and The Golden Years. The release also features a remix of Lights Out by Scottish producer Hostage, who gives the track a percussive take built for festivals.
4×4 (House, Trance, Techno, Minimal)
Underground pop queen Audrey Napoleon compares DJing to a sexual encounter in a LessThan3 featured interview. She also lets us inside her mindset while performing live: “when I’m playing–I feel like the puppetmaster.”
We spoke with Sander van Doorn after his recent show at Ruby Skye in San Francisco. The versatile trance-house maestro discusses his ever-changing sound, premiering Nothing Inside in Miami and how the US is influencing the sound of EDM in Europe. View the exclusive interview video here.
We checked out W&W at Torq Thursday in San Francisco this week where the pair dropped a high energy set of trance and electro. Keep your eye out on these two as their highly anticipated Mainstage Vol. 1 compilation is set to be released on 9/21.
Early last week, bass producer NiT GriT released a remix of indie superstar Bon Iver’s Holocene. The track, dedicated to a loyal fan, is a touching sentiment of beautifully mixed vocals over crunk bass, available for free here.
1990s dance hit Children by Robert Miles gets a chilled out remix by London-based Eat More Cake. Replacing the track’s original piano with a haunting acoustic guitar, the track is perfect for drifting away as summer ends.
The Gaslamp Killer releases a “frightfully good” EP in anticipation of his upcoming full-length album, Breakthrough. The Flange Face EP takes you on an eerie journey of ghostly screeches, ominous buildups and panic-inspired atmospheres.
HENDY’S TOP FIVE
Canadian dream pop songstress Grimes premiered the music video for Genesis. The track is as hauntingly beautiful as Grimes herself. Her Visions LP, out on 4AD, is quite possibly my favorite release of the year.
Speaking of my favorite albums of 2012, beat maestro Groundislava recently released an amazing collection of tracks out on Friends Of Friends. WIth a fresh take on ’80s-inspired sounds and the current trap craze, Feel Me is one of the most innovative albums in recent memory.
No surprise here. LessThan3 favorite’s Flosstradamus release yet another trap bomb with new track Underground Anthem. Adding some glitchy elements to the mix, Floss just won’t quit producing bangers.
Los Angeles beatmaker Dreams have just recently hit our radar and I already have his tracks on repeat. Don’t Care About Her is especially good, mixing all my favorite elements of UK bass with LA beats.
Stay tuned for another episode of Replay, coming at you in two weeks!