The man himself GRiZ returns with a soulful original tune titled “Gettin’ Live” coming off his currently unnamed sophomore album which is set to drop sometime in the near future following up his widely popular debut album, Mad Liberation. GRiZ has had a huge past couple weeks to say the least with his remix of Kill Paris’ “To A New Earth” released on Kill Paris’ To A New Earth EP via OWSLA Records back in February. On top of that, GRiZ & Gramatik’s newly formed duo Grizmatik has been killing it since their debut release “Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom” back in November. “Gettin’ Live” is another fantastic future funk / electro soul track GRiZ now has stored in his mind-blowing collection of funky originals & remixes.
GRiZ – Gettin’ Live | Download |
Today GRiZ released his banging remix to Kill Paris’ track titled ‘Slap Me’. Featuring some signature electro funk with tons of bass to your face, GRiZ has really outdone himself on this one, and better yet, it’s available for free. Just throwing this out there, but hopefully this sparks up a GRiZ x Kill Paris collaboration in the future? Who knows. For now, sit back and enjoy some brand new electro soul from GRiZ.
Kill Paris – Slap Me (GRiZ Remix) | Download |
1. Zedd – Clarity | iTunes |
Without a doubt the most influential album this year in the realm of dance music has been Zedd’s debut album. Over the last year, and more specifically since the release of ‘Spectrum’, Zedd has gone from a lesser known remix artist, to one of the biggest names being talked about. While Zedd has previously released remixes and singles he regards as “club tracks”, the release Clarity showed us just how talented he is as a classically trained musician and when this translates into the realm of electronic dance music the result is the biggest album of 2012. Anthem tracks like ‘Clarity’, ‘Stache’, ‘Lost At Sea’, and ‘Follow You Down’ have received so much praise and recognition from DJs worldwide. Don’t be fooled, although it missed a Grammy nod by only two days, you haven’t heard the last from this album.
2. Deadmau5 – >album title goes here< | iTunes |
After the shaky reception of 4×4=12, Mau5 fans were left in a state of uncertainty, “has Joel lost his touch?” was a very common question. However, after many a late night livestream from his Toronto studio, Zimmerman brought us our first taste of what was to come. ‘The Veldt’ was undoubtedly a massive summer jam , that paved way for the full album. With brilliant progressive tracks like ‘There Might Be Coffee’ and ‘Closer’ Deadmau5 reminded us of the beauty and intricacy of his tracks, and he also bundled it in with superb collaborations with Wolfgang Gartner, Gerard Way, and the highly popular feel good remix from Tommy Trash.
3. GRiZ – Mad Liberation | Free Download |
The debut album from GRiZ, a disciple of the Pretty Lights/Gramatik school of funky hip hop-infused bass music, is nothing short of amazing. It is packed with so much funky, soulful energy that it is hard to believe that it is available for free. One really cool thing about GRiZ is that he plays the sax, and on tracks like ‘Smash The Funk,’ its like hearing Big Gigantic jam over an old school Pretty Lights track. Other standout tracks include ‘Wheres The Love,’ which has a sexy smoothness to it, interlaced with all kinds of crazy bass action, and ‘Mr. B,’ another awesome bassy hip hop track featuring the one and only Dominic Lalli (of Big Gigantic). Since this album, GRiZ has also released collaborations with both Gramatik and Big Gigantic which are equally awesome and definitely worth checking out. It’s very cool to see all of these guys coming out of a jazz scene into bass music and forming their own little pocket of the scene, and it’s going to be interesting to see where GRiZ, as well as the rest of the other electro-soul innovators, go in the coming year.
4. Kill The Noise – Black Magic EP | iTunes |
This EP dropped a few months back and since has been one of our go-to releases for ear-shattering bass and massive, room filling tracks. Jake really covers a lot of ground with Black Magic, ranging from his giant dubstep tracks, to the elaborate piano track, ‘To Be Continued’. All in all KTN really steps out of his usual sound and focuses less on the maximal bass, and more on the hard, melodic beats. Black Magic truly goes to highlight the production talent from KTN and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us in 2013.
5. Calvin Harris – 18 Months | iTunes |
While many of Harris’ collaboration tracks on here had been priorly released as singles or in EPs, it still stands that as a collective album, 18 Months is spectacular. Instantly recognizable collaborations like ‘We’ll Be Coming Back’, ‘Iron’, and ‘Sweet Nothing’, have been massive tracks in the pop realm, but tracks like ‘Bounce’, ‘Awooga’, and ‘Here 2 China’ prove that this album belongs to dance music.
6. Krewella – Play Hard EP | iTunes |
Jahan, Yasmine, and Rainman have had one hell of a year. All summer they were playing at the biggest festivals across the states, and in the midst of it all dropped their Play Hard EP. This EP highlights this massive, North American dubstep, electro, and even progressive sound that is becoming so sought after, and the three have mastered it, manipulated it, and blown minds with it. From every meticulous wobble, synth, and vocal, this release is one of the best of the year and marks a massive milestone for the trio.
7. Seven Lions EP | iTunes |
While this release only featured four originals, each one of them is phenomenal. All of the tracks in this EP feature this incredible blend of trance, dubstep, and glitch hop, which mashes together seamlessly to paint the perfect image of a cloudy, coastal, utopia, filled with brain melting waves of bass in ‘Days To Come’, all the way to the descending, waterfall-esque piano feature in ‘The Truth’.
8. KOAN Sound – The Adventures of Mr. Fox EP | iTunes |
Last year when Funk Blaster dropped, KOAN Sound really helped to highlight the funkier side of dubstep. Each one of these tracks starts out with slick melodies before leading into funk-filled bass with massive walking bass lines. The 7 tracks are appropriately arranged. Three originals, then the breath of fresh air, ‘Introvert’ which acts as an interlude, then three remixes of the originals on the backside. This is my favourite EP of the year, and deservingly so. While KOAN Sound releases seem too far and few between, when they release an EP, you know you’re in for a treat.
9. Netsky – 2 | iTunes |
Sometimes I feel that this album went a little too unnoticed. To put it into perspective, the deluxe edition features a whopping 30 tracks, each one deserving of the spotlight. Tracks like ‘Love Has Gone’, ‘Come Alive’, ‘Puppy’, and ‘Jetlag Funk’ all leave you with a smile on your face and a craving for more smooth drum n bass.
10. AN21 & Max Vangelli – People of the Night | iTunes |
While some would argue that AN21 & Max Vangelli are more known for their DJing skills than their originals, this phenomenal debut album features a slew of grandiosso house tracks. Collaborations with some of the biggest DJs like Tiesto, Steve Angello and more, this album really highlights the essential aspects of house music at it’s core. While there are a few tracks that aren’t quite there, other bangers like ‘H8rs’, ‘Bombs Over Capitals’, and ‘Glow’ drive the album through and pave way for the rest of the tracks on People of The Night.
Big Gigantic and GRiZ on the collaboration for a new track titled ‘Power’. I told myself I wasn’t going to post at all this week because of finals… obviously that worked out well. Just had to get this one up quick, now back to the studying. Check it and enjoy!
Big Gigantic x GRiZ – Power | Download |
I think it’s about time for a more mellow, laid back tune don’t you? GRiZ and Gramatik team up here for a massive electro-soul collaboration with some of that feel good funk in there too. Now this track dropped a week or so back and I know we’ve already posted it, but the free download is finally with us today, and I don’t know if it’s just me, but this one is much needed right now.
Grizmatik – Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom | Download |
I could not be more stoked for this project. Two of my favorite producers, GRiZ and Gramatik teaming up for the ultimate collaboration duo called Grizmatik. Both producers just let loose legendary albums, GRiZ with his Mad Liberation, and Gramatik with Digital Freedom. A few weeks ago we posted the music video for their new track ‘Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom’, but today we have the full version of the funky, groove-step tune, along with a download link. GRiZ and Gramatik have been making HUGE moves in the EDM scene, and this new track is truly something special. Check it below and enjoy.
Grizmatik – Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom | Download |
I can’t be the only one who has been waiting for these guys to release something together. They’ve been playing sets together occasionally, and even had one Secret Set at Electric Forest with Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic under the name Big Grizmatik. Both Griz and Gramatik have an awesome funky hip hop sound, and to me, this seems like a collaboration that was just destined to happen. It has some awesome guitar work courtesy of FAQ, the guy who plays guitar alongside Gramatik at many shows, and all in all is a great track if you like heavy bass and funk (and really, who doesn’t?). Personally, I absolutely love this, and I would be surprised if they didn’t have a bunch more music in the works under this name. Get stoked, everyone. Grizmatik is taking over. They just created a Facebook page this morning, which is linked down below the video. Definitely get over there and like them. The video description says we can expect a release of this as a download in the near future. Until then, kick back, spark up if you’re in Colorado (or anywhere else, really), and enjoy!
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The Detroit native GRiZ who brought us his free 12-track album Mad Liberation last month, is back again with a brand new electro-soul / future funk remix of Two Fresh’s ‘Du Du Doo’. Sparking this original ablaze into a whole new level of perfect musical innovation, GRiZ places “ruffneck” samples periodically throughout the track while working his magic behind the boards to season this tune heavily with his future funk signature sound.
After playin this one out over festy season and the start of this fall tour and noticing how much everyone has been diggin this track I thought it was finally time to give it up to ya’ll for a free download!!!
Show Love Spread Love,
Two Fresh – Du Du Doo (GRiZ Remix) | Download |
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Mad Liberation is a collection of songs that I have been working on for the past year that ranged from mostly original compositions to varied sample work (retro vinyl recordings and new all original recordings); digital synthesis that took me weeks to master; to live instrumentation tediously and soulfully recorded by myself and some of my very good friends.
This collection of noise – to me – became an album, a sound in a whole, an idea free from limits of thought and more an idea of the heart and soul. Mad Liberation is a piece of me that is representative of my past, breathes life into my present, and is a taste of the future.
I don’t have fancy recording equipment, amazing speakers, crazy keyboards, complicated sample packs, proper studio time, cutting edge midi controllers, or outboard mixing gear.
What I do have is an endless imagination of the future/now, unrelenting will, constant fascination, and a heart that has no capacity to stop loving and trying.
This business – when you boil it down – is not about the machine, but about the man. Even electronic music is humanistic. We breath life into these dead things to make them whisper and ROAR!! I am inspired by that fact, and this is what sets me free.
This is Mad Liberation
P.S. Thank you all for continuing to support my sound. I am so blown away, impressed, and excited at how many of you guys come out and show love at my shows! Thanks for being such a big part of it!! (this is only the beginning for #teamGRiZ)
GRiZ – Mad Liberation (Album) | Free Download |
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The 21 year old Detroit native we all know as GRiZ has announced his new album Mad Liberation to drop September 4th for free. Today GRiZ decided to give the fans one more peek before the release of his debut, with this electro soul future funk banger, ‘Smash The Funk’. Check this one out below and tune back Sep. 4th for Mad Liberation.
GRiZ – Smash The Funk | Direct Download |
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