So I last heard from Nick Thayer on his Like Boom EP which I thought went far too unnoticed considering how brilliant it is. Anyway, the Melbourne producer is back at it with this next EP, titled Worlds Collide. The whole EP is packed with futuristic sounds, covering all styles of bass music while creating face melting drops, and brilliant tracks. Check out the track breakdown and the full streaming EP after the jump!
After he graciously played a brilliant live set during our Mixify festival, No Pets Allowed is already proving his versatility once again. I’ve heard this guy produce everything from disco to trap to dubstep, and I absolutely love it. This melodic, emotionally driven remix ox Lana Del Ray’s ‘Young and Beautiful’ is bound to get you moving in one way or another. Check out the free download on his page and enjoy!
The multi-genre, bass music producer duo known as Robot Factory have been blowing up the electronic music scene recently with their killer remixes of some club bangers. They’re about to drop their debut, label-released original mix entitled “Smokin” on Popgang and they’ve given TSS an early premiere with a stream of this wild track. Robot Factory is comprised of Dack Janiels (Tanner Chung) and Mindkill (Erik Hamamoto), two established skateboarders frequently seen running around with the Shake Junt crew in Hollywood, and also two musicians creating some of the dirtiest bass music to grace your subs in quite a while. This track gradually emerges from sonic subterranean depths before dropping into jittery, melodic trap euphoria. Thump the exclusive stream below and watch out for the official release on June 25th!
How do I even begin to describe this night? I got to the club around 10:30 and watched the opening DJs, Fashion Replicas, play and they were surprisingly incredible and set up for Ookay perfectly. Ookay managed to sneak on stage without too many people noticing and then popped up behind the decks and immediately dropped his Star Wars track and the crowd went NUTS. The best way to describe Ookay’s live performance is “crowd control”. He had the entire venue on their feet and going harder than I’ve ever seen the crowd at this club go. He played such a broad spectrum of music over the course of his set and it really highlighted how talented he is not only as a producer, but a performer as well. Enter Borgore.
Borgore was one of the first producers I listened to when I started getting into Dubstep and I had never seen him live before, so you can just imagine how excited I was to meet him and watch him throw it down in my home town. I was expecting him to play a pretty trap heavy set but while there was definitely a lot of trap and electro house tunes getting dropped, he really stuck to his filthy dubstep roots which was a very pleasant surprise. Two of the first dubstep songs I ever heard were Borgore’s remix of ‘Sleepyhead’ by Passion Pit, and his Guided Relaxation Dub, so I was borderline emotional when those were the two songs that he closed his set with. Hands down the highlight of my night was when Borgore got on the mic and told everyone to sit down on the ground and then he played Guided Relaxation Dub, and if you’ve never heard it then you’re a horrible human being and can’t appreciate how INSANE it was when it dropped.
After Borgore’s set was done, I went upstairs to interview Ookay. It went a little something like this:
TSS: Introduce yourself
Ookay: I’m ookay, also known as ookay, and I DJ music. Not country though.
TSS: What is your musical background?
Ookay: I come from jazz and gospel music, I grew up as a little church boy. My dad was a bass player in the church band, and my mom sang in the choir, so I was always around that type of stuff. My dad gave me a lot of insight into that area. When I was younger I listened to a lot of death metal and soul music. I’ve done pretty much every kind of music, that’s why my music is so out there.
TSS: How did you get into trap music?
Ookay: I was a house DJ for about 2 years, and when I was about to quit and become a student I tried a trap tune and a lot of people started to listen so I made a side project that turned into my main project and yeah, here I am.
TSS: Who are your biggest musical influences?
Ookay: My dad, I grew up watching him play the bass. People like Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. That has nothing to do with production, but that’s the music that I grew up listening to and really inspired me to start making my own music.
TSS: What do your parents think of your music/career?
-They actually used to not be supportive, they thought I was just doing drugs and illegal raves. But after 2 years of just working hard on music they saw how much this meant to me and how serious I was about it. I mean they were always supportive, and still are, they just didn’t like the scene at first.
TSS: When did DJ’ing/Producing turn into a career, and not just a hobby?
Ookay: As soon as I started touring a lot and money started coming in and I could use that money to help support my family. The first thing I wanted to do was help out my family, they’re my priority.
TSS: How has it been touring with Borgore and Kennedy Jones?
Ookay: AMAZING! Every show has been packed and out of control like this one. I’ve learned a lot from them and it’s really helped me grow as a performer. Hopefully this tour builds a fan base and lets people know who I am. It’s such a privilege just getting to hang out with all these great DJ’s.
TSS: Describe yourself in BPM.
Ookay: 10BPM, slow as fuck. Just kidding, I don’t know, maybe 120. I like a lot of deep house and I think it suits my personality.
TSS: Have any side projects?
Ookay: I’ve got Coaster, it’s a Deep House thing i’ve been working on.
TSS: Why the mask?
Ookay: It started out with me just not wanting people to know who I was, I wanted Ookay to be kinda mysterious. Then people just got used to it and it became my thing.
TSS: Where did the name come from?
Ookay: Literally no reason. I was signing up for Soundcloud and couldn’t think of a name so I just said “Okay”, but it was taken. So I added another O and people fucking loved it.
TSS: Which do you like more, festivals or shows?
Ookay: I haven’t done a festival yet so I can’t really say. But I really like playing in clubs or halls because it’s a lot more intimate and more fun. Plus at a show you know the people are there for you, and not just walking around a festival and happen to stumble across your stage.
TSS: What’s next for Ookay?
Ookay: Collaborations, new EP, more tour dates, bus tour around the US and maybe Europe, work on new singles, maybe an album. If I do an album it’ll be less bangers and more composed and written out songs.
TSS: Where do you think EDM is going?
Ookay: It’s growing really fast. The amount of talent right now is unbelievable. Trap is huge right now but who knows what the next big genre could be. It could be some weird mix of Jazz, Funk, and Dubstep. It’s impossible to know before it happens.
TSS: Fuck, Marry, Kill: Diplo, Michelle Obama, Dillon Francis
Ookay: I’d marry Diplo, fuck Dillon, and I guess kill Michelle..Just process of elimination, I hope I don’t get arrested for saying that.
TSS: Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?
Ookay: Probably the duck sized horses, they’re vegetarians so they wouldn’t want to eat me, just tiny bites.
I hope you’ve got the volume set high and all fragile objects within arms reach put away for this one because you’re about to absolutely lose it. Chances are if you’ve recently been to a Figure show you’ve heard this one just smashing the crowds, but if you haven’t you are in for a treat. Finally released for our listening enjoyment, “Perfect Timing(Stick Up Kids)”, comes packed with all the qualities a dub head loves. It’s got that drum and bass feel with the grimey notes that seem to overwhelm all your body’s sensations. Like I said, take precaution to surrounding objects because right now would be the perfect time to let go and let loose.
During his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix last night, Skrillex was also showing off some unreleased tunes from his own collection. This untitled original, we’re calling it “Untitled (This Much Power)”, was another to catch our ear after hearing Skrillex go back to his roots of producing dubstep while adding a touch of Knife Party’s eerie sampling style. We can’t wait for this on to drop. What do you think? Will Skrillex start bringing dubstep back?
Major props to Fools Gold Records on being the brain behind this awesome duo of El-P and Killer Mike. Under the name, Run The Jewels, the duo drop yet another BANGER from their upcoming album releasing for free on June 26th. 36″ Chains is a dubstep infused track that really shows the versatility of both members of Run The Jewels. The way El-P and Killer Mike crush this track really foreshadows how dope it would be if Hip-Hop and EDM’s sounds were infused even more. Take notes Waka Flocka, this is how EDM hip-hop is supposed to sound. Stream and download ’36″ Chain’ below. Check out Run The Jewels in your city, they’re on tour throughout the summer, cities and dates below.
So Vaski’s mix from our online festival was FANTASTIC. With low, growling wobbles and lots of ear pleasuring bass music, his set was a BIG success. Vaski has always been a fan favourite at TSS and he absolutely tore up his set. If you’re looking for an hour of seamless dubstep, with a brilliant tracklist and flawless mixing, this is the place to look. One of my favourite moments in the entire mix was when he pitted Flux Pavillion’s ‘I Can’t Stop’ against Brittany Spears vocals. You wouldn’t expect the two to work, but it just goes to show his creativity, and it actually comes out very well. Make sure to check the tracklist after the jump!
That awkward moment when someone tells you Dubstep is dead when it really isn’t even close. Can anyone guess where you’ve heard this before? Anyone? No? Ok fine…this was premiered in Flux Pavilion’s Diplo & Friends mix about a month ago. I had absolutely no idea the ID of this track but now it makes so much sense. This is a vintage Doctor P sound packed with loads of wubs and bass. Absolute monster of a track. You can grab this one on June 24th off Circus Records and Big Beat Records!
Our friends from the UK are back again with this official dubstep remix of Your Addiction. Combining on point lyrics from Duelle with the dubstep style we know and love from Culture Code really takes this song to the next level. Get used to seeing these guys on the site as they keep dropping awesome productions in this year to come. Turn it up and show Culture Code some love by liking them on Facebook and turn this UP!