The hip-hopper’s fans will want to study this particular paragraph: “He only has two songs finished that he likes. One is a collaboration with Beyoncé that he recorded a while ago. The other is a song that he expects to inspire a paradigm shift. His days of releasing lay-up bangers that everyone loves right away are over. For now.”
On his next album, he’s said to be keen to “shock” his listeners and its tone and new direction is compared with Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak. “Drake agrees and, as if to reinforce that notion, he tells me that Boi-1da said he needs to listen to the non-Beyoncé song a few more times before he can decide whether it’s good or not,” writes Ernest Baker. “It appears that Drake is ready to deviate from his winning formula and get a little weird.”
Keys ‘N Krates are the Toronto-based trio known as the world’s first and possibly only “trap band”. Consisting of Jr, Flo on the turntables, Matisse on keys and Adam Tune on drums, the group formed in 2008 with the goal of bringing a live sound to hip-hop and electronica. The result is a truly unique and humanising exploration of bass-heavy club anthems laden with crisp trap sneers, surreal samples and deep, euphoria-inducing synths.
Aside from refining their visionary live sets playing festival institutions like Tomorrowland, Electric Zoo and Lollapalooza, Keys ‘N Krates have dropped EPs on imprints like Dim Mak and Mad Decent. And with an-already crammed touring schedule for 2015 criss-crossing around Australasia and the United States, this year is poised to be one of their biggest yet.
Afrojack & Bassjackers dropped their collaboration “What We Live For” at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami a few weeks ago. Today the collaborators released the official video for the track. The music video begins with a few clips from Afrojack’s performance at Miami Music Week. The story line begins with three boys who discover an abandoned barn. They search the barn and finding vintage headphones a piano and a turntable. Once you put the puzzle together, you’ll discover that those boys represent Afrojack, Marlon & Ralph of Bassjackers. It then began to segment in and out of Afrojack’s performance on the mainstage at Ultra from a few weeks ago. Watch the full “What We Live For” official video provided below. Enjoy!
Scratch DJ Academy posts former DMC Vice Champion, DJ Mista B’s scratch routine. San Francisco’s Mista B is a USA DJ Champion and currently performs at major clubs and venues. He is a founding member of 4onefunk, a group where DJ’s and Producers expose mixtapes, custom remixes, and edits. Mista B’s mixes include music from many original and rising Bay Area artist. Watch his routine below to IAMSU’s track “Backflip” where he cuts up the beat on some Technic 1200s and Traktor Z2.
Akai has been crushing the small controller game with their AMX Serato hyper-portable mixer and AFX effects and cue/loop/Flip controller . At Musikmesse no surprise to see them coming out with yet another low-cost portable controller, the MIDIMix – this time focused just on a multichannel mixing layout.
For DJs and producers who perform live with a DAW, this is an awesome new piece of kit because it’s simple and straight forward – you get to avoid all of the additional features and clutter of a controller like the Akai APC 40MK2 and have focused controller for EQs, effects, and channel volume. Read full review on djtechtools.com.
This 11-year old Austrailian producer may be the real deal according to sources. Rhys, who goes by the alias Black Summer, has had an interest in since a very young age. Rhys has been producing for a little over five years. What separates Rhys (Black Summer) from other young up and coming DJs is where his skill level currently stands with producing. Many teenage DJs use their age as an advantage whereas Rhys uses his tracks as a one up. Only 11-years old, Black Summer is recognized by some big names in the industry such as Triple J and Australian producer Flume. Triple J quotes “The best thing about being 11 and making music is that you have a whole world of time ahead of you.” Watch the full interview with Triple J and Black Summer below.