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5 reasons we’re all about Vaski at the moment

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Vaski

Vaski is hot shit. The Minneapolis producer just keeps churning out absolute beasts of tunes. He touches on all kinds of genres, from dubstep to trap to indie and beyond. There’s just something about those crisp, fresh beats and killer melodies. This dude can rock a synth and keep it musical in the process. So what is about Vaski that keeps us coming back for more? Well, let’s start at the beginning, with the tune that first caught our attention.

Vaski – Insane ft. Ava

Dubstep at it’s finest. A dreamy intro with gorgeous keys and that awesome vocal from Ava (don’t know much about her). Absolutely stunning. And then it drops in the most perfect way. You cannot help but nod your head to this and feel good about yourself. Brilliant.

Vaski – Killing Time

A new one, and something a little different, slowing things down. It’s just a nice beat with some decent chords. A real versatile piece of music. After all, who wants to listen to the same beat all day and night?

Cage the Elephant – Come A Little Closer (Vaski Remix)

Here, Vaski takes a perfectly fine indie song and gives it a little twist and a kick. It’s respectful of the strong vocal and creative enough to give a new meaning to the sound. It keeps the best elements of the original tune in tact and just brings a little more oomph. We think it actually sounds better than the original, so hats off. The man loves his indie sound. Case the Elephant also appreciated the remix apparently, so it’s all love.

Vaski – Cobra

We like this one ‘cos it’s pretty in-your-face. It’s a harder sound than a lot of his other work, but it’s god a nice, dark edge to it. It sounds like something Mix Master Mike would pull out for one of his insane mixtapes. Nothing fancy. Just a good beat.

Sound Remedy – Chiaroscuro (Vaski Remix)

Now, the original of this tune is a damn fine piece of music in its own right, and Vaski makes the most of his source material here, throwing in a really grungy drop with a nice, stepping beat. This is a little more upbeat than the original and another strong remix from Vaski.

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Listen: Three phat tunes from the new Dub FX album

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Dub FX

Hold onto your butts ‘cos we’re about to get HUGE. The new Dub FX album has just dropped and it’s a barnstormer.

Melbourne born Dub FX has been an underground fan base that spans the four corners of the club. A pioneer of live looping, Dub FX fuses beat boxing, soulful vocals and lush basslines to create a raw, edgy sound that warms the cockles. Thinking Clear is Dub FX’s third album and we’ve been giving it a good listen. You need to get on it!

To whet your appetite and get you in the mood, hear are three tunes from the LP for your listening pleasure. Real party vibes pieces of music. Enjoy!

The album is brought to you by CONVOY UNLIMTED and Membran.

ROAD TO BABYON

WHERE I BELONG

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Intelligent fusion: Mantis rain fire with new EP

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Mantis

It’s a tricky path producers of metal-influenced EDM walk. How do you keep the production values high without sounding cheesy? Thankfully that’s not a problem Mantis have to worry about because their new EP is raw as f-ck. In the span of just five tracks, the two lads from Atlanta explore the rugged side of drum n bass, dubstep and metal. The Avidity EP is a clear attempt at breaking the mould — and it pays off. We wanted to find out more so we went straight to the source to ask the lads a few questions.

The new tunes are doing damage. What made you want to put out an EP that explored so many genres?

Well to be honest, we were tired of just writing an EP that was just an assortment of songs. We wanted to do something with more substance, so we opted for the mini album structure where all the tracks flow continuously as one piece of music. Want to send a big thanks out to Crime Kitchen for letting us do our thing on this record and not nitpicking the songs!

How big a milestone is this new EP for you?

We definitely feel it is our most mature work to date, it’s got something for everyone on it. So, that being said we are very proud of it. The reception thus far has been really good!

You’ve got a show coming up in London soon (April 16). What can people expect from that?

Man, so fucking excited for that one. When we first started out, we would always see the ERGH lineups and drool. Now we get to go and headline it, it’s very surreal. People can expect a no holds barred audio assault though, per usual.

What do you say to people who say dubstep is dead?

Shut up.


Buy the EP on iTunes now!

Go check out Mantis alongside P0gman and Diskord on April 16 at Fire in London on April 16. French readers can get their fill of bassy goodness on Aptil 15 at at Cabaret Sauvage in Paris.

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Starting as they mean to go on: CLOAKS – Wraith

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Label spiel: After remaining in the shadows for quite some time, the bass rooted duo CLOAKS is ready to enter the light as they make their debut with the heavy single “Wraith”; out now on Pantheon. in what will be the first of many, the ominous pair of Joey Fisher and Chris Curran make strong first impressions with the moniker as “Wraith” provides an old-school dubstep feel with cutting edge contemporary approaches; providing a trailblaze of a pathway to a new mantra of bass music. And with plenty in their arsenal moving forward, these two are ready for the world to be enraptured in their sound.

Our take: This tune is sweet little surprise. What we love about this one is the fusion of styles, with this kind of dreamy, trancey intro, somewhat Eric Prydz-esque, that builds up to a gargantuan, unforgiving drop. It gets a little happy clappy in the mid-section but then they pull it back with the second drop. It’s that bass and those wicked synths we wanna hear more of in future offerings. Nice job!

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