“Murda” by Candyland

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Santa Barbara based DJ/producer Candyland has gone a little more aggressive with her most recent release. “Murda” infuses dancehall themes with the gritty style that is Candyland. According to a statement made to Billboard, Candyland explains:

I definitely have been wanting to do something a little more aggressive for a while. Sort of sneak back to the old Candyland sound. I think Murda perfectly blends the old with the new. Shows where I’ve been and where I’m trying to go to.

Currently, Candyland is gearing up for a June release through Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak. Till then, get some headbanging in your schedule with “Murda.”

Release Date: May 18, 2015

“Molly On My Chest (Benasis Remix)” by Riff Raff, Yung Nation & Crichy Crich

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Benasis’ newest release, a remix, is, simply put, an emphatic fusion of trap and hip hop. The track features cyclically repeating vocals that combine with the absolutely disgusting, I say this in the most enthusiastically positive way, heavily-dropping rhythm and beat. Literally right out of the gate, the track features a suspense-building amalgamation of increasingly quick, rap style, vocals and a much lower, in comparison to the tempo further in, beats per minute (BPM). As the track continues, the tempo rises and falls, referencing BPM, in a manner similar to other trap mixes. Additionally, the vocals pick up in speed and intensity, thereby delving into the gloriously diverse world of rap and hip hop.

Overall, this remix is fantastic! It features a nice range of musical styles, vocal patterns, and an impressive tempo. As I listen to the track, I can almost feel the desperate need to rave clawing away inside my brain, just begging me to start pounding my fist like a crazed animal, begging to be released from the cage of ennui. Well done Benasis!

Release Date: May 20th, 2015 

“Bitch Better Have My Money (Flosstradamus Remix)” by Rihanna

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It’s all just a matter of “who did it best ? ” as remixes of RiRi’s hit single continue to take over the internet. While some fans may feel that this track is overplayed, Chicago-based duo Flosstradamus put their name in the running with their rendition of “BBHMM” by reworking Rihanna’s anthem into another banger, characterized by the blistering drops which can be felt across the far reaches of  HYDNATION. Don’t act like you forgot.
Release Date: May 18th, 2014

“Ocean Floors” by Headphone Activist

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Unbelievable. That’s the word that popped into my mind when I first heard Headphone Activist’s newest release, Ocean Floors. The track, immediately, opens up with a soft and emotionally-calming melody. As I continued listening, my mind, it felt like, slowly melted into an almost trance-like state. My heart slowed, my fidgeting halted, and all focus that I could possibly muster up, was now entirely centered on the music.

Throughout the track, there is little deviation from the same, seemingly standardized, tone; albeit, there are additions to the rhythm that add a layer or two of complexity. Regardless of its outright simplicity, the track does exactly what it’s supposed to do. That is, completely alter whatever vibe was previously present in a room, and transform into a meditative and relaxed atmosphere. Overall, the track manages to include some serious alterations to the usually heavy snaring and hip-hop based beats, however, it remains similar in its emphasis on repetitiveness and hardstyle sampling.

Release Date: May 12th, 2015

“Kung Fu Kick” By P Money

This tune is a short one, but truly a banger. It’s been out for a while but I’ve had it on repeat as of recent, it definitely fits my mood for finals time and getting fired up for the summer.

“Bitch Better Have My Money (Diplo & Grandtheft Remix)” by Rihanna

 

Diplo and Grandtheft have delivered again, just in time for festival season. These two have an undeniable chemistry that has been proven time and time again, and they held no punches on this absolutely fire remix of Rihanna’s new hit “Bitch Better Have My Money.” As always with these two maestros, this record is expertly mixed, infusing a twerk tempo beat with perfectly placed trap elements before exploding into a massive, futuristic bass breakdown that is definitely going to be running main stages all summer long. Press play above and allow Diplo and Grandtheft to take you to unprecedented turn up levels.

“The Don” by Statik Link and Trap Sounds

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Today, EDM producers, Statik Link and Trap Sounds released an awesome new collaboration track! As soon as I hit play, the catchy, malevolently tinged, beat poured through my ears and switched my mind into overdrive. As the track carries on, the ominous beats grow complex; becoming catalysts for an onslaught of fiery, impassioned, emotions. The feeling continues through to the end, leaving anyone listening with a fantastic impression of the producers and a desperation for more.

Overall, Statik Link and Trap Sounds have managed to effectively mix the upbeat and intensive sounds of trap with the dirty and provocative pounding of the twerk sub-genre. This is, most definitely, going to be one of the top tracks of the week as EDM aficionados across North America flock to the profoundly addictive rhythm.

Release Date: May 8th, 2015