Monday, September 27, 2010

Barbara streisand - Afrojack

Two solid remixes from Afrojack of Duck Sauce's infamous 2010 track both similar but different remixes are a great club alternative to the nu-disco hit. The Meaty mix keeps the original Barbra Streisand melody while the Ducky mix eliminates it completely. Either way, shit gets real dirty about 2 minutes into both tracks

Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand (Afrojack's Meaty Mix)

Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand (Afrojack's Ducky Mix)

BONUS - Duck Sauce's music clip for 'Barbra Streisand'

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Beat the weekend part 3

Dubstep lord Rusko has done a banging remix of Ludacris' hit song how low can you go. If you like your bass this is for you

Rusko - How Lo Can U Gizzo

Introducing Dizz & Draz a duo out of Sydney these guys are ripping it at the moment getting alot of support from some big name djs for there mashups & Bootlegs. They sent this track along just last week and its a thumper even Dem Slackers is frothing on it, big things to come from these guys..

Dem Slackers - Fifty What (Dizz and Draz Bootleg)

At first i thought this remix couldn't be as good as the original but i was proven wrong with this destroyer its heavy its loud its all things good.

Congorock - Babylon (Comic Strips remix)

Not entirely sure what a Flux Pavilion is, but if this remix of Gold Dust is anything to go by it's a type of machine that likes making lots of noise, colossal robotic screams slung down into a sticky prime-time dancefloor banger.

Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)

Choosing to mock an international super villain Pance Party have released an Ep back in feb called kim jong thrill and with this came a high energy electro thumper with more layers than an onion this track will sure get you moving..

Pance Party - kim Jong Thrill

LA duo King Fantastic has done something dope to this Bassnectar tune Base Head, One of those good examples of Dubstep x Hip-Hop x Party. (video)

Bassnectar - Bass Head (King Fantastic Remix)


Hey folks im currently doing the rounds in Se Asia, soakin up some rays on Koh Samet island, just south of Bangkok.

But in between my travels, Ive managed to get a hold of and conduct an interview with Kentucky native and all round bass fiend Figure, those that arent to fond of his work will be after today. Exclusives all round for Smidgem readers .Giving us insight to his production methods,his views on the american dance music scene and also his whole Torture Ep for free.Read on...

Q.Figure, welcome to the Smidgem blog, for those who aren't familiar with you or your music, an introduction would be appreciated.

Im Josh Gard , aka Figure from Louisville , Kentucky and I make heavy bass music.

Q.You were scooped up by the electronic music veteran Tommie Sunshine,who is widely known throughout the industry, has life changed for you much since then?

O sure , ever since we started working together as 2 groups (Sylaxia and Ec$tacy) and for general collabs ... I have gotten tons more gigs and I travel a lot more. I get paid way more now too!!!

Q.You have been played in countless amounts of clubs across America and worldwide , surely you have some strange encounters or awkward moments ,any youd like to share?

Man ... there are tons Im not even going to mention! But , There was a guy with my name written all over evey exposed part of flesh he had (he was in shorts) and he left a big spot on his chest for me to write my name! It's always awesome when the people that are opening for you tell you how much they like your music , or that they had to cut 4 of your tracks they always play out of their set because I was playing. Stuff like that is always cool. LA always is a place to play to get some stories!

Q.Has visiting down under to play and share your music come into thought??

Man I would love to come over there. I have a couple friends over there , Blaze Tripp and Dan Aux to be more specific. Check out their music if you haven't yet , their both fucking amazing.

Q.In 3 words, how would you describe your music?

Bass , Thrash , BASS!

Q.I was firstly impressed by your production skills, and then I was later to learn that you are quite an accomplished DJ, does this come in handy in an industry where
skills behind the decks can come under some heavy scrutiny? And how long have you been doing so?

Well, I started as a turntablist when I was 16 , I traveled a bit and did some cool things around the U.S. When I was 19 I started merging into making more electronic music and soon all the turntable stuff just slowed down so I could work on production. I even got to tour with some of the Beat Junkies and some of Rhyme Sayers roster , it was fun for the time being. I still keep up on all that stuff , but practicing and coming up with routines is a life within it self , and Im already way too busy doing this. Maybe someday I'll get a set together with some routines in it , that would be sick!

Q.From an Australian's perspective, it seems that in America dance music has only hit popularity fairly recently, would this be true from your perspective?

O yea man , Black Eyed Peas - Boom Boom Pow was one of the first 'Dance' bpm songs here in a long time that got things really rolling (not that i enjoy that horrid song). I know it sounds weird to say that , but music is still super poppy that is on the radio , its just more 'house' based now. When I do some club gigs around here in my spare time , its weird for a normal everyday person to ask me for so and so's REMIX of Lady Gaga or something. LOL. With Deadmau5 playing the Vma's and A-Trak playing the Nick teen Choice awards , I'm sure that is going to help a bit with all this music breaking through here.

Q.Ok, when your sitting down to make a track or remix, whats your procedure? Do you already have in idea in your head, or do you just start from scratch and wing it?

Well , the way I have ableton set up is there is a drum loop for about 1 min always there when i start a new session that I have made (I end up using different drums , but this is so i can get my ideas rolling). So , I guess I have to say I start with drums. For a remix , I normally go through the stems and pick out what I'm going to use , find the key everything is in , then I load up 'Massive' and start making one of my basslines in the key and layout of the song I'm remixing. And from there , its just a mix and match game , cutting things in , chopping parts , automating things and all that fun stuff. When I work on originals I normally start with the build up .. and that'll lead me into the main part , the drop , and from there it always seems like there isnt a ton left to do. That route always seems to be less stressful. It normally takes me 3 hours or so to finish all these songs , I think its just because I know exactly what drums I like and that Ive been using Ableton for SO long that there isn't any confusion on how to do what I want to do.

Q.On the topic of production, what equipment do you have at your finger tips?

I use Ableton 8 , Massive for all my basslines , and I master all my own stuff with multiple vst's from the Waves bundles. Midi gear wise , I use all Akia stuff , to be more exact . I have a Mpd25 , Apc20 , Lpk25 , and Lpd8. Im on a pc that I kind of built myself with Krk Monitors and the krk sub woofer. I dj with Serato , but im currently switch over to cdjs and also to albeton for some gigs so I can do live stuff. But the main thing is my piano that you can hear in all my newer stuff , gotta get my Addams family on!

Q.Your music, could best be described as very in your face and full of energy. What musical bands/groups/artists have influenced you making the sound your making today?

This is always that weird question , because you don't want to name the obvious people to look like that guy. But , in all honestly most of my friends music is what drives me. Blaze Tripp , Hostage , Heapy , Calvertron , Udachi , Kissy sell Out and just alot of people that have the right idea , in my mind. I enjoy a lot of Kanji Kentics music. But out side of my type of music , Im always trying to listen to new drum and bass and dubstep , I try to pull some of the 'intenseness' into my stuff. If some of these dubstep guys starting making stuff at 133 bpm or something and had 4/4 drums , this whole bassline thing would blow up again.

Q.Figure,And i also understand you have an exclusive present for Smidgem readers, what would this be?

Yup! I have a couple new things for you to share with em. First off is this song 'The Phantom' I JUST finished , its kinda of ode to the overture from the Phantom of the Opera .I also letting ya post the entire first 'Torture' ep and Im annoucing the remixers for the official remix ep that's about to drop! The remixers are R!M!E , ETC!ETC! & Mr. Vega , Heapy , Kraymer , Lemi Vice , NoNewYork , Shear Gen1us , Space Laces , Subliminal , and Turbo P! HUGE REMIX PACK!!! I also have my follow up ep for Torture on Idiot House Records in the works , the originals are done , I just waiting on the remixes .Thats for another post though!

Figure- The Phantom

Q.Thank you for taking time from your day, its much appreciated.Get yourself down to Australia if you get the chance as im sure you will be welcomed anytime to destroy a dance floor or two.Peace


Make sure you keep following Figures Twitter and Soundcloud as its constantly being updated with new material for your listening pleasure.OH and dont forget to check his teams blog,
Penned Madness.

With permission from the man himself, here is all the promised sounds.

Figure- Torture EP Exclusive!


Torture (Original Mix)
Torture (Hostage Remix)
Torture (Udachi Remix)
Torture (Noise Floor Crew Remix)
Bitches (Original Mix)

And the latest chapter in his mix series.Tracklisting at the links destination!
Figure Aces Of Bass Mix Vol 3. (MediaFire link)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Dance Ledgend

As far as an Australian DJ goes, it doesn’t get much bigger than AJAX. He held the title of #1 DJ in Australia for several years, has headlined parties, events and festivals around the country, not to mention the world. He has released countless mixed CD’s, several which have topped the charts. And he is the founder of Sweat It Out records who are responsible for some of the coolest and biggest tunes floating around the dance party scene. Be sure to check him out if your lucky enough to be attending PARKLIFE festival which is touring Australia and kicks off in Brisbane 25th sep. Yeeeew

Here is a little 5 min mini mix teaser of the Billion Dollar House Party mixtape which toured and released back in august. Packed with Electro, techno, dubstep, urban and all things in between be sure to head on over to itunes HERE to purchase the full album which has over 60 tracks mixed by the master himself.. Get on it

Billion Dollar House Party mini mix - AJAX

My favourite mixtape from the dance ledgend would have to be Dance Till Dawn it's an oldie but who really cares with an epic tracklist from start to finish be sure to get ya grubby hands on it.

AJAX -Dance Till Dawn tracklisting in comments

Check this Vid out.


"A Guerilla revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A Guerilla revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one mix overthrows another. "

All the way from the Amsterdam i present Guerilla Speakerz. You ready for an eargasm...? Ok then this mix is for you a dark hot and raw mix packed to the gills with lots of electro thumpers. Tracklisting in comments


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Beat The Weekend.. part 2

As promised here is part two of the weekly series..

The rave anthem of the deacade gets a rework by The Only. They keep this edit nice and simple

When i think Will Bailey i usually think dutch house. However with this track he has definitly changed my perception of him with the long build up that seems to keep stepping up throughout the whole track. Kinda reminds me of Bart B More's 'Brap'
Will Bailey - Grind (Original Mix)

Ive been meaning to post these two tracks for weeks now. They're easily among of my favourite tracks to play in a set. High energy electro at its best!

The best track ive heard form Herve in a long time. Mad piano stabs, awesome vocals and the ghetto bassline that he does so well.
Herve - Together

And of course you cant beat the weekend without some dirty dubstep. This will mos def blow your speakers!
Excision & Datsik vs Don Diablo - Blow the Calypso

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Peking Duk

The nice fellas from Peking Duk just sent over their latest tracks all the way from the nations capital. The production work is right on point and they have a great 'jump up' vibe to them. I'm really diggin' 'Style' reminds me of early Bloody Beetroots stuff, with that double bass kick. Last time we did a post on the Duk it started Smidgems biggest 'flame war' with 12 whole comments, let's see if we can get 13!

Peking Duk - Style <----------BAWZ! (yeah that shit has a 'Z')

Peking Duk - To The Bar (Removed by Request)

Bonus: Classic 'troots, one of my favourites for sure!

Michael Sembello - Maniac (Bloody Beetroots Remix)


Check Deez Dcup's


So this being my first post, should introduce myself.
My names Emoh, I'm a DJ/Producer based in Sydney.
I play under the tastless moniker "Elmo is Dead"
Thanks to the Smidgen boy's for getting me on board!

Now to music...
2 Producer/Dj's i've been following for quite a while now; Yolanda Be Cool & DCUP.
Long before their "americano" stardom, DCUP was pumping out a New Disco remix just about every week, dominating the beatport charts.
And Yolanda's Afro Nut's tune, was getting play time from the likes of Surkin, Fake Blood & many more.

I think the two paired together make an amazing combination.
DCUP's phenomenal melodic, 80's Disco synth lines & stabs, combined with Yolanda's solid, contemporary tribal/house.
The result is a club banger with amazing groove, flow and feel.

Check out their Sing Sing Dub;
Jazzbit - Sing Sing Sing (Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup Dub)
A really cool track. The Transposed vocal lines are wicked, great kick & sub pattern & of course Dcup jumping in on the sax for a few riffs & stabs.

Another track of a similar nature is their Hey Hey remix;
Dennis Ferrer - Hey Hey (Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup Remix).mp3
Same Idea, awesome groove and a transposed vocal as the main theme.

If your in for something a little heavier, check out this mix of Americano;
Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup - We no Speak Americano (Elmo is Dead 'Live from Sydney' Remix)
Big Dutch/house synths, on a tribal groove with, a thumping kick & base.

I really feel these guy’s are going to be at the four-front of the club scene as we head into summer.
They’ve managed to appropriate Ibiza styled house music to the electro/disco market of Australia.
So money..


Thursday, September 16, 2010

In For The Kill

This would have to be one of the stand out tracks on Excision's Shambala mixtape. After hearing the Skream remix back in the day I thought no one else should even attempt to try and better it. But fuck Skrillex absoulutly killed it on this one.
I recently heard a preview of his new track 'Scary monsters and spirits' WOW. It is huuge! Stay tuned as it will be put up here soon as possible..

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Dub Monkey has put together this nice 12 track mix for all you dub fiends take a listen..

Intro – Ajapai – Mobilized
Dizzee Rascal Feat. Chase & Status – Heavey
Ajapai – Who Got The Bomb
FJH – Mantra
Detboi Feat. Ubber Wallya – Voices In Heaven
Faithless – Crazy Bal’heads
The Bird And The Bee – Fucking Boyfriend (MartyParty Remix)
Olive – You’re Not Alone (Dubstep Mix Polite)
Vaski Feat. Nik.One- Ferocious
Cassius – I Love You So (KRUSHA Remix)
Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (DYM Dubstep Remix)
FJH – CryStep VIP


TSS are a duo from belgium we posted their Mars Frau Mashup a while back and was really impressed then herd this and BOOM like it says refuck

Proxy - Raven (Tss Refuck)

All the way from blelgium again this time from Paco De Moor and this remix kills the original its got alot more of a glitch hard style.

Partyharders ft. The Subs - Pope of Dope (Paco De Moor remix)

No more needs to be said about these next two destroyers Antention is a very bad man. He promotes giving AK47s to everyone and generally blowing up the world.

Dj Antention - Real Bad

Dj Antention - Battery Charged

Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner speaks for itself yeah??. The tracks called “Animal Rights. Great colab great track.

Deadmau5 & Wolfgang Gartner - Animal Rights


Check out an absolutely new bangin jack beats remix to big boi’s summer jam “shutterbug. Its a shadowy electro-neon dancefloor update of the original and im sure you will agree this track will get any floor groovin.

Big Boi – Shutterbug (Jack Beats Remix)

Monday, September 13, 2010


Any Sydney sider would have heard of the dynamic duo known as Slow Blow consisting of Parihaka Beazley a.k.a Larry Kicks and George Barnes a.k.a G-Orgy. These two lads met during high school and both shared the same love for music and partying. Naturally the two boys started doing their own parties and now run many successful nights around Sydney. The boys have a monthly party at Goodgod small club in Liverpool street and a residency at Hugo's infamous sunday party Sneaky Sundays. Pari & George are one of the few left who still play and mix live with vinyl. They will playing Parklife this year and you can catch them in the Jagercube from 3pm - 4pm, so make sure you get on down. They have their own blog too which you can see below where they keep all their fans updated on parties, events and good music. You can also see their latest mix below from FBI Radio Station from a couple of weeks back. And yes they did it live on vinyl! So if you want to hear something you wouldn't normally hear elsewhere make sure you check the boys out at Parklife or one of their other weekly appearances around Sydney.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Beat The Weekend #1

Here at the Smidgem office we've been tossing up the idea of doing a mixed bag of beats for you every week and couldn't think of a better time to give them away than right before the weekend. So finally here it is...

Expect to start hearing a lot more of Tai in the future. With this track he seems to weld so many differnet genres together. Play this start to finish!

I have to admit i was completely blown away the first time i listened to this. Fedde has stepped up his game big time.

Sidney once again hits the nail on the head. Wait for the second drop!
Sidney Samson - Punkass

DCUP held nothing back on this one. Jump up fun..
Art vs. Science - Magic Fountain (DCUP Remix)

Huge remix by Sick Boy. Cant wait to see what he comes up with next
Eric Sharp & Bass Cadet - Thunder Cats (Sick Boy Remix)

Hah this song is epic!! Almost as addictive as the alcohol they're talking about...
"Call it what you wanna call it I'm a fucking alcohlic."

Excision - Shambhala 2010 MIX

BOOM,CRASH,EXPLOSION,BUILDING,KICK AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH Excision is back and coming at you like a shark on a skateboard with this most recent mixtape from Shambhala 2010. This man is well known for his Rotten Recordings his style of dubstep is the most dirtiest and darkest of all. This mixtape is no different. It's 80 minutes of filthiness.

Excision - Shambhala 2010 MIX


Duck Sauce

Duck Sauce have once again filled the disco house void with their latest masterpiece 'Barbara Streisand.' Mad respect to the boys at GDD for getting the early jump on this one! Its a safe bet to say that this will be as much of a summer anthem as their first single aNYway was..

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Dem Slackers

Dada Life- "Swagger Clouds Remix is the one for us! Sounds like chopped pork with loads of hot sauce! Great!"
Teen wolf- "i was becoming sober... until i got these tracks.... now you got me drunk again."
Urchins- "the whole thing is huge! Both originals are massive in their own right, and then the Bart B More and Clouds remixes take them into some next level shiiiiit. Peak time necessities for us in the next few months! Will support in a big way"

OK so I'm not too sure i need to say much more... This EP is absoulutley HUUUGE!!!
Ever since I heard the Dem Slackers remix of Fifty What I've been hanging for his next release.
Bmkltsch are releasing this beast on the 20th September. So for now good luck trying to pick your favourite remix... For me its either the Bart B More or Clouds mix. iseriously cant decide.

Let's Go EP by Dem Slackers

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Yard Birds

So my screen just fell off my sucks....really bad. However my life became slightly less crap when I discovered that my second favourite red head (my first being Thom Yorke of Radiohead) just realeased his newest EP. Boy 8-Bit has nailed it again with 'Yard Birds'. Coming of the back of 'Baltic Pine' which I thoroughly enjoyed "Yard Birds" is a chip off the ol' red block. Pure awesomeness in the build up, like, this shit has the sound of a plane flying overhead which makes sense because the bassline is a bomb, perfect amount of distortion, comma,. The flip 'From The Depths' is a little more Tech House-y which I don't usually like, however this one is pretty dark and I think would warm up or cool down the night 'LIKE A BAWZ'.

This is just a Soundcould preview you can pick up the EP at Beatport.

Boy 8-Bit - Yard Birds (Turbo 086) by boy8bit

Although what kinda of blogger would I be if I didn't offer you some free shit. Well here's a few to tide you over.

This one is a bit of a journey. Mixing up a few different sounds and keepin' it chugging along, again probably a party starter/ender or good to just 'space' by yourself.

Boy 8-Bit - Restricted 18 (Part1)

This one is up there with my favourite remixes, a rich labyrinth of sound I think this one was overshadowed by the fact Jack Beats remixed the same release (being 'so hot' at the time). The drums are perfectly layered and the strings section with the blissful Florence vocals, simply put AMAZING.

Florence + The Machine - Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit Remix)

I'm just waiting for him to remix The Black Dahlia Murder, he wears their band shirt almost everywhere he plays so it could happen. A collab perhaps Mr Bit? (If you are unfamiliar with TBDM click here)

ATTENTION - Dj Antention Preview's

Russian Heavy hitter Dj Antention has 2 new thumpers in the pipe line take a listen to these 2 previews be prepared for earbleeds hearing these mindblowing tracks! i suggest you listen to these loud and hold on. Release dates T.B.A cant wait..

REDIAL - The Boss Dj Antention preview

REDIAL - The Boss (Antention Remix PREVIEW) by djantention

IVAN Dj Antention preview

Antention - Ivan (PREVIEW ONLY) by djantention


Dj Antention - I Will CRASH (Original_mix)

Dj Antention - Jump (The Oddword Remix)

if you like what your hear scroll the blog for more tracks from Dj Antention