Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Aylen "ON FIRE" EP


What if I told you there was one EP that was just released that could satisfy the needs of almost every EDM DJ in Madison? Well, if any of you have been following the career of Andrew Lin, aka Aylen, you know this isn't a stretch at all.  Some of my favorite electro, pop, dubstep, b-more, electrostep and moombahton all comes from the same guy! Yep, you guessed it, Aylen.  His latest EP features remixes from Xristo, Cy Kosis and Elonious who are all either favorites of mine or are becoming my favorites.  So, if you like moombah, electro, trap, dubstep or global bass, then this is your shizz.

Monday, July 30, 2012


Last summer was the summer of noise.   Skrillex ruled both the dubstep and electro worlds with legions of fans latching on to what was now being referred to as complextro.   Festivals highlighted acts that favored Massive basslines and maximal sounds.   And if you liked dirty, American style, rock infused dubstep, you were probably in heaven.   The sound that came to be known as brostep infected everything and every BPM in existence.  What's interesting is the sound that most challenges dubstep now isn't at a different BPM at all.  There is a sound that features tinny, rolling snares, big 808 bass drops and references to a variety of hood shit and it too occupies the 70/140bpm landscape.  It's called trap music and it's making it's way into your favorite DJ's sets as we speak.

To be clear, this article is not going to focus on the history of trap.   Those of you who are familiar with music history are probably familiar with DJ Screw, the Houston rap scene, sizzurp, New Orleans, Weezy and Waka, Lex Luger and all other things associated with the trap movement.  Indeed, trap has a very long "rap sheet", if you will.   It's definitely not new.   However, electro and dubstep DJ's producing hood music is a new phenomenon.  And while new school trapstars like Chief Keef from Chicago get and deserve press, this article is going to focus on the effect trap beats are having on the EDM scene.  Just know that if you like trap music a lot, eventually you are going to have to find out about Riff Raff.  The intent of this article though is to talk trap from the standpoint of Skrillex and others like him.  Lezzz go!

So why are we listening to trap music at EDM events anyway?  Simple answer: Flosstradamus.  And by way of shameless promotion, you can see them September 26th at Majestic Theatre (I'm opening) and they will sonically verify much of this article.   For many in the "future trap" scene: Flosstradamuss is Alpha and Omega (the beginning and the end...also a sly reference to ASCII) :)

So you might be thinking, I liked Flosstradamus when they played house music and toured with Kid Sister.  I know they can kill a dancefloor.  But do people really listen to this beat for hours? How do they dance? Well, first off.....trap is usually just part of EDM set, especially if you aren't masters like Flossy.  But there is a guy who's universally known for making people shake their assses.   His name is Baauer and he's the author of "Harlem Shake".  It's a big time track that shows how much dance appeal this "future trap" has.

Something you will quickly notice is a lot of this trap movement is intimately tied with Mad Decent.  Perhaps no single trap producer has made as much noise or laid down more of the "trap motif" than the Mad Decent recording artist, UZ.  He has an air of mystery surrounding him like so many of the modern trap producers.  Very few people know who UZ is, if he's another big producer or even where he is from.  Now that UZ has made a few appearances, that may be changing but the secrecy is now a part of trap lore.   Many producers take new names and go to great lengths to stay secret, coding their names in ASCII to be unsearchable.   People want to sound like UZ and they definitely have copied some of his other career choices.  Check out some UZ TRAP SHIT!!!

What about moombahton? Is anyone still making moombahton?  Some of the biggest and most promising names in the moombahton scene have been making some trap beats.   One of the best and brightest stars is Big Makk, who has been putting out high quality trap longer than most and still continues to make his mark on moombahton.   Another huge name that has released a trap EP as of late is our big haired hero, Munchi.   Munchi put a lot of thought about including sounds from the European hardcore scene he was involved in and it worked.  LeDoom is another moombah/dub producer infusing his trap beats with hardcore.  And lastly, Craze and Codes both had monster moombahton anthems earlier this year and now have a huge trap anthem "Trapped In Sydney" doing the rounds.

So what happened to Dubstep again? Skrillex? Hulk? Where ya at these days?  They are on the corner.

And what about the people who really love trap and have been down since day one? Many of them as I've mentioned earlier have taken aliases and code their names in ASCII.  Here are a few examples.

So if you've read and listened to everything in this post, you have a pretty good idea that "trap" is a lot of things but "new" isn't one of them.  If you like the sounds, get down to them now.  Who knows what's going to be "new" next summer? :)

Friday, July 27, 2012

Real, Good Music

So what would I call "real" music? It's a trick question because I really don't draw distinctions like that because it's all a matter of taste.  Having said that, gorgeous lyrics, stunning strings and keys and a voice that can kill or resurrect all go a long way to proving a song's "worth".   This summer, Foxes and "Let Go For Tonight" is the one that is moving me miles emotionally.  First I will post the original and a sick trap rework from my friends in Arizona, Decade and Nightmare!

How about some local flavor?  Who's making some trunk shakers and heart breakers in Madison this summer? Well let's give a "look see" shall we?

The main man behind Clearly Good Music, DJ Wyatt Agard has been working his ass off to bring you killer events.  Electrolust, Jump Around, City Lights, Tipsy Tuesdays and tons of parties past and present belong to Madison's reigning king of four on the floor.  Check out this mix he did at the first City Lights if you haven't already and remember why you see this guy every week :) Hehehe

How about the other kids from Clearly Good Music? You know, the ones with the stupid shirts.  Oh yeah.  The Deadly Vipers. :)  They have been busy playing out and scheduling some killer late summer releases.   Be sure to catch Slowed Motion at Inferno Nightclub every last Friday of the month.  Tonight we have Von as our special guest and next month features Nader from Chicago, IL and T&A Records.  Boom!  Tune in every Saturday from 5-8pm to hear the Deadly Vipers spin live on Moomba+ Radio.  www.moombaplus.com/radio

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Only Song I Need This Summer

Well welcome to some decent weather you crazy denizens of Madtown.  Are you all staying cool as a hula hoop?   Wyatt Agard and Christian Rokk and a lot of our DJ friends are looking forward to partying with you all summer long! Have you been to Tipsy lately?  I know last week was hot as hell and Mike Carlson, Nice Nice and Wyatt surely made it even hotter.  But tonight, there are no excuses!! Get to Jolly Bob's and have a tropical drink with Wyatt Agard and friends!


One of the hottest EDM producers over the last six months has been Florida's, Big Makk.  He's made the largest splash in the moombahton scene but best believe that Big Makk is 'bout that life.  He smokes weed on his weed.  He also is known to make sexy trap edits of already incredible tunes.  As the title promises, this is the only song I need this summer.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you really can't go wrong with Poptronic featuring Wyatt Agard and DJ Urbane. This will also be a sexy event.


Hope everyone enjoyed this post.  My name is Christian Rokk and I listen to a lot of music.  Very little of it is as fun as this gem from local heroes Soundkill3r and The Al Gore Rhythm Method called "Rock3t".  Get ready to blast off into an incredibly fun week.  Keep the music CLEARLY GOOD.