Author archive for Kevin Clarkston

  • Feed Me & Crystal Fighters “Love Is All I Got”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Tuesday, February 12, 2013
    English electro artist and signee to Deadmau5′s Mau5trap label Feed Me has unveiled “Love Is All I Got,” a collaboration with Crystal Fighters.  The two acts met on tour in Australia nearly two years ago and, after a few nights out, decided to take the mutual love into the studio. And “Love Is All I Got.” Chocked with plenty of […]
  • Avicii “Three Million” Ft. Negin

    By Kevin Clarkston on Monday, February 11, 2013
    To celebrate reaching three million fans on Facebook last week, Swedish wunderkind Avicii has decided to show his thanks by releasing “Three Million.” And fans should be thankful, as “Three Million” is an anthem filled to the brim with dramatic synth lines and effects that crescendo into one big, beautiful sound.  Avicii plays fast and loose with tempo, shifting from […]
  • Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven (Solidisco Remix)”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Sunday, February 10, 2013
    After sprinkling some remix magic over a bootleg mix of Rihanna’s monster hit “We Found Love,” Solidisco injects Bruno Mars’ ”Locked Out of Heaven” with their brand of euphoric retro disco. The crew ramps up the 80′s production with bright synths, snare snaps and hair-band style guitars during the verses. But just when you think you’ve been transported back to 1985, the […]
  • Flying Lotus “Such A Square” Song Review

    By Kevin Clarkston on Friday, February 8, 2013
    Flying Lotus’s latest single, “Such A Square” shows that listeners can still expect the unexpected from him.  808 drums and bass skitter underneath reverberating synths, while a smorgasbord of effects weave in and out. The effect is both gorgeous and slightly disorienting. “Such A Square” also provides the soundtrack for director Adam Fuchs’s new video to promote “Sub Phatty,” an analog synthesizer […]
  • SKYE Shares “Featherlight”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Sunday, February 3, 2013
    SKYE has unveiled “Featherlight,” the lead single from her third album Back To Now. The combination of bubbly synths, gentle, pulsating bass and drums and SKYE’s smooth, airy vocals gives the track a laid back air. The kind of tune crafted for those who like to bust a move without working up a sweat. “Featherlight” finds the singer in a more […]
  • 3 A.M. “Struttin”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Saturday, February 2, 2013
    “Struttin,” the new song from Canadian trio 3 A.M., wears its title on its sleeve. Or rather, its bass line, a giant slab of industrialized funk that bulldozes through the entire track. Distorted vocals, a bevy of ear-perking effects and hair-raising synths are the cherries on the sundae of an insanely danceable and addictive track. It’s the kind of loud, […]
  • Fake Blood Remixes Wretch 32′s “Pop”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    Fake Blood has churned out a remix of “Pop” by fellow Brit, Jermaine Sinclair, aka Wretch 32.  Blood’s version cuts up Sinclair’s vocals and most of the original’s melody, sending them spinning over some put-some-hair-on-your chest bass.  He transforms the track from mid-tempo trap-rap/dubstep stomper to seductive, almost sinister house. European fans will get the chance to groove to the remix […]
  • The Killers’ “Miss Atomic Bomb (Felix Cartal Remix)”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Wednesday, January 23, 2013
    The Killers may be an alt-rock band, but their music–”Mr. Brightside” in particular–has often found a second life  in DJ sets and in remixes by Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren, “Miss Atomic Bomb” is the latest track to get an electronic makeover, this time from Felix Cartal. Keeping frontman Brandon Flowers’ powerful, emotional vocals front and center, he swaths […]
  • Blue Foundation “Datascroller (Remix)”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
    To celebrate the releases of their remix album, In My Mind I Am Free Reconstructed, Blue Foundation have unveiled their remix of Apparatjik’s “Datascroller.” The Brooklyn duo inject the track with their own brand of electronic dream pop, splicing up vocals and incorporating stop-and-start drums with bending, ghostly synths.  Featuring reworkings of tracks from their full-length debut In My Mind I Am […]
  • Skrillex Releases New ‘Leaving’ EP

    By Kevin Clarkston on Saturday, January 19, 2013
    Skrillex has unveiled his Leaving EP. Featuring three previously unreleased tracks from the DJ/producer, the new EP was offered up as a gift to subscribers of “The Nest”, which is the drip.fm channel of Skillrex’s label, OWSLA. The three tracks are definitely worth a listen. “Scary Bolly Dub” has the familiar floor-rattling dubstep drops Skrillex is known for, but infused with […]
  • Darwin Deez Releases “Free (Unicorn Kid Remix)”

    By Kevin Clarkston on Thursday, January 17, 2013
    Darwin Deez’s “Free,” a ridiculously catchy alt-pop jam from his sophomore album Songs For Imaginative People, gets the remix treatment from Unicorn Kid. Injecting his quirky chiptune and rave-inspired sensibilities, the track transforms into a euphoric, pogo-ing anthem swathed in stacks of synthesizers and propelled by steam-rolling bass and drums. Deez’s vocals have taken on a new shade as well, his […]
  • Far East Movement, Rell The Soundbender “Ain’t Coming Down” (Ft. Matthew Koma &Sidney Samson)

    By Kevin Clarkston on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    We’re barely halfway through January and there’s already a new dance subgenre–electro trap. And we have Far East Movement and Rell The Soundbender to thank. The quartet teamed up with the DJ/producer to create “Ain’t Coming Down,” featuring Matthew Koma and Sidney Samson. The track melds trap style 808 snares with speaker-busting bass and unwieldy synthesizers. Meanwhile Koma and Samson’s serene vocals […]