Last week the Knife Party Remix of this track was featured on EHusky, and it was a big hit. R3hab’s version is a step removed from his normal style in that it does not feature that signature, chainsaw bassline that we’ve talked about so much recently. Instead, it has a much more melodic and uplifting feel to it, seemingly more representative of someone like Fareoh. I’m definitely a fan, and I think this really thwarts any criticism people discussed involving R3hab’s tendency to make tracks that sounded to similar. Check it out, it remains unreleased as of now.
Atlantic City, built on lost money and rich New Yorkers with gambling addictions, is now an up and coming haven for house music. Bright billboards advertising for the likes of Tiesto, Ingrosso, and Alesso can be seen for miles as you approach the boisterous and gaudy Atlantic City skyline emerging near the Jersey shore. The only thoughts a sight like this really permits run along the lines of: “This is going to be a wild night.” And that it was. Before proceeding with the reviews of the actual show, let me make it quite clear that I never really had great expectations for David Guetta’s performance, perhaps because I bought into the “he’s way to poppy” sentiment that circulates within the EDM community. I say this despite the fact that I’d heard some of his live DJ sets, and I enjoyed them thoroughly. To me, Atlantic City represented that sense of “fakeness” that some people attribute to Guetta, so I was under the impression that his set would be dominated by his mainstream, pop-oriented tracks. Much to my enjoyment, my preconceived notions were thwarted instantly.
The Borgata is your typical casino; Nice, loud and welcoming… until you really look at the dismay and self-destruction written on the faces of those troubled patrons who haven’t left their seat at the slot machine for four hours. The concert venue, which was on a higher floor, was the polar opposite. Clean, breezy and carpeted, this was easily my favorite venue thus far. Voss water and $12 beers aside, the event center at the Borgata provided something that is overlooked at so many similar shows: Comfort. All night the crowd was blessed with a reasonable temperature and ample room to express themselves via inspired dance moves. Given the magnitude of the sets performed, such luxuries became necessities.
R3hab In The Mix
Anyone who follows R3hab on Twitter should be well-versed in the meaning behind a common hashtag of his: #ChainsawMadnessTour. For those who are confused as to what exactly this means, allow me to explain. R3hab’s musical style is characterized by massive, heavy, grinding bass lines that resemble loosely the sound of a chainsaw — though obviously a far more melodic version of. The talented dutchmen prepped the crowd with fifteen minutes of progressive and melodic house before stealthily dropping a nefarious, grinding track he collaborated on with Afrojack, “Prutataaa”. The response of the crowd was incredible, and I have to say at this point that no DJ that I have seen conveyed as much energy through turntables as R3hab did that night.
R3hab Drops His Remix of Skylar Grey’s “Dance Without You”
As the EDM genre grows in popularity, so do these shows. The result is an increased emphasis on extra production, i.e. light shows or high definition screens and even robots with lasers (we’ll come to that later). While this is largely entertaining, it sometimes drowns out the music, rather than complimenting it. This is what I’d like to refer to as ‘sensory overload’. R3hab sought to alleviate this problem, accompanied by nothing but his turntables, some spot lights and an MC on stage. In other words, the focus was on nothing but the music, as well as R3hab’s supreme skills as a DJ. And make no mistake about it, R3hab is a bona fide DJ. He produces hear and there, but he specializes in the ability to make members of the audience lose their mind in the sets he spins. The best part? No one was as into it as he was. It’s a pleasure to watch a DJ who truly loves what he’s doing, which is why EHusky believes R3hab to be a must-see for any true EDM buff.
The Essentials from R3hab’s Set:
Dance Without You (R3hab Remix) – Skylar Grey- To this day, “Dance Without You” remains one of my favorite R3hab tracks. It has such a melodic build, but the steep drop hits like a ton of bricks.
Throw Your Hands Up (Danza Kuduro) (R3hab Dayglow Remix) – Qwote - Oi Oi Oi, OI OI OI
In My Mind (Axwell Edit) – Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl ft. Georgi Kay - Swedish House Mafia’s pick for the #1 song in dance music right now. Impossible not to go absolutely crazy when you hear this live…
David Guetta In The Mix
Without even so much as a five minute break from the chaos that was R3hab’s set, David Guetta took the stage, now clad with a massive array of LED lighting and 3-D on-screen imagery. Unlike R3hab’s set, the world’s “#1 DJ” came prepared with a mind-blowing and multi-faceted production that supplied all of the sensory desires shared by members of the audience. He took off in full force, supplying endless energy to stunned electro-lites like myself for more than 2 hours. His set, while still affording some time for his pop-star alter ego, featured tracks from the likes of Hardwell, Nicky Romero, and Swedish House Mafia, among many others. Further, he played some of his club jams, like “The Alphabeat” and “Lunar”, a collaboration with Afrojack. Let’s focus on Nicky Romero, though.
At some point during the show, I remember tweeting about the overwhelming, yet wonderful presence of Nicky Romero’s material within the track list. Well, as it turns out, the two of them have been working feverishly on new music, spawning the collaborative duo that will now be known as “Jack Back”. Their most notable production as of now is “Wild One Two” which is incredibly popular, and currently holds the #2 spot on Beatport. When I attended this show, the track was unreleased, and had only been previewed. Needless to say, hearing the track in its entirety for the first time live was a memorable experience, and somehow most people knew the words, re-affirming my belief that EDM fans are now generally more educated in the happenings of the genre. This greatly enhances the atmosphere at any given show, and will ultimately help foster further growth of dance music in the United States.
David Guetta Drops Titanium (Alesso Remix)
Another Nicky Romero song that was superb on the mega-speakers was “Generation 303″, and I must confess I don’t think I have listened to a single track more since then. Now, let me point your attention to a song many profess to be played out: Avicii’s “Levels”. I have heard Levels at just about every show I’ve been to in the past 6 months, but it still has yet to get old. And when David Guetta dropped it at the Borgata, I witnessed the single greatest response I’d ever seen from a crowd. Even the few 50 year old couples were getting down and dirty. Levels strikes again with unbelievable prowess. It’s culmination led to intense chanting, breathing new life into the next track: Avicii & Nicky Romero’s “Nicktim”. When I think about that 10 minutes of my life, it sends shivers down my spine. And that is what it’s all about. Great music, great atmosphere, irreplaceable memories that will never leave you. EHusky bows at the talents conveyed by Both R3hab & David Guetta that night, and recommends that you do everything in your power to see both of them.
David Guetta’s Encore: New Track by the “Jack Back” duo (Guetta & Romero)
The Essentials From David Guetta’s Set:
The Alphabeat (Original Mix) – David Guetta - One of my all-time favorite tracks by Guetta, this jam features enormous electronic synths that fill you up with an “I just wanna dance” feeling.
Nicktim (Original Mix) – Avicii & Nicky Romero - A highly anticipated release, this tune pleases the crowd every single time it’s played… hands down.
Wild One Two (Original Mix) – David Guetta & Nicky Romero ft. Sia - Hey I heard you were a wild one… ‘Nuff said.
As I said a couple days ago, “Fire” by Adrian Lux is set to be in the next wave of festival anthems. And trust me, that puts it in great company. Two remixes of the song have just surfaced, and they’re also quite delightful. R3hab and Jeremy Olander have graced the tune with their own styles, creating two remixes that are a must-have for any true EDM fan out there.
Fire (R3hab Remix) – Adrian Lux ft. Lune - For those who are unaware, R3hab’s style is synonymous to harsh, heavy, grinding synths that he describes as “chainsaw madness.” EHusky was starting to feel as though his tendency to stick with this particular sound had been holding him back, and causing many of his tracks to sound too similar. HOWEVER, this song has completely erased any such notion, as R3hab provides an uplifting banger that’s still has the necessary heaviness and wholesomeness of one of his tracks. This is exactly what we needed to see from the energetic dutchman.
Fire (Jeremy Olander Remix) – Adrian Lux ft. Lune - Long build-ups can sometimes be frustrating, but in this case it’s most definitely worth listening to the “slow part,” as it leads into the powerful drop with perfection. Dark and ominous bass lines and synths give this song it’s edge over the original, leaving it for those enjoy the late night club scene.
R3hab has quite simply been killing it recently, and he seems to have taken a liking to songs from Porcelain Black. As EDM continues to grow, the lyrics in this song seem to become a bit truthful: “This is what rock n roll looks like.” R3hab throws down his signature style that EHusky likes to call controlled mayhem in his remix of “Rock N Roll,” so at this point you pretty much know what to expect. Even so, it’s always nice to have a fresh track from an artist as dope as R3hab.
Rock N Roll (R3hab’s Ruby Skye Remix) – Porcelain Black ft. Lil Wayne Free Download from Soundcloud
The original mission of Electro Husky was to spread the good vibes and and energy associated with the Electronic Dance Music genre. The following mix was made with the intention that people would start using it to pre-game, or for parties that do not have a DJ. It’s the ultimate mood-setter if you’re looking to get into the rage frame of mind. There is a free download on the Soundcloud player, and there always will be. Further, there will be more mixes in the future, and possibly a monthly mix highlighting the best tracks from EHusky each month. I have loved all the positive feedback I’ve been getting recently, and I want to thank everyone who likes and follows ElectroHusky. Unfortunately, all I can offer you at this point is the gift of music; I hope that will suffice. Also, special thanks to Jason Paley, who was instrumental in putting this mix together. EHusky’s future looks bright, and I owe it to the fans.
When I posted the Dada Life remix to “Prutataaa” I meant to include this track as a bonus, but left it out. This jam is so heavy and dirty that it gives Fat Bastard a run for his money. You wanna talk about a complete brain scrambling experience? Try listening to this song in a huge room with massive speakers; You may forget who you are…
Ever have the urge to keep dancing at 6 am, but you just can’t muster up the necessary amount of energy? R3hab is the antidote. His vivacious and aggressive style has more pick-me-up than a 5 hour energy, and you won’t even have to take a sheet on the dancefloor (if you don’t get the reference, pay closer attention to the world around you). There’s an old saying about nothing good ever happening after 2 am, but “Naughty” is the exception to the rule. Dark and ominous, yes. But chock full of dance floor smashing basslines, this jam will revive the rebel in you that wants to put off seeing the light of day for at least a few more minutes.
Naughty (R3hab Pacha NYC 6AM Remix) – Porcelain Black Download
Afrojack and fellow Wall Recording’s stud R3hab teamed up awhile back to produce Prutataaa, a hard festival banger that has received praise worldwide. Prutataaa, welcome to the life of Dada; Now complete with a bassline that makes you wanna grind your teeth down to sawdust. Olle and Stefan have brought together Dirty Dutch craziness and sensational Swedish outrageousness in order to create a go-hard, weekend anthem sort of tune. I’m pretty stoked to see them on February 23rd in Springfield, MA. The only question is: What’ll they do next?!
Prutataaa (Dada Life Remix) – Afrojack & R3habDownload
“The Calling” versus R3hab & Swanky Tunes brings two forces together that are so powerful that the end result is comparable to a potential fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao. The only difference is that in this case we’re all winners. In 2011, R3hab and Swanky Tunes both broke the mold separating the best DJs from all the rest, and have moved up to the forefront of EDM performers. Further, “The Calling” was arguably a top 5 track in the last calendar year. What does all this mean? The remix in question is huge, and the release will most likely be one of the biggest as of recent. The following is a preview that was broadcast on Sirius XM’s Electric Area station. Get ready to rock…
One claim EHusky will make about Katy Perry songs is that they are highly conducive to remixes. In particular, The One That Got Away has been a fantastic platform for electronic jams. Katy Perry’s vocals are just so easy to work with because they sound good on just about any synthesized beat. Consequently, this remix package houses a number of differing styles.
1.) The One That Got Away (R3hab Extended Mix) – Katy Perry - Mmm Mmm Mmm… Gotta love that signature R3hab build-up that comes loaded with anticipation, followed by a drop so hard a diamond couldn’t cut it. Definitely a banger, and definitely needs to be played at loud volumes. Download
2.) The One That Got Away (Dino Roc & DJ CJ Remix) – Katy Perry – Complete electronic chaos is unleashed at about 1:43 after a successful drum kit build. Talk about destroying them with lasers… Free DL from Soundcloud
3.) The One That Got Away (Mo Rada Remix) – Katy Perry – Mo Rada’s remix is far more melodic and uplifting than the other three, and it has the feel of a track you might hear in a set by Avicii; perhaps a less epic alternative to Teenage Crime. Either way, a solid house jam, heavy on the piano. Free DL from Soundcloud
4.) The One That Got Away (Tommie Sunshine & Disco Fries Remix) – Katy Perry – This is by far the most versatile and interpretive remix in the bunch, and it builds with such poise and skill. Strings and chords make this remix a musical triumph that will definitely be enjoyed. Download
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