While it’s no secret that nothing will touch the original Cashmere Cat production on the Ludacris track ‘Party Girls’ with Jeremih and Wiz Khalifa. It’s really cool to see that as Cashmere Cat is getting more and more major label attention, established artists like Afrojack are starting to do official remixes for label purposes. As some of the larger labels start to get wise on this new wave of music coming in, I can’t wait to see how these kind of happenings progress.
As a pleasant surprise enough, the track actually isn’t a dance track at all but a straight hip-hop instrumental done Afrojack style. I like it well enough but for some reason I just keep dreaming about what this could’ve been if Diplo was in the room for this one like their work on Chris Brown’s track Look At Me Now.
Have I mentioned that I love how this community of artists’s has no problem just releasing music that they make that isn’t in the same lane as what they usually make? Pierce Fulton has been doing this for a while when he released the downtempo MuteMathremix (one of my personal favorites) and the two original chilled out tracks West Egg & 10/6 (That Should Do It) and it seems as though Afrojack has taken up the side moniker Far Far Away to release some of his different/darker works that he produces in his free time.
Outside of the whole party thing and waaaa drops edm n what not, I also like just making music for the heck of it, not to impress anybody, not to be fancy, not to anything.
Even though its not what most of you are used to, its still my biggest passion to share these kind of things with you, so welcome to the kingdom of Far Far Away, everything under this extra title is gonna be my weird stuff.
Starting off I just made this thingy, just something nice to go to sleep to
Following news that he would be producing Paris Hilton’s upcoming album following her signing to Cash Money Records, I had just about lost faith in Nick Van De Wall’s place in music as an artist. I’m actually really happy that he’s taken up this side moniker (kinda like an Avicii vs. Tim Berg situation) and has an outlet to release this awesome music.
Far Far Away – Robot City
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There’s a ton of stuff to post over the next couple days so I’m gonna start off with a freebie courtesy of Steve Aoki’s SoundCloud from producer Scott Dro. He gives the classic No Beef collab with Afrojack from Aoki’s Wonderland album a nice trap refix that will work great in my sets…just figured I’d pass on the love.
Afrojack & Steve Aoki – No Beef ft. Miss Palmer (Scott Dro Trap Bootleg)
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There’s nothing better than when an established artist just gives out a remix they made for fun. No label pressure, sales figures to worry about, how to market it, etc. Afrojack gave this out on his SoundCloud this morning absolutely free to his fans where you get to hear Nick van de Wall experiment with his own trap sound and remix his song Bangduck. Check the comments on the player as the song progresses…it is AMAZING to see how many people say “This sounds just like HARLEM SHAKE!” After the necessary facepalm, it’s not as bad as it seems; in an interview with The Daily Beast, Baauer even said “I just had the idea of taking a Dutch house squeaky-high synth and putting it over a hip-hop track…” so it kinda makes sense.
I would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Diplo for making the biggest caricature of a mainstream song humanly possible with his remix of Psy’s earth-shattering hit Gangnam Style. I’m curious to see if mainstream radio will take to the Philly native’s latest remix featuring a trapped out instrumental and vocals from 2 Chainz & Tyga, 2 of the rappers who many pretentious lovers of music consider to be lame but their appeal is in the context of their music. It’s not supposed to make you introspective or emotionally moved…their shit just KNOCKS. The Afrojack remix has the same kinda vibe for me with an obvious dutch house club oriented twist. The most mainstream song ever with over 1 BILLION Youtube views was remixed to be about as mainstream as humanly possible with an almost troll-like grin from each artist. I will tell you that seeing Afrojack drop this remix at Pier 94 on New Years Eve was absolutely HUGE so grab the full remix EP on iTunes!
Pier 94 was the site of one of the biggest parties in America this past Sunday when Afrojack, Diplo, Rusko and Sazon Booya took to the decks and spun over 7 hours of near-perfection. I had never been to a show at the legendary NYC venue and, from start to finish; I have rarely had a more enjoyable experience at a venue than I had there. With more than enough room to dance your heart out and a level of intimacy that you would never expect from such a huge room, the night began promptly at 8 when NYC moombahton masters Sazon Booya took to the stage alongside their masked hype-man Mystereo. What followed was a truly special night, where Afrojack flexed his production muscles and Diplo proved that there’s just no party like a Diplo Party.
If you’ve never seen a Sazon Booya set, you are missing out on some of the grimiest, grittiest, energy-packed moombahton you will ever get a chance to experience. With everything from their brand new remix of 2 Chainz’s hit “Birthday Song” to the highly anticipated track “Oye Mami” from the eponymous EP due out on January 24th, their set had something for everyone (no matter whether you are an avid moombah fan or brand new to the sexy styling’s at the sensual 110 BPM).
2 Chainz Ft Kanye West – Birthday Song (Sazon Booya Remix)
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I had yet to experience a live performance from Rusko but, with that said, it will come as no surprise to those with prior experience that his set was nothing short of menacing. The energy of his track selection and bootlegs was matched only by the energy he had behind the decks; between seamless transitions and frantic sections of masterful “turntablism”, the voice of Christopher Mercer rang out over the Pier 94 system to inform the crowd of “NEW RUSKOO” upon the introduction of unreleased material. One of the coolest sections of his performance came when he played his smash hit “Somebody To Love”. And after he deemed that enough of the original was played out, he stopped the performance to play the unbelievable “Skream” remix and the lesser-known DnB styled “Sigma” remix to make sure that the crowd had enough. With his set winding down, he closed out with his monster hit “Hold On” and brought Diplo out with him to start what can only be described as “a Diplo party.”
Thomas Wesley Pentz took to the decks and unleashed a perfect mosaic of the world’s biggest party anthems; whether it was Driicky Graham’s “Snapbacks & Tattoos”, or the Tiesto-approved Carnage Festival Trap Remix of “Spaceman” there was never a moment when Diplo didn’t have full control over the 7,500 ravers in the Pier 94 Warehouse. Diplo displayed his commitment to playing whatever would get the party going: it didn’t matter if it was French Montana’s club-banger, “Pop That”, RL Grime’s monstrous remix of “Satisfaction“, Jay & ‘Ye’s “Ni**as In Paris” or the earth-shaking Flosstradamus remix of “Original Don“.
Diplo drops Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix) @ Pier 94
After cycling through other huge tracks like Trinidad James’ “All Gold Everything” and the hip-hop heavyweight collaboration of “Fuckin’ Problems”, the moment finally arrived that had warranted the placing of a Twerk Wall at the back of Pier 94 in the first place. The ever-familiar “ROCK—-ROCK—R-R-ROCK!” of Nicky Da B boomed over the venue’s impeccable sound system and the entire place new it was time to express themselves. Diplo set that unforgettable riff on loop and stepped out from behind the booth to properly address the crowd for his New Orleans bounce track “Express Yourself”. He invited 6 girls up to the stage and after making sure they all knew what to do, took the loop off and had the girls on stage and half the building with their hands on the floor, ass in the air, twerking like professionals.
Diplo closed out his set with a healthy array of electro and trap productions as well as classic hip-hop tracks and finally his haunting remix alongside Grandtheft of the Calvin Harris and Florence Welch collaboration “Sweet Nothing”. After the Philly native’s performance, the man behind “Look at Me Now”, “Climax” and “Slight Work” retired to his trailer for further twerking, trippy sticks and Clippers highlights while the rest of the crowd was left to try and grasp what had happened for the last hour and a half of their lives.
Nyc was trippy as fuck tonight.. 7500 kids rockin w us! Now I’m smoking a trippy stick watch clippers highlights w girls twerking in trailor
Having already seen Afrojack at his Binghamton University stop on the worldwide Jacked tour, I knew the level of production that was going to be brought to the stage. Whereas Diplo’s set was an unabashed, genre-less culmination of party music, Afrojack’s set was more of a showcase for the crowd to experience his Afrojack-music in the full scale of a live show. His set carried well into the night, past the 3 am mark, and was full of a ton of unreleased material from his upcoming artist album that is sure to solidify his mainstream success for the foreseeable future. If not that, maybe his personal remix of “Gangam Style” may just do the trick.
The set opened with his “Take Over Control” ridden introduction with the one minute countdown splayed across the monstrous LED walls of Pier 94 that had the entire crowd in angst. The following set saw Nick Van de Wall playing out his monstrous radio successes such as his own remix of “Give Me Everything”, and the Afrojack remix of Kirsty’s “Hands High”; one of my new favorite tracks to hear played out live as of late. His set grinded on into the night with the premiere of his remix to “Gangam Style”, the placement of his Steve Aoki collaboration “No Beef”, and the dutch-house squeak-ridden “Annie’s Theme”. Afrojack closed things out with his festival-crusher “Rock The House” and radio-hit “Can’t Stop Me Now” and stepped away from the decks as the night started to near 4 am.
December 30th at Pier 94 will forever be remembered by me as one of the most diverse and promising nights with regards to the state of the electronic music scene that I can remember. Whether it was Diplo proving why trap music and hip-hop will bridge a huge gap in EDM’s mainstream crossover or Afrojack unveiling a ton of new production material to show what kind of followup 2013 will be for the Dutch superstar, the night was a considerable win for the further ingraining of EDM into the spotlight of American culture.
He took to Facebook a couple minutes ago to remind us that he’s got BIG expectations for Binghamton on Thursday when he makes his stop on the JACKED tour at the Binghamton University Events Center. I’m gonna do my first event review for the show and if all goes as planned, I may even have some goodies to give out to you guys through the show from Nick van de Wall. He released his track Annie’s Theme yesterday which is sure to be played out so loud no one on this campus can ignore all its bleepy high energy goodness. Bottom line is the gauntlet has been thrown down for our school now let’s show him an amazing time; let’s get weird. You can still get tickets at public price through the Binghamton SAPBhere and check out the rest of the stops on his tour here!
Looks like DJ Carnage has found the winning formula. The guy is taking on the world’s biggest festival tunes and giving them the supersized trap remixes they deserve. This time he goes in on Afrojack’s classic Annie’s Theme and the result is exactly what you’d expect. Dutch screeches ring out in the simple breakdown but the impact is there; unleash this on the right crowd and your guaranteed a huge reaction.
This almost had to go up just because of the sheer awesomeness of the title. Sprinkle in the tiny fact that the mashup is actually really well done using two of my favorite songs from the past year from Afrojack, Steve Aoki & John De Sohn and you have yourself a banger suited for your Friday night. I love when I get suggestions of awesome songs from my friends and I can safely tell you I wouldn’t have found half of the songs I post here without everyone’s help so for that I owe our awesome readers a huge thank you!
John De Sohn ft. Andreas Moe vs. Steve Aoki & Afrojack – Long Time No Beef (Meowmix)
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