Yesterday was a very special day for BBC Radio 1 listeners as Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello, together known as the Swedish House Mafia sat in for the second time to host the legendary Pete Tong‘s two hour radio show. The SHM broadcasted from Steve’s studio in Los Angeles and were joined by a very special guest none other than Joel Zimmerman aka deadmau5! To kick off the show the Mafia debut their brand new track “Greayhound” that immediately got me out of my seat. The two hour long show was jam packed with the best that dance music has to offer at the moment. Deadmau5 dropped a mini-mix consisting of some new material and also showed love to an up and coming group that I am very excited about because one member walked the halls of my high school back in Manhattan Beach CA! The group I speak of is  No Body and their new collab with Deth Hertz “Ready 2 Fly” was first given love from the mau5 back in January when he dropped it at his birthday party in Vegas. Enough from me as I will now send it over to Ax, Seb and Steve! (My apologies if the dL doesn’t work, I will try and keep looking for new ones but they are pretty good about keeping this one off limits).

Swedish House Mafia BBC Radio 1 Takeover


Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound

I have found a new Hip-Hop producer.

There is something almost symbiotic about the relationship between hip-hop vibes and Mondays. One pulls its listener into visions of happy, sunshine soaked dance floors while the other is slightly more bleak in its undertone, pulling your psyche into a paradoxical direction altogether. Yin and Yang. Sweet and salty. Balance. Which, not to wax philosophically for much longer, is why we love to pair glitzy club tunes with the most dreaded day of the week. Today, the mysterious Chalant Tracks popped up with a very driven and elegant slice of hip-hop induced house rhythms that commanded the undivided attention of our cochlear cavities from its onset.

Chalant Tracks is most certainly an act to keep your ears tuned into, and you can bet that ours will be too. Check it out above.

7 Songs Remixed Better

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There are tons of mainstream music out there these days that are being remixed or given the permission to get remixed into awesome fresh versions that somehow make you tolerate certain tunes better. Artists that I follow on Youtube like Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez are known to post remixed versions of their songs right after they release the songs off their new album. And I appreciate that creative freedom they’re giving to other artists out there.

So, without much ado, here is a soundtrack of familiar songs transformed into their heavy bass alter egos. And it begins with …

1. Pom Poms by Jonas Brothers – JOMG Trap Remix


… the song that inspired this entire soundtrack. indabamusic recently held a contest for artists to remix “Pom Poms” by the Jonas Brothers with the grand prize being a $1000, autographed gear and to be featured by the band itself. This was not the winner of the contest, but recently, thanks to public exposure as background music of many Youtubers’ videos this remix has been gaining some attention. I instantly heard it on AndreasChoice‘s latest video and knew that it was not one of the originals, but was definitely catchy and an improvement on the original.

2. Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey – Myon & Shane 54 Summer of Love Remix


Once again, I heard this track from a Youtuber, this time it was iHasCupquake. She publicised this song as one of her monthly favourites. After listening to this song too many times while waiting for my movie to start in the cinemas (’cause it is apparently on The Great Gatsby soundtrack), this song has definitely grown weary to my ears. But this new beat definitely puts a fresh perspective to it.

3. Naturally by Selena Gomez & the Scene – Dave Audé Remix


This one’s an oldy but a goody. I remember I used to always listen to this version of Naturally instead of the original ’cause I loved the running hook … I don’t know the exact terminology here (help!). But this is always fun to listen to, on loop, in the background, while I was doing other things – like writing this blog post. I’ve tried other remixes of this song, but this one has definitely sold itself as my favourite one.

4. Anything Could Happen by Ellie Goulding – Flinch Remix


Goulding’s songs are honestly a remix dream. The part right after the chorus each time is just a match made in heaven with her rifts and the beat together. If you’ve listened to the original or the cover done by Fifth Harmony – well either way – just check this remix out. It doesn’t butcher the song or the melody. It just makes it a lot more badass. Oh, and you should check out more of the remixes on the UNITEDubstep channel. Their choices are pretty solid.

5. Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri – Dash Berlin Bootleg Remix


Who would have thought that a song about a break-up by Christina Perri could make an awesome dance beat? Well, this version of the song definitely proves that it is possible. And I think some props needs to be given to Christina Novelli who actually provides the voice for this version of the song. I kind of prefer it. Christina Perri’s voice is more suited for the slow emotional ballads ’cause of the rustiness to her tone. Novelli’s voice here is smoother and makes for this remix to be more of ear candy.

6. Clarity by Zedd featuring Foxes – Vicetone Remix


And on the same channel, Proximity, I stumble across this gem. I’ve been looking for an awesome Clarity remix for a while now. A lot of them really just cover the entire track with beats and makes it sound like a hammer is killing cats. This one is just beautiful. I love the beats that sound like their from old school Mario video games. This one is a choice example of it. I love the hook to this one (I’m just going to keep calling them hooks till someone corrects me)! Damn, one of the best finds of tonight.

7. Best Song Ever by One Direction – Kat Krazy Remix


I don’t know why I was so adamant to find a good One Direction remix … but here it is! And I really do love it. The chorus has a lot more bite here than in the original. I could dance to this one.

Till next time!


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