It’s hard to deny that Claude VonStroke (aka Barclay Crenshaw) is anything other than a really nice guy—and when you check out this interview with him on the couch with his charming parents, you’ll know why. So, peep it, along with a ton more dance-music news, in this morning’s roundup.
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LA bass maven Salva’s Odd Furniture EP is a recent favorite of the Beatport News staff, and because we want to turn you into a fan as well, we’ve secured a sweet little prize from the man himself and his label, Friends of Friends. Wanna score a hot Salva t-shirt?
Since the 2011 release of his genre-blending Complex Housing on Friends of Friends, Paul Salva has been gaining traction and building momentum at an enviable rate. Admittedly, last year was a big one for the Los Angeles-based producer, as he was made a host of the BBC’s In DJs We Trust and his collaborative remix with RL Grimes of Kayne West’s “Mercy” garnered huge praise from leading DJs like Diplo, A-Trak, Skream, and Benga—and the LA radio station Power 106 added it into rotation. Not bad for an old-fashioned bootleg remix.
RL Grime (aka Henry Steinway) has quickly made his way to the forefront of the urban-inflected electronic music scene, first making a splash with his debut EP, Grapes, which saw remixes from heavyweights such as Shlohmo and Salva—not a bad way to make an entrance. He then went on to put forth “Trap On Acid,” which gained support from folks like Diplo, A-Trak, and Flosstradamus, and continued on the warpath with Salva, making a bootleg of “Mercy,” a booty-shaking anthem that became a staple of trap-heavy sets. And then he capped off 2012 with an official remix of Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction,” which added a new layer to the classic and showed that RL Grime is an expert at keeping it fresh. Here’s what he had to say about last year and what lies ahead.
In today’s Morning Roundup, we’ve got two solid arguments for starting early: One, Bristol’s DJ Jack, a 12-year-old DJ who’s already in the Guinness Book of World Records, has started producing. And, two, if that’s not enough, check out an awesome chill-out mix from Radio Slave’s Matt Edwards, which he submitted to win a Muzik magazine contest nearly 15 years ago. Then, when you’re done reading, hunker down and bang something out yourself!
Firstly, welcome back! The first Morning Roundup of the year is, to be expected, packed with news—including tidbits on a new DJ reality program and how to get productive in the studio right away. So, let us help you resolve to bust out some new tunes STAT.
When the new French sound led by the Ed Banger camp and their peers first hit dancefloors in the mid-’00s, the style was easily distilled into a full-throttle blast of electro noise and addictive hooks. One thing that was perhaps missed on the moshing dancefloors was the playful sense of humor that permeated many of the tunes, especially by favored producer Para One and the clown prince of Paris, Teki Latex.