“I’m too high to care,” the voice proclaims. Its conviction carries through filtered vocals, passes punchy percussion and settles deep in your belly.
I remember how heavy A Boy & A Girl’s latest song hit me the first time I listened to it. Though they remixed Krewella’s “TH2C,” this duo deviates from the original in unexpected ways. Gone are the southeast-asian strings and melodic musings which contribute to Krewella’s laid-back summer tune. In its place stand rhythmic synths and crisp hi-hats that culminate into hard drops. The result? A distortion of the leading lyric from a silly remark into an ominous declaration. That purpose makes all the difference for me.
A Boy & A Girl write on their Soundcloud page that they “felt inspired by Yasmine and Jahan’s beautiful melodies and flipped them upside down into a brooding trap jungle.” A transformation in tone indubitably occurs. However, I’d argue that the remix mutates Krewella’s utopia into an epic dystopia. And in this realm, A Boy & A Girl come out on top as A King & A Queen.
But I’ll let you come to your own conclusions. Check out their song below and make sure to share the love!
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JACKAL is one of the fastest growing producer in the EDM scene right now. Since he emerged in the scene February 2013, JACKAL has released over a dozen hugely successful remixes and recently his latest EP “Endorphins”. This EP is beautifully mastered and each song is it’s own daydream with ethereal synths and dreamy vocals. The first song of the EP “With You” massages your eardrums as you listen, featuring soft melodies and instrumentals that come together in a magical way.
Check it out below:
This is an epic EP that you are going to want to see live.
Buy tickets for his Sonia show on 9/9 below, you definitely won’t regret it!
Also make sure to listen to the rest of his awesome EP:
Slander is an American DJ duo consisting of Derek Anderson and Scott Land based in Los Angeles. They are best known for their unique sound and subgenre “heaven trap”. If you haven’t heard of this genre, check out the dreamy synths in their latest release “Superhuman” ft. Eric Leva.
Anderson and Land met at their fraternity at UC Irvine in California and became friends through their love of producing music. They later went to and graduated from Icon Collective, a music production school together with NGHTMRE. The name Slander was combined from both their names names: “S(cott) Land” and “Ander(son)”. Now they are blowing up fast in the EDM scene and have already performed at EDC (Las Vegas, Orlando and Mexico), Nocturnal Wonderland, Electric Zoo and Sun City Music Festival.
Check out their lit EDC set from this year:
Slander is also a part of the Gud Vibrations radio show with NGHTMRE (which you should follow on soundcloud). The radio show had a hugely successful tour this fall and we’re sure they will be touring again soon.
You don’t want to miss them when they come to Royale 9/8 for their Superhuman Tour. They will most definitely have the crowd going wild.
Buy your tickets below before they sell out!
Best known for their top electro house hits “Cry (Just a Little)” and “Rattle“, Bingo Players’ music is well known across the EDM scene. The Bingo Players was founded by Dutch DJs, Maarten Hoogstraten and Paul Bäumer back in 2006 when they at first largely produced tech house music. They later changed their stye in 2011 to produce more dance inspired house tracks like the internationally recognized club hit “Cry (Just a Little)” that borrows lyrics from Brenda Russell‘s “Piano In The Dark“. In 2013, they experienced a new surge of fame as they released a revamped version of Rattle; “Get Up (Rattle)” featuring the Far East Movement. The song instantly blew up and charted in the Top Ten around the world in Germany, Austria, France, and Australia, and even made #1 on UK charts.
Hear the energetic house classic along with it’s quirky music video for yourself below :
Bingo Players also created a record label called Hysteria, which features awesome weekly club music mixes (we highly recommend subscribing to the podcast or following on soundcloud to hear the hottest new electro house tracks). Unfortunately, Paul tragically passed away in December of 2013 due to a battle with cancer. Maarten pledged to continue Bingo Players and Paul’s legacy, and their name certainly lives on. His latest album “Beat the Drum” was released earlier this month and you’re going to want to hear it live at the upcoming show on September 15th at Royale.
Buy your tickets before they sell out below:
This Thursday, August 25th the House of Blues is going to errupt with bass when Zomboy takes over the stage for his Rott n’ Roll tour. Dr. Ozi will no doubt be throwing some filthy beats to prep the crowd for Zomboy’s set. As summer comes to an end, you don’t want to miss an epic show from two powerhouse artists.
Toronto-based Nix Chohan has been on the rise since his first release in 2011. Over the last 5 years, his releases on Firepower and Buygore have earned him international recognition and a solid reputation for turning up the crowd with his heavy synth and bass music.
Dr. Ozi’s latest EP “Blue Print” was released 4 months back and has some interesting sources of inspiration. The first uplifiting song on the Ep “Johnny” was inspired by his love for Johnny Bravo as a child. Looking up to the character’s womanizing skills and confidence, he wanted to convey that in this unique bouncy dub track.
Check it out below:
The EP also features more grimy songs like “Mr Green”, that features quirky vocals brilliantly offset by his signature head banging synths.
We hope to see you at the House of Blues for this end of summer banger that’s going to turn the crowd wild. Stay tuned for an exclusive Malaysan Safari interview with the dubstep master Dr. Ozi.
Doppelgang & Boston Flow Present: DoppelFlow
Experience a unique hip hop and flow arts experience on Tuesday August 1st at Wonder Bar. $10 presale / $12 door / 21+. Hip hop, trap, future beats, and MCing all night. Music by feewet, iamelibaker, Charles Nimbus, Greg Close, and Palmingo. Flow performances by Boston Flow.
There is less than a week left until Global Dance Festival takes on Sports Authority Field in Denver, CO for two nights filled of bass. Although this has been a big move for the festival, the improvements and expansions it offers will make it even more unforgettable. In order to help our readers, Malaysian Safari is putting together a Festival Survival Guide filled of tips to help fully enjoy Global Dance.
Some pro tips are listed below for attending festivals. Here is a link to specific rules for attendees.
- Always bring a refillable water bottle or camel back. Stay hydrated!
- Fanny pack, fanny pack. A necessity to making your life 100% easier and more accessible.
- If you’re anything like me, always remember to put sunscreen- even if it’s cloudy!! Those rays will make sure to get your gorgeous self.
- Make sure to explore the festival grounds to discover hidden gems. Global Dance will have food trucks, arcade games, and more!
- Buddy system is probably one of the most important things you can have. Always travel with a buddy so you’re guaranteed to not lose all your friends.
- Going along with that, have a meeting spot that is easily found and not confused if you do get separated.
- Portable charges are a must- because phone batteries always drain so quickly at festivals. You can even go the extra step of writing everyone’s numbers down in case of an emergency.
- For our rail riding headbanging freaks, pack your earplugs so you can still hear after being blasted with bass for hours.
- Although you would think it’s common sense, wear deodorant. We all sweat, but smelling all natural body odor is not pleasant. Your mother, Malaysian Safari, and fell headbangers will thank you.
- Wear comfy shoes that you don’t care getting ruined. Open toed shoes at your own risk 100% guarantee you will be stepped on.
- Don’t go too hard too quick. Pace yourself, enjoy the day. Your pocket and stomach will thank you.
- Always stash some emergency money somewhere. We recommend, if you have a solid color, your phone case.
- Wear pants with zippers. That way if you do put something in it, it is easier to keep secure and safe.
- Always know what is going on around you. Some people suck and will try to steal stuff. Be aware, and even though its cliche, see something, say something.
- Plan ahead for the festival by making a schedule for yourself of all the artist you want to see with set times and stages. Make this your home screen so its easy to access and uses less battery.
- Take advantage of shade and seated areas. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and get out of the sun.
- Prepare for the weather. If its cloudy or chance of rain, pack a clear poncho to show off your outfit but stay dry.
- Make sure to have a good healthy food and drink plenty of water leading up to the festival. Helps with energy and being prepared!
- Watch your drinks and only take things from people you trust. No reason to get freaky from the unknown!
- Be kind to everyone you meet! If you see someone who may need help or not having a fun time, reach out.
In just one month, Colorado will welcome back Global Dance Festival on July 21 and 22 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Previously, the festival has been hosted at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. From this move comes a silent disco area, free arcade games and rides, art gallery, and more. The lineup is stacked with a variety of artist from two of the biggest dubstep artist, Datsik and Excision, playing a back-to-back set to Hardwell for house music fans. Everyone attending the festival will be guaranteed to have an amazing experience from the lineup to the extra activities to do. Below is a full lineup including silent disco. To check out attractions or questions, go to this link.
Malaysian Safari took the opportunity to interview people from across the country to ask them about Global Dance and this is what they have to say.
Q: To get an idea about you guys, what is your age, location, and what you do?
Parker: “I am 25 years old and from Baltimore, Maryland. I am a student and work a number of jobs including catering, promoting, and marketing for a computer programming startup.”
Vance: “I am 19 years old and from Durango, Colorado. I am a full time student studying economics at CSU.”
Josh: “I am 23 years old, working full time, and from Miami, Florida.”
Joe: “I am from Chicago going to school in Colorado and 20 years old.”
Q: What are your expectations for Global Dance based on previous experience or by reviews?
Parker: “I have heard a lot of great things about Global Dance. Although I have never been before, the line up is incredible and can’t wait!”
Vance: “The positive energy brought by fans to connect as one and freedom to express yourself.”
Josh: “I expect to listen to some of my favorite artist, dance a lot, and meet new people.”
Joe: “I plan to have a lot of fun and put out a lot of energy.”
Q: How do you feel about it being moved from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to Sports Authority Field at Mile High?
Parker: “Red Rocks is a very cool venue but I think Mile High Stadium will be a lot of fun. The festival will still be out doors and that is a big draw for me.”
Vance: “This is going to be my first Global Dance Festival and honestly was looking forward to Red Rocks. On the up side I am excited to see how it changes and grows being at a bigger venue.”
Josh: “I am really disappointment because Red Rocks is a beautiful venue. On the other hand, its more about the people and the music rather than the venue so on that note I’m excited to see more people at this venue.”
Joe: “I would prefer to have a it at Red Rocks but it will be cool to have it at a larger venue.”
Q: Other than the music, what part of the festival are you looking most forward to? Rides, arcade games, etc?
Parker: “One of my favorite things about festivals is the food! I think many cool vendors will be at Global Dance and hopefully I’ll get to try some new things.”
Vance: “Rides will be a really cool thing to experience at a festival, I have never been to one with rides before.”
Josh: “I look forward to seeing all the different outfits that people will wear.”
Joe: “Positive vibes and energy plus meeting new people.”
Q: What artist are you most excited to see and why?
Parker: “I cannot wait to see Ephwurd or Funtcase,they have always been some of my favorites.”
Vance: “I am so excited to see the back-to-back with Excision and Datsik, I have been waiting for along time for them to come together.”
Josh: “Porter Robertson is who I am most looking forward because of the vibes his sets bring.”
Joe: “Nero and Kaskade are my top two artist and they got me into EDM.”
Q: When attending a festival, such as Global Dance, what is your ritual for getting ready?
Parker: “I always make sure I’m hydrated for the few days running up to the festival and make sure I have all my gear together; Camelback, sunscreen, ear plugs and some dope outfits.”
Vance: “I enjoy getting ready with friends and eating a good meal before we go.”
Josh: “Showering, always eating an over-easy egg sandwich before every festival, and drinking water.”
Joe: “I worry about my personal hygiene then get decked out in my rave gear including LED shoes and bandanas.”
Q: Any additional comments you’d like to make regarding the festival?
Parker: “I have never been to a festival this far away from Maryland. I am super excited to see the different type of set-up and people it brings.”
Vance: “I’m excited to see the set up for a festival at a football stadium.”
Josh:” I love going with a good group of friends and have a great time.”
Joe: “Rave on and be safe- come find me fellow ravers!”
Ethereal, mysterious, psychedelic, and eclectic are some of the words used to describe Thriftworks’ unique sound. Jake Atlas AKA Thriftworks started making music when he was just sixteen, living in his hometown of Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania. He moved to the East Bay of CA in the fall of 2008 to attend Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. He now lives with two roommates who he closely collaborates with. Jacob Van Leeuwen, aka Jake Lion creates all of Atlas’ album artwork and Diamond Harris, aka Mythicalifornian is a rapper he has worked with since 2009. Harris’ voice is featured in a few of Thriftworks’ songs, although so distorted it can be hard to recognize as even human. This mutilation of sound is what makes Thriftworks’ music so mythical and intriguing.
His latest album; The Feather and the Sword brings listeners through a unique journey with every song having it’s own special character. A magical foundation of bass, along with multiple bizarre and trippy layers of vocal samples come together to create a sonic adventure. This album has a more tribal feel than his other songs, deeply rooted in percussion and featuring several flute like samples that carry through the album. Each song has a meditative, calming beat that drives and unites the rest of the melodic samples. Bone Roaster’s anthem stood out to me in terms of rhythm and repetition that sends you into a trance like state. Ultimately, this is a meditative album that explores both the recognizable and unrecognizable sounds of nature. The last song of the EP; Vanilla Pea Milker is the most liquid and mesmerizing of them all. The rhythm is much more subtle in this song, with soft vibrations of a distant guitar, bells and synths that later come in to drive the song to a blissful conclusion.
After releasing this album, Thriftworks is touring through the US and is playing at Wonderbar in Allston, on April 16th. Tickets are just $12 – a steal for the incredible experience his live performance will be. Grab your tickets now, this is a concert you don’t want to miss.
Check out his latest album below:
This track blends a beautiful vocal performance by Albi and the intricate production skills of Sober Rob & Pham. We’re big fans of Sober Rob here at Malaysian Safari, check out our previous article to hear some of the best songs by Sober Rob. Pham is a less-familiar name so we did some research. Pham is a Polish producer who has been releasing music for no more than a year. We specifically like the track, “Talk To Me (ft Anuka)” – listen to the song here.The decision to team up with Sober Rob, an equally new producer, exemplifies the value of young, talented minds.
This song, as released on Zeds Dead’s label, Deadbeats Records, marks a huge step towards Sober Rob and Pham’s visibility as artists. Clearly Deadbeats is investing in fresh, diverse artists so looking forward to hearing more – in the meantime be sure to check out the artist tracks on Soundcloud and show support for these expert producers.