Listen to Pham & Sober Rob “Albi” ft. Madi

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.

Sober Rob – Facebook | Twitter | Soundclound

Pham – Facebook | Twitter | Soundclound

When in Rome, Do as the Ravers Do- Counterpoint Music Festival 2015

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It’s every raver’s favorite time of year- festival season is now in full swing! Counterpoint Music Festival kicked off my summer as I road tripped down to Rome, GA to catch some of my favorite producers including, Dillon Francis, GRiZ, Knife Party, Excision, Zedd and so many more talented musicians.  Held in the rolling hills of Kingston Downs, Counterpoint Music Festival was by far one of the most memorable weekends I have ever experienced.

Day one began caravaning into the campgrounds, rolling in 18 cars deep. This is what we call a rave family- a family so large, you don’t even know everyone’s names.  Every raver has one and if you aren’t a part of one, it’s incredibly easy to be adopted into one.  The crowds at electronic music festivals consist of some of the most loving and high-spirited people you will ever encounter, making attending festivals solo just as enjoyable as going with your squad.

After passing through security with our overly packed cars, full of festival essentials, we pulled into the general meet-up area to wait for the rest of our crew.  While it was only noon and the show didn’t start for another few hours, the party began as we all hopped out of our cars, broke open the coolers, and began dropping the bass.  The energy was already high and we hadn’t even set up camp.  Once everyone in our caravan regrouped, we continued to the campgrounds where we were given a 15 x 35 ft plot to set up.  Within the hour, tents were popping up and tapestries were blowing in the wind.

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As we entered the venue for the first time, I was overwhelmed by the numerous activities going on inside; there were art installations, various vendors, a light-up Ferris wheel, and the diverse crowd of festival goers showing off their hooping skills.  Counterpoint attracted two types of music fans: jam bands and EDM listeners.  These two distinct groups usually don’t associate with each other, but that’s what makes this festival so special.  The stages separated the types of crowds, yet we were all brought together in the heart of venue to admire art or hangout by the hammocks.

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Besides the atmosphere the festival had to offer, the real reason I was so attracted to Counterpoint was the incredible lineup.  Day one included top artists such as Tauk, Zomboy, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Knife Party, and Excision. Day one was just a preview of the perfect lineup though; Day two’s lineup was so great, I didn’t even need to leave the Steeple Stage.  On Day two, top producers such as Jauz, GRiZ, What So Not, RL Grime, and Dillon Francis had the crowd practically fainting of complete exhaustion from raging too hard.  The third day of the festival is when we all found true perfection. Kygo brought everyone to the beach for his set as he played tropical house complimenting the sunset over Kingston Down’s hills.  Zedd destroyed the crowd with lasers and true colors, as he dropped new songs off his latest album.  Finally, Zeds Dead closed off the festival and fireworks lit up the sky, as the moon was glowing from behind.

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The party didn’t end after the final set of course.  Silent Disco kept the crowds dancing until 5 am every night.  Not only was the venue awake late at night, but the campground didn’t seem to sleep either.  Mini DJ parties were scattered throughout the campgrounds; no matter where you walked, music was playing and people were dancing.

Many people complain about the price tags on music festivals such as Counterpoint, but when you experience a weekend so memorable, it’s worth every penny.  You won’t meet people with loving vibes and such accepting personalities just anywhere in the world, but you will at Counterpoint Music Festival.  The friendships and memories you make from music festivals are forever and I highly suggest attending next year.

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Why HARD Summer is Killing the Festival Game

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Let’s face it, no one can crush a festival lineup better than Gary Richards (AKA Destructo). Just when you thought HARD couldn’t keep one-upping itself twice a year, they bust out a hysterical announcement video starring none other than Dillon Francis and his musical silverware among other rostered performers like Chromeo, Mija, Skrillex, and Porter Robinson who stars in the new Spoon U duo with Dillon. Richards has a solid tap on what electronic music fans want; intense spooning, Dillon Francis losing his shit/expressively dancing, and an extremely well rounded collection of acts for a price that few two day festivals can deliver ($169… less than two bucks per artist on the current lineup – although let’s not forget the fact you have to tear your heart between two artists too often at every one of these festivals anyway).

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The Spring Awakening 2015 Lineup is a Mainstream Festival Fan’s Wet Dream

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In the right, large stadium context, the bigroom and festival sound becomes significantly more powerful and energetic.Last year Malaysian Safari ventured to Chicago for the Spring Awakening Music Festival, with headliners such as Tiesto, Kaskade, Pretty Lights, and Destroid. This year Soldier Field is bringing Hardwell AND Tiesto – Martin Garrix too, woahhh. Festival trap and mainstream EDM fans will be crawling over each other to get to this festival. However, the lineup isn’t JUST for drooling fans and prostitute toddlers, there are some fantastic names at the bottom of that list. I would personally be excited for the likes of Keys N’ Krates, Dipo, Hucci, Zeds Dead, and Excision.

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Buy tickets here. Watch the official Spring Awakening teaser below:

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Zeds Dead & Oliver Heldens Release Groovy Future House Track, ‘You Know’

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Hot off the presses: popular artists Zeds Dead and Oliver Heldens collab on a new track, ‘You Know’. Zeds Dead has been delving into some deep sounds on their most recent EP, Somewhere Else. A notable song for the duo’s new style is ‘Lost You’, which features future house style bass with a slow tempo and catchy lyrics. Proving they’re not just showing off their ability to produce outside of dubstep, now Zeds Dead has teamed up with Heldens to push and further define the emerging popular house subgenre. ‘You Know’ will surely be stuck in my head as I go through the rest of the day – hope you get a listen and enjoy!

Listen to ‘You Know’ now:

Zeds Dead: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Oliver Heldens: Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Zeds Dead Releases Space Oddity Mix

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When they’re not on a massive tour or taking a coffee break, Zeds Dead is producing and collecting a massive arsenal of tunes. Since the early days of dubstep, Zeds Dead have been the kings of creating a unique sound. In addition, the duo has an amazing ability to produce a wide variety of sounds and genres. Their most recent mix, titled “Space Oddity” features Zeds Dead’s newest music and more. Clocking in at only fifteen minutes, this short mix features the Beastie Boys, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and of course, Skrillex. Stay tuned for more from Zeds Dead and be sure to show your support via social media and through purchasing their music.

Listen to the mix here:

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Zeds Dead Teases Take Ü There Remix

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Just this afternoon Zeds Dead previewed a new remix for Jack Ü. From what you can hear in the short preview, it sounds like the duo has created a proper spin on the original. The way the vocals build into the drop is impeccable. Considering Zeds Dead is very involved with Mad Decent, it’s not surprising to see a remix coming from someone like these guys. Check out the preview to Take Ü There (Zeds Dead remix) for a taste of dubstep.

Listen to the preview here:

Zeds Dead – Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

Disclosure and Other NYE Shows for 2015

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What are your plans for New Year’s Eve?  I know I’ll be heading into New York City, not for Times Square, but even better- to see Disclosure at Pier 94!  Disclosure is bringing their “Wild Life” tour to New York and will be preforming a DJ set for the big NYE party.  Don’t miss out on the sexy duo on Wednesday, December 31st!  Tickets go on sale on October 10th at 12pm.

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While waiting for tickets to go on sale, check out Disclosure’s Soundcloud and listen to one of my favorite Disclosure tracks here:

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Dubstep Legends Shine at Safe In Sound Festival

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It’s not too often that you see something like the Safe in Sound Festival. Malaysain Safari got the chance to cover the show in Philadelphia at Festival Pier. More than 5000 showed up to the show which featured a 150,000 watt pk soundsystem. The lineup was unreal – Flux Pavilion, Zeds Dead, Adventure Club, and Excision have all been players in the dubstep game since it began. Since 2010, all four of these artists have evolved their sound as well as expanded into new genres and side projects. In addition to the big names was Terravita and UZ, both relatively established producers.

We arrived at Festival Pier in time to catch almost all of Terravita’s set. Terravita performed with a rapper/mc who would spit rhymes as a song built up, which was a bit annoying at times, but worked well with certain songs. The artist mostly dropped heavy dubstep and trap, which is what I would expect from Terravita. Listen to Terravita on Soundcloud.

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Next was UZ, a mysterious trap artist who is famous for wearing a mask when he performs live. Apparently not too many people get the chance to see UZ’s true identity which allows fans to focus on the music rather than the person behind it. UZ dropped a ton of trap, including songs like “Core” by RL Grime in addition to a ton of his own music and banger trap songs. UZ’s DJ setup consists of a laptop running some kind of software controlled by what looks like two vinyls, adding an extra element to his live performance. Be sure to check out UZ on Soundcloud – he has a ton of free downloads. Continue reading

Zeds Dead Announces “Somewhere Else” Tour

After a full summer of Mad Decent Block Parties, Zeds Dead will continue to throw down on their Somewhere Else Tour this fall. After finishing up the last few summer block parties in California and Oregon, they will be preforming at other large events including Life in Color and Safe In Sound.  Be sure to hit up one of these major cities, because you don’t want to miss out on a famous Zeds Dead set!  Get ticket links through their facebook page here!

Listen to the recently released Somewhere Else EP now: