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In this weekly column, I cover songs for you to nod your head to in the EDM scene [electronic dance music, not extra dancey music, for those not in the know].
As a few added EDM universe notes before we begin:
  • In easily the biggest dubstep booking of the area and the year, The Deep Sessions crew are bringing Mala to UHall. Best get your tickets early–this one will sell out in short order.
  • Also, Pharell + Daft Punk = pop royalty collaboration of the year. We are lucky indeed.
1. K. Flay–Hail Mary [feat. Danny Brown]


Everyone’s favorite Ivy Leaguer rapper is back with a vengeance on her new scorcher of a mixtape,West Ghost. On Hail Mary, produced by Felix Cartal,  K.Flay spits so hard, the Danny Brown verse is an (annoying) distraction. Skip the hefty college loans and get K.Flayducated instead.

2. Zomby–WITHLOVE

If you are looking for an answer to the question “what is good dubstep,” i.e. a Shrillex-free zone of mellifluous repose for your ears, look no further. At the risk of sounding like a hipster plucked straight out of Portlandia, true dubstep heads have known about London-based Zomby for quite a while. He has often drawn comparisons to Burial and his penchant for face-obscuring masks and general elusiveness parallels the former’s mo as well. His last album, 2011’s Dedication, was a culmination of Zomby’s fluency in a number of genres from jungle to garage to dubstep. WITHLOVE was the only thing posted last week on Zomby’s new website, hinting at the arrival of a new album on 4AD in the summer.

3. Dauwd–FADER Mix
UK-based/DC-born Dauwd delivers a truly original dubby, garage-y tech-housy, and utterly smooth mix for FADER magazine.
4. Joey Bada$$–Daily Routine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nMeYVWNdfw
I like Joey Bada$$ so much, I am featuring him again. The young Brooklyn rapper’s mixtape 1999 is a breath of fresh air in what could seem like a very stagnant landscape. His easy delivery harkens back to the heydays of the 80s.

5. Jakwob–Fade [Sane Beats Remix]


Sane Beats‘s trap stylings Southernize and raise the temperature in a serious way on Jakwob‘s Fade.

 

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