These past few months have been rough, this past week in particular. What started off as just, oh, a global pandemic turned into a closer examination of fundamental problems in America as it pertains to race and basic human rights. With the death of George Floyd, Americans have taken a closer look at themselves, friends and family and broader society to reflect on if we have done all we are capable of doing to fix a glaring issue in this country.
In short, there is still a lot of work to be done. Despite this, it is encouraging to see the response from America as cities have been able to express their plight and frustrations by protesting, educating and communicating with each other about the problem at hand.
Naturally, there has been an outpouring of thoughts and responses to the events that have unfolded. Something however stuck out to me; while we are educating ourselves on black history, it is important to not only focus on the hardships and struggles, but to also familiarize ourselves with the successes and highlights blacks have achieved in American culture.
Personally, I have been greatly influenced by black culture. Whether it’s as a sports fan, through music, film and art, or another avenue, black culture is something that has had a profound impact on my life. With that, I decided to make a mix of dance music that features black vocals and production exclusively. I’m a fan of dance music and while the genre may be associated with white culture, its roots undeniably can be traced to black creators. As I mentioned earlier, there is still a lot of work to be done, but as we stand now, let’s take a moment to appreciate black art that has already been bestowed upon us. See below for complete tracklist and further reading.
- Alex Newell & DJ Cassidy with Nile Rodgers- Kill The Lights (Audien Remix) (Vocals by Alex Newell)
- Bakermat- Teach Me (MK Remix) (Vocals by Shirley Caesar)
- Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge- White Noise (Vocals by Aluna Francis) https://edm.com/news/aluna-instagram-letter-racist-experiences-in-music-industry
- Blackstreet ft Dr.Dre- No Diggity (Dunisco Giggety Mix)
- THANKS- Livin’ My Life (Vocal Sample from Jill Scott) https://www.papercitymag.com/culture/jill-scott-houston-concert-powerful-black-lives-message/
- Storm Queen- Look Right Thru (MK Dub III) (Vocal sample from Damon C. Scott)
- Mary J. Blige- Family Affair (Mederic Remix) https://time.com/4514969/mary-j-blige-hillary-clinton-411-full-video/
- Mr. Belt & Wezol- Homeless (Vocal sample from Crystal Waters)
- Mr. Belt & Wezol- Finally (Vocal sample from CeCe Peniston)
- Moreno Pezzolato- Pride (A Deeper Love) (Vocal sample from Aretha Franklin)
- MrCenzo, Vas Floyd- Free (Vas Floyd’s Freedom Mix) (sample from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)
When it comes to producing, I’m not sure if anyone can currently touch Calvin Harris. Dude is that talented. His ability to make hit after hit and produce mainstream music that is not only tolerable but really well made is something I marvel at time and time again. Today the superstar DJ/producer dropped a huge announcement regarding his next project.
Pretty self explanatory. As you can see from the image above, there’s a video in the tweet that name drops all of the features on the album and the cast is absolutely star studded. Frank Ocean. Travis Scott. Kehlani. Pharrell. Katy Perry. Big Sean. John Legend. Migos. Schoolboy Q. Ariana Grande. Young Thug. D.R.A.M. Nicki Minaj. Lil Yachty. Jessie Reyez. PARTYNEXTDOOR. Snoop Dogg. Not to mention Future and Khalid who’s track can be heard as the minute and thirty four second clip plays.
Speaking of the clip, just that little snippet makes me on the verge of physically being unable to contain myself from waiting until June 30th. I need to drop what I’m doing and throw on a clean white short sleeved button down, some shades, hit a rooftop bar and grab a couple of mimosas and just enjoy life. You know what? Screw blogging. I think I’m going to take my credit card and get myself a villa on a private island and never come back to the states until collections literally comes and drags me home like David Dao.
As I mentioned before, I think Calvin Harris is one of the most talented people when it comes to making good music. The fact that he’s working with such a diverse group of artists who each possess very different styles and sounds and producing (what I’m banking on will be) high quality music is a feat few can pull off. Get ready for Summer, Calvin Harris’ new album is dropping June 30th.
What’s up you ghoulish gratzians, threw together a little mix to commemorate this weekends festivities. Pretty scary shit right here so if you’re a wuss don’t even bother. Have fun with this one and be safe. Remember, pixie sticks are a hell of a drug.
Massive Guestlist this week, lot’s of brand spanking new music by the likes of Dannic, Sidney Samson, and a huge track from newcomer Alpharock. Gonna be a wild weekend, make sure you have the right tunes for it.
Scott Storch has to be one of my favorite people in the music industry. He’s a jew who used to live in Cherry Hill who balls the fuck out and makes amazing beats. Seriously, the dude is really talented and he produced tracks that were essential to our teenage years like ‘Candy Shop’ and ‘Lean Back’. Now, he’s getting into the electronic scene and linked up with German based (Jews and Germans linking up, we’ve come so far) Tai to bring us ‘Brick Wall’. Storch’s talents clearly crossover between genres as this one is a well produced, legitimate banger. The second drop is fucking silly and this was even released on Sander Van Doorn’s own Doorn Records. ‘Brick Wall’ is available now.
Yep, it’s about that time, brand new Gratz’s Guestlist filled with all the tracks you need for a successful (interpretive) weekend. This week features new Showtek, Dyro, and newfound sickos JAGGS. Enjoy and try not to smash a cinder block over your skull.
A lot of people know dudes that think they can rap…I do too except the difference is i got a guy for yall I know can spit. Meet Nathaniel Mann, a Boston born dude who now calls Brooklyn his home. A true student of the genre, Mann understands hip hop and it’s culture and his work clearly shows that. His latest track, ‘Beachcomber’ truly nails the summer vibe, with buttery smooth lyrics and an equally smooth beat produced by a homie named Deca. Check out the music video below and stay tuned, because Mann is just getting started…
Now this is what summer is all about: big, loud, fucking bangers. It’s pretty much the same deal with movies, with summer being the time where noisy ass movies like Transformers and this year, Jurassic World are released. Today though, we have a super banger by two duos (so that’s a total of four sickos in total) called ‘Bowser’. Yes, Bowser like the fucking villain in the Mario games. Last time these dudes linked they cooked up ‘Rocket’ a track that is totally not ok for public places, but absolutely phenomenal for breaking shit. ‘Bowser’ was made for the festivals, it’s the perfect track to be drunkenly blacked out humming the melody to aloud with your boys (which is like the most fun thing ever). ‘Bowser’ is out today on Hardwell’s Revealed Recordings. https://soundcloud.com/wandw/ww-blasterjaxx-bowser
There’s a shit ton of awesome music out now and even more on its way and its fucking awesome. This week on Guestlist we have new music from a lot of the big time heavy hitters like Tiesto, Nicky Romero, DVBBS, Firebeatz, and more. This should hold everyone over until a big MDW mega mix next weekend. Enjoy!