Earworm Of The Month: A$AP Rocky – Ghetto Symphony (GANZ Flip) [Chill Trap / Bass]

I’ve been grooving on hit for a while now. It got a lot of attention when it dropped back in May, but I was a little late to the game. However, I’ve been putting it in my face ever since, and my July has been a little more massive & symphonic because of it. I want to emphasize that this Chill Bass vibe that I’ve been getting into is kicking off, but not in places local here to the USA outside of a few spotted club nights and Diplo shows. Most stateside trap is still this goofy banger shit (Yes, of course, except Minnesota & Koan Sound of course), while there’s work to be done exploring irregular but massive beats. This reworking of A$AP Rocky is a perfect example of what can be done while heads are still toying with playing the same chord 14 times in a row. I think we’re going to see a shift to this perhaps in the fall or spring of next year, but we shall see. I’d love for this stuff to get big.

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Midnight Music: Pierce Fulton [Chilled Vibes]

This one has been on rotation for the last week, but I wanted to take some time to write a little ditty up about it. This gorgeous chilled tune almost shimmers in its sun-drenched grooves. There’s a quiet euphoria to this downtempo tune that is hard to match without having gone to school for Pro Tools. The synth work & mixdown are impeccable, with the build two minutes in pulling you along and forcing a smile on your face. I’ve never heard of Pierce Fulton before, but I’m so glad EDMTunes made sure I saw this track. The 2:44 break re-emphasizes the positive vibes the track is working with, so make sure hit up this Brooklyn DJ and enjoy the summer while it still lasts.

The World’s Largest Muslim Country Has A Metalhead President Now.

So, after a long, ridiculous election, Indonesia has elected Joko Widodo. While the name may sound like he’s a member of the Jedi Council, he’s actually a devout metalhead, and the new president of the country that has the largest Muslim population in the world. Mic.com has a great spread on the guy and his headbanging, moshing and being with the people. I find music love to be the great unifier, and in a nation that can swing very, VERY conservative, this is a sign that there is progress happening. He’s a fan of Metallica, Napalm Death, Led Zeppelin, and Muslim metal bands, which probably rock face. Whenever a head of state says “Rock is my passion,” I think it’s a good day for music. Rock out President Widodo!

Mix Of The Weekend: Cashmere Cat’s PS1 Warm-Up Mix

Today, I’m heading over to MoMA PS1 to watch Cashmere Cat, Goldlink & friends turn the art museum’s backyard into one of LIC’s famous day parties. This Warm Up series, done all summer, really gets the hipsters out. The last time I was at one of these things, there was a guy wearing a disco ball around his neck. I know that’s a little different than your image of tight jeans and annoyed PBR drinking, but the Warm Up events tend to be well attended, polite affairs, with affable attendees ambling around. The mix is freaking wonderful. Dotted with mandatory tunes from Jhene Aiko, Jam City, Kid Antoine, Trippy Turtle, Cam’ron & Lido, this is some future bass that you need in your world. Put it on at the beach, at the office, or just throw it into your headphones as you enjoy the weekend.

Midnight Music: Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix) [Clouds Made Of Bounce]

Well, in light of the Major Lazer remix that came to light yesterday, I just wanted to be THAT guy, and remind everyone about the other remix of Tennis Court. Flume just sold out 3 nights in NYC, and if you don’t have a clear idea why, just put this tune into your ear holes. Flume has production that is unrivaled, with massive remixes hitting and his name climbing the festival bill very quickly. And if this tune doesn’t convince you, check out his remix of Gold by Chet Faker. I swear, the Aussies are combining their powers Power Ranger style. This is some potent, soulful & massive stuff.

Midnight Music: Raffael De Luca ft. Bill Burr – That DJ Music

Ok, this is funny. Bill Burr had some words about DJs (on Conan I believe) and scored some points busting on EDM culture in front of a live studio audience. Burr has a way with words, and I’ve been a fan of his for a long time, and these jokes were right up my alley. I was delighted to find out a Gotham City DJ Raffael De Luca pushed out a hilarious remix of this vocal work. Can’t believe it took me two weeks to get up on this! (via EDMTunes)