Posted by Jess on April 19, 2013
Sampling LL Cool J’s 1995 hit “Mama Said Knock You Out”, SikDuo takes LL’s memorable vocals and molds them around their own original production to make a song that easily lives up to its title “Boom”. It definitely gives the song a classic touch to its modern Electro sound. Best yet, it is a free download, so grab the track below.
Free Download: SikDuo – BOOM
Posted by Spice on June 6, 2012
Progressive house, that luminous, frission-inducing genre, is at a bit of a crossroads. While it is as much in flux as everything else occurring under the umbrella of EDM, I’d go as far as to say that it is also approaching critical mass. Progressive hooks once reserved for dance floors and DJ sets have entered the commercial mainstream. Trance heavyweights formerly known for their work at 140 bpm now borrow from it liberally. And not only is the genre one of the more massive and heterogeneous subsets of electronic music, it also happens to boast some of the biggest names in the business (Avicii, Tiesto, Alesso, the Swedish House mafiosos), all of whom cast long shadows and seem almost uniquely positioned to eclipse emergent talent.
But talent is talent, and today it is my pleasure to introduce you to two Los Angeles-based producers who have been quietly churning out breathtaking original progressive anthems and electro bangers while breaking into the performance DJ circuit. Logan Light and Alex Seaver — known together as Mako — bring musical training, practical experience, and abundant talent to their craft….and it shows. The two are a formidable team; Logan performed under the moniker DJ L1ght during his time at the University of Michigan, opening for heavy hitters like Wolfgang Gartner and Afrojack and even taking the decks at Coachella, while Alex attended Julliard, is classically trained in the French horn and wields some impressive compositional skill. Are they the full package? The free download below, “Beam,” would seem to indicate that they are: the top quality production, lush, orchestral synths and uplifting melodies speak to a well-honed musical ear, while the build through the chorus is tailor-made to wind up a crowd.
Read on for my interview with Logan, Mako’s set from Electro Beach Puerto Vallarta, and previews of tracks that are in the works. Be sure to keep an eye on Mako’s Soundcloud for upcoming releases.