Trap Star Ookay Releases EP On Dim Mak Records

Posted: October 24th, 2014

In demand bass music remixer of the moment Ookay is set to drop his Ghost EP on Dim Mak on November 10.

Drawing fans closer to the release date, Ookay reveals snippets from Ghost on his personal SoundCloud. Hands-in-the-air fans will appreciate “Egg Drop Soup,” which delivers his addictive filth-trap sound.

The EP also explores Ookay’s ethereal and melodic style of production. Serene pads on top of sharp 808 snares with chopped vocals can best describe his experimental offerings. The EP rounds out with “Matters,” “Drop Et Agen” and a collab with big room EDM duo Riggi & Piros entitled “Dafuq.”


By Amanda Ross

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All Trap Music Volume 3

Posted: October 17th, 2014

Trap lovers rejoice! All Trap Music Volume 3 is landing in digital outlets and stores worldwide. JiKay presents his third compilation, laced with some of the freshest picks of 2014.

The album boasts two discs containing 40 different interpretations of the genre. From trap bangers to slower more experimental vibes, it’s an international affair with a plethora of producers from both sides of the pond. Some of the more well-known names include Toronto’s Keys N Krates, trendsetting Flosstradamus, Pusha T, Diplo, Bro Safari, Paper Diamond, Vaski and Kill The Noise to name just a few.

The founder of the brand, known as JiKay, started his empire in 2012 via the popular YouTube channel that promoted the emerging 808 craze. According to JiKay, fans of the All Trap Music sample series can expect to see another volume in the near future, along with more material from his own Hot Damn imprint.

Download the album here.


By Amanda Ross

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Delta Heavy Gets Reborn, Releases Remix Package

Posted: October 16th, 2014

It’s time to get Reborn! Delta Heavy’s new premier remix package includes cuts from June Miller and Spoils, as well as the massive original single. Hosting label RAM Records announced the recent work of the London duo, which includes well-known and respected heavy hitters like Simon James and Ben Hail. Pre-order the release here.


By Lori Denman-Underhill 

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Smog Goes To Battle

Posted: October 15th, 2014

Smog never leaves us hanging for too long without another smashing artist comp, and the label is busy creating new artist match-ups for Battle Royale Vol. 1.

The album hosts 10 collaborations in a soundclash style with a showcase of recently minted Savage Society producers and Smog label favorites.

Usual suspects Getter and 12th Planet grace the album, along with other fun match-ups like Ponicz and Barron, Megalodon and Supreme, and Akira teaming up with Deemed 

The beastly track “Swamp City” from Maze & Dubloadz hits hard and gritty, while Bommer and Crowell bring a swingy yet grinding track “Yasuo” full of funky edits and chops.


By Amanda Ross 

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Fox Stevenson’s Throwdown Remixes

Posted: October 14th, 2014

Fox Stevenson’s chart-topping, genre-bending Throwdown EP is receiving the remix treatment from some of bass music’s finest new blood. Five new remixes from the likes of ETC! ETC!, TightTraxx, Protohype, Xkore, Rob Gasser and The Brig are set to be unleashed later this month on Firepower Records. Stevenson, known for his vocal abilities and songwriting talents, has been bending the ear of bass music fans across the globe.

“These remixes shed new light on my songs from the EP, from hyper angry Xkore remix of to the uplifting epic version of ‘Throwdown’ brought to us by Rob Gasser,” says Stevenson, taking time to chat with us while on the set of his music video for “High Five.” “There’s a variation to suit any mood!”

ETC! ETC! and TightTraxx double team and take on the track “Double Up” to another level. Their version sets a dreamy vibe that’s as uplifting as it is tranquil, while xKore reworks “Manage” into an unexpected drumstep tear out smasher.

Protohype also fails to disappoint. His version of  “All In” administers festival worthy, stylized trap and capture’s Stevenson’s message quite effortlessly.

Throwdown,” the album’s title track, gets the re-work from young Swiss producer Rob Gasser, whose synth-laden drumstep approach breathes new light into an already well-crafted track.

Staying true to the original’s filthy yet melodic nature, Newcomer The Brig completes the compilation with his igniting sound.

Pre-orders are now available via iTunes here.


By Amanda Ross

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DJ Rap: Survival of the Fittest

Posted: October 9th, 2014

Charissa Saverio (aka DJ Rap) is a one-woman show to be admired: three million records sold; voted world’s best female DJ; toured the world, played the best parties. Aside from her accomplishments, she has also taken on the roles of representation and management, acting as her own agent, creating her own sound, and running her own record labels. As the tune goes, the sister is doing it for herself.

Taking the reins on her own has paid off. She’s had four Top-10 hits this past six months, along with her “Spiritual Aura” remixes, which hit #1 for over a month.

“Working on ‘Spiritual’ was exciting because there’s a lot of English remixes with people like Blade Runner, Saxon and Silent Code,” she explains. “We have some hardstep remixes with people like TI, Outsource and Killing Time coming up, just to mention a few. I also did a SoundCloud competition to search for new producers.”

The drum & bass world has embraced her as an artist since 1988, and it shows. Her empire consists of two record labels—Propa Talent, which features drum & bass, jungle and dubstep, and Impropa Talent, which features house music. Her tunes can be heard not only on dancefloors, but also in numerous films, video games and on England’s Sony and America’s Columbia labels from 2000 to 2005.

But the one element that has finally brought her true fulfillment has been the opportunity to teach Ableton and a full DJ course at Dubspot in Los Angeles. Giving back has been a good influence.

“That’s why I’m on fire now and producing a lot, including the new album,” she explains with excitement. “For the first time in over four years, I feel 100 percent back in love with music. Dubspot is special, because all of the teachers are actively touring producers who are certified Ableton teachers. We all inspire each other and are a big family.”

Her current path follows a four-year break from the biz—a breath of fresh air and what she calls “enrichment for the soul.” After extensive output but a significant lack of input, a life change was calling. This urge to adjust arrived with a few eye-opening experiences. She took inventory of all aspects of her life—the physical, emotional, spiritual and financial. Hard touring for 25 years and paying management most of her earnings was draining.

“It’s my fucking music,” she says sternly. “I had to take control. I dropped everything and learned it all by myself, including how to run a label. I felt like I could do a better job managing and taking care of myself. I felt lackluster in my life about many things.

“Life is all about adjusting, adapting and rolling with it. With the problems that were occurring, I looked to the universe for what it was telling me. I looked for the meaning in it and decided to make positive changes.”

Like all career-driven success stories, Saverio’s has had ups and downs. She compares her situation then to a novelist experiencing writer’s block. In order to move forward, she took a step back, cleared her space, and put music on hold. She explored other avenues of interest and found herself immersed into the world of acting.

“I literally had to walk away from music for a while,” she says. “I went into acting because I felt like I needed something new creatively to bring me back to life. I started to become happy again and realized I was good at doing other things.”

Saverio’s “silence from music,” as she refers to it, did wonders for her spirit. Feeling alive again, she thrived creatively and tested the boundaries of her newfound skills. The production company Electric Run—responsible for music on The Amazing Race—asked Saverio to be their musical director.

“That was amazing,” she says of the position. “I got to program all these different stages of the race. I was then asked to do the music production for more shows. I realized then that it wasn’t the production I disliked, but the heavy touring. So I slowed down.

“That’s the beauty of music,” she says, offering advice to new artists. “Some people say, ‘Oh, you’re just a DJ,’ but I don’t know anyone who’s just a DJ. We all do so many things. My advice is to not pigeonhole yourself. Do whatever you can. Expand your weaponry and your arsenal. Surround yourself with people who can help you overcome your weaknesses.”


DJ Rap plays Zanzibar in Santa Monica, CA, on October 19.


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by Lori Denman-Underhill


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