This group of base heavy tracks all have one thing in common. That is that they are all VIP mix’s of the artists’ previously released original tracks. A VIP (variation in production) is similar to a remix, but not quite the same. The difference is that a VIP mix keeps many if not most elements of the original track the exact same, while switching up one or two very noticeable elements usually in the drop. This gives listeners something new and exciting to hear as a change of pace from the original version.
As if the original “Dead Link” by Barely Alive wasn’t good enough, they went and redid it somehow making the track even heavier than before! This new VIP has blown me away with its thick and menacing base. Barely Alive is one of the quickest growing new bass music artists around. Hailing from Massachusetts, the up and coming duo first busted onto the EDM scene in early 2014 with the release of their debut EP “Lost in the Internet”. The group has managed to collect five consecutive Beatport number 1’s in the last twelve months, with collaborations and remixes of artists including Zomboy, Excision, Getter, and Datsik. This track begins with an ominous melody trickling down note by note. The intensity begins to build and as the drop approaches, and right when you think it will they throw a twist at you with another eight measures of anticipation capped off with a gunshot and the earth shattering drop. If played on loud, high quality speakers, listeners can expect to be blasted to the moon with this overwhelming power house of a track. With their remix of Zomboy’s “Game Time” just recently being released and turning a lot of ears, Barely Alive is surely here to stay.
NGHTMRE and Slander recently created a four track, joint EP titled “Nuclear Bombs” which came out last month and blew listeners away with the mixture of their heavy but unique and distinct sounds. The third track on the EP was “Power”, which the artists decided to go back and rework. This refreshing new take on the original has very heavy drum and base influences but still is able to hold onto the usual Slander trap style of music that their fans expect. It’s always great to be able to listen to a collaboration by two great artists and see which one contributed each part. In this song, you get a great sense of NGHTMRE’s customary video game-like style of synths which work excellently in collaboration with Slander’s thundering baselines and high intensity drum work. The high energy levels that NGHTMRE and Slander crush through the speakers are sure to have listeners running in place.
The third and final VIP mix for this week’s post comes to you from another flourishing new artist who has landed on every base head’s radar, Jauz. The original “Feel the Volume” exploded after first being released. Artists all around the world, big and small, were playing the track in their sets. Sam Vogel, stage name Jauz, a young producer originating from Los Angeles, has proven that you don’t have to mold to typical genres or copy other big artists sounds in order to make it in the EDM world. In fact he has begun paving the way for a plethora of artists to follow in his footsteps as he continues making his unique and dangerously heavy yet still melodic sounds. One way to describe Jauz’s style is like an equal parts mixture of deep house, trap, future base, and dubstep. It’s kind of a lot to handle! Just like the first two tracks in this post, this track took an already stellar song and improved it in ways that left listeners pulling their hair out. The track was first dropped by Jauz himself in his Ultra Miami set back in March. As the song’s intro started playing, the crowd howled with excitement, but had no idea what was in store for them for the second drop. The first drop is the exact same as that of the original, and is then followed by a very interesting monologue by Fatman Scoop where he declares that “music brought us here right now in this moment!”. The second drop comes and with it brings a storm of thundering base. It feels like you’re being blasted with an alien laser cannon the size of a limousine while also having wave after wave of heavy base crash into you simultaneously. If this song is any indicator of where Jauz is going with his career, it’s showing us that he’s going straight up. With unreleased collaborations with artists such as Skrillex and Dillon Francis, expect this young gun to blow up this summer as he makes numerous stops at festivals all over the country.