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RIP FRANKIE KNUCKLES 1955-2014

“EDM” is a purely American phenomenon–an anomaly to most Europeans because it is actually the second wave of electronic dance music to hit the US. For Germans and Brits, for instance, there is only one house music. It was born in Chicago, enjoyed underground fame with moderate commercial success there, in NYC, Detroit, and across the states, and then exploded in Europe into a million tiny subgenres. New, post-2005 American “rave” culture sort of comes with an erasure of its origins, as if Skrillex and Deadmau5 had been incubating underground for 20 years and then just popped up like Godzilla at ULTRA one day to save a new generation of mid-western teens from pop punk. The set below may not make a lot of sense for this blog, but without its DJ (the legendary pioneer and “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles) PLURNT.NET might have never come to be. So much of club and rave music culture owes its life to Frankie Knuckles’ contributions, especially at the legendary Chicago “Warehouse” when house music didn’t even have a name yet. (Guess where the music got its name from).

It was with deep sadness that we learned that Frankie passed yesterday at the age of 59. He is in our thoughts and prayers.

We salute you, oh Godfather of House, and may you bask in the glory of your accomplishments and legacy. You have become immortal.

See Frankie’s most recent Boiler Room set below:

Trap Arnold – “Gas Pedal” Remix

Trap Arnold, member of Boston’s come up production crew, M|O|D, is blowing up fast and catching attention with his particular hard-hitting style of “Future Trap”. Sorry, FVTVRX TRXP. Ever since dubstep annihilated genre as we know it, it seems like tagging “future” on to the beginning of any already precarious label is like trying to add a couple more years onto the life of a dying cat by strapping roller skates to its paws. Does that make sense? Whatever. The remix is dope. 

 

Yung Jake – Unfollow

What exactly is Yung Jake? Is he a rapper? Instagram phenom? Net artist? Really, he sort of exists somewhere in the space between all of these–the inevitable Gen-Y bridge that spans everything self-consciously trending in online culture and the closing gap between hip hop and the fine arts. A graduate of Cal Arts and self-purported follower of Drake, Jake channels the fleeting and shallow emotional runoff of Instagram beef and young love through autotune and emoji in his most recent video, “Unfollow”. His persona is clearly an art performance of high calculation, and yet, what rapper’s isn’t these days? Maybe this is as real as it gets.

VIDEO: TODDLA T SOUND – ACID

Toddla T does not hold back on this one, going in on a truly London-style ragga acid sound. I wish I knew who that glitched out dancer data moshing in the yellow capris was. He is the true star here. No credit? Come on Thump…

FREE FOOTWORK X JUNGLE CROSSOVERS – ALIX PEREZ, DJ RASHAD, DJ SPINN, DJ EARL

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Alix Perez is a Belgian prolific drum and bass legend who’s sound, over the past 10 years, has morphed into something much more complex and contemporary. A quick listen to 2012′s “1984″, compared to early career tracks like “Sorrow” make this immediately evident. On the other end comes DJ Rashad and Spinn, who, along with other Teklife affiliates like DJ Earl, are playing with jungle and drum and bass, which share a 160-range bpm, and incorporating it into their sound. Grab the free track below, and while you’re at it, cop DJ Earl’s most recent footwork X jungle mix at the very bottom.

TRIPPY ASS GIFS FROM TAVIS

I don’t know about you, but I start every morning with a full bottle of cherry Robitussin, just to get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes I forget which way my pants are supposed to go on, or the walls start doing the dougie and whispering Minnie Riperton’s “Loving You” in my ear, but the positive results far outweigh any minor distractions. For instance, I’ve devoted my undivided attention to Tavis’ tumblr for the past 4 hours, and I really think I’m close to “cracking the code.” Enjoy, and stay in school, kids.

Check out more on his tumblr here.