Big Gigantic – Touch the Sky [Electro-Funk Jazz Trap]

Big Gigantic and Trap music? Oh, you better believe it.

Much to our collective chagrins, it would seem trap music is here to stay. And it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon. However, in an effort not to add insult to injury, we find it relieving that some of the more talented producers in the game are proving what a skilled musician can do with the genre. Luckily, we have artists like Flume, 123MRK and Cashmere Cat who are constantly pushing the boundaries when it comes to producing Hp-Hop influenced EDM beats. When we found this little ditty by Boulder resident Big Gigantic, we just knew it was going to be HUGE (see what we did there?).

“Touch the Sky” is the result of a skilled infusion of musical flavors. The tediously long genre we have given the track in the title of this post does not even do the song justice when defining what it sounds like. It’s trap, electro-soul, jazz, dubstep and future bass all rolled into a jam that is truly indicative of the talent possessed by Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken of Big G.

(note from Big G)

“We are so thrilled to announce we’ll be releasing our latest album, THE NIGHT IS YOUNG in early Febuary 2014!!! We can’t thank you enough for all of your patience while we have been writing and recording over the past year. Stream our first single called, TOUCH THE SKY and keep an eye out for the download, music video, winter tour dates and more info on the release in the coming weeks.”
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!! #TheNightIsYoung

Labor Day Weekend: America’s Vacation & EDM’s Realization [NCMF Review]

Labor Day Weekend represents a holiday unlike any other. With summer coming to a close and the weather taking a bittersweet turn towards fall, many Americans used the long weekend as a chance to unwind before the so-called school year gets underway. Unfortunately, a portion of this great nation have been mislead in their definition of downtime.

For the EDM community, last weekend was no vacation. Instead, it was a realization.

Death never comes easy, especially when it involves our youth. In the coming months, our industry will be chastised and berated for the unfortunate events that occurred at Electric Zoo over the weekend. It’s a tricky debate. Drugs, alcohol and music festivals seem to go almost hand in hand nowadays. Electronic dance music skyrocketed into the mainstream limelight quicker than any genre in music’s history. It wasn’t the booze, the drugs, or party atmosphere that kept the ball rolling.

Nothing can be done about the past, but something can be done about the future. Water is becoming more readily available at shows. Searches at entry are becoming stricter. But at it’s core, it is up to us, the audience to make a change. Tragedies are going to happen, that’s a part of life. And as we all know, it’s how you respond to adversity that attests to one’s character. Death creates but one positive element, and that’s a fresh perspective on life. EDM has a shadow cast overhead and it’s about time we step out of the dark.

What was it that made you fall in love with EDM?

Our relationship was fading, but after experiencing North Coast Music Festival over the weekend, we found the answer.

And on that note, here are our Top 3 most memorable sets from the weekend.

3. Passion Pit
Gotta hand it to these guys. Due to mother’s sassy nature, opening night at NCMF got quite the twist. Passion Pit’s equipment was destroyed, and the band was forced to perform a DJ set. There’s no question the crowd came to see the poppy funk of Passion Pit in live form – but shit happens.

I can’t imagine it’s easy to inform a massive crowd of fans (awaiting the opening night headliner) that they won’t be playing a “real show”. But as they put it, there’s no reason they can’t stay around, have fun, and play some music. And boy was it fun. As a matter of fact, they played like 3 or 4 of the songs on our Top 10 EDM Songs of 2013 (so far). Ergo, these indie punk playboys know their music.


2. A-Trak
This weekend’s best two sets (from our ears) came back-to-back. But maybe that’s not a coincidence. First up, one of the best turntablists in the world, and a live performer that never disappoints: A-Trak.

You know what you’re getting when you go to an A-Trak show. One of the most talented performers in the game, and somebody that knows how to read a crowd. The coolest part of this set was the up-close camera on A-Trak, previewing his masterful skills on the turntable – and extinguishing any skepticism as to why he is sponsored by Adidas.

1. Madeon
Words can’t express how excited we were to see this juvenile phenomenon. The French DJ known as Madeon played the best set of the entire weekend. Mixing in his hits with a lot of the tracks we heard him sample on the very popular Triple J mix, Madeon had every foot off the ground, and every hand in the air for a full 60 minutes.

Opening with his captivating electronic melody ‘Technicolor’ – Madeon was relentless throughout – mixing some progressive house with electro, and dropping one of our favorite releases of the summer: Audien’s ever-enchanting ‘Iris’. Although I felt like I was watching my little cousin DJ in front of thousands of people, it only heightened the excitement of what’s to come from this rising superstar.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t start hanging around you know who (it rhymes with Miley Cyrus).

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – Can’t Hold Us (Big Gigantic Remix)

We’ve been missing our boys over at Big G.

It would seem, however, that our wait for new music by Colorado residents Dominic Lalli and Jeremy Salken was not in vain. Their new remix of ‘Can’t Hold Us’ by hip-hop super studs Macklemore and Ryan Lewis can only be defined as positively divine. But then again, did you expect any less from Big Gigantic?

The weeping violin arrangement and uplifting melody of the chimes provide the perfect introduction to the new track. It only lasts for a few moments, followed by the true catalyst of the song in the form of Big G’s vocals. Using the already popular and resounding lyrics of Ray Dalton, BG continues to do what they do best on each and every production.

The jam climaxes as Big Gigantic drops modulated crescendos that would even make a nihilist nod his head in gratification. Dominic and Jeremy have given this song the perfect electronic touch, while simultaneously accenting the much more soulful aspects of the original. If you’re a fan of Big Gigantic, then you most certainly won’t be disappointed with the badass electric sax solo by Mr. Lalli.

President Clinton himself would be proud.