Excision | The Shambhala Mixes [FREE]

Since 2008, Jeff Abel aka Excision has been revolutionizing the electronic music scene via his epic series of mixes performed at Shambhala Music Festival in British Colombia, Canada. Hailing from The True North himself, Excision has transformed the dubstep scene by compiling these lengthy, top-notch mixes and offering them free of charge for his fans. Not only has he furthered his own career by releasing the Shambhala mixes, but they have also served to increase the popularity of lesser know artists included on each mix as well. After seeing Jeff this summer in Chicago at Spring Awakening Music Festival, I can whole-heartedly attest to the fact that Excision is one of the best live performances in the realm of EDM.

For dub-steppers (including myself), The Shambhala mixes have become a staple in the world of annual, anticipatory releases. With the addition of his brand new 2013 set, Excision has blown our minds once again. Year after year, his ability to compile popular, underground and all around eclectic sounds proves uncanny. No one can do it like Excision does it.

And that’s a fact.

Don’t believe us? Here’s six years of proof.


01. Excision – Bass Test
02. Excision – Intro Mashup
03. Excision & Space Laces – Destroid 7 Bounce VIP
04. Excision & Ajapai – Destroid 9 Blast Off
05. Sub Focus – Time Warp
06. Cutline – Broken Mirror (Metrik Remix)
07. Sub Focus – Tidal Wave (KillSonik Remix)
08. Coolio – Gangsters Paradise (Candyland Remix)
09. Kill The Noise – Mosh It Up
10. Faithless – Insomnia (Mantis Remix)
11. xKore & Konec – Railgun
12. Trolley Snatcha – Sound Champion
13. KillSonik – Walrus
14. Pegboard Nerds – Razor Sharp VIP
15. Will Bailey – Movement (ft. Messinian)
16. Excision, Downlink, Space Laces – Destroid 1 Raise Your Fist
17. South Central – Jaw Drop
18. Excision & Downlink – Crowd Control
19. Basement Jaxx – Where’s Your Head At (Team Bayside Remix)
20. Valentino Khan – The Dip
21. SkisM – Experts
22. Schoolboy – No Autotune
23. Camo & Krooked – Numbers
24. Downlink – Rubber Bands
25. Jay Z- Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Brillz & Z-Trip Remix)
26. Excision & Bassnectar – Destroid 6 Put It Down
27. DJ Oder- 9020
28. Krafty Kuts – Shake Them Hips (Drumsound & Bassline Smith Remix)
29. Martin Solveig & The Cataracs – Hey Now (Schoolboy Remix)
30. Autoerotique – Asphyxiation
31. Far Too Loud – Terminate
32. Excision – Ohhh Nooo
33. Felix Cartal & Auterotique – The Alarm
34. Excision & Far Too Loud – Destroid 8 Annihilate
35. Excision & Datsik – Deviance (Dirtyphonics RMX)
36. Loadstar – Warrior
37. Lets Be Friends – Pull Up Your Finger
38. TC – Get Down Low
39. Major Look – No Hope City (Six Blade RMX)
40. SkisM – Elixir VIP
41. Xilent – Boss Wave (Teddy Killerz Remix)
42. Bro Safari & UFO – The Dealer
43. Excision – X Rated (ft. Messinian)
44. F3tch & xKore – Rancid
45. Tim Ismag & CVPELLV – Bass Trap
46. Mayhem & Antiserum – Bricksquad Anthem
47. Apashe & Snails – Bubble Gun VIP
48. Lil Flip – The Way We Ball (Crizzly RMX)
49. Figure – Beat Mode (ft. Del The Funky Homosapien
50. Zomboy – Terror Squad
51. Eptic – Bust Em Out (ft. Virus Syndicate)
52. Downlink – Raw Power
53. Megalodon – Boom
54. Eptic – Gunn Finga
55. W&W & Ummet Ozcan – The Code (Psychic Type RMX)
56. Lucky Date – Freak
57. Knife Party – Rage Valley
58. Tony Junior – Nobody Beats The Drum
59. Bad Boy Bill & Steve Smooth – Free (DJ Bam Bam RMX)
60. Lil’ Mama – Lip Gloss (Gold Top RMX)
61. High Rankin’ – Still No Money For Guns
62. Bassnectar – Raw Charles
63. Major Look – Heart Attack (Teddy Killerz RMX)
64. Excision & Space Laces – Destroid 10 Funk Hole
65. Flux Pavilion – Blow The Roof Off
66. Lets Be Friends – Best In The West
67. ShockOne – Lazerbeam (SkisM RMX)
68. ShockOne – Lazerbeam
69. Original Sin – Therapy RMX
70. Pegboard Nerds – Pressure Cooker
71. Doctor P & Adam F – The Pit VIP (ft. Method Man)
72. Downlink – The Chopper
73. Eptic – Space Business
74. Sub Focus – Rock It
75. Sub Focus – Let The Story Begin
76. Mediks – Cannibals
77. Exicision & Space Laces – Destroid 7 Bounce
78. Diplo & Lil Jon – U Don’t Like Me (Datsik Remix)
79. Trolley Snatcha – Put You In The Game
80. Dog Blood – Shred Or Die
81. Tim Ismag – Beat Up
82. Protohype & Two Fresh – Hear It Go
83. Spor – Aztec

The 13 Best Video Game Influenced EDM Tracks [8 Bit Love]


This next one is a tribute to all you nerds out there. It’s for those of you who started playing NES at the age of 5, growing older and maturing alongside man’s greatest technological waste of time – Video Games.

And that is exactly what they are, a waste of time. However, as an avid gamer myself, I must state that video games provide the best way to distract myself from reality; to escape from the trivialities of the day to day. They have this uncanny ability to engross users in an abstract virtual actuality that can become more realistic than anything in the outside world. The beauty of video games, much like art or cartoons, is that you can do ANYTHING with them. There is certainly a digital home for anyone in the world of gaming.

Speaking of being able to do anything, these next 13 tracks prove that die-hard gaming fans exist everywhere, even in the world of EDM. That classic video game sound can be heard almost everywhere in electronic music but, most producers typically use one or two samples in a track. These next 13 songs focus on productions that are mainly influenced by chip-tunes, aka 8-bit sounds.

1. Savant – ISM

2. Savant – Starfish

3. Savant – Prelude

4. Nostalgia – The Hero VIP

5. KATFYR – Green Hill

6. Excision – 8-Bit Superhero

7. Doctor P – Tetris

8. Feed Me – One Click Headshot

9. Virtual Riot – Evil Gameboy

10. Porter Robinson and Mat Zo – Easy (Scattle 8-bit Cover)

11. MUST DIE! & A F K – Clanker’s Cavern

12. Figure – Battles and Castles

13. Razihel and Virtual Riot – One For All, All For One

In Retro Specs: The Only Review of Spring Awakening Music Festival That Matters


For another year, something was magnificently overwhelming about Spring Awakening Music Festival. Which is why there’s so much to say about it. Or why the city was swarmed with stumbling neon for an entire weekend. Or why you woke up on a bench in Grant Park on Monday morning – to your boss’ dog licking your face.

But without question, it’s an experience that differs by taste. A lot may depend on your comfort zone, religious or political views, and tolerance for humidity. But one thing is for damn sure: Spring Awakening is a blossoming affair.

With as many dubstep performers as beer vendors, Chicago’s premier EDM festival premiered for a second summer this past weekend. And it re-premiered in a fierce manner. Taking the tent from Da Equinox Stage 2, SAMF offered two main-stage feels this year. Although of course, nothing tops a main stage setting like Halas Hall does.

When it rained on Saturday night during Bassnectar, it came in eerily similar fashion to the torrential downpour at the end of Skrillex’s masterful set last year. Pleasantly consistent with the flow of last year’s pilot run, Calvin Harris complimented Saturday night’s violent finish with an upbeat & versatile finale set. To put it in our terms, the heavy to happy rhythm of the weekend has been the perfect equation for a Windy City success.

My vote for next year? Dillon Francis on Saturday, Eric Prydz on Sunday. Just saying.

With the addition of a third prequel day this year, Moby put on an extremely solid performance as Fridays headliner. Likely brought in to attract an older audience for the first night’s crowd, Moby had ragers of all ages rocking out to close out Day 1. There was a standing ovation for his ode to something old, pumping up the crowd when he played ‘Infinity’. As a matter of fact, it may have been the most well-received track played all night. And I was not kidding about the standing ovation. That happened. Listen below if you want to know why.

The crowd on Friday was frantic, as first day jitters always make for a testier crowd. The best set from Friday main stagers had to be Nero, who would’ve done just fine as Friday’s icing. Bingo Players, on the other foot, decided to play a game we like to call: “how much tribal hard-style can you stuff into one fucking set?” It made us cry just a little folks, but Bingo Players was the biggest disappointment of the entire weekend. But before we progress, props as well to Dirty South for spinning a dirty set up north. The good kind of dirty.

Saturday? Crowded, chaotic, and crazy. Ergo, everything I dreamed it would be. By the time Wolfgang Gartner finished his set on Saturday night – there was little room to move anywhere on Soldier Field. Which was interesting, because he had every single person jumping up and down by the time ‘Channel 42’ was in mid-stride. A show that was bigger than itself, Wolfgang Gartner once again stood out from the field as one of this weekend’s finest entertainers.

The Sunday crowd was clearly the most experienced. It’s possible these were the adamant festival-goers. The ones who found a road around Father’s Day, or the ones who fulfilled their patriarch dues in the morning hours. But unfortunately, if you missed Sunday, you missed this festival’s brightest hour. Up-and-comers like Minnesota, Figure, and Topher Jones rocked the outskirts of Soldier Field in the daylight. Sunday night’s top-heavy lineup at Da Main Stage was nothing short of a spectacle.

1000889_618517161506913_170284881_nPorter Robinson & Excision were quite epic. But when the weekend’s biggest name took the stage, it became quite apparent Spring Awakening had saved the best for last.

As Calvin Harris dropped his everlasting ‘Feel So Close’, an already hysteric crowd went even more bizerk as fireworks engulfed the silver beams surrounding them. Ushering in the weekend’s climax with his biggest hit and Chicago’s quintessential skyline in the backdrop, one thing became quite apparent: Spring Awakening was bigger and better in 2013. And we expect the same thing next year.

Sure SAMF is raunchy, hyper, and constantly reeks like a Colorado green house. But that’s half the fun, isn’t it? React Presents didn’t need to turn many tables to bring the fans back for 2013. Mixing up the schedule with some muscle was all that was needed.

After all, the venue kind of sells itself.