The Top 5 EPs of This (1/3) Year

These are never easy. Besides dealing with the inevitable bickering that occurs between the Rager crew members, I get a lot of shit from my sixty year old mother actually. She likes that super grimy shit, you know? The kind of music you get down and ultra dirty to. She’s really into free love these days. Look her up.

However, I’m probably going to get a frying pan upside the head for this next list…maybe the LAXX will save me.

5. LAXX – Step One [Never Say Die]

Going hard in the paint, err…I mean studio.

4. Various Artists – Prophication Remix EP [Mau5trap]

Giant remixes to an even bigger EP from last year.

3. Kill Paris – Foreplay EP [OWSLA]

Thank you for another awkward music boner KP.

2. Seven Lions – Worlds Apart [Casablanca Records]

You kidding me, Seven Lions? You’re not of this Earth.

1. Galantis – Galantis EP [Big Beat Records]

Christian Karlsson of Miike Snow and Linus Eklow aka Style Of Eye = Galantis

Honorable Mention: Barely Alive – Lost In The Internet EP [Disciple]

Just about every producer and their mother have attempted to remix a piece of Barely Alive’s latest masterpiece.

Chicago’s Premier EDM Festival: Figure [SAMF Artist Spotlight]

Born: We have no idea. He’s in his mid to late twenties, good enough?
From: Rural, small-town Indiana (representing the Midwest!)
Genres: All things Bass Music, Drumstep, Dubstep, Monsterstep, Drum and Bass
Labels: (Whatever label he wants to throw down on) DOOM, Never Say Die, Big Beat Records, OWSLA, Circus, Mad Decent, Black Hole Recordings, Buygore Records
Upcoming Shows: Paradiso, Les Andentes, Summer Set Music Festival, EDC Las Vegas, Escapade Music Festival
Spring Awakening Music Festival Info: Sunday (June 16th), 7:30 – 8:30 on Da Drive Tent Stage 3

SAMF 2013The line-up for this year’s Spring Awakening Music Festival is absolutely HUGE.

Amongst the prodigious and the popular artists in the mix for SAMF, Figure is simply hiding behind their gigantic shadows, waiting for his chance to strike. Even I will admit it, he is definitely NOT for everyone. If you like drumstep and bass music however, you will love Figure.

Yeah, I get it, “bass music.”

Such a generic labeling. But honestly, that is the only thing you can call it. Josh has found a way to turn all styles of music into fast paced, face melting, bass-modulating insanity. A few listens to a selection of his remixes will be a testament to this man’s knowledge of musical theory and composition. I said it before and I will say it again, Josh Gard knows good music, and he knows how to manipulate other’s music to his own styling.

As I stated previously, classifying this producer is a bit tricky. But, I suppose he would fall into the same category as artists like Excision, Datsik, Flux Pavilion, and Borgore. However, lumping Figure into a group is doing a disservice to the kind of music he produces. The best way to understand what I am talking about is to simply click on a few of the tracks I have included below. His unique sound has earned him the loyalty of a massive, cult following of fans. On Josh’s Facebook, he describes his sound as “twists and turns through an intergalactic electro war armed with robots and missile drop laser synths.”

Works for me.

If you are looking for a catharsis this summer in the Chi, look no further. Josh Gard’s will bring intensity and earth shattering bass in excess. We just hope you can handle it. Oh and don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for me at his show, I’ll be the guy losing my mind…in a good way.


Motivational Monday with Diplo, Flux and Friends 2013 [BBC Radio 1] [FREE DL]


Mondays are tough. 

It’s the start of the work week, and the weekend is as far away as possible. Endorphins are at an all time low, so we wanted to help the cause. Diplo decided to let fellow dub-enthusiast Flux Pavilion take over his weekly BBC Radio 1 show ‘Diplo & Friends’ over the weekend. Flux tore it up, dropping new original mixes from some of Circus Records‘ finest young producers, as well as dropping some of his future tracks to come over the next year.

Like we said before, Mondays can be tough. Good music, good food, and good friends can help you get you through.  We can’t really help find you friends, and we are certainly not cooking for you. So for now, enjoy the music.


Odjbox and Pierre – L.A.L – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion – OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna) – Circus/Atlantic
Doctor P – Champagne Bop – Circus/Atlantic
Brown and Gammon – Dark Matter (Doctor P and Mizuki Remix) – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion – Starlight – Circus/Atlantic
Funtcase – Out For Da Milli – Circus Records
Cookie Monsta – Come Find Me feat Flux Pavilion – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion – Do Or Die feat Childish Gambino – Circus Records
Savant – Ghetto Blastah – SectionZ Records
Funtcase – Voodew – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion – Blow The Roof – Circus/Atlantic
Major Lazer – Watch out For This (Bumaye) – (Major Lazer)
Flux Pavilion – Double Edge feat Sway and P money – Circus/Atlantic
Mizuki – Block Party – Circus Records / Dj Snake – Bird Machine – Mad Decent
Doctor P – Flying Spaghetti Monster – Circus/Atlantic
AutoErotique and Felix Cartel – The Alarm – Dim Mak
Flux Pavilion – I Feel It – Circus/Atlantic
Skream – Sticky – Ammunition
Major Lazer and Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (Jack Beats Remix) – (Lazer Strikes Back)
Major Lazer and Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial – Dowtown
Major Lazer and Flux Pavilion – Jah No Partial (Nonsens Remix) – (Dub)
Funtcase – Stomptown – Circus Records
Funtcase and Cookie Monsta – Atom Bomb – Circus Records / Caspa – Marmite (Doctor P Remix) – Dub Police
Skream – Scrooge’s Revenge – Ammunition
Cookie Monsta – Cave Of Gold – Circus Records
Roksonix – 2 Bad (VIP) – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion and Skism – Jump Back feat Foreign Beggars (VIP) – Circus Records
Dillon Francis – Bootleg Fireworks (REBIRTH) – Fly Eye
Skism – Killer – Never Say Die
Three Loco – Neato – Mad Decent
Funtcase – Predator – Circus Records
Candyland – Bring The Rain (Brown and Gammon Remix) – Spinninrecords
TC – Get Down Low – Don’t Play
Posij – Empty Lungs – Division
TNGHT – Higher Ground – Warp
Antiserum and Mayhem – Trippy – Firepower Records
Dj Snake – Together – Mad Decent
Flux Pavilion – The Scientist – Circus/Atlantic
Roksonix – Dogfight – Circus Records
Flux Pavilion – I Still Can’t Stop – Circus/Atlantic