Artist: Yellow Claw (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Title: Never Dies (ft Lil Eddie) (2014)
It was only a matter of time before the Dutch jumped on the trap bandwagon. Incidentally, bubbling mixes with trap pretty smoothly and some people I’ve talked to aren’t even aware that the patently Dutch bubbling sound exists in a form that isn’t blended with the 64th-note drum fills made popular by the culture of strip clubs and drug dealers in Atlanta. When I was making this track list, Yellow Claw had just come out with the Amsterdam Trap mixtape and while Never Dies doesn’t quite go full-on trap, it does bring in influence from trance and hardstyle, which I wanted to give a taste of. After the intro, it goes into this sweet little arpeggio that my friend said sounds like a dream sequence in Zelda. I thought that was awesome.
Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.