For this week's Top 10 ELM, Future Funk, Neo World, and everything in-between chart I wanted to focus on acts performing at the upcoming DO LAB presents LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE Festival. We are so excited to be a part of this amazing festival that we have wanted to play for years. The lineup is absolutely stacked with an eclectic selection of performers covering all the bases in music. Tickets are still available, but get them now. It all goes down in Bradley, California on Memorial Weekend (May 23-25). Now check out this selection of tunes and remixes from artists performing at this year's festival.
GRAMATIK - TORTURE FEAT. ERIC KRASNO
This is some futuristic funk rock bass music. Gramatik has done an amazing job of helping put downbeat music back on the map. He releases all of his music for free, and has been a huge purveyor of fine beats. It is always exciting to see him live. He is headlining the Lighting Stage on Friday night. It is definitely one performance not to miss.
THE MOWGLI’S - SAN FRANCISCO (PUMPKIN REMIX)
I can't say enough amazing things about Pumpkin. He is such an awesome person and old soul! He has a charisma when he plays that is beautiful. He sometimes plays songs that I normally might not like, but the way he does it, makes it really nice experience. This remix of The Mowgli’s is fantastic. His set on Saturday afternoon at the Woogie Stage should not be missed.
KRAAK & SMAAK - HOW WE GONNA STOP THE TIME FEAT. STEE DOWNES (VALIQUE REMIX)
We have been down with these guys since the beginning. In 2003, we both set out on a mission to bring some funk back into electronic music. These guys made some epic tunes, and rocked some serious dj sets. We toured all over North America with them, and have a special place in our hearts for K&S. This remix by Valique is on a really amazing disco house vibe.
CLAUDE VONSTROKE & 6 STROKE - CHOP NEK
This collaboration between Claude VonStroke and 6 Stroke is a large low end broken beat banger. This is a tune that builds with tension, and releases with so much boom. Claude is a stellar dj as well. This is always my big plus! I love producers who can dj as well as they produce. Can't wait to catch his set Friday night closing out the Woogie Stage.
M.I.A. - BAD GIRLS (KRADDY REMIX)
Kraddy has been in the game for years. He is someone that definitely helped shape the modern West Coast Bass music movement. His production is impeccable. He moves around the genres, and is always trying something new, staying a few steps ahead of the game. This remix of M.I.A. is a large electronic jam. It uses all the worldly elements really well. Stoked to be rocking it with Kraddy again at LiB.
WHAT SO NOT - LIKE THIS, LIKE THAT FEAT. DEIZE TIGRONA
This is an absolute monster jam! If you are playing on a good system, that can handle big low end, drop this tune! It slays! A combination of Breakbeat, Baile Funk, and Bass! It is definitely a winning combination. The vocals by Deize Tigrona are so tight! Whenever I am dropping a banger uptempo set, this is definitely in the mix!
EMPRESARIOS - MARIA JUANA (FORT KNOX FIVE REMIX) - FORT KNOX RECORDINGS
Here is one of our latest Fort Knox Five remixes for our Fort Knox Recordings label cohorts, Empresarios. The original version of this song is amazing, but it is pretty slow. We wanted to do a beefed Latin Hip Hop meets Zapp type version. We are really happy with how it turned out. We are doing a 4 deck dj set on Sunday evening on the Lightning Stage. Stoked!
CHET FAKER - NO DIGGITY (COVER RECORDED LIVE OLD BUTTERY FACTORY, AUSTRALIA)
Firstoff, I can't believe we are djing right before Chet Faker on the Lightning Stage on Sunday evening. This is a true honor. This cover version of No Diggity was recorded live at the Old Buttery Factory in Newsted, Australia. It is perhaps the best cover version of have ever heard of this song. Get excited for his live performance at LiB.
LITTLE DRAGON - LET GO
Swedish group Little Dragon is making large waves in the downbeat electronic scene. This music is so smooth, and well produced. It is like super future r&b! Let Go is the type of song that gets stuck in your head. I might have dreams about this tune. Little Dragon is headlining the Lightning Stage on Saturday!
PHARRELL - HAPPY (KAYTRANADA EDITION)
I have been saying that this song is an instant classic since I first heard it. It is a beautiful catchy tune. This Kaytranada remix is perfect. It does a really funky beat driven downtempo take on it. It is the perfect song to close out a set, or flip it up in the middle. Definitely keep an eye out for this guy. He is making dope tunes.