Author Archives: Kirk Williams

Yet Again, Another Ticket Fiasco—This Time With Avicii

ticket-scalpers EDM has never been bigger than it is today and the squirmy, soul-less, backbone-lacking ticket scalpers and secondary sellers (some are legit) eyes are lighting up like they won the jackpot playing slots at a Reno Casino—not Las Vegas, because that’s where the classy slots are. We’ve encountered this problem before and we’ve documented the problem here at Magnetic. Last year Swedish House Mafia noted that their tickets were being bought up in droves on the primary market and sold on the secondary for ludicrous mark-ups. They...

Camp Bisco XI—Skrillex, Porter Robinson, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, A-Trak, Gramatik & More

campbisco If you live in the North Eastern region of the country chances are you’ve said to yourself at one point, “why isn’t there more EDM festivals around here?” With the exception of Electric Zoo and the inaugural year of Electric Daisy Carnival, there hasn’t been too many festivals to write home about; at least in comparison to the west coast based festivals and the worldly scene in Miami. The lineup for Camp Bisco Eleven (July 12th - 14th) was released yesterday. Previous festivals featured such performers from STS9, LCD...

Felix Cartal “Different Faces” via Dim Mak Records

felix.cartal.different.faces Felix Cartal is such a nice guy. We’re not buddies or anything, but he did pre-release his upcoming album Different Faces on Soundcloud, which means you can basically listen to it whenever you want before it’s released on March 27th. I’d say that simple gesture puts him in the nice guy bracket. That’s my thought anyway as I sit here listening to the stream and dissecting the minutiae of the album while constructing this review. The first thing that comes to mind while listening to Felix is that guy is one of very few producers these...

SBTRKT Comes Out To Play

SBTRKT London’s incognito producer SBTRKT has come out of hiding and has released some magic into the air. It’s a really laid-back, relaxed track complete with plenty of synth, snare and hi hat. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come, I would definitely like to taste an entire album with this flavor. In addition to the lone track he also released this nice little sample from his live performance at Maida Vale Studios where he performed with Sampha. Live Track: Furthermore, a video was also released via The BBC. The live...

Talking Fresh Sounds

swans-filth There is no pattern or definitive day of the week when we are going to bring you the new sounds, when we find them we share them with you, it’s that simple. As for this installment, it is a collection of mixes and new tracks that your ears should fancy. Nicky Romero: February Special Mix 2012 Nicky Romero brings you this first mix, a young Dutch star on the rise. This mix was released as a salute to his fans after reaching 50k Twitter followers. It’s an energetic mix packed with hits from the early part of this year. Featuring...

Morgan Page “Body Work” Video—Plus Tour

MorganPage Grammy nominated producer Morgan Page premiered the video for his banger “Body Work.” Tegan and Sara are up-front and center for most of the video enunciating the vocals with mere perfection. The song is already a favorite so the video had some large shoes to fill. It did so with ease. It’s nice to see a video that depicts the song well, something that videos as of late are straying from. Set in an industrial gym with female dancers clad in legwarmers and medicine balls abound, it’s clearly the “Body Work” video. Also, it...

Huoratron: A Man From Another World—That’s More Down-To-Earth Than You’d Think

Houratron.main “…they all have their own interpretation of cryptic names artists use and every one of the interpretations is every bit as valid as the original reason the name came to be.” I am always intrigued by the difference in things, whether it is music, art, design or entertainment. I always feel the need to peer deep inside the inner workings to see what makes them work the way they do. That said I was incredibly curious when Huoratron found his way into my electronic world. I’ve never heard anything like it before. I jogged my memory to...

Transformers N The Hood—A Blend Of Dubstep and Southern Hip-Hop

transformers-n-the-hood With all due respect to David Guetta, the first disc of Nothing But The Beat was so obnoxiously poppy that I may have thrown it out of my sunroof. However, the second disc was typical Guetta, filled with house tracks that are still on many of my playlists. I think he got carried away in trying to produce a fusion of house with hip-hop/top-40 vocals. Although this album is immensely popular in clubs around the country, it’s certainly not popular with me. If you didn’t notice, I don’t like the first disc of Nothing But The Beat. The...

The “Delicious” EP From Feed Me—Plus North American Tour

feed.me It’s tough to avoid food analogies when writing about Jon Gooch aka Feed Me, but his newest EP is certainly delicious to say the least. Escape From Electric Mountain is a wonderful blend of distinctive Feed Me basslines and exotic melodies. Escape from Electric Mountain doesn’t stray far from Feed Me’s iconic dubstep so those looking “for the drop” won’t be disappointed. He does incorporate a great deal of hard electro house, which does make it easier to listen to than other dubstep producers on the Mau5trap label. This EP...

Exclusive Video Premiere: Huoratron “Cryptocracy”—You Need It

Huoratron “Warning, this video has been identified to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy.”  So the video begins. You know what else should come with a warning? Huoratron’s upcoming album, Cryptocracy. It’s not something you should listen to it while sitting down or driving a car that is capable of exceeding 110 miles per hour. I cannot recall any album recently that begins with an onslaught of infectious electro beats and intergalactic bass as much as Cryptocracy. I’ve listened to it twice over and each...

Mixtape Roundup: Aeroplane, Michelle Owen, John Dahlback, Paul Oakenfold, Felix Da Housecat

mixtape.roundup It’s the middle of the week and to make the rest of the week more palatable I’ve put together a few mix tapes that are sure to please even the most drained weekday warrior. I’ve taken a different approach to this week’s tapes. Instead of dropping five different tapes that have the same feel, I’m going to ease into the beats to make sure your brain doesn’t crash due to sensory overload, think of it as a mix of mix tapes. Enjoy the journey from spaced-out beats to up-tempo samples to get you in the perfect mood come weeks...

John Dahlback “Toolroom Knights” (Toolroom Records)

Toolroom-Knights-Mixed-By-John-Dahlback This Monday has brought much more than the feeling of dissipated brain cells from the weekend prior. John Dahlback, another storied talent out of the great country of Sweden, synonymous for production superstars, drops two new DJ mixes showcasing his ingenious and original style. Toolroom Knights combines Dahlback’s impeccable musical taste with his salacious appetite for empowering beats. Not only is this release two different mixes—it’s comprised of two completely different attitudes. The first tape is absolutely perfect for a Monday...