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Nov 20

Riff Raff Wants To Be ‘EDM Justin Bieber,’ Gives Out Major Lazer Collab

RifFF RAFF, the 32-year-old rapper on Diplo's Mad Decent label, wants to be the "EDM Justin Bieber" and has signed a management deal alongside Kygo and Thomas Jack to do so.

Billboard reports that RiFF RAFF signed with Myles Shear at Golden Hare Group after meeting the talent manager on Mad Decent Boat Party. Shear is the manager of Kygo and Thomas Jack and his hard work can be held largely responsible for the rise of tropical house's popularity. He spoke about how impressed he was with RiFF RAFF's brand and versatility when meeting him on Mad Decent Boat Party:

"My first impression of RiFF RAFF was probably similar to most, but when we really got some time to spend together, I really got to understand his vision and how wonderful of a job he has done maintaining his brand," Shear tells Billboard. "He already is a dance act, and he could really do anything. That's how creative he is."
There's no doubt that with over 1 million Twitter followers and a personality that's hard to forget, RiFF RAFF has a very strong brand. The artist feels that he's always been a member of the EDM family, telling Billboard that he's "the first and only EDM rapper to ever exist." Perhaps the most recognizable part of RiFF RAFF's brand is his knack for coming up with ridiculous, and generally hilarious, quotes. When Billboard asked him how he and Diplo linked up the rapper responded, "We've been friends for over 10 years. I'm the neon godfather of his kids. He pays me $70,000 a year to train his kids neon jujitsu."

Only time will tell how this endeavor works out for the parties involved, but RiFF RAFF has high hopes for the partnership:

I want to be the EDM Justin Bieber. I'm Jody Bieber and humans aren't gonna understand that until I have 15 super hot neon models with the loudest and craziest EDM trap neon rap set on the planet, playing in Dubai or at the Taj Mahal. But I'm still growing and learning, and I will never plateau. I think everyone sees that, so I can't wait to join the WWE and be in movies as well.
Pick up a free copy of RiFF RAFF's new collaborative remix of CoCo by O.T. Genasis with Trapzillas and Major Lazer here.
O.T. Genasis - CoCo (Trapzillas & RiFF RAFF & Major Lazer Remix)
Nov 20

The Beatport Box 34

Welcome back to our series with Beatport known as The Beatport Box, where we bring you the best of Beatport exclusives on a weekly basis. This week, Sasha shows us how to Walk, Dirty South remixes Dirty South, and more.

Deep/Tech | Kwabs - Walk (Sasha Remix) [Atlantic UK]
After garnering over 100K SoundCloud plays, Sasha's remix of Kwabs' Walk has finally been released. Packed with pristine sonics and a swing aimed solely at the dancefloor, this release is sure to do damage during your next set. Pick it up here.
Tech/Electro | Röyksopp & Robyn - Monument Dance (Marcus Marr Remixes) [Dog Triumph]
With the release of Röyksopp's final album The Inevitable End, we're expecting a number of dancefloor-friendly remixes catered to crates of DJs across the genre spectrum. The first that's been delivered is Marcus Marr's mid-00s-styled electro warm-up that quickly reminds us that electro house can be just as groovy as it is abrasive. Get it here.
Big Room/Progressive | Dirty South feat. Gita Lake - Freefallin' (Dirty South Remix) [Phazing]
Following the release of his album With You, Dirty South has given a new spin to his own Freefallin'. This take rides the line between progressive and big room, with a drop full of melody that is somewhat reminiscent of Intro by The xx. Also, if you're interested in winning a chance for Dirty South to throw a house party with you (and who wouldn't be?), click here for more info. Get the track here.
Trance | Dennis Sheperd & Sylvia Tosun - We Are [A Tribute To Life/Sea To Sun]
Trance mainstays Dennis Sheperd and Sylvia Tosun top off a monumental year with We Are, a trance track with a message of unity sure to invoke the feeliest of feels. The video also just dropped--check it out here and pick up the track here.

Matt Ferry of Beatport contributed to this article.
Kwabs - Walk (Sasha Remix) [Atlantic UK]
Röyksopp & Robyn - Monument Dance (Marcus Marr Remix) [Dog Triumph]
Dirty South feat. Gita Lake - Freefallin' (Dirty South Remix) [Phazing]
Dennis Sheperd & Sylvia Tosun - We Are (Original Club Mix) [A Tribute To Life/Sea To Sun]
Nov 20

Spotify Spotlight 27: Tracks To Freak Out Your Uber Driver

Spotify recently announced a joint venture with the ride sharing service Uber in which riders can connect their Spotify account to their Uber account and choose the music during their trip. Things are set to kick off tomorrow, Nov. 21, so we decided it would be a great time to commemorate this partnership by creating a Spotify Spotlight playlist that would be perfect for both scaring the crap out of your driver and creating the most awkward ride imaginable. To do this we included tracks like Croatia Squad's infamous Pop Your Pu**y, Benny Benassi's I Love My Sex, and Peaches' F*ck The Pain Away, among many others.

Check out the playlist on Spotify here and let us know about your most awkward Uber rides! Also make sure to check out our previous Spotify Spotlights here under Public Playlists.

Nov 20

Dillon Francis Rebirths ‘Drunk All The Time’

Dillon Francis treats his Simon Lord collab Drunk All The Time to a signature Dillon "Rebirth," sure to be the first of many free remixes from his recently released Money Sucks Friends Rule LP.

As with his past Rebirths, Dillon leaves himself little choice but to out-ham himself, and here he hands in another lighthearted yet bassy and swaggering trap version of the original bright-eyed indie dance item made for maximum madness on tour.

Pick it up for free here, and dig deeper into his SoundCloud page for more Rebirths.

Dillon Francis feat. Simon Lord - Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth)
Nov 20

Jamie xx To Score Ballet

While electronic artists have been known to score movies--Daft Punk scored Tron, Skrillex recorded material for Wreck It Ralph, and Boys Noize recently worked on the German film Who Am I - No System Is Safe--leave it to UK-house aficionado Jamie xx to go one step further into the avant-garde and score not a film, but a ballet.

The ballet, Tree of Codes, is based on the post-apocalyptic novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and will be choreographed by Wayne McGregor with visuals by Olafur Eliasson.

Eliasson had this to say about the production:

"Clearly Jamie's music can't live without movement and space. Clearly Wayne's choreography can't live without sound and space. Clearly my art can't live without sound and movement. Clearly creativity can change the world."
Jamie’s sound falls somewhere between classic house, old school hardcore, 90s jungle, and the obvious emo influences of his own group, The xx. It’s hard to pigeonhole someone so versatile, but this might be the exact reason why McGregor and Eliasson decided to team up with the moody producer.