Puja Patel

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New York, NY

  • Rudimental

    Album of the Week: Stream Rudimental's EDM-Pop Masterstroke, 'Home'

    “Yesterday I met [Chicago house producer] Roy Davis Jr.,” says 27-year-old Rudimental producer Amir Amor from his London studio, beaming about crossing paths with a dance-music pioneer. “Can you imagine? We also got pissed with Disclosure last night. Proper drunk.” These days certainly seem charmed for Amor and his three bandmates — Piers Agget, Kesi Dryden, and DJ Locksmith. They’re currently celebrating hitting No. 1 on the U.K. charts with their debut album, Home, while waiting for its U.S. release next week. The group is part of a wave of similarly minded London-grown acts and have, like their buddies in Disclosure, morphed the city’s long history of underground dance music into a soulful, postmodern strain where drums from drum'n'bass, jungle, and house music are as equipped for easy listening, club-shaking, or pop domination.

  • AraabMuzik / Photo by Chad Kamenshine

    AraabMuzik, 'The Remixes Vol. 1' (Ultra)

    When Providence-raised producer AraabMuzik joined EDM duo Flosstradamus for a free, outdoor NYC show last August, his whirlwind MPC technique was only part of the attraction. For older onlookers, he also helped contextualize the then-blooming trap craze for the mosh pit teeming before him. While the huge audience of neon-clad underagers grinded up on one another to Flosstradamus' rap-heavy set (with the "Damn son, where'd you find this?" sample dropped excessively, of course), the man born Abraham Orellana relied on slightly more sophisticated beat construction, freestyling complicated rhythms and nodding to everything from trance to dubstep to, yes, pop.He'd made a lot of sense on that double bill: After all, AraabMuzik first made a name for himself reintroducing and revitalizing the famed Harlem rap crew Dipset with his electronic screams. And now, on his new The Remixes Vol.

  • Ciara Body Party DJ Sliink Nadus Remix Thread Jersey

    DJ Sliink and Nadus Take Ciara's 'Body Party' to the Club via Jersey Club Remix

    Earlier this year we wrote about DJ Sliink's #THREAD collective, a crew of Newark, New Jersey-based DJs paving the way for the city's frantic Jersey Club party music to hit the mainstream. The group is representative of a newer, younger class of local producers that turn the genre's classic flip of Baltimore breaks, heavy bass, and sampled vocals into ridiculously catchy, awesomely popped, booty-bouncing romps. These are songs that ooze aggressive bass lines, comically chopped hooks, and basically any sort of sexual innuendo they can get away with.That said, it's no surprise that DJ Sliink and fellow #THREAD-head Nadus' latest remix is a smooth reworking of Ciara's come-hither love song "Body Party." This go isn't a slave to bass, though — instead, it's a willing prisoner to the R&B queen's taunts.

  • RP Boo

    RP Boo, 'Legacy' (Planet Mu)

    On "Invisibu Boogie," an early track from RP Boo's long-awaited debut LP, Legacy, the 15-year-veteran footwork producer puts the "work" back into Chicago's unstoppable dance movement. "Invisibu" is mix of deftly curated drum patterns alongside scratches and synth tides jacked from two Boogie Down Productions songs, arranged into a sly Jenga tower piled so high and precariously that it only could've been constructed by a longtime genre architect. It's a slow burn that seamlessly slides into the bleeping intro to "Red Hot," a more frenetic track where barely-there bass provides the heartbeat of a banger meant to serve those with fancy feet. "You hear the song coming like a thief in the night," Boo explained in a recent interview, describing the ideal battle-worthy footwork track. "Keep it quiet in the beginning and feel it coming up through your feet.

  • Charli XCX

    Charli XCX, 'True Romance,' (Asylum)

    The biggest (and accidentally self-perpetuated) misconception about Charli XCX is that she's just another moody Goth princess. True, the 20-year-old singer boasts unruly black hair and kohl-smeared eyes, but read her interviews and the bubbly, starry-eyed, Disney-loving tween shines through. She loves being in love, and talks about her music in terms of synesthesia, describing her personal sonic color palette as being filled with purple, pink, gold, and sparkle. Someone asked her to describe the ideal listening setting for her debut full-length, True Romance, and her reply was as follows: "I reckon it probably would be under the ocean with glittering mermaids and Venus popping out of a shell. But the ocean is in the middle of a jungle and the sky is pink and has stars and unicorns jumping around in the background, things like that.

  • Major Lazer, 'Free the Universe' (Mad Decent/Secretly Canadian)

    Diplo's transformations from underground producer to indie celeb to mainstream EDM pop star have been well-documented and well-orchestrated. The man born Wesley Pentz alternately taunts and charms the press as he treats social media like a new religion, Instagramming star-studded studio hangouts, his kid's fashion choices, and upside-down butts with equal fervor. No surprise, 20th Century Fox just announced the company has bought the rights to a movie about three kids trying to get into a Diplo concert, with Pentz serving as creative director and executive producer. Unquestionably, the guy is a master salesman.So much so, in fact, that you almost forget he still makes music. His Major Lazer project debuted in 2009 with the full-length Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do, a joint venture between Diplo and U.K.

  • Photo by Clouded Images Photography

    We Got That Ass! Inside the World of Jersey Club

    Ask Newark's Stacey White, a.k.a., DJ Sliink, about the fist-pumping, spiked-hair nightclubs where the cast members of MTV reality series Jersey Shore go to “beat up the beat” and he'll laugh out loud. "I’m born and raised New Jersey and I've never even heard about the clubs those drunk clowns go to," he says. While the young DJ just turned 22 years old, the party venues he's grown up on are YMCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs, and block parties — local, community-sponsored gatherings.

  • Cliff Martinez

    Score!: A Chat with 'Spring Breakers' and 'Drive' Soundtracker Cliff Martinez

    The outrageous trailer for director Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers plays out as a Girls Gone Wild episode turned street war, where drugs and territory are marked by city blocks and thugs with guns. Or, in this case, babes with guns. The story's four leading ladies — played by Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, and Ashley Benson — wear neon bikinis throughout, toting Uzis and sucking face while goaded on by a drug dealing creep of a rapper named Alien, played by James Franco. Just for good measure, Gucci Mane makes a cameo. In a brilliant move, Korine brought on Skrillex and Cliff Martinez to score the film.

  • Swede Surrender / Photo via Getty

    Swedish House Mafia Tug Heartstrings at Final Manhattan Show

    Last summer, after five years of producing, touring, and festival-headlining as Swedish House Mafia, the group's three members — Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso, and Steve Angello — announced their beloved trio was calling it quits. Their time together spawned six Dance-charting singles, two Grammys, and collaborations with both Coldplay and Usher. But most importantly, it opened a new lane for Euro-house producers to move from mega-clubs like Pacha to the more lucrative arena concert circuit. As DJs who might have once been considered "big room house guys," Swedish House Mafia are the best example of musicians who have transcended their own self-imposed aesthetics to go on to pioneer within the larger, vaguer, and more popular contemporary EDM circuit. It seems only right that they celebrate being on top (and in pop) with One Last Tour.No, really, that is the name of their tour.

  • Autre Ne Veut, 'Anxiety' (Mexican Summer / Software)

    Sorting through the feelings behind Autre Ne Veut's Anxiety is a daunting task. The Brooklyn-based producer only recently revealed his actual name (Arthur Ashin) to his fans — he's been studying for a masters degree in psychology, you see, and was fearful of his musical notoriety affecting any future non-musical endeavors. With this knowledge, his second full-length becomes a dissertation on its namesake, a presumably constant existential crisis that's both hurt and helped him: He insists his uneasiness about everyday things helped him write songs about anxiety with both comfort and ease.To describe this simply as "bedroom R&B" would be a disservice. Ashin’s voice isn't as understated and confident as those of Andrew and Daniel Aged from indie R&B duo Inc., his tenuous tenor less angelically emotive than Active Child's Pat Grossi.

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