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Ariel Assault Drops ‘DJcity Podcast’ Mix

Miami-based DJ/producer Ariel Assault has delivered a bouncy, high-energy club mix for the DJcity Podcast. In his half-hour set, he drops current and throwback hip-hop, reggaeton, dancehall, and house.

Ariel Assault’s skills have earned him gigs nationwide, from San Diego to Chicago and New York City. He’s spun at legendary Miami hotspots Mynt Lounge, the Clevelander, and Eden Roc, and festivals like Wynwood Life and HIVE. Ariel says that he “likes to keep his sets fresh by constantly remixing and editing tracks which are available on the most popular DJ record pools.”

Also available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and TuneIn.


1. Big Syphe – Hip-Hop Throwback Break
2. 50 Cent – Part Of The Game
3. Fat Joe ft. Nelly – Get it Poppin’ – Fresco Remix
4. Ty Dolla Sign ft. J. Balvin, YG, Tyga & Post Malone – Spicy Remix
5. Jack Harlow ft. Chris Brown – Already Best Friends
6. 50 Cent – In Da Club – Tall Boys Best Friend Edit
7. Sweetie ft. Doja Cat – Best Friend – KidCutUp Acap Intro
8. Reyanna Maria ft. Tyga – So Pretty – Tyga Remix
9. BRS Kash ft. Mulatto – Kash App
10. CJ ft. French Montana – I’m Lit
11. Bad Bunny, Jowell & Randy & Ñengo Flow – Safaera – MarkCutz Get Ur Freak On Toneplay Edit
12. Daddy Yankee – PROBLEMA – Da Phonk Club Edit
13. Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be – Richastic Remix
14. Charly Black & Sak Noel – Diggy Dee
15. Beenie Man – King of the Dancehall – Anthem Kings Thick Tok Edit
16. Tiësto & Ty Dolla Sign – The Business, Pt. II – DJ Smerk 100-120 Transition
17. Fat Joe & DJ Khaled ft. Amorphous – Sunshine (The Light) – Anthem Kingz Remix
18. Nightcrawlers – Push The Feeling On – JØRD & Mojjo Remix
19. Nelly Furtado – Maneater – Hypelezz & Sam Collins Remix
20. CJ – Whoopty – James Hype Remix
21. Steve Aoki & Willy William ft. Sean Paul, El Alfa, Sfera Ebbasta & Play-N-Skillz – Mambo – J Medina Club Hype Intro

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401 WST Delivers ‘DJcity Podcast’ Mix

4KORNERS (left) and Ashton Adams (right). (Source: 401 WST)

Canadian DJ/producer duo 401 WST (Ashton Adams and DJcity Canada Director 4KORNERS) has delivered a high-energy mix for the DJcity Podcast. The half-hour set is full of house tunes flavored with pop and hip-hop and includes a number of their original tracks.

4KORNERS and Adams formed 401 WST, named after the highway connecting their hometowns of Toronto and Cambridge, out of a shared love for the origins of house music. The duo’s debut EP Our House is out now, and they plan to drop a follow-up project in the spring.

Also available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and TuneIn.


1. 401 WST, 4Korners & Ashton Adams – Do The Damn Thang
2. Nelly Furtado – Maneater – Hyplezz & Sam Collins Remix
3. CJ – Whoopty – James Hype Remix
4. Cardi B – Up – Traze Pshet Edit
5. N.E.R.D ft. Nelly Furtado – Hot N Fun – Boys Noize Remix
6. Missy Elliott – I’m Really Hot – Angger Dimas Rebomb
7. Congorock – Babylon – 4B Remix
8. J. Balvin – Amarillo – Clips x Hoy Remix
9. A-Star – Balaya
10. DJ Crown Prince, Justin Himself & 1takennandos – Sunke
11. Studio Bros – Malaia
12. Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Starting Something
13. Cajmere – Perculator
14. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey – The Stickmen Breathe Bootleg
15. 401 WST, 4Korners & Ashton Adams ft. Dom Vallie – Alive
16. Dog Blood – Next Order
17. Erica Banks – Buss It
18. Jay Psar, Cheery-O & 4Korners – Comin In Hot – Hooders Remix
19. Tiesto & Ty Dolla $ign – The Business Pt. II
20. Jamaica – Freejak
21. Inner City ft. Idris Elba – We All Move Together – Kevin Saunderson x Latroit Remix
22. Raye – Regardless

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On Daft Punk’s Amazing Musical Legacy, 1993-2021

Daft Punk

Daft Punk made dance music in France, sung in English and aimed at the whole world,” said Universal Music France A&R and Label Manager Antoine Ressaussière in the now-retiring duo’s 2015 documentary Daft Punk Unchained. As noted by their publicist today, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have parted ways as Daft Punk.

The news was announced with an 8-minute video “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma.

Disco music’s turn of the 1980s rise was built around the idea that the music was bigger than the creator and that the audience’s ability to experience incredible euphoria via music was the formulaic sound’s true winner. To wit, the duo always pushed the image over the sound. Slickly suited robots in glistening electrified helmets created music so ironically iconographic that — especially in the case of the group performing in front of tens of thousands at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in 2006 and 2013 — it was described as “the return of the future,” serving up “magical, trans-dimensional, electrified funk” that signaled the “dawn of a new age.”

Moreover, it was the group’s ability to synthesize and globalize the influence of 70s funk, 80s disco, and 90s house into a soulful metronomic thump that inspired artists as diverse as Chic‘s Nile Rodgers, Swedish House Mafia‘s Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams. In inspiring these five artists, the archetypes of what bleeds into modern pop music’s undefinable, genre-free, open-format style emerge.

For electro house’s leading Swedes, it was attempting to mirror the blend of hip-hop breaks and synthpop in Daft Punk’s 1995 single “Da Funk” that unified them as friends and young producers. For Kanye West, it was hearing A-Trak play the duo’s 2001 hit “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” that inspired the sample for his 2007 global breakout hit “Stronger.” The single ultimately keyed West’s growth from a backpack rapper favoring sped-up soul samples into being the 2010s most avant-garde and sociopolitical zeitgeist-challenging creator. As for Wiliams and Rodgers, their pairing with the robots for “Get Lucky” revitalized the latter for a new generation of music aficionados, while for the former, it allowed his seamless blend of fashion and music to have a timeless soundtrack that extended beyond the boundaries of keyboard-enabled boom-bap production excellence.

On the duo’s final 2013 album Random Access Memories, the vocals from the track “Beyond” offer a quote that sums up Daft Punk as a source of inspiration, now and forever:

“You are the light behind a cloud. You are the end and the beginning.”

Check out Beatsource‘s 100% Daft Punk playlist here.

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SH8K Remixes Tiësto and Ty Dolla $ign’s ‘The Business Pt. II’: DJcity Exclusive

(Source: SH8K)

San Diego-based DJ/producer SH8K is back with another exclusive remix, this time giving Tiësto and Ty Dolla $ign‘s “The Business, Pt. II” a thumping refresh. Just a month after its release, Tiësto’s and Ty’s revamp of last fall’s global top-five dance hit “The Business” has racked up over six million plays on Spotify.

SH8K notes that he “really enjoyed making this remix.” He adds that he “loved the original and thought it could use a little energy and some bounce.”

Preview the remix and download it exclusively on DJcity.

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OKAY TK Delivers ‘DJcity Podcast’ Mix

OKAY TK. (Credit: Natalie Toombs)

Halifax, Nova Scotia-based OKAY TK has come through with an eclectic, feel-good mix for the DJcity Podcast. His half-hour set features bass-heavy throwback edits, funky house tracks, current hits, and more.

The veteran DJ has been making a name for himself for over 15 years. He’s been a frequent competitor in the Red Bull 3Style, has toured for notable artists, and has also worked with Fortune 500 companies. You can currently catch him showcasing his skills on Twitch.

Also available on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and TuneIn.


1. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Intro
2. UKI – Give It Up
3. Ding Dong – Watch A Style Yeh (Style A Stile Riddim)
4. James Brown – Sex Machine – Mxtt Hxll Edit
5. Zlatan & Burna Boy – Killin’ Dem – SOSA ‘Homeless’ Edit
6. Janet Jackson – Go Deep – Ticklish Edit
7. Chamos – E Samba
8. Snoop Dogg ft. Pharrell Williams – Let’s Get Blown (Illo & Thugli Remix)
9. AL B. Sure! – Nite and Day – Dainjaa Remix
10. Anderson .Paak – Lockdown – Tera Kora Remix
11. Rihanna – Kiss It Better – Amorphous Remix
12. Fat Joe ft. Rihanna & Amorphous – Sunshine
13. Black Caviar – Do The Damn Thing
14. Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says – Richastic Remix
15. Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique
16. Naughty By Nature – Jamboree – Benjamin Pessy Remix
17. Fabolous – Youngin – Thugli Remix
18. The Brothers Macklovich – I Can Call You
19. Digital Underground ft. 2Pac – I Get Around – Hans Glader Remix
20. X Originals – Winner Walk
21. Dua Lipa & Angele – Fever – Stephe Seroussie Remix

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Richastic and Sesman Release ‘Guantanamera’ on DJcity Records

German DJ/producer Richastic has partnered with vocalist Sesman for DJcity Records’ latest release, a grooving refresh of the Cuban anthem “Guantanamera.” The century-old tune has been made famous and reinterpreted by numerous artists, including the likes Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, and Wyclef Jean. The remix’s energetic drums and stuttering cuts give the classic a modern, tropical house feel.

“One of the most beloved classics known around the world deserves to be always present, and thus to be adapted to the changing times,” Richastic says. “The song’s positive, happy vibe made it easier for me to take on the challenge of making a ‘Richastic’ version of it. Sesman and I got down to it and reinterpreted it.”

Download “Guantanamera” on DJcity and Beatsource and stream it on all major services here.

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