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Mastiksoul – El Macho (Ben Tactic Moombahton Edit)

Posted in Ben Tactic, Uncategorized on November 30, 2010 by bentactic

Mastiksoul has been killing it for years on the global/latin influenced tip.  I don’t know a ton about him, just that he is from Angola and now lives in Portugal and runs the 4Kenzo label.  He has done a bunch of great remixes and original productions that have made their way into my sets over the years.   Here is my moombahton edit of his recent track El Macho.  Check out the original too, its great.

Mastiksoul – El Macho (Ben Tactic Moombahton Edit) by Tactic

Download a 320 HERE

Finally, the Decibel Festival Wrap Up MEGAPOST

Posted in Bubblin, Decibel Festival, Lincolnup, Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 by lincolnup

Alright! Decibel Festival 2010 was truly incredible. High fives all around to festival founder and curator Sean Horton and his able staff for coming thru with this world class event. I had an amazing time and we here at Bubblin are honored to have gotten to contribute to the proceedings.

There was an absurd amount great music and visual art to take in, so much so that I missed lots of performers that I would’ve loved to have seen: all the Optical Showcases (Fennesz, Oneohtrix Point Never, Murcof, Robert Henke, Noveller, Tycho, TIm Hecker), the Trust Showcase (Trus’Me, Sun Tzu Sound, Kid Hops, Mr Leisure), the Planet Mu Showcase (Starkey, Ikonika, Falty DL, Ill Cosby), all the Afterhours parties (Theo Parrish, Soul Clap, Dinky, Derek Plaslaiko, Dinky, Catz n Dogz, Lawn Chair Generals, Pezzner), Made Like A Tree Showcase (Struggle, Energy Flash, Disco Nihilist), Fwd Thinking Organisms Showcase (Tim Green, Sappho, The Perfect Cyn, Tanner Ross), DB in the Park Sunday (Praveen, Plastician, Mary Anne Hobbs, 12th Planet), plus even more (Scuba, Seplacure, Machinedrum, 214, Recess, Menami, Ctrl Alt Dlt, Low Limit, Beats Antique, Dibiase, Drumcell, XI, and on)! The artists that I missed at Decibel would’ve made for a totally awesome festival on their own. And I still took in five amazing days of otherworldly, fantastic music. Really, Decibel was beyond beyond this year. And what set it all off properly was the people who attended – everyone seemed so happy to be there, it was like Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa in September for EDM lovers. It meant alot to me to get to experience all of this amazing art with so many great people, from new friends to old friends to sweet strangers.

Wed Sept 22, 2010 Opening Night:

Had a super tasty dinner at Marjorie on Union with the homie Aron Schoppert (who runs Peloton Records with Shane Silkey and Eli Huntington – watch for a Stewart Walker release with Lusine and The Sight Below remixes – soon come!). This dope Donna Summer loop was playing in the bathroom at Marjorie restaurant:

Then dipped over to the Opening Gala at Pravda Studio where Kris Moon (Missoula – Ear Candy/Laptop Battle) was playing beautiful records….

Then to the packed Ghostly Intl. Showcase at Nuemo’s, where Gold Panda (UK) played a wildly up and down set.

GP was followed by Seattle MVP (Most Valuable Producer) Lusine, who offered up a gorgeous and well paced set that was beautifully complimented by Tracer Visuals’ live video

Dipped to the DNB Showcase at Baltic Room to catch Klute (UK – Commercial Suicide, Metalheadz) drop some seeerious biz.

Then closed the night out with Pantha Du Prince back at the Ghostly Showcase, caught the lovely last half of his set.

Thursday, Sept. 23 2010

2nd night in, was a doozer. Started off at FlyLo and Friends Showcase at Nuemo’s to catch the 206 hardware dons Truckasaurus. These fine fellows have developed into a full on juggernaut over the last 7 or so years. Their live show has become an amazing kaeidoscope for the eyes and ears. Peep the vid…

Then on to the Baltic Room for PDX homies LoDubs Showcase featuring the North American debut of Clubroot, who laid down a deep, dynamic, and super danceable set, moving thru spacious 2 step swings to low slung dub killers.

Next was the Simply Shameless Showcase up at Chop Suey. Shameless crew has held it down for 7 years straight at Decibel and consistently throws some of the best events on the West Coast. Shameless mainstays Levi Clark and Adlib were holdin forth in the lounge with some swinging techno…

Dan Bell headlined in the main room and laced it up tight with a masterfully smooth set of warm minimal tech and house, and that’s how I went out for the night…

Friday, September 24, 2010

I spent the entire evening at the RBMA On The Floor Showcase at Neumo’s. It was fantastic, even tho I missed Shlomo and Teebs who were the first two acts.

I did make it in time for Headhunter, tho, and dude murked it. Was one heckuva live set, moving thru electro, techno, wot u call it, juke, funky, dubstep…

Then Mount Kimbie, whose set was unfortunately marred by technical difficulties. What they did get in was beautiful tho..

And then the mighty mighty Modeselektor did their incomparable thing… sorry tho, I didn’t get their lip syncing Antony & Bjork’s duet Fletta, was so moving I forgot to video it.

Saturday September 25 2010

Went to DB in the Park on that beautiful Saturday, caught Nosaj Thing, some of Satori Social, and NastyNasty.

Later on that night was the Hotflush Showcase, which was unfortunately marred by a blown sound system, the only real bummer of the entire weekend for me, as Scuba, Untold, and Sepalcure were at the top of my to see list. Here’s some video if Untold doin his thing, still sounds pretty good….

After a bit of hoping the sound would improve, I cut my losses and dipped to the D25 Showcase at Neumo’s. In fairness, folks I heard from who stayed said Scuba still managed to make his trax sound good despite the hamstrung sound. However, Kevin Saunderson straight up SMASHED IT. YOU CAN’T FRONT ON THE REAL TECHNO. I’m saying, anybody who tries to talk smack DOESN’T REALLY KNOW.

Sunday September 26 2010

And then Sunday was our Bubblin Showcase at Sole Repair Shop with Kyle Hall. I was amazed by this 19 year old fellow, already a super impressive DJ and Producer, traveling the world, running his own label, havin his ducks in a row for real. He’s even got remixes for Carl Craig and Dennis Ferrer coming out. Totally killing it and living the dream at 19! Yung Kyle came thru and really turned it out that night. It boggles the mind to think of what he’s gonna be doing by the time he’s 30. Dude seems to really have his mind right!

Whoa, what a time Decibel Festival was! A week and a half later and I’m still pleasantly buzzing from it. And very much looking forward to next year’s. From Decibel Festival, with Love!

Udachi – Swagger EP – Palms Out Sounds

Posted in Ben Tactic, Brent Tactic, Palms Out Sounds, remix, Uncategorized on September 21, 2010 by bentactic

Swagger (Tactic Remix) by Palms Out Sounds

Swagger (Instrumental) FREE DOWNLOAD by Palms Out Sounds

Swagger (Baobinga Remix) by Palms Out Sounds

This dropped a couple weeks back, but I totally spaced on making a post about it. My production partner Brent Tactic and I (Ben Tactic) did a remix for this Udachi release that just came out on Palms Out Sounds. Palms Out has been on a tear lately. Between that massive Dubbel Dutch ‘Throwback’ EP, the LOL Boys ‘123’ single and Samo Sound Boy’s new EP, they have been releasing some great bass driven music from US producers (US Funky?). Biggups to Haldan for getting some great tunes out there and asking us to do a remix. Pretty heavy remix package on this release as well, with Baobinga, AC Slater, Deathface and Andreas Bygdell also contributing some great work. The release is available at all major digital retailers. The instrumental version above has a download link.

Nadastrom – Rum N Roke EP – Moombahton

Posted in Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 by bentactic

Dave Nada, the father of Moombahton is back with a brand new free EP on T&A Records alongside Nadastrom partner, Matt Nordstrom. There are some great cuts including a Moombahton version of SIS’s anthem Trompeta and a cumbia flip of Shake It To The Ground. Grab the whole thing for free over at the T&A Records website.


1. Nadastrom – Trompaton
2. Nadastrom – Cuerdas Vocales (Moombahton)
3. Nadastrom – Sabina (Moombahton)
4. Dave Nada – Drop Buddy Gal
5. Dave Nada – Stay Close (Moombahton)
6. Nadastrom – Shake It To La Cumbia
BONUS: Nadastrom – Moombahton (Crooklyn Jacked DJ Tool)

Bubblin Vol. 1 Mix: Lincolnup & Ben Tactic

Posted in Ben Tactic, Bubblin, Lincolnup, mix, Uncategorized on April 21, 2010 by bentactic

First off, huge thanks to everyone that came out to the Bubblin kickoff with Roska this past weekend. It was a great night filled with a whole lot of great music and both Lincoln and I are really looking forward to whats coming up this summer.

We passed out copies of the Bubblin Vol. 1 mix CD at the show, but if you weren’t there here is the full tracklist and download links for your listening pleasure. Big shouts to our man Ryan Organ for the dope design on both the flyer and the CD insert.

Grab the mix HERE or through the soundcloud link below.

1. Numan – Neon Highway
2. Kasper Bjorke – Alcatraz (Zombie Disco Squad Remix) – hfn
3. Doc Daneeka – Bumblebee Riddim – Ramp
4. Dubbel Dutch – Deep Underground – Palms Out Sounds
5. Esko – Faithful – Car Crash Set
6. Riva Starr – Dance Me – Made To Play
7. Roska – Tomorrow Is Today – Rinse
8. Erik Travis – Freaky (Remix) – F.A.C.T Records
9. TRG – Since Last Night – Tempa
10. Karizma – Its What I Am (Simbad Remix) – R2
11. Rod Lee – Latin Groove – Club Kings
12. Sticky – Jumeriah Riddim Sequel – Mixpak
13. Seiji – Elevator – Seijimusic
14. J. Wow – Klang – Deadly Records
15. Egyptrixx – The Only Way Up – Night Slugs
16. Dj Deeon – Don’t Leave – Dance Mania
17. Deadboy – If U Want Me – Numbers
18. Jamtech Foundation – Too Fast (Camel Remix) – Discobelle
19. French Fries – Predador – Youngunz
20. Zombie Nation – Seas of Grease (Harvard Bass Remix) – Turbo
21. Addison Groove – Footcrab – Swamp 81
22. Rossi B & Luca – E10 Riddim – Planet Mu
23. Dj Godfather – Get Low – DET Only
24. Baobinga & ID – Tongue Riddim – Build
25. Norrit – Nobody Baby (Salva Remix) – Think 2wice
26. Todd Edwards – I Might Be (MJ Cole Remix) – Scion A/V

I.D. & Baobinga – Bass Music Sessions

Posted in Uncategorized on March 1, 2010 by bentactic

UK dance music producers I.D. & Baobinga just dropped a new album that offers a great look at whats going on in the UK bass driven dance music scene.  They are doing a ‘ pay what you want’ offer for the album, so if you are complete cheapskate you can get it for free, or you can support good music.  All proceeds go to the Dove House Hospice in Hull, UK.

The album has received  dj support from the likes of 2562, Claude Von Stroke, Sinden, TRG, Buraka Som Sistema, Ginz, Untold, LVis1990, Jackmaster and plenty more.

Grab the album over at their Bass Music blog:

Lou Rip – End of the Free World (Tactic Remix)

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by bentactic

This is a recent remix we did for a Kansas City rapper named Lou Rip.  The original is really fast so we kept with the uptempo vibe and flipped it into a kuduro meets hip-house vibe.

Ludacris x Starkey – ‘How Low, Luv?’

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2010 by bentactic

I have not been into most of the dubstep/hip-hop blends I’ve heard, but every so often I came across one that really works and DJ Cable did it right with this one.   The acapella from the newish Ludacris track ‘How Low” pairs really well with Starkey’s excellent ‘Ok Luv’ off his forthcoming sophmore album on Planet Mu (its a great album, make sure you check it out when it drops). – Dirty – Clean

Roska featured on Boomkat’s 14 Tracks

Posted in Lincolnup, News, Roska, Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 by lincolnup

Big props for Roska from Boomkat’s tastemaking website 14 Tracks, check it here. If you’re not yet familiar with the manlike Roska, this is a great primer of his brand of UK Funky/Funkstep style.

Cosmin TRG

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 by bentactic

Cosmin TRG has been killing it for years now, and his new release on Tempa is one of the best releases I have heard in a long time.  I think it is a sign of the shift going on in the dubstep scene when a stalwart label like Tempa is releasing music like this.

Couple of my favs from the release.

Purple Lights


Now You Know

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