The Dankles first and foremost is a site where you can not only find music, videos, interviews, and event info on the freshest musical artists out there today, but is also dedicated to spotlighting up and coming talent that we feel deserve a shout. Every Friday, we will be delivering our Fresh Pickn’s of the week with hopes that this start can help you spread your name. So please, if you, your friends, your neighbor, your local dealer, or your 7th grade Science teacher has any music they’ve created that you think we should put on the site; then please feel free to get at us via Facebook, Twitter, or email ( with your track(s) and links to your social media page(s) along with photo so we can give you a shout!

Gianni Marino

All I can think about when I hear Gianni Marino’s tracks is of the glory days that I like to think my youth was. For example, parties in basements or on pitch-black golf courses, driving in our cars with friends since we were too young to do anything, but too awesome to stay home; these are the memories that are rocketed into my head with Marino’s re-inventions of old songs from the past such as “When I Dip”.  His classic House style has major dutch influence.  He keeps true to the roots of EDM utilizing lots of kick drum beats and percussion sounds to make what we used to love as youngsters relevant and fun again instead of repetitive.  Gianni Marino is sure to turn any lame party from a two to a TEN, so if you’re lacking some “oomf” this weekend with your friends, turn him up.


Nightmare is quite the young buck, but don’t they always say that age is just a number?  Don’t let this Phoenix, AZ native fool you, he has some raw talent that is hard to find in an up-and-comer.  With a fresh perspective on electronica, Nightmare works with everything from moombahton to dubstep, and his drops will knock your socks off.  He’s been collaborating with producers like Jayyfresh (from Club Cartel Records) and Cybr, which doesn’t leave him short of inspiration and growth in his productions.  Nightmare is definitely someone to watch out for in the future as I’m sure he will be doing big things in 2012.

Marco V

Though Marco V is not new to the scene in any way, shape, or form; he is still unknown to a lot of people, and worth the listen.  When I’m in need of a calming moment; like a first track of the morning, or a little mood-setting on a Sunday afternoon, Marco V is the man that I turn to time and time again.  His track record can be traced back to the late 90’s, and Marco V keeps himself relevant by delving into new sounds.  Lately, Marco V’s progressive, trance-sounds envelope my thoughts when it hits my eardrums, which is a nice break for any mind that is non-stop thinking, like my own.  Perfect for a moment of tranquility, Marco V can center any person’s thoughts, which is a difficult feat in such a bass-saturated EDM world that we live in lately.

Business Casual Disco

I know that I bring you guys lots of disco, but I can’t get enough of it.  Business Casual Disco is a meeting of three minds that create this Nu Disco sound.  Their exploration of musical sounds can be appreciated by the masses, and excludes no one, even my brother enjoys these tracks in his suit while enjoying an evening cocktail after a day at the office.  A trio only means that each member brings their individual touch to the table and and an explosive disco reincarnation is the result.  It’s tough to not move along to these beats, even if its just a leg or finger tap.  Business Casual Disco’s style has even landed them a spot at Lift Fest in a few weeks in New Hampshire, alongside such names as Paper Diamond and Orchard Lounge.  So even if you are a closet EDM fan goes corporate, no worries, turn these guys up, because when it comes to business, they’re always doing it casual.

Listen : Don’t Hold Back – Business Casual Disco

Knife Fight

By definition, a fight is described as a violent struggle involving the exchange of physical blows; once you add a knife to the equation then images of the heartless thugs and prison life might immediately come to mind (or maybe it’s just mine). But have no fear, windy city resident Knife Fight doesn’t get down like that and would much rather apply deadly blows to your eardrums with his juke worthy. With moombahton being his preferred weapon of choice, I can confirm that you will be left weak in the legs after listening to the Day of the Moomba mix due to it being a non-stop party. Be on the look at for big things to come in 2012 for Knife Fight and if you happen to reside in Chicago and find yourself lost with what to do Thursday nights, head over to Wasted Bass at Evil Olive to see Knife Fight throw down a fresh to death set on the regular.

Listen : Thats No Moomb – Knife Fight and Lemi Vice *out March 5th on Beatport

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