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 (thedanklesblog@gmail.com) with your track(s) and links to your social media page(s) along with photo so we can give you a shout!

Vortek

Grime Time anyone?  I expected some pretty dark stuff when I threw on “Paul Allen” considering the obvious link with classic American Psycho, and my ears were buzzing like spring bees, happy as ever as a result.  I can’t get enough of a dark growl sound to get me going for a weekend, but when you mix this with some vocals from the confession scene of the movie, the result is explosive.  Yet alas, this Australian producer is not only into the darker side of EDM, he also dabbles in Drum & Bass, slower sounds (that I wouldn’t really classify as Moombahton, yet fall in the bpm rate), and electro-glitch.  With a pretty well-rounded background, Vortek is bound to get any party of any mood started in no time, so remember his name on Saturday when you need a good pick-me-up-and-go to get things started.

Astronomar

As most of you know, I’m an avid fan of the Slow Roast crew, and so when I heard one of Astronomar’s tracks dropped the other day by DJ Craze, I was beyond surprised.  This Seattle producer is no rookie in the EDM game, he’s been producing since about 2008, and is starting to create quite the buzz.  Astronomar puts an immediate ear-to-ear smile on my face when one of his tracks is on, his funky mixture of moombah and “feel-good” sounds are almost impossible to not pull you out from under a gray cloud and let the sun in.  I mean, its not everyday that an artist can utilize a bicycle bell sound that can have me doing a jump and heel-click as you two step down the street.  He’s got big things in the works, including EPs in the works to be released on Mad Decent‘s label annex called Jeffree’s, so keep him on your list to look out for in 2012.

Listen : Moombatronix – Astronomar

Modek

I’m one of those people who get yelled at at 6:30 A.M. for pumping house music when everyone is in their somber morning mood.  I’m prepared for almost anything at the drop of a hat, but when I need that extra little push to get through the day, I turn to Modek.  He hails from Belgium stands out from the crowd with his signature “magical” bass that I would describe more as wobbly and grimey.  His music for me is what I put on when I’m in crunch mode, when procrastination has consumed me until the last very second and I realize I have twenty things on my to do list and a short amount of time to get them done in.  Modek’s productions have a similar effect as one of those 5 Hour Energy drinks (way better than a Red Bull), and pull my attention to focus immediately.  If you’re an electronic fan, Modek stays true to the roots that we all know and love from our past and brings us into the future with his own personal spin of upbeat snares and glitch stabs; so throw him on, its time to get work done before the weekend comes.

BLACK MATTER

It’s almost impossible to not recognize the talent that BLACK MATTER brings to us.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him a few times in the past at the Webster Hall in NYC, but he’s starting to make a big splash in the EDM world.  This mainly dutch electro producer brings me the music that I like to put on when I’m in an annoyed mood that I need to get out of.  When I’ve had a bad day, and I feel like all I want to do is scream, or punch a pillow, or something to let it out a bit, BLACK MATTER is all I need.  Maybe its the minimal structure or the bpm rate that pushes limits, but Jesse knows how to draw that built up aggression out of my blood veins and let it melt into serotonin, instantly letting relief in.  His remixes are the most popular of his tracks by far, but as he gains more recognition, the demand for original production tracks is growing and gaining lots of support all around the world

Listen : Double Vision (ft. Cerebral Vortex) – BLACK MATTER & Designer Drugs

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