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!

Ray Complex

It awesome seeing how far we’ve come with Fresh Pickn’s since @gueves and I created the idea while sitting around HQ Johnny Cash’d after receiving an email from a DJ by the name of Ray Complex. This up and coming Chicago artists moonlights as a pure comedian over twitter by day and at night you can find him throwing down some oh so fresh sets at local spots around the city. His new EP titled R.A.Y.M.O. came out this week and showcases his dabbling in all things trap related and will have you PonDeJuking all throughout this Cinco De Mayo weekend for sure. If you find yourself at Zombies Vs Skeleton’s Wednesday nights, be sure to say whats up to Ray when he’s not going ham on stage.

Safra

Warning: you need quality speakers to be able to enjoy Safra’s tracks to the maximum.  Mainly delving into what would be considered the darker side of EDM, D&B and heavy dubstep, this young producer showcases a lighter side to this misunderstood part of the spectrum.  Don’t get me wrong, he still incorporates the heavy bass that simply cannot be enjoyed without good speakers, but he shines a light on a new facet of Drum n’ Bass, mixing lighter elements like bells and high-toned glitch synths that give his tracks a more soothing feel.  He can take us through the motions of darkness and anger to bliss within just one track.  He’s been making major developments in the past few months, and getting lots of attention from numerous record labels, so keep your eye on this young DnB prospect from Toronto in the future.

Listen: Da Grand Master – Safra

Listen: Preserving the Peace – Safra

Dazed Dog

Up here in NYC, sometimes we have no choice but to trek out to Brooklyn when an artist comes to town and that’s where their only set is while they are in town.  It’s a bit out of the way, transportation is a hassle, but they always end up being great nights when we venture outside of our normal path to hit up a warehouse party.  Somehow, Dazed Dog, out of Berlin encapsulates the experience in this moombahton track.  Although I don’t condone the term “rave”, this track makes me experience the confusion, jumping, dancing, and same laughter that I would experience in the real deal.  When you’re getting ready to get in the party mood this weekend, try out Dazed Dog, as this moombahton producer will have you ready to go in no time, and no doubt that “Brooklyn Rave” will definitely be playing in the cab as we head out there tonight!!

Listen: Brooklyn Rave – Dazed Dog

Listen: Trap In The Club – Dazed Dog

Stereothieves

Sometimes, two competing forces unite and the result is beyond explosive.  That is what happened these two forces met.  Tying for first place in a DJ competition, instead of seeing each other as battling enigmas, they decided to meld their talents to make an unstoppable force, and the product is Stereothieves.  It’s interesting to see how their tracks have such a variety of sounds, from a highly electronica and synthy track to heavy bassed and slower moombahton tracks, their preciseness in production is the glue that holds everything together.  As they have already gained massive support from big names like Laidback Luke, Crizzly, and Bro Safari (to name a few), it seems to be just the beginning of a long ride for this Texas duo.

Listen: One Night Stand (Run) – Stereothieves

Listen: Bass Cannon (Stereothieves Trap Cannon Edit) – Flux Pavillion

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