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!


Meet OktoRed, the Detroit native who has swiftly become a favorite and a repeat offender on my daily playlist.  His style sets the mood for me regularly, as I’m usually ready for wildness at any given hour that the clock face shows.  The main factor that draws me into OktoRed’s productions are the motions of different sounds and feelings that can all fit into one track, like a day in the life.  One moment I could be overwhelmed and need something a bit more distracting and tranquil; and the next moment when the five-o’clock whistle blows its an instant shift to excitement.  OktoRed can cater to all of these needs in less than a five or six minute track and blend the emotions so seamlessly that you can’t help but want more.  His wild bass and jungle style keeps me jumping quite frequently and I’m sure he’ll have the same effect on you.

Listen: The Two – OktoRed

Listen: Relax – OktoRed


Reark is a diamond in the rough, a needle in a haystack, a true gem in production.  He is one of my favorite producers ever, and completely unknown, so take note, you won’t be disappointed.  It’s almost impossible to explain in words what this mysterious man is capable of, but all I know is that if I look at the EDM scene in a big-scale manner; I see lots of ripping off, copying, race to fame/money, clown-like antics, and a heavy lack of feeling and genuine production quality (not EVERYONE, but many members of the “scene”).  Reark defies all of this.  I can’t remember the last time that true and raw emotion has been captured so well by a producer before I listened to Reark for the first time.  He showcases so many precious elements of production into longer-than-usual tracks and literally leaves me jaw-dropped when his tracks end.  I love his variety of sounds (check out the Waltz track and tell me that’s not amazing); which includes everything from minimal and ambient to house and dubbish vibes.  I strongly recommend that you listen to his tracks and add him to your repetoire, for me, he’s one of the best producers around and deserves way more credit and recognition for his labor than he currently gets.

Listen: Fallen Sylph (ft. Aurchid) – Reark

Listen: Rukai (ft. Natalia Ladygina) – Reark


Who’s ready to get their face melted?  Vodex is sure to not disappoint you if this is your mission, as the twenty-year-old dubstep producer is making waves in the darker pool of our EDM world.  It’s amazing the amount of talent such young producers possess, and this UK native is gaining a lot of recognition for his giant, mind-blowing bass.  It doesn’t come as a surprise that one day ago, he released “Galvanize” and received almost 3K plays in a matter of hours, especially when you have support from big names such as Skream & Benga, Rusko, and Emalkay (to name a few).  There’s always a perfect moment for this grime, beast mode music, especially when you’re on that IDGAFOS (look it up) vibe.  When you’re sick of the mountain of the seizure music that has become almost annoyingly popular, give Vodex a chance to reconsider and take you back to the days when grime production had serious quality.

Listen: Galvanize – Vodex

Listen: Cycloid – Vodex

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