R3hab at Escape from Wonderland 2011: 5 tracks you need to know
Have you ever fantasized about your favorite DJs in bed together? You probably haven’t, unless you’re one of the people who spends your free time creating drawings of Skrillex and Deadmau5 having sex (we’re not kidding, people Order Cheap Cialis
weekly.com/2011-10-20/music/skrillex-l-a-dj-producer-is-boy-king-of-electronic-dance-music/” target=”_blank”>actually do this). Take a couple of seconds to recover from that painful mental image. Now relax, and understand that DJ love is actually quite a good idea — not for visual reasons, but for auditory ones. How wonderful would it be if your favorite artists could have a child together? Wouldn’t that benefit all of mankind?
Now imagine if Afrojack, Zedd, and Benny Benassi had a few too many drinks during the show and ended up in a glorious, tender threesome. The resulting love child would probably be a pretty talented DJ, right? Well luckily for us, R3hab isn’t just a fantasy. He’s real.
At Escape from Wonderland, Mr. Fadil El Ghoul put together a furious 45-minute set that emphatically demonstrated that he will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012. Here are the five tracks you need to know.
1. Benny Benassi & Gary Go – Close To Me (R3hab Remix)
BANGER ALERT!!! This track made our eyes bulge and our jaws drop in an expression known colloquially as the ‘Dancing Astronaut face’ (see masthead for details).
2. Rihanna feat. Calvin Harris – We Found Love (R3hab’s XS Remix)
This should read “Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna,” but it’s not like we’re bitter or anything. Regardless, R3hab’s edit of this radio hit is aggressively good. It’s a massive electro-progressive-Dutch hybrid that combines the best from those genres. This one might sound strange unless your subwoofer is up to par.
3. Wynter Gordon – Till Death (R3hab Remix)
You can hear Afrojack’s influence on this one. As those familiar bleeps pull you in, you’re seduced by Wynter Gordon’s lovely voice, and you feel better about your life. We really like Gordon’s poppy timbre because it offers something completely different from the ethereal sound you usually hear from EDM vocalists.
4. Sander van Doorn – Koko (R3hab Remix)
Sander van Doorn’s ubiquitous “Koko” is a big-room monster. We caught the Dutch legend’s sunrise set at EDC Vegas this year, and it was truly something to behold. But as great as “Koko” is, R3hab has somehow managed to make it better by adding the sound of a chainsaw ripping through a dragon’s snout .
5. R3hab – The Bottle Song
As much as this editor wants to hate Dirty Dutch, it’s impossible not to enjoy it (unless you’re a dementor). Filthy bleeps are a curious phenomenon: they have absolutely no inherent musicality, and are usually annoying. But when they come screaming at you through festival speakers, you’re overwhelmed by the sudden compulsion to dance harder than you ever have before. R3hab paired “The Bottle Song” with the vocals from “Party Rock Anthem,” mercifully sparing us from the original mix.
Editor’s Note: Don’t forget that you can download the complete liveset from R3hab’s SoundCloud and enjoy it for yourself completely on demand!
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