Colorado electronic powerhouses GRiZ and Big Gigantic teamed up back in 2013 on the collaborative single "Power" that proceeded to tear up festival crowds for some time and is still heard by both artists.
Well the two have linked up once again on "Good Times Roll" and it's safe to say it's one of the best tracks we've heard all summer. The funk is present in this tune as psychedelic keys are placed alongside a funky bassline, silky guitar riff, soulful singers, high energy percussion, and of course it’s all tied together by dueling saxophones.
Impressive songwriting abilities are shown in this infectious collab with irresistible singing & sax lines, in which there is even a call & response section between the vocals and horns that will be sure to be stuck in your head after listening. This soulful, feel good song is appropriately titled “Good Times Roll” as this summertime anthem brings just the right amount of gritty bass and has come just in time for a seasonal treat while summer is still going strong.
Both artists are gearing up for big Red Rocks shows in September as Griz sold out the legendary venue over a month out for his first show there, and Big G is hitting their 4th Rowdytown double night run that TSIS presents on September 25th and 26th (which is also on track to sell out in advance, so don't miss out on tickets!). Enjoy!
Griz & Big Gigantic – Good Times Roll | Free Download
TSIS regulars Big Gigantic are in the middle of quite an impressive festival run that started earlier this year back at Ultra and has not stopped since with an epic closing set at Electric Forest recently (along with a surprise sunrise RV set). Well they have decided to indulge in the summer spirit and hit us up to debut a brand new 60 minute long Summer Mixtape. The mix features a very nice mixture of old and new summer ready tracks spanning from classics like Pretty Lights' "Finally Moving" to Big G's new collaboration with SNAILS, "Funk With Me". There are also two mysterious "ID" tracks in the mix, the first one sounds like a remix of Zedd's new song "Beautiful Now" featuring Jon Bellion done by an unknown remixer (Possibly Big G?). The second unknown track is just a few songs later, and truly sounds like the new GRiZ x Big Gigantic collaboration that they have been teasing during recent live shows.
The Mixtape comes on the heels of the band’s announcement of their fall North American headlining “Get On Up” tour, featuring support from The Floozies on most dates which you can find all dates below and a limited amount of pre-sale tickets through TSIS ticketing here.
This tour starts just days after the group's annual party at Red Rocks that TSIS presents, ROWDYTOWN IV the fourth installment of their massive hometown experience at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Set for Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26, “ROWDYTOWN IV” will again feature projection mapping visuals on the venue’s famous rocks and will be supported by amazing lineups each night featuring Thomas Jack, Jauz, and DeFunk on Friday (9/25) and RL Grime, Snails, and Two Fresh on Saturday (9/26). This is looking to be the best Rowdytown yet. Don't miss out before this year sells out like the past Three. You can buy tickets here for this must attend 2 day event.
Update: Here is the extended and improved version for your listening pleasure!
Big Gigantic – Summer Vibes Mixtape | Free Download
Fri 7/17 Scranton, PA Camp Bisco
Sat 7/18 Birmingham, AL Sloss Music & Arts Festival
Sat 8/1 Pomona, CA HARD Summer
Sun 8/2 Atlantic City, NJ Electric Adventure
Sat 8/8 Baltimore, MD Moonrise Festival
Sun 8/9 Salmo River Ranch, BC Shambhala Music Festival
Sat 8/15 Somerset, WI Summer Set Music & Camping Festival
Aug 20-22 Bartow, WV Camp Barefoot 9
Sat 9/19 San Diego, CA KAABOO Del Mar
Fri 9/25 Morrison, CO Rowdytown at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sat 9/26 Morrison, CO Rowdytown at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Sun 9/27 Atlanta, GA TomorrowWorld
Get On Up Tour with *The Floozies
Wed 9/30 Boise, ID Knitting Factory *
Thu 10/1 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom *
*Fri 10/2 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Sat 10/3 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom *
Sun 10/4 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory *
Tue 10/6 Park City, UT Park City Live *
Wed 10/7 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre *
Thu 10/8 Eugene, OR McDonald Theater *
Fri 10/9 Reno, NV Knitting Factory *
Sat 10/10 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre *
*Sun 10/11 Arcata, CA Humboldt State University
Electric Forest Defines the Idea Of A “Secret Set” With Skrillex, Datsik, 12th Planet, SNAILS, Mr. Carmack and Big Gigantic [Editorial + Photo + Video]Posted in Bangin, Chill, Events, News by Bryan | Tags: 12th Planet, Big Gigantic, Carmack, Cherub, Crizzly, Datsik, Electric Forest, Honeycomb, Mr. Carmack, OWSLA, Secret Sets, Selection, Skrillex, SNAILS, Team Supreme, Vaski
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Even before the now infamous TSIS secret closing party with Big Gigantic and Cherub, which took place on top of RV’s in General Admission camping the last night of Electric Forest, Thissongissick.com already had two other epic secret sets under our belts that will go down as festival folklore for years to come.
We were slated to curate the “Good Life” stage located in VIP camping on Friday night and amassed a collection of bass brethren to throw down a very rare b2b2b2b2b2b take-over that kicked off at 3AM. After decimating the main stage crowd with a close out set, OWSLA head honcho and Jack Ü co-captain Skrillex lead the charge and was joined behind the decks by Firepower Records ace Datsik, SMOG general and last minute festival addition 12th Planet, vomitstep aficionado Snails, pizza-gang advocate and crunk-step innovator Crizzly, and dubstep maverick Vaski.
All six DJs/producers took the stage together across four CDJs. The song selection was nothing short of organized chaos as bass banger after bass banger melted the faces of all 1000+ attendee’s that packed the very intimate tent till just past 6AM.
Recreating something as stacked and intimate as this set was a daunting challenge, but a series of blessed events opened the door for another secret set Saturday night. This time marked our first return to the luminous forest since the iconic 2012 TSIS secret set that gave birth to Big Grizmatik (Big Gigantic + GRiZ + Gramatik). One of the most forward thinking producers in the game Mr. Carmack was chosen as man to start the night off, and ended up delivering much more.
As we commandeered the Grand Artique stage around 4:30AM, Mr. Carmack took a seat and went into the mix for 4 hours and played the perfect blend of soul, funk gritty bass, hip-hop and more. He not only unloaded an uncountable amount of unreleased originals and remixes from himself and friends, but then moved into mo-town hits, R&B classics and more for one of the most eclectic sets anyone in attendance had ever experienced.
There was a cast of other artists from the festival that were set to follow, but Mr. Carmack was nailing the vibe so perfectly that they allowed him to keep going.
Then, something magical happened toward the middle / end of Mr. Carmack's set. Newcomer hip-hop MC Honeycomb started beatboxing over the producer's funky beats. Having picked up on the vibes from the sidelines, the two were soon accompanied on stage by The Fungineer members Lafa Taylor, Kyrian Bobeerian and Honey LaRochelle, who delivered an unbelievable display of vocal talents alongside bass player Simply B (Brandon B Barker). It became a completely organic live band that even saw Carmack switch from Traktor to drum duties.
This unintentionally became one of the most outrageous and unexpected live musical experiences we've been apart of yet, and was further enhanced by a pristine sunrise that spread throughout the forest.
To be completely honest, we aren't sure if any other festival could house something so special and secretive compared to what the Thissongissick secret sets at Electric Forest became this year. We'd like to thank the Electric Forest team for the opportunity to craft these very special parties, and both Ryan Hug and Michael Silberman for their added assistantce. But most importantly, we'd love to thank those who attended these unforgetable performances with us so late in the evening. You best believe that 2016 will see another round of secret sets sponored by Thissongissick, so start planning your Electric Forest trip now! Enjoy
This year's Electric Forest festival in Rothbury, Michigan just completed its fifth year, and its best yet! The festival is known for having countless secret sets and suprises throughout the weekend, and the magnitude of what took place over the four days was quite staggering.
Thissongissick.com have thrown various late night parties in the past, including the first ever Big Grizmatik set (Big Gigantic, Gramatik and Griz together) amongst many more. We had some of the most epic parties this year, from a legendary Skrillex b2b Datsik b2b 12th Planet b2b Snails b2b Crizzly b2b Vaski set on Friday, an epic three and half hour Mr. Carmack set in the Forest on Saturday night, and one of the most unique parties we've ever been apart of.
On the last night of the festival, we went over to General Admission camping to team up with the "Holy Ship Fam" to throw an afterparty on top of an RV consisting of Big Gigantic's Dominic Lalli and Cherub's Jason Heubert both DJing, while Jeremy Salken went in on the drums. This became a make-shift stage, which quickly gathered well over a 1500 people below. They played live versions of some Big G classics and party anthems from Cashmere Cat, Trippy Turtle, Skrillex and more for the truly perfect unexpected ending set to a truly epic festival.
If you were one of the lucky fans to attend this party, you won't be ablt to forget this party that lasted until the sun was beginning to rise and then everyone dispersed for the final time.
Photo credit by Jason Siegel
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My story has changed quite a lot since moving to Boulder, Colorado and starting Thissongissick back in 2010. My name is Nick Guarino and this is Thissongissick.com. We've grown a lot since, but the original goal has always stayed the same: making it easier for you to discover sick new music that you've never heard before. In high school I would make mix cd's for my friends to show them all the new music I was discovering. Now, through TSIS, we work with musicians and record labels from all over the world to showcase a variety of the freshest electronic, hip-hop, indie, and alternative music to a global following that is comprised of millions of music lovers in over 110 countries - every single month. So, make yourself at home while enjoying countless amazing musicians from a variety of genres and let the sick sounds fill your ears! - Nick