The dynamic up and coming electro group Anddrop!, recently graduated from UC Berkley, have truly shown their cards, slapping together a monster bootleg of "The Theme." The original production released by Cosmic Gate has gotten plenty of plays in the last year since its launch last summer. One thing Cosmic Gate (and many well-crafted trance DJs for that matter) frequent is that classic extended buildup, which results in a smashing drop from the duo on a consistent basis during performances. While I will always hold the original version close to my heart, it still keeps the listener waiting for over three minutes before the drop kicks in. Check out what I'm talking about...
Anddrop!'s track pays heed to the original in its careful ochcestration of the bootleg's buildup. While someone familiar with the original track can easily tell straight off from the start the precise reworking and sampling of the vocals, a defined middle section, and a recapitulation of the chorus what they're listening to, NO one is prepared for the face-melting electro drop that splits the song in two. The rework came at the perfect time as many of EDM's subgenres are being blurred and experimented by artists across the board (Armin, Gareth Emery, Dash Berlin). This bootleg shows just some of the unbelievable potential the AndDrop! boys have been creating together these past few years.
The three post-graduates consist of Joe Wiseman and Sylvain and Harris Kauffman. Joe and Harris joined forces at UC Berkeley with Joe as the DJ, playing their tunes at local clubs and parties in the East Bay, and Harris pumping out the original cuts. It wasn’t much later when the friends asked younger brother Sylvain – a junior in high school with composing abilities beyond his years – to join the collaboration. They formed like Voltron. Since getting together during the summer of 2010, the three have released several melodic tracks, integrating electro, moombaton, hip-hop, and countless other genres they've been listening to since being exposed to the ever-changing music scene.
Two years later, the adventure continues. AndDrop! has taken the promising electro crew all over the map, rocking crowds from SF to NY and holding a residency at the world renowned night club Assembly in Cape Town, South Africa in 2011. From local legends to internationally recognized, AndDrop! has lit up dance floors alongside such notable DJs as Mord Fustang, Figure, LA Riots, Killabits, Daedelus, Haezer, Das Kapital, and many more, both in the States and abroad.
Deriving their name from that pivotal moment in every banging dance track – that sound that has come to define the music of Generation Z, AndDrop!’s original mixes and sets revolve around just that – the “drop.” No one genre can define AndDrop!’s sound, fusing everything from roots reggae to emergent electronic genres such as electro, moombahton, and dubstep. When asked to define their style, they always give the same answer: party music.
With innumerable tracks in preproduction, exciting collabs, and many thrilling shows in the books, you can expect big things from AndDrop! in the future.
The trio is currently wrapping up their debut EP, along with a brand-new music video, and are in the midst of planning a fall tour including dates on the SF bay area.
Be sure to check out their FB page HERE
and stay tuned for the full album release via ANDDROP.com
...it's bound to be MASSIVE!