We’re always ecstatic to see females take their musical talents out of the realm of the conventional and into something blatantly obscure, and with Loumar’s debut single released yesterday through Windsor’s Memory No. 36 Recordings, that’s exactly what we get. “Chrysalis” is the title of the debut track, and it’s a staggeringly surreal electronic undercurrent to help advance Loumar’s ambient tone along the graceful sonic ride. A whole host of synths mix with intermittent, punchy bass and myriad other instrumentations to unearth an extravagant soundscape that really defies description, and Loumar harnesses the whole of the elements like a seasoned singer would. We’re absolutely impressed with her artistic taste, and doubly interested to hear what other exotic efforts she’ll be able to come up with for her upcoming Avril EP.
With summer somewhere around the corner, Converse has decided to revive their “Three Artists. One Song.” series, which has given way to some pretty amazing gems in years past. To kick off this year’s compilation is an unlikely collaboration between Frank Ocean, Diplo, and The Clash‘s Mick Jones & Paul Simonon. Automatically disregard any banger alerts that sentence might have set off, because this is far from anything you probably expected.
“Hero” doesn’t draw its sound distinctly from any one of the artists represented here; rather, it’s a true collaboration that provides room for everyone to shine. Packing plenty of soul, the single begins with Ocean laying the groundwork over some rustic guitars. Hints of bass are scattered throughout until the song reaches a crescendo shortly after the one minute mark, where the trio really begin to rock out, before once again gently descending back to earth through the combined efforts of a children’s choir. It makes for a fascinatingly beautiful piece of music, and is a true testament to what can happen when exceptionally creative minds come together.
Grab the free download above from Converse, and stay tuned for more from the collaborative series in the coming months.
With his upcoming album, Recess, set to drop on March 18th, Skrillex decided to have some fun with his fans by releasing a mysterious app earlier today called “Alien Ride.” Hidden deep within the bizarre little game were 11 files that coincidentally matchup with the tracklist for his new project, essentially providing an early stream of his new album. Among those was this highly anticipated collaboration with Chance The Rapper, which was previously premiered live during a show in Brooklyn last month.
Featuring a chorus that asks “What your interests are? Who you be with? Can I ask a question? Can you keep a secret?” the talented duo pair together to produce a surprisingly upbeat, jazzy number that builds upon the sound heard from Chance on his Acid Rap mixtape. With this dancefloor-ready single in play now, the “Coast Is Clear” for both artists to stage a takeover of the music game in 2014.
Jacques Greene is excited to announce his Phantom Vibrate EP, a 3-track club 12” of his most sophisticated songs to date. The EP explores themes of human interaction with technology as he embarks on a new hardware show + string of headline launch events in the 3 cities that helped model his signature blend of techno, house & contemporary R&B: Brooklyn, Montreal & London.
Now residing in New York, Jacques Greene is a producer helping define the next template for dance music - something not beholden to purist abstract language of what’s ‘real’ house music or techno. No, JG is singularly absorbing experimental influences, hip hop + R&B. It’s ironic then that should the old guard of dance music take notice of this artist they’d find an old head on young shoulders. Greene continues to write on analogue hardware - he’s DJ sets a journey through Chicago & Detroit, albeit ending up in the contemporary hubs of London & Atlanta. Since his early releases “The Look,” “Another Girl” + last summers massive “On Your Side” feat. How To Dress Well - he has proven himself as an artist who doesn’t think in tracks. These are considered EPs with deliberate aesthetic themes.
This week Jacques launches his new LIVE show at the LuckyMe x Warp Party at SXSW in Austin. He follows up with a string of dates across the globe.
The Phantom Vibrate EP out on April 28th via LuckyMe.
03.12 - SXSW - LuckyMe x Warp Party (NEW HARDWARE SHOW DEBUT)
03.13 - SXSW - Resident Advisor
03.15 - SXSW - AM ONLY BBQ
03.15 - SXSW - Hype Hotel (LIVE)
03.06 Newcastle at World HQ
03.07 Southport at Bugged Out Weekender
03.08 Dublin at Twisted Pepper
03.19 Burlington at Signal Kitchen
03.20 Chicago at Primary
03.21 Philadelphia at Dolphin Tavern
03.22 New Orleans at Republic
03.23 Los Angeles at Sound - AMP
03.25 San Francisco at 1015 Folsom
03.28 Miami at LMNT
03.29 Miami at WMC LuckyMe X RedBull
04.17 Brooklyn at Output
04.19 Washington at U Street Music Hall
04.20 Montreal at Espace Reunion (LIVE)
04.24 London at St Johns Church (LIVE)
05.26 Detroit at Movement Festival
05.28 Seattle at Q Nightclub
05.29 Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club
05.31st Lyon at Nuits Sonores (LIVE)
06.07 Manchester at Parklife Festival
They’re called Designer Drugs for a reason. NYC’s Theodore Paul Nelson + Michael Vincent Patrick make up the “punishing electro-punk” DJ/production duo who have made their name pushing the boundaries & tearing up venues around the world with their heady, mind-melting sounds.
The duo now emerges from their underground lair to deliver their sophomore album The Drugs Are In Control. The 9-track LP is out now FREE OF CHARGE, via their own imprint, Sex Cult Records.
03.21 at Mirage - Sacramento, CA
03.22 at 207 - Hard Rock Hotel - San Diego, CA
03.27 at Lake View Club - College Station, TX
03.28 at Torrent - Towson, MD
04.19 at San Bernardino County Fairgrounds - Victorville, CA
05.16 at Sound-Bar - Chicago, IL
05.25 at Inspiration Yacht - San Diego, CA
We've been patiently waiting and have finally been given the whole track of "Frozen Heart" from Marco V and Christian Burns. The preview has been floating around the interweb for a minute, but the track in its entirety will surely make you salivate. In collaboration with Zouk Recordings (a sub label of Armada Music), the two EDM powerhouses are merged onto this emotionally charged progressive house track and it just screams "DANCE!" The UK vocalist, Burns, brings his A-game to the track with the love-scorned lyrics that tug at your heart, but Marco V's production makes the heartache bearable as he molds the track into a hot dance song. So if you're struggling with a "Frozen Heart", you can count on this song to thaw you out. Check it out below and go dance your heart out.
Don’t ask us about Kappa Kavi’s cover art for “Chokoreto Rabu”, because we can’t even begin to explain the kind of vibe he’s going for with the images involved (that pop-up message on the bottom-left corner is also something to behold). It’s infinitely easier to identify which artist wielded the most influence on the Dutch producer’s sound here, however, and honestly, “Chokoreto Rabu” sounds like something that Cashmere Cat would not only create, but have as a bonus track from his recently released Wedding Bells EP (we can’t help but see it placed between “Wedding Bells” and “Rice Rain” on the tracklist). That’s not to say that Kappa refrains from adding his own elements to the track, though; his myriad inclusions make for some truly elated electronic, and as the effort unwinds, so too does the sonic euphoria. So while you may want to berate the producer for his seemingly stolen style, know that its done in good taste, and that the track itself is something to enjoy and appreciate as well.
As you prep yourself for festie season, summer, and your burning desire to shout “Suns out, guns out,” you might be asking, “I wonder if my favorite music blog has a tank top available for sale?”
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We’ve seen some pretty unusual names over the course of our blogging careers, but we’d be remiss to say that SPTMBR 8TH’s isn’t one of the most unique ones we’ve ever encountered. And while we’re not sure whether the name doubles as anything other than the alias it represents, we’re pleased to announce that UK-native’s sound lives up to the intrigue of his ever-mysterious moniker.
Virgo is the debut work from the individual, released in collaborative fashion by Trapdoor Records and Darker Than Wax, and it’s a four-track EP with influences that range from garage and house, to trap, bass, and R&B. Aaliyah’s “One In A Million” is sampled to slowed perfection on the opening effort (one of our two favorites from the EP listed below), and “Lxve” follows with a bit more of somber-but-bassy vibe. “8th”, our other favorite from the four efforts, comes next, and with it, a house-themed anthem that builds before breaking down into spotty synths and garage-like percussion. The ecclectic “I Need” rounds out the EP with pulsating bass and diversified work on the drums, capturing Virgo‘s eccentricty in full force while retaining the intrigue SPTMBR 8TH affords us through the very nature of his name.
You can catch our aforementioned favorites below, and if you’re feeling the vibes, you can check out the entire project for whatever price you’re willing to pay by traveling to the related Bandcamp page HERE.
When I first heard St Louis native Chester Watson on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show last year, I was blown away by how a kid so young (16 at the time) can rap so good. Obviously, the likes of Earl Sweatshirt most recently have all broke through at a tender age, but it takes a lot to make peoples heads turn, let alone a prime time Radio 1 DJ. As soon as I'd heard "Phantom", I went and download Chester's mixtape of the same name, and was instantly hit by the fact that it was a dope project.
Since I first heard his music, Chester has only dropped a handful of tracks, and has mostly stuck to features or producing instrumentals, which he collected and put on a couple of beat tapes as well as selling his beats to other rappers. When he announced that he was working on his next project, the excitement hit fever pitch amongst fans of his crew the Nu Age Syndicate. After a couple of delays, and dates being pushed back by months, we finally have Tin Wooki, and if this project doesn't show that the young Floridian resident is about to have a breakthrough year in 2014, then I don't know what will.
For a start, the project is twenty eight tracks deep, and I haven't found one weak track. Sure, there are songs that knock a lot harder than others, but I never skipped a single track on Tin Wooki. With a selection of handpicked beats from the likes of long term collaborators Psymun and Art Vandelay, as well as some self-produced gems that show off his multiple skills, Chester sharpens up his writing and rapping skills, delivering much tighter flows and even cleverer wordplay. Tin Wooki also features guest verses from a few familiar faces, including fellow Nu Age homies Comme and Breeze Pachino, who both come with the goods on their respective tracks "Chinamen" and "Mammoth", showing that the entire Nu Age crew are talented emcee's waiting for their chance.
I've included a pick of my four most listened to tracks on Tin Wooki below for you to stream, but you can stream and download (for 'name your price') the project over at Chester's Bandcamp, which you can hit up on the link below.
- University Records
- 8th March, 2014
TMN: Hey guys, thank you so much for taking some time to chat with us. There’s quite a bit to talk to you guys about! From Love Death Immortality coming out on February 11th to the Coachella announcement, you guys have had a busy winter!
Absolutely. Things are in a pressure cooker right now. Our happy place.
TMN: Let’s start off with talking about the Coachella announcement. Since starting in 2006, you’ve played at some of the most significant venues. How does it feel to come to Coachella this year?
Coachella is one of the most ridiculously awesome events on earth, and we’re grateful to get to play for a second time. Some of our very first shows to massive crowds were at Coachella, playing unofficial shows on the The Do Lab’s circus-freak misting side stage. So this will actually be our 5th Coachella. It’s way too much fun.
TMN: What is the set list looking like? Are you going to go heavy on the new album, or do a blend of some new and some old? Any surprise guests we should expect?
TMN: While Coachella is huge, you have to have some other large venues that are still on your bucket list. What’s “the one” venue or festival that’s you haven’t played at just yet?
We are excited to hopefully play Glastonbury at some point, we hear it’s massive!
TMN: This album (Love Death Immortality) seems to be a much more fast-paced, high energy affair as opposed to Drink The Sea. What was your thought process going into this album, and was there a particular sound you were trying to achieve?
We wanted to write an album that would be geared for a live environment and dancing, in addition to the headphone listening experience. We kept the headphone listen in mind and wrote the album with a consistent flow and storytelling sensibility, it’s best to hear at high volume on a giant soundsystem.
TMN: Right off the bat, we’re loving the drumstep style of “Mind of a Beast.” Talk to us about this track, and the progression of the album as whole.
This track is pure distilled attitude. We wanted to really focus in on the feeling of pure triumph and badassery with this one. The song that you put on when you need to run the final lap of a race. It’s very similar to Drink The Sea in that there are many ups and downs, different chapters to an overall story. With this album though, the peaks are higher and the valleys are lower. It’s a more distilled adventure, where are Drink The Sea is more ethereal.
TMN: On the flip side, “I Need My Memory Back” has a funky element to it. Any chance that the sound and name is a tip of the hat to Daft Punk’s RAM
TMN: You guys have been a mainstay in the electronic music scene for a long time. What would be your best advice on up and coming EDM artists?
TMN: Playing off that question, how do you guys feel you managed to rise to such a high level of respect from the community?
We stay deeply connected to our fans and community on a very real level. For us, music is a way to creatively connect with people. It’s about empathy, exploration and creating a narrative for people to get lost in. Respect and compassion are important. We’ve also unintentionally ended up being oddballs of the electronic music world. It was never our goal to be off in our own world, we just like to be in creatively uncharted waters.
TMN: Ok, before we get into some random questions, feel free to talk to our readers about what they can expect from you in 2014.
Constant touring. Coming to a subwoofer near you.
TMN: At the end of the interview we like to change things up and ask some random questions. We feel like our fans like to know you as individuals too. So, just fire off the first thing that comes to mind.
TMN: What’s your favorite Hall and Oates’ Song?
Can’t name a single Hall and Oates song. But Creedence – Bad Moon Rising is pretty frickin sweet.
TMN: If you were on Death Row, what would your last meal be?
The entire menu from Son Of A Gun in Los Angeles.
TMN: If you could listen to one song while you were eating your last meal, what would it be?
Pink Floyd – Breathe
TMN: Alright, enough of the macabre. What’s one song you will shamefully admit you listen to on a regular basis. Is it Britney Spears? Katy Perry?
Swedish House Mafia – Save the World
TMN: What’s the most bizarre item you’ve ever requested on your rider?
Hippie food like kale chips and free range goji berry trail mix
TMN: What three things are always in your fridge, no matter what?
Different kinds of hot sauce, Kombucha & a shit ton of fresh greens
TMN: Who’s your favorite Muppet character?
TMN: Alright, last one. If your music were an animal, what would it be and why?
Intergalactic dragon slaying motorcycle riding sea horse