“Just a quick little edit” of Kanye’s classic ‘Good Life’ is more than enough. If you’ve got those Monday blues, feel no more. It feel like… summertime
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Mashups can be a tricky art to master, and while we’ve become much more open to the idea of them in recent months, we still tend to approach them with a certain amount of skepticism. However, when you come across a song that features two of the most brilliant musicians in the world, it’s impossible to ignore. Geniuses that they are, The White Panda have taken it upon themselves to blend together the insanity of Kanye West with Flume‘s hit single, “Insane.” Utilizing verses from “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” Kanye’s defiant boasts operate well over the elaborate, pulsating synthwork, while Moon Holiday‘s yearning background vocals seem to add a heightened sense of wistfulness and provide even more weight behind the lyrics. After listening to the track, we started to wonder what a true collaboration between these two gifted artists would actually sound like. Can someone get them in the studio together ASAP?
Download the single above, and stay tuned for more from The White Panda, as they plan to drop a new song every day this week.
We’re here to inform you of a wonderful event, which will rock your socks off. In just 3 weeks, Icarus and I will be road tripping from SF to LA to attend HARD Summer. The journey may be arduous. We may not return. But we will have a kick-ass time, and we’ll be telling you all about it via this blog, and my twitter (linked at the bottom).
HARD Summer began in 2008, and has been picking up steam ever since. Taking place in a time before the real explosion of electronic music, and only featuring a small lineup. On the other hand, this year’s festival takes an entire weekend, has multiple stages, and features some of the biggest names in the industry. Perspective: it’s the same weekend as Lollapalooza. That’s ballsy to begin with, and the fact that they still pull together such an amazing lineup is a testament to how far they’ve come.
Frankly, to say that we’re stoked is an understatement. On August 2-3, the Whittier Narrows Recreation area just outside of downtown Los Angeles will be graced by the likes of Disclosure, Dillon Francis, A$AP MOB, Jack U, Flosstradamus, and many more. And if we’re lucky… there will be fewer flower crowns than Coachella. We’ll be taking pictures and interviewing as many artists as we can; stay tuned!
Make sure you get the few tickets there are left (VIP), or try to grab one from another online reseller, because you don’t want to miss this one. And follow our progress on TWITTER, so you can know what you are talking about.
^Xaos & Icarus
Flume is to music what Stanley Kubrick is to film. Yes, that’s a bold statement, but hang in there. We’re going to lay it out for you, point by point. Kubrick was often revered for adapting short stories or novels. While this feat is ultimately impossible through the production of a song, Flume often reinvents songs, giving them an entirely new and refreshing breath of life, similar to what Kubrick did with his films. Some of Flume’s most beloved tracks are remixes of already well-established works, including the likes of classics of the blogosphere age such as Lorde, Chet Faker, and Disclosure.
Too loose of a connection? Didn’t we tell you to bear with us? Kubrick was also considered one of the most influential directors of all time, often exalted on the distinct cinematography utilized in his filmmaking. Look back to 2012 with us for just a bit. In fact, press play on Flume’s self-titled album and tell us that his groundbreaking soundscapes weren’t something to admire. The crackling atmospheric layering coupled with the delicate melodic inclusions paved the way for so many future-bass producers. It’s really quite spectacular when you stop to think about it. One could argue that this sound help pave a way for up and coming artists, just as Kubrick did in his legendary career. Do we dare say that Fluminian will be coined as Kubrickian was?
While we could state the obvious and talk about Kubrick’s intense and immersive use of music to help set up a scene, we’ll slowly walk away from that, as the connection is a bit too easily demonstrated through Flume’s encompassing sounds that easily take his listeners into a world of their own. In fact, this Australian artist doesn’t need visuals to what he does. The music speaks for itself.
We would be remiss not to mention the fact that Kubrick’s films were often considered controversial. A Clockwork Orange, which was a sociopolitical statement about the government’s threat against personal freedom, was probably one of the most notable. While Flume has never done anything to ruffle any feathers, per se, it’s important to look at the timeframe in which he came to the limelight in the world’s collective ear. What was in back in 2012? Big Room? Progressive House? Wasn’t Swedish House Mafia getting ready to embark on their grand farewell tour somewhere around the time that this young man came to recognition? In a world of overwhelming melodies and uplifting vocals, we saw a distinct shift in the paradigm, displaying an entirely new realm of electronic music to delve into. While it didn’t offend anyone in a controversial way, it surely went against the societal grain of the music industry.
One doesn’t need to look far to see the raw talent possessed by this incredible artist, who draws on many similarities of the aforementioned director. At this point, he’s already spoken about in terms of lore, calling on the internet to hit their laptops within hours of his newest release. To be honest, that’s why we’re here with you right now, bringing you a hours old re-work of fellow Australian Seekae. Taking a blissfully familiar approach to this remix, we’re given a glimpse into a world crafted by haunting synths, crackling white noise, and interspersed percussion work. It’s once again spectacular to find this other-worldly approach to production, one that we’ll continually stand by as long as it keeps coming out.
Enlightened hip-hop duo The Underachievers have been busy preparing for the release of their debut album,Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, set to release on August 12 via RPM MSC. The group has decided to follow up their video for the single "Chrysalis," with another set of visuals for the track "Metropolis" off of the project.
The video is comprised of recent tour footage through which the Underachievers give homage to their city. Mostly clips of the group on the road going to various cities and rocking sold out venues alongside the rest of their beast coast brethren, mixed in with shots of the duo having some fun behind the scenes. The video can be streamed below, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for their debut project Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium, out on August 12th.
Just as we were beginning to grow weary of the countless–although excellent–remixes of her last single, “Drowning,” BANKS decided to bless her fans with some breathtaking new material, unleashing “Beggin For Thread” earlier today. With this latest effort, the talented songstress can safely add yet another notch to her belt, continuing to prove why she’s one of the premiere names at the forefront of pop music. Opting for a much quicker tempo than we’re used to, BANKS still brings much of the same raw energy and aggression in her vocals, producing an addicting melody through the use of zippy synths and reverberating percussion.
As BANKS continues to impress us with each and every release, it makes the wait for Goddess that much more unbearable. Luckily, we’ll have this song to to help occupy the time until the album comes out on September 9th.
Often considered one of the most influential trendsetters in the music industry, Diplo has taken on a tune that so many of us were pretty much over, giving it another set of legs. Not that we ever had anything against the truly remarkable youngster’s rise to fame, but one can only handle so much of a good thing.
With this particular interpretation, we’re offered up some booming 808 hits and rolling high hat hits that give this tune a fresh, new, trap-style persona. While it has an entirely new look and feel, this remix still holds onto essential connections to the original, giving us a new way to enjoy a song that was once played out.
Bravo, Diplo. Bravo.
The DIY Queen of Hearts, Liz Morphew, burst onto the scene in late 2011 with debut EP The Arrival and the independent electronic powerhouse has showed no signs of slowing down since. Her signature synth filled style is completely EDM based music and fashion forward visuals, with an added overlay of flawless production. Produced by Robert Francis Muller, the music video for “Like A Drug” accompanies her debut album Cocoon, which burst onto the scene completely by surprise for listeners. The track itself is lovelorn, intensely seductive and a serotonin bursting blend of straight EDM and electro, but the music video takes it to the next level with it’s decidedly simple approach. The entire video focuses on both straight-ahead and warped shots of her face, with an EDM appropriate triangle theme. Based on these visuals, we’re sure that the Queen of Hearts will only continue engage and attract listeners.
Punk rock brother band The Bots, have released the first single from their debut album Pink Palms aptly named "All I Really Want." Their newest single is edgy, garage rock at its finest. The young dyad hailing from Los Angeles, unleash their fury with frantic vocals and loud buzzing guitars.
Mikaiah Lei, The Bots lead singer says “the process of making this album was very different from anything we’ve ever done before when recording – mostly notably that it was the first time we worked with producers.” The Bots released three self produced albums on their own in the past, but on Pink Palms they worked with experienced rock producer Justin Warfield. Pink Palms will be available October 14 on Fader Label.
Peep "All I Really Want" below.
Imagine Dolores O'Riordan from The Cranberries voice paired with a more mellow, electronic vibe and you wouldn't be far off from Fractions' latest track “Breathe”. Although the vocals are dialed back, smoothed out and paired with an electro-beat, it holds the same strength and phrasing style that’s so distinctive.
Despite the members of Fractions doing their own thing creatively then, passing around ideas and contributions back and forth; the overall sound isn’t fractioned at all. Instead it’s a unified energy with a strong foundation; drawing on the strengths and creativity of each member. Fractions EP comes out September 8, 2014
The 6, sorry Toronto as most of you know it as is budding with talent and is now safe to say in the top percentile of cities the world's attention is currently focused on. Whether is be politics, cultural events, or our entertainment and music scene.
Hoping to emerge out into the light song writer and all around musician Gadda is adding his two cents to the Toronto pot. His latest video "In The Shell" showcases his production which fuses electronic, pop, and hip hop to create a sound he describes as "Transcending the boundaries of music to create an entire experience". Take his word or better yet decide for yourself and watch below.
With the Monday traffic just getting started and the anxiety from the day at an all time high, we realized that we are in need of some sort of pick-me-up. After scrolling through our SoundCloud feed for the ideal tune, we stumbled upon the artist Elaski. The Finland producer is notorious for his eclectic style of production and has mastered the art of future bass.
Earlier today, Elaski dropped his newest original track, “Lanes”, and ideally sent a wave of emotion to drown out the Monday blues. This track infuses the modern synth with a heaping dose of tripped out high hats and a piano melody to swoon you into Tuesday. So grab your free download, stop your worries, and float into the clouds with Elaski.