Review | Dash Berlin’s “We Are, Pt. 1″ Tops iTunes Charts

Posted by on September 1, 2014

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Earlier this morning, Armada announced that part one of Dash Berlin’s “We Are, Pt. 1″ album has reached number one on the iTunes dance charts. “We Are” is a concise 8 track offering from the Dutch legend, who enlisted the help of acts like 3LAU, John Dahlback, Disfunktion, Jay Cosmic for their production prowess. Perhaps the vocalists shine the brightest, as Dash also included Bright Lights, Collin McLoughlin, and Roxanne Emery on part one of this exceptional body of work.

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Standout tracks on the album include “Here Tonight” and “Never Let You Go” that have the ability to transport you into another realm. Dash Berlin’s “We Are” ranks as one of our favorite albums this year, and it’s more than deserving of it’s current position iTunes. There’s no question about it, #WeAre impressed. Keep an eye out for “We Are, Pt. 2″ coming soon. Shout out to LK and Borys!

iTunes: Dash Berlin – We Are Pt. 1

Review | Rukkus: The App For Mobile Ticket Purchases

Posted by on July 22, 2014

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The people behind FreshNewTracks are no strangers to startups. We understand that oftentimes it’s difficult for a great product to catch enough eyeballs to make something happen. Therefore, sometimes we like to lend a helping hand when something catches our eye. Meet Rukkus, an app that makes ticket buying an easy process. Here’s what their team had to say about the app:

In an era where seemingly every kind of transaction can take place on a mobile device, the current state of the ticket buying process can sometimes seem a bit antiquated. Several major ticket outlets do not even have a mobile app, and the ones that do leave a lot to be desired.

Enter Rukkus: the fastest growing mobile ticketing app for iOS (Android coming soon!). With its sleek design and intuitive interface, the Rukkus app has essentially cut the red tape between planning and “being there,” to create a seamless and pain-free experience. The only thing standing between you and that sold-out concert all of your friends are going to tonight is two simple taps on your iPhone.

No more scouring your web browser for the cheapest tickets. Rukkus searches over 1,000 vendors to find you the best possible value on tickets for concert, sports and theater events.

In addition to its streamlined approach to purchasing tickets, Rukkus boasts some unprecedented discovery tools: Upon downloading the app, Rukkus will scan iTunes, Spotify and Facebook likes to build a unique “Music DNA” for each user. Based on that information, Rukkus suggests certain events in addition to tracking artists for whom the user has already shown interest.

For the more ‘D.I.Y.’ crowd, Rukkus allows users to browse events and listen to artists’ music within the app. As you find new artists you like, you can add them to your favorites, which will automatically update your Music DNA. If Rukkus is tracking an artist you don’t like, you can have them removed from your Music DNA, as well.

The days of sifting through overpriced ticket brokers and sketchy Craigslist ads are over. Put an end to FOMO once and for all. Download the app and go start a Rukkus.

Review | Mike Stud – Closer [Album]

Posted by on July 20, 2014

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Studnation is back and it appears Mike is closer than he’s ever been with his latest album, Closer. In May, Mike released a video to let his fans know about his new album release. The teaser reflects on the journey Mike has made from being a star baseball prospect to an even bigger prospect as a musician. This album shows growth and maturity in Mike’s life and music. He is most focused on being happy and letting the success follow. Does he have room to grow and improve? Most certainly he does, but even Mike knows he has a long journey ahead of him.

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Review | What We Can Learn From Kygo

Posted by on June 28, 2014

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Whenever meeting an artist for the first time, you never know what you’re going to get. You go into with a certain trepidation and understanding that these artists could be a giant twat. It’s often hard to reconcile that idea, because it’s hard to separate the man from the music. So many times you’ll find that your favorite producer or artist makes great music, but isn’t the best person to be around.

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Review | RiFF RAFF – NEON iCON

Posted by on June 19, 2014

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I like RiFF RAFF. It’s no secret. And not in that ironic “hipster” way. I find him infinitely fascinating, and can’t help but cheer for him. Sure, he’s polarizing. Many love him and many hate him. What you have to respect about RiFF RAFF is that he’s not afraid to be his own man. He’s original, hilarious, full of contradictions, and isn’t afraid to live outside the box.

He’s come a long way since his first appearance on “G’s To Gents”. Many dismissed him as a novelty artist, destined to make laughable cameos on World Star. Strangely, Diplo discovered his videos, signed him, and here we are. Come June 24th, RiFF’s appropriately titled “NEON iCON” album drops via Mad Decent, and is arguably the most heavily anticipated record to release in 2014.

RIFF RAFF’s brand of hip-hop is a friendly one. It doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a large part of the appeal. There’s something for everyone in RIFF’s music, which is a large reason why he’s been so successful up to this point. Somehow, his music is enjoyed by impressionable young white female teenagers, hip-hop purists, and people who write for Vice and hang out in Brooklyn.

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Featured, Interviews, Review | 100 Seconds with Borgore

Posted by on May 5, 2014



What happens when FNT interviewer Kian McHugh (@filthykay) and videographer Jackson Williams gets allotted a two minute time slot with Borgore? You get an unconventional, obscure interview. The format – 10 questions, all of which were to be answered in 10 seconds or less. I present to you – 100 seconds with Borgore.

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Events, Hip-Hop, Review | SXSW: GoldLink at Soulection’s “Sound of Tomorrow” Showcase

Posted by on March 27, 2014

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On Saturday March 15th at precisely 2:50pm in sunny Austin, Texas the young and mysterious rapper by the name of GoldLink stepped upon the stage at Barcelona. A showcase aptly titled the “Sound of Tomorrow” had a bill filled with the futuristic sounding producers on Soulection’s roster. GoldLink was neither a part of Soulection’s imprint, nor was he a producer…so as I and the numerous other audience members asked ourselves what he was doing up on stage, he slowly began to gather himself and show us why.

GoldLink’s music is best described by Chuck Allen of Way Less Effort: “Of all the new sounds that have popped up in the industry, from the soul-sucking gothic southern grime that the UK and South Florida have been dropping, to the glo’d up trap of the Chi, this new “future bounce” sound really stands out. It doesn’t throw it all the way back to boom-bap like the “New New York” ish that Pro Era has been pushing, and it isn’t on that entirely digital production tip either. It mixes the buttery grooves of 90?s R&B with classic hip-hop breaks to give it an essence of nostalgia, and then turns on its head with bouncy, forward-thinking production from the likes of Kaytranada and Ta-ku. Add that to Goldlink’s roller coaster flow that fills every pocket of the dynamic instrumentals he tackles, and suddenly your head and shoulders are bobbing and you don’t know what happened.” *1

This future-bounce movement was prevalent all the way through his performance as he went worked through his short SoundCloud catalog, spitting out his semi-viral hits such at “Creep”, “Playah”, and at-the-time-unreleased song “Planet Paradise”. I was entranced by his energetic stage presence and ability to work a crowd whom was not at all expecting to be seeing a rapper on stage.

GoldLink has remained unseen by the internet world, but with his forthcoming mixtape, The God Complex set to drop in a matter of days, I can’t imagine his face avoiding the limelight for much longer. Enjoy, GoldLink’s newest release “Planet Paradise” produced by Louie Lastic, and be sure to prepare yourself for SXSW next year, since it’s never too early to start planning!

*1 (Chuck Allen, Way Less Effort)