Posted by mimada on May 22, 2013
Photo by Justin Nizer
I’ve finally washed ashore from the sensational tidal wave that was Kaskade’s It’s You, It’s Me Redux Tour. Everything you heard about drowning in sweat, auditory immersion and house deeper than the Mariana Trench was no exaggeration in reference to what I experienced that Tuesday night at his kick off show in Dallas. I’ll do my best to recreate the atmosphere (hehe) from that show but when it comes down to it, you just have to close your eyes in dive into the music yourself. Conveniently, I’ve provided the San Diego set in it’s entirety for your listening pleasure so all you need to do is press play and come with me on my journey to the most intimate underground electronic show you’ve only seen in your wildest dreams.
Posted by Mach on May 21, 2013
I hate to be that guy to post yet another Lana Del Rey/Gatsby remix, but if you listen you will understand why I had to post this. Fracture Design has some the most beautiful progression on this Dubstep remix. Sev and I agree that Dubstep is sort of at a stand still right now, not many producers are making anything to fall in love with. On the other hand, I did fall in love with this. Enjoy.
Posted by jeffwbaird on May 19, 2013
It’s been a very exciting week for hip-hop. As A stated earlier, Yeezy is back, and out to prove a point with his lyrics, which has historically always made for the best hip-hop. I was talking with a friend yesterday about my deep love for Kanye, and I think it stems from his ability to simultaneously appease all aspects of the consumer in me. The College Dropout, and, really every album of his, features a lot of the glossy rap that constitutes most of my weekend playlists, yet is consistently rich in introspection and social observation throughout. That alone seems to be a major recipe for success in modern-day hip-hop — it’s the line that promoted Drake to major wealth and superstar status (the fact that he was capable of separately creating albums like So Far Gone and Thank Me Later is still bafflingly impressive), and has allowed rappers like Macklemore and Logic to find popular success — they smartly release radio-friendly songs, but disperse them throughout projects that please their loyal fans and are otherwise heavy and meaningful projects.
Since Yeezy’s been covered, I’ll skip over to a few others songs that highlight how well some newcomers are able to tread this line — and put out songs that can be equally enjoyed by a frat boy on Saturday night who is already a dozen Pong beers deep, or the hip-hop fanatic who spends their Sunday afternoon analyzing lyrics on RapGenius with the track on repeat. I’m not here to judge — hip-hop should be loved by all.
Hoodie Allen — Make It Home (feat. Kina Grannis)
It’s been really exciting and interesting to follow Hoodie’s path over the past four years or so as he’s developed his sound, taken chances, inevitably made mistakes, and ultimately found himself here. After his success skyrocketed last year behind All American, he released a new mixtape, Crew Cuts, three months ago for free. Both of the aforementioned projects have been decidedly pop-heavy, an intentional move to generate support through his capacity for making pop-friendly songs. While somehow it feels so, it isn’t really a departure from his original sound, just a continued acknowledgement that he values that aspect of his talent as much as any other. Recently, however, he was called into the studio at Fuse with fellow indie-success Kina Grannis, who has earned a large following on YouTube through her covers and, sparsely, originals. Faced with the challenge of writing alongside a talented songwriter, Hoodie turned inward a little more, and the result is one of my favorite Hoodie tracks I’ve heard in years. Like “Cake Boy”, “No Interruption”, and some of his other widely-loved yet hollower releases, it’s catchy, melodic, and sharp — but it’s also reflective, and thus relatable and compelling and all of these other things we love to experience when listening to music. Here’s the live footage from their performance at Fuse.
Mike Stud — Bad Habits (feat. Kinetics & One Love)
Last week Mr. Stud released his new full-length, Relief, which surrounds this terrific song. One Love’s production on it is so unlike anything else on the project, and has his trademark sense of melody that puts me in a state of captivation for hours anytime I hear something new. As for the writing — there’s a reason that anytime Kinetics gets a verse on someone’s track he also does the hook. He has this innate sense of how to both employ the pop potential of any given track, and also capture an emotion or sentiment that is easily accesible with a dash of more depth than the standard radio-destined track. This song just has a great feel, and is a standout from Relief that everyone needs to check out, whether Mike Stud is your cup of tea or not.
Posted by Middy on May 17, 2013
You guys may be sick of this song by now with it getting plays on every popular radio station, but when a dance music heavyweight like Hardwell gets a hold of this, you have to listen. Hardwell has professed his love for Krewella‘s crossover hit single “Alive“, which recently went number one on Billboard’s dance chart, notably rinsing out the Cash Cash & Kalkutta remix during his sets, such as his highly acclaimed Ultra set. Hardwell decided to surprise the fast rising trio with a remix of his own, fitting the vocals to an instrumental that meshes with what he is bringing to his live show.
Krewella could not pass on the opportunity to make this official, thus the remix in front of you was born. It is clear the time Hardwell spent with W&W has influenced what he is bringing to his productions. The thunderous synths that we see from W&W creep their way into this remix as Hardwell mixes together the instantly recognizable vocals from Krewella with the perfect-for-the-live-show bombastic instrumental that he has created. Is that a hoverhand there Hardwell? C’mon man, don’t be shy, they don’t bite….too hard.
Posted by Mach on May 6, 2013
Epic original from PatrickReza. Dubstep is becoming lack luster lately, but it is the underground hits like this that keep my love of the bass alive. PatrickReza deserves more than a pat on the back for this one.
Free Download: PatrickReza – Vitals
Posted by Mach on April 29, 2013
Skit has done it again. This is the second remix of a Hip-Hop/R&B track in a row that has been absolutely beautiful. No download yet, but I can imagine the wait wont be too long. Don’t forget to show Skit some love.
Posted by J_Salzer on April 21, 2013
It just to happens that everytime I hear a new SoMo Sunday, I am also watching NBC’s The Voice. Joseph SoMo is better than every person I’ve seen on NBC’s primetime singing competition. But I’m going to give credit where credit is due and let you all know that Joseph SoMo is one of the best singers in this country. He can go toe to toe with the best of them, and I’m sure he would have all 4 coaches at his beck and call if he were to go Collin McLoughlin and make the transition from the blog game to the TV game. But we hope he doesn’t because that could interfere with our SoMo Sundays. So stay where you belong Mr. SoMo, we love you.