The sonic contrasts of Take's "Incredibright" are numerous—subsonic bass warblings rub against piano tinklings and lovely, melancholic synth melodies ride above dusty, crunchy beats. It makes sense, then, that the video for the first single from Take's Only Mountain debut album features the artist walking in bucolic woods while being hounded by snake-like audio cables. Read more »
Here, London's Geeneus and Katy B attack a cover of the 1988 Kevin Saunderson-produced house masterpiece, Inner City's "Good Life." Obviously, there's no beating the original—many agree that it is one of the best house tracks ever made—but the funky spin that Katy B and Geeneus give the piece is quite special. The chunky house bass of the original is replaced with subsonic tones, and a more frenetic percussion pattern is substituted for the original's monstrous kicks. Of course, the melodic line is kept intact, and Katy B's vocals are attuned to nuances of Paris Grey's without imitating them exactly. All in all, this cover of "Good Life" is one of the better versions of the track available, because it stays true to the brilliance of original while injecting some new personality into the piece.
San Francisco's J. Rogers has been the driving force behind the Blipswitch Digital label for the past two years, and the label's latest release is his full-length debut. "Meditation Point" begins slowly, with delayed female vocal samples, bell-like sounds and watery, syncopated tinklings riding above monstrous kicks. But by the track's mid-point, "Meditation Point" has morphed into a jackin' slice replete with bouncing bass, wet claps, and a druggy atmospheric presence that somehow recalls Damian Schwartz, or perhaps a more maximal Luke Hess. While it would be nice to see these tracks on vinyl, one can certainly imagine laptop DJs pounding the club with this lovely piece of tech-house.
Given that San Francisco-based MC DaVinci is giving away The Day the Turf Stood Still for free download, it makes perfect sense that "Ben," the second video from the album, addresses the cult of money and "how far one goes to have material things for both right and wrong reasons." One of the realest rising stars in the hip-hop game, check out our recent interview with him, and then watch the superb video for "Ben." Read more »
There are plenty of pictures of Danny DeVito and Jay Z watching Beach House at Coachella, but what about the real kids? Considering the festival drew something like 80,000 people, logic would dictate that for every beautiful person there were three body builders with cat-eye lenses and a few tweens drinking Draino in the Porta-Johns. As such, we investigated Coachella's ravey underbelly and came up with the following list of important things you may have missed. Read more »
Reclusive pop genius Ariel Pink and his Haunted Graffiti band will tour North America this summer in support of the June release of Before Today, the group's 4AD debut. Before Today is said to be the most accessible record ever from Pink, and the group will unleash those new sounds upon a capacity audience at New York's Mercury Lounge on May 4, then continue touring the rest of the country starting in July. And with the first single "Round and Round" floating all over the internet, fans can easily whet their appetites for Pink's record and live show. Check out tour dates after the jump! Read more »
After a year of shying from the spotlight, Khaela Maricich has resurrected her musical endeavors as The Blow with a string of tour dates and promises of new material. This time out, in lieu of collaborating with YACHT founder Jona Bechtolt, Maricich has enlisted the help of audio/visual artist Melissa Dyne to craft the backdrop for her airy vocal delivery. Read more »
DJ/producer Dubbel Dutch is just like any self-respecting southerner: he likes his beats interesting and his bass big. Austin resident Marc Glasser is currently taking his proclivities on the road for a string of dates on the West Coast—including some already completed stops in LA, a show tonight in Costa Mesa, and a special performance this Saturday at San Francisco's premiere future-house-flexing club, Icee Hot. Read more »
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