Though born and bred in two of the finest cities on the West Coast, the globally minded dance music jump-off known as Tormenta Tropical is heading east for a small string of tour dates. Resident DJs and Bersa Discos label heads Disco Shawn and Oro11 (both pictured above) will convene with fellow DJs and producers for four exclusive parties in Baltimore, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Brooklyn. Read more »
The two fellas of UK- (enter whichever genre title you wish here) outfit Mount Kimbie, Dominic Maker and Kai Campos, are mere weeks from releasing their long-awaited debut full-length album for Hotflush, Crooks & Lovers. Yesterday, we got a taste of that upcoming record with the song "Field," and now comes news of what the duo will be doing pre- and post-album release. Read more »
The brightly colored dance tunes from UK producer Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs are matched with equally effervescent visuals in this video for "Garden," from the recently released All in Two Sixty Dancehalls EP. Read more »
It's easy to throw around words like 'legend' and 'pioneer' when talking about electronic music, and let's face it, half the time people won't say boo about these labels, most likely because they don't know who they hell you're talking about. But when it comes to true-blue dance music heavy-hitters, the kinds of artists that even your mom has heard of, it's hard to top Moby. Read more »
The intriguing, undersung indie pop of Jeremy Jay's first few records feels wholly of another time and place. Sauntering somewhere between Del Shannon, the Field Mice, and the Left Banke, he ties together the wistful, romantic pop sounds of yesteryear for an alluring end result. In 2009, Jay ventured abroad from his hometown of Los Angeles to London and recorded Splash, his third LP and arguably his most satisfying artistic statement to date.
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Sounds like the whole future-boogie movement is making its way into the hip-hop game, too. Californian producer Terrace Martin produced this number from Frank Nitt's recently released debut solo EP, Jewels in My Backpack, which also features flows from DJ Quik and J. Black on the track's chorus. The soulful jam, "L.O.V.E.," tackles jealousy, fidelity, disagreements, and all the various relationship issues in between. Nitt and Quik both declare their frustrations with and devotion to a special someone simultaneously over Martin's funky instrumental, making for an unusually heartfelt hip-hop tune.
Admittedly, if we keep posting material from Teen Daze we'll probably run out of poorly Photoshopped images from the anonymous Canadian producer's MySpace page to run with each story. But still, the more we hear, the clearer it becomes that this guy's forte is melody above anything else. His beats are appropriate, though safe, and the production is relatively amateur, but damn, if Teen Daze doesn't know how to tug at your heart strings with a host of memorably poignant melodies. For this remix of "Wide Eyes," originally by new indie-rock favorites Local Natives, the music maker transforms the song's guitar work into a thick bed of wafting, reverb-heavy synths, romantic melodies, and twinkling textures—creating a perfect mix between beautiful swirling ambience and ecstatic dancefloor rhythms.
It is certainly too soon for folks to be making any definitive lists for the year in music, but Flavorwire, the entertainment news and critique website by events hub Flavorpill, just shared its list of 25 albums from the first half of the year that they believe should not be overlooked. Read more »
We're sure many of you—most certainly ourselves—remember the day, a few years ago, when 77 drummers from around the world amassed in Brooklyn's Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park at the behest of Japanese noise experimentalists Boredoms. July 7, 2007 at 7:07 p.m., the hive of percussionists let loose with a piece of rhythm-centric music written by the veteran Japanese group, and thankfully, Jun Kawaguchi and his various talented crew memebers were there to capture the experience. Read more »
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