Author Archives: Colby Reis

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It’s easy to get excited about a band like Jungle. Their sound is unlike anything else available at the moment, and that’s not to say it doesn’t sound like anything I’ve ever heard before. Their combination of tones and rhythms, though, makes this album an unusual auditory experience, and that’s something I can respect. It’s the funk and soul of our parents time, with their darkened chord progressions and soaring psychedelic vocals initiating their sound into the 21st century. At their core, they’re a collective, a troupe of funkadelic comrades led by members J & T, united by their groovy soundscapes. Continue Reading

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It’s the evening of the Thunder Moon, marking the first Super Moon of the summer, and the planets have aligned as Mansions On The Moon curate this weeks Too Hot For House Music. The band has been hard at work with a new album set to be released later this Fall and are ready to release the first single next Wednesday. For those with a curious ear, you can peep a preview HERE, or if you want to get to know what kind of tunes they’ve been diggin’ lately, just click play and ride out this hour of tunes they’ve so graciously curated for us!

London production duo, BILLON, bring the pump in their latest release forthcoming on Rinse. The track features a driving kick and sexy spirited vocals from Ashley as the chorus ushers in a crunchy wobble and for a bit of a Gorgon City effect. With support from The Magician in his latest Magic Tape, this isn’t one to sleep on!

On the mellower side of house music, Free N Losh comes through with a wavy marimba filled jam to fill all your poolside needs. Off the new LA Imprint, Next Wave Records, the track features dreamy beach drenched vocals from Cat Lewis and a beat thrown in reverse for an intergalactic breakdown that tugs at the beat like the moon’s gravitational effect on the sea.

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The all encompassing music discovery platform, Boomrat, saw it’s launch earlier this week, and it’s already starting to make major waves in the realm of how you sync your social networks and stay in tune with your favorite artists. I think the thing that makes it most readily accessible is that it’s already setup to pick up where you, the online musical connoisseur, have left off. It finds the artists you like on Facebook and Soundcloud and puts their newest material right at your fingertips with an extremely savvy algorithm. No starting over, no hours of curating a following, Boomrat finds you, and puts your world at the forefront. Continue Reading

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So EDC now stands for Extremely Defeated Currently, as is my current state post Vegas vibes.. Which means a much needed Too Hot For House Music is in order with some major pysch rock vibes to turn down to. Big tunes this week as a demo for “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” sees the light of the internet, some Toro Y Moi, Jungle, and new Alt-J, assemble for a big vibe to tune out to. Beach it, drive to it, or sleep in til’ 3 pm to it, whatever you do, stay chill.

It’s like Chet Faker meets Justin Vernon, SOHN’s sound, making his music quite the enchanting experience. Above you’ll see 20 minutes of so of what it takes to create his music on the spot. Live keyboards, guitar, vocals, sampling, it’s no easy feat, yet SOHN blends it all together seamlessly and melodically in true transcendent fashion. Click play, tune out, and escape for a bit to the sounds of Vienna’s rising creative talent.

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It doesn’t seem like long ago the veiled producer Zhu surfaced on the web (4 months ago to be exact) and had the net buzzing about his “Moves Like Ms. Jackson” remix, but a lot has been accomplished since then. With four more originals added to his roster, including his recent hit (named Essential New Tune by Pete Tong) titled, “ Faded.” Now, though, the time has come for others to take on the fruits of his labor as official remixes begin to take shape on SoundCloud. Continue Reading

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Fresh off a MASSIVE essential mix where he played around with analog synths for the last 20 minutes, KiNK’s remix to Daniel Avery’s, “Knowing We’ll Be Here,” finally meets it’s release day. Prime for that 6 am sunrise set in Barcelona as the morning light peaks it’s pretty little head out to the shimmering xylophone synth line KiNK lays down, or a sick pair of headphones and your eyes closed, this tune is most definitely one of the more majestic to grace the likes of SoundCloud as of late. Out on Phonica Records currently as Vinyl only, a digital release is promised to follow, but with a B Side like, “New Energy (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve’s Reanimation,” a vinyl purchase just might be in order!

As the tail end of the week graciously gives way to another weekend, the time has come to catch some different feels in the music realm. Too Hot For House Music is back with a moon oriented roster of tunes to kick back and stare at the heavens to. A little bit of blues, some rock n’ roll, a smidgen of folk, it’s eclectic but not hectic. So rest your weary head and let the music set the mood as another weekend washes over in Los Angeles!