I first heard about RY X on October 12, 2013 – 3 years after his self titled (then Ry Cuming) debut album was released on Jive Records, 1 year after his collaborative project, HOWLING, with Frank (Âme) Wiedemann saw its first release, and 1 year before The Acid, a three piece band with RY X as the front man, would release its debut LP. At the time he was just an enigma, shrouded in layers of cloth and surrounded by the Greek Theater stage curtains, closed tightly in anticipation for Above And Beyond’s acoustic run in Los Angeles. RY X was the opener, a position he had found himself in before, as Ry Cuming opening for Maroon 5, but this time was different. It looked like he had just spent the last year wandering the Australian outback (his native land), complete with long hair, long beard, and tribal markings on his face; he wasn’t putting on a show, this was who he had become. As the lights went down he gave the crowd one piece of information about himself, “My name’s RY X, good luck finding me after this, I’m not really any where.” Continue Reading
You know, sometimes you just need to stop what you’re doing and thrash about for a bit. So it is with great pride that we introduce to you, “Too Weird For House Music,” a playlist tastefully curated by Colby J. + Troy Kurtz to help you shake it out. So have your moment, say fuck it to your e-mails, don’t do your laundry, look at pictures of baby animals on the internet, wear two different socks, and most importantly…STAY WEIRD!
I don’t know about you, but by the time I reach Friday, I’m ready to roundhouse just about anyone/thing that stands in my way of the weekend. This spirited & irritable state of mind is cured not with the hypnotic thump of four-on-the-floor, instead, it is the humdrum of live drums and distorted guitars that takes my brain on a temporary vacation to the stars. Too Cold For House Music is exactly what the doctor ordered with spliff-ready Rasta vibes to beach primed surf rock and even some alternative electronic to help you transition to the freedom of the weekend. Don’t let the man get you down, man, WE MADE IT!
The Interns return with the second edition of the Industry Analysis Playlist Series, an homage to the bourgeoning talent in the vast soundscape known as SoundCloud. These two dudes put their ears to the test and industry knowledge on the line as they lay out their top 20 picks for month. Ripe with lush indie, electronic, and house vibes, there is no limit as to what gets the official nod from the boys, rest assured, it’s all your headphones could ever hope for.
Nordrhein-Westfalen is the place that the Grandbrothers call home, and it sounds every bit as obscure as the music that they make. Focused primarily on instrumental driven compositions, these two have stumbled upon a sound to call their own. A sound that FILM (Future Is Listening Music) Records in Berlin has enjoyed enough to help the duo release their debut 12 track LP, Dilation. Unclassifiable – yet full of class, this elegant arrangement exudes a flair for life with syncopated minimalist percussive loops complete with rim shots and well placed kicks as layers of piano and background noise swell with lead strings. It’s truly something else.. have a listen.
It’s official – my Holy Ship! cherry has been popped. Three days on the 4th largest cruise liner in the world with some of dance music’s most devoted attendees was one for the record books (now I do it all again in February). It’s pretty incredible to be in such close quarters with some of the most talented DJ’s around the globe, and I think this shared connection allowed for a lot of risks on the turntables, that, or the expected three sets from each performer willed them to dig deep into their collection. Either way, the music was incredible, as was the setting and the vibe. So swell in fact, I’ve put together my Top 10 Tracks as heard on Holy Ship! 2015 (January Sailing). Continue Reading
Samba meets Jazz meets Funk meets Sunshine in the newest compilation series from the Los Angeles based label Chit Chat Records. It features some familiar names; Poolside, Fatnotronic (Gorky from Bonde Do Role + friend Phillip), Daniel T. (Cosmic Kids), and TonyAdams, as well as their interpretations of some v rare Brazilian Boogie jams. Infinity pool day dreams and scanty one pieced females drift in and out of palm tree shadows as these four producers work their magic to bring you an innately unique musical experience. Set to be released early 2015, this vinyl ought to be the perfect addition to any connoisseur’s collection. Stay tuned!
There is something about the Winter time that makes me feel more.. sophisticated. Maybe it’s the Peacoat, maybe it’s the soul satisfying cup of coffee needed to keep warm in the early hours, or maybe it’s the music. One London based label has my admiration, and for good reason. A casual afternoon spent devouring their SoundCloud collection has led to some prolific and merciful finds. To me, it’s music that sounds like a piece of the composer was put into a given production, a piece that they might not get back but needs to be shared nonetheless. It takes a certain kind of artist to create music like that, and Erased Tape Records has managed to find a bountiful lot of them. Continue Reading
The Gorgon City guys really know how to pick em’.. Zak Abel, fresh off his recent feature on Gorgon City’s debut album (see “Unmissable”), is rearin’ to go with his latest single, “These Are The Days.” It’s jazzy with a familiar four-on-the-floor and a punchy kit to compliment as Abel’s vocals glide through the verses and glisten as the chorus hits. The attitude is there to elevate the production, but the kind that comes from reveling in the glory from another good day on earth. Get with it..
At the tender age of 19, XO has begun a budding career as a multi-faceted producer, songwriter, and DJ out of the UK. His sound, forward; his lyrics, relateable; vibes, on point. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect out of the UK at the moment, illustrious coupled basslines with diverse percussive arrangements that accentuate the featured vocalist. For his debut EP, “Through The Night,” a three track feature takes place with a credible range of tunes from sultry sub-soul to to hustling UK garage that is reassuring for his Freshmen release. We got the chance to exchange words with XO after “Through The Night” was released on December 1st where his affinity for Justin Timberlake comes to life, his highlights from the year as a newcomer are revealed, and some possible projects for 2015 divulged.. dig in! Continue Reading