Author Archives: Colby Reis

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The word festival gets thrown around extremely liberally these days, but this year’s FYF Fest is honing in on the melting pot culture that’s led to the artistic explosion in the Los Angeles area. There is so much that goes into making LA a hot spot for kooks like us; from book loving dorks, to animal friendly vegans, and rock and roll loving mad (wo)men, to vinyl aficionados, and thrift shop diving fashionistas, you best be bringing your finest eccentricities and emblazoning them proudly on your sleeve..you will be embraced. This years festival is shaping up to be a celebration of the ages as all the corkiness is coming out of the woodworks, and we’re here to dish out our “Top 10 things To Call Home About.” Continue Reading

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DIY trends are everywhere these days, but today we would like to draw attention to some impressive DIY’ers who are changing the game when it comes to Audio Mastering. Eight years of research from a widely revered group of Graduate Students at Queen Mary University of London’s Centre For Technology (C4DM) yielded an amazingly intelligent audio mastering process, but it wasn’t until TandemLaunch (a small business incubator) got ahold of the rights to the research, that LANDR was able to receive the funding and infrastructure it needed to become a reality. Now, a quick ‘drag and drop’, combined with their intelligent automation process, and you’ve got a fully mastered track that would leave even the pros slightly confounded. To put it to the test, here’s an exclusive mix from Seth Troxler b2b Tiga for you to see for yourself! Continue Reading

Tycho‘s latest album was one for the books. He seems to have matured with time and ripened alongside some very talented musicians that supported his sound on the record. So it only seems natural to have remixers come out of the woodworks in a similar profound fashion. Bibio x Tycho, what an exciting concept, and the tune does not fall short of the possibilities that plagued my mind prior to first listen. The natural bird sounds and faded guitar strums narrate a fantastical daydream that transport you to a simpler time. It’s minimal at it’s finest, because that’s all a song really needs to be.

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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