“This time around, I wanted that shit to sound tough, crisp — and fucking massive,” big words from the legend Mark Ronson who’s latest album “Uptown Special” is sure to live up to the self induced hype. Enlisting a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist to assist in the lyrical division, as well as a legion of critically acclaimed musicians and talent Ronson himself drove down to Mississippi to discover/acquire will surely assist in the imminent success of this project. If you’re going to do something, you mine as well fucking do it, it would seem. Among the deep roster of talent Ronson has enlisted is Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame, a talent which made the cut for three seperate appearances on the record. The result, as embedded below, is not quite full quality, but certainly worth the listen. It is a driving psychedelic journey with influences rooted in the American South and and post funk movements that paint a pretty heavy picture. Hear for yourself..
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Don’t call it a Day Of The Dead Afterparty but the gang’s all there! Fresh off their festival sets at the Fairplex this weekend, Booka Shade and Galantis are co-headlining a post festivus show at The Mayan the following Monday. Galantis burst onto the scene after their gigantic Coachella set and have been releasing hit after hit ever since. Booka is up there with the all time festival greats, known for their action packed live sets and other worldly DJ sets, it’s safe to say the combination of the two will make for a memorable evening. To top the show off, get there early for opening vibes courtesy of The Interns who’s debut mixtape proved that even with their day jobs, they’ve still got soul! Buy tickets HERE.
Bearson must be feelin sprung lately with these sensual edits and originals. This time James Bay receives the remix treatment to his tune, “Let It Go” that features some healing harpsichord and finger snapping to compliment the delicate cymbals. Next Wave Records is on a melodic tear lately, stay tuned for what’s to come!
It’s safe to say anytime one of the visionary Solé bicycles is yours for the taking, you go on and give it the ol’ college try.. and to ring true to their radical ways – our good friends have also put together a vibe to catch as you picture yourself cruisin’ on that Custom Designed Boomrat two wheeler. So take a sonic vacation via Solé and win that bike!
Xinobi, for me, was/is the master of synthesized sounds strung together in unusual and masterful fashions. No two songs really ever sound the same with him, a testament to his creative will at work. All of the above come together in full force for his first ever full length LP, 1975, with one added element: a bit of live instrumentation. Prolific guitar strums, punchy drum kits, and wandering vocals, fused with the familiar warps and wonks that make Xinobi the master of other worldly vibes, make this one of my stand out LP’s of the year. Personal standouts for me were “1975″ and it’s vivacious guitar vibes, “Radio Radio” and it’s electronic arpeggio explosions, and “People” for it’s sonic oddities that stay true to the Xinobi way. A lot of western vibes emanate from this project as well as a bit of MGMT peeking in and out of hooks. It’s weird and wonderful and a major accomplishment for the Portuguese producer.. stream after the jump! Continue Reading
Underrated funny guys and professional beard growers, Andhim, have been on a widely under publicized tour of the US (but I guess that’s what were here for?). They maintain an extreme level of authenticity by being tastefully terrible at social media and over the top groovy with their masterful originals. This spin on the classic, “Music Sounds Better With You,” is hard to tell if it’s serious or a joke but all I know is it’s up for free download and I’d totally rinse it..
With a lineup erupting with talent, featuring the likes of Darkside, Caribou, and Nils Frahm, I think it’s safe to say the Dimensions opening party bill was fraught for the spectacular. Having watched all three, though, it was Nils Frahm who stole the show with his magnificent opening set. The scene was very haunted in the 2000 year old Roman Amphitheater that these musicians were fortunate to call home for the evening, and Nils Frahm took full advantage. Donning two sets of keys and enough equipment to warp and loop his own work, it was breathtaking to watch him fuse the natural with the synthesized in such a monumental environment. Mesmerized, I hardly looked away for the full 45 minutes. Let’s see how you fare..
As the days get shorter and summer winds down – mellowed out house tracks take over my state of mind. This new Beshken jam feat. the lovely Soraya is the perfect tune to turn down to. It’s rhythm and house with vocals that undress you accompanied by groovy synth pads to decompress your daily grind. Out now on Next Wave Records, this is definitely the track to take on the Fall season.
Kill The Noise is the ultimate homie – and if you didn’t know that by now then peep this Boomrat playlist he curated and you’ll catch the drift. From rap to Marilyn Manson anything goes for tunes that tickle KTN’s fancy. Personally, this was a fun one to go through because of KTN’s immaculate taste in up and comers. It helped me expand my sonic horizon’s so I’m sure it’ll do the same for you!
While the days of frolicking with your friends in the dessert or concrete speedways has seemingly concluded – it can only mean one thing.. Time to don your sexiest parka and mosey on over to South Lake for one of the West Coast’s premiere winter festival destinations: Snow Globe Music Festival. Continue Reading