“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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LA label Nite Records is back at it again with the release of Austin Frank’s dreamy Balearic ballad Move Ahead. The Miami-based producer pairs a deep, pulsing groove with syncopated drums on a dreamy sunset cruise. The young label shows no signs of stopping, adding Austin Frank’s refined international sound as the fourth release to their rapidly expanding catalog, both building momentum into 2015.
The Venezuelan duo Fur Coat have spent the last few years climbing the rungs of the underground ladder and are firmly planted at the top. Since the release of their 2012 anthem ‘You & I‘, the duo has shifted gears from sing-along deep house tunes to chugging, techno burners as reflected by their most recent Crosstown Rebels release, U Turn. After a strong summer touring clubs like DC10 in Ibiza and Treehouse in Miami, Fur Coat gave our friends over at Boomrat an inside look into their secret weapons. Stream the entire playlist below.
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!
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
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..
It’s exactly the sultry psychedelic boogie that’s been missing from your life. As All We Are preps for their debut album to hit stores early in November, the Liverpol trio shares a single from the record that can be downloaded by pre-ordering their Freshmen LP on iTunes. It brings an air of cool from first strum that inhabits your inner rhythm until you’re one with the dance floor and ready to get lost. Enjoy!
It’s indisputable the impact Kendrick has had on the hip-hop industry in the recent year and it’s exciting to see him collab with an all star like Flying Lotus. While FlyLo preps his “You’re Dead” LP he let some info slip that Kendrick is sitting on a host of beats produced by the legend which means ever more gems like the one embedded above may be in the works! For now – revel in the “Never Catch Me” stride and keep your eyes open for what’s to come!
The 16 Bit Lolitas are truly one of a kind, on the block since 2012 – they maintain their individualism in their artistry through the Ajunadeep label, premiering masterful EP’s like their most recent, “Deep In My Soul.” Jazzy, with flairs of trance like chord progressions, and a deep kick to compliment, this music resonates on a different plane. Rare are the times you listen to each note in a song, consumed with wonder for where the next might go, and amazed at where it’s already been. The title track brings enough pump to make 8 minutes feel like nothing but it’s “Higher State” that takes the cake for me. The bright trumpet beckoning is pure wizardry along with the echo drenched synth chords that answer its call. Out now on Ajunadeep, feel free to purchase HERE (not embedded, “” title=”Premium Emo” target=”_blank”>Premium Emo.”)
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