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After giving us a fantastic guest mix and releasing a new edit of Just A Gent, Vindata comes through with their stand-out debut EP, …For One To Follow, out now on Symbols. From the catchy, goose-bump-inducing beginnings with “All I Really Need” featuring Kenzie May, to the pumping club-ready tune, “Exposé,” that closes out the 4-track release, the rising LA duo has produced this EP to perfection, proving that they are more than worthy of the acclaim that they have been receiving from around the world. With this being one of Vindata‘s first releases, you can expect a lot more of their forward-thinking music to come. Purchase Vindata‘s …For One To Follow EP on iTunes and if you’re in LA, come see them live, along with Kastle featuring Ayah Marar, Sweater Beats, and Lindsay Lowend, at the Symbols Showcase hosted at Sound Nightclub in Hollywood this Thursday, March 6th (Tickets). √+
A couple of weeks ago I met up with Grenier at one of my favorite local spots Forage for a little food and friendly discussion. What I think both of us anticipated was a brief discussion about his upcoming projects, but what ended up happening was a close to hour long conversation about creativity and the state of music. I left feeling the opposite of disappointed… sure I was like 30 minutes late to my next thing but the topics we discussed was something I felt needed to be expressed. So instead of a carefully edited, introspective piece from me that took days to organize and edit down, below you’ll find an honest conversation between myself and a musician who’s very clearly spent a lot of time not only working with others but also thinking about how to work in new ways.
This all came about by the premiere of his stunning music video for “Intentions,” which came out on Symbols last year. You can watch the video below but I highly suggest clicking after the jump to read about Grenier’s multitude of new projects, including ones with Archie Pelago, Eprom & Hejfund, and The Glitch Mob. I’d love to see others’ opinions on the rest of this, perhaps open some insightful discussions.
Symbols artists ATLAS are back with their second official release on Symbols, appropriately titled the “Sophomore Sessions EP.” The atmospheres provided by Atlas are always warm and beautiful, like the soft feeling of spring sun on your skin. Opening with Ashycan, a sweeping tune with an off-kilter drum beat – Atlas sets the mood for the EP but surprises the listener with very different drums and structural patterns on each track. The drums on Monday Beats orient themselves in a more garage direction, and the essence of the earliest moments of a Monday are captured wonderfully, caressed with softness & the ambience of your mind before stress and alertness sets in. California is dripping, aided heavily by the lightest touch of keys, a heavy sprinkle of blips and bloops, and the lovely vocals of Emily Harris. The final track, Glow, drifts the EP off perfectly, with a simple 4/4 pattern and soft melodies.
Overall it’s an EP that’s hard to be mad at, a meditative and tender delve into the softer end of garage and house. I’ve always appreciated Symbols for their ambiance and close connection with the sensual and exciting feelings aroused by oxytocin and seratonin in the brain, and the Sophomore Sessions EP is very true to form for the label.
The music video for “California” off the new EP was released on Atlas’ YouTube yesterday. It’s a beautifully colored and lighthearted video chock full of carefree or internal-thought behaviors, skating, taking in the environment, walking along the beach. Lots of rain & puddles which with this drought is a rarity here in California but a beautiful touch nonetheless. Kinda want to head to Venice Beach and vibe out now….
It comes as little surprise that Kastle, a man who’s such an avid and exuberant pusher for music (his own, and his label’s), has just released his first full length album only a short three years after starting this musical project. With a mind-blowing flow of releases, remixes, mixtapes, and shows already in his repertoire, Kastle’s been one of the most useful and gracious advocates of the forward-thinking musical movement in the US. As many talented and unique artists as there are in the world, Kastle is one of very few who I can introduce to absolutely any one of my friends and have them fall hands-down in love with his music without failure.
A couple of weeks back, we featured Figgy‘s excellent For The One EP (out on Symbols), and here we are again bringing you a stellar guest mix from the up and comer. With a handful of unreleased tracks scattered throughout the artistically curated mix, you’re in for an hour of bassy, up tempo grooves that will keep you up on your dancing feet. If you’re in the mood for some great house, look no further.
For those of you in NYC, Figgy will be playing the next Broke City with Pictureplane on January 18th. Additionally, Figgy will be joining CRISP and Cream Dream in the triple EP release party debauchery put on by Bass Squad on January 24th. Find more details here!
TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP
A sure rising star out of New York’s underground dance music scene, Figgy, has come through with an impassioned effort on his 4-track For The One EP released via Symbols Recordings. For The One boasts an old school house vibe with a modernistic flare that maintains originality and an unconventional appeal that shines through on each club ready track. Figgy and the rest of the Broke City crew are quickly making a name for themselves with a keen sense of style that is not found elsewhere. Be on the look out for them in 2013. Preview the For The One EP below and purchase on Beatport or iTunes.
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Following a massive run on his Stay Forever tour through North America, New Zealand, and Australia, Kastle finds the time to give back to his fans with an impressively original garage-infused deep house gem, “Baby, Keep It Real.” 2013 seems to be very promising for the San Francisco resident as he’s been working on his highly-anticipated debut album as well as establishing his record label, Symbols, as one of the premier outlets for forward-thinking electronic music. Despite his busy schedule, Kastle keeps it real and provides a plethora of sounds to help you enjoy the holiday season to the fullest. Enjoy this track, indulge in the bonuses after the jump, and feel free to congratulate him on making the iTunes’ Electronic Best Of 2012 list with his Stay Forever EP.
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