Author Archives: Ash El Gamal

[Alternative] Trails and Ways – Skeletons

Trails and Ways

Oakland-based band Trails and Ways first found their way into our hearts a few years back starting with their brilliantly organic and original covers. As if their approach to covers wasn’t indicative enough, their 2013 debut EP, Trilingual, solidified T&W as one of our favorite indie acts out. After a relatively quiet period during which they were performing, practicing and working on new material, Trails and Ways were officially signed to Barsuk Records, the label of Death Cab For Cutie, early last month with a debut full-length album on the horizon.

Today, we get the first single, and opening track, from their anticipated debut and it proves more than worth the wait. “Skeletons,” which we first caught live at their hometown show last year, feels like the perfect next step in the talented group’s sound. Following an intro of atmospheric guitar and emphatic cries, the verses recess into gorgeous, breezy vocals before unleashing one of the most infectious, energetic choruses you will hear all year. Trails and Ways’ aesthetic, influenced by the band members’ international travels and outdoor hobbies, has an enchanting, transformative effect that feels best suited for a dance party in the midst of mother nature. We’ll certainly have this on repeat today and until their debut, Pathology, drops on June 2nd–pre-order here.

P.S. If you like what you hear, check out our exclusive interview with Trails and Ways from last year’s Outside Lands Festival.

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[NEW] Baauer – Promises (feat. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch)

Promises (feat. Fetty Wap & Dubbel Dutch) #songsfromscratch

The Songs from Scratch series, a joint effort between Yours Truly and Adidas, has continually delivered the most memorable and delightfully unexpected collaborations in music outdoing themselves with each installment. Fresh off ninja favorite “Dimelo,” the latest offering brings together Fetty Wap, the emcee behind viral hit “Trap Queen,” and pioneering electronic trap producers Baauer and Dubbel Dutch for yet another anthem with “Promises.” Combining playful melodies with hard-hitting 808s and a horn-driven breakdown, the production couldn’t match Fetty Wap’s cadence any better as he promises his friends and family that he’s going to succeed. The result is downright addicting and makes for the perfect reflection of current trends all the while being unique, varied and musically impressive. Enjoy and grab a free download above–you can read more about the process behind the track here.

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[Future] Lido & Canblaster – Superspeed

Lido & Canblaster

Shortly after announcing their collaborative EP last week and dropping the first single “Rush Hour,” Lido and Canblaster returned yesterday with the title track from the upcoming release. “Superspeeed” keeps the back and forth between the young, talented producers alive as they create a bouncy gem with vocals that help enforce the project’s name. Once again, Lido and Canblaster display a unique approach to composition striking a balance between relaxing soulful elements, glitchy breakdowns and club ready bass lines. The dynamic nature of their work thus far makes for still-interesting repeated listens–we’ve played this one about ten times today. Superspeed is due out on April 6th and can be pre-ordered on iTunes now. In the meantime, hit play above and try to keep up.

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[Future] Caroline Koch – Timeless (Tchami Remix)

Caroline Koch
Timeless (Tchami Remix)

Fresh off tearing up his set at Ultra last week, Parisian producer Tchami returned yesterday with another remix and it’s, unsurprisingly, another instant hit for the quickly ascending talent.  This time around, Tchami takes on “Timeless,” Italian vocalist Caroline Koch‘s debut English single. Koch’s self-described “deep pop” vocals prove the ideal canvas for Tchami as he creates a dynamic build into a bass-driven future house cadence. All the moving parts in this one make for a listen equally enjoyable for relaxation and the dance floor. Tchami’s remix will be featured on Caroline Koch’s upcoming “Timeless” remix EP, due out April 13th on Dirty Soul Records, and comes as an instant download with the iTunes pre-order.

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[Electronic] The Knocks – Collect My Love (feat. Alex Newell)

The Knocks
Collect My Love ft Alex Newell

With their EP release around the corner, The Knocks have dropped yet another dance-floor ready single.  Continuing in the spirit of a full retro-revival, “Collect My Love” has a pulsing bassline and melodic piano, which combined with the soulful vocals of Alex Newell bring to mind some of the great vocalists and artists of the disco era. We’ve now heard four of the five tracks from the So Classic EP and it’s safe to say it’ll be one of the strongest indie dance releases of the year. Grab your fro picks and bell bottoms and groove to this gem above. So Classic drops on April 7th and can be pre-ordered here

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Hippie Sabotage’s SF Debut at Subculture SF, 3/26 [Event Review]


Hippie Sabotage
Waiting Too Long
Lana Del Rey
West Coast (Hippie Sabotage Remix)

Although still relative newcomers, Hippie Sabotage have already proven an impressively dynamic production duo. The brother tandem have produced for some of hip-hop’s freshest talent, re-imagined radio hits as chilled-out anthems and created eclectic originals that fall in the middle of that spectrum. We were lucky enough to catch Hippie Sabotage at the third installment of Subculture SF’s newly launched bi-weekly event series at Hawthorn and their performance was a perfect reflection of their diversity in sound. Their set combined the duo’s influences and different musical explorations all the while keeping the dance floor moving steadily all night. Surely, there was a plethora of unreleased material in their set but two notable moments were their remixes of “West Coast” and “Habits (Stay High),” both favorites among fans and the ninja staff. You can watch some video footage of their Tove Lo flip here.

Last Thursday was a first for us at both a Subculture SF show and Hawthorn and it’s definitely an experience we’re looking forward to doing again. Tucked away in the Financial District, Hawthorn camoflauges with its surrounding but, when you descend into the venue, it’s got an intimate, ideal set up for a DJ set. Having already hosted Kill Frenzy and Kittens, Subculture SF has done a great job thus far bringing top-notch talent as well as solid supporting acts to match. Their next show is set for April 9th and will feature Falcons, of the Athletixx crew—you can grab tickets here. Enjoy some pictures courtesy Subculture SF below.  IMG_9644 Continue reading

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[Electronic] Phantogram – Never Going Home (Thom of Alt-J Remix)

Never Going Home (Thom alt-J Remix)

Alt-J and Phantogram have both been on killing it on tour non-stop since the release of their most recent albums–we’ve had the chance to catch both and they’re not acts you want to miss. In what promises to be one of the largest performances in either of their careeers, Phantogram will be opening for Alt-J tonight at the legendary Madison Square Garden. To celebrate the occasion and help fans prepare, Phantogram just DM’d Twitter followers with an exclusive remix of “Never Going Home” by Thom of Alt-J. It’s a sultry, brooding take on the original that’s available for free download as well. Enjoy above and check out interview with Phantogram from last year.

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