TMN: Mr Marshall! Thank you so much for taking some time to chat with us today! We’ve been fans for a long-ass time, and it’s great to finally speak with you.
Crizzly: For sure!
TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking about your signature sound, Crunkstep. How did you come to start making this unique blend of heavy bass, hip hop flair, and razor sharp synths?
Crizzly: Well, I’m from a small, country town, right outside of San Antonio. Everyone listens to country a little bit, but everyone in my high school jammed hip hop. We used to listen to that stuff back in 2000. So, I guess that’s how it influenced my music. Dubstep started getting big at the same time that I started producing, so I guess I just kind of combined the two together – stuff that I grew up on and stuff that I liked in the moment.
TMN: While you have your definitive sound, we definitely pick up other influences, especially Flux Pavillion, with the way you use the combination of high pitched synths with your basslines. Talk to us about some of the people that have helped mold you as an artist.
Crizzly: I remember my first year of college, I skipped one of my classes and drove five hours up to Dallas to go see Rusko. He opened with “Sweet Shop” by Doctor P, and that was my favorite track at the time. That track totally moved me. I wanted to make stuff like that. That was the moment I wanted to make loud noises (laughs).
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Myon & Shane 54 - Aug 21
Myon & Shane 54 With Kyler England
Summer Of Love (Radio Edit)
ill.GATES - August 22
ill.GATES + Bassnectar
E X P A N D E D
Boris - August 23
Like Water (Original Mix)
Even though we know the majority of our readers consider themselves to be true music nerds, capable of switching between genres effortlessly, we know that some of you out there have an aversion when it comes to certain genres. We also know that gritty country and folk probably are two of those genres. Well, today we’re going to bridge the gap between those who love beats, and those who love those twangy, back road sounds.
Coming off of their upcoming EP, The Carrier, Dirtwire has offered up this dusty little number as a free download. Backed by Beats Antique Records, “Damn Rooster” has an undeniable folksy charm, populated by only classic instrumentation often associated with folk music. The slight shake of a tambourine provides ample percussion for some wicked southern rock guitar riffs, delicate banjo plucking, and a rather impressive harmonica solo.
Fusing the two sounds together, this Oakland based duo has brought these timeless instruments to 2014 with smooth, rolling bassline. Coupled with some atmospheric elements and some country-style background noises, and we’re left with an engrossing soundscape that has us wanting to head out to the country this weekend.
Cheap Sunglasses Ft. Matthew Koma (The Knocks Remix)
Earlier this year, we witnessed what would become one of our favorite songs for the summer. With Matthew Koma’s distinctive vocals laid over a light, playful, and understated bassline, RAC brought us something that’s graced our cars, pool parties and BBQs over the past few months. In all honesty, it had such a regular spot in the rotation, that we were starting to get a little tired of it. No offense to RAC or Matthew Koma, but we all know how those things go.
In a fortuitous turn of events, another one of our favorite artists released their take on this hit minutes ago. That’s right, we said minutes.
Taking it out of the backyards, NYC duo The Knocks, have brought this tune to the club, putting Koma’s vocals to a darker and slightly aggressive bassline. Elements of the original melody are apparent, but take a back seat in comparison to the bassline. With heavy attention on the kicks, we’re offered up something that would be perfect for the dance floor, which is sure to happen this weekend.
If you need a new take on one of your favorites, we’ve consistently found that The Knocks never disappoint. From HAIM to The 1975, these guys have always impressed us, and this track furthers that adoration even more.
The Burning Past
Keep Portland weird!
While we’ve never actually ventured to the aforementioned city, which is forever immortalized by the one of the greatest shows, Portlandia, we do know that it’s rife with talented musicians. After having heard countless talented indie rock, folk, and experimental acts, we’re fully on board with what Stumptown has to offer. Not only by way of music, but also by way of donuts. We recently were graced with a Voodoo Donuts here in Denver, which has furthered our adoration.
Comprised of five members, this experimental indie rock outfit has a unique sound that’s solidified by their crooning vocals and a playful mix of charging electric guitar work laid over classical strings. One listen through to Bike Thief’s “The Burning Past” should give you ample insight into the roots of this band, which were dreamed up (assumedly over a craft beer or delicious Pinot Noir) by multi-instrumentalist Febian Perez. Aside from the brainy compilation of instrumentation, the naming was also developed by Febian, after being inspired by the Italian film “The Bicycle Thieves.”
This complex tune, which is due out at the end of this month, comes off of their debut LP, Stuck in a Dream. To accompany this dark, yet powerful tune, the band has enlisted the work of Benjamin Violet, who is known for his work with indie rock giants like Of Montreal, The Polyphonic Spree, and Kishi Bashi.
The end result can be seen below, in a glowing, bizarre, yet completely wonderful visual interpretation of “The Burning Past.”
Shudder (Goodnight Cody Remix)
Goodnight Cody, just stop. Can you just stop it already? Enough with the glorious future bass stylings. We’ve had it up to here with your epic, cinematic synth work. Can’t you just give us a break? “Shudder” is just too much. We can’t even.
The fact that this often quirky Los Angeles producer had me riled up and talking like a 19 year old is definitely a notable feat. Having stumbled across this track in a casual soundcloud deep-dive session, I couldn’t help but get completely lost in this remix. The vocal sampling is superb, providing a percussion-like cadence in the intro of the song.
Sultry, swanky, and full of swagger, his interpretation walks along glowing synths and larger-than-life bass hits, which ultimately climax into something worthy of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. While I’ve sworn never to see another Transformers flick, I would admittedly check it out if this was in the trailer. Well, that and the whole Megan Fox thing. I guess she can be somewhat convincing. Mainly Goodnight Cody, though. Yeah…
I digress. This tune is an absolute peach. Download it for free by clicking here.
If you’re reading this sentence, that probably means you made it through Monday. Regardless or not of whether we were unscathed in our epic conquest to get through the worst day of the week, looks like we made it.
Ok, most of you out there won’t get a Barry Manilow reference, and that’s a conversation for another day. However, TROVES is a name that you’re going to become familiar with. Not only with this song, but future releases to come as they hit the trajectory we think they’re going to, which ultimately will take them across the blogosphere and into the mainstream.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. We know what you’re thinking. “Music Ninja, you crazy. This is their debut song.” You’re correct in your assessment, however, take a gander at the melancholic pop structure that supports sultry vocals which boast an easily memorable hook. Coupled with those ear-grabbing poetic verses is a lightly danceable bassline, some near-french electro synths, and steady percussion work, and you can start to piece together what we’re talking about.
This may be the first time you hear of TROVES, but we can assure you that this certainly won’t be the last.