[TMN Interview + Music Video] Taska Black feat. Ayelle – Dead Inside

You may have been seeing bitbird artist Taska Black’s name quite a bit recently. The Dutch producer has been on a steady rise, seeing overwhelming success in 2017 with singles such as “Where We Go,” as well as his collaboration with fellow bitbird artists Droeloe and vocalist Cut_, “Running Away.” Taska’s most recent accomplishment is his release with soulful singer Ayelle titled “Dead Inside,” and just days ago he released the song’s official music video. Lucky for us, we were provided with the opportunity to speak with Taska Black and learn more about the inspiration behind his music and the video in addition to some sneak peaks of what 2018 will look like for him. Watch the video and check out the interview below!

TMN: Rumor has it you’ve got some huge announcements coming up. Can you give us any hints as to what those will be?

TB: No one thing in particular but I’ve got lots of exciting things happening indeed. Exciting collaborations with bitbird artists and others outside as well. And I might also be working on what I hope is my debut EP…

TMN: How did you get into production? Did you have any classical training prior?

I started taking lessons in violin and piano when I was 4 years old. I never liked playing songs from sheet music exactly how they were supposed to be played so I started improvising my own melodies. When I was about 13 years old I got my first audio interface and Cubase to start recording my improvisations and that’s how I got into production. After years of experimentation I thought it was time to take things to the next level so that’s when I started Taska Black.

TMN: It’s huge to be approached by a creative mind such as San Holo’s. What was your initial reaction when he asked you to sign to his imprint bitbird?

TB: Actually it was me sending a mail to them 3 years ago to show them what I was doing. I loved what bitbird was putting out and San seemed to like what I was doing too. We started talking and that lead into more releases on bitbird. Both San and bitbird have grown a lot over these years and I’m super grateful to be part of the family and to have such amazing people around me.

TMN: What do you love most about the bitbird label?

TB: I think we’re doing something unique in the industry. bitbird really feels like a small family of people with their own vision and their own sound. That’s what San does best I think, supporting people who have their own vision whether it’s in classical music or EDM.

TMN: What can we expect for 2018? Do you have any cool collaborations coming up that you can tell us about?

Lots of new music. Some remixes and new original singles. I’m currently working on some exciting collaborations but unfortunately I can’t reveal any of that yet. I’m also super stoked to be playing my first shows in the US this year. Really looking forward to Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza Paris as well.

TMN: Congratulations on the release of your new music video for your single with Ayelle, “Dead Inside!” Can you tell us a bit about the plot or what inspired the creative direction of it?

TB: Thank you! I really saw this track as a chance to show my experimental side of music to the listeners. I had this vague line in my head “I’m dead inside” so I started building off that thought. When I finished the song with Ayelle we started talking to the director of the music video, Joris Weerts. We shared some ideas on how we wanted to approach the video and give more meaning to the song. I think the track really came to life when we combined both the musical and the visual aspect. The video shows how people are not easily impressed anymore in this saturated era of media and the internet. We wanted to make these feelings of depression heard in order to accept and deal with them, rather than to criticize.

TMN: How would you describe a Taska Black show? Are there any features of it that you feel are signature to “Taska Black,” such as visuals or live elements?

TB: We’re currently shaping the show both musically and visually and I’ve had the chance to test things out on the shows I did with San. I always like to play lots of unreleased music and edits of songs that I’m into. I’ll be doing DJ sets only for a while now but in the long run I really want to incorporate live elements in the show so we’re putting a lot of thought into that as well.

Related items:

[Electronic] BoTalks – Fuck It feat. Caroline Pennell

Fuck It ft Caroline Pennell

Connecting from Sweden to America, the BoTalks duo may be an unlikely pair geographically, but musically they’re perfect. They’ve also just begun, so getting on board early with this project before things really pop could make you the cool kid.

BoTalks just dropped their single “Fuck It” featuring Caroline Pennell and it’s absolutely magnificent. From its overall electro pop sound to the rich melodies to all the nitty gritty details, BoTalks went in on this. Mondays are usually tough, but this track is making it all better for us. We hope it will do the same for you and if it does, add a copy of it to your digital library.

Related items:

Altopalo – Blur/Frozen [TMN PREMIERE]

Part R&B. Part alternative. Part electronic. Completely unique.

Comprised of Rahm Silverglade, a solo artist who’s also releasing material through Terrible Records, guitarist Mike Haldeman (who moonlights as a member of TMN-favorite Moses Sumney’s band), Jesse Blelenberg and Dillon Tracy, Altopalo is the breath of experimental fresh air you’ve been waiting for.

“Blur” is a wickedly wild ride, sandwiched up between a bizarre, yet ultimately comforting intro and outro. The musical influences and techniques vary widely, showcasing the depth of this young act’s abilities. Included in that set are spattering of guitar notes that perfectly jar against a backdrop of faded vocals, atmospheric hiss, and industrial percussion. While it is outside the norm, fans of the mainstream should be attracted to the eventual and warmly familiar R&B vibes.

The other offering on this two-track release is “Frozen,” which is delightfully avant-garde. A steady kickdrum is offset by a breakbeat-style piano sample, which provides an inventive soundscape for Rahm’s softly-sung vocals. The song saunters along beautifully with just those elements for quite some time, before coming together with more percussion, vocal chops, and sections of strings in a closing crescendo.

This is one of the more intriguing pieces I’ve heard in a while, the best part is — it’s the first offering from this burgeoning act’s full album, frozenthere. Be on the lookout for that.

’Frozen Away’
Related items:

[Electronic] Blood Cultures – Scenes From A Midnight Movie (OTR Remix)

Blood Cultures
Scenes From A Midnight Movie (OTR Remix)

Atlanta producer OTR has stepped away from dropping originals to release his official remix of “Scenes From A Midnight Movie” for the New Jersey creative Blood Cultures. This smooth remix is just what you need to end the day on the right note.

The original has been out for quite some time, pushing forth a retro indie sound, while OTR updates it and shifts the sound into his own territory. OTR’s aural move takes the track into a more atmospheric zone. It’s one of those tracks you can just throw on repeat and bask in it’s timelessness. Grab some headphones and see for yourself!

Related items:

[Electronic] Moods – Comfortable feat. HIGH HØØPS

Comfortable Feat. HIGH HØØPS

Rotterdam producer Moods has returned with another sexy original. “Comfortable” comes to us through the Boogie Angst pipeline and features New Zealand’s own HIGH HØØPS on the vocals. Together these two put together a hell of a record.

“Comfortable” will make you feel just that, extremely comfortable. It’s a beautiful barrage of sensual tones and textures that melt away any emotional pain you may have. It’s essentially a musical pharmaceutical. From the riveting guitar riffs to the ethereal soundscapes to every single little detail from both producer and performer, “Comfortable” does it all right. Do yourself a solid and grab this one from digital stores.

Related items:

[Get Crunk] Friday Party Playlist (Vol 286)

Take a deep breath in, then let it out nice and slowly. You’re one more breathe closer to the weekend. Friday is here and if you know us you know that’s our favorite day of the week. We get a little productivity satisfaction before letting loose upon the weekend. Furthermore, we help you party it up with our Friday Party Playlist. We’re not stopping, so this week we’ve got another twelve free downloads for you to enjoy. Works from LUCA LUSH, RUVLO, I am Sid, Dustycloud, Birthdayy Partyy, Aylen CRWNS and more have graced us this week. Run through the dozen and make sure you have a fun, but safe weekend!

’Shanghai Doom – Fracture’
’UZ & STOOKI SOUND – BANG (ft. Foreign Beggars & Once Capanoe)(RUVLO REMIX)’
’Knife Party – EDM Death Machine (I am Sid Remix)’
’Dustycloud – Move’
’Justin Timberlake – Sexy Back (Birthdayy Partyy Remix)’
’Wuki & Wax Motif – Buns ft. Earlly Mac (Aylen Remix)’
’Ekali & ZHU – Blame (CRWNS Remix)’
’Element The City –

’The Prodigy – Omen (Vicetone Bootleg Remix)’
’Spawn – The Khan Don & Hype’
’Jay Bird – Up Here’
Related items:

CAPYAC feat. MOONZz – Afterhours [TMN Premiere]

Noon Pacific
CAPYAC ft MOONZz — Afterhours

With SXSW just around the corner, there’s going to be a lot of choices for who to see there. One such duo that needs to be on your list is CAPYAC. These intriguing characters have taken over the dojo today with the premiere of “Afterhours” in collaboration with one of our favorite vocalists, MOONZz.

Together these creators put forth a future pop original whose tones will be echoing throughout the dojo for quite some time. We just can’t get enough of it. “Afterhours” is good any time of the day or night, it doesn’t have to be quite literally after hours. The week is almost over and we know a lot of you need that extra bump of inspiration to get through it – we’re proud to say we’ve got it for you here. Throw this one on repeat and let the beautiful textures shower over you.

Related items: