Ah, Colorful Colorado. Home of the snow covered mountains, more breweries than you can count, the legendary John Elway and of course, ridiculous amounts of talented musicians. Anyone who’s had their pulse on the music industry over the past decade knows that Colorado is turning out high volumes of talented, genre bending artists regularly. Colorado has even come to have a little bit of it’s own sound, fusing hip hop beats with synth-laden melodies (i.e. Pretty Lights, Paul Basic, Paper Diamond).
Today we’re featuring a group that we recently came across that embodies what we’ve come to love about Colorado music. This Littleton based duo, comprised of producer Trent Campbell on midi controllers and Kyle Ayervais on drums, have a unique sound going on. They focus on blending miscellaneous samples from before any of us were born with worldy instruments to create what they call “Samptronic.” We asked TNERTLE to elaborate a little bit.
I think that accurately describes the wide variety of whats going on. My motto is that whatever comes out of me is what I get. That way, I have a completely organic product that no one can take away from me. We do this for our own pleasure and let people decide whether or not they like what is coming out of us. – Trent
Ten seconds into “Manidad” and we were instantly hooked. The latin samples, echoing synths, and frenetic at time drumming style of Ayervais provide the perfect soundscape for J5′s lyrics. This track is a intriguing reinvention of the original that we’ve admittedly listened to on repeat. “New Skool Saloon” has a dance inducing hip hop beat created from careful sampling and bongos. On the flip side of the first two tracks you have “Entropy.” This definitely shows the softer side of the two, providing your ears with a slow melodic feel. It’s a nice change of pace from their other tracks.
All You Have To Do Is Two
The young Jersey brothers of Synchronice are back at it releasing their four track EP titled “Countdown” on Firepower Records. The first song off the track is “Countdown” and takes the listener on an electronic adventure. The whole song feels like a timer or a clock, slowly than quickly counting down until some ending appears. The boys do an amazing job mixing their electronic melodies with intense beats. The second song, “The Sentence”, could be straight out of a good sci-fi or action movie. The song starts off with some powerful dubstep drops, and I mean powerful. The voice tells the listener the sentence is death then the boys take your mind on a rollercoaster ride of captivating noises from dub to electric to drums and back again. The boys team up with PRYSM for “This & That”, a catchy tune that again is intensified with the brother’s love for strong dub sounds. The final song is a remix of Datsik’s “Machete” which features Snak The Ripper. Again, the boys show their love for the hard hitting beats, letting Snak display his lyrics while the brothers display their music. Synchronice always impresses with their own sound and they never shy away from the passion of their in-your-face-never apologizing blows.
3. Synchronice and PRYSM
This & That
Machete (feat. Snak The Ripper) (Synchronice Remix)
Ready for something different? Benin City is plenty different, and in all the best ways. The London based band named after the city in Nigeria has a lot to offer for the listener that may be a little bored with the latest trends. Simple yet eloquent, the band’s debut LP “Fires in the Park” offers some accessible and inspiring electro with a heavy hip hop influence.
“People Will Say,” starts with a head nodding bass line and a pleasant synthesized melody. The lyrics are rapped and remind the listener a little of socially conscious, uplifting messages of hip hop artists like K-OS, but without the heavy metaphysical lifting. “Wha Gwan,” is a track for fans of hip hop that delight in a slightly different cadence then he/she would typically hear in the hip hop world. The electronic instrumentals are clever and unpredictable: juxtaposing fuzzy bass lines and horns in between dreamy synth-laden interludes. “My Love” starts with synth notes serving as percussion, setting the tone for deep and poetic lyrical explosion on love–likening that state of being to an alchemical formula but at the same its deeply personal nature. The song erupts into a melodic triumph that inspires immediate respect and awe.
Typically this reviewer passes on hip hop, but this album is worth a listen even for skeptics of the genre. “Fires in the Park” is an interesting, thoughtful and ultimately worthy purchase. I highly recommend it, but taste it for yourself here.
People Will Say
It’s always a joy to write about your favorite styles of music, not to mention how easy it is to feature something that carries a certain amount of passion and vigor from its writer. Which is why when Deep-House and Disco producers CKSNL (pronounced Cocksinelle) sent us their forthcoming extended-play, out this Monday on Leeds based Baker Street Records, there was the need to quiet the twelve year-old fanboy inside of me in order to get out some semi-legible writing about this lush trio of club tracks.
“Orlando”, the titular track from CKSNL’s EP plays like a radiant Summer night, bolstered by warm pads, a vocal sample from Marvin Gaye’s timeless “What’s Going On”, and a blithe synth line all wrapped up neatly in a percussive groove. It is a transparent recording done in an intellectual way. Nothing strenuous or unnecessary finds itself on the tune, but what is there seems to flit along quite perfectly. Orlando’s sophomore track “Kristal” follows a more disco centered approach, creating a cut fit for pool-parties, rooftops and VIP sets that recalls some of Mylo’s earliest work, but is still bouncy enough to warrant some hip gyration on the floor. Rounding everything out is Ooft!’s remix of “Orlando”. Ooft! offers a re-imagining of the song’s original melody, but carries it out in a way earmarked to display his signature progressive sound. All in all, Orlando is a fine way for CKSNL to make their TMN debut, so please check out all three tunes.
The EP is set for a release date for the 24th of June, but you can hear it here first. Stream CKSNL’s EP Orlando above.
Orlando (Ooft! Dub)
Orlando (Instrumental Mix)
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
The M Machine- June 20th
Arty feat. Chris James
Together We Are (The M Machine Remix)
Andy C - June 21st
Andy C Drum Bass Mix with MC GQ at the Hackney Weekend 2012
DJ Jazzy Jeff - June 22nd
J Majik & Wickaman ft. Kate Loveridge
Right Now (Draft Remix)
J Majik and Wickaman are nearing their release date for their first album in five years. “Out of Sight” is due out July 1st on the duo’s label, InfraRed Music, and is chalk full of drum and bass tracks that span from futuristic computer funk to old-skool jungle core. We’ve had a chance to preview the album, and it’s one of the most impressive drum and bass releases we’ve heard in some time.
To get you pumped up on the release, we have an exclusive remix of one of the tracks from the album, “Right Now,” which features vocals from Kate Loveridge (who appears on multiple tracks on “Out of Sight”). The original is a heart pounding, energy-charged track with soulful lyrics that you can’t help but move your body to. With as amazing of a track as it is, we were equally impressed with Draft’s take on it. This London based producer has deconstructed the original and crafted a funky bass line-driven dance floor gem. Kate’s vocals are definitely the star of this remix, but are wonderfully accented with a twangy bass and elements of the original synths. While it’s miles away from the original, it’s done tastefully and in a way that showcases Draft’s talents as producer and remixer.
“Right Now” and this remix will be dropping this Monday, the 24th. Make sure to keep an eye out.