Ready to melt? “Break” is the type of track that’s going to do that to you. North Elements and Wayfarer// teamed up alongside vocalist Denitia for a hot R&B meets electronic single that we can’t get out of our heads. “Embrace damage. Your impermanence, and imperfections make you a work of art,” is what came with the song, so you can see just the type of artsy style you’re about to get into.
Not only is this song completely entertaining, but it is engaging with some great lyrical content performed exceptionally well by Denitia. Soulful, ethereal, smooth, “Break” is everything you think it wouldn’t be knowing the song title. It will surprise you; give it a full listen and tell us otherwise. You’ll reach a point where the song could end, but then it continues with even greater force than before. All acts involved did a wonderful job cooking this one up in the studio. Grab “Break” for free today!
Easily one of the most influential architects thriving around the edges of dance & electronic music today, Joe Goddard seems to carry a certain gravitas whenever his name is attached to anything. Known by most casuals as one of the chief patrons behind almighty indie-tronica troupe Hot Chip, and co-founder of Greco-Roman Records (the same label which helmed debut releases from the likes of Disclosure, Roosevelt & TEED), Goddard has also quietly carved out quite the tastemaking assemblage of admirers over the course of 20 years worth of high profile remix work as a solo artist. Goddard’s latest single to come from the aforementioned Greco-Roman camp, “Lose Your Love”, received its visual counterpart today, and quite honestly, it’s one of the more polished and funnier music videos we’ve seen over the year.
On its own, “Lose Yourself” is a soulfully lovely, throwback house ditty propped up by robotic synths, but through the execution of director Fred Rowson, it takes on even more personality. In line with Goddard & Hot Chip’s playful nature, Rowson crafts a quite honestly hilarious homage to modern-day, cultish ‘healing’. Pacing things off in what looks to be a rec-center based yoga class before delving into offbeat 80’s VHS tapes, a street recruitment of followers, and climaxing with a Shakers type religious group convulsion on the floor, Goddard’s created a cheeky accompaniment to a catchy tune, and done it well. Really, I don’t even know what I just watched but I laughed and loved pretty much every second of it. Have a play for yourself below.
The interplanetary bass music producer Au5 and the terrestrial vocal star Cristina Soto have come together to create a riveting and original four-song EP, Freefall, released through the Austin imprint Gravitas Recordings. Au5 has produced music at a prolific pace for years now, from neuro drum and bass to more melodic dubstep similar to the music of Seven Lions. Cristina Soto dropped her own debut album earlier in 2016 on Gravitas. Bass music junkies were introduced to her silky strong voice after Bassnectar remixed “One Thing”, produced by Gravitas label head Psymbionic and Maine’s own Of The Trees.
Soto’s powerful voice lends itself well to powerful bass music. Each song on “Freefall” would be a gem without vocals on account of Au5’s brilliant musical ideas and well-executed production. Bringing the human voice into the mix, and such an expressive voice at that, gives the robotic, space-age sounding EP a human tether, not to mention crossover appeal. She sings of emotional expression itself. “I need my occasional howling at the moon” wails Cristina on “Shock Diamond”, as the song crescendos into fluid drum and bass. “I’m only alive in the freefall” she cries on the title track. I’ve never been skydiving, well outside of a dream, anyway, but to listen to this EP with its abundant energy and beautiful scenery can give one the sensation of plummeting through colorful skies.
We’ve come to expect only the best in production from Au5, and he exceeds those expectations here. He weaves together the emotive note relationships of a grand piano or electronic keyboard with the subtle beauty of deep sub bass, and pairs soaring ethereal synth chords with the wet, dirty crashing lead melodies. The dichotomy between beautiful and ugly noise enraptures the listener on “Emergence”. One moment you’re flying through space on a rainbow super highway, and the next minute your space ship is being shredded molecule by molecule at the event horizon of a black hole.
An Au5 remix of “Emergence”, a variation on his own original, provides an epic closing for the EP, the equivalent of a rock power ballad minus the cheese and plus the 21st century. “Gravitas” means “weighty” in Latin, and there is nothing here which does not live up to that description, from the breadth of Au5’s massive productions to the deeply-felt freedom of Cristina Soto’s vocals.
“Heat of the Moment” is a special one. MEMBA was working some next level magic when they were in the studio conjuring this masterpiece with GIIA and Hoosh. Elysian Records put this one out this week, so it is currently available on digital services.
There’s nothing remotely off about this record. It is perfection in every way; every single little tone is right where it needs to be, from the vocals down to the minute parts of the instrumental. Buying this one is a no brainer. Even if you’re not the type of person that buys/downloads music anymore, you just got to have this one. It’s a unique track that we know we’re going to be playing for a long, long time. “Heat of the Moment” doesn’t lose any of its magic, even if you try to play it out. There’s just no stopping this one.
Not long ago, Monstercat resident Unlike Pluto released an impressive trilogy of originals, so it’s really no surprise that his most recent single continues to portray this artist’s growing talent and diverse range of sound.
The soulful, yet relatable, love ballad features sultry vocals from Desi Valentine, an array of horns, and an intriguing mix of dark and light, airy vibes capable of invoking an emotional energy sure to be felt by the crowd as Unlike Pluto continues his current tour with Seven Lions. The tour is wrapping up so catch them while you can at one of these remaining dates. The track is out now, buy/stream “Someone New” here.
We hope you stuffed your face and enjoyed Thanksgiving. Now, it’s the weekend, and you get to party all you want, instead of kicking it back with your family. Sure, some of you may have even partied yesterday, but now it’s Friday so the party won’t stop. As we do every week, we collect our favorite free downloads and share them with you. Here we have twelve records, including a closing few with some chilled out vibes to bring your night to a close with ease. Records from this week come from Statik Link, ATLiens, Convex, RIOT, NIGHTOWLS and many more. Stream, download, and enjoy; most of all, #danceirresponsibly.
Thanksgiving weekend is finally here! Along with football, epic naps, and endless plates of turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, we can also look forward to a bass-heavy weekend at Beta Nightclub. Per usual, we’re making it incredibly easy for you to get off your couch and head down. Why’s that? Because we’re hooking you up with free entry.
– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9:00 on Sunday
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY this week.