Rarely does the concept of pairing musically polar opposites pan out as both artists had intended, but the instrumental fraternization between electronic producer Max Cooper and classical composer Tom Hodge has resulted in a beautifully unique grouping of tracks. The first half of their joint effort, entitled the Fragmented Self pt. 1 EP is forward thinking music to say the least, beginning with the title track, which combines Hodge’s contemporary orchestrations with Max Cooper’s glitchy and confrontational cut up samples of the very same movements. At first listen “Fragmented Self” may come off as a bit rough, but when truly dissected is some of the more ambitious and exploratory music crafted within the last few years. Following up is ”Von Der Klippe Fallen”, which again couples tech heavy warehouse elements with classical piano and a scooting bassline; while ending tune “Quantet” (also available as a free download) plays as the most melodic of the bunch, employing a dreamy synth charge behind a wall of refined strings. If your palate for music functions as the type which needs to be pushed and challenged, Fragmented Self pt. 1 should absolutely be worthy of a few jog-throughs. Stream Max Cooper & Tom Hodge’s first collaborative EP in its entirety below.
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Lies Pt. II
Fyfe has already expressed his disdain for deceit once before, but it seems like he wasn’t quite finished with the topic. Hammering his point home for a second time, this sequel takes a much more minimalist approach than the original, with the UK crooner’s vocals floating seamlessly over a nearly vacant, serene ambient backdrop. It’s a truly beautiful song, and yet another gem to add to the London native’s excellent collection. Check out the single above, and make sure to grab yourself a free download of this wonderful tune.
As All Hallows Eve closes in on us, the barrier between the living and the dead becomes thinner and thinner until October 31st, when all of the ghouls and goblins have free reign to walk amongst the living. Or, if you’re the average person, it’s pretty much just an excuse to dress up like something fun and party till the sun comes up. Seeing as how we’re not a Wiccan blog (do those exist?) we’re going to skip the seance music and just serve up a hearty selection of Halloween inspired tunes. From hip hop, trap, dubstep and house, we’ve covered all tunes creepy, menacing and haunting to keep your party up and running till the wee hours of the night. Don’t take my word for it though, press play and get ready to embark on a spooky, dance filled evening.
This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)
WILD FOR THE NIGHT (DOG BLOOD REMIX)
Tomorrows Gone ft. Danny Brown, Nacho Picasso & Flatbush Zombies (prod. by DJ SicksentZ)
Bomb The Block (AFK Remix)
This Is Halloween
Centurion Feat. Vince Staples (Produced By Christian Rich)
Beat It (Mutrix Remix)
Empty Pool (p. Portishead)
Express Yourself (Prod by Trampy)
We Them Niggas (Prod. Pro Logic) ft. A$AP Rocky
Choppa (Feat A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown) (Prod By 808 Mafia)
Work Remix ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, SchoolBoy Q & Trinidad James
Odd Look (ft. The Weeknd)
Gimme Back The Night
Kiss Land (Paul Maxwell Remix)
Big Bad Wolf
Hounds Of Hell (SiriusXM Premiere)
Ghosts In The Machine (Kill The Noise Remix)
Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)
(Kill Paris Remix)
Carousel (Original Mix)
Halloween Funtime REMIXMONSTRousMASHup
Black Magic (Jonah Kay & Dead The Noise Remix)
Are You Afraid Of The Dark Feat. Lexi Norton (Original Mix)
Feed the Zombies (Free Limited Download!!)
Living Dead (Original Mix)
TRY IT OUT (NEON MIX)
Bumaye in Your Face (Ronin Moombahouse Edit)
Wudhu Cleanlinessness (Demo)
We haven’t heard much from Emay since last year’s instrumental project, Into It. Well, it finally looks like the Montreal native is ready to take command of the mic again, letting go of a brand new demo called, “Wudhu (Cleanliness).” We’ve always been fans of the emcee’s stream of consciousness flow, and his production is still on a whole different level, as he blends together a distorted, harmonious sample with a simple, pounding drum pattern to produce a vivid, awe inspiring instrumental.
The song’s title makes reference to the process of cleansing oneself that Muslims practice before every prayer. Could that signal that Emay is ready to make a fresh start? Let’s hope so, because we’ve waited way too long to hear a new project from the talented young wordsmith.
The other night JMSN tweeted out, “Every time I listen to my new album drunk, I get excited about it. Not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.” To us that seems like a positive sign, and after listening to his latest single, “The One,” we couldn’t be anymore excited for his new project ourselves. “The One” is another deeply layered and atmospheric soulful masterpiece that allows us to wander along inside JMSN’s mind as he struggles to figure out whether his current lover is truly that special person. This one is definitely worthy of multiple spins as you await the release of †Pllajë†, which is due out on November 5th.
Buggin' Feat Tyson
With only the third single to his name which rounds out a brief extended play entitled Bugged Out, London’s Digital Farm Animals has already put together quite the impressive group of tracks. Fusing the stylings of synth-pop, nu-wave, house and a solid sprinkling of pop influenced instrumentation, DFA quickly slid onto our radar, and has remained near the top of our ‘artists to watch’ in 2013. The latest effort “Buggin’”, featuring the vocal stylings of Tyson, finds the young producer tackling a much more club-centered dancefloor vibe, pumped up by very retro and 80′s leaning synthesizers and a glittery kick-drum. Now that we’ve had the chance to feature all three tracks from Bugged Out over the last few months, including “Adore You” and “Bad Idea” as well as a revealing personal interview, it’s your turn to take our advice to go ahead and download the entire EP for the hefty price of one “Facebook Like” (which you can complete here) and start getting your Digital Farm Animals on.
This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)
When we first heard this single from BANKS, we mentioned just how truly eerie the track was. It’s only fitting then that its accompanying visuals are equally as mysterious. The video begins ominously, with dark clouds looming overhead as raindrops begin to gently fall against the windows of an empty house. Things only get darker from there, as the storm begins to pick up, the shadows soon take over, and objects start to move on their own. All the while, the seductive crooner dances alone inside and gazes out the window longingly, seemingly reflecting on the past and hoping for a new future. In the end however, things begin to look brighter, as the clouds finally part and we’re treated with a scenic view of a mountainous landscape.
Check out the mesmerizing visuals below, and make sure to grab yourself a copy of BANKS’s London EP if you haven’t already.