[Event Preview] Toro Y Moi + Classixx (Live) at The Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO – 11/6/13


Fresh off the heels of one of our favorite albums of 2013 thus far and his third full-length under the Toro Y Moi moniker, Anything In Return, Chaz Bundick’s Berkeley-via-South Carolina music project once again touches down in Denver, CO at The Ogden Theatre this Wednesday, November 6 for what looks to be an amazing night also featuring L.A.’s rising house music heartthrobs  Classixx and their new live show. Not one to be pigeonholed into any single genre, each of Toro Y Moi’s respective releases have been far and away a different animal than the previous, using structural production elements from pop, indie, garage, chillwave, house and more to result into one of our favorite live acts around and a can’t miss for our TMN family.

Rounding out the amazing bill is aforementioned production duo, Classixx, who are also riding the waves of momentum from a sonically captivating debut long-player of their own which was actually many years in the making, Hanging Gardens. Classixx brings their new live performance with them after years as touring DJ’s and they are already welcome faces to the Denver dance scene after delivering solid performances in 2013 at both the Norad Dance Bar and The Ogden; so we expect a raucous crowd to begin piling in as soon as doors are opened. For our Denver Ninjas, you can buy your tix here, and we’ll see you on the floor this Wednesday! In anticipation of Wednesday night’s show, you can stream Toro Y Moi’s “So Many Details” off of Anything In Return and Classixx’ viral hit from Hanging Gardens “Holding On” below. Enjoy.

’So Many Details’
’Holding On’
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[Remix] Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Version)

Come Thru (James Blake Version)

Just when you thought those Drake remixes were finally slowing down, we get this brand new revision of “Come Thru” courtesy of James Blake. While the original was a little too playful for my tastes, Blake’s rework adds a sense of urgency to the track, especially when the ominous synths kick in around the one minute mark where Drizzy begins his verse. Of course the transformation wouldn’t be complete without Blake adding in his own backing vocals, which compliment the dark overtones added through his production. Check out the tune above, and let us know your thoughts. Hopefully this means we’re one step closer to hearing that collaboration between the two artists we’ve all been anxiously waiting for.

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[Electronica] Max Cooper & Tom Hodge – Fragmented Self pt. 1 EP


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.

’Max Cooper and Tom Hodge – Fragments Of Self’
’Max Cooper and Tom Hodge – Von Der Klippe Fallen’
’Max Cooper and Tom Hodge – Quantet’
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[Alternative] Fyfe – Lies Pt. II

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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.

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Halloween Music Mega Playlist 2013 [Creeped Out Edition]


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.

’BANKS – This Is What It Feels Like (Prod. Lil Silva & Jamie Woon)’
’Feed Me – Rat Trap’
’Ibn Inglor – Track 6’
’Carnage – Bang!’
’Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – Tomorrow’s Gone ft. Danny Brown, Nacho Picasso & Flatbush Zombies (prod. by DJ SicksentZ)’
’Denzel Curry x Nell ft. Sir Michael Rocks – Shepherd’
’Liquid Stranger – Bomb The Block (AFK Remix)’
’Sharkoffs – This Is Halloween ‘
’Earl Sweatshirt – Centurion Feat. Vince Staples (Produced By Christian Rich)’
’Michael Jackson – Beat It (Mutrix Remix)’
’DillanPonders – Empty Pool (p. Portishead)’
’Tyler, The Creator – Pigs’
’Danny Brown – Gremlins’
’Ronald Jenkees Halloween Theme Remix’
’Danny Brown – Express Yourself (Prod by Trampy)’
’P. Reign – We Them Niggas (Prod. Pro Logic)  ft. A$AP Rocky’
’Joey Fatts – Choppa (Feat A$AP Rocky & Danny Brown) (Prod By 808 Mafia)’
’A$AP Ferg – Work Remix ft. A$AP Rocky, French Montana, SchoolBoy Q & Trinidad James’
’Mac Miller – Watching Movies’
’Pusha T – King Push’
’Kanye West – Black Skinhead’
’Kavinsky – Odd Look (ft. The Weeknd)’
’Brodinski ft Theophilus London – Gimme Back The Night’
’The Weeknd – Kiss Land (Paul Maxwell Remix)’
’Trapzillas – Bass’
’Wolfgang Gartner feat. Tom Staar – Evil Lurks’
’Duck Sauce – Big Bad Wolf’
’Midnight Conspiracy – Nebula’
’Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash – Hounds Of Hell (SiriusXM Premiere)’
’The M Machine – Ghosts In The Machine (Kill The Noise Remix)’
’Benny Benassi
Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix)’
(Kill Paris Remix)’
’Riggi & Piros – Carousel (Original Mix)’
’Pretty Lights – Halloween Funtime REMIXMONSTRousMASHup’
’Kill The Noise – Black Magic (Jonah Kay & Dead The Noise Remix)’
’Figure – Are You Afraid Of The Dark Feat. Lexi Norton (Original Mix)’
’Chrispy – Halloween’
’Demien Sixx – Feed the Zombies (Free Limited Download!!)’
’Figure – Living Dead (Original Mix)’
’HAEZER’s HALLOWEEN SPECIAL(unreleased track)’
’Deorro x Major Lazer – Bumaye in Your Face (Ronin Moombahouse Edit)’
’Pour It Up (RL Grime Remix)
’Bro Safari feat. DJ Craze – Spooked’
’Zeds Dead – Demons’
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[Experimental Hip-Hop] Emay – Wudhu (Cleanliness)

Emay - Wudhu
’Emay – 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.

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[NEW] JMSN – The One

JMSN - The One
The One

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.

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