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As the calendar turns over, so do our sights for upcoming events in 2013. The experiences, shows, live performances, breathtaking nights and jaw dropping moments have passed, and a new set is just on the horizon. With the release of Coachella’s line up, we couldn’t help but get overwhelmingly excited. Postal Service? Sigur Ros? Baauer? Dillon Francis? There’s honestly just too many artists to name at this point.
We booked our flights. We booked our house. Our cameras are packed, and our Music Ninja shirts are laundered, pressed and ready for full on desert festival action. Yes, we’re going to make the pilgrimage deep into the California desert for what is set to be one of the most amazing musical weekends ever. We’ll be tweeting, instagraming and facebooking. Make sure to stay tuned.
The essence of dance electronica, comprised by production perseverance and experimentation, lends itself to scrutiny for having particularly niche sounds. Modern ambassadors of the genre fight the battle every day of being tied down to similar themes and musical concepts, and even few are able to evolve from the monotony of the scene. Robert DeLong, the 26-year-old. multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles has broken this barrier, almost effortlessly, with the release of his debut album ‘Just Movement’.
Growing up in Seattle, Robert DeLong had the opportunity to be influenced by bands like Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, and Pedro the Lion, apparent if only in short glimpses in his music. After moving to L.A., playing in an indie rock, studying jazz and later earning a living teaching drum lessons, his current project almost seems an obvious outcome.
Signed to Glassnote Records, Robert DeLong presents an impressive repertoire of 13 tracks that comprises Just Movement album. Each track is deliberately crafted to expose the minor details of rhythm and emotional harmony with a complete twist on modern dance music. Fine layers of bouncy and catchy percussions provide the footing for DeLong’s natural and amiable vocals. The self-titled opening track, simplistic in sound, is reminiscent of the experimentation of Jimmy Tamborello’s solo project Dntel combined with the dance appeal of a Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs single. But with all its similarities, Robert DeLong stands on his own.
Right after the soothing first track, many more speechless moments occured for this impressed Editor. We are honored to blog about music every single day but Robert DeLong epitomizes the perfect rising artist. His goosebumps inducing music not only provides comfort at first listen but it makes one feel part of a new movement, a new sound that everyone must listen. ‘Global Concepts’ advanced the dance aspect of the album with playful instrumentation, rooted in natural organic drumming. Cheerful tracks like ‘Happy’ bring light to the experience with flirtatious whistles and prominent indie rock themes.
But not all is light-hearted electronica, ‘Survival of the Fitest’ includes slight elements of dubstep and industrial electronics and prevalent drop and release structures.
In short, Just Movement is simply just amazing. It breaths more like a mixtape than a coherent album but that quickly becomes irrelevant. Balancing different genres, exposing harmonies between his very own vocals and the beautiful production of every track, ‘Just Movement’ has won us over and will become a contender for top albums of 2013 lists. Continue reading →
Female emcees have been on the up and coming this past year or so and in 2013 they continue to drop some unique material. With Brooklyn-based Kilo Kish‘s mixtape K+, she takes a more experimental approach to her rhyme flow. With features from Earl Sweatshirt, SBTRKT, Childish Gambino, Star Slinger, Flatbush Zombies, Vince Staples, and A$AP Ferg, and many more, this free 10-track tape is a chill, dope session introduction into her world. Mixing some intricate Internet-y vibes and synth rhythms with a charming lyrically delivery, there is something to like about this newcomer. Although each track flows and blends well into the next, some standout tracks are “Creepwave” (which you can stream below) and Neptune-esque “iou”.
Following up to his title single, “I Have No Fear” is another wonderful surprise from chillwave producer Tourist’s forthcoming Tonight EP. Soft and delicate layers of somber electronica that are still able to induce so much emotion, is really what sets the Brighton-based apart from the rest.
At the turn of the year, there’s always a few things we get excited for. There’s always the excitement of new Music Ninja programs we’re launching, plans of grandeur for the upcoming year, new album releases, and of course, music festivals. We’re just out of the gate for 2013, and we have to say, we’re really stoked for what lies ahead.
First up on our list of festivals is the largest electronica festival in North America. The setting is perfect, as Miami is already a hub for the scene. But when you take the party outside, onto Bayfront Park, you know you’re in for an epic weekend.
With the announcement of the Phase 2 Lineup, we thought it would be a perfect time to share some of our favorite tracks from the performing artists this year. So here’s our 2013 Ultra Music Festival Mega Playlist. Once you listen to it, head over and pick up your tickets.
Above & Beyond
Armin Van Buuren
Swedish House Mafia
The Bloody Beetroots
DJ Fresh (Live)
Matt & Kim
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Birdy Nam Nam
Fedde Le Grand
Flux Pavillion vs. Doctor P.
Kill The Noise
Paul Van Dyk
The M Machine
Bloody Beetroots Live
Faithless (Live DJ and Live PA Set)
Australian duo Jagwar Ma host a sonic rave of sorts on their new single “The Throw”. Featuring meandering pop lines and psychedelic fanfare, it’s the kind of free-spirited tune that soundtracks a true wild night on the town full of flowing alcohol and high moments of absolute euphoria. Check it out below and be sure to peep the official video here.
After experiencing one of the best movies ever created, Inglorious Bastards, it was obvious that another Tarantino revenge story would provide just as much pleasure. Django, a love story that wraps around themes of revenge and justice was accompanied by one of the most modern soundtracks in the last couple of years. However, the main Django theme song is not so recent, originally composed in 1966 by Luis Bacalov. Spanish producer Guts, took the already excellent original and made a slow, easily digesting chill rendition.