There certainly hasn’t been any shortage of quality music emanating out of Denver as of late and we can chalk up another two polished electronic compositions to that consistent stream of superfluity. Savvy beatsmith MOSIS was the latest artist to catch our eye from the Western U.S.’ electronic landscape (or ears for that matter), especially behind his latest sonic architectural achievement “You&Me”, which was self-released just last week. Exploiting elements from house and garage, hip-hop, and all things ending in “step”, “You&Me” strikes a chord amongst every side of this writer’s electronic listening scale in the most beautiful of ways. That same gift of fusion has simultaneously been the catalyst behind a diverse production index and live shows supporting artists as polar as Disclosure, Lapalux, option4, Tourist, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and a host of more influential musicians within the dance panorama. If any rising artist deserves a bit of crate-digging from their new fans right this second, we’ll gladly point you the way of MOSIS.
Not ones to sell ourselves short here at TMN, we’re also excited to be dropping the official remix from yet another monster Denver group: Two Fresh. The low-end leaning twins usher “You&Me” in another stimulating direction entirely. Whereas MOSIS’ original lends itself to blissful spaced-out dancefloor or listening vibes, Two Fresh’s revision gets us all hot and bothered; rather inducing the need to grind and twerk to their gluey, wonked out bass line. Both tracks more than have us stoked today, and you can bet our gaze has been fixated towards the “thick” mountain air over there for more tunes in the near future. Check out both tracks below, and take home a free digital copy of MOSIS’ original track here.
You & Me (Two Fresh Remix)
Red Bull Sound Select brings an extraordinarily diverse and eclectic lineup this Thursday for their first ever Denver showcase helmed by Shigeto, RUMTUM, Inner Oceans and Kitty Crimes. Kicking off at 8:00 p.m. at our favorite indie venue in Colorado, The Larimer Lounge, the Denver Sound Select showcase treats its listeners to a free night of texturally differing music from Detroit based producer Shigeto offering up a headline set sure to be dripping with his unique partiality to sultry, melodic two-step electronica while being supported by some of Denver’s most innovative and recognizable musicians. The local triumvirate consists of constantly evolving beatsmith RUMTUM, an artist with whom his live show draws its listener directly to its heart with slick, chilled out instrumentation; the haunting, synth-fuled minimal indie-pop of Inner Oceans and M and the Gems frontwoman Maria Kohler entrancing us with her hip-hop project Kitty Crimes providing more than enough fluent cyphers for the entire night. This all-embracing night of music is more than stoking our fire for awesome live shows, while simultaneously heralding the Mile High City as a flourishing music hotbed of all genres, so we wanted to ring it in with you Ninjas. The show is free with an RSVP here, and if that’s too much for you, it will be only $5.00 at the door. Just make sure to arrive early as there are an unlimited number of RSVP’s made available and it will be first come, first serve until capacity. We’ll see you there Denver friends!
In anticipation of their peformances, stream “Miss U” by Shigeto, “Ruby Dime” by RUMTUM, “Ready Your Ghost” from Inner Oceans and a throwback: “Penny Mastered” from Kitty Crimes below.
Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.
The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70′s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.
One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.
Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80′s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.
“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.
This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.
Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)
The low-end leaning EDM duo of Elliot Oveson and Akbar Mohabbat, better known by their stage moniker of Basscrooks purvey a hip-hop laced brand of wubby dance music, and their latest body of work, the REAL TALK EP got us moving in the right direction this morning. Totalling three tracks, “Gangsta”, “Neon Rain” and “Avalanch”, consisting of 11 carefully composed minutes in length, REAL TALK guides its listener on a bass fueled, mid-tempo odyssey while displaying the pair’s ever increasing talent and grasp on twerk-inducing rhythms. All of that increasing time being spent in their Denver studio has been showing up in their latest originals and we’ve been all over the music coming out of the Basscrooks camp in 2014. Be sure to stream the entire REAL TALK EP below, and try not to break out in a dance floor assault if you find yourself listening in class or at work. And for our friends in Colorado, don’t miss a chance to see them for free this Saturday at the epic Life In Color paint party by entering our contest here.
Avalanch Ft. Sonny Bamboo
The World’s largest paint party, Life In Color, touches its wings down in Denver this Friday, and we couldn’t wait to get you Ninjas in on the festivities. After a sold-out raucous shindig in Boulder last year, LIC is bringing a heavy dose of bass music to Denver with Carnage, Mt. Eden, Pegboard Nerds and Basscrooks providing all of their unique takes on dance, for what will no doubt be an insanely unforgettable evening. With the party right around the corner, it’s time to put some tickets into your hands. See you Ninjas on the floor! Entering the contest is beyond easy and instructions are below. To get into the spirit, check out “Mara” by Carnage, “Chasing” by Mt. Eden and Basscrooks’ “Gangsta” off of their forthcoming Real Talk EP which drops tomorrow below the giveaway widget.
There are a few rules, of course:
- You must be 16 or over to enter.
- You are responsible for transportation.
- You must bring a valid form of ID to pick up your tickets at the door.
- You must shout “I Love The Music Ninja” upon entry.
Good luck, ninjas!
Mara (Original Mix)
Chasing feat. Phoebe Ryan
After their long hiatus, the powerful Los Angeles trio, The Glitch Mob have returned full force with the sophomore release Love Death Immortality EP. In typical The Glitch Mob fashion, enthusiast of representing their music through vivid imagery (well documented in all their live performances), the group brings forth slow and semi-abstract visuals to their single “Becoming Harmonious” featuring the Oakland-based singer Metal Mother. The track oozes with seductive vocals wrapped around a grinding production, layered with darker undertones of aggression, nostalgic to their debut release Drink the Sea yet featuring maturity in sound.
The pioneers in electronic music will be releasing Love Death Immortality tomorrow, Tuesday 2/11 and are set to perform at Coachella, Gov Ball and headlining Ultra Fest this year.
Some artists have the ability to transport their listener directly into their song and frame of mind. Such is the case with ascending downtempo electronic producer Blackedout, who hit us with his latest effort “Vessel” this morning, and we had to give our ninjas a brief respite amongst the large amounts of hip-hop and electro we’ve been slanging your way this week. “Vessel” is the second tune to be leaked leading up to Blackedout’s forthcoming second EP this Spring, and if we were to call it like we see it, we would undoubtedly state that he’s pitching an emphatic perfect game thus far. This slow burning slice of synthetica builds behind rocky slabs of spacy synth work and flighty drums, producing a constantly evolving piece of music. As much of the weather stateside is dreary and snow filled, “Vessel” will slink you right down in your (hopefully) warm seat. Check it out above.