I was first introduced to Jagwar Ma via BIRP’s May 2013 release. In “Man I Need”, I found a 9-minute long primer to what would soon become a favorite genre of music. The influences of indie rock, glitz-pop, and psychadelia came together to form a symbiotic masterpiece with each piece complimenting the others. While Jagwar Ma has been touring regularly, fans have not been exposed to new material since the debut of Howlin’ in 2013. This week, the first single from the soon-to-be released album Every Now and Then, “OB1” has hit the airwaves.
Opening with a glitzy, reverb heavy loop set under Gabriel Winterfield’s vocals, the track wastes no time to root itself in the same psychedelic framework that made the band so popular in 2013 – and propelled Lonerism to universal acclaim in 2012. “OB1” plays out nicely over the course of a lengthy five and a half minutes, giving an ode to previous works like “Uncertainty” and “The Throw” which take equally as long to build up.
As the song unfolds, a subbed out bass line and a 90s-rock guitar riff carry the bridge and the hook respectively. Overall, “OB1” is a return to form for Jagwar Ma and gives fans a hopeful glimpse into what is in store from them in the second half of 2016. In addition to dropping a new album, fans can catch what is – in my personal opinion – one of the best live performances that exists all over the globe this summer and fall. Jagwar Ma’s website can be found here and a few of their tour dates are listed below the music video.
Bass music and charity are two of our favorite things. Recently they came together to benefit Youth On Record, an organization dedicated to guiding at-risk youth in Denver through leadership and musical pathways. Who brought these two together you might ask? That would be the black. collective with the first volume of their black. compilation.
Thanks to Cadence & Cause, the black. collective’s charitable desires came to life. Before the charity, the music had to be made. This epic collection of bass tracks, ranging from dubstep to moombahcore to trap, were put together by over ten artists, including BENTZ, Kompany, Tuslo, and WILLY P. As far as up and coming producers go, all these cats are talented gems that will blow your mind. From start to finish, all eight tracks are as good as it gets. There are a lot of compilations out there whose quality goes up and down throughout the project, but here, we have non-stop fire. Stream the compilation below, and if you would like to purchase the album or simply donate to the cause, head over to the compilation’s page.
Let’s get down to it. It’s Friday. There’s been a ton of good music out this week, including a bunch of free downloads, some of which you will find below. This week we grabbed records from the likes of Fareoh, 2Tone Disco, Dusty Bits, Bad Royale and some of our other favorites. We know it’s Friday the 13th, so we concluded this week’s playlist with a drum & bass single that pays homage to the frightful day by way of an edit of Figure’s original single. Before that, you get plenty of other insane works that are all available for the price tag of $0. Grab them all, as they will aid you in letting loose this weekend to recharge your batteries for next week. If there’s one thing we ask of you, it would be that you make sure to #danceirresponsibly.
’03 – Willdabeast – Stay The Course (Kaptain Remix)’
Ready for twelve free downloads? It’s Friday, so as we have for the past 193 Fridays we have collected our favorite party tracks from the week that were out out as free downloads. This week we have some special records from the likes of SMLE, Razihel, Diamond Pistols, No Mana and more. Other tracks include collaborations by Tha Trickaz x Creaky Jackals, Warez x Bad Catholics and Yultron’s single with Ookay, Kayzo and Dotcom. There are a good number of hard records in here, as this is indeed a party playlist. We have some twerk, some trap, future bass, house and even a groovy glitch hop single for you. Check through all twelve, bring them with you to your festivities this weekend and make sure to #danceirresponsibly.
Sydney based, genre-skirting producer Moonbase Commander seemingly bubbled up out of the ether with a clearly defined and polished sound on his collab with Cakes Da Killa for their 2015 single “Serve it Up”, which received quite the reputable slate of critical support when it first made the rounds. In the time since, the Australian artist’s been continuously honing that sound, with the recent release of the Southpaw EP on October Records, which only seemed to elevate the collective appetites of his listeners. So, when the Commander’s latest tune floated our way in the form of a remix for fellow TMN regulars PACES and their Rye Rye featuring single “Work Me Out”, we were like giddy cheerleaders before a pep rally.
On his latest record, Moonbase Commander trots out a hypnotically knocking kick-drum, fueled by alchemistic pads, before delving into a heap of two-step drum patterning which holds up Rye Rye’s flitty cypher as if it were resting on a bed of anthracite storm clouds. MBC’s bass-first soundscape toys with stadium-trap sized bass swells, gigantic drums and loopy synths; all pulled off with the confident swagger of an underground beatsmith and grace of an established veteran. Quite appetizing stuff really. Moonbase Commander’s remix comes as part of etcetc music‘s official remix package which is out this Friday (preorder on iTunes here). Just try not to get your lean on too hard and throw out your back to this one, and enjoy Moonbase Commander’s “Work Me Out” remix before anyone else above.
Super Best Records just put out a gem of a project with the collaborative Crossing Borders EP. Created by duo’s Willdabeast and SwAy, this three track project is a collection of future funk records that revolve around the concept of love. There are a ton of songs about relationships, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find an EP this cool about it, especially within the glitch bass realm.
Willdabeast and SwAy’s sound fit together like a hand in a glove, it just works. Throw some sweet vocals on the tracks from Brittany Littke and Sinclair Hucke, and you have yourself something extra spectacular. All three tracks are magnificent, bringing a slightly different mood to the table; even within the productions the songs ebb and flow through different emotions and sounds. Crossing Borders starts off strong with “Cuz I Need You Baby,” then moves to the cerebral “On My Mind,” and finishes off with perhaps the best record on the EP, “Peace Offering.” Lastly, Willdabeast and SwAy released this one for free, so get to downloading!
’SwAy x Willdabeast – Cuz I Need You Baby (ft. Brittany Littke)’
Whether you’re at SXSW, Miami, or just at home, we’ve got some music for you. For those of you who are not attending this month’s music festivities, we’ve gathered a dozen tracks to help you feel like you’re there. Sure, there will still be some fomo, but hey; there’s always next year. Despite many artists being out gallivanting about, a heap of dope records came out and we’ve narrowed them down to the free downloads you need for the weekend. We have a little future funk, some trap, and a variety of house tracks that are sure to help get your party started. Favorites from this week include Manic Focus, Major Lazer & Grandtheft’s collaboration, and a single from a brand new project called Sebrus. Check out the lot, and get to downloading the ones you enjoy. No matter where you are, make sure to #danceirresponsibly.