Brian Cid Vs Schoolboy Q Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens (Extinct Mix) [TMN PREMIERE]

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COLLARD GREENS (EXTINCT MIX)

We don’t know about you guys, but regardless of whether or not it’s the weekend yet, we still get that itch to go out on Thursday nights. This inexplicable need to get out and dance has long since been understood by the dance club community as they regularly bring in top-notch talent on Thursdays, leaving you tired, yet quite content come Friday morning.

No stranger to the club scene, Big Apple native Brian Cid has been producing since the young age of 14. After realizing the best way to get his music heard by the masses was going to be in the clubs, he learned how to DJ after having support on his original material from artists like Luciano, Guy J, Stacey Pullen and more.

Today we’re bringing you a deep, ominous and delicious track from this up-and-coming artist.  Rife with industrial undertones, this dance-floor delight features pitched-down hip hop vocals from a few names you’ll probably recognize. After listening to this song a few times over, we decided to ask Cid a few choice questions to get some more insight. Check out what he had to say below:

TMN: What drew you to this track that made you decide to remix it?

I am in the Hip Hop scene as I work with a lot of underground Hip Hop artists in the NYC area. I’ve been hearing about Schoolboy Q for a while and after checking him out I felt he was a good option for me to snatch his vocal and build a full dancy deep house track around it. Pitch it down or freak it, as we say, and throw it in the dance floor and see what happens. Schoolboy is an underdog coming up from the underground scene, and I saw myself in him. It all worked out great.

TMN: How is this remix different from your other remixes and/or original productions?

A lot of things can go wrong when you mix Hip Hop and House. There is a fine line between corny and dope. I wanted to make sure I was in the dope side of the line, so I experimented with some pitched down vocal effects and screws. I don’t really do many vocal tracks, so when I do, I try to do something special with them. I wanted to keep it extra funky and impact. This remix was designed for the club.

 

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[NEW] Chet Faker x Goldlink – On You

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Chet Faker x GoldLink
On You

In yet another top-notch installment of Yours Truly‘s Songs from Scratch series, talented Australian vocalist/producer and oft Flume collaborator, Chet Faker,  joins forces with DMV-based emcee Goldlink for the breezy jam, “On You.” Faker provides some chilled-out, hypnotizing production adding some stellar vocals of his own before the talented Goldlink takes the mic. Always showing off his versatility, the rapidly rising artist kicks his verse off with a second chorus of sorts before speeding his delivery up into well-timed, clever rhymes. Faker ties the ending of the song together perfectly with a jazzy, soulful piano outro accompanied by a percussion breakdown. Enjoy this awesome collaboration above and hit the jump to watch the behind the scenes video to hear the track’s backstory –hint: it was inspired by a woman.

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[Album Review] Johnny Astro – Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology

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As a music lover, I took a long departure from the world of hip hop. In high school, you’d often find me cruising around, bumping Wu Tang’s Enter the 36 Chambers of Death or Picture This from Chi-town’s Do or Die. Something about the the combination between lyrical creativity and unique variations in flow seemed to capture my attention at the age of 16, and there wasn’t really much that could take me away from that.

As I grew older, my love for booming bass and intricate word play faded. While my affinity for hip hop was never gone, it was never quite what it had once been. Finding solace in complicated timing signatures found in math rock, or the simplistic nature of a folk singer possessing nothing more than an acoustic guitar, my tastes evolved over the years, slowly straying away from what I had once loved.

At the age of 30, I’m as well rounded as I’ve ever been. Delving back into hip hop, I have the pleasure of exploring some of the lesser known artists, steering clear of the garbage spewed on the radio on a day to day basis. One up and coming artist that I’ve come to truly appreciate is Arlington based Johnny Astro.

Bravely infusing blogosphere smash hits into his beats, this young Texan does what so many young EDM producers do, by grabbing indie tunes and flipping the script. In his most recent release, Zeus: Chapter 1 Astrology, Astro has some flawless sampling for those well-rounded music lovers to grasp onto.

In the lead track, we’re left in awe listening to Ry X’s “Berlin,” which devastated the internet with it’s stunning vocals and intense simplicity. Racking up over 1.1 million plays, this tune boasts a difficult task when looking at re-working. Astro does so with undeniable ease, pairing up his flow with each percussion hit, proving he’s not intimidated to take on challenging feats.

One of our other favorite tracks in this newly released project is “Wonderful Life”, which features a other-worldly sound, rife with delicate yet clashing harp work, leaving the listener charmed with the elevated lyrical journey that Astro brings to the table. What comes to fruition is a perfect jam for a nice set of subs and some open road.

The independent hip hop scene is alive and well in the blogosphere, and one thing is for certain: Mr. Astro is here to represent Texas in this online realm of music.

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[NEW] PARTYNEXTDOOR – Recognize (Feat. Drake)

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Recognize Feat. Drake

With Majid Jordan set to drop their debut EP (A Place Like This) next week, and PARTYNEXTDOOR announcing the release of PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO on July 29th (the follow-up to last year’s self-titled PARTYNEXTDOOR), Drake‘s OVO Sound imprint is finally starting to take shape. Teaming up with his label head for the only feature on the project, the Toronto crooner crafts yet another slow-burning, 808-fueled R&B gem that fits right in with the brand’s aesthetic. Drizzy performs clean up duties on the track, swooping in with a smooth verse at the end that details his plans for impressing his female partner. The single serves as a perfect teaser for the upcoming project, and we’re definitely excited to hear what PARTY has in store for us at the end of this month.

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[Beach Music] Vybz Kartel x Daytrip – Up To The Crime

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Vybz Kartel x Daytrip
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It seems as if Daytrip has still been stuck in Jamaica… I sincerely hope they’re okay, because last time I checked they were only there temporarily. Maybe Vybz Kartel convinced them that Jamaican gardens are better, or they just were blown away from the beaches. Whatever it may be, this new song between Vybz Kartel x Daytrip is banging. This may go up in the afternoon, but I am writing this at 7:45 am. If you’re looking for a track to take you to the beach, then this is the perfect track. I have had my eyes on Daytrip for a hot minute, and they are by far the most underrated duo at the moment. If you don’t believe me about the beach part, you can email me and I will send you a receipt of my taxi. Talk to you Ninjas later, until then I’ll be soaking up the sun in beautiful Florida!

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Aer – Whatever We Want (Video)

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Whatever We Want

Since releasing their self-titled second album in January, Aer have been busy selling out shows and earning themselves spots at major music festivals, Outside Lands being the most recent announcement. Earlier this week, the Boston-bred, genre-fusing duo released some visuals for one of our favorite songs from the album, “Watever We Want,” and they come right in time for summer. The video takes David and Carter back in time with Adidas jumpsuits among other hilarious outfits as they trash a house with some ferocious looking dogs. The fun and goofy feel match the song’s positive energy making it perfect for a sunny Saturday afternoon, as always with Aer. Enjoy the video below and make sure to check our exclusive interview with Aer from a few months back to learn some more about these up ‘n comers.

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Get to know Denver’s UMS – 7/24-7/27 [Interview and Showcase Playlist]

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We’ve been proponents of underground artists for as long as we’ve been in existence. In all honesty, we get more of a thrill from reading a submission with a subject line like, “Debut song from indie/folk artist from the UK,” than we do from something like, “Mega superstar announces 1,000,000 city tour.” There’s a certain excitement in showcasing an up-and-coming artist that simply can’t be obtained from any other type of music review.

The Underground Music Showcase (better known as The UMS) shares this affinity for what most call “Hipster One-Upping” by continually bringing in top-notch, lesser-known, independent acts for nearly a decade and a half. Starting out in a single venue, this showcase has grown tremendously, to the point where it now aggressively takes over a stretch of Denver’s most coveted neighborhoods, turning it  into a four-day music festival.

We had a chance to catch up with one of the organizers, Kendall Smith of The Denver Post, who dropped some knowledge on how this thing started, whom he’s excited to see personally, and what this musical frenzy goes to benefit.

TMN: Thank you for taking some time to speak with us today. We’re less than two weeks out from The UMS, how are things coming along so far?
You bet. The clock seems to have sped up, but things are shaping up nicely. We keep improving every year. This year looks to be no exception.

TMN: Talk to us about the origins of this festival. It’s going into it’s 14th year, correct?

That is correct. The UMS was started by John Moore, formerly of The Denver Post. He wanted to showcase a few local bands he thought weren’t getting the attention they deserved. It started as a one night, one venue event. Eventually, the pop music critic for The Denver Post, Ricardo Baca, took it over, moved it to South Broadway and created the multi day, multi venue model it currently operates under. John and Ricardo are brilliant, passionate and talented men. I am a fortunate person to have worked with them both.

TMN: You’re bringing in artists from all over the world, including one of our current favorites, The Griswolds. How do you go about selecting your worldwide and national underground talent?

We have an awesome talent acquisition team led by James Irvine. James is the founder of Holy Underground and also books Larimer Lounge. We met The Griswolds through our efforts down in Austin during SXSW. The UMS produces a day party for our pals at Reverb every year. The Griswolds played this past year and turned in a burner of a set.

TMN: Some people may not know this, but this festival benefits the Denver Post Community Foundation. How did this partnership come to be and what types of causes does it support in the metro area?

When the festival was brought in house at The Denver Post, the decision was made to add it to the portfolio of Signature Events offered by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Net proceeds of the event are distributed to local non-profits to support of programs that benefit children, the arts, literacy and education and the provision of basic human services.

This year, we have two charitable partners. The first, a youth facing organization, Youth on Record, is a long time partner of The UMS. Our second, and a new partner this year, is an artist facing organization, MusiCares, a nonprofit arm of The Recording Academy.

TMN: Most festivals/showcases try to bring in those marquis artists that will sell tickets. You guys do exactly the opposite of that, providing music lovers with a glimpse into some lesser known bands. What are some of the struggles with putting on a show like this?

How much time do you have? Kidding aside, the core mission of The UMS is to showcase the vast talent we have in this region while also growing the audience for the local scene. We hope through our efforts, we continue to build trust. Trust with fans that the quality of the bands is going to be great. Trust with national booking managers that The UMS will a great look for them in Denver.

TMN: Denver seems to be a hotbed for all different types of music, filling up a sizable number of venues week to week. Aside from the obvious notable venues (Red Rocks, Fillmore, Beta Nightclub) what are some of your favorite spots to catch a show?

We are so lucky in this town. There are so many great rooms. I love the Gothic, hi-dive and Larimer Lounge. I recently saw a pretty rad Devo show at Summitt Music Hall and Colorado Springs has a pretty terrific new room at Ivywild.

TMN: What’s the one venue at UMS that everyone should check out, if they haven’t already?

All of them! Four days is plenty of time. I encourage everyone to check out the Main Stage this year. We have moved next door to Security Service Federal Credit Union and have made some upgrades to the stage and infrastructure. It’s going to be great!

TMN: What artist are you most looking forward to checking out this year?

I love and hate this question. I love the lineup this year, but we get so busy running things I just don’t ever plan on being able to see anybody in particular. My best bets are usually to see some of the main stage acts. Should a happy accident occur whereby I am in the right place at the right time and get to see any one of Ark Life, A Tom Collins, Eros and the Eschaton, Dragondeer or Roadkill Ghost Choir, I will be way pleased.

TMN: If you had to describe this event in three words, what would they be?

Music. Community. Goodness.

TMN: Thanks for your time! We can’t wait for the showcase July 24-27.

Thank you! See you on South Broadway!

HEADLINERS

Real Estate
Crime
Blonde Redhead
People Under The Stairs
Acid Raindrops

TMN’S PICKS

The Griswolds
The Beware the Dog
GEMS ≠ Scars
Brother Tiger
This Must Be the Place (Talking Heads Cover)
Miniature Tigers
Used To Be The Shit
Native Daughters
GDS
Speedwolf
Up All Night
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Ffunny Ffrends
Baths
Miasma Sky
Hillary Hand
Tameless Tongues
American Tomahawk
Do Not
Kyle James Hauser
Maria
Goodnight, Texas
Santa Cruz
Fort Frances
Chicago
Heart Attack
Lions & Lambs EP
Rose Quartz
Scarves
RUMTUM
Alona
Mosis
Where It Was
Keepers
Hello (Original Mix)
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