Since his rapid rise in 2014, Goldlink has hit the road playing festivals along with solo dates around the country. His unique brand of quick-hitting raps over dance-influenced production translates amazingly to live performance as we recently experienced at Sasquatch Music Festival in Washington where he had the crowd moving his entire set. Today, we get some much-anticipated new material from the DMV-bred, Rick Rubin-approved artist and it, once again, reasserts the fact that he’s in a lane all his own.
On “Dance on Me,” producers Milo Mills and Hasta craft a soulful intro that’s quickly transformed and chopped to create the perfect uptempo, future bounce backdrop for Goldlink. As agile as ever on the mic, Goldlink creates his own version of a feel-good, summer-fling anthem without losing the punch packed in his cadence. A little past the one-minute mark, the production flawlessly transitions into a slowed-down, breezy vibe over which Link takes a break from his rapid delivery in favor of layered vocals. That interlude adds to the sunny feel of the song all the while displaying Goldlink’s versatility before he rips into his second verse.
“Dance on Me,” which we’re pretty sure we actually heard during his Sasquatch set, seems like the perfect fit for his current tour so look to hear it out at his shows–check his upcoming dates below the jump. We’re always hopeful of new music from Goldlink but, every time he releases something, it proves well worth the wait and this one’s no different. Peep above. Continue reading
Lil Kim & 50 Cent
Magic Stick (LifeAlert Remix)
There’s been a recent movement in electronic music towards organic, tribal percussion across sub-genres whether it be in the glittering, melodious tunes of ODESZA or Big Wild; or the bass-powered G-House of Kill Frenzy or Shiba San. Anonymous production duo, LifeAlert, who appeared in our inbox with a new remix a couple days ago, seem to have emerged at just the right time.
Utilizing vocals from 50 Cent and Lil Kim’s “Magic Stick,” LifeAlert inject a hypnotizing tribal backdrop that makes it pretty much impossible not to nod your head. It’s instrumentally minimalistic, yet simultaneously musically intricate, largely due to the crisp and dynamic percussive composition. With occasional chops of the vocals and injections of bass, LifeAlert transform “Magic Stick” into a hybrid that combines hip-hop influenced electronic music with primal percussion.
The subtleties of this one would pulsate through a dance floor and are a great way for these two animated characters to introduce their sound. Get a nice mid-week energy-booster above.
All photos copyright and courtesy of Matthew Reyer & Black Tuesday
Detroit’s fabled Movement Electronic Music Festival (formerly DEMF) was a visceral experience to say the least. From the sternum throttling bass kicks of the world’s loudest soundsystems designed exactly for all facets of dance music, the artificial crunch of plastic bottles and beer cans condensing beneath our feet in a warehouse basement at 5:00 a.m., to the general amounts of love from nearly every corner of the industry; we had an engaging and wonderful time. And with new owners Paxahau doing most everything in their ability to ensure a great Memorial Day Weekend, for the most part, the shows went off without a hitch.
Our team arrived late Friday night, and with still at least a couple of hours left in the evening to party before Movement’s official kick off the following afternoon, we headed to Detroit’s gritty warehouse district for an incredibly deep and storied lineup featuring both Moodyman and Theo Parrish taking us all to the Church of House through a vinyl only, eclectic set fusing neo-jazz, classic disco and plenty of contemporary house and techno without well… too much mixing really. It was certainly a throwback night in every sense, even an ode to Paradise Garage maestro Larry Levan style mixing. It was great to get back to our roots, stop being so damn critical, just enjoy a couple of dance music legends and set the stage for our weekend.
Read our entire Movement review after the jump!
The Music Ninja Residency Mix 001: AObeats
As we wind down out of May and into June, we still have a few more treats from our spotlight on the musical collective that’s seemingly everywhere lately. Today’s content comes via Moving Castle member AObeats, who you’ve probably become accustomed to here on TMN.
This Massachussets-based musician is most known for his sublte fusion of future bass, trap, R&B, and Hip Hop. The beats are fresh and the lyrics are memorable, having previously remixed acts like Trey Songz, Lil Kim, Ashanti, and TLC.
AObeats – ???
Soysauce – Broken Record (ID Remix)
Dub Phizix – Bounce (Jinmenusagi Remix)
Gucci Mane – My Chain (AObeats & Brad Ford Flip)
J-Status – Roll feat. Rihanna & Shontelle
Oliver – Light Years Away vs. Trinidad James – All Gold Everything
Sophia Grace – Best Friends (Young Luxenberg Edit)
Twista – GIve it Up feat. Pharrell
Lorenzo x Kelis – Hooch
Catt Moop – Nova
Trey Songz – Slow Motion (AObeats Remix)
A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt – Push (E.A.S.Y Remix)
Migos – Bando (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
AObeats – Miss U So Bad
Murphy – Headache
Annabel Jones – Magnetic (AObeats Remix)
One of our favorite Los Angeles-based hip-hop acts somehow flew under our radar last month with a fresh new freestyle, courtesy of DJBooth.net, and it’s simply pure fire and finesse. We only wish we would have caught it earlier.
We had the opportunity to catch Azad Right and his freestyling abilities down in Austin during SXSW, and we have to admit we were pretty damn stoked to see something put on record. The backdrop is perfect for Right’s style, laid-back and nostalgic, providing the perfect accentuation to the casual, liquid flow we’ve come to know and love from this up and coming lyricist.
Trapped In Love
At this point, it wouldn’t be fair to label Daye Jack simply a rapper. On his latest release, the multi-talented, Atlanta-bred artist shows once again that he’s an absolute creative force. “Trapped in Love” plays off the idea of the “trap,” normally used to refer to the inescapable cycle of drug-dealing for disadvantaged youth, applying the concept to a similarly constricting romance. The beat, crafted by Matthew Engst, combines 808-laden trap production with bouncy synths setting the tone for the simile. Meanwhile, Jack spits aggressive bars that reflect a trap delivery but, rather than speaking on hood experiences, recalls the feeling of getting caught up in love. Jack keeps the track dynamic and interesting through out alternating between a venomous, hard-hitting delivery and an airy crooning chorus. “Trapped in Love” truly pushes boundaries and will be featured on Jack’s forthcoming Soul Glitch, due out June 30th.