[Electronic] Ark Patrol – At All (ft. Veronika Redd)

Ark Patrol
At All (ft. Veronika Redd)

It’s been a little while since we last heard the combination of Ark Patrol’s captivating brand of electronica together with the sophisticated vocals of Veronika Redd, but with the impending release of his latest album Primo we’ve been given another taste of what creativity their collaborations can conjure. They last teamed up for the soulful mellow single ‘Let Go’ back in April, but the Hawaiian-born producer has promised a more experimental approach to the upcoming album, and this song is a good indication of the diversity he will bring to his sound. A plodding beat sets the stage for Veronika’s profound lyrical work, with layers of curious soundscape interwoven throughout. While this formula carries through for the first half of the track, the intensity rises thereafter with his signature pulsating synths providing a driving force behind her words. Together it makes for a powerful piece of music that sets the tone for what to expect once the full album drops on the 20th of this month.

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[Hip-Hop] Jazz Cartier – Stick and Move

Stick & Move
Jazz Cartier
Stick and Move

We’ve been patiently waiting for some new material from Hip-Hop Dojo Spotlight Artist Jazz Cartier since the release of his stellar debut mixtape Marauding In Paradise back in April. The man also known as Jacuzzi La Fleur picks up right where he left off, crafting a certifiable banger with “Stick and Move”. The Toronto based emcee has seen his star steadily rise over the last year, joining the ranks of other talented up-and-comers from his native city like Tory Lanez and JAHKOY. He hopes to carry that momentum with him through 2016 as he plans his follow-up to Marauding In Paradise. This is certainly a step in the right direction.

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[Folk] Pepa Knight – Eventually (Tame Impala Cover)

Eventually (Tame Impala Cover)

As we peek around the corner into the weekend’s loving embrace, we’re always on the hunt for those perfect songs to carry us into a grand adventure. Luckily for us, Australian-based indie artist Pepa Knight recently released this glowing folk cover of Tame Impala’s “Eventually.”

Self-labeled as bonfire-n-chill version, “Eventually” is dialed back, leaving behind the crunchy distortion, intense synths, and soaring strings found in the original version. Yet, the calming nature of the lyrics and vocal presentation are carried over into Knight’s version, paying an artful homage to Tame Impala’s work.

With articulate layers of finger picking and playful flute work layered underneath Knight’s enchanting vocals, it’s hard not to picture this playing in your car as you head on a quick weekend road trip, or in the company of friends, hanging around a crackling bonfire, as he so adeptly put it.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 11/5 – 11/28


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over two years now. We know you’ve had some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door and enter the club before 11 pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Get there before 9PM on Sundays.
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only).
– The deal is valid for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

See you on the dance floor.

3LAU - 11/5

How You Love Me (feat. Bright Lights)
Getter & Fox Stevenson - 11/6
Jauz X Pegboard Nerds – Get On Up (Getter Remix)
Fox Stevenson & Curbi
Hoohah (Original Mix)
Superstar Saturdays - 11/7
Katy Perry
Unconditionally (Manufactured Superstars Remix)
Noir - 11/8
Lumière Sombre
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[Indie/Shoegaze] DIIV – Bent (Roi’s Song)

Bent (Roi's Song)

Less than four bars into New York dream-rock posterboys DIIV‘s latest single “Bent (Roi’s Song)”, and it’s pretty clear you’re listening to a DIIV record. From the droning assymetrical guitar chords washed out with reverb aplenty to its paced drumming; we were settled in glowingly by the time Zachary Cole Smith’s icy vocals penetrate “Bent”‘s sonic terrain. This time around, Smith’s cadence is an achy one, rising and falling like the sleeping chest of whoever you’re sharing your bed with, but without nearly as many affectations as were in play on their debut long-player Oshin. But his incantations aren’t distant either, coming across as intimately as a shared conversation over a pillow case, while Devin Ruben Perez’s bassline plucks along heartily enough to subtly captivate its listener without interfering with the rest of the tune’s lovely instrumentation. In all honesty, this writer is finding it difficult believing that DIIV’s impending LP Is the Is Are won’t shoot towards the top of many a music jobber’s end-of-the-year lists. The now four-piece have certainly come a long way since simply being Smith’s solo project (and a name change from “Dive”), and if their performances over the last Summer are any indication, we’re expecting great things for a lengthy amount of time from them.

Pre-orders are being taken now for Is the Is Are and doing so will nab you both “Bent (Roi’s Song)” and the previously leaked “Dopamine” right on the spot. Stream “Bent (Roi’s Song)” above.

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[Hip-Hop] Daye Jack – Piggybank (prod. Alexander Split)

Daye Jack

In the last year or so, Georgia-native Daye Jack has become a steady and consistent force in hip-hop. While his style draws from the recent revival of soul, funk & jazz in the genre, Jack sets himself apart with a multi-faceted delivery and a distinct depth of content. His latest single, “Piggybank,” finds all those skills on full display. With a jazzy electronic backing c/o Alexander Split, Jack prances between rap flows and singing while simultaneously tackling the topic of materialism from multiple angles. The result plays out like an internal battle with society’s ingrained ideas of accumulating wealth. Despite a “conscious” subject matter, Jack keeps his rhymes light, and satirical, perfectly accompanying the laid-back instrumental. The multitude of characters and voices portrayed make it hard to believe there’s just one vocalist on the song in some ways calling to mind the dexterity of Kendrick Lamar. Enjoy this one above and, if you dig it, make sure to peep his EP Soul Glitch.

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[House/Future] Kayper – Next Lifetime

Next Lifetime

With a veritable slew of carefully crafted, tasteful dance music released just in the last year, it’s pretty easy to see why Kayper has garnered artist support from the likes of The Magician and Blonde, and become one of the hottest properties in club land in the process. We last checked in with the London-bred house slinger on the heels of her Terminal EP released on the rapidly ascending Eton Messy Records, and today she’s back with brand new single “Next Lifetime”. A remix of sorts of Erykah Badu’s congruently named single, “Next Lifetime” rolls out to a spacy trot before delving into a chunky yet meticulous groove that’s been earwormed to us since first listen. It’s not every day a turntablist who’s been in the game over 5 years (check out some of her oldest mixes if you haven’t yet) successfully transitions into full-blown artist with such grace and fluidity, but we’ve quickly learned Kayper may be the exception to many a rule.

About Kayper’s newest record, she remarks: “I heard someone playing Erykah Badu’s “Next Lifetime” in their car at the traffic lights while I was driving through Brixton one day and it reminded me of how much I loved that track and her first album which is what inspired me to do my own updated version as a tribute to one of my favorite artists.” It’s safe to say we think she made a great choice in carrying out this latest tune. Stream Kayper’s “Next Lifetime” above.

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