You Stressin (produced by Disclosure)
New York emcee Bishop Nehru and U.K.-based EDM duo Disclosure make for an unlikely combination. However, with the range that both have demonstrated, it should come as no surprise that their collaboration, released a few hours ago, turned out incredibly well. On “You Stressin,” Disclosure creates a glitchy, and lo-fi funky, instrumental that fits Nehru’s nonchalance to a key. Check this ill cut above.
San Francisco bounce-house purveyor Worthy got our day going the right way with the release of his first original of the New Year and a free download at that, “Get It”. With a steady stream of animated remixes and edits behind him to close out 2013, “Get It” stays in line with that frenetic and energetic booty-tech sound he and his Dirtybird label mates have become the face for; hopefully also signaling more tunes to come such as this in 2014. The vocal track on “Get It” is steeped in the right amount of hollowy reverb and spliced ever so perfectly behind a pounding four-to-the-floor pattern, placing the choppy vocal hook on a repeating loop in your head if you give into it in the slightest. Worthy’s unique fusion of house, techno and straight up twerk inducing rhythms has been a sound for which we have been utterly bananas over, and we couldn’t wait to share this one with you as soon as it dropped. Grab the free download of “Get It” here in exchange for a measly Facebook like, or just stream above.
This morning we have the pleasure of premiering a vibrant piece of music from Minneapolis next-wave funk revivalists Strange Names. “Ricochet”, the duo’s first single off of an impending debut long-player Common Attraction due out later this Spring, boasts a melodic and bouncy electric bass line which demands its listener’s full attention from the onset. Only moments after letting a distinct groove unfold, both Liam Benzvi and Francis Jimenez’ complimentary vocals cast another layer entirely on the tune, simultaneously letting Jimenez’ sprightly guitar riff – which sounds as if it could have been lifted off of a late 70′s funk record – work into the movement, again prompting a shift in gears into its final form. While at first listen, “Ricochet” may seem like an intricate indie pop track, there is a very welcome tinge of gloom feigned within its heart. There is something absolutely addicting about Strange Names’ unique sound and with two EP’s to their credit as well as a 7″ on the Best Coast and FIDLAR releasing White Iris Records, we can’t wait to hear whatever else we can get our hands on leading up to Common Attraction. Stream “Ricochet” above.
Elephante was one of the fastest rising EDM producers in the game by the end of 2013, with his Soundcloud amassing over 500k plays in the last two months of the year. Already a few weeks in 2014 and has dropped another undeniably singable house remix of The Unlikely Candidates’ indie-alternative gem “Follow My Feet.” Elephante’s ability to fuse his energetic and accessible brand of melodic big room house with TUC’s soul grabbing lyrics and folk-inspired vocals makes for a song that captures the energy of a summer festival, during these cold winter times. Whether you’re looking to start a party, crush a tough workout, or jam out on a road trip with the windows down and the volume up, you won’t find a situation where this track won’t do the trick, and do it well.
Follow My Feet (Elephante Remix)
Also check out Elephante’s latest release, another well crafted indie big room house remix of AYER’s cool, infectious smash entitled “Young.”
Young (Elephante Remix)
Says She Loves Me
Spades, Clubs & Diamonds
The most innovative artists are often those who transcend and challenge genre constraints. Over the last couple years, Boston-based Aer have shown an admirable disregard for categorization, steadily building a following with their sunny, style-fusing sound. Today marks the release of Aer’s sophomore album, an appropriately self-titled project that truly captures their essence. From start to finish, Aer feels like the young duo’s most cohesive project to date, progressing their sound and narrative to a new level of maturity. I was lucky enough to chat with the guys behind Aer, Carter and David, and found them to be full of good vibrations, just like their music. Stream a few tracks above, check the interview down below and make sure to head to grab the album HERE.
TMN: Let’s start at the beginning. I know you met in high school and were part of a larger band back then. I was curious, what was the name of your band and what kind of music were you playing when you first started?
Carter: We were called Moken Airwalk, which is kind of funny, because some people are trying to draw the connection that we took the name Aer from Airwalk, but it was unrelated. We were a 4-piece band—it was vocals, guitar, bass and drums. The music was heavily influenced by the Red Hot Chili Peppers so it was kind of like smooth melodic rock, but we also had a lot of hard funk.
TMN: Tell us a bit about your progress and growth in the last few years and how things have changed since the inception of AER.
David: The focus hasn’t really changed at all. It’s still been about us enjoying, growing and sharing our experiences through the music. But what has changed is just the amount of fans has grown and it’s crazy to see that. To go to these shows in different parts of the world, even now like in Europe, to see fans come out is incredible. To me, that’s really the only thing that feels like it has changed. We still work with the same people; we still have the same team from the get-go and have just been building on top of it.
TMN: One of the things I love about your music is how hard it is to categorize. How would you describe your music to someone who had never heard it before? What kind of genres would you include?
Every once in a while we experience a mini life freakout. “What the hell am I doing?” “Where the hell am I going?” “What the hell is happening next? Unless you are totally secure in your world, which is pretty awesome if you are and many kudos to you my friend, we’ve all had these questions swirling around in our brain at one point or another. The trick is to drown it out. We can only live in the present, so whats the point of stressing out about the past or future? Make the most of the moment. Appreciate your surroundings, be grateful for where you stand, and enjoy a free indie dojo. It should only take a moment or two..
White Line Fever
Shine Like Me