[Rock] Tango Alpha Tango – Black Cloud


I’ll quote Homer Simpson here, as I describe the effect that Black Cloud had on me:

“Now, when I listen to a really good song, I start nodding my head like I’m saying yes to every beat. ‘Yes! Yes! Yes, this rocks, this rocks!’ And then sometimes I switch up with ‘No! No! No, don’t stop a’ rockin!’”

Tango Alpha Tango is the most fun I’ve had in a long time. The four piece band from Portland is now giving hipsters permission to ditch the 80′s (those horrific, horizontally striped tank tops can officially die. Thank God) and go back in time to the early 70′s. Black Cloud is a loving homage to Led Zeppelin, Cream, Lynyrd Skynrd and pretty much everything that made music from the 70′s awesome. Expect aggressive blues and folk touches. Expect gritty vocals, swing beats flattened out into rock songs, guitar solos, keyboard additions. Expect…excuse me, I’m drooling on my keyboard.

“Black Cloud,” starts out with a twangy, bluesy guitar riff that instantly transports you to the deep south. The lyrics are a kick and the song bursts into a full blown rock song quickly. If you like New Orleans’ Clutch, you’ll love this track.  ”The Simplest Song,” showcases the band’s versatility: simple acoustic guitar work gives way to a male/female duet. The feeling is folky but not overly so.

Finally, I have to mention Tango Alpha Tango’s cover of Led Zeppelin’s “In My Time of Dying.” Now, this listener is a huge Led Zeppelin fan and may or may not have a vinyl second pressing of IV hanging on his wall: I was really looking to zing this band for daring to cover the gods. But they did it so well I can’t fault them. Dammit. It’s freaking awesome. The mood of the song is somehow darker than the original and the structure is a little different. It’s almost like they took the mood of “No Quarter,” and transplanted into “In My Time of Dying.” It’s a creative, exceptional take on the original and I love it.

The band notes that the album is a concept one and should be listened from start to finish, but in all honesty I jumped around the first time and feel the album can be listened to either way (usually a sign of a good concept album). Obviously, this album worked very well for me, but anyone that likes well constructed music should dig this. 

I’m dying to see them live!

Black Cloud
Simplest Song

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[New Track out 8/6] Dillon Francis ft Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You

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Whenever Dillon Francis comes out with a new song, one can expect anything from moombahton to trap to dubstep. Well now the producer is throwing a different sound into the mix; a upbeat electronic melody that shows a bit of the man behind the music. Francis teamed up with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (TEED) to create the song “Without You” which will be out on August 6 via Mad Decent. TEED’s lyrics are softly stunning and mixed with Francis’ poetic electric beats this song is sure to be big. Not to mention Francis was going through relationship issues when he was making this piece and TEED wrote the lyrics about the whole situation. Just goes to show, everyone has their relationship ups and downs but the great thing about musicians is, they can take all that and make it into one killer track.

Without You feat. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (Radio Rip)
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[Hip-Hop] Big Sean – Fire

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Detroit’s been going through some rough times lately, especially with the recent news that they’re filing for bankruptcy. However, the Motor City still has at least one thing to be proud of, with Big Sean returning to light a “Fire” under their ass. Sean first premiered the single live in London back in March, but now we get a chance to hear the inspirational tune in its full, CDQ glory. Big Sean’s sophomore effort, Hall of Fame, is only less than a month away, with the album set to drop on August 27th. If you’d like to get a sneak peek at the album’s packaging, you can check out Sean’s (hilarious) reveal from his Instagram account after the jump. Continue reading

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[ANTHEM] Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Maar – Thinking About You (Firebeatz Remix)

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Calvin Harris feat. Ayah Maar
Thinking About You (Firebeatz Remix)

Firebeatz absolutely murders this remix of Calvin Harris and Ayah Maar‘s track “Thinking About You”. This track first caught my attention when hearing in a recent Knife Party set, and it’s nothing short of amazing. At first I couldn’t  figure out what was more surprising; the fact that Knife Party played a Calvin Harris song, or the fact that it was legendary. None the less this song gives summer some more life, and is sure to hit every festival soon enough. Cheers.

via Neighbors Hate Us

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[MP3 Playlist] The Chill Dojo #46

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Summer lovin’ is definitely in the air this week with one of the sexiest sounding Chill Dojos ever assembled. It’ll bring pleasure to your ears however you choose to listen, so let’s get this good thing going.

Kicking off that feel-good vibe is Spanish producer Alizzz, who is creating those crazy future sounds to rival some of the best in the game right now. The two tracks featured below are off his latest EP Whoa!, and that will be your exact reaction after hearing the sweet 80′s style beats he has in store. But if if that’s not enough to blow your mind, following on is an incredible mix courtesy of DJ AA, blending the soulful cover from Alice Jemima with the glorious Bondax original, ‘All Inside’. It’s a match made in heaven, and ‘No Diggity’  like you’ve never heard it before. Ta-Ku is an artist also known for plenty of fresh vocal edits, and one of those is a gem from his recent EP, Re-Twerk Vol.II. No surprise which artist is at the centre of ‘Hey Justin Pt.II’, as it’s pretty clear that Ta-Ku has made a habit of making JT an even bigger attraction with his brand of sleek beats. Dojo favourite Lane 8 recently celebrated the anniversary of his first release with two stunning edits for his fans. It’s a beautiful thing when talented artists finally get their big break and the opportunity for their work to be heard. It’s even better for all of us who get the chance to hear and share it.

It’s all about sharing the love this week, from artists to their fans, and from us to all you ninjas. Peace out.

Chill Dojo #46 zip

No Diggity (AA All Inside Bootleg)
Alice Jemima/Bondax
Hey Justin Pt.II
Dear U (Original)
Daft Punk ft. Panda Bear
Doin It Right (Solheiro Remix) (Free Download)
Patrick Baker
Dumb Dan
Ele (Jesper Samuelson 2013 Remix)
Youre So Fine
Baby (Penthoused)
Let Me Love You (Equator Club Remix)
Janet Jackson x Nelly
Call on me (Fitzroy Edit)
You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
About the Island
The Other Side (Open Your Eyes Remix)
Lie Manatik
Box Full Of Thoughts.mp3
Flat Pockets.mp3
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Butch Clancy

If you can’t handle the heat, get outta the kitchen. Nothing personifies that saying more than Detroit Rock City native Butch Clancy’s latest “#SUMMERHEATMIX”. We’re stoked to bring you this steamy summer treat filled with tons of solid tunes, including a bunch of unreleased goodies. Peep the track listing below, and then head to Butch’s Soundcloud page to snag your copy. Just make sure to give credits where credits are due when you throw this bad boy on at your pool party this weekend.

Butch Clancy – Take Off [Unreleased]
Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Wakanda [Axtone]
GTA – Booty Bounce [Jeffree's/Mad Decent]
Swick – Bubbles [Jeffree's/Mad Decent]
Butch Clancy – mcrwv [Unreleased]
Butch Clancy- Ups n Downs [Unreleased]
Wolfgang Gartner – Shrunken Heads (Butch Clancy Retwerk)
Butch Clancy – Ratchet Anthem
Flux Pavillion – OneTwoThree (Make Your Body Wanna) [Circus/Beat Beat Records]
ETC!ETC! & Brillz – Swoop [Jeffree's/Mad Decent]
Chief Keef – Love Sosa (RL Grime Remix)
UZ – TRAP SHIT V8 [Jeffree's/Mad Decent]
Butch Clancy – The Turn Up
TNGHT – Goooo [Warp Records x LuckyMe Records]
XAVI3R3 – Apocalypse
Butch Clancy – Dopeboy
Butch Clancy – P&B
Buku – Fullagold [Never Say Die]
heRobust – OG Status
Valentino Khan – Who U Wit?
Butch Clancy – Beautiful Mind
Buku – All Deez [Pilot Records]
Butch Clancy – Russian Lullaby (Candyland Remix) [Unreleased]
Benny Benassi Presents The Biz – Satisfaction (RL Grime Remix) [Ultra]
Expendable Youth & CRNKN – GUNFIYA
Peaches – Burst! (UZ Remix) [Boysnoize Records]
UZ x Clicks & Whistles – Bull Dozer
Candyland ft. Peter Dawson – Castle Of Affair (Butch Clancy Retwerk) [Unreleased/Spinnin' Records]
Zeds Dead – Hit Me [Inspected Records]
Shirley Bassey – Diamonds Are Forever (Butch Clancy Bootleg)
Caspa – Marmite (Doctor P Remix) [Sub Soldiers]
Kill The Noise – Jokes On You (Kill The Noise Remix) [Slow Roast Records]
Buraka Som Sistema – Hangover (Caspa Remix) (Butch Clancy Retwerk)
SKisM – Like This ft Virus Syndicate [Never Say Die]
Zeds Dead – Adrenaline [Inspected Records]
Butch Clancy – Lonely
Katherine E – I’m Alright (Butch Clancy Bootleg)
Band of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Bootleg)

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[Get Crunk] Clayton’s Friday Party Playlist #61


For my ninjas who don’t wanna go to work, thank god it’s Friday. Yeah, we may have ripped that off from Wylef Jean, but it seemed fitting. Anyways, it’s Friday people! Your computer strained eyes are tired from reading other people’s facebook updates while you’re at work, and now it’s time to light up your two days of freedom.

While we normally cut this short (so you can get to your party tunes) we’d like to mention that this playlist is ripe with remixes and mashups of classic party pleasers. It’s a little trap heavy, but we think this might just be the ass-shakingest CFPPs we’ve put out in a while. Press play, and this time around, please #twerkirresponsibly

Jay Z
Heaven (K Theory Remix)
Candyland ft. Peter Dawson
Castle Of Affair (Butch Clancy Remix)
CeCe Peniston
Finally (Ascendance Remix)
WORK X Rack City
Ass Up (Goonbags Remix)
Carnage & Tony Junior
Michael Jordan (Ookay Remix)
Thong Song (June Remix)
Whats Up Suckaz (Koyotes ALIVE Edit) Feat. Empire Of The Sun
X5IGHT Vocal Edit
Feed The Thunder
Ipaneema Mashup
Holy Revelation
Leo Laurettis Mashup
Ignite The Dada
Atlas Genius
Symptoms (Pierce Fulton Extended Mix)
Duke Dumont
Need U (100%)
Beggars in a New Land
Own It
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