Forgot About Dre (The Golden Pony Remix)
The Golden Pony have brought their afro driven deep-disco flair to The Chronic: 2001‘s “Forgot About Dre” and it’s been stuck on a permanent loop in this writer’s TMN cubicle. Paying homage to their classic influence has been the modus operandi for The Golden Pony’s remix choices lately as we’ve seen them take on Simon & Garfunkel, Tears For Fears and Daft Punk to reference a few, but our first exposure to them tackling the world of hip-hop has in our eyes been our most revered entry into the TGP production catalog. Taking its shape behind a pitched down vocal hook from the original chorus and an almost progressive-house meets indie-dance bass line and pad selection, their remix wonderfully accentuates Dre’s timeless verses. We’ve seen some admirable stabs at remixing Dr. Dre for the dance hall but no one has yet harnessed that gangster shine within a straight four-four house track in such a groovy manner until now. If your head is bobbing as unconsciously as ours and The Golden Pony’s remix of “Forgot About Dre” just has to be in your music player’s library then you’re in luck. This one is being given away as a free download, so grab it in exchange for a Facebook “like” here.
What a lovely outlet for our emotive side to come shining through this Wednesday. Scott Johnson’s solo act turned five-piece dream-pop outfit, Goodbye Chanel, just uncovered a brand new single “Foreva”, much to our deilght. Fueled by a surf-rock inspired guitar hook a la Dick Dale, brought up to contemporary speed with the employment of a shoegazey reverb filter, Goodbye Chanel’s hazy, minimal-pop instrumentation wraps itself ideally around Johnson’s yearning delivery -in the same vein as Wild Nothing or early Washed Out nonetheless- to create the perfect statement for their forthcoming EP Hot City Nights. “Foreva” is given the perfect amount of room to build; from the slow burning intro to the first bridge, carefully adding choice backup guitar licks and snare heavy, but ultimately light percussion patterning throughout. There is a thought evoking, storytelling sense to the tune, which hooks its listener from the onset for what is a pensive sonic journey. Goodbye Chanel’s impending Hot City Nights extended play is geared up for an April 21 release ( a day too late for some) on Dead Young Records, and if it’s anything as musically layered as debut LP Through Night to Paradise you can bet we’ll be with them every step of the way until then. Slow down your day a bit through the use of a little Goodbye Chanel above.
Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.
The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70′s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.
One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.
Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80′s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.
“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.
This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.
Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)
2014 is going to be a big year for my good friend Broke For Free, with an upcoming album, and many exciting collaborations in the making. It’s rumored that he’s making a Hip-Hop track with A-1 the Emcee and also working on some tracks with Takenobu, very excited to see how those turn out. “Tropicks” starts off with some funky synth work, mixed with sexy vocal splicing and and a melody that carries flawlessly throughout the whole track. This is off his upcoming album Petal that is due to drop this Spring.
Also make sure to take a listen to his other tracks off of Petal:“The Gold Lining” and “XXV”, and “Juparo”.
The low-end leaning EDM duo of Elliot Oveson and Akbar Mohabbat, better known by their stage moniker of Basscrooks purvey a hip-hop laced brand of wubby dance music, and their latest body of work, the REAL TALK EP got us moving in the right direction this morning. Totalling three tracks, “Gangsta”, “Neon Rain” and “Avalanch”, consisting of 11 carefully composed minutes in length, REAL TALK guides its listener on a bass fueled, mid-tempo odyssey while displaying the pair’s ever increasing talent and grasp on twerk-inducing rhythms. All of that increasing time being spent in their Denver studio has been showing up in their latest originals and we’ve been all over the music coming out of the Basscrooks camp in 2014. Be sure to stream the entire REAL TALK EP below, and try not to break out in a dance floor assault if you find yourself listening in class or at work. And for our friends in Colorado, don’t miss a chance to see them for free this Saturday at the epic Life In Color paint party by entering our contest here.
Avalanch Ft. Sonny Bamboo
There are some days when things just don’t go our way. From the moment we wake up till the time we fall asleep, it’s like someone is playing one never-ending, detailed ass trick on us. If today happens to be one of those days, you’ve come to right place. We’ve got a planned daily playlist, every Tuesday, at the same time. Just in case you need a little grounding in your life.
Heroes of Heartache
Soulmates Never die
Heart of Daisies
Sam and Raw
Charmer Feat. Beth Garret
There’s something about Life Leone that screams Americana. Maybe it’s the gritty vocals, maybe it’s the heavily distorted guitars, maybe it’s the catchy-as-hell lyrics. Whatever it is that gives us this feeling of red white and blue familiarity, it just got taken up a notch with the release of this video.
Premiering today, this Lucerne Valley based outfit continues their nostalgic rock and roll persona with a continuous filming of their trip from Graceland to LA. Set to their tune “Lonely Teacher,” off of their EP Comes Crashing In (July 2nd), night turns to day, and day turns to night as we witness a cross-country trip in an old school bus.
That, my ninjas, is as American as it comes. Open a PBR, press play and enjoy.