[Event Review] The Weeknd, BANKS, & Anna Lunoe – The Chicago Theatre 10/13-10/14

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3 artists. 2 nights. 7,200 minds blown. That would be the simplest way to sum up my experience in Kiss Land. With a lineup featuring The Weeknd, BANKS, and Anna Lunoe, I was understandably excited the whole day leading up to the event. The first thing that popped into my head as I strolled up to the venue and read the names on the glowing marquee, was that this felt all too surreal. Two years ago, I could’ve never imagined that my first show at the legendary Chicago Theatre would be by The Weeknd. Not only that, but the fact that he was headlining two sold-out back-to-back nights was a true testament to how far he’s come in such a short period.

Walking in, you could immediately feel the energy in the air. There’s always excitement before any show, but this night just felt different in many ways. Maybe it was because of all the weed smoke, maybe it was the crowded space in The Chicago Theatre lobby, or maybe everyone was just as curious about what to expect as I was. Luckily, we had Anna Lunoe to help carry us through each painfully slow minute that ticked by. While I personally didn’t know much about Lunoe coming into the show, I was pleasantly surprised by her set. She’s not your traditional DJ by any means, and her music certainly reflected that, as she was able to get the crowd pumped up with a unique mix of tracks that varied wildly between Cashmere Cat, Lil B, and even some of her own material.

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[Synth-Indie] Ecstasy – Exhale

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Exhale

From the east of England, Herfordshire, comes a most mellifluous band known as Ecstasy. Contrary to the title of their new lead single, ”Exhale,” you can be assured that your ears will wish they could somehow inhale the song to their fullest lung capacity. The dreamy, synth-indie sound is like a euphonic fusion of notes between The Naked and Famous x Smallpools. It’s self explanatory why their band name is what it is. Expect to feel your mood ascend when you give this track a listen.

December 9th is the date to remember for the Exhale EPbut the single is available now on iTunes. Oh, and Band of Horses fans may want to head on over here to listen to Ecstasy’s cover of “The Funeral.”

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[Experimental Hip-Hop] Emay – Wudhu (Cleanliness)

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We haven’t heard much from Emay since last year’s instrumental project, Into It. Well, it finally looks like the Montreal native is ready to take command of the mic again, letting go of a brand new demo called, “Wudhu (Cleanliness).”  We’ve always been fans of the emcee’s stream of consciousness flow, and his production is still on a whole different level, as he blends together a distorted, harmonious sample with a simple, pounding drum pattern to produce a vivid, awe inspiring instrumental.

The song’s title makes reference to the process of cleansing oneself that Muslims practice before every prayer. Could that signal that Emay is ready to make a fresh start? Let’s hope so, because we’ve waited way too long to hear a new project from the talented young wordsmith.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 10/24

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Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta for over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. We recently spoke with the Rolling Stone #1 Club in North America just last weekend, and you know what they said about you? That they love you guys, and they love the energy the ninjas bring to the crowd.

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:

- Get in line up front door before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier

Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only stipulations are that you have to be 21 and up, and in the door by 11pm.

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

John Digweed - October 24th
John Digweed & Nick Muir Versus Henry Saiz
Lupine

Pendulum DJ Set - October 25th
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Witchcraft
Tiefschwarz - October 26th
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No Message ft. Argenis Brito (Dub Mix)
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[TMN Premiere] The Hics – Lines (Rare Times Remix)

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Lines (Rare Times Remix)

L.A. duo Rare Times has been carving out a nice little niche in their city for the past few years with a charmingly executed brand of downtempo, synth-wave meets indie-pop, and their latest effort sees them hopefully stepping out into national consciousness on remix duty for The Hics’ single “Lines”. Just as we had anticipated, Rare Times’ production sensibility serves them well with a dancefloor centered approach translating much of their own shimmer onto the track without sacrificing their integral sound. A garagey, shuffling hi-hat pattern and smooth alto-sax loop provides most of the groove on their minimal remix of “Lines”, while a pitched down, haunting vocal sample manages to intertwine its way into the fold almost seamlessly, leaving just enough polish on the dance tune to force some hip-shaking, but absolutely nothing that has been overproduced. If you haven’t yet heard any of Rare Times’ previous music, please go ahead and dive into their catalog to get a feel for their diverse sound, especially their 2013 EP Mist. Stream Rare Times’ remix of The Hics’ “lines” above.

On a side note, if you happen to be in the L.A. area tomorrow, make sure to head to the Troubador to catch their show in support of Hercules and Love Affair.

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[Hip-Hop] Childish Gambino – Worldstar

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Childish Gambino
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It has been great to have Childish Gambino back. In the last few weeks, the unique and fresh emcee has resurfaced continuing to evolve his sound. This morning, Bino returns to his more comical self with a track in honor of the one and only WorldStar Hip-Hop. Over a heavy, minimal beat layered with an appropriate “Worldstar” chant, the multi-talented artist goes with a staggered flow discussing all sorts of mischievous scenarios. Topping it all off, the song closes with an extended, epic horn outro accompanied by the always dope singing voice of Childish in stark contrast to the playful feel of the rest of the song.

Gambino’s Because the Internet drops on December 10th. In the meantime, enjoy and grab a free download above.  Also, make sure to check out his incredible and unconventional freestyle over Drizzy’s “Pound Cake” from his recent stop at Sway in the Morning after the jump!

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[Synth Pop] Shy Girls – Second Heartbeat

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Second Heartbeat

Artist Dan Vidmar travels back in time into some R&B bedroom fantasies with his soulful, “Second Heartbeat.” Under the alias Shy Girls, this new single carries some hints of pop influence and a wide mix of synth beats. Vidmar is definitely channeling the rhythms of an 80′s romance movie soundtrack number with the catchiness of the hook and electronic keys. Each note plays to the senses and smooth melodies make it hard to forget once the nearly three and a half track finishes. This is the first single off Vidmar’s upcoming Timeshare EP, dropping 10/28 in the UK and 10/29 in the US.

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