Calvin Harris + Florence Welch + Dirtyloud = no comment. The original track “Sweet Nothing” is a house anthem, and Dirtyloud transforms it into a mind altering Dubstep thrill ride. Starting off with some grimey Dub and fierce drums that build into Florence’s amazing vocals. Then sampling a little bit from the original before smacking you in the face with un-called for insane wobbles. Find biggest speakers possible please, this is quite the banger. Cheers.
The master of Melodic Dub has struck again. Seven Lions delivers a euphoric melody backed up with heavy wobbles and incredible sound design. He has been dropping some incredible tunes lately and “She Was” featuring Birds Of Paradise is nothing short of amazing. This is off his upcoming EP Days To Come, that is due to drop October 16th via OWSLA. This was released for Free download because this Santa Barbara native loves us.
Right now in New York City it’s the calm before the storm. Next week the CMJ Music Marathon will blow through with its hundreds of bands, industry panels & presentations, and nightly showcases, and it will be nothing short of pure intensity. Aside from the cheap booze and sometimes free events, the music is the festival’s main focus and best part because for nearly one week seemingly all the best new and established acts from various genres will descend upon this city and show us their stuff. I’ll be covering it for The Music Ninja so expect reviews in the coming weeks. Until then though, here are 20 CMJ 2012 Must See Acts (in no particular order). We’ve got a scattering of indie rock, electronica, hip-hop, electro, synth pop and more. Some are popular, some rising; some you’ve seen on this site, and some you haven’t, so keep a lookout:
Kimbra instantly garnered fame after being the voice behind Gotye’s masterpiece “Somebody I Used to Know”. However, despite contributing the vocals to one of the most played and remixed tracks of 2012, Kimbra has also invested in her solo career with both an LP & EP released via Warner Brothers Record Inc. Now, Kimbra gets the royal remix treatment from none other than the king of glitch/neurofunk, Opiuo. The Australian producer transforms Kimbra’s original tune “Come Into My Head” (which we covered here) into a glitch-infused banger emphasizing Kimbra’s airy vocals with heavy drum kicks and loads of funky bass. This track will have you bumping from start to finish, so do yourself a favor and grab this sensational free download.
UK-based duo Coves take Chris Isaak‘s ’80s rootsy hit “Wicked Game” and shroud it in dark shadows that seem to scream creepy love. It’s very much a hypnotizing rendition, complete with a fuzzy, psychedelic fogginess that sprawls and permeates throughout the entire track. Download the cover below and be sure to connect with the band through their Facebook page.
Over the past few years, Never Say Die Records has without a doubt established itself as one of the premier labels representing some of the most innovative and talent producers in all of EDM. Being a fan of heavy bass music, I eagerly await any material Never Say Die Records puts out, and their latest release, Dodge & Fuski’sBad Meaning Good EP is no exception. Bad Meaning Good, is a refreshingly diverse EP featuring five quality releases which highlight a vast range of tempos and styles of bass music. The first track off the EP, “Got 2 Come Together” is a high-energy track brimming with hard-hitting bass and strident synths. Another highlight of the EP, is “Turn It Up,” a glitch-hop track riddled with wobbles and ingeniously spliced vocal samples. “Turn It Up” is an excellent example of how this EP showcases Dodge & Fuski’s aptitude to create top-notch productions regardless of the genre. “Bad” is an aggressive drum and bass tune, which highlights Messinian’s grimy vocals with heavy wobbles and laser pitched synths. Also included on the EP is Brown & Gammon’s incredibly unique remix of “Bad” and arguably the most unique track of the EP, “Call My Name,” a more melodic bass filled tune. All in all, this EP is exactly what one should expect from any Never Say Die release, pure gold! Give each track a listen and grab a copy on Beatport here. Enjoy.
This week has been all about The Man With the Iron Fists. The Quentin Tarantino-presented and RZA-written-and-directed film, which hits theaters on November 2nd, has enlisted an all-star group of hip-hop’s finest for its epic soundtrack. Yesterday, we heard The Black Keys & RZA collaborate on “The Baddest Man Alive,” this morning we listened to Wu-Tang Clan‘s contribution “Six Directions of Boxing,” and right now we’re presenting Kanye West‘s “White Dress”. The highly anticipated track doesn’t need much introduction and could’ve certainly stood on its own, but it’s accompanied by a video that literally takes you around the world. You can also stream it below, enjoy!