L'Orange & Stik Figa
If you’re familiar with my posts up to this point, you know I rarely write about hip hop. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I usually lean towards indie rock, folk and house music. However, every once in a while a hip hop track comes along and I just cant help myself.
There are two things about this track that really drew me in. The first is the production style of North Carolina resident L’Orange. With classic TV samples, jazz influenced beats and crackling antiquated atmospheric texturing, L’Orange has a deliciously lush sound in “Blind Tiger.”
The second thing about this track that drew me in was the lyrics of Topeka hip hop artist Stik Figa. I’ve never really cared for simplistic lyrics that grace the radio’s airwaves. I believe the talent lies in a lyricist creating something truly poetic. Something that you can’t instantly figure out. Something that takes some thought and interpretation to understand. Admittedly, I had never heard of Stik Figa before, but after hearing him gracefully and poetically grace L’Orange’s beats on this track, he’s gained a new fan.
LA Calling (DE$iGNATED Remix)
As you wake up from your Saturday night slumber, kick your sunday into gear with this remix from this 18 year old South London producer duo, DE$iGNATED. If you’re not familiar with these two kiddos just yet, you will be after this track. Their first love of music, which is evident in their production style, is grime, garage and UK hip hop. These guys got into it early, gaining an affinity for these musical styles from the early age of nine. Quite different than this blogger, who was into nintendo and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at age nine.
In this remix of Spanish energetic indie dance band Crystal Fighters, we’re woken up with a smooth house bass line and playful synths. The carefully sampled lyrics from the original add to this eclectic dance floor pleaser creating something that is engaging and infectious.
Pour yourself a bloody mary and throw this on as you make Sunday morning brunch. Unless you’re in Europe or Australia, in which case throw this on as you get ready to head out for your Sunday night festivities.
A few weeks ago we wrote up Australian based folk artist RY X. With little information on his artistry, we wrote simply based on his exquisite vocal tone and calming folk instrumentals. While we still don’t have ample information on this ethereal vocaled newcomer, we’re once again finding ourselves being overwhelming impressed with his work.
“Vampires” is a slightly more upbeat release than what we’ve heard prior. With subdued guitar strumming, clashing symbols, rolling snare hits and of course RY X’s hauntingly enchanting vocals we’re left wanting more.
RY X’s released his “Berlin” EP on Swedish label Dumont Dumont back on August 28th. Make sure to pick it up, as we assure you won’t be disappointed.
Adrian Lux & Marcus Schossow
Wild Child feat. JJ (Radio Edit)
Mr. Lux has made a name for himself with his hit singles “Teenage Crime”, “Strawberry” and “Can’t Sleep” off his self-titled debut album with Ultra Records. This year Adrian has been keeping busy traveling the globe on his DAMAGED Tour. Known for wooing crowds the world over with a diverse array of hip-hop, electro, and pop influenced tracks, Adrian Lux left us thoroughly impressed with his performance.
Prinz Adrian Johannes Hynne, better known as Adrian Lux, has a flare for the dramatic though his look is simplistic. Dressed in a dark tee shirt and devoid of jewelry, Adrian lets his enthusiasm for his music take the limelight. His choice in tracks and the emotion he exudes as he’s playing them speaks to his DJ prowess more so than any flash could. Miami EDM fans are known for having high standards and being tough to please. When you have a world class DJ (or 4) in your backyard on any given week, it’s easy to understand that one’s threshold for getting crazy on the dance floor may be elevated. Adrian Lux’s mix of perfectly timed build ups, unrelenting bass lines, and fresh remixes of fan favorites left us dancing like mad and begging for more.
We would be remiss to not address the environment in which this dance-fest took place. LIV, located within the luxurious Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, is in the upper echelon of dance clubs worldwide. The audio-visual production incorporated in the LIV experience is truly breathtaking. Lasers, fog cannons, blanketing amounts of confetti, balloons, foam glow sticks, and even a train horn all combine with the stunning beauty of the residents of Miami to provide an occasion worthy of cherishing. The staff at LIV is courteous, the drinks are strong, and the organization within the venue is mathematic. When LIV’s ambiance is combined with the expert DJ skills of Adrian Lux, the end result is something very special.
There’s nothing quite like stumbling across unknown artists. Not having any preconceived notions associated with a name or an image really allows you to just take it all in. It’s one of our favorite parts about this gig.
Case in point: this debut single from Gold Coast native San Mei. The driving rhythm, playful synths, and subtle yet rich layering of sounds provides the perfect back drop for the echoey vocals. This is the first we’re hearing of San Mei, but we can’t wait to hear more of what she has to offer.
Keep tabs on her by liking her facebook page.
While there’s little out there on Gent Mason, knowing who his mentor is already has us intrigued. This London based producer spent time working with Jimmy Douglas, the man who worked with Timbaland for more than a decade on records for Aaliyah, Missy Elliot, Timberlake and Jay Z to name a few.
“Head” is a seductive, glowing downtempo track with sultry vocals and a reptitious beat that makes for a perfect play with your lady or dude friend. Open up a bottle of wine, throw this on and have yourself a fun Saturday night. Just spare us the details.
What is up, ninjas? For all of you die hard CFPP fans, we’re sorry we didn’t put together a playlist last week. We hope you enjoyed our EDM Mega Summer Playlist, which offered up 120+ tracks of pure dance greatness. If you somehow missed that, check it out when you get a chance. It’s pretty damn epic.
Now that we’ve hit Friday on a short week, it’s time to start thinking ahead to what kind of weekend adventures await. As you ponder your partying plans of grandeur, hit play and get some inspiration.
Royals (Wild Boyz! Remix)
Case & Point
More Than a Feeling feat. Gamble & Burke
Daft Punk ft. NERD
Hypnotize You (Nero Remix) (Kennedy Jones Trap Bootleg)
Don Diablo feat Angela Hunte
Lights Out Hit (Night Crime 2013 Bootleg)
Bitch, Dont Kill My Beautician (Kendrick Lamar x Dillon Francis)
Draw Mollys Vago (Leo Laurettis Mashup)
Sultan & Ned Shepard Vs. Nari & Milani
Sebastian Ingrosso, Tommy Trash feat John Martin
Reload (Lush & Simon Bootleg)
Lethal Industry (Ahzee & DIMARO Remix)
AllNight Feat. Laura Brehm
Mile High (James Egbert Remix)
Drake vs Don Diablo vs Matt Nash
Versace Stars (Verdugo Brothers Edit)
DSKO (Original Mix)
A Horse With No Name (Joman Remix)