[LP Review] The Joy Formidable—Wolf’s Law

The Joy Formidable’s second studio album, Wolf’s Law, demands a careful ear. Although the album is approachable in a pop rock sense, it has none of the trappings of pop music: The album is creative, versatile and gives winks and nods to genres of music that grouchy music nerds like yours truly can appreciate! The listener will have a pleasant pop experience but will also enjoy some shoegaze, punk and yes, even some metal moments in this album.

The album opens with “This Ladder is Ours”, which begins some gentle strings before launching into a poppy celebration of a song that could easily be an anthem for the kiddos out there. “Bats”, on the other hand, opens a little darker : A crunchy, distorted guitar riff accents some vocals that aren’t afraid to drip a little venom in the ear. Also check out the heavy metal nod at 2:19 in this song. Is that double bass drums? Yeah. I think it is. And it’s gorgeous. More of this PLEASE indie-pop artists! “The Leopard and the Lung,” opens with some clever piano trills that give way to a triumphant, shoegaze style wall of sound guitar work that made this Mogwai fan smile. The piano hangs on in the song, cutting nicely through the distortion to give the tune balance.

The Joy Formidable is a band with a bright future. Their ability to produce accessible music will give them mainstream access (supporting Muse on their tours won’t hurt either), and their ability to hold on to their alt-rock roots will give them street cred with the indie crowd.

Good stuff here. Have a listen.

The Leopard and the Lung
This Ladder Is Ours
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[Video] POTATO – BANG! ft. Skrillex and Boys Noize

POTATO, the new Youtube network, launched by Diplo, Skrillex and A-Trak just premiered their first show, “Bang!” Bang!, a short documentary featuring Skrillex and Boys Noize looks at the history of the Detroit Techno scene, truly the birthplace of the American electronic dance movement, and its evolution to what it is today. The two also discuss their upcoming project, Dog Blood, while playing in Detroit.

Bang! is just the first series to be released by the Potato Network, which promises to feature music videos, audio premieres and plenty of other shows. Check out the trailer for Diplo’s globehopping adventures in “Blow Your Head” and the trailer for the network below. This is the YouTube channel for people who wish MTV still played music, and proves that it was video that killed the radio star, not teen pregnancies and guidos.

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Borgore & Carnage – Incredible (heRobust Remix) [MASSIVE TRAP]

Unlike people staying home on President’s Day, Trap does not take a day off. HeRobust, otherwise known as Hayden Kramer, is an emerging producer from Atlanta, GA who’s been an early adapter of all things that have a beat, from hip/hop to dubstep. His latest fascination for trap music has forced him to contribute to the ever growing community releasing today a MONSTER remix of Borgore & Carnage‘s now ubiquitous bass pounding track “Incredible”. The result is simply a bulletproof twerk track that sounds bigger than life itself.

Borgore & Carnage
Incredible (BUSTED by heRobust)
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Midnight Conspiracy – Satellite (Preview)

Chicago’s Midnight Conspiracy have become remarkable at one thing: creating a blend between electro and dubstep in the most profound, and often scariest, of ways. The somber overtones exposed on every single of their tracks are haunted with filthy aggressive basslines and goosebump-giving melodies to even rival those of dubstep producer Figure.

Their latest and most notorious single released late last year “Sentinel“, summoned a persecuting force of heavy bass accompanied by preying organ melodies capable of crawling under your skin. Continuing their evil plan of making the world a much darker place, today we have an exclusive preview of tomorrow’s release, “Satellite”. Oozing both slow burning bass and malevolent sounds, Midnight Conspiracy proves once more they have not strayed off course.

Midnight Conspiracy
Satellite (Preview)

This electrostep banger will be available February 19th.

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[New] Meek DeMeo – Hallucinogen ft Ab-Soul

Newcomer Meek DeMeo helps listeners get over that one love on his latest single “hallucinogen”. What some would drink, talk, or cry away their pain after a break-up, unsigned hype DeMeo chooses neither and would rather fry out the memory with some psychedelic drugs. Although not everyone’s best interest, the singer’s vocals give off a strong and moody vibe that is only emphasized by production from Austin Ceyala. Mixing some Weeknd-esque singing with some studio effects, atmospheric beats and synth heavy backgrounds, this track definitely gives off a wide range of trippy sounds. Throwing in a quick beatswitch, courtesy of W:ZARD, TDE signee Ab-Soul jumps on the last minute of the track for a high-energy outro. Be sure to check out the interesting single below and stay tuned for more from the R&B singer when his Capital Vices EP drops.

Meek DeMeo ∞ Hallucinogen Feat. Ab
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[NEW] Phoenix – Entertainment

Yes. Yes. It’s here: the new Phoenix track “Entertainment”. It does not disappoint and only further reminds us all the reasons — gliding pop, glistening synths, etc. — why we loved their previous album Lisztomania in the first place. Check it out below. Also, if you want to peep the lyric video and sing along, you can do so here.

Phoenix
Entertainment

Phoenix’s “Entertainment” is on their new album, Bankrupt!, out April 23 on Glassnote.

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[R&B/Hip-Hop] The-Dream – Slow It Down (Feat. Fabolous)

Lost in the Valentine’s Day shuffle was this brand new cut from Terius Nash, a.ka. The-Dream. With this bouncy and infectious tune, the Radio Killa brings us a sound consistent with some of his previous hits like “Shawty is A 10” and “Throw it In The Bag” which coincidentally, also feature frequent running mate Fabolous. Although The-Dream doesn’t think this’ll be played on Top 40 radio, it’s hard to deny that he has yet another hit on his hands. Make sure to be on the lookout for his newest album, Fourplay, in stores May 7th.

The
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