Music and Technology can be one of the most synergistic marriages to date, and there are a group of people that are trying to expand this concept and bring them to colleges around the world. Named after the most joyful time in our elementary years, the RECESS festival is trying to encapsulate that very excitement of leaving the class room to go out an play, bringing young adults an amazing array of music acts with inspiring members in the tech community.
Recess, the nation’s first college touring music and ideas festival rolls into Michigan State University with Kaskade and Project 46 leading the charge as the major performing artists. Slated for Friday, April 19, 2013 at the Ag Expo – Michigan State University, Lansing, MI – the evening will bring together the latest trends in music, technology, fashion, and art while inspiring and guiding entrepreneurs.
After remaining relatively quiet since his debut LP, 2011′sYou Are All I See, Active Child is back with a new song titled “Evening Ceremony”. The track, full of divinely lush harp and his stunningly delicate vocals, is so wonderfully and beautifully sad. Like most of his material, the track makes your heart ache, but in the most healthy of ways. Check it out.
“Evening Ceremony” is off The Host: Choose To Listen soundtrack, which also features tracks from other TMN faves Ellie Goulding and Imagine Dragons.
Starting off with the highly anticipated release from RL Grime & Salva, and it’s their anthem worthy remix of Jamie Lidell‘s track “What A Shame”. Next is a rip from Bro Safari‘s set at Ultra Music Festival this last weekend. It’s a VIP of KillaGaham’s insane tune “Clowns”. Hudson Mohawke has been teasing us with this track for a couple years now, so I figured it was about time to share a small clip of “Sweet Silverskin”. The Trap phenom Alex Young is here with another mind blowing release. This time he remixes BenZel‘s track “Fallin’ Love” and nails it on all levels. MR. CARMACK is without a doubt going to blow up in 2013, and this track “felt nothing today” is just one reason why. Ever since “All Gold Everything” I’ve been in love with Trinidad James, and he teams up with STORi on this track titled “Pocketbook”. Make sure not to miss the tracks from: The Hi-Yah‘s, Amati, and the minimix from Rustie. Cheers.
As the release date of Fyfe‘s Solace EP steadily approaches, we now have access to three of the project’s four tracks. “Lies” isn’t as immediately impactful as its two predecessors, but it has endearing qualities of its own. Being the most low tempo effort of the trio, “Lies” has a rather airy vibe to it, as Fyfe’s floating vocals gently lift you off of the ground and whisk you away to a distant place. The lyrics aren’t quite as peaceful however, as Fyfe begs his partner to cut the bullshit, crooning out, “Lies won’t live.” If you’ve been following Fyfe’s ascent to this point, there’s no doubt you’re excited for his upcoming Solace EP, dropping April 7th. For the extra eager, pre-orders are already being taken on iTunes.
Laura Mvula, the soulful UK songstress-phenom, recently performed at the Nobu Unplugged showcase in London and dropped a little surprise during her set, covering Michael Jackson‘s classic hit “Human Nature”. Subtle, yet sophisticated, her rendition absolutely works and only further reaffirms why the world’s closely watching this charming, rising artist. Check out the performance below, and be sure to listen to Mvula’s original track “Green Garden”, too.
The excitement around our musical ninja dojo couldn’t be more palpable as we just might have found a future prodigy. MURAMASA, whose name derives from the famous Japanese swordsmith Muramasa Sengo, founder of the Muramasa school, is equipped with equally as sharp technical capabilities to create complex musical structures in the world of trap music.
If there is one thing that the dance scene is consistent of, it would undoubtedly be its cyclical nature of grabbing founding principles and taking them over the edge. Dubstep is a clear example, where in the last 2 years creating the most aggressive and weighted basslines produced the best of results. And if you follow its evolution, the post-dubstep era is soon changing from all the unnecessary and uncontrolled “bro-step” elements and rolling back to a more sensible and technical place that echos its very origin.
And this is why we strongly urge everyone to pay attention to this promising 16 year old producer. While he has nothing to do with dubstep (not yet anyways) it is his purified view of what trap music means to him that makes Muramasa a fresh new standalone act. The balanced layers of both bass and harmony, the progressive and controlled nature in his music almost comes out as poetic if it weren’t so BOSS. Trap, once dismissed as just another experimental bass genre, is gaining a lot of popularity and the milestones of its evolution can easily be witnessed by experiencing what Muramasa is bringing to the table.
Muramasa will be releasing a self-titled EP on April 2nd and today we have for you a signature track from the four track complication that serves as a representative to not only the EP as a whole but to his very movement he is creating. “Birdcage Chain” exhibits all the expressive nature of a typical trap single yet it is submerged in simple but substantive technicalities that are like nothing we have heard before. Play a preview of the song below as we all wait for the official release coming next week.