Michigan-based, Malawi- native, Atu, represents a new class of producers creating minimal, lo-fi instrumentals utilizing distorted and manipulated R&B samples. The latest project from the 20-year old artist, Pictures on Silence, floats seamlessly from start to finish providing a unique, turned-down and inverted listening experience.Fans of 2000s R&B will vaguely recognize samples from artists such as Alicia Keys, Ray J and Boyz II Men among others through out Atu’s work. This collection elevates the listener to a tranquil state of suspension somewhere at the intersection of trippy, romantic and ambient.
In order to support his place of birth, Atu has released the album on Bandcamp with a starting price of $5, all of which is donated to support children in Malawi. Check out a few of our favorite tracks below, grab some great music and help support a worthwhile cause here: αtμ - Pictures on Silence.
New York duo Filtercrush just released their first remix shortly after deciding to join forces. They’re already doing well for themselves, having a residency at Marquee in NYC, and will start to gain more attention with this remix. They’ve already shared the stage with the likes of Chuckie, Project 46, Dirty South, Junior Sanchez, Paul Oakenfold, Arty, Gregor Salto, Cedric Gervais, Nervo, Dennis Ferrer, Dash Berlin, Max Vangeli, Gareth Emery and more.
Is that all? Come on guys, step your game up.
All kidding aside, this remix of Rhi Rhi’s mega track “Stay” is a gorgeous progressive house tune, with a big sexy melody and euphoric build ups. It just dropped today, and is a free download on their facebook page!
After showing us what they could do with Little Daylight’s “Overdose” and Oceans’ “Coast”, Australian duo Twice As Nice are back with another head-turning remix. Packing big, beautiful and bright synths, they transform the Generationals’ jangly indie rock tune, “Greenleaf”, into a soaring, technicolor dreamscape. A definite must-listen for fans of Passion Pit or straight-up sunny synth pop, it’s yet another piece of evidence that these Aussies have what it takes to put together an infectious rework. Tune in and grab the free download!
Seems crazy to think we’ve already hit another milestone with 30…30 Chill Dojos (insert Sesame Street Count laugh here). There’s always the desire to deliver a playlist fitting for the occasion, and luckily this week has seen enough amazing music to compile a mammoth edition of 30 tracks! There’s a heap of amazing talent on show here, so let’s waste no time and dive straight in.
Garage vibes are the flavor of the week, and when it comes to this style there’s no doubt the UK does it best. No idea how we slept on this remix of ‘Attracting Flies’ from Shift Key, but we’re making up for it by placing it on top as the absolute must-listen this week. This is a style that is so easy to love, and luckily UK group Clean Bandit keep similar vibes flowing with their official remix for the forthcoming Rudimental album, Home. And there’s no way we can talk UK garage without the latest from Kidnap Kid who continues to pump out dancefloor-ready magic. Dancefloor and magic did you say? No apologies for this terrible segue, but that leads perfectly into the newest Viceroy release, which of course is oozing with that summer feeling. If that wasn’t enough excitement for one week, another dojo favorite in Shook also let loose a groovy funkalicious jam just a few days ago, and has been heavy on replay ever since. In addition, there’s more dancey tunes courtesy of Drop Out Orchestra, Cassian, and Kaytranada, more infectious beats from Moods and Mr. Carmack, plus another freebie from Sizzlebird, who rarely goes a week without another mention in the dojo.
The rest is yours to discover, so take your time and wind down in the best way possible. Peace out.
While out at The Shrine in Chicago the other night, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) decided to premiere an unreleased joint called “The Light Is Not Afraid of the Dark.” Originally intended for his third studio album, Tru3 Magic, the Kanye West-produced track unfortunately never made the final cut. Deciding to dig it out of the grave though, Mos decided it would only be appropriate to breathe new life into the track in Kanye’s hometown. Some of you may or may not remember, but the release of Tru3 Magic was rife with controversy, as Mos pushed it out with no real promotion or official album art. Many even reported that the album was unfinished, which may explain why gems like these were left off the record. Let’s just hope Mr. Bey continues with his giving mood and provides us with a proper version of this track sometime soon. A few more songs from the vault wouldn’t hurt either.
Las Vegas based electronica based duo, Black Boots, has more to offer you than just two sets of shiny black boots. These guys got signed to Ultra in hopes of bringing their substance based EDM to the masses. Normally, this is the part of the post where we talk about how these two came together, but we have something even better for you. If you glance below, you’ll see an exclusive interview awaiting you. So, don’t take our word for how Black Boots was formed, instead read what they had to say about how they came together, who they admire in the scene, and what each of them brings to the table when coming up with new tracks!
TMN: We want to know how this project came about. Tell us how you two met?
It was cosmic coincidence. Universal magnetism.
We were standing at the precipice of chaos in our lives and we randomly crossed paths and became roommates. From there we spent more time together and it was very apparent that there was a deep connection on both an artistic and philosophical level. After that, it was only a matter of time until the concept of Black Boots came to fruition.
TMN: on the single “Flash Of Light,” it seems like you guys really take your time whenever you release a new single. Walk us through the production cycle of every track. What do you think each of you bring to the table when it comes to producing a new sound?
Thank you for the kind words.
We focus all of our energy on writing songs with substance and purpose, and the writing process is a deeply intense experience in which we are taking the physical and emotional climate of our lives and purging that to record. The songs we write carry a very personal message and emotional attachment that we hope will resonate with people and create a genuine connection. We spend countless hours in our creative space revisiting ideas and fine-tuning the instrumentals and vocals because they need to be perfect in our eyes. We are perfectionists.
TMN: If you could only describe your sound in 3 words, what would they be?
Provocative, Flammable, Orgasmic.
TMN: Who in the current EDM scene do you look up to, and who are you most eager to collaborate with?
We have a lot of respect for guys that are doing their own thing and aren’t necessarily subscribing to chasing formulas or trending sounds. Collaborations are such an exciting and essential process of making music. There really is a wealth of information out there and we are certainly eager to learn from other artists. At the moment we have our eye on working with artists like Tommy Trash, Calvin Harris, and Wolfgang Gartner, to name a few, but our doors and minds are always open.
TMN: If your music were a Vegas hotel, which one would it be?
Whichever one is most glamorous on the outside, but dark and seedy on the inside.
TMN: What can we expect for 2013? Will you guys be touring?
Black Boots will be invading the airwaves and marching through many cities in the next year. We have a lot of unreleased material, videos, artwork, and concepts that will be coming your way soon. Hope to see you all out there.
Jessie Ware is finally set to release her sublime 2012 debut album Devotion in the US on April 16th via Cherrytree Records. Building on the eleven track UK release, the US edition contains an additional four songs, including a reworked “Wildest Moments” feat. A$AP Rocky and new Julio Bashmore produced “Imagine it Was Us”; a sultry, house-inspired track that sees the London-based songstress stepping up the tempo.