Zedd – Clarity (Album Review)

Zedd‘s newest album Clarity is definitely one of the greatest albums of its kind this year. Track after track proves to have a phenomenal quality. Each hold its own weight and doesn’t sound as though it was just thrown into the tracklisting as filler, which isn’t something you often see in electronic albums. Usually there are three or four solid hits, while the rest feels like generic electro. However, Clarity is in no way like this.

If you want to invest in an electronic album that will cover a lot of ground genre-wise and will light up a dance floor, this is definitely it, hands down. The spectrum of electronic music genres on it is pretty large, with many of the songs representing the different genres very well. From heavy electro house tracks like “Codec” and “Stache” to lighter progressive pieces such as “Lost At Sea” and “Follow You Down,” and everything in between, Zedd knows when and how to use vocals and chords perfectly. My favorites are “Spectrum” and “Fall Into The Sky” featuring Ellie Goulding (how can you go wrong with that?).

Clarity flows so well that it can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what genre of electronic music they like or even if they don’t care for it at all. Zedd has showed a tremendous amount of skill with this debut and he’s only going to get better. You can stream some samples below and pick up the album on iTunes here. It will be available on Beatport on October 9th.

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Hourglass (ft. Liz)
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 Shave It Up
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Spectrum (ft. Matthew Koma)
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 Lost at Sea (ft. Ryan Tedder)
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Clarity (ft. Foxes)
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 Codec
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Stache
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Fall Into The Sky (ft. Ellie Goulding)
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Follow You Down (ft. Bright Lights)
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Epos
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Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)

Last two weeks have been release after release for Ellie Goulding, as we approach the release of her forthcoming album Halcyon on October 9th. Teaming up with prolific electronic producer Calvin Harris, the two collaborate on a high energy track that although contains very strong and catchy melodies, it does takes some getting used to. Ellie’s vocals mixed with such an aggressive dancy bassline is a departure from what we have seen producers do with her vocals, primarily using them with slow and grinding dubstep. We admit, Ellie is good enough to sound amazing no matter the circumstances and Calvin is well capable of producing the some of the best electronic experiences, yet most of the production feels a bit forced (primarily after the drops). Nevertheless it is a track that will be well played and hopefully give more exposure to these two amazing artists. Let us know what you think below.

Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love (feat. Ellie Goulding)
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[Hip-Hop] Smoke DZA – K.O.N.Y. (Mixtape)

Harlem’s Smoke DZA first caught hip-hop fan’s attention back in 2010 with his impressive mixtape, George Kush Da Button. Since then, he consistently released strong projects, joined up with New Orleans veteran Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings and put out one of the strongest hip-hop albums of the summer with Rugby Thompson, entirely produced by Harry Fraud. DZA is a talented lyricist with a gritty east coast flow and certainly has created his own brand of lifestyle raps.

The self-proclaimed “Kushed God” released his most recent project yesterday boasting a star-studded tracklist. With features and production from Big K.R.I.T.Ab-SoulJoey Bada$$, King ChipSki Beatz and Harry Fraud, just to name a few, the expectations for K.O.N.Y. could not be higher and Smoke DZA most certainly does not disappoint. This is not a project you want to miss. Check out a few of the standout tracks below and grab the whole thing for free over here: Smoke DZA - K.O.N.Y..

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G.otham F._ckin C.ity (Feat. Joey Bada$$) (Prod. By J Dilla)
Smoke DZA Diamond (Feat. Ab
Soul) (Prod. By Kenny Beats)
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K!NG (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.) (Prod. By Ski Beatz)
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[Remixes] Halo 4 – Nemesis (Alvin Risk Remix) + (KOAN Sound Remix)

If you are a gamer this is all we have been waiting for since Dubstep first came onto the scene. Massive bass heavy tunes to rage to while shredding through Halo, killing grunts and elites. This first track from Alvin Risk is a remix of “Nemesis” and features his classic high intensity filth that could scare small children. Now those small children will have no choice as they listen to this insane Electro banger in Halo 4. He even drops some “killing spree” and “infected” samples, enough said.

The next track is from KOAN Sound and features a much more mellow and melodic approach to their remix of “Green And Blue”. Using a sound design similiar to scoring for a movie, delivering uplifting and unique chords. And can’t leave out the incredible Drum work that they are so well known for. Cheers

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Nemesis (Alvin Risk Remix)
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Green & Blue (KOAN Sound Remix)
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[Indie] Wild Belle – Keep You

When you think of blending together reggae, indie rock and synth pop together, you probably don’t expect to get much out of such a concoction. Most would assume it’d be disastrous and distasteful, a misguided attempt at an unusual recipe. But Wild Belle defy the odds and convert the skeptics. The duo sprinkles elements of the aforementioned genres all over “Keep You,” and damn does it taste good. They’re currently on tour with Tennis, so keep a look out, ’cause it’s worth keeping an eye on these guys.

Wild Belle
Keep You
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[Electro House] Swedish House Mafia – Don’t You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix)

Soon the only thing we will have to remember Swedish House Mafia will be remixes of their massive tracks. Today Promise Land dropped a incredible preview for their remix of SHM’s newest single “Don’t You Worry Child”. This is hand down the best take on this track to hit the blogosphere, and it bring even higher energy then the original. Being as SHM supports this one we can only hope to hear it Live during the #onelasttour. Cheers.

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Dont You Worry Child (Promise Land Remix)

Release date in the UK is October 7th

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[Indie] Dan Mangan – We Want To Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down

Earlier this week indie folk troubadour Dan Mangan and his 2011 record Oh Fortune picked up three Western Canadian Music Awards: Songwriter of the Year, Rock Album of the Year and Independent Album of the Year. With that said, it’s safe to assume this newly surfaced song, “We Want To Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down” is a winner. And with its rich, sprawling, rockin’ nature, complete with Mangan’s gravelly, pained vocals, the track — which is an outtake from the Oh Fortune sessions — sure is deserving of attention (and probably a trophy of sorts).

The song, along with a cover of Yukon Blonde‘s song “Stairway,” will appear on a 7″ called Radicals, out October 16th via Arts & Crafts.

Dan Mangan
We Want To Be Pleasantly Surprised, Not Expectedly Let Down
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