Hailing from possibly one of the best cities in the world, Florentine seven foot beatsmith Phonat dropped a four track EP a few weeks ago, and it’s pretty damn amazing. Seamlessly fusing countless genres, this eclectic synergy of musical expression has us pressing play over and over again.
The Never EP boasts four tunes, two originals and two subsequent remixes of the title track. First up on the EP is a 70’s inspired glitch-hop tune that gracefully highlights sinfully delicious guitar work, coupled with a raw yet smooth funk vocal sample. While “Never” as a whole has an underground hip hop feel, the melodic synth work really brings it full circle back to the dancefloor.
One of the remixes that accompanies this tune comes via UK based Asa and Sorrow, and comes in fierce with some dialed up drum work. While the attitude-rich funk vibes are still apparent, the tune is turned on its head with some razor sharp DnB basslines and meticulous drum hits.
Icarus creates a laid-back version of the aforementioned track, relying heavily on a soulful groove and some 80’s style synths. Giving “Never” a more mainstream persona, this remix maintains the original appeal while taking on a whole new look and feel.
“Phase to Face,” has a delightfully broken nature, featuring classic DnB style vocals. While one would expect a normal progression of rapid snare and hi hats, they would actually be mistaken. In a fluttering culmination of break-beat drums and wobbling bass, melodic synths draw everything together in something that’s both wildly unexpected, yet incredibly attractive.
This EP is ready and available for you to purchase. We highly recommend you do so.
Never (Asa & Sorrow Remix)
2014 is going to be a big year for my good friend Broke For Free, with an upcoming album, and many exciting collaborations in the making. It’s rumored that he’s making a Hip-Hop track with A-1 the Emcee and also working on some tracks with Takenobu, very excited to see how those turn out. “Tropicks” starts off with some funky synth work, mixed with sexy vocal splicing and and a melody that carries flawlessly throughout the whole track. This is off his upcoming album Petal that is due to drop this Spring.
Also make sure to take a listen to his other tracks off of Petal:“The Gold Lining” and “XXV”, and “Juparo”.
The low-end leaning EDM duo of Elliot Oveson and Akbar Mohabbat, better known by their stage moniker of Basscrooks purvey a hip-hop laced brand of wubby dance music, and their latest body of work, the REAL TALK EP got us moving in the right direction this morning. Totalling three tracks, “Gangsta”, “Neon Rain” and “Avalanch”, consisting of 11 carefully composed minutes in length, REAL TALK guides its listener on a bass fueled, mid-tempo odyssey while displaying the pair’s ever increasing talent and grasp on twerk-inducing rhythms. All of that increasing time being spent in their Denver studio has been showing up in their latest originals and we’ve been all over the music coming out of the Basscrooks camp in 2014. Be sure to stream the entire REAL TALK EP below, and try not to break out in a dance floor assault if you find yourself listening in class or at work. And for our friends in Colorado, don’t miss a chance to see them for free this Saturday at the epic Life In Color paint party by entering our contest here.
Avalanch Ft. Sonny Bamboo
There are some days when things just don’t go our way. From the moment we wake up till the time we fall asleep, it’s like someone is playing one never-ending, detailed ass trick on us. If today happens to be one of those days, you’ve come to right place. We’ve got a planned daily playlist, every Tuesday, at the same time. Just in case you need a little grounding in your life.
Heroes of Heartache
Soulmates Never die
Heart of Daisies
Sam and Raw
Charmer Feat. Beth Garret
There’s something about Life Leone that screams Americana. Maybe it’s the gritty vocals, maybe it’s the heavily distorted guitars, maybe it’s the catchy-as-hell lyrics. Whatever it is that gives us this feeling of red white and blue familiarity, it just got taken up a notch with the release of this video.
Premiering today, this Lucerne Valley based outfit continues their nostalgic rock and roll persona with a continuous filming of their trip from Graceland to LA. Set to their tune “Lonely Teacher,” off of their EP Comes Crashing In (July 2nd), night turns to day, and day turns to night as we witness a cross-country trip in an old school bus.
That, my ninjas, is as American as it comes. Open a PBR, press play and enjoy.
Skrillex feat. Ellie Goulding
A live rip of this glorious track hit the blogosphere a little over a year ago, and it was recorded while Skrillex and Ellie Goulding were still dating. The track was originally titled “Lovers” but naturally due to the break up the title was changed to “Because.” After hearing Skrillex play this song out live, they broke up the next week, and I felt like this was never going to see the light of day. So to say the least I’m ecstatic that Ellie just played this in her “Goodnight Valentine Mix” for Annie Mac, and hopefully it will be released soon. Cheers.
via Neighbors Hate Us
There’s never really a question of whether or not there’s good music coming out of the City of Angels. Every other day, we’re stumbling over a new artist that wins us over. While we were already very familiar with “Braindead” from alt-Soul act Jarell Perry, he’s yet another example of the swelling sea of musical talent in L.A.
Fusing together classic soulful R&B vocals, electronic synths and beats, and pop structures, Perry has paved his own lane in this genre. “Braindead” is a classic example of his unique style, offering up something that would be easily appreciated from a radio audience, or blog-reading indepedent music lovers as well.
This tune dropped about three months ago, giving us a teaser of his upcoming White EP. Fast forward a few other releases, “Black Valentine” and “Eleven,” and today we’re honored to premiere the music video for “Braindead.” This painfully emotion-rich song features visuals that are most assuredly not safe for the workplace or school. However, if you’re feeling brave on the job, take a gander at this sultry embrace between two young ladies.