[FREE Download] DJ Muggs – Sound Boy Killa EP + [INTERVIEW]

For a man that needs no introduction, he continues to re-introduce himself back into the music scene with increased relevancy and humility. More of a living legend than just a producer, Lawrence Muggerud, better known by his stage name DJ Muggs, has conquered just about every genre he has set foot on. We can easily associate him for being Cypress Hill’s DJ and producer, or perhaps for having produced tracks for Funkdoobiest, House of Pain, Dizzie Rascal, U2, Depeche Mode and many more. And yet, after spending some time talking to him the last night, it is clear that he only cares about one title, that of a musician devoted to the craft. With music evolving every second of every minute of our lives, only a handful have been able to keep up, and even fewer can bring forward the level of consistent talent DJ Muggs demonstrates. He has inspired many to pick up DJ gear at Musician’s Friend in an attempt to create a similar sound.

Dark, aggressive and almost exhibiting a life of its own, the Sound Boy Killa exposes a new side of DJ Muggs we have not seen before, although always expected. As if he is reconstructing the rules of dubstep, the much less hip/hop influenced EP, indulges in emotional and grinding overtones that while overly layered, still feel smooth and organic.

Conceptually, it is classified as a Dubstep release, yet it breaths through an unprecedented amount of experimentation existent between the tracks. “People of the Earth” for example showcase a synergy between dubstep and drum and bass while the lighter tracks like “Sound Clash Business” bring in an energy of Trap surrounded by more natural sounding percussion elements. Our favorite however, are the filthy wobbles that continuously flirt with the sporadic manipulation of vocal samples on “Drop the Beat”.

DJ Muggs is offering his fans the Soundboy Killa EP as a gift to his fans in the form of a free download. The release is a bit darker than his upcoming LP release “Bass for Your Face”, but it will prepare you just the same. You can stream it below as well as download it in full.

DJ Muggs
Sound Boy Killa

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Different (feat. Sunny Cheeba)

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Sound Clash Business

DJ Muggs
People Of The Earth

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Stoned Raiders (6 Blocc Remix)

DJ Muggs
Drop The Beat

Download: Sound Boy Killa EP

To celebrate the release, we were able to get chat with DJ Muggs about the current state of music and find out more information about his love for bass music.

TMN: Hey Lawrence! First off, here at TMN we are always interested in discussing the evolution of music, and we feel like there is no better person to interview than having you, DJ Muggs, not only share with us your experiences but also talk about your soon to be released forthcoming LP “Bass for Your Face” out on January 15th on Ultra Music. On this very same note, so much has improved [in technology] over the last couple of years, from your perspective as a producer, has the process of creating a track changed for you?

I think it has.

I went from using strictly SP-1200 and MPC’s to using more software, using more Logic and working more on the computer than doing it on the outside and putting the music [back] in.
There are just more options for me now and I do not have the problem of stuff sounding aluminum. When I make dirty ass hip/hop I know exactly the processes to get what I want. It is like having all these tools right there at my fingertips. I love it.

TMN: Have you been able to port over the same process when creating electronic music the same way you did with Hip/hop? Not specifically on the technical side but when it comes to composing it, do you find yourself starting with the beat first before you move into the melody? Walk us through your process? Continue reading

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (December 2012 Round #3)

When the world gets insane, music can be the perfect sidekick to the escape artist we all harbor inside. So, turn it up and tune it out ’cause sometimes we all deserve a moment of thoughtless flight.

Lions and Witches
Pearl & The Beard
The Honey Dewdrops
Social Studies
Renny Wilson
By and By
El Sportivo & The Blooz
Waking World
Bandito Folk
Maddy Hay
Taking Champange



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[Video] Shadows on Stars – When it Builds

Portland based indie-pop duo Shadows on Stars just dropped this whimsical video earlier today. Director David Helman’s interpretation of “When It Builds” has somewhat of a Midsummer’s Night Dream feel to it, only with a more modern twist, of course. After all, we don’t seem to recall any champagne showers in Shakespeare’s classic. If there were, we might have paid a little more attention when we read it back in High School.

This track is off of their self titled, debut LP, which can be picked up here.

When it Builds
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[Electro House] Triad Dragons – Doomsday

Freeze dried food? Check. Double barrel shotgun? Check. Water purification system? Check. Ten cases of beer? Check. Hot beats for the end of the world? Well, now you can check that one off your list too. Our favorite Denver based DJ/Producer trio, Triad Dragons, is back with another banger to carry you through the end of the world. The aptly named “Doomsday” is a monstrous electro house jam that has a catchy melody, and otherworldly lyrics that will pair perfectly with your end of the world endeavors.

Triad Dragons
Doomsday (Original Mix)
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[EP Review] Seasfire – We Will Wake

Normally, I’m luke warm about electro-pop. Normally, I’m less than luke warm with emotive, lovesick lyrics. But that’s just normally, and Seasfire isn’t normal!

I’ll start with the electro pop comment: a lot of times, electro pop is a mechanical combination of instrumentals, electronically produced beats and a solid-to-very good vocalist singing out safe melodies over a simple tune with a lot of bass. Seasfire provides a different interpretation on what electro-pop should be.  “We Will Wake,” has the artists using electronic instruments and piano to set the beat, allowing the drums to accent the piece until the chorus. “How Do You Sleep” demonstrates a more traditional rock structure by letting the percussion set the beat for the piece and allowing the piano to create the melody. The difference is subtle, but notable. These lads from Bristol are trying some different things, and experimentation is a mark of bravery in a freshman EP, particularly when it’s done well (see my review of Denver’s Native Daughters for a parallel.)

And something must be said about the lyrics. Seasfire’s lyrics are emotive, dramatic and even over the top: “Undone” smolders more than most R&B songs I’ve heard, and might be silly from a different vocalist.It works though.

The lead vocalist has a smoky, breathless sound—think Mute Math, but sexier—and isn’t afraid to allow his British accent to peak through (his pronunciation of “dance” for example). The overall effect is probably going to be a lot of women’s underwear flung on stages, particularly when they hear this vocalist accompanied by an electric guitar on “You Wont Be.”  I mean, I’m a straight dude with a live-in girlfriend and I would definitely help the lead singer of Seasfire move if he asked based on the vocal work on “You Wont Be” alone.

Seriously. It’s ok to admit when another man is attractive. But for the record, I do have a live in girlfriend.


Check this new EP out. It’s good stuff!

We Will Wake
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T.I. took to Shade 45′s “Sway In The Morning” radio show to premiere this brand new track that unfortunately will not be featured on his upcoming album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head. Like much of Tip’s new album, this new piece places a great emphasis on storytelling. This song in particular features anecdotes related by each rapper about different women who have had a profound impact on their lives. Both Kendrick Lamar and B.o.B do an excellent job with their verses, while Kris Stephens blesses us with her soulful stylings on the chorus. While this won’t be on T.I.’s album, we’re all hoping that a high-quality version drops soon so we can enjoy it in all its glory. And before you forget, make sure to pick up Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, in stores tomorrow.

T.I. ft. Kendrick Lamar, B.O.B., and Kris Stephens
Memories Back Then
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[Throwback] Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

The first time I heard “Maps” (off the excellent Fever To Tell record) was back in 2004; I was a fresh-faced junior in high school, ready to grow up, ready to take on the world. Fast forward almost nine years (yikes) and I’m not a complete haggard and jaded wreck, but a lot has changed since then. What has not changed, however, is my undying love for this song. There’s a lot of reasons to keep it on your iPod and playlists, but today is especially appropriate because today, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs confirmed that they would be releasing a NEW album in Spring 2013!! Not yet titled, the LP would be their fourth full-length and the first piece of new material since It’s Blitz three years ago. Everyone rejoice and be glad!

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
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