There certainly hasn’t been any shortage of quality music emanating out of Denver as of late and we can chalk up another two polished electronic compositions to that consistent stream of superfluity. Savvy beatsmith MOSIS was the latest artist to catch our eye from the Western U.S.’ electronic landscape (or ears for that matter), especially behind his latest sonic architectural achievement “You&Me”, which was self-released just last week. Exploiting elements from house and garage, hip-hop, and all things ending in “step”, “You&Me” strikes a chord amongst every side of this writer’s electronic listening scale in the most beautiful of ways. That same gift of fusion has simultaneously been the catalyst behind a diverse production index and live shows supporting artists as polar as Disclosure, Lapalux, option4, Tourist, Daedelus, Nosaj Thing and a host of more influential musicians within the dance panorama. If any rising artist deserves a bit of crate-digging from their new fans right this second, we’ll gladly point you the way of MOSIS.
Not ones to sell ourselves short here at TMN, we’re also excited to be dropping the official remix from yet another monster Denver group: Two Fresh. The low-end leaning twins usher “You&Me” in another stimulating direction entirely. Whereas MOSIS’ original lends itself to blissful spaced-out dancefloor or listening vibes, Two Fresh’s revision gets us all hot and bothered; rather inducing the need to grind and twerk to their gluey, wonked out bass line. Both tracks more than have us stoked today, and you can bet our gaze has been fixated towards the “thick” mountain air over there for more tunes in the near future. Check out both tracks below, and take home a free digital copy of MOSIS’ original track here.
You & Me (Two Fresh Remix)
Feel That (Official)
As Vic Mensa and Smoko Ono continue their European tour alongside Danny Brown, we finally get a glimpse of what the two have been cooking up in the lab during their extended time together. The Chitown natives have both been on quite a tear lately, steadily releasing one hit after another, and this might just be their biggest one yet. “Feel That” is a certified banger–not something we’d typically expect from the SAVEMONEY spitter, but we definitely don’t hate it. Smoko cranks the bass all the way up on the club ready instrumental, while Vic gets familiar with his ratchet side. We wouldn’t be surprised if this one pops off in the coming months, and we’re definitely open to Vic exploring new sounds as he’s done over the past few months. Check out the heater above, and make sure to grab a free download to add to your collection before the weekend begins.
Best Day Of My Life (Gazzo Radio Edit)
Get your feels ready. New Jersey native Gazzo has dialed up an inspiring vocal house remix of the ever-so-popular American Authors tune “Best Day of My Life.”
Just in time for festival season, we’re offered up an energetic take on one of the hottest set of lyrics out there. While some of you may scoff and say they’re cheesy, we know you’re secretly singing them in your head. It’s okay. You can appreciate a catchy hook without being lame.
Given the natural uplifting nature of this song as a whole, adding some piano keys and spiraling synths were only a natural progression in this song’s ascension. We’d like to offer a sincere thank you to Gazzo for giving us the perfect tune to play at our Coachella pool party.
Real Slow (Avenue Remix)
All day today we’ve been hearing songs that make us long for summer. Beatsmith Torotonian Avenue has just made us look out the window with added disgust with his latest remix; a lovely trop-house remix of Miami Horror’s “Real Slow.”
Sporting a funky bassline and some island style synths, Avenue has taken this beach-ready tune and created something that should be played far and wide at WMC. While the original piano melody is still apparent, it’s not the hero of the song as it was in the original. This tune is much more dance-centric, harnessing lush kicks and clicking percussion.
If you’re feeling down about the weather, throw on a Hawaiian shirt and play this bad boy. You won’t be able to avoid the warm weather vibes.
Somewhere between the lines of lush, gorgeous ambient electronica, bass-heavy dance music and avant-garde hip hop lies Golden Features. This up-and-coming producer Aussie just dropped this four track EP and it’s chock full of deep house goodness.
Our favorite of the four was definitely “Tell Me,” which has a melodically focused vocal vocal deep house vibe, featuring verbose, cavernous bass hits that slowly bounce across bass kicks and wavering synths. It’s not an energetic big room track by any way, shape or means, but it has a nice driving tempo that’s backed with some accentuating piano keys, which will create plenty of energy at your next house party or trip to the club.
The other three tracks range in originality, some even displaying perfect characteristics for a smooth MC to drop some lyrics over. Take a gander at all four, and lost in the depth of Golden Feature’s artistry.
You know those beautiful stories of artists? I’m talking about ones where the artist has had music embodied in them since they were young?
Well, Arizona artist Zella Day is one of those musicians. Growing up in small Pinetop Arizona, this artist was inspired by a vast backdrop of natural beauty. Her family owned a small coffee shop where Zella was surrounded by other musicians and where she first began her musical endeavors performing sets of Elvis and Bob Dylan with just her guitar accompanying her. From there, Zella began writing songs, which we are all so thankful. Today, Zella released her song ‘Sweet Ophelia’, the A-side off her forthcoming debut 7” slated for release this coming spring. Zella has a rugged sound, with a twist of sweet sophistication in her voice. Her lyrics are rugged and truthful while being perfectly matched with instruments. Enjoy this beauty and much more to come.
Bound 1 (Remake)
When the tracklist for Yeezus first surfaced, many fans were puzzled by the numbering of the album’s final song, “Bound 2,” since none of us had ever heard any version prior to that. After finally giving it a listen, I thought maybe it was just a lame play on the phrase “Bound 2 Fall In Love” repeated throughout the chorus, but as it turns out, there really was a “Bound 1″ after all. By now I’m sure many of you have already seen the live footage of Hudson Mohawke debuting the original version during a set in the UK on Valentine’s weekend.
Now it appears as if someone’s decided to reconstruct the entire song, allowing the world to finally hear what “Bound 1″ would’ve really sounded like. As it stands, “Bound 2″ was already quite a departure from the deeply dark, grungy minimalism heard throughout the rest of Yeezus. “Bound 1″ carries an even lighter tone, resulting in a sweet melody that heavily contrasts with the album’s material, which may be why Rick Rubin decided to step in and alter the sonic direction with one fell stroke of his epic beard. With “Bound 1″ you get a sense of what Kanye was initially trying to achieve with this tune, and it almost adds some context to the sentimental nature of its oft-criticized music video.
Take a listen to the single above, and also make sure to check out Kanye’s epic performance from Late Night with Seth Meyers that includes a medley of some of the greatest hits from the past decade of his decorated career, including: “Jesus Walks,” “Touch The Sky,” “Stronger,” “Heartless,” “All of the Lights,” “Mercy,” and “Black Skinhead.”