If anyone doubts that Snoop Lion has what it takes anymore to make an impact in music anymore or that his name change is just a gimmick, this song is proof that the switch was his best career move in years. The Major Lazer produced beat brings it back to the origins of the modern wave of bass music, Dub Reggae, the original style of heavy bass experimentation. In his “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit this week, Snoop revealed that he smokes 80 blunts a day, every day, which certainly keeps up with Bob Marley‘s pound a week. The wonderful chorus by Angela Hunte complements Snoops verses’ lyrics which sing praise to Rastafarian King Salassie I. This single will be released December 8th and his full album, produced by Major Lazer will be available in February, along with a DVD of the same name chronicling his time in Jamaica embracing Rastafarian culture and music. If the rest of the album incorporates the spirit and sound of Reggae as much as this and the first single “La La La,” it may very well be the best Reggae album since Bob Marleywas alive. The first single “La La La” is also included for your listening pleasure below.
Being a Top 25 Club from DJ Mag comes at no surprise as Beta Nightclub has been featuring an amazing array of talent this summer, and this weekend is once again no exception.
Being regulars at Beta, we figured we should share their line up with you, in hopes that you’ll come down and rage with us. Also, just like last time, we have arranged for something special.
MUSIC NINJAS GET FREE COVER
For the shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday, make sure you bring your phone with you. If you’re 21+, get there before 11pm, and show them this post on your phone – your cover is comped. Just make sure to enter through the front door, and not the side VIP entrance. Can’t wait to see you down there!
Ministry of Sound – 27th October Saturday Sessions: Exclusive Mix
As a music fan, it’s important not only to hunger for new artists and songs, but to also appreciate the classics because let’s face it: without people like the Beach Boys, Janis Joplin or Bob Dylan, what would rock sound like today? I actually wouldn’t want to know. This year, legendary rock band Fleetwood Mac celebrate the 35th anniversary of the release of their hit album Rumours. To pay tribute to that record and the longstanding influence of that band, a number of modern day acts such as Yeasayer, Liars and Julia Holter have come together to put out a covers album called Rumours Revisited.
Today, I wanted to spotlight one of its tracks done by English folk trio The Staves. Their rendition of “Songbird” is simply lovely and enchanting, one to unwind to and one that certainly does its original justice. Check it out below and grab a free download:
Not too long ago we raved about “Counting,” the powerfully moving electro-soul track by Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin, aka Autre Ne Veut. We also pointed to its excellent alternate version featuring fellow New Yorker, dynamic rapper Mykki Blanco. Today it’s been revealed that take has gotten its own music video. Directed by David Riley, it’s an emotional set of visuals showing Ashin dealing with his grandmother’s death — a true story he based the song on. The original version of the track is below.
Florida-based seventeen year old production protege, XXYYXX, has been in heavy rotation for this ninja over the last few months. His experimental style often fuses ethereal vocal samples (think Clams Casino) with trap-esque 808-percussion for an incredibly relaxing, at times disorienting, feel. On his latest effort he chops up some classic Beyonce, from the Destiny’s Child days ,with his own assortment of complex drum patterns. The result is a trippy, manic and brief rendition of the original that captures the young artist’s unique sound, which I like to refer to as “cloud trap.” Check the remix, titled “AMAZEME,” below!
For dark and throbbing electronica-infused R&B, look no further than rising Los Angeles artist Bago. Aptly described as a cross between Amy Winehouse and The Weeknd, her music has fearless attitude, sexual appeal, and gives off that distinct feeling that she’s always plotting something mischievous — like a slithering, stealthy snake that’s dangerous, but always studied, marveled and stared at. Whether it’s the doom-like atmospherics in her songs, or that sassy & soulful gravelly voice, Bago is definitely one to watch in 2013. Check out two of her tracks, “I Forget You” and “Born Bad,” both off her Sunday’s Best album, below:
I can’t get enough of this. UK rockers Foals finally unveil a piece of their third album, Holy Fire — a move long-awaited by fans worldwide. The heavy reverb and chunky guitar layers are fit to fill arenas and create a U2-like sound at the chorus. Foals continue to straddle the punk-rock line, but “Inhaler” shows a continued shift away from the breathless, fragmented punkiness of Antidotes (2008) and into a thicker, more cohesive rock sound displayed in 2010′s Total Life Forever.
The accompanying video is as explosive and unruly as the song it carries. It’s a showcase — maybe even a celebration — of the diversity of artistic expression, from graffiti to break dancing. Frontman Yannis Philippakis and the rest of Foals exude the energy and intensity commonplace in their live shows, as sparking trick bikes and hypnotic dance sequences mix together in the black-and-white half-pipe.