About two weeks after the unveil of their single, “Super Soaker”, American rockers Kings of Leon release a second track entitled, “Wait for Me” off the brand new album Mechanical Bull (9/24). Although a bit mellower than “Super Soaker”, you’re still sure to recognize and appreciate that familiar down strum pattern of the bass guitar, easing its way into yet another hit track. For those who still favorite their 2008 album, Only by the Night, as I still do, you’ll find the track recollective of a hybrid between the most impressionable numbers, “Revelry” and “17”. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself crooning the chorus off guard, it’s a little bit contagious.
J Cole Power Trip (cover version)
We always love hearing a good cover song, especially when it crosses genres. We love it even more when we get to premiere it, which is just the case today. Brooklyn four piece X Ambassadors (who are working with KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records) made a splash sometime back with their monster single “Unconsolable.” We were instantly hooked with their drum centric sound amplified by their lead singers power charged vocals. This very combination, as attractive as it is, seems to have found it’s way to covering J Cole’s monster summer jam, “Power Trip,” and we just couldn’t be any more pleased.
X Ambassadors’ take is a rhythmically inspired harmony focused one, using the beat and heavy bass to accentuate the lyrics which were already rich with emotion. While it very much conveys their own personal sound and style, it still gives a tip of the hat to the original.
Don’t forget to pick up X Ambassadors new EP, Love Songs Drug Songs, on itunes.
Nothing makes me smile more than a female vocalist with one sassy voice who knows what her sound is and revels in her abilities.
Miss Ivy Levan, please take the center stage, you are the sexy temptress I am talking about.
If you have not heard of this strong voice yet, you will. Levan started her career like many skilled females, singing back-up for other artists. But recently she decided to take the leap and be the star of her show with her recently released EP “Dame”. The single off of her EP is titled “I don’t wanna wake up” and tells the charming story of a girl who had way too much fun the night before and with a man in her bed, does not want to wake up and face the day. We have all been there haven’t we? And Levan does an amazing job capturing how that feels, swear words, bears in her bed and all. Not to mention a fabulous video, this leading lady is just making a scratch on her music bed post and we can’t wait to see what else she has in store.
After you’re done enjoying her video, head over and pick up her EP!
Royals ft Gilbere Forte (RAAK Remix)
16 year-old newcomer Lorde gets the remix treatment for her latest single “Royals”. Flipping the New Zealand singer’s indie-pop track, producer RAAK adds some subtle synth beats and a new melody. Jumping on the track with a complimentary feature is the freshly signed Epic Records artist Gilbere Forte. The PA rapper makes the track his own with a dope verse that transitions well into the newly flipped beat. The catchy single is available now and quickly climbing the iTunes charts. After dropping his acclaimed mixtape PRAY, Forte is also currently touring and working on his as-yet-untitled Anigma/Epic Records full length debut.
Airwalker (Brass Knuckles Remix)
Miami’s Anthony Pisano, Danny D’Brito and Tony Livadas produce melodic, electro and dubstep infused trap music under the moniker of Brass Knuckles and gave us the scoop on their newest release on the almighty Ultra Records. This wubbed out remix of Mt. Eden’s “Airwalker” takes its listener through high peaks and well timed instrumental valleys to create a big-room dubstep influenced sound for their version of the tune. Remarkably, Diva Ice’s vocals actually seem better suited to Brass Knuckles’ remix than the original, which was quite the nice surprise when rinsing this one out. Stream “Airwalker” above and if this one tickles your fancy as much as ours, grab the single over at Beatport on the cheap.
Not Giving In ft. John Newman & Alex Clare (TYR Remix)
You pronounce his name tire, like fire, which is exactly what this young 19-year-old producer from Colorado is on.
His name derives from the Old Norse language; TYR was the god of single combat, victory and heroic glory in Norse mythology.
The combat that TYR brings to his music is nothing short of something special. His latest remix of Rudimental’s “Not Giving In” ft. John Newman and Alex Clare, is a sexy smooth dubstep remix, something that can and is hard to accomplish. TYR keeps the sensual lyrics while adding in his own dubstep melodies, small drumbeats and some electrifying drops. Never taking the song to the usual bumping dub sound, TYR shows he knows how to make these songs his own.
Booyah (Radio Mix)
Summer is slowly leaving before our eyes but that doesn’t mean the hot artists have gone anywhere. This month our resident artists are the two brothers who make up Showtek, Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen. These two brothers got it right from the start; they took their passion for music and turned that into creating and producing incredible music for almost a decade now. They began in a small town in the Netherlands before they exploded into the music scene, leading the Dutch movement dominating the airwaves around the globe. With their debut album in 2007 called “Today is Tomorrow”, these brothers immediately showed the world they were ready to introduce their own electronic music, Showtek style.
Since then the two have showed no signs of slowing down and their recent transformation from hardstyle to progressive/electro-house has resulted in mega-hits such as “Hell Yeah” with Tiesto, the Beatport #1 “How We Do” with Hardwell, the chart-dominating “Hey!” with Bassjackers, and the globally acclaimed super-smash “Cannonball” with Justin Prime. The brothers are part of Crazy Collabs where they partner up with other DJs and producers to come up with some of the craziest collaborations, how Showtek does this and still keeps original productions rolling is quite impressive. 2013 has been an excellent year for the boys with their debut Dim Mak release “Slow Down” hit the Beatport Top 5 five weeks in a row and their first OSWLA release, “Get Loose” with Noisecontrollers, was remixed by none other than the legendary DJ Tiesto, earning an overall Beatport #1 spot on the way. Now with their forthcoming track, “Booyah” featuring We Are Loud! & Sonny Wilson, due out via Spinnin’ Records on August 19th, they continue on their musical hot streak.
So here they are, taking over TMN for the month of August with Wouter behind the decks and Sjoerd acting as MC, showing us why they believe this is their year, their show and why they want all of you to be a part of it.
Be sure to vote Showtek for the DJ Mag Top 100!