From Russia with love.
It is not everyday we get a piece of music that intrigues us and the artist just happens to be from Moscow. But that is what has happened with “Confessions of a Sleepwalker” by Anvil Smith. He is a newer artist on the scene who has been obsessed with funk/electronic music for most of his life. Smith doesn’t have much musical background and started teaching himself on a barely functioning computer but what has come from this producers dream is something captivating. This album is one for those lazy spring days, chill and relaxed. In all honesty, he sounds a lot like Pretty Lights with his funk and electric mixes, grabbing vocals from different eras and adding in just the right touch of beats. He’s getting there and for a first album we give him some big credit. With a bit more time and exposure, we have no doubt Smith will be rocking with some great artists.
I love when our Resident Artist for the month sends me an email saying: Hey, I’ve got a new song I want you guys to preview. That is one thing we will never say no to and, he is giving is as a free download to all of his fans. PatrickReza is our highly skilled artist this month and my ears got to hear his song first and I have got to say, highly impressive. The song, “Vitals”, reminds me of just that. I picture a person lying on the floor and another person hovering over them, checking to see if their vital signs are working properly. Are they breathing? Is their heart beating? The song begins with a slow piano melody, intriguing us listeners to check our own vitals. Then at :55, Reza puts in his first drop. No it is not the typical huge drop but this is something I admire with Reza, he picks the right beats, electronic sounds and drops with each of his pieces. He knows what is enough and what would overwhelm the song and we love that he is dipping into making PR original works. The song continues with some electronic bliss and carries until the end where the piano fades away leaving us listeners with just our breathing and our hearts beating.
Over the weekend hip-hop fans were provided with a real treat from one Ms. LaurynHill. Nearly fifteen years removed from the release of her classic debut solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Hill is finally one step closer to the release of a follow-up project. Fans have been clamoring for new material from the former Fugees standout for years now, and although it’s been awhile, it’s clear Lauryn has not lost a step. While the music isn’t exactly being released on her terms (check out StereoGum for the full details on the story), the quality hasn’t suffered as a result of it. Hill has long struggled with maintaining the balance between artistic integrity and succumbing to the greed and corruption prevalent in the music industry, which she alludes to in her analysis of a “Neurotic Society.” In a world of Nicki Minajs and Gucci Manes, Lauryn Hill is truly a breath of fresh air. Her rhymes, are sharp, poignant and observant, while her dizzying flow can often leave you baffled as you scramble to find the rewind button. Lauryn’s sophomore effort has no set release date yet, but if this single is any indication, the year of the comeback is truly upon us (despite what LL Cool Jmight think).
UPDATE #2: Spinnin’ Records has done all of this for a reason, even if this track is Martin Garixx, we’re going to title the track ID – Animals (Original Mix) until the full release.
UPDATE: Originally we thought it was Hardwell & GTA but that was proven incorrect. Now Martin Garixx has said via Twitter that is it his track. Sorry for the confusion.
Spinnin Records posted a teaser of this massive track. Now we have the Original Mix of this massive anthem titled, “Animals”. It features some booming synths and massive big room drops, for arguably one of the biggest tracks of the year. It’s safe to say this track will be supported by the biggest names in the game. Cheers.
Let’s start off first by apologizing. Last week we had some technical difficulties, and unfortunately couldn’t provide you with a banging party playlist to carry you through your weekend’s festivities. We’re sorry. As you’ve seen in the past, we like to beef up a party playlist the week after we missed one. With that in mind, we have for you a larger than usual selection of rage inducing tracks. So lace up your drinking shoes (which should also be your dancing shoes), grab a pint of Fireball and get after it! And, no. Fireball is not an official sponsor of CFPP. We just happen to enjoy it.
It’s been a little over a month since we completely fell in love with NaughtyBoy‘s “La La La.” With its brisk vocals and charming melody the infectious tune instantly captivated our attention and catapulted to the top of our playlists. This blissful remix from Komi and Jerry “JL” Lang brings back many of the same elements we enjoyed the first time around. As a co-producer of the original version, Komi strips down a few layers to provide us with a rawer, yet more enchanting soundscape. Crooner SamSmith’s vocals are emphasized to an even deeper extent, allowing the listener to truly appreciate the passion behind his lyrics. If you enjoyed this new revision of the track as much as we did, make sure to grab a free download above. Also, stay tuned for Naughty Boy’s debut album, Hotel Cabana, which will be in stores later this year.
A lot of artists work on music while they’re on tour. The long flights, the long bus rides, and the lonliness of a hotel room often prove to be the perfect place to work on a melody, or maybe even perfect a sample. Few artists can turn out a two track EP with collaborators though, and even fewer could do it in just four days.
Leave it to the brilliant Savant to show us that it is most definitely possible. When Savant was touring through Toronto, Canadian producers AdamK and JELO graciously put him up for four days. What happened in those four days is pretty obvious – 4 Days EP.
The first track below is the collabo with Adam K. This glitchy complextro track features choppy vocal samples and 8-bit delights that blend perfectly with the big buzzing electro beats. The second track comes by way of Savant and JELO. This electro house gem is a melody and drum driven track that features a really wicked break beat breakdown that took us completely by surprise.
Enjoy the exclusive premiere of both of these tracks through the weekend. They’ll be available to purchase on Monday via SectionZ Records.