After discovering australian producer Hook N Sling‘s track “Surrender” a few months ago I was pretty impressed with the track and had to wonder how someone so talented went unmentioned and unheard of by most. Well, here we are almost two months later and Hook N Sling releases another killer progressive house track with NERVO, another big australian DJ duo, on the Spinnin Records label, which I must say has found some of the best talent in producing and DJing. But enough of that let’s get to the track.
“Reason” is definitely one of the best progressive house tracks released this year. It has a great vocal mix inlaid within a beautifully done progressive house bassline with a great rhythm that flows so well together. On top of that there are a number of electronic chords that fade in and out throughout the track. The blending of all these elements together is really the heart of this song and it is done so well. I think it’s time that Australian DJs made a bigger impact in the electronic scene. So check it out! It was released for purchase today on beatport.
Hook N SLing vs NERVO
Reason (Original Mix)
Coming off tremendous success with their last release “Kick Out The Epic Motherfucker” everybody’s favorite Swedes seem to be churning out banger after banger. Dada Life, the dynamic electro house duo is back at it again with their newest single “Feed The Dada”. Just as to be expected, “Feed The Dada” is a hard- hitting electro house tune, which contains, in the duo’s own words “the biggest drop ever”. Also released alongside the original were two spectacular remixes from Dice Motion and Dyro. Dice Motion transforms the track into a heavy dubstep banger with addition of some fierce wobbles and crunchy bass while Dyro incorporates some impeccable synth work putting a fresh spin on the already hectic original. All of these tracks will definitely make your Monday a little more bananas so make sure to give them all a listen!
And if all that wasn’t enough, the Swedes also dropped the official video for the track as well so be sure to check that out here.
Feed The Dada (Dice Motion Remix)
Feed The Dada (Dyro Remix)
Saturday night I got the opportunity to see Supreme Cuts at the Bluebird Theatre in Denver, Colorado. Before I continue, I should state that I am not an electro aficionado. I’ve been to a few electro shows, and I’ve always been a little disappointed at the lack of showmanship on the stage. Many times it’s just a DJ hunched over in front of equipment bobbing, and a crowd dancing along. This was definitely not the case with Supreme Cuts! This is a live show worth seeing, even for non-electro fans.
Supreme Cuts brings raw energy to the stage. It’s apparent that they are literally constructing music in front of an audience, and as an audience member, it’s a kick to have a front row view of the creative process. Each song is a densely layered work of art: smooth ambient grooves topped with staccato electronic percussion blend together to make songs that you want to glide with and bounce along to simultaneously. And unlike many electro shows, watching Supreme Cuts perform the music is as entertaining as the music itself. Both members dance effortlessly between electronic percussion, turntables and mixers in a way that is so controlled — yet chaotic — that you would swear it’s choreographed.
The net result is a high energy, giddy show. Supreme Cuts has definitely won a convert in Denver. Check them out and see if you don’t agree.
With less than a month until the release date of The xx‘s highly anticipated sophomore album, yet another new track has surfaced onto the interwebs. A bare, minimalist-type song, “Sunset”‘s highlights are found in the pairing of the male/female vocals. Separately, each is velvety and so uniquely textured, but together, they sound especially spine-tingling. Soft-spoken but intimate, solemn but still sultry, they speak volumes without actually doing so. Like “Chained,” which we wrote about not too long ago, “Sunset” follows a relationship that’s falling apart at the seams.
Coexist comes out September 11th on Young Turks.
Although A.C. Newman is better known for his work as the frontman of the indie rock group The New Pornographers, he has been releasing solo material since The Slow Wonder dropped in 2004. Now he’s all set to release his third solo studio album entitled Shut Down the Streets. “I’m Not Talking” is its first single, and it’s a good one. Newman manages to meld folksy acoustic guitar and bright horns together with spacy synthesizers with a sound comparable to that of Freelance Whales. He has plenty of experience in creating songs that are catchy and easy to listen to, and “I’m Not Talking” is no exception. It will be interesting to see how the rest of Shut Down the Streets compares to this first offering, but it will certainly be an album worth checking out. You can download the single for free by liking A.C. Newman’s Facebook page here.
Shut Down the Streets is set to drop October 9th on Matador Records.
Im Not Talking.mp3
Miami-based producer Stephen Swartz, most notably of “Bullet Train” fame has unleashed another smart yet catchy electro banger that should be on everyone’s radar. Chloe Angelides vocals add a light, poppy sweetness to a track that is masterfully restrained yet pulse-pounding enough to be a club staple. With the current musical environment saturated with overly produced and cookie cutter electronic artists, it’s refreshing to hear from a guy who is extremely in tune with the emotion and ambience a song can produce. Oh, and did we mention the song is free? A solid way to start off your week.
Stephen Swartz - Survivor (Feat Chloe Angelides)
Ah, the last weekend of August. Summer seems to be the hardest season to bid farewell to, and who to better articulate that melancholy feeling than Lana Del Rey? But if you find her version of “Summertime Sadness” to be too somber and brooding, there’s an alternative. On this remix, Berlin’s Hannes Fischer brightens up the mood a little, allowing in more light while keeping the gloomy clouds at bay, for a simpler, orchestral-pop vibe. That’s not to say it is devoid of yearning romanticism — that’s a Lana trademark, after all — there’s just less of it, which is hardly a bad thing.
Listen to the original and the remix below. “Summertime Sadness” is off Lana Del Rey’s album Born To Die. Check out more of Hannes Fischer’s music, including remixes of Bon Iver, Feist, Adele, and Little Dragon, on his Soundcloud page.
Lana Del Rey
Summertime Sadness (Hannes Fischer Radio Edit)
Lana Del Ray
Summertime Sadness (Radio Edit)