It’s that time again for the eardrum smasher of the week. This time we bring you a brand new track from upcoming UK singer / producer Labrinth properly beat to hell by self-proclaimed “seizure music” producers Knife Party. Started as a side project by Pendulum members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, Knife Party has been putting out some HUGE uptempo bangers this year that cannot be classified easily. With elements of dubstep, rave, electro and hardcore their songs resonate at the highest energy level possible, and this new remix is no exception. Listen at your own discretion!
Labrinth – Last Time (Knife Party Remix)
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Marissa Nadler is now streaming the first track preview from The Sister- the new companion album to her 2011 self titled release.
The track, named “The Wrecking Ball Company”, is a slow paced and atmospheric take on Marissa’s previously established sound that plays out like an old movie. The subtle voice of the finger style guitar fills out the track while Marissa’s own vocal parts dance harmoniously over the layers. The two working together give the track an other worldly feel that is as beautiful as it is haunting.
The Sister is set for release on Marissa’s own Box of Cedar label on 5.29.12
It is hard to believe that jet setting DJ / producer Zedd is only 21 years old. The scale and complexity of his songs brings to mind a veteran producer with a young spirit, but perhaps it is the other way around. I read an interesting interview with Zedd recently in which he described his sound as “complextro”, a new style of production where at least 9 oscillators are layered harmoniously to achieve the big room sound. In any case he is certainly one of the brightest rising stars in the EDM scene today and his electro tunes should keep getting better and better as time goes on.
Today we depart from the typical Zedd style and bring you an unusual rendition of his song “Stars Come Out” by Canadian dubstep giant Datsik. Through utilizing hype man stabs and lighting fast, siren-style dubstep basslines, Datsik takes this track into exciting new places while maintaing a relatively uplifting, happy vibe, which I would consider to be a departure for him. This is definitely one of the most unique dubstep tracks I’ve heard in a while and I hope you enjoy it.
Zedd – Stars Come Out (Datsik Remix)
Stars Come Out (Datsik Remix)
Stockholm band Sailor & I have carved a niche for themselves with their thematic indie music. Their first release, John Franklin, paid homage to the late, great, explorer through song while simultaneously putting the band on the map. For their third release, the band has teamed up with Swedish producer Alexander Sjödin, and really let him take the reigns from song writing to production. The Tough Love EP, set for release toward the end of March 2012, is supposed to be as much a musical journey for the listener as it is for the band- who employed a new range of instruments, including a string quartet, to further mature their sound.
The title track from the EP “Tough Love” is a mesh of emotions that swim laps around the idea that love is tough and hard to hold onto. The music kind of sounds like what you would get if you put Noah And The Whale, Bon Iver, and Aztec Camera in a blender and digitally mixed what came out. The song really takes off at about the one minute mark, with the introduction of the first chorus, and musically shines through the murky waters of the angst driven lyrics until coming to full fruition in the bridge.
Vancouver-based Felix Cartal has been making electro, house and afrobeat tracks for a while now and he always seems to come up with unique sounds and production styles. In his latest single, “Domo”, Cartal fuses beautiful major chord progressions and melodic buildups with an unusual machine gun style synth line and afrobeat drums. Whether it is inspired by the red ballon, the blonde or the fuzzy little brown monster of the same name, “Domo” is a fun new ride that brings the listener into a happy place in Cartal’s unusual world.
Felix Cartal – Domo (Original Mix
Domo (Original Mix)
This year The Grammys marked a significant turning point for electronic dance music. With Skrillex picking up 3 awards and Deadmau5 performing once again during prime time television it seems clear that dance music in general and dubstep music in particular have officially reached acceptance from mainstream society. Dubstep has unquestionably come a long way from the grimy basements and nightclubs in the southern UK where it began just 10 years ago. If the prestigious music critics who vote for Grammy award winners recognize the complexity and emotion behind electronic music then it is difficult for average haters to say anything negative about it anymore and for us here at TMN this is a very good thing indeed.
At the forefront of the movement is the amazing Deadmau5 who has also evolved immensely in the past few years from a great electro house producer to a audio visual demigod. In a Grammy performance that fused mainstream rock with his signature electro house style, Mau5 performed live with Seattle’s The Foo Fighters on their track “Rope”. Although the dissonant vocals are off-putting, this track does have some cool elements with its fusion of guitar power chords and heavy dance beats. So turn this one up as you sit back and watch EDM take over mainstream culture this year!
Foo Fighters – Rope (Deadmau5 Remix)
Rope (Deadmau5 Remix)
Childish Gambino is one of our fave hip-hop stars, and we loved his new single, ‘Heartbeat’. Packing a punch and great lyrical flow, it seemed near-perfect. That is, until Justin Faust dropped his disco remix. The model/producer has beefed up the synths and added some killer beats, making this version of ‘Heartbeat’ a surefire club hit that will have you dancing within seconds.
Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (Justin Faust Remix)