A few days ago Blue Boats released a new ditty. It’s a great jam. It’s balance of chill elements and emotionality make it a stimulating track for both the mind and body. Danceable yet cognitive, energetic yet relaxed, and overall considerate in terms of authenticity and originality. A listen is not too likely to disappoint if its low-key indie you’re desperately turning your dial to find. And if you feel inclined to hear more, Blue Boats recently released Summer’s Down in September with label Brapscallions.
I Am The Only One
By now, I’m sure most of you are aware of the devastation in the Northeast due to Hurricane Sandy. The pictures that you might have seen on TV and online, I know, are truly horrendous and maddening. The fact that wind and water have the power to rip through and ruin thousands of lives in just a matter of hours is absolutely mind boggling. I was born and raised here in New York City. I grew up on Staten Island, one of the hardest hit areas and whose death toll makes up nearly half of the total number of lost lives. You always think that a disaster so catastrophic couldn’t happen to you, to people you know, in neighborhoods you’re familiar with and communities you’ve been a part of… until it does.
New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut are really suffering. Houses are in shambles, families are displaced, lives are disrupted and changed forever. I drove through and volunteered in one of the most ravaged parts of Staten Island yesterday and what I saw was just unspeakable, indescribable, and saddening to the point that you wonder, “Could it get it any worse?” It’s difficult to imagine a world where you can’t go home, a world without a warm bed, a world without a fridge full of food, a world without hot water, a world without electricity and internet. But it’s a reality for thousands and thousands right now and for many of those, it’s most likely going to be a brutal future for months to come.
Thankfully, many people have been gracious enough to donate money and volunteer their own time. And even though the road ahead may look bleak, at least we know there are generous, kind and compassionate people out there that can be the light at the end of the tunnel. I ask that if you can, ninjas, please donate to the Red Cross. You can visit their website for more information, or you can easily give $10 just by texting “RedCross” to 90999. Every little bit counts. People are in need of everything from toothpaste and shampoo, to socks and batteries, and your offering will go a long, long way.
Christopher Mercer AKA Rusko may be without a doubt one of the most incendiary forces in all of EDM. After the release of his last full length album Songs in March it became wildly apparent that the tension was brewing between the English Dubstepper and his former label Mad Decent. Despite the apparent reconciliation between Mad Decent and Rusko surrounding his last release, Rusko came out a couple weeks ago to delcare that his latest effort, his Kapow EP would be released for free by none other than himself. Relying solely on his fans for promotion, Rusko has decided to release his music how and when he wants. The EP features four distinct tracks which clearly display that Rusko is pushing the boundaries of both his creativity and productional ability all the while maintaining those signature Rusko wobbles and squeals we’ve grown to love. Featuring tracks like “Bring It Back” a more melodic tune chalk full of squeaks, bleeps and bloops to “Like This” a glitch-hop infused banger featuring vocal samples from the Crookers remix, this EP is without a doubt some of Rusko’s most diverse work. Make sure to give each song a listen, grab the free download and if you’re a fan make sure to spread the word. Enjoy!
Download the EP for Free Here!
Back in September we told you about Scottish three-piece CHVRCHES and their irresistible and sparkling synth pop track “The Mother We Share“. Today we bring you the bouncy remix by Glasgow producer Julian Corrie, AKA Miaoux Miaoux. If this doesn’t brighten up your day, I’m not sure what else will. Check it out below:
The Mother We Share (Miaoux Miaoux remix)
To help kick off the launching of Windows 8, Microsoft set up shop within New York City’s Pier 57, creating a mini version of Manhattan which they dubbed “Microtropolis”. The installation featured all the neighborhoods, from Chelsea and Kips Bay to the Upper West Side and the West Village, as well as landmarks like Washington Square Park and the Statue of Liberty. One celebratory event, dedicated to “music inspired by New York,” included DJ sets by The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. and Sinkane and a live performance by Brooklyn-based group Caveman (seen in the picture above). The band, whose music can be described as delightfully cool, charming and melodic indie pop, played a number of tracks off their stellar debut full-length CoCo Beware, which came out earlier this year on Fat Possum Records. On stage, as they were cloaked in purple and blue hues, they ravaged their drums, beating and breathing a thrilling energy into their 30-minute set. They’re certainly the type of act whose recorded music is great, and whose live show is even greater.
Genre-defying musician Emily Wells marries hip-hop, indie folk, synth pop and classical music in a truly inspiring and interesting way. A one-woman show, she plays multiple instruments but is an especially accomplished violinist. Though her latest album, Mama, only dropped earlier this year via Partisan, she’s been asked to help compose the soundtrack for Stoker, a film directed by Park Chan-wook, starring Nicole Kidman. Her offering, “Becomes the Color,” is a pleasantly hypnotic and groovy track.
Becomes The Color (from STOKER)
Stoker hits the theaters March 1st, 2013.
A couple days ago on Armin Van Buuren‘s show, A State Of Trance he previewed this massive collab with Deadmau5. If your a House/Trance lover you’re going to drool over this one. This tune features subtle but infectious chords and synths that build into an incredibly catchy melody. No release date yet but Armin assured us that he would keep us up to date on the progress with Mr. Mau5. Cheers.
Deadmau5 & Armin van Buuren – ID (Preview)