LULS: Anticipation and Release in “Young”

Out of all the things I love in the music world, it’s song creators with a sense of story. Lots of times, music fans mistake a sense of story as simply lyrical—the lyrics tell a story using words, much like the author of poetry or prose. A truly remarkable band, however, can create a musical story without relying solely on a lyrical story. Instead, they use the anticipation and release of emotion through instrumentals, in addition to lyrics, to achieve the same effect as well crafted lyrics alone.

LULS shows just the aforementioned ability with Young. Simple drum beats and chords in the beginning of the song mark out something of a heartbeat, which leads to a powerful crescendo of sonic electric guitar, base, and cried out vocals. The song vacillates between an easy following pulse to intense explosions of sound, gently guiding the listener through a series of emotion.

Great bands do this effortlessly, as LULS does here. Keep an eye on them on their soundcloud.

Young
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[Dubstep] Bassnectar feat. Chino Moreno – Hexes

Bassnectar is back to his dark and eery, heavy bass influenced ways. This track titled “Hexes” featuring some terrifying vocals from none other the Chino Moreno, who Bassnectar refers to as one of his favorite vocal artists. This was made for the new “Resident Evil: Retrubution” movie, and I can’t think of a better artist to feature on that soundtrack then Bassnectar. He also said that he had way too much fun scoring this and he “wanted to make a beat that dropped like a wall of bricks to knock people back in their seats at the movie’s sudden and dramatic end”. Well now I have to go see this movie just to hear this on some massive movie theatre speakers, and props to Bassnectar for making it to the big screen. Cheers.

Bassnectar
Hexes (ft. Chino Moreno)
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[Denver Event] Skylab: Mission Blackout

You know one thing at this point in time: Denver knows how to party. It may be a city tucked neatly against the mountains, thousands of miles away from any coastline, but the EDM community there is thriving to say the lease. With that being said, it’s time to buy your tickets to Skylab: Mission Blackout. This long standing Denver tradition is back September 22nd and promises to be better than ever. As if this video didn’t get you excited enough, names on the lineup include: Porter Robinson, Zedd, Gareth Emery, Borgore, and so many more.

Don’t wait to buy your tickets before it’s too late. You don’t want to miss this one.

Music on the promo video is courtesy of Dragon and Jontron.

Dragon & Jontron
Blackout
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[Dubstep] Calvin Harris feat. Example – We’ll Be Coming Back (Feature Cuts Remix)

What starts off as a seemingly dancy club appropriate remix of Calvin Harris‘ “We’ll Be Coming Back”, turns into something completely different. Feature Cuts infuses his emerging signature style and decimates the track with a gritty, wobbly drop. The ominous tones are hard and heavy, but Example‘s vocal sample remains throughout to tie the track together. It’s dirty, head-banging dubstep, and it’s addicting as hell.

Make sure to follow all of Feature Cuts’ new releases on Facebook.

Calvin Harris feat. Example
Well Be Coming Back (Feature Cuts Remix)
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[Progressive House] Spektrem – All Too Soon (Original Mix)

Yesterday, a fairly obscure group of friends from DC, named Spektrem, released their newest song “All Too Soon”. The track itself is incredible, especially for a collective that has been around for about a year with only a handful of songs under its belt. It has a tremendous prog house rhythm with great vocals incorporated. From start to finish, it sounds like a classic progressive house song that you would hear blaring in a club, and hopefully it soon will be. Spektrem has set the bar high with “All Too Soon.” So be sure to check this one out.

All Too Soon
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[Hip-Hop/Indie] T.Shirt – Purity Ring x T.Shirt (Mixtape)

As dark and mysterious as Purity Ring‘s music is, it makes surprisingly good material for a remix. That’s exactly what New York based rapper T.Shirt does on this mixtape, grabbing bits and pieces from Purity Ring’s excellent debut album, Shrines, and adding some mellow bars of his own. T.Shirt doesn’t miss a beat on this project, matching each unique note with perfect rhythm. He even switches his style multiple times throughout, showcasing his diverse skillset as an emcee and his ability to adapt easily to changes within the flow of the music. While T.Shirt doesn’t remix the album track by track, he does bring together an awesome 15-minute blend that shows exactly the type of music these two forces could create should they choose to collaborate sometime in the future. For now, we can only hope for more.

PURITY RING x T.SHIRT (MIXTAPE)
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[Indie Rock] Bear Attack – The Backpack Song

Los Angeles based indie rockers Bear Attack met at a Popular Music Course at USC, and decided to start playing together after being backup musicians for other various Southern California bands. After they formed, they created their first EP Shapes, which features the song below. “The Backpack Song” is a soft, inviting, and endearing track. Between the gorgeous vocal harmonies and the classical piano, this is one that’s perfect for a lazy Sunday with your lover.

These guys are playing with one of our all time favorites, Lady Danville, at the On the Rise Concert Series this Thursday. If we could, we would definitely be there. Since we can’t, you should attend and let us know how it goes.

Bear Attack – The Backpack Song
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