Over the years Never Say Die Records has become notorious for showcasing some of the most diverse and talented producers in all of EDM. Earlier this year, NSD debuted finnish producer 501′s hit single “Headrush ft. Belle Humble” which propelled 501 into an extremely successful year. After releasing spectacular remixes and original tracks on labels such as Big Beat and Circus Records, 501 decided to close out an immensely successful year with the release of his latest Smash EP. The EP consists of 4 original tracks which clearly embody what makes 501 so impressive as a producer. His sound design is bar none, combining profound bass with meticulously crafted melodies and synths. 501′s creative genius fuses genres and clearly knows no limits. The title track, “Smash!” is an impressive glitch-hop tune that personifies 501′s unparalleled ability to imbedded high energy wobbles with harmonious melodies and vocals to create a truly unique original tune. Another track off the EP and my personal favorite, “Letting Go”, showcases beautiful top-line vocals overlaying a truly anthemic bassline. “Letting Go” is a masterpiece and a must listen for any fan of dubstep. The other two tracks, “Broken Notes” & “Feel For You” are fantastic as well bringing a refreshingly original sound to 140 BPM.
All in all, the Smash EP is a fantastic piece of work which clearly represents that 501 is a name every EDM fan should begin getting acquainted with if not already. Give the entire EP a listen, download a copy of “Smash!” which 501 released for free, and make sure to show 501 your appreciation for all of his hard work on Facebook.
The new song from Los Angeles-based HAIM starts off with trickling bursts of percussion, sounding like newly lit firecrackers. It then eases into a bit of a start-stop, indie pop crawl lined with dark, heralding synths, which are perfectly balanced out by the lovely and strong vocals of the sisterly trio. After sharing the irresistible synth pop track “Don’t Save Me” about a month ago, and now “Send Me Down,” the buzz around the three piece is at an all-time high and we eagerly await to hear what’s next.
Summers in New York City are full of free concerts and events, excuses to drink outdoors at all times of the day, and, whether or not you’re a student, a genuine wild & free feeling to roam the concrete jungle. However, and I’m sure I’m in the minority here, it is my least favorite season; the oppressive humidity here clings to you like that ex that’s borderline become a stalker. My favorite time of year is right now. There’s a wonderfully refreshing crispness in the air, the leaves are a kaleidoscope of autumnal hues and I’m allowed to wear sweatpants more often.
Enough about me. Los Angeles’ electro pop duo Poolside — who put out Pacific Standard Time, one of my favorite records of the last few months — have dropped a mixtape called Seasons Change to help celebrate this weatherly transition. It’s chill, melancholic and a bit funky at times, and it’s the perfect hour-long collection to throw on as you start stashing away those tanks and jorts and pulling out the flannel and grandpa sweaters. Free download below!
Indie dream-poppers Beach House released a new music video for the track “Wild”. Directed by Johan Renck, it’s a series of powerful and dramatic moments concerning friendships and relationships. The song is off the band’s fourth full-length, Bloom, which came out in May via Sub Pop.
We’re still reeling from Jessie Ware‘s amazing debut album Devotion (which came out in August), but that hasn’t stopped us from pouncing on every other piece of material she’s released since then. This week the British songstress has us drooling over a slew of remixes to her track “No To Love” done by Todd Edwards, Ewan Pearson’s Permissive Society, and George Fitzgerald. Listen to all three below:
The indie-pop foursome Alt-J took the world by storm with their September debut, An Awesome Wave, which recently snagged the esteemed Mercury Prize. For all curious but haven’t yet tried it: if you press alt-J on your keyboard it makes the Greek symbol for change. That’s what the name means. ∆ join Mountain Man (three Vermont folk singers who previously backed Feist) in this track set to appear on the soundtrack of the upcoming film Silver Lining Playbook. It’s the synthetic, syncopated beats we love from Alt-J, combined with thicker (and higher) vocal harmonies from their collaborating female voices. They mix in some playful brass, major-minor switchbacks, and witty wordplay around the track’s title.
Hear Alt-J’s cinematic debut and check out Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence on the big screen November 21st.
LA-based hip-hop group, Overdoz, has been one of the most slept on acts out of the area over the last few years. Their post-G-funk, new age sound makes for a dope, laid-back aura that often crosses genre lines. Their most recent effort, “Dear God,” exemplifies this progressive style. With a spacey, soulful instrumental that places us in the year 3000, fittingly created by the LA production duo The Futuristiks, this cut radiates a sort of west coast waviness as these talented emcees go in. Give it a listen, and grab the free download, below.