[NEW] Holy Ghost! – It Gets Dark

It’s getting chilly out there, but Holy Ghost! know how to keep warm: by lacing up and lighting the dance floor. Yesterday the Brooklyn duo dropped this new moody, but electrifying synth number called “It Gets Dark” on DFA Records. So, put down that pumpkin spice latte and get movin’ already.

Holy Ghost!
It Gets Dark
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[Festival Review] CMJ 2012: Day 1 – Teen Daze, Mac DeMarco, Dent May & more

Making up your CMJ schedule requires serious ninja planning skills. Bands you want to catch always have overlapping time slots. Sometimes you want to see half a lineup in Manhattan and a different half in Brooklyn. It’s tricky. If you attend night time events AND day parties, you will typically visit 3-4 different venues and behold about 10 bands in a span of 12 hours. Over the course of five days (you can do the math) that’s a shit load of bands. And it’s awesome.

Last night I went to the My Social List showcase held at Webster Hall’s Marlin Room. There was badass, scuzzy post-punk from Bleeding Rainbow. Though it was early in the night, the Kanine Records Philly band showed their grit; the two guitarists shredded like beasts and at one point their bassist jumped off the stage and tore it up while rolling around on the floor (there are a few pics up on our Twitter). Oxford, MS musician Dent May, who released his well-received sophomore album Do Things recently on Paw Tracks, brought some funky electro-rock to the lineup. With groovy bass and pop hints, they put on a fun, I-wish-it-was-still-summer set.

Bleeding Rainbow Drift Away

Dent May
Home Groan

Take one glance at Mac DeMarco‘s Facebook page — where he describes his music as “Jizz Jazz” — and you immediately get a sense that this dude just wants to have a good time. Live, this is exactly the case. He makes lo-fi, dream-pop jams, perfect for just kickin’ back. But almost just as pleasing as his music is his personality: he is goofy, but completely personable, the kind of character that would brighten up and shine in any lineup. From yelling out “Wazzzzuppp,” and throwing shoutouts to his girlfriend who he hadn’t seen since August, to modest crowd surfing and covering a few seconds of The Police‘s “Message In A Bottle,” DeMarco packed a ton of entertainment in just 30 minutes. His latest album 2 dropped yesterday on Captured Tracks.

Even in 2012, Canada’s Teen Daze keeps the chillwave movement alive and relevant. His set was full of beautifully warm, warping beats that seep into your bloodstream and make even the worst dancer (I am not good at all) want to swim the dance floor like a pro. Though his set was short and the room wasn’t too crowded, the place had such good, cozy vibes. A few months back he put out a great record called All of Us, Together, and next month he plans to release yet another called The Inner Mansions on Lefse Records. It’s ambitious, but I am all for more Teen Daze tunes.

Mac DeMarco
Freaking Out The Neighborhood

Teen Daze
Divided Loyalties

Stay tuned for more CMJ coverage!

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Jessie Ware – Night Light (Wild Beasts Remix)

Indie rock band Wild Beasts get their paws on the original Jessie Ware “Night Light” mix and somehow make it even smoother, earning it a rightful place on your seduction mixtape. Check out the remix below.

In other news, yesterday afternoon the British electro-soul singer Ware (who we have covered here a number of times, see: “Sweet Talk,” “Wildest Moments“) sold out her first New York City concert in 10 MINUTES. I nearly threw a mini-tantrum in the pizzeria that I was at when I first heard the news. BUT, I feel a lot better this morning because she’s announced more US dates. The tour will be in support of her 110% EP, to be released in December by Cherrytree Records, her new stateside label. She’s generated a tremendous buzz since her debut LP Devotion came out in August. We’re talking Vogue, New York Times, SPIN, etc., so these shows will probably sell out. Take note of the tour dates below.

Night Light
Wild Beasts Remix

Jessie Ware – 2012/2013 Tour Dates
12-10 New York, NY – The Box (sold out)
12-13 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
01-14 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
01-15 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
01-17 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
01-18 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
01-23 Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theater
01-24 San Francisco, CA – Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop

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[Progressive] Miike Snow – Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)

Deniz Koyu, a young up and coming producer hailing from Turkey has been on the rise of late, producing resplendent progressive house remixes and originals showcasing the immense amount of talent and vision he possesses. After accumulating fame for his heavily supported remix of Zedd’s “Spectrum,” Deniz has continued his rise to stardom with his latest effort remixing Swedish-American indie-pop trio Miike Snow as part of their official remix EP of their latest single,”Pretender”. Deniz expertly intertwines Andrew Wyatt’s airy top line vocals, a dazzling piano melody and his signature big room sound to create a true work of art.

Deniz Koyu’s remix of “Pretender” is out now on Robotberget and can be purchased on Beatport here!

Miike Snow
Pretender (Deniz Koyu Remix)
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[Trap Anthem] Major Lazer feat. The Partysquad – Original Don (Luminox Remix)

So by now you have all heard Flosstradamus’s remix of “Original Don”, well Luminox just dropped one that is just as big. Incredibly genius vocal edit, that adds an extremely hard and thuggish vibe, that with out a doubt turns this remix into an anthem. The sped up style that Luminox features makes this one a dance floor destroyer. Every drop adding something unique and original that progressively gets better and better. Best of all it’s free. Cheers.

To download this massive tune click here. 

Major Lazer ft. The Partysquad
Original Don (Luminox Remix)
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[Hip-Hop] Mac Miller – These Dayz (Dope Awprah)

“Yall gonna think im weird as shit” -tweeted indie rapper Mac Miller last night after dropping his latest release, “These Dayz (Dope Awprah).” Under the alter-ego Larry Fisherman, the self-produced track is an avante-garde take on a new sound. Although it is rare to come across rap alter-egos, it is another demonstration of an artist’s creativity coupled with a little crazy. The atmospheric, Miller-sung opera background vocals are more experimental than lyrically dope allowing the emcee to vent about the pressures of fame. Ending with a metaphysical rant, this is definitely something unexpected from the pun-heavy rapper.

Stream and download the unconventional “These Dayz” below and look out for Mac’s collaborative EP with PharrellThe Pink Slime EP, which is due out soon.

Larry Fisherman - These Dayz (Dope Awprah) (prod. Larry Fisherman)
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[FRESH] Seven Lions – Days To Come EP

Seven Lions a.k.a Jeff Montalvo has really made a name for himself in the past couple of months, recently releasing remixes of “The Great Divide” by Velvetine and Paul van Dyk’s “I Don’t Deserve You”. His subdued yet quietly powerful sound replete with ethereal, wispy vocals has made him unique and distinct in a sea of production-happy Skrillex wannabes. Today Days To Come, a majestic 4-song EP was released off OWSLA and it CERTAINLY does not disappoint.

The first track of the album’s namesake “Days To Come” showcases Fiora’s feathery and haunting vocal abilities while keeping production to a brilliant minimum and retaining enough bass to be called dubstep. ”The Truth” draws heavily from trance influences and exemplifies the primal and simplistic nature of the genre but does not fail to offer a heavy driving bass line and some warp. The fusion of trance and dubstep is effortless and damn near perfect.

My favorite track has to be “Fractals”, a song that will literally punch you in the face with an epically aggressive bassline and a mesmerizing lead synth that will have you pressing repeat over and over. “She Was” featuring Birds of Paradise is hurray! a free download that was released a couple days ago and truly epitomizes melodic trance-step perfection.

Pick up this brilliantly mastered EP on Beatport here and support an truly innovative and refreshing artist! Cheers, ninjas.

Seven Lions - Days To Come EP
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