“Mus Be The Feeling” came out of Welcome Reality, the first album by UK dubstep act Nero on 12 August 2011. Featuring a groovy disco introduction that later intertwined with fast space wobbles, it quickly became a favorite track in the dance scene. Fellow UK producers Delta Heavy (Ben Hall, Si James) have crossed borders into the States, borrowing the now ever growing style of Moombahton, forming a fusion of genres that we are now jokingly labeling Moombahdiscostep.
Delta Heavy’s monster remix of “Must Be the Feeling” originally aired on Skream‘s sit in for Annie Mac‘s Radio 1 Show.
British singer/songriter Michael Kiwanuka is a fresh cup of coffee for a world of drowsy, early morning, soul music. Michael comes equipped with melodic guitars, light percussion, and a voice that’s somewhere between Otis Redding, Miles Davis, Bill Withers, and Robert Pattinson. The title track of his new CD, “Home Again”, is an introspective take on the comfort and safety of home, and how you long for it when you’re away.
Home again, Michael’s new album, will be out on March 26th 2012 on Mumford & Sons‘ Communion label. Pre-orders are available.
There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing absolute pioneers in their genre come together for a collaboration. Our favorite UK dubstep produer, Rusko is joining forces with one of the most popular west coast groups in hip/hop, Cypress Hill.
Dubstep has been able to absorb many genres to create completely new nuances. While many artists have tried to jump on the dubstep bandwagon and failed (Korn comes to mind), there are still promising acts that with its collective genius protect them from ever failing. We can’t think of a better collab.
“I think dubstep is a natural progression of hip-hop,” says Sen Dog. “Especially the way that we formulated it with Rusko, there’s definitely some roughness to it.” With the release of the 5-track EP combining the devastating beats of Rusko alongside Cypress Hills signature sound, ‘Cypress x Rusko‘ not only shows incredible promise, but it pushes to genres two step further.
We’ve been fans of Lemâitre since 2010, when they dropped ‘The Friendly Sound’ and ‘Nishio’ (which you can get here). the Olso act have returned with ‘Coffee Table’, a collection of seemingly random sounds jumbled together to create a wonderfully eccentric slice of electro-pop that has great dancefloor potential. The brave and slightly mental ‘Coffee Table’ is featured on Lemâitre’s new EP, ‘Relativity I’.
New Yorkers Hospitality first appeared on the scene all the way back in 2009, and here they are, with what is unbelievably their first single. ‘Friends Of Friends’ is jaunty indie number, with sharp yet poppy guitar and infectious vocals. The accompanying video (directed by Scott Jacobson) tells the tale of a rejected girlfriend who travels to NYC to find peace. With celebs such as Alia Shawkat and Kurt Braunohler appearing, this may be an early contender for Video of the Year. A great band to look out for, ‘Friends Of Friends’ is officially out on January 31.
Once in a while an artist comes along whose vision of the world is so bright it can light up even your darkest nights. Norfolk, Virginia based singer / composer Kishi Bashi has this gift. His latest solo project is filled with joyous ballads, bright guitars and driving rhythms that transport the listener to soundscapes simultaneously foreign and all too familiar. By looping his abstract vocals and accomplished violin compositions Kishi Bashi infuses his live shows with the same light hearted energy found on his debut album 151a, due out in April on Joyful Noise Recordings. So shine a light on your soul tonight by giving a listen to one of our favorite tracks off the album, Bright Whites.
Viceroy gets summer started a little early this year with his mashup of Biggie Smalls’ Going Back to Cali. This rendition gives a feeling of a pina colada in hand, catchin’ rays on the beach in Bora Bora while listening to one of the best tracks from one of the best rappers of all-time. Enjoy ninja’s.