∞ Pakem ∞
Mary J. Blige ∞ Family Affair (Pakem Edition)
Another work week is almost in the books, and yet another young producer has been added to our radar of ‘ones to watch’ through the tail end of 2014. Seemingly popping up out of nowhere on our Soundcoud feed was this groovy little remix of Mary J. Blige’s timeless “Family Affair” from 19 year old French electronic producer Pakem, and it held our undivided attention from the jump-off. Pakem’s remix fuses a hollow future tipping bassline with a neo-garage soul and sensibility we haven’t seen exhibited since hearing Disclosure’s early demos before they were signed to Greco-Roman. While not much is currently known about our newest electronic crush, we’re certainly going to be all ears as his already mature library grows. As an even sweeter bonus for your Friday, Pakem’s giving this one away on the house, so be sure to snag a copy here before the weekend kicks into high gear.
TMN: Mr Marshall! Thank you so much for taking some time to chat with us today! We’ve been fans for a long-ass time, and it’s great to finally speak with you.
Crizzly: For sure!
TMN: Let’s kick things off by talking about your signature sound, Crunkstep. How did you come to start making this unique blend of heavy bass, hip hop flair, and razor sharp synths?
Crizzly: Well, I’m from a small, country town, right outside of San Antonio. Everyone listens to country a little bit, but everyone in my high school jammed hip hop. We used to listen to that stuff back in 2000. So, I guess that’s how it influenced my music. Dubstep started getting big at the same time that I started producing, so I guess I just kind of combined the two together – stuff that I grew up on and stuff that I liked in the moment.
TMN: While you have your definitive sound, we definitely pick up other influences, especially Flux Pavillion, with the way you use the combination of high pitched synths with your basslines. Talk to us about some of the people that have helped mold you as an artist.
Crizzly: I remember my first year of college, I skipped one of my classes and drove five hours up to Dallas to go see Rusko. He opened with “Sweet Shop” by Doctor P, and that was my favorite track at the time. That track totally moved me. I wanted to make stuff like that. That was the moment I wanted to make loud noises (laughs).
Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
Now available to stream via SoundCloud is the new single from production duo ODESZA. Signed to Ninja Tunes’ sister label Counter Records, this release is in preparation for their forthcoming LP “In Return”, which will drop in September. The label have also just announced they are launching their street team initiative around this release from the Seattle-based duo, counting other artists such as The Heavy, Andreya Triana and Submotion Orchestra on their roster. In exchange for promoting new releases, keen fans can expect to receive new music, exclusive merchandise and access to artist Q&As. Full details can be found here.
“Say My Name” which features Zyra and additional chopped vocals from Madelyn Grant, is a playful and infectious piece of electronica. A groove-filled beat and developing melody highlight the pair’s knack for creating a killer tune, and this one will be played out at the remainder of the summer’s festivals for sure.
If you like what you’ve heard, you can already get your pre orders in for “In Return” here.
War Drums (ft. Warpaint) LIVE AT MAIDA VALE
Highs & Lows LIVE AT MAIDA VALE
With his forthcoming album about a month away, SBTRKT continues to provide us reasons to be excited. On his latest release, the pioneering electronic producer let loose track number 3 from the second part of the project.
“War Drums,” which features the vocals of talented Warpaint front-woman Emily Kokal, delivers exactly what its name suggests with intricate, driving percussion. Per usual, SBTRKT shows off an immaculate attention to detail and an ear for the perfect singing voice to match leaving the listener in a state of awe that only grows with incremental listens. According to the track listing, this one will clock in at just under three minutes, but the version presented here is a stunning live rendition from BBC‘s Maide Vale Sessions, which is nearly two minutes longer.
As part of a three-song Soundcloud set, all from the same live session, SBTRKT also shared a live version of the Sampha-assisted “Temporary View” and the previously unreleased “Highs and Lows,” which although incredible dope is not listed as a song on the upcoming record. Peep the new sounds above–Wonder Where We Land is out on September 23rd and can be pre-ordered via iTunes.
No Flex Zone (Styles&Complete Remix)
Sometimes being a ninja can be a little exhausting, however, we never let this creative fatigue get to our heads, ESPECIALLY when we have a track that will undoubtedly make you want to take advantage of Hump Day in the dirtiest way possible. We aren’t here to hit you in the feels, so save the tears for another day and go put your twerking shorts on because we are about to take hyphy to the next level with the latest Styles&Complete remix of Rae Sremmurd’s anthem, “No Flex Zone.” After hearing this festival banger we could not stop flexing – so FAIR WARNING – you will flex and there’s no way you can resist the temptation.
Styles&Complete took this radio hit and threw on some booty bass, some wanky chopped horn synths, and solidified it all with some heavy hitting drums strong enough to punch you in the face. These guys obviously looked this track straight in the eye and said “we are about to violate the shit out of you and people will lose their minds once we’re done,” because this remix just permeated our skin with straight heat. You might need to go stock up on some fire extinguishers or at least go take a shower after exposing your senses to such filth because Stlyes&Complete will make you feel grimey as hell. Overall, this remix certainly met our expectations and in turn we just signed up to take booty bouncing lessons in order to perfect this artistic form of self-expression.
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Myon & Shane 54 - Aug 21
Myon & Shane 54 With Kyler England
Summer Of Love (Radio Edit)
ill.GATES - August 22
ill.GATES + Bassnectar
E X P A N D E D
Boris - August 23
Like Water (Original Mix)
Even though we know the majority of our readers consider themselves to be true music nerds, capable of switching between genres effortlessly, we know that some of you out there have an aversion when it comes to certain genres. We also know that gritty country and folk probably are two of those genres. Well, today we’re going to bridge the gap between those who love beats, and those who love those twangy, back road sounds.
Coming off of their upcoming EP, The Carrier, Dirtwire has offered up this dusty little number as a free download. Backed by Beats Antique Records, “Damn Rooster” has an undeniable folksy charm, populated by only classic instrumentation often associated with folk music. The slight shake of a tambourine provides ample percussion for some wicked southern rock guitar riffs, delicate banjo plucking, and a rather impressive harmonica solo.
Fusing the two sounds together, this Oakland based duo has brought these timeless instruments to 2014 with smooth, rolling bassline. Coupled with some atmospheric elements and some country-style background noises, and we’re left with an engrossing soundscape that has us wanting to head out to the country this weekend.