[Electronic] Disclosure – Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)

Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)

It’s been a while since Disclosure‘s groundbreaking album Settle dropped back in 2013. Even with the extended hiatus, during which they toured extensively and put out a few loose tracks, their relevance in dance music hasn’t receded one bit. Their tracks can be heard in DJ sets rocking dance floors around the world. Finally, though, fans have some new exciting news from the unstoppable UK duo–a new album set to drop later this year. The first single arrived a couple days ago and it’s the perfect continuation from their flawless debut. “Holding On” carries an incredible amount of soul courtesy Gregory Porter‘s vocals all the while maintaining the club-ready future house and garage sound that Disclosure has pioneered. As we await more news on their highly anticipated upcoming sophomore project, this one should do just fine in holding us over.

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Pearl Lion
Big Sky

Remember that saying “Never judge a book by its cover?” It was ingrained into us at a very early age and with good reason. Today, we have something that exemplifies that, as we dig deep into the music of the unassuming Pearl Lion.

Looking at this independent act’s SoundCloud profile wouldn’t allude to the storied musical history that goes along with it. There are a couple of tracks uploaded, one casually adorned with a unmastered tag, leading the casual browser somewhat uninterested in what this artist has to offer. That is, until our premiere of “Big Sky.”

Jared Scharff, aka Pearl Lion, has a rich history in the world of music. There’s a long, winding, and incredibly action-packed background that has lead him to this point, starting out in his school’s band. Fast forward a few years, we find this youngster at French Woods, a performing arts camp where he met and played with Adam Levine and Jesse Charmichael from Maroon 5. Shortly after graduation, Scharff went to NYU to study music, where he started his stint with a band called Carbondale, who were signed to RCA Records. Eventually leaving the band for personal reasons, he found himself entering into what he’s currently doing now, which is playing for the Saturday Night Live Band. In fact, if you’ve watched a monologue or commercial cut scene in the past seven years, you’ve seen him back there.

SNL isn’t the only thing he’s been up to over the past seven years though. This uber-accomplished musician has also played with Sting, Elton John, Brunce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Bruno Mars, and James Taylor. In addition to that, he was a part of the CBS fashion Rocks House band, where he has performed with have Justin Timberlake, and Beyonce. In addition to that, he has played in the Pete Seeger Clearwater Concert House Band, performing with Pete Seeger, Emmy Lou Harris, Steve Earle, and Arlo Guthrie. And one last notable mention, he subbed for James Valentine in Maroon 5 once. Whew.

So here we are. Pearl Lion is me pursuing a dream I’ve had since I was a kid. A dream to make modern, accessible, instrumental music. I miss the days of the classic guitar heroes that pushed the envelope like Hendrix, Page, Clapton in Cream. And it’s rare to find that these days, with the exception of a few people (Jack White, St. Vincent, etc). So I’m putting my name in the hat to occupy that role. I’ll carry the torch. Ive wanted to my entire life. – Jared Scharff

You see what we mean by not judging a book by its cover? Musical accomplishments aside, today we’re here to highlight Scharff’s personal project, as we bring you a look at “Big Sky.” The song stems from a video he was doing in LA for a new guitar pedal called “Big Sky.” While he was in LA for this shoot, he came up with the main guitar melody, which is why the song is named as such.

It’s a cinematic listening experience, calling on associations of both modern electronic ambient artists such as Tycho or Bonobo, yet bringing elements of more classical style guitar work, like Buckethead. Rich, textural, and enveloping layers create a soundscape that’s easily remembered, one that listeners could easily identify at a live show. Which, to us, is always a strong point of importance when it comes to instrumental acts.

Make sure to keep an eye on Pearl Lion by following him on SoundCloud. With an EP coming out sometime this summer or early fall, he’s an artist you won’t want to lose track of.

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[Future] Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke & Verdine White – I Don’t Like It, I Love It (Kasum Remix)

Flo Rida - I Don't Like It, I Love It (Kasum Remix)
Flo Rida ft. Robin Thicke & Verdine White
I Don't Like, It I Love It (Kasum Remix)

Following the Blink 182 remix, Kasum is back with another infectious jam. Taking on “I Don’t Like It, I Love It” by Flo Rida, the NY-based producer provides a future bass rendition on the Top 40 track. Kasum manages to keep it fun and entertaining throughout the short duration of the tune, as there’s never dull moment. Cleverly sampling the whitsling, Robin Thicke‘s vocals and Flo Rida’s verse, it all results in an incredibly catchy song that’ll make you move up and down in a heartbeat.

With this release, Kasum once again proves that he can do it all. From progressive house to future bass, he can produce any trending sound for mass appeal. Out via Atlantic Records, this tune shows a new side of Kasum’s talents. Make sure to show some support if you like what you hear!

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[Progressive] Jaymes Young – I’ll Be Good (LYNOS Remix)

Jaymes Young - I'll Be Good (Lynos Remix)
Jaymes Young
I'll Be Good (LYNOS Remix)

LYNOS has a love of infectious melodies and epic drops, as shown in his previous remixes. This time around, the LA-based producer puts his own spin on Jaymes Young‘s “I’ll Be Good”, and the result is phenomenal. Bits of pieces of the original are kept to retain the organic sound of the track, including Jaymes’ sexy vocals and guitar fills. The massive drop steals the spotlight, as heard from a series of bold synths and drums. LYNOS wanted to bring out the powerful message behind the lyrics to the song by using hard synths while keeping the folk elements of it. It’s one of those tunes that could up your adrenaline level a few notches.

It’s once again proven that LYNOS is the future of the electro-pop/progressive scene. Make sure to keep him on your radar, as we’re very excited to see where his music takes him.

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[Breakbeat] Stranger – Shake Dat

Shake Dat

“Oh hello Stranger, nice to meet you” isn’t something you get to say everyday. You’ll be happy and willing to take the candy that was pushed by Stranger free last week. You know the ninjas love their breaks, which is why “Shake Dat” is on repeat in the dojo. Shake your rump to the deep grooves and bustling percussion that were carefully crafted for that specific purpose. Stranger offers up an intimate production that is just as alluring as the producer himself. After you have a listen to “Shake Dat,” head over to Soundcloud and check out the rest of the catalog, which includes an official remix for MUST DIE!, a remix of Jack U, as well as another original single.

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[House] Lif3blood – Like The Sunshine feat. Kate Miller

Like The Sunshine Ft Kate Miller (Radio Edit)

“Like The Sunshine” is the first single from the act Lif3blood. Featuring Kate Miller, this release was pushed by Karma Artists Recordings earlier this month. For a first work, this is pretty amazing. There’s a good mix of acoustic and electronic packed into one smooth product. Kate Miller’s down to Earth performance is captivating, taking the track to the next level. However, that doesn’t take away from the work that was done by the UK producer, whose instrumental is something truly marvelous. Chill house like this only comes around every so often, so soak it up!

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[Indie] Cheers Elephant – Airliner

Cheers Elephant

The Philly-bred now California-based Cheers Elephant has delivered another gem. “Airliner” comes to us just a month after the band released “Speak Think”. Both singles play to a jangly power pop hunger, but where “Speak Think” airs on the safe side, “Airliner” caters to a more psychedelic world. Crafty guitar licks combed over with 60s-esque vocal harmonies and tasteful claps, this tune is destined to be the opening credits of a happy-go-lucky summer flick. Warning, it will be stuck in your head for days.

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