Well, just in case anyone has been wondering what Denver-based electro-pop duo Rose Quartz has been up to? The answer is simple, a lot. The dynamic duo has transformed itself into a completely live show with the addition of two new members. After a heavy couple months of touring the country with the likes of St. Lucia, Cut Copy, and many more. The guys have finally returned home to give us the first sample off ofAxis of Love, the bands upcoming EPwhich is slated to drop in full on January 6th. Today we have the EP’s debut track entitled, Leaving Now. The track comes to us in the form of a free download andis a gorgeous sentiment to love lost and the troubled feelings and times that often follow. Massive synths, vocal hooks, and huge stutters lift this track right off the ground. While the ever important message of moving on comes to the listener through the undertones and laid back vocals of lead singer Ethan Converse. We are pretty impressed with this new growth and direction Rose Quartz has pointed themselves in, and we couldn’t be more excited for Axis of Loveto drop January 6th!
I was spending some time on Michal Menert‘s SoundCloud page the other day, realizing it had been a while since I got lost in his productions. What’s great about Menert’s page is he reposts a lot of other great music, which is how I was led to the soulful and glitchy stylings of Krooked Drivers. Krooked Drivers is the Denver-based (surprised?) Electro-Soul music project consisting of Maddy O’neal and Donnie Dalbora. The Krooked Drivers website describes: “Sampling from old vinyl, Krooked Drivers strive to keep the sounds of the past alive while creating something entirely new and different fusing hip hop, electro, funk, soul, bass and everything in between. KD has shared the stage with Michal Menert, TPA, Wick-It, Blockhead, The Floozies and many more.”
There’s something about the Denver Electronic scene that gets me every time. The biggest name to come from the Mile High city is without a doubt Pretty Lights, but that Electro-Soul sound is ever-present among many different artists. The Krooked Drivers’ album Finding The Way came out two months ago but in listening to it nonstop over the past week it seems to me they’ve almost out-Pretty Lights-ed Pretty Lights, if that makes any sense. What I mean is Finding The Way reminds me of something Derek Vincent Smith would have produced back in his Taking Up Your Precious Time or Filling Up The City Skiesalbum days – perhaps two of the pieces of work that really skyrocketed him to stardom. Now I’m not here exclusively to draw parallels between artists, I’m here to highlight the awesome sound of Krooked Drivers, helping you understand that some of my favorite elements of a Pretty Lights production, or a Michal Menert production, or any of the other Electro-Soul productions out there are also found in Krooked Drivers’ productions.
The complete Finding The Way album contains 14 tracks of stellar work. A lot of the tracks are dynamic in style – you can chill out to them, you can turn up to them, you could take them on the beach or to your late-night after parties. Hip Hop, Soul, Glitch, and even elements of Dubstep make their way into this album. If you like what you hear you can go over to Bandcamp and download the album, naming your own price. Show the guy and gal some love if you like what you hear!
Today we bring you the very latest from Jamie Fenn. We have been following Jamie for some time now here at MMIBTY and we have been very impressed with his Dubstep and Future Trap tracks. Discovery is his latest Future Trap song and believe me when I say that it doesn’t disappoint. When I first played this track I actually felt as if I was on a journey through space and time, only to be snapped back by an infectious trap drop. The build and the progression throughout this song have a nice artsy touch that flows real nicely with the futuristic sounds that Jamie has produced. Be ready to strap into your spaceship and go for a ride on this one, FOR FREE!
With all of the success Dillon Francis has been having as of late, he has graciously dropped a rebirth of his love ballad Drunk All The Time (Ft. Simon Lord.) The original first came out on his debut album Money Sucks Friends Rule. The album currently sits number 7 on iTunes dance charts and jumped as high as number 2 on the Billboard Dance Charts. We have been following Dillon for a long time now, and it is great to see him getting the recognition he deserves. Make sure you grab this one for FREE and be sure to check out a show when Dillon comes to your city.
The stars have aligned for my return home to Boston for Thanksgiving. Perhaps one of my favorite artists of all time, Eric Prydz, climbs behind the decks at Royale for what will undoubtedly be a show to remember on Friday November 28th. Part of me is a little tired of writing about Prydz and if you’ve been with us for the past few years you’ve seen me talk about the plethora of stellar releases he’s put out over that time. Back in August I wrote about Pryda 028 hitting the Beatport #1 in a mere 24 hours and for good reason. I’ve seen Prydz spin fantastic sets across the country at a number of events, including one at the defunct Ocean Club in Boston, but there’s something about my homecoming intertwining with Prydz’s first show at Royale that seems extra special. Maybe it’s because Royale became one of my home bases for dance music when I lived in Boston, seeing acts like Nero, Feed Me, Mat Zo, Mord Fustang, Laidback Luke, Armin Van Buuren, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, Madeon, A-Trak and so many more – and I’m looking forward to adding Prydz to that list.
Next Friday fans at Royale can expect music across the Eric Prydz spectrum. We’ll get tunes from his more-mainstream Eric Prydz alias, some amazing progressive music off the Pryda side of things, and undoubtedly some hard-hitting Techno thanks to Cirez D. And even though it’s been done so many times around the world, I’d be ecstatic to hear Eric Hit Us With Those Laser Beams.
From what I hear there are very limited tickets remaining for this one and it is sure to be a sell-out show. Whether or not you’re a fan of Eric Prydz, but you’re a fan of going on musical journeys – do everything you can to hang with the Boston MMIBTY crew and mr. Prydz himself.
Boston’s Bamboora has made a name for himself around New England and the greater Northeast area as a polished DJ who has been destroying clubs, concert venues, and arenas over the years. Boston may not be a top-tier dance music city, but Bamboora has certainly propelled himself to household name status around the greater New England area when it comes to guys who consistently tear the house down. I’ve seen Bamboora spin everywhere from The House of Blues to Ocean Club to Splash, Prime, and even the humble Club Metronome in Burlington VT. Bamboora has always had a knack for spinning tunes that thrash around, get parties started, and flow into each other with flawless mixing [check out the exclusive mix he did for us HERE].
On the more recent side of things Bamboora has elevated his game to the next level. No longer is Bamboora just a DJ, he’s also a music producer. Today I’m here to present to you Bam’s newest track “Tizona” which dropped on Friday for FREE DOWNLOAD. Having heard Bamboora’s productions since they first started coming out, I can say with confidence “Tizona” is my favorite track of his to date. I’m not much of a fan of Big Room House anymore, but I certainly have a soft spot for some quality Electro-House which is what this track gives us. “Tizona” is a straight up banger with minimal vocals yet enough drums, bass, and electro-goodness to keep this listener satisfied.
It’s great to see how much Bamboora has grown as an artist and I wish him nothing but continued success. If you like what you hear let Bamboora know! And to all my Boston family reading this I’m looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible next week.