I think the song title speaks for itself in this case but I’ll do my best to explain why DJ Green Lantern‘s latest track “Funk Space Coaster” is a must-hear for the weekend. Originally premiered on ThisSongIsSick.com, Atlanta’s Green Lantern dropped some straight up filth on us today by fusing the worlds of Funk and Trap into one delicious 4:30 track. There are plenty of horn licks and James-Brown-esque “wooo” screams throughout the track and there’s no way “Funk Space Coaster” won’t have your head nodding to the beat. My biggest question is what Green Lantern sampled this gem from, my guess being multiple old-school Funk tracks, but none I can directly put my finger on.
Back in January I posted Green Lantern’s stellar remix of “Fuckwind” by Tommy Trash, showing off his unique and polished production skills with a Hotlanta twist. Today’s “Funk Space Coaster” shows that seven months later Green Lantern is still crankin’ away and if you’re into his sounds then you already know you have to keep your eyes on him.
When I was first told about 11 11 earlier this year I was in a slight state of disbelief. Fellow MMIBTY contributor JD who is an avid fan of Guy Gerber and connoisseur of all things Underground was the one to inform me of this collaboration. Without hesitating I immediately searched for the only track available at the time which was “Tourist Trap”, one of the songs on the 11 11 album release. “Tourist Trap”, after hearing it was a Puff Daddy and Guy Gerber collaboration, was something a bit different. It wasn’t a club banger, but it wasn’t sunrise music either. The song is minimalistic with a slight edge – it contains the signature Diddy triangle hit and some eerie vocals that sound like Timbaland could have recorded them.
Once I became aware of this thing that was 11 11, I did some digging. As the story publicly goes, Diddy met Gerber in Ibiza years ago. Diddy has always had an interest in dancing and though he gained fame in the Hip Hop world, he admires a wide range of musical genres. Guy Gerber is an Israeli House legend who has gained popularity in the Underground over the years. Gerber became one of the preferred DJs that Diddy looked to in the House music world and eventually Diddy reached out to Gerber to invite him to New York City with the goal of recording music together. The result is a musical journey. As Diddy says in the Thump documentary below, the album isn’t “EDM” and the listener shouldn’t expect any epic drops. The album as a whole doesn’t fit into a club setting, but it’s perhaps better suited for sunsets on the beach, late nights in front of the fire, or a road trip across the country.
I always appreciate it when two artists from opposite sides of the tracks can come together and find a common ground they’re proud of. While it’s obvious Diddy crossed over to the world of Electronica more than Guy Gerber delved into the world of Hip Hop, there’s certainly elements of both artists’ sounds throughout the 11-track effort. I’m a fan of “Terminal K” as it gives me a party-in-the-desert feel, but it’s certainly not the only track to do this. “Lifted” is a track I could see someone like Fehrplay or Jeremy Olander playing. I’m glad there are vocals throughout the album to keep the listener interested. Personally speaking I see myself listening to this album many times over – not necessarily when I’m in the mood to party, but more to chill out and get lost in the music.
Our good friend Ken Hoge in Boston took a listen to the album and had a few thoughts of his own. Here’s what he had to say: When first hearing about the collaboration between house music legend Guy Gerber and hip-hop mogul Puff Daddy I was both curious and confused. How did these two artists come together on this collaboration and what would the album sound like? After watching the Thump documentary on 11 11, I understood more on how they were going for a musical experience not targeting the mainstream crowd but satisfying their collective passion for music. Additionally Guy describes 11 11 as, “when two worlds collide and open a gate to another dimension.” But to really understand what they were going for you have to listen to the album.
The album itself ranges from a 105 bpm track with a guitar and synth heavy melodic track up to a 125 bpm dark after hours track and everything in between. Having been a longtime fan of Guy Gerber you can certainly hear his touches throughout the album with the very long melodic build ups and break downs such as in “Floating Messiah.” On the other hand “Tourist Trap” (duly noted), has a very interesting composition and I consider it a far out track. But tracks like “Lifted” and “Indian Summer” are dark and melodic and I wouldn’t be surprised to hear them at Guy’s Black Rock City set at Burning Man while the sun rises over La Playa. Overall I really liked the album and recommend a start to finish listen to be able to understand the experience of 11 11.
It took me an unusually long time this evening to find something that I wanted to post, but when I landed on it, I knew it immediately. Kastle knocks it out the park with his latest “Anything’s Possible.” The original track, out now for a limited free download on Kastle’s Soundcloud, is an amazing combination of well-constructed melodies and basslines which, in collaboration with Lotti, who provides a powerful vocal line, combine for an expert production. The sound design stands out on much of Kastle’s work throughout his many remixes and original work. Definitely feeling the vibes on this one, Kastle. Pick up the free download while its still available!
This is some absolute fire that you need to hear. Following in Gramatik‘s footsteps of releasing free music, The Noisy Freaks yesterday released their second single called “Tonight”. The track came out on Gramatik’s label Lowtemp and is the second one The Noisy Freaks have put out under that umbrella. After opening up for Gramatik at the famous L’Olympia Music Hall in Paris the French duo impressed him with their performance and landed a coveted spot on the Lowtemp roster.
It always excites me to hear new ground-breaking music by artists I’m relatively unfamiliar with. It excites me even more to hear stories like the one above – where highly talented artists are able to catch a break and gain the ear of someone influential in the business. Gramatik, over the years, has built a huge following with his stellar productions and live shows and it’s great to see him curating a label with awesome raw talent. With “Tonight” I’m reminded of producers like Madeon (also French), Mord Fustang, and TheFatRat and overall it’s a fantastic Nu Disco/Indie Dance track. Though “Tonight” starts off as though it could be a power rock ballad, it gains speed around 1:00 and never looks back. And hey, anytime you have an epic solo in the middle of a dance track you certainly have my ear.
Give the folks in The Noisy Freaks some love for this one and check out their first single “I Need You Back” as well!
The duo will be promoting new EP’s during this tour, Zeds Dead’s ‘Somewhere Else’ and Keys N’ Krates’ ‘Every Night’. Both of these highly anticipated works will have you raging out of your seat from beginning to end, covering a multitude of genres from dubstep to trap, and beyond.
These two EDM superstars will also be pairing up with Gladiator and Thugli, this massive lineup will surely tear the roof off of the Echostage, which has quickly become known as one of the best venues on the east coast. With a plethora of huge names announcing fall tours, this one falls into the must-see category. Be sure to cop your tickets now and catch this amazing lineup in action this November.
Take a listen to Zeds Dead’s “Where Are You Now?” right here on MMIBTY:
The team here at MMIBTY had the opportunity to interview not one, not two, but three artists on the Dim Mak roster. We have some diverse names in this session starting with Psy-Trance duo Infected Mushroom, up-and-coming Trap/Electro star Victor Niglio, and man of the hour “Future House” producer Oliver Heldens. Check out the latest with these three dance artists, check out some tunes, and show them some love on their social media outlets!