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Jamiroquai – Virtual Insanity (The Noisy Freaks Remix) [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Today’s post has a special place in my heart. Without boring you too much about my adolescent days, there was a time when I had to memorize the lyrics of Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” to compete in a lip sync contest. While I don’t remember the results of the contest, held at my summer camp in Westwood, MA, I surely remember the lyrics of “Virtual Insanity”. Jamiroquai’s track, probably their most popular to date, was released in 1996 and won the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a duo or group. You can imagine my excitement when I saw the Noisy Freaks would be releasing their unique twist on a classic sing-along track.

Anyone who’s been paying attention to my posts lately knows I’m all aboard the Noisy Freaks train, a discovery by supreme talent Gramatik. When I saw a message in my inbox combining the sheer funk goodness of Noisy Freaks with one of my personal favorite tracks of the 90s, there was no doubt in my mind it wouldn’t be spectacular – and I was right. It’s hard to categorize the remix as far as genre of dance music. I’d call it something like Nu Disco or Electro-Funk, or even French Funk, but whatever you want to name it, there’s no question it’s a home run. Funny thing is, the remix doesn’t resemble the original version of “Virtual Insanity” too closely, but there are certainly elements that remain. And for fans of saxophone, slap-bass, and vocoder,  you’re in the right place!

The track will be available for FREE DOWNLOAD in 48 hours so stay tuned! Do yourself a favor and listen through more of the NF’s music, and make sure to show them some love!

The Noisy Freaks Release “Tonight” for FREE DOWNLOAD on Gramatik’s Label Lowtemp

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!

Gramatik – The Age of Reason [FREE ALBUM]

Gramatik has teamed up with BitTorrent to release his new LP “The Age of Reason”, yes you read that correctly, one of the most recognized names in digital music production is teaming up with a company that is has is often under the gun as a channel that promotes music piracy.

It is tough to contemplate why a music producer would work in tandem with a company that produces software that is often used to download media illegally and in large quantity. It seems right off the bat that this is a poor decision, but Gramatik and his team are no newbies, with a discography that is pages long, Dreams About Her EP, Expedition 44, Street Bangerz Vol.1, Street Bangerz Vol.2, Water 4 The Soul Ep, Street Bangerz Vol. 3, to name a few and comes with strings of production credits on various labels from hip-hop to top40 radio ghost writing, Denis Jasarevic (Gramatik) is certainly making a very well thought out move here. Continue Reading…

Exmag – Proportions (Full Album) FREE DOWNLOAD

Although you may have never heard of Exmag by name (yet), the lowtemp sound that this band is producing is nothing new to your ears. A recent formation, Exmag has been performing opening sets for band leader Gramatik for a few months now, slowly creating a repertoire of music that is the basis for their breakout album. The novel five-piece Brooklyn collective features Eric Mendelson, Tyler Dondero, Mike Iannatto, Illumntr, as well as the boundary-pushing funk master, Gramatik! Appropriately released on Gramatik’s Lowtemp record label, the sounds of Exmag are definitely not EDM, but hit heavy on funky R&B baselines all while using synths. The live act is a most see and is a great example of how electronic music is evolving as it matures. The album is perfect to listen to all the way through so please enjoy the free download and make sure you catch the boys as they begin to tour in 2014!

Gramatik – Obviously (Feat. Cherub & Exmag)

We are so close to finally entering The Age of Reason as Gramatik drops the third and final single off his upcoming album. It is only a matter of time now until we have a full LP of free, funky beats to jam out too. Obviously is a collaboration with Cherub and Exmag. You should all be aware of Cherub after such unbeleivable tracks like Jazzercise and Doses and Mimosas. Exmag is fairly new to the scene, Eric Mendelson, Tyler Dondero, Mike Iannatto, Gramatik, and ILLUMNTR formed this super group to save the universe… one space babe at a time. All together there are a lot of players teaming up to make Obviously and original that is lowtemp, but full of future funk. Keep your eyes peeled as the countdown now begins for the complete album release from Gramatik!

Reflecting on Electric Zoo 2013: EZoo5

A look at the brand new Main Stage East
A look at the brand new Main Stage East

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Look, what happened this past weekend on Randall’s Island is a tragedy – there’s no way around it. It was a tragedy for a few reasons, mainly because two people died, but also because of the national coverage it received and how it negatively affects the dance music scene as a whole. Oh yeah, and also because it was the fifth year of Electric Zoo: an event people from around the country had been looking forward to all Summer and a milestone for its founders. Sunday was a highly anticipated day of the festival, featuring sets by some of dance music’s biggest DJs, a world-record twerk wall, a Dim Mak stage, and a Drumcode stage. But due to the “safety concerns” by Mayor Bloomberg and the city of New York, Day 3 was shutdown and EZoo5 came to an abrupt end. Sure, fans are getting a refund but that’s a huge letdown all around. I could sit here and tell you how people must educate themselves and look after one another, but that has already been shoved down your throats thanks to guys like Tommie Sunshine. While I side with guys like Sunshine, A-Trak, and Kaskade (click that link to check out their Ecstasy PSA) , I also think situations like recent “overdoses” and arrests in Boston are getting out of hand. But I’m not here to focus on that. I’m here to talk about the two days that DID make the beginning of EZoo5 an enjoyable time. (I’ll say, however, I am a bit surprised we haven’t received much of a statement from the founders of Electric Zoo… but that’s for another discussion.)

So, Electric Zoo was in its fifth year this past weekend. I had attended all but the first year, making this the fourth year in a row I’d be trekking to Randall’s Island NYC for Labor Day weekend (check out 2012 and 2011). Electric Zoo has always held a special place in my heart. It was my first music festival ever and it was what I consider my first real exposure to dance music. I let my friends, who later became the MMIBTY founding team, introduce me to DJs and music I’d never heard of, taking me around to different stages and giving me doses of “must-see” experiences. I’m talking about guys like Rusko, Wolfgang Gartner, Boys Noize, and Armin Van Buuren among others. Not a ton has changed about the festival over the years. Starting year 3 EZoo expanded to three days and more and more people started getting involved, up to 100,000 people last year. This year the biggest change with Electric Zoo was the addition of a second main stage (oxymoron?). The designs of Hilltop and Riverside changed. The Hilltop stage was placed in the middle of the tent while rotating 360 degrees. The Riverside stage was very long across the width of the tent, with an intricate stage design that went 3-D with each night’s closing performance. Sunday School Grove stayed exactly the same as last year, allowing fans of Deep House, Tech-House, and other Underground music to experience sets in front of a lit-up neon school bus.

click through to read the rest of my thoughts plus you can listen to my top-3 sets from the weekend!

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