I don’t know about you, but last night’s festivities took a lot out of me. Since so many people get stuck spending Thanksgiving Eve at the same old bar, I’m grateful to have grooved into the wee hours of the morning at Spybar as Dubfire returned with his jet black, polished chrome beats. Needless to say, what most people consider the morning did not take place today. After one too many hours of visual stimulation courtesy of Frozen Planet, a disco nap on the couch seemed like the right idea. In need of some aural therapy, I nosed out this mix I remembered a friend had shared the other day and was immediately immersed into a soulful dreamscape. One hour and forty-two minutes of beautiful tracks–old and new–laced together elegantly by New Englander Don Fochi of Fresh Headz, this November mix is one to play any day of any year (but do yourself a favor and use a good set of speakers or headphones). Never wavering from the range of 109 to 118 beats per minute, this selection is perfect to throw on at a gathering, in the car, and wherever you see fit. After you download this magnum opus, be sure to like Mr Fochi on Facebook, follow him on Soundcloud, and get to one of his many shows in the Boston area and beyond!
Last week an infectious new House track dropped on the incredible Fool’s Gold Records called “Breathe” by Anna Lunoe. The hypnotic solo single “Breathe” is a welcome, futuristic take on classic dance vibes. Having spent years as an in-demand collaborator and skilled festival DJ, Anna Lunoe’s body-moving talents are without question. “Breathe” manages to showcase another side of Lunoe as an artist altogether, channeling the emotion of vintage House 12″s and the sweat of MTV’s The Grind (if you’re too young to remember The Grind, this actually existed) while bringing it up to date for a new generation of dance music fans. “Breathe” isn’t incredibly different than the Aussie-turned-American’s collaboration with AC Slater “Up All Night“, though it is definitely a bit deeper. This track is exactly the flavor of House music I’ve been into lately: soulful and not quite a main stage banger, yet highly dance-able and containing just the right amount of deepness. Anna Lunoe is currently on tour with R&B superstar The Weeknd and has a slew of international gigs lined up too – so if you have the chance to catch her you’ll probably hear “Breathe” coming out over the speakers!
This extraordinary Drum and Bass, 4-man band from the UK (Piers Aggett, Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor, and DJ Locksmith) called Rudimental, was easily one of my top 3 favorite performances that I had the privilege of seeing during my wild Electric Zoo Festival weekend in New York. Especially after seeing countless amazing acts throughout the last few days, it’s always overwhelmingly difficult when trying to pin point which performances were your favorites. In this case, Rudimental came to mind right away with no hesitation.
Something about their performance had a hugely inspiring and uplifting impact on me and I loved every second of it. They performed at one of the many Official Electric Zoo After Parties, on Saturday night at the Best Buy Theatre alongside Modeselektor and Delta Heavy. A lot of big names were also playing shows that night including Wolfgang Gartner and the Dirtybird Label artists, so I don’t think this particular show the majority of the EZoo-animals’ top choice for an after party. The place wasn’t balls to the walls or anything; but there was definitely a good crowd there. My friends and I immediately got sucked into staying after hearing only a few minutes of Modeselektor’s set. Rudimental came on after and I literally had the best time of my life. They played such awesome music, and at the end they even spun in some oldies, including Marvin Gaye‘s, “Let’s Get It On”, which made it and unforgettable and hilarious evening. They also play some live instruments and it really makes their music and entire package that much better. It was something totally unexpected and beautiful to bring to the stage, and the crowd seemed to be all about it. The band had a great, positive energy, seeing as they were laughing and dancing with the crowd. It was fun to watch them have as much fun as we were. At the very end, they even walked out to the end of the stage and high fived everyone and took a bow–NSYNC/Backstreet Boys style. That’s when your know they’ve really got somethin’ there. I’ve been raving about them ever since that night and I probably won’t stop!
Rudimental debuted their first studio album called “Home” with Warner Music UK this past April and it has already been huge for them. It delivers a list of beautifully written and produced D’n'B tracks that seem to have some influence of R&B, funk, soul, and UK garage. Including their breakthrough number one hit single “Feel The Love”, the album also includes other awesome singles such as “Spoons”, “Not Giving In”, “Waiting All Night” and “Right Here”. The quartet also chose a number of absolutely flawless vocalists to accompany them on the album, and Foxes, John Newman, Ella Eyre, Becky Hill, and Emeli Sandé, are just to name a handful. Their music is a cool mix between relaxing and energizing. Every single track out of the total 12 is flat out dope. It’s a must-listen-to album. Get it on iTunes here!
They also just recently announced their big, upcoming tour for 2014 which they were really excited about. They’ll be packing their bags and heading out to see their fellow fans in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Australia starting in February. Don’t miss them when they come back to the U.S! I promise you’ll love these dudes. Listen to some of my favorite tracks off of their album, “Home” below!
It wouldn’t be a true electro-soul album without a title comprised of some abstract reference to nature in a seemingly metaphorical way, would it? Just as I have said previously that Late Night Radio was poised to become your new favorite producer in that genre, he’s now produced and released what should quickly become your new favorite “electro soul” (or whatever you call it) album in Far Into The Night. Late Night Radio, who hails from Colorado like the oh-so-Pretty Lights which came before him, follows in the same tradition as Derek, producing hip-hop inspired jams, at times as ambient and trippy as they can be upbeat and dance-inducing. Late Night Radio, as his name would imply, generally veers towards the more downtempo end of the spectrum, but that hasn’t stopped him from experimenting with a host of new sounds on his debut LP Far Into The Night. As you might expect, there’s a heavy influence of soul, funk and even some jazz, with plenty of antique vocal samples mixed in. I’d be lying if I said this style is completely original – it’s not – but for fans of the PLM crew, this is exactly what the doctor ordered. My recommendation? Put this on Late Night. It’s all the Radio you’ll need. Grab the free download over on LNR’s Bandcamp here.
Here’s some brand new Grizmatik for ya called ,”My People”. When listening to this track, the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to describing it is “good vibes”, just good vibes all around. It’s sounding like a perfect jam to throw on in the car and vibe to. No wonder why the track photo hints at that type of scene to set the mood. GRiZ and Gramatik really know how to whip up some good ass music together. Aren’t you all so glad they found each other and decided to collaborate? What a match made in music heaven. I’d categorize this one under funky-electro-soul, for the win. Check it out and grab your free download off of their Soundcloud!
Grizmatik is beginning to prepare for their biggest show to date, set for Halloween night at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, CO! Word directly from GRiZ and Gramatik themselves, there will be some “very special guests” for this particular show as well, which sounds even more exciting! There will be a limited fan pre-sale this Wednesday at 12 PM MST on Thissongissick.com and the general sale will be this Friday at 10am MST. Get on that, people.
A couple of weeks ago we posted the article below covering the likes of a French group by then name of C2C, today we are lucky enough to be giving away two tickets to tomorrow nights show in Denver, Colorado at the Summit Music Hall! Since this is only a 24 hour giveaway head over to the MMIBTY Twitter Page, follow us and retweet our post about the show for a chance to win. After a reportedly huge showing at Coachella this rare night in America with C2C is not a night to miss out on! All info regarding tomorrows show can be found here and if you haven’t already be sure to check out the amazing sounds these guys have been producing below.
C2C is a French “band” consisting of four internationally renowned turntablists with a fondness for a very unique “electro urban sound,” as it is described on their SoundCloud. I’m pretty new to them but that doesn’t mean they haven’t accrued quite the decent following. Having made a name for themselves by winning the DMC turntabilism contest as a quartet four years in a row, they have since started in on the production side of things and put out their debut album Tetra last fall.I must say I have absolutely fallen in love with these guys listening through to the LP on Spotify and after seeing the new video to one of the more upbeat singles from it, “Happy”. Hearing the way they were able to combine serious soul flavor, turntablism and an absolutely infectious beat really reflects on their seemingly endless creative talent. This song does as promised and will put a smile on your face. I also included another favorite of mine off the album. Check out the video for a very appropriate take on “Happy” after the jump. Also, any producers out there who would be interested in taking on remix duties for this great track, C2C is hosting a remix content that you can enter over here.