Seeing as its been about a year since Bondax dropped their awesome edit of Blackstreet’s legendary RnB groove, I think we were all ready for a new twist on “No Diggity.” Beat Fatigue brings a sound largely unheard of from the Netherlands, ditching the big room and deeper side of things for a funky and soul-inspired style. While this definitely will strike a chord with fans of electro-soul acts like Pretty Lights and Griz, Beat Fatigue’s style brings a unique sound, heavy on the guitar that he records himself and featuring lots of organic instruments, mixed with just the proper amount of bass and glitch (If you know The Floozies, this will be right up your alley). While browsing through Beat Fatigue’s SoundCloud, I found myself jamming out pretty hard to his new EP, only a month old, which certainly deserves some attention. Cop the free download on the “No Diggity” remix below and definitely stay tuned for more from. Mr. Fatigue.
Still riding the hype wave from his Foreplay EP release earlier this year, Colorado-based OWSLA bass producer Kill Paris is back in action with a hot new remix of Louis Futon’s “Silk.” Kill Paris is relentless in his unique exploration of the Future Bass genre. Perhaps it’s safer to call his style “Future Funk.” I mean, he does bust out the keytar at his live shows. It really doesn’t get much funkier than that.
Regardless, it is the pulverizing bass lines that lay the groundwork for his catchy key riffs, resulting in tight, polished, and always-excellent future bass tracks. This signature sound was showcased when Foreplay dropped in April, and it was brought to light once more last week with the release of his Foreplay Remixes EP, featuring remixes of the 4 tracks on his EP produced by other artists.
Luckily for us, Kill Paris didn’t leave us hanging as far as his own music goes. His latest remix for Louis Futon shows us that he’s still got it. Coming in at a tight 3 minutes, the track wastes no time sending listeners on a funky, bass-heavy journey through space. As futuristic as it may be, it is upbeat as always. It just feels good to listen to. Seriously, just hearing the words “Kill Paris” puts a smile on my face, and this track is just another reason to feel that way. Louis Futon is already a pretty bass-heavy hip-hop duo, but Kill Paris gives their track “Silk” a funky, soulful twist that brings a new vibrant energy to the song. From the opening synth hook to the last bass drop, this is a feel-good future bass banger through-and-through.
For the uninitiated, stream the track below and download it for free on SoundCloud*. Keep your eye out for Kill Paris this Fall as he will be joining Bassnectar on his NVSB tour** (dates listed below). Also, Kill Paris is having a Reddit AMA this Thursday, 9/4 at 12pm EST. He’s also been tweeting about a new album, so fans have a lot to be excited about.
Now please excuse me as I go back to being simultaneously attacked and caressed by the silky smooth bass madness that is Kill Paris.
*The download link on SoundCloud isn’t working properly at the moment, but the track is supposed to be available to download for free
**Kill Paris will not be joining Bassnectar at the San Francisco show on Nov. 9, though he will be replaced by GRiZ
Well it is safe to say I have been on kind of a Frank Ocean kick as of late. Amine Edge’s re-work of Ocean’s Lost has been stuck on repeat for me at this point for a couple months. Earlier this week Blue Sky Black Death, the production duo hailing from Oakland, released their upbeat and soulful bootleg of Pyramids by Ocean. Although I am not super familiar with BSBD they have been around for over a decade and the groups evolution appears to be constantly continuing. BSBD managed to maintain the lyrical story that Ocean initially portrayed in the original, and with a bit of reworking on the beat and the application of a few filters and synths the track really gained a gorgeous soft feel in this bootleg. Grab the free download below and check out the Blue Sky Black Death Soundcloud for more great tunes.
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!
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!