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Rattraps – Smitten (Paces Remix)

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Mar 21, 2014
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Trap and Tropical sounds mixed have, for a long time, been something that has peaked my interest. Something about urban meeting poolside is unfamiliar, a party element that Biggie never had a chance to touch on. And this Gold Coast Aussie, Paces, seems to break no sweat producing the unfamiliar. The download is free or for what you want.

 

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Flight Facilities – Crave You (Royal Refix)

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Mar 21, 2014
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If I had only this track and 99% dark chocolate to keep me company for the rest of my days, I’d be a-ok.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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BADBADNOTGOOD — Sustain

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Mar 20, 2014
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Sustain is the second track we’ve heard from BADBADNOTGOOD in the span of a week, and it’s unreal. BBNG continue to outdo themselves with this continuous steam of solid tracks. Their upcoming album, III, is now my most anticipated release of the year thus far.

III is out on May 6 via Innovative Leisure.

 

Buy Sustain on iTunes

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Bimbo Jones & Beverley Knight – I Found Out (Sebastian Carter Remix)

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Mar 20, 2014
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Sebastian Carter has done a wonderful job with this remix. The young swede has given us a soulful piece of deep house, and even if you hated the original you’ll love this flip.

 

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starRo, Mr. Carmack, Teeko, & Mikos Da Gawd – Catch Me ft. JusMoni

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Mar 20, 2014

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During a Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp, five great artists came together and created something that will have you marveling at the silky soul elements. With vocals faintly reminding me of Erykah Badu’s neo-soul flair, Seattle singer JusMoni perfectly compliments the production. I would have loved to be in the studio when this creative process took place, but I will settle with the end product. Indulge…

 

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Wilfred Giroux – U Make Me

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Mar 20, 2014
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For all those that enjoy a good funky house tune, take a listen to this ear biscuit from Wifred Giroux. U Make Me is a nice little taste of what’s to come on his upcoming EP, Stronger scheduled to drop April 7th. And if you pre-order it, you’ll get a download code and a sweet t-shirt. I don’t know about you guys, but I love artist tees. People say, “OMG who is that guy?” and you smirk and humbly reply, “I’ll remind you in a couple years when they’re famous.” Or something like that…

Wilfred Giroux on:

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Peace, Love, and Spring Break,

^Xaos

p.s. Best soundcloud comment goes to the guy who said, “love that mixture.” I don’t really know what you’re talking about… but yeah. It’s a great mixture.

 

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Marian Hill – One Time (Imanos Remix)

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Mar 20, 2014
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Equal parts booty-popper and finger-snapper, the latest Imanos remix is infinitely re-playable and my favourite to date.

 

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//Ziad Ramley

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Porter Robinson – Sea Of Voices (RAC Mix)

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Want to feel good about life but only have 6 minutes to spare? RAC has your back with this beautiful remix of Porter Robinson‘s Sea of Voices, the only single yet to surface from his highly anticipated follow-up to Spitfire. Riddled with ghostly vocals, popping synth lines, and a plethora of harmonic guitar riffs to glue it all together, I challenge you to listen beginning to end without cracking a smile.

 

Kudos to Porter for stepping outside the box with Sea of Voices (I’m REALLY looking forward to the full album), but RAC is right at home with this type of work, and I think he edged out the original here. I encourage you to check it out as well and judge for yourself.

 

 

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Bass Report #088

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Mar 20, 2014
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Taking down this week’s bass chart are a couple of the (if not the most) influential artists in glitch hop today. I use that genre label loosely, because these two have production styles like no other.

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#1 KOAN Sound – Dynasty

It was a toss up for first place, but I can always throw on a new KOAN release with absolute confidence I’ll be enjoying myself shortly. These guys consistently bring the gut wrenching bass lines, while at the same time crafting deep melodic song structures, a feat many bass music producers sadly don’t bother with any more.

 

#2 OPIUO ft. Beats Antique – Chubby Putty

 

#3 Cory Enemy – Go Deeper

 

#4 Mr. Bill & Skope – Amnesia

 

#5 Astronaut – Quantum (Spag Heddy Remix)

 

#6 Singularity ft. Jenn Lucas - Rift (Frequent, Roger Wilco, and Felxprod Remix)

 

#7 BAR9 – NEXUS-6

 

#8 Doctor P – Shishkabob (Cookie Monsta Remix)

 

#9 Taj Mahal – Statesboro Blues (JPOD Remix)

 

*Late Night Special*
Morillo- S.S.S.

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#1 Phonat – Phase to Face

#2 R.O – The Depths

#3 Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain

 

 

 

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Vindata ft. Kenzie May – All I Really Need (Regulated Edition)

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Mar 19, 2014
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I am definitely feeling this remix by the Regulators of Vindata’s All I really Need right now and I think you will too. Kick back and turn it up. Enjoi.

 

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//RIVER

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Skrillex – Recess [Album Review]

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Mar 18, 2014
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As you should all know by now, Skrillex came out of the studio with a fresh batch of tunes last week. The bass music connoisseur has already touched on every major genre you or your cat can think of, but manages to inject yet another handful of experimental sounds into his new full length album. Skrillex is no stranger to cross-genre collaborative works, having previously worked with artists ranging from alt-metal heavy hitters Korn, to hip-hop vocalists Foreign Beggars, to classic rock legends The Doors, and once again recruits a wide variety of talent for Recess. The album is available for purchase on iTunes here.

 

I’m going with a new review style today, but the song scores below obviously have some intangibles involved. You nerds better not hassle me about my formulas here!

 

 

 

The album kicks off with a playful jab at fellow dubstepper Zomboy, who (long story short) has been accused of ripping off an old Skrill track, when he really had no intention of doing so. There’s no bad blood between the two however, and as the album opener states… “All is Fair in Love and Brostep”. The track features Ragga Twins with some deep distorted dance hall vocals to go along with, well, really heavy throwback brostep bass. I can’t say this is a highlight of the album, but a decent tune nonetheless.

 

Dance-ability: 8/10
Originality: 4/10
Zomboy Fist Bump Bonus: +1

 

Song Score: 6.5/10

 

 

Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop, and Passion Pit front man Michael Angelakos form potentially the oddest all-star collaboration you’ll see this year. Title track, Recess, is the clear cut widely appealing party starter of the album (what else would Fatman Scoop be doing in the mix?), and you can expect to hear this played out all Summer.

 

Dance-ability: 10/10
Originality: 8/10
Cause Fatman Scoop Said So: +2

 

Song Score: 8/10

 

 

The vocals bring a lot to this tune, but once that drop kicks in, Stranger goes in a disappointingly familiar direction. I get what they’re doing here, but I feel Skrill could have done a better job with that lead line.

 

Dance-ability: 7/10
Originality: 6/10
Farty Synth Lead Penalty: -1

 

Song Score: 6/10

 

 

This collaboration with label-mate Alvin Risk has been out for awhile now, and I have to say it hasn’t been making my playlists. It’s just a little predictable for my taste, and the wow factor seems to be lacking for an artist I have such high standards for.

 

Dance-ability: 7/10
Originality: 4/10

 

Song Score: 6/10

 

 

Coast is Clear is a drum & bass hip-hop crossover, largely based around the vocals of Chance The Rapper. The instrumentals are creative enough, but you have to somehow love those odd vocal stylings to give this a second play. I just can’t get over the lyrics, as they seem so rushed and uninspired… I’m calling this a big miss in my books.

 

Dance-ability: 4/10
Originality: 4/10

 

Song Score: 3/10

 

 

If you’re into the 808′s, this is probably your jam. Dirty Vibe features the production stylings of Diplo, along with the unlikely duo of Korean rappers, CL and G-Dragon. I haven’t been that impressed by Diplo‘s work over the past year or two, but every album seems to need a trap tune these days, so I guess Dirty Vibe fills the part.

 

Dance-ability: 8/10
Originality: 5/10

 

Song Score: 6/10

 

 

Skrill brings back Ragga Twins for another bone cruncher in the Bun Dem-esque Ragga Bomb. As a lame white boy, I miss out on 60-80% the lyrical content, but in terms of style, it seems reggae dance hall vocals go hand in hand with the raw power of a good Skrillex bass line.

 

Dance-ability: 8/10
Originality: 7/10

 

Song Score: 8/10

 

 

Doompy Poomp is just as odd as the title suggests.

 

Dance-ability: Don’t Even Try.
Originality: Sure.
Floompity Scroomp bonus: +5

 

Song Score: I… I Just Don’t Know.

 

 

Fuck That encompasses that funky style of minimal house you’d expect from a Claude VonStroke type, with the bouncy bass to pass off as top notch Jack Beats. The sub-heavy dubstep breakdown finishing off this beauty is icing on the cake, and locks in Fuck That as a pleasant success.

 

Dance-ability: 10/10
Originality: 8/10

 

Song Score: 9/10

 

 

Ease My Mind is actually a remake of Niki & The Dove‘s original piece, but this version obviously comes with a growly screeching twist. It’s more of Sonny’s heavy work we know well by this point, but the vocals are calming, catchy, and do a great job of balancing out the instrumentals. I’m into it.

 

Dance-ability: 7/10
Originality: 6/10

 

Song Score: 8/10

 

 

I don’t think there’s any better way to close out this album, than with a tune like Fire Away. It’s pretty reminiscent of the often overlooked 2013 release, Leaving, which did a great job showing off Sonny’s mellower side. I’d love to see a full length of nothing but this down the road.

 

Dance-ability: 4/10
Originality: 9/10
Feelings Punched Bonus: +3

 

Song Score: 9/10

 

 

 

 

 

My expectations are tip-top when it comes to Skrillex, and while a few tracks did meet that standard, there was much room for improvement here. The heavier pieces fell flat at times, while his more experimental work left me wanting more. I wouldn’t call Recess a flop, but I’ll be picking out the gems for my library rather than listening to the album as a whole.

 

Album Score: 7/10

 

 

 

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‘Will There Be Wifi’ Giveaway:Ryan Hemsworth @ Painted Black pt.III NYC March 20th + Exclusive Mix by Jimmy Q

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Mar 18, 2014
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Here’s your chance to win a guest list for you+1 to see Ryan Hemsworth, Saint Pepsi, ASTR and more @ Painted Black pt. III. at the Irving Plaza this Thursday, March 20th.

 

Details: All you have to do is go to our Facebook page between now and Wednesday at 11p and comment on this status with what you think Irving Plaza’s wifi password will be. The kicker… Ryan Hemsworth himself will be picking the winner, so make sure it’s clever.

 

The Prize: The winner will be added to guest list for you+1 to attend the show where Pokemon cards will be sure to fly and a breathtaking visual and auditory experience await. If you want more details on the event, acts involved and where it’s located check the social links below. Let the games begin and good luck!

 

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As a bonus, check out this exclusive mix done by Jimmy Q for the final act of Painted Black which highlights some of the best of New York’s music scene.  Enjoi.

 

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Gone Deville – Downfall ft. NKLA

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Mar 17, 2014
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Have you ever been to Miami? Lounged by the pool in a dreamlike state? Floating in and out of reality allowing the lush life to take you on a magic carpet ride? This is exactly the place Montreal Native Gone Deville takes us in his latest offering. A place just beyond the sunset…

 

“What’s your downfall?”

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-LeCastell

 

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The Top 10 Tracks I Received While Eating Tacos At SXSW

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Mar 16, 2014
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At current count, I’ve eaten 30 tacos and a pound and a half of brisket since landing in Austin on the 10th. I received a lot of emails over the week I was there, and ignored them all due to: a. spotty internet, b. dead laptop batteries, or c. food. Without further ado, here are the top 10 tracks that should have gotten some love earlier in the week.

 

PS. The above photo is a REAL taco from Torchy’s on South 1st.

 

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1. L D R U & Yahtzel – The Only One | More on SoundCloud

 

2. Rook Milo – Luxury Sedan | More on SoundCloud

 

3. Nick Wisdom – Blush | More on SoundCloud

 

4. Kidnap Kid – Like You Used To | More on SoundCloud

 

5. Kenny Segal – The Life And Death Of Pi | More on SoundCloud

 

6. PARTYNEXTDOOR – Persian Rugs (salute. Remix) | More on SoundCloud

 

7. Chrome0 – Jealous (The Chainsmokers Remix) | More on SoundCloud

 

8. Lykke Li – Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone (Zebra Safari Remix) | More on SoundCloud

 

9. ALIZZZ – I C U ft. Santell | More on SoundCloud

 

10. Stwo – Anna (Mincha Flip) | More on SoundCloud

 

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How to Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember (Branded James Remix)

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Mar 15, 2014
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brndedWhat a tasteful remix of the original. Sun shining, waves gentling kissing the shoreline, time floating on by without a care in the world. These are a few of the sensations created by this remix by LA native Branded James. Let yourself be taken away by the magic of its words and the warmth of its sound.

“What is love but nothing more than anything you wanted baby”

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-LeCastell

 

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Hunter Siegel gives Dvbbs Raveology the #DarkPlur Treatment

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Mar 13, 2014
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Dark Plur is a movement championed Toronto’s own Hunter Siegel. Hunter appeared to the music world with his first release being an official remix for Major Lazer’s BUMAYE which to this date still gets a ton of love and the video below at the time of writing this post has nearly 1.2 million views.

After heading out on tour with Adventure Club, Dvbbs and Dallas K to end the year in 2013 Hunter has remixed Dvbbs t hit with Vinai “Raveology”

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London Grammar – Hey Now (Tensnake Remix)

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Mar 13, 2014
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All hail the king. On this mythical remix Tensnake outdoes himself. As if the trio from London’s single wasn’t good enough as is, Tensnake gives it a little retro flair and propels us into summer with a smile on our faces.

“I can feel my instincts here for you”

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-LeCastell

 

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Bass Report #087

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Mar 12, 2014
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I realize Skrillex is the talk of the town today, but take a minute to discover an artist you may not have yet stumbled upon sitting at #1 this week.

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#1 R.O – The Depths

The Depth hits with… well… serious depth. Chunky drum patterns and clean cut (yet devastating) basslines work hand in hand here to give you that feeling you should be looking to experience here at the Bass Report. I can’t put it into words. It’s like… the sparkle in your eye Christmas morning meets a sucker punch to the chest.

 

#2 Dreamland (Singularity & Mutrix Remix)

 

 

#3 Alex Young – Madlibs

 

#4 12Gauge & The Greys – Milky Sway

 

#5 Birdy – Skinny Love (Vanic Remix)

 

#6 Haywyre – The Schism

 

#7 Hybrid Theory – The Dark (Crookers Remix)

 

#8 Jakwob ft. Maiday – Fade (Kicks N Licks Remix)

 

#9 Noisestorm – Surge

 

*Late Night Special*
Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain

Still Hot!

#1 The McMash Clan ft. Kate Mullins – Swing Break (Opiuo ft. Russ LiquidRemix)

#2 Phonat – Phase to Face

#3 Major Lazer & Pharrell – Aerosol Can (Carmack Refix)

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ZHU – Faded

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Mar 12, 2014
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The mysterious LA based producer Zhu is back with another hard-hitting, bass-splitting track, entitled Faded. This track is getting some real attention and now that I have yours, click play and see what all the hype is about.

 

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//RIVER

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Skrillex Surprises With New Album, Recess

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Mar 12, 2014
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We’ve been pleasantly blindsided by a new full length Skrillex album this week. The album, titled Recess, has been released as a free stream through…  through a mysterious alien app of course.

With no prior announcements of an upcoming release, Sonny did quite the job keeping these treasures locked in the vault. The album features collaborations with Diplo, Alvin Risk, Kill The Noise, Fatman Scoop, Ragga Twins, Chance The Rapper and more, while exploring a variety of experimental directions.

If you’re not into grabbing the app, the album is available for pre-order on iTunes March 18. In the meantime, check out a couple of my favorites, and hold tight for a full review.

 

EDIT: Just go check the full review and stream the album here!

 

 

 

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