Back again, back again, back again. Apologies for the delay but it wasn’t for naught as we have plenty of upcoming goodies for you all INCLUDING an interview with an OWLSA artist (stay tuned). But for now the answer to your dying question, “What was the best track released in the last seven days?” Well the answer comes from Bristol Drum and Bass producer TC in his latest EP released off OWLSA in the form of “Get Down Low”.
The track was first premiered in Dog Blood’s Ultra Music Festival debut set and boy did it get some phenomenal feedback. The opening sounds like a riot alarm and bears a devious melody with a male vocal proclaiming “Everybody get down low” and when the beat drops we’re inclined to obliged. It’s a very fresh tune and the perfect fusion of both Trap and D&B alike. And that second drop? Yeesh, one can barely hold back the urge to two-step. Considering we’ve been waiting since last March for this one, the release comes as a welcome surprise for both new and old fans of TC alike. “Get Down Low” wins the Track of the Week!
Well, looks like the South Florida scene earns another black spot on its name as local EDM hotspot, Club Cinema, has taken to bashing Porter Robinson publicly via their Facebook page. You can read below the post in which the club calls him a “fake DJ” and telling him to “get a job”. Ouch. However, Porter also took to Twitter to talk about the club calling it a “garbage venue” and damning the security guards for not letting them meet with him.
Despite all this it doesn’t appear Porter is even fazed by this due to his recent signage to French label Astralwerks, joining the likes of Phoenix, Fatboy Slim, and deadmau5. He continued on Twitter saying “my new music is going to make that point super clear. i like beauty and truth and expression and art and party music limits all of that”. So, we have some new music on the way but this does beg the question, just what happened that night and why was security such a problem. You can read both Club Cinema and Porter’s responses below.
You like Electronic music right? I mean, if you didn’t you wouldn’t be on this very site and glancing over these articles. Point being you like Electronic music, whether it comes in the form of House, Trap, Drum and Bass, whatever. Yet despite that love there’s always that slight urge to see it live. Some have pre-recorded sets but others are quite talented and reconstruct their music live for crowds on the fly. That certain live aspect of making Electronic music is rarely seen but when it happens, the right way, it’s a spectacle to behold. That’s why the new advertisement for Native Instruments’ Maschine (a combination drum machine and MIDI controller with wicked capabilities) featuring none other than Finger-God Jeremy Ellis is one of the best examples of live instrumentation out there today. For 3 minutes he makes use of his fingers as he takes you through Trance, Hip Hop, and Electronica. Oh, and it’s all done live. All those effects you’re hearing, build ups, all done on the fly. You can barely keep track of his fingers as they glide over the buttons with seeming ease. What really did it for me was the FlyLo-esque switch up in the last third of the video. Jeremy is so talented even the likes of Araabmuzik would be put to shame. You just have to check this out.
Remember when Mat Zo made a bad song? No? Well neither can we. The 23-year-old British producer and DJ has seemingly been making good songs since his debut and if you tried to find a single bad song then you’re out of luck. The Anjunabeats member has garnered quite the following. After listening to his catalog and attending a show of his (which I had the pleasure of doing) it’s understandable just why he’s where he is. He’s collaborated with the likes of Arty, Porter Robinson, and remixed U2, Tiesto, and Empire of the Sun. This week he debuted a new single entitled “Lucid Dreams” and it further chisels out his record of never having a bad song.
The song is not Trance, something he established himself for and got him to where he is today. “Lucid Dreams” is a techy, glitched out Electro House track that borders on the progressive. From the chopped vocal samples in the beginning to the devious bass synths at the end your attention is commanded at every point. It’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard which pretty much sums up any of Mat Zo’s songs to date. The real beauty is the part clocking in at the first minute however. It’s a Daft Punk-esque melody and sound that fully immerses you in the music if you haven’t been already. By the time the huge, big-room type drop comes it feels natural and pushes your desire to move even further. Mat’s putting an album out soon very, very soon and has been dedicating time nonstop to touring, promotion, and interviews. The album was already hyped about but after this single I’m definitely going to say it’ll be a must listen for 2013. Don’t sleep on it!
Is anyone truly aware of the very few limits placed on Electronic music? Have you ever just stopped, paused, and considered just how varied in styling and genre it is? From Drum and Bass to Glitch Hop, House to Moombahton, it’s all so incredibly diverse and the sky is truly the limit in this day and age. That thought was running through my mind as I listened to the new “Sanctuary EP” out on OWSLA from none other than KOAN Sound and Asa. For those that grabbed their previous collaborative release then you know whenever the trio team up flat out wonder happens. It’s always a treat that not only shows KOAN Sound’s ability to craft melodies and lovely tracks but stretches Asa’s abilities to do the same even though that’s what he specializes in. Every track off the EP is grand but “Starlite” takes the cake.
I feel like I need to discuss the entire track as a whole. “Starlite” captures ambiance, sparse sounds, and warm melodies while never truly losing its beat. All across the song there’s depth, even in the more upbeat drum patterns. And that’s the thing; the drum patterns don’t entirely feel all there but just enough is present for you to realize the tempo and swing. It borders on IDM with its complex structures and intricate drums all the while seducing you with hats, snares and that constant violin. This is what Electronic music is: a body varied in form that doesn’t stick to one sound, one pattern, one per-conceived notion of similarity from track to track. Electronic music is blossoming with evermore creative, unheard of sounds and KOAN Sound & Asa capture it so, so well.
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When talking about artists that have absolutely not sold out, that have maintained the quality of their content from early tracks to current ones there is one man who fits that description perfectly. EDX is a master of Progressive House in its ever changing state. While evolving his sound he has not opted for the standard blandness that has plagued the Progressive House charts of late. Sure, at any time he could have fired up his DAW and made one of those “House anthems” that’s all the rage these days, ones with abysmal sounding synths, no progression, and the ever popular “percussive melody”. But he hasn’t and that has earned him the respect, admiration, and love of his fans. For this reason when “Hyped” was released on Toolroom I simply knew it would be good and well…it is.
The opening is funky, a nice blending of Techno and Trance. You can already tell it won’t be like any of its Progressive kin from the opening to when everything but the drum and melody is stripped. When the Trance chords begin the track starts to breathe, the leads come in and tickle the ears. The build up is lovely, a focus on melody and substance instead of loud risers. And then when the drop comes it feels…natural. It doesn’t try to impress you, it doesn’t aim to become the hardest House drop you’ve ever heard and that’s just fine. It makes you want to dance, move your feet, nod your head; stuff a track is meant to do. If you were supposed to jump to every song then the Earth’s rotation would be knocked out of orbit. EDX has proven time and time again that he’s here to stay and will NOT abandon the sound that got him this far. “Hyped” is the Track of the Week and a terrific tune.