DEMF Coverage

Some awesome snaps of the Detroit Electronica Festival, come out next year!

Conner Youngblood Interview!

The very talented Yale musician gives us a sit down and talk Sketches.

The Shins at The Fillmore

The Shins Live, yes please.

Teen Daze Interview!

Exclusive sit down with Teen Daze. We take a look at his upcoming album and his insights on his success as an artist.

Sailor and I Interview.

Swedish band Sailor and I are something very special, very much so.

2/29/2012

If This World Was Mine - Marvin Gaye (Flip Edit)

If This World Was Mine - Marvin Gaye (Flip Edit)
Copenhagen artist Flip alters the very sensual ear-gasmic sounds of Marvin Gaye. He largely keeps the seductive style and adds his own elements and layers to fill out the sound. When Tammi Terrell introduces herself to the song it brings it to a whole other level. The duet is absolutely stunning. Happy Listening.

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2/28/2012

Help You Breathe - Oliver Tank

Help You Breathe - Oliver Tank
A late night come down, as Sydney's Oliver Tank gives us a refreshing breath of sea air. The dream wave sound of Help You Breathe captures a slow evening next to the Australian shoreline. Oliver does a wonderful job in production with an exquisite choice in layering. Earmilk also offers a full interview if you cannot get enough! As always Happy Listening.

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2/26/2012

Sailor & I Interview

Stockholm Sweden 2012, a band emerges from the earth and their name is Sailor & I. With their first song release, Tough Love, the Swedish band has taken the blog world by storm. “The song is about two people that have lost control of their relationship. You want to love, but you can't. You try and you fail, over and over again. And suddenly your love has grown cold and the relationship gets dysfunctional.” The words cut as deep as real life experiences as the lyrics draw from inspirations about real life says Alexander, member of Sailor & I. You can feel the emotions tearing their way into the drumbeats as the strings echo the pain. This is the leading track off of their upcoming EP with no set release date. “The other songs on the EP all have the same vibe to them, but the tracks are still quite diverse. Some tracks have more drive and pop to them than Tough Love does, some are stripped down to just a string quartet and vocals.” I am very excited to hear the range of Sailor & I as they attempt to make their mark.
{Sailor & I}
“The Tough Love EP is in some ways a do-it-yourself-project," Explains Sailor & I "even though we recorded it in a professional studio with live strings. Everyone involved, like Erik Arvinder who arranged the strings and Johan Rude the sound engineering, was given a lot of responsibility to do their own thing. So instead of being just one guy playing with his laptop, Tough Love is the result of many people together playing with a full scale production and real live musicians.” If the band takes this much care and effort in future releases it will be, without a doubt, surreal. Being based in a primarily electronica environment changes your music, but Sailor & I hold true to their instruments and production savvy. “The pop scene in Stockholm is very much characterized by the do-it-yourself-attidude and the modern type of electronic dance music you can make quite easily on your laptop... The electronic music has taken the place of the old indie band, making the boundary between indie and commercial music blurry. Tough Love is in some ways a reaction to that because we really wanted it to sound like there were real people playing.” Brilliant statements and outlooks.

The band is actually a collective of many artists that have considered this gathering a pure essence of music. “ Everyone who is involved are all working on other projects on the side, so the idea behind the band was to form an arena where we could get together, have fun and make the music we like in an undemanding way. Sort of like a sacred haven of pop.” This is even more apparent as you check out the list of inspirations they listed, Frank Sinatra, Brian Wilson, Joy Division and Brian Eno. It spans a huge area and you can pick out each sound individually in their music. I have attached Tough Love and as always Happy Listening! If you like this sound you might want to pair it with some Conner Youngblood =).

"It´s a metaphor for the ego and super-ego. Two wills confronting the id." - Sailor & I on their name
"Loads of greetings to all our new fans! Stay tuned, you're gonna love what's coming next." - Sailor & I
http://www.sailorandi.com/

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Open - Rhye

Open - Rhye
Super top secret band from LA, Rhye has captivated our ears and our hearts. Their first single and our first taste of the band has given us something enlightening. Blogs have it that the singer might be Mike Milosh from Toronto, the classically trained cello musician turned eletronica guru. If that is the case, this is a wonderful falsetto then! All you need to know that collectively the duo has put out more than 10 records {via}. Be excited, the LP is done and being mastered now! Enjoy and let this song take you to a realm beyond. Happy Listening.

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2/24/2012

GPSYMTH Interview

GPSYMTH (Gipsy Moth) is a new artist out of the United States. His sound is dream pop mixed with bedroom noise. “I believe some other people have likened me to Baths, Memory Tapes, and even Bjork. All of which are extremely flattering.” States GPSYMTH about his overall sound. It is true as you begin to explore his music you get a sense as to where his roots are. He reminds me very much of an early Teen Daze, agree?
{Dream pop sounds from GPSYMTH}
Everyone has their models and for this young talent it is no different. “It’s bizarre, actually, because I would say that my largest inspirations do not sound like the music that I make... a lot of my motivation is stimulated by bands that wouldn’t necessarily fall within the “dream pop” genre.” Interesting as it is always refreshing to see where an artist takes their shape. “If I had to narrow them down though, I would certainly say that my primary idols are Mew, Portugal the Man, and Sigur Ros.” I am very much interested in seeing the mash and clash of styles as he begins to form his music.

Look for an EP later on this year, with no set release date. GPSYMTH also plans to work in some live shows as well but no solid plans as of yet. “I do have a knack for lights and visuals though, so I might try to arrange something.” Exciting news as he begins to metamorphosis into the artist within.

This modest artist leaves us with some insight about being recognized. “I personally define “discovered” as having new people listen to your music. I must admit that getting people to investigate your music can be tough, especially considering that I loathe the idea of forcing my friends to listen. When new listeners actually enjoy it, however, I feel completely fulfilled.” Indeed a wise statement as the first step to becoming an artist is getting people to care enough about listening to your product, as with any other product! Check out the song Brewster below and enjoy the melodic style of GPSYMTH, Happy Listening.

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2/23/2012

Bit Of Myself In You - Cozy Corners

Bit Of Myself In You - Cozy Corners
Coming off of Fake Flamingo Records Cozy Corners captures emotions through simple means. Fake Flamingo Recordings is actual a pretty cool concept. They are a group of owners, artist and writers creating music under a pseudonym. By passing the artist identity and being singularly about music. As a treat when the proceeds reach 1000 dollars on bandcamp they press 100 vinyls and give them away to 100 people who paid for the record. Happy Listening.

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2/22/2012

Losing My Mind - Summer Camp (St. Etienne rmx)

Losing My Mind - Summer Camp (St. Etienne rmx)
Welcome to Condale, is the album title of UK band Summer Camp. This is where their new single Losing My Mind comes from and this variation is remixed by St. Etienne. They take you into a journey into the darkness drawing a new line between genres. St. Etienne injects more raw emotions into Losing My Mind and draws the concept from the deeper meaning of the lyrics. Enjoy and Happy Listening.

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Disparate Youth - Santigold

Disparate Youth - Santigold
Santigold drops another single from her upcoming album Master of My Make Believe, due out May 1st. Much anticipated since the last time she really released anything was in 2008. Santigold laces this track with high energy pop synth and elements of dance. A very great way to get up and just boogie. Happy Listening.

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Rog2Kay Interview

Rog2kay the DJ extraordinaire from Montreal Quebec. He joins a very high class of DJ's in such a dynamic party scene. Rog2Kay, or Roger Murr, started spinning in 2004. “I started at my friend's lounge called Kafein” and it has been just uphill from then. Montreal is such a vibrant and live city that it is so very hard to make a name for yourself. In a previous interview with AXXE, we commented that many musicians seek recognition elsewhere, like Europe, before being recognized at home. Roger offers up some advice if you want to try and make a name for yourself in Montreal “I think one should put his pride aside , hustle and connect with the right people.” Roger has been around spots and he has a grasp of where he likes to play and hang “My favorites are Cherry, Salon Daome and Stereo.” Definite must hit up places.
{Unwind with some Rog2Kay}
Roger Murr mixes many genres and speeds together into some pretty far out mixes. “Every great mix is somewhat inspirational. As far as my style goes not sure if I really have one, I love to mix things up...depends on my mood really.” Drawing from his feelings and just raw instinct for the sound. He lists Sasha, Desyn Masiello, Luke Flair and Tom Morgan as some of his early inspirations. “Although I drifted away from that style, it's a treat listening to their mixes... Nowadays it's gotta be The Magician... also Holic, Shawn Mac (One half of Casual Encounters) and MixChannel (Great friends of mine, they were a big help and showed me a lot of support ever since my first mixtape).”

Originals may be on the menu soon as Roger Murr has been toying with the idea for quite some time. “Well it has crossed my mind many many times but never got around to say OK... Honestly haven't really planned it but for now the mixtapes series, maybe some guest mixes.” We want originals!!

Enjoy the Mixtape 11 below you will not be disappointed.
For your eyes only and Happy Listening.

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2/21/2012

Visions - Nite Jewel

Visions - Nite Jewel
Nite Jewel shows us some soul with this heartfelt cover of Stevie Wonder's Visions. This song reminds of being a classy basement jazz club being served a martini while a lone spotlight shines on Nite Jewel as she seduces the air with her voice. Yeah I went there, Happy Listening.

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2/20/2012

Conner Youngblood Interview

Conner Youngblood is a very special artist. Hailing from Texas, this Yale student has enact for mixing and matching various genres. “I like to mix organic and electric sounds together, create beats with acoustic instruments; I just love to mix things up.” Describes Conner. “Everyone these days says they listen to everything, so I thought –why can’t I just make music with the same sort of attitude?” A wonderful outlook on how a changing market changes an artist sound. In terms of lyrics Conner touches many areas of his personal life “I base most of my lyrics off of personal happenings in my life... I like keeping personal lyrics open for interpretation.”
{Conner Youngblood}
Being a full time student does drain a lot of your time and for Conner it is no different. “I’ve been in school throughout my entire music career, I’ve never really been able to focus 100% of my time and attention to music. So the result has been recording a song here and there, just whenever I could get the chance... are all pretty disconnected from each other in time and style.” Disconnected yes, impressive hell yes. Conner blends and matures with each new release as his songs becomes richer and develop. He is filling a niche area by delving into many genres but not committing to one in particular.

Conner Youngblood has recently release Sketches pt. 1 and plans to release part 2 soon enough. “As of now I got Sketches pt.2 on the way, and then hopefully a third by the end of the summer.” Hopefully this will hold us down as he does not plan to release an album anytime soon. He is set to play as SXSW this year, so definitely give him a shout.

He leaves us with some advice and insight as to how he got to where he is today.
For me it was just about finding the right style of songs to sing. I thought I had a terrible voice whenever I tried to sing the stuff on the radio, but then when I would sing along to people like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake I felt comfortable and thought I sounded just fine. So its all about writing songs that suite your voice.
Check out the post on his song Australia. I have also added the song Slow Down. You really do get a sense of his musical range on this one. Happy Listening.

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2/18/2012

Climax - Diplo and Usher

Climax - Diplo and Usher

This is for all the lovers on this Saturday night. I know this has been blogged about a million times already but really, it is that great of a song. This is definitely going to become a radio hit no getting around that. The seductive quality of Usher's voice and the Diplo's crisp production  is a near guaranteed hit. There is a reason why so many artists aspire to be like Diplo. Usher steps back and hits some 90s style R&B on this one. Refreshing since that is pretty much the best time for R&B. Happy Listening.

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2/17/2012

Hallways - Islands

Hallways - Islands
Upbeat and so very amazing. Islands song Hallways will bring your face turning upwards with a smile. This is off of their Valentine day album release "A Sleep and A Forgetting". These guys are definitely making a very large splash in the blog world. Here is what Nick Thornburn had to say about the inspiration of this track:
“This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before. I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and it’s coming out on Valentine’s Day.” {via}
I am just excited today, Happy Listening.

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Genesis - Grimes (Ryan Hemsworth rmx)

Genesis - Grimes (Ryan Hemsworth rmx)
Ryan Hemsworth shows off his production skills with this remix of Grimes' Genesis. He flips the direction and turns the track into a synthetic paradise. Hailing from Halifax Canada, Ryan is really coming together as a producer. Look for more in 2012 as this is already in my top 100 songs of the new year. Happy Listening.

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Stronger - Welcome Back Sailors (KSIA rmx)

Stronger - Welcome Back Sailors (KSIA rmx)

Keep Shelly In Athens is a band I do so very much love to feature. At first the track starts off with a hard hitting bass line but when the synth work their magic you undoubtedly know it is a KSIA remix. The eerie out of this world sound brings separation from the original track by Welcome Back Sailors. The duo brings the song Stronger into a darker territory and invigorates your senses with somethings so sweet. Do check out the remix of You Can as well, Happy Listening.

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O.M.G. Friday V. 3.0.

Let's get this shit cracking and start your weekend off with a bang!

Jakob Liedholm, a 15 year old (yes, that was no typo) producer from Sweden treats us with a massive progressive house track, remixing the fresh indie track, Somebody I Used To Know by Gotye. Check it out, it gives a great vibe, kind of like an Avicii influenced track. This beat is crispy if you play it at high volume or at any other.



Georgey Paul from Windsor, Ontario, Canada will get you on your feet with this filthy track titled, Twenty Bottles. A legit banger to add to your pre-game playlist! A fantastic song to drop on the dance floor, filthiness left and right, enjoy! Check the Vimeo!

Savoy displays a very unique side of dubstep, blending a smooth and grimey feel in this new track. DIY is a heavy dubtsep anthem packed with a mesmerizing tune throughout the whole track. This song is fucking extreme, if you don't believe me, click play.

 

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2/16/2012

The Keeper - Bonobo (Banks rmx)

The Keeper - Bonobo (Banks rmx)
Off of the Black Sands album, Bonobo brings us music from UK. The Keeper is a track that is on it's own a work of pure bliss. Banks gives us his take but much largely leaves the skeleton intact. The vocals of Andreya Tria gives an air of seductive soul and are more so highlighted in the remix version with its slow build up. Banks adds echoes and layers to the vocals that allow it to ring through straight to your membrane. The remixed album of Black Sands comes out in North America next Tuesday, February 21st. As always, Happy Listening.

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2/15/2012

Skylark Interbang! - Made In Heights

Skylark Interbang! - Made In Heights
Made In Heights gives us a track off of the Winter Pigeons EP. They take a sample from Sufjan Steven's song Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland. The collaboration between Impresario Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin is phenomenal. The eerie piano feel interlaced with synthetic sounds makes any winter night that much shorter. Enjoy and always, Happy Listening.
"When we finally made it to the moon we looked back and realized how much we missed home." - Made In Heights
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2/13/2012

Blood Life Lemonade - Morcheeba

Blood Life Lemonade - Morcheeba
The UK band Morcheeba has been around for quite some time. Producing some of the sexiest tracks imaginable. Their down tempo feel blended with no real instrumental limits produces something very surreal. Skye's soulful vocals (and return) rings in your ears as it sends you into spirals of emotional well being. Released in 2010, this is an oldie but a goody. Let your salvation go with this one. Happy Listening.

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2/12/2012

AXXE Interview

The Montreal duo AXXE has been on the grid for a little bit now. Being signed to French label On the Fruit is a huge stepping stone to greatness. “Montreal has a lot of clubs and a strong DJ culture – unfortunately many local groups have to make it out on their own internationally before being recognized at home.” States the band about their hometown, Montreal. “I don’t know if we’re snobbish about our own home grown talent. A cultural inferiority complex…” True words indeed as Montreal houses some of the best venues and bands you can ever hope to see in your lifetime. “We have a unique bi-cultural reality – so it’s interesting mix of North American and European influences… Montreal was one of the big jazz and disco capitals in the world – so dance music is part of our collective DNA.” AXXE gives wonderful summary of the vibrant cultural aspects that takes place in such a dynamic city. Indeed sounds always are draw from the environment but in Montreal there is no limitation. Anything you can think of can be found in the dingiest corners.
{Live performance of AXXE, it is going to get wild}
In 2011 they released the Sweet Stuff 12" consisting of various remixes of the song Sweet Stuff, whose inspiration will not be given… The EP features wonderful remixes by Ride The Universe, Arturo (Metric) and Stay Ali, to name just a small fraction. This is just the beginning of things this year for AXXE as they are currently going through a transitional period. “My singer Stina left to Stockholm, Sweden to start a family. We’re still working by email, as we did before – since we didn’t really get along in person.” It is true that egos do not really have to be a part of music, music is just music, it just is. “Next up in March, we will have a release with Norway’s Pelifics on Brilliantine Records. We lent vocals to his track ‘He Was The Best’. Pelifics is releasing two amazing EPs featuring collabs with us… and Human Life (Defected Records), JD Samson from Le Tigre and MAN as well as Electric Youth ” Great to see AXXE moving pieces and doing some exciting collaboration work. As for AXXE themselves “we’re working on a new track called, Women Respond To The Bass. It’s a different direction for us… 90s nu-house. Might even drop some acid in there.” Exciting news as really who doesn’t love to see acid colors when you’re listening to 90s nu-house.

As for live shows let’s hope we can get more of AXXE this year. “The energy connection between a dancing crowd and an act can be amazing. We also put in a lot of effort to make our live shows fun – not just pushing the space bar on a laptop.” Wise outlook as many bands can use their energy to feed the crowd. As for the actual set AXXE describes their style “We incorporate a DJ. Leon Zane, who does a ‘live mixtape’ concept – i.e., mixing our songs with other dance tunes to create one party flow. So we’re playing our songs and jamming on other groups’ tracks. We have a bassist, we have a back-up singer, we have live visuals, we have a dancer. And we have an MC who actually gave out a bottle of Mo√ęt & Chandon champagne last time.” Picture this scene in your head and things will get crazy really quickly. Do NOT pass up an opportunity to see these guys live. “Chromeo, who?” Listen to the Sweet Stuff 12" below and do not forget to pick it up. Happy Listening.

“Why keep it real, when you can keep it pretend?” - AXXE

Kiss my AXXE.

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Tennis - Young and Old LP

Tennis - Young and Old LP
The sophomore slump is something that most bands experience. The luster is gone and being stuck in a rut is something that is bound to happen. Tennis however enlisted Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney to sort out this issue. You know what it definitely worked. The husband-wife duo, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, are set to release their first LP on Valentines day entitled, Young and Old. You can definitely tell the band has been polishing their sound. From Origins you can noticeably tell the addition of Patrick Carney's work with a strong baseline altogether absent from Tennis' first EP. The drum lines have evolved a ton in comparison to the first album. My Better Self offers a real bluesy drum kick along side the special Tennis sound, lo-fi dream surf rock. Here is the stream of the album below. I am calling this one of my summer albums already, Happy Listening.

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2/11/2012

Anton Govorin Interview

Solar Witcher, the power of the sun and witchcraft, is how he describes the name. Now reborn under his real name Anton Govorin, the Russian composer is ready to make a mark on the global music scene. Anton started making music since he was 9 years of age, “I started with sampling experiments and it still naturally evolves day by day. Different experiences, like finishing music school, discovering various music software, playing different instruments, reading production tutorials, making music in different styles… enrich my knowledge.” This is a great quality to have since evolution does tell us adapt or die (I’ll stick to that for simplicities sake). The drive to become better is something rarely seen and it is this drive that sets artist above or below one another.
{Anton contemplating music perhaps}
In October of 2011 he released his first EP, Shades of Orange. The EP guides you through one refreshingly relaxing scene to another. “It is about a day spend in a special manner… Every track snapshots emotions that emerge as the day unwinds.” Anton describes the emotions around each track in a PDF file that is attached to the EP, free to download from his bandcamp. Making your first EP really does give you an insight as to what kind of musician you are. Perfectionist is how Anton describes himself. “One of the biggest challenges for me was to overcome my perfectionism. One can change and fine-tune a track endlessly, adding and cutting elements, and it is very important to know when to stop. I think writing this EP taught me the way of finding the right balance.” Indeed true as you hear Anton lace each track with various synthetic layers that build into its crescendo. To give you a taste as to how much depth his music has, here is a description he gave me about writing the song Sleepover.

It is a very important piece of music for me. It has a multilayered meaning behind it, but I want to emphasize the main point. The story is that I wrote the melody while being high on painkillers after surgery. Overall, not the best kind of things happened in my life that time. I wanted to convey my disagreement with it. But I did not want to do it in an obvious manner; I felt that the best kind of protest was to bring something good in this world. So I wrote a calm, peaceful melody and later managed to find desirable sounding for it. So, basically, the track is about sleepover in your mind. 

Anton Govorin is set to release his first full length in the middle of 2012. No date has been officially set. “I have been working on it since November 2011 and I have a lot of new material, and I really like what I came up with so far. I have an image of this album in my mind already, so I can talk about its sounding. It will be an intimate, warm record, but at the same time I strive to make it moving and powerful. I want to make people feel things.” Exciting news as we can expect some emotional laid back tracks from Anton in 2012. We have more though as Mr. Govorin describes he is working on some collaborations. The upcoming album is set to be modeled after the Moscow winter and places in the city. “I take photos from time to time, so there will be a photo selected for each track on the album.” Anton dropping some hints as to what we can look forward to. “Moscow is a bustling, shape-shifting city. It is amazing how gloomy or lively it can get.”

Enjoy this mix that he did for us here! Check out the full song list on soundcloud. Awesome work and looking forward to hearing more from this budding musician. Happy Listening.

"Things are just starting, it is exciting." -Anton Govorin

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2/10/2012

O.M.G. Friday V. 2.0

Ouuffffff it's what you've been waiting for all week! It's time to get your grind on again with another On.My.Grind Friday, a place to celebrate loud basslines, incredible remixes and unreal bangers. Enlighten your mood by taking a peep at the songs below.
The young Italian – French duo from Luxembourg, Dead C∆T Bounce, consisting of Antoine Lanneluc & Filippo Gorla take a spin at Wolfgang Gartner's anthem track, There and Back. These rising stars make no mistake in creating an amplifying electro filth remix. Slap this track on a good pair of speakers and you won't be disappointed.



Jon Gooch aka Feed Me producer and DJ currently signed to deadmau5's label Mau5trap recordings recently released one of the most diverse and crispy EP's this year entitled, Escape from Electric Mountain. Feed Me displays a wide array of genres in his EP ranging from electro filth to dubstep, nonetheless all the songs are highly impressive. Give it a listen.

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2/09/2012

Pictures - Benjamin Francis Leftwich (GZUS rmx)

Pictures - Benjamin Francis Leftwich (GZUS rmx)

Off the grid for a little bit but we are back. UK artist GZUS gives us a nice remix of Benjamin Francis Leftwich's hit song Pictures. This comes off the Pictures EP and the Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm album. Both much listens as Benjamin serenades your stereo speakers straight into your eardrums. This song is listed as dubstep but I can assure you more than that. The track keeps its original laid back sound while adding drum layers to fill out the sound. Happy Listening.

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2/06/2012

SolarSolar Interview!

Solarsolar is an amazing band that is due for some recognition, big time. The band formed in 2009 but the two members, Dan Drysdale and Angela Drysdale relationship did not start there. The husband and wife duo gives us some insight as to how their relation, pre-band, had an influence on the outcome. “We met long before SolarSolar was formed. Our relationship has been a huge factor driving the band. The band would not exist without the relationship.” states Angela. Having such emotional factors driving a final product is apparent in their recordings. The duo blends hauntingly beautiful vocals with perfect complementary electronic sounds. “We can be honest with each other... It is maybe the most important part of being involved in this kind of collaboration.” Indeed wise words from Dan (synths). It is very important for all bands to give honest criticism, you need to love your work!

{Dan and Angela members of Solarsolar}
Musically however the two have been highly involved since as far back as they can remember. “I remember being pretty young and setting up 2 of my dad's stereo speakers on either side of me to listen to Bach at very high volumes.” Dan recalls one of his first musical enlightening experience. “Dan has been a musician and working in the music industry since he was a teenager.” adds Angela. She herself studied classical piano at a young age but has never been in a band before Solarsolar. “Now I am obsessed with it. I have been a passionate music listener all my life...”

Indeed the band is forming its own sound as the years come along. “Our sound has definitely grown. Our first attempts at writing music were complete experiments. The songs that we released on our EP were the results of our experiments.” The EP they are talking about is the Secrets and Orchids EP the band released October 2011. Their new LP is due out February 22nd on Binary Records and is aptly named Pilot. “We spent about a year writing the material for the LP and are very happy with the results.” Angela gives us her feelings about the new LP. This is very exciting news as the band begins to make a splash in the blogging community. Solarsolar's dream pop sound is drawn from many genres and music styles. “Pink Floyd, David Bowie, The Cure, Portishead... you might notice some Brian Mcknight influence in there too.” the band describes their musical influences. We are definitely looking forward to hearing this LP!

Look for the band to start doing live shows in 2012. They are currently working on logistics to do so. “We want to create out sounds live rather than using prerecorded tracks.” Angela describes. This is exciting to hear and I am sure will be well received by all. There is nothing like seeing the live reactions of your fans as they scream their heads off as you set the stage.

As for the name Solarsolar, Angela describes the name as a verbal hiccup. “We were desperately trying to think of a name for the band and were failing miserably. One afternoon, we were driving and passed a gigantic solar panel shaped like a flower. For some unknown reason, Dan blurted out “Solar…Solar”... I told him that it would be a great name for out band. I seem to write a lot about the sun in my lyrics too.” One listen to these guys and they are bound to light up your world. Listen to the single I can't find you below and check the video! Happy Listening!

Also clarification, they are not in Toronto.

“Hibernation is good for creation.” - Angela Drysdale describing Canadian weather and music.

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Little Talk - Of Monsters and Men

Little Talk - Of Monsters and Men

This 6 piece group from Iceland give us this gem from the frozen tundra. This comes off the My Head is an Animal album released in Iceland. Look for this to be fully released worldwide in 2012. So excited! This is also re-released along side new tracks on their December EP Into the Woods. The band uses all forms of instruments, including which a brass section and various non standard percussion. Happy Listening, you will not be disappointed.

UPDATE:
Check out the amazing video! Such a great concept!

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2/04/2012

Teen Daze Interview!

Teen Daze is just one of those artist you just keep learning new things about. You could spend hours listening to the subtle sound and style of his chillwave music and still come out with something new. As a young man he has lived abroad studying philosophy in the Swiss Alps. Learning new insights into the world and what it is to be a human being. He recounts the experience as “...pretty amazing... Waking up and looking out my window was an amazing treat... I lived and studied with a really great, tight community of like-minded people. We'd eat meals together, spend time discussing what we were learning, and just be in community with each other.” In his time there he found that writing music gave him a way to process the thoughts that he had. “A lot of the stuff I was reading was really heavy, and needed to be processed, and not just mindlessly absorbed. This was my way of doing that.” Teen Daze describing the process. It seems as if his music really does stem from within as a way to show his revelations to not only himself but the world.

{Teen Daze is pretty awesome}
This was apparent after his first EP release of Four More Years, which was inspired by C.S. Lewis' work Out of the Silent Planet, the first book of a 3 book science fiction trilogy. He continues with the trend as his first full length is due out, May 22nd and is drawn from the encyclopedia Utopia Visions. The LP itself is entitled All of Us Together. “I've always drawn inspiration from stories that have come before me... always had a soft spot for concept albums...” Teen Daze gives his reasoning to his choice in work. The album itself is a blend of what Teen Daze is trying to accomplish. “I try to make music that can be both something you can dance to, and something you can fall asleep to. It's not the easiest thing to accomplish but it's fun trying!” Indeed the barrier between the two seems paradoxical by nature. As a direct comparison to his earlier work, Four More Years, Teen Daze expresses that the new album now has the pressure and intention to deliver a “good” record. “Four More Years was made without an audience in mind... strictly for me and my friends to listen to.” The biggest difference is us as viewers and listeners. It's good to know he has us in mind ;). Teen Daze describes the overall feel of the album as “...Walking through a quiet town at 5 A.M., while the sun comes up.”

Brookly Sunburn is the first sneak peak we have of the upcoming album, All of Us Together. Steph Thompson laces the track with her beautiful vocals. Teen Daze describes their meeting in detail and how the partnership came to be. “Steph is sort of an old friend now! She feels like it at least. When I first started playing shows, I went down to California, where I spent the week playing shows with my pals Born Gold and Kites Sail High. Steph and her brother Tim, www.smokedontsmoke.com, came to the three shows we played in LA, and we quickly became good friends!” As their friendship grew the idea came along to make a track. “The process... was pretty simple: I made the beat and emailed it to her. She recorded the vocals, and then I cut them up and mixed the track!” The internet is such a wonderful tool! This is indeed a testament as to being open to everyone. Everyone has something to offer you, and it is none more apparent in this case.

Teen Daze leaves us with some aspiring words for new musicians. “Be friendly to absolutely everyone... Being friendly to promoters, other bands, sound guys, the people working the door, the people coming to the shows can open the whole world to you and just bring some good vibes into the world.” Wise words indeed. I have attached the newest release Brooklyn Sunburn, Happy Listening. Do check out an up and coming artist, GPSYMTH, as his style emulates TDs.

“I was just roaming the halls... Thinking.” - Teen Daze.

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UPDATE:
Here is the link to the full interview. Enjoy!

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2/03/2012

No Way Back - oOoOO & Butterclock

No Way Back - oOoOO & Butterclock

oOoOO, pronounce oh, gives us a sneak peak of Our Love is Hurting Us, his second EP release due out April 10th on Tri Angle. This is exciting stuff as one of the pioneers of Drag (Witch House) sound is preparing to increase his abilities on the scene. The song No Way Back features vocals by Butterclock. The hauntingly beautiful tone of her voice compliments the backdrop of oOoOO electronic style quite handsomely. oOooOO describes the record's five tracks were assembled in "train station waiting areas and airports." Exciting news and we expect many a great things from this San Francisco artist! Happy Listening!

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O.M.G. Friday

Welcome to the very first On.My.Grind Friday, bringing you the opportunity to experience an unbelievable amount of pure and intense bass. Ranging from dark, distorted, gritty tunes to uplifting, synthesized melodies that will literally have you getting your grind on. Strictly dedicated to electronic dance music, O.M.G Friday's will pump enough serotonin in your brain for you to keep your head-banging and stimulate you throughout the night, dancing the night away. Keep tuning in every Friday for your weekly dose of heavy jams.

Our first stop takes us to the electronic duo from Toronto, Ontario, Zeds Dead. Recently gaining a lot of momentum from their recent release of Adrenaline EP, (if you haven't checked it out, take a peep at their soundcloud and bump that shit.) release another banger! The duo decided to take a spin on a classic, Sebastien Tellier – Divine (Danger Remix) to create a reremix that happens to be a spectacular masterpiece. This beauty gives you a smooth euphony but also contains some dirty bass that is guaranteed to pleasure your ears. 'Zeds Dead, baby.'



Crizzly is an up and coming electronic artist from Texas. Crizzly specializes in a sub-genre of dubstep, which he calls 'Crunkstep'. He enjoys using samples of various rap and hip-hop songs, to incorporate in his songs. Dream – Go Hard (Crizzly Remix) is a prime example of this, using chopped up vocal samples Crizzly teases us and eventually unleashes a massive drop, assuring you the rights to fuck shit up.




Off his recent release Divergent Spectrum Remixes, Bassnectar gifts us with an unreal collaborative remix of his original song, Upside Down. With the help of Terravita, one of the wildest and loudest drops to this date is given to us. Probably one of the most intense drops I have ever witnessed, be sure to crank your volume up on this one.

Bust these songs out and you'll get your grind on.
You can thank me later.

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Youth - Foxes

Youth - Foxes

22 Year old musical genius Louisa Rose Allen gives us a first look at her alter ego Foxes. Youth provides us with amazing production quality, as to be expected from Neon Gold Records. This catchy upbeat pop driven machine gives us some of the best dynamic beats around. Her debut 7" included the perfectly blended combination of Youth/Home. The upbeat pop happy Youth is perfectly complimented by the deep, emotion filled style of Home. She of course joins an already stacked cast of female musicians. Trying to fill the shoes of Ellie Goulding and Marina & the Diamonds is going to be quite difficult but is quite possible for this talent. Happy Listening. Also enjoy the remix by The Adventure Club. The sound is textbook Adventure Club and I can't get enough!

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2/02/2012

Coco Morier Gives Us An Exclusive for 2012!

Coco Morier has been making splashes around the blog world after her EP release this past December. Born and raised in New Mexico, Nicole Morier moved to Berlin for several years. Relocating from the blues rock heavy bands of Albuquerque and into the crazy electronic world of European Berlin. She describes Berlin as her “Musical Awakening” and began to take in new sounds. This transition gave birth to something unique and unprecedented. “It evolved from all the different music I picked up living in Europe: French pop, balkan beat, italo-disco, schlager.” She describes. It was further enhanced by her experience with the band Electrocute, an electroclash band she started in 2002.
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Using these experiences she came back stateside and decided to write music for mainstream radio. Nicole describes the overall sound as “obscure and lemon twisted pop.” Coco was even featured in LA Weekly and was noted as being "...inescapably catchy". An apt conclusion indeed and is heard on her recent EP release Coco Morier EP. The contrast between European and US audience is quite large and effects any musicians style. However environment is not the only thing that influences this amazing young talent. From Love, Sex, Fear, Passion, Play, Life and Friends, Coco expresses that everything effects her overall finished product. This is indeed true as she touches many subjects about human personalities and valuable experiences in her song writing.

After being so well received it is no doubt that a band must always test the waters in a live venues. It is always a thrill to go onto a stage and see the live reactions of the crowd for the first time. “The last one we did was absolute mayhem... I hope we will be able to tour soon!” Morier retraces the experience. Exciting news as she keeps doing what she was born to do. We may even get to see her in places like NYC, Montreal, London. The sky is the limit and Brazil is a place she is especially fond of. The future looks promising!

Being part of INGRID records she gets access to resources that are unique in themselves. Working in close proximity with Miike Snow, Lykke li and Peter Bjorn and John, will for sure help you harness your sound. Coco was very vague about giving us any sort of collaboration work but did offer up a tid bit "More will be announced as the snow melts in Sweden.” Hmmmm, a clear reference to Miike Snow perhaps...

As a cool fun fact her name is actually derived from her last name Morier and Coco is a nick-name from her first childhood friend who couldn't pronounce Nicole correctly. She leaves us with her inspirations as being her labradoodle Harold and her Mother and offers up a piece of advice: “Work hard and only listen to people you truly respect, not people you think can get you somewhere.” Wise words indeed.

Enjoy My Satellites off of her new EP. Infectious, Happy Listening.

UPDATE:
Check out my original post for Ambulance. Here is a link to the Q and A!

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