I don’t have to say much about this track other than the fact that it should only be played when you are about to do something extremely rewarding. Reminiscent of the Clams Casino beat “I’m God” Ta-Ku remixes a track off of Flume‘s new self-titled album “Left Alone feat. Chet Faker” and if you haven’t heard it, you better press play and hold on for the ride. (DWNLD) Check out Ta-ku’s set in the Boiler Room here!
Flume seems to be the name that everyone is talking about or at least has been hearing about lately and for good reason. The Australian native just released his debut album last year and is taking his turn remixing a few big tracks from 2013 including Rustie’s heavy single “Slasherr” and Disclosure’s track “You & Me” off of their new potential album of the year Settle – huge ups on both remixes. Providing his signature glistening synths and heavy hitting drums these can all only lead to one thing: a powerful dance concoction; head bobbing, bass throbbing beats from Flume. Get his self-titled album and keep an eye out for new releases from this rising producer. Download his rework of “Slasherr” below.
Hello internet, I am back after what seemed to be a very busy/stressful time concluding with some self-discovery while trying to put some time towards writing my own personal music; all in the few off-hours one receives working two jobs. Since the end of my first year of school the blog has been found sitting from time to time, but that does not mean that the music has. I have still been listening to all the music I love, something that always has helped keep my sanity. 2013 is no exception, I’ve already attended a few incredible shows, which included: Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Youth Lagoon/Majical Cloudz and Flying Lotus/Thundercat and I’ve bought many new albums which I would say are definitely some of the best albums of the year Toro Y Moi’s “Anything In Return”, The Knife’s “Shaking the Habitual”, James Blake’s “Overgrown”, Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “II”, Thundercat’s “Apocalypse”, Youth Lagoon’s “Wondrous Bughouse, Disclosure’s “Settle”, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” and Jai Paul’s “Demos”. I am here to put the paddles to Dino’s Word. Electrify and clean up the blog with some new content, new music, music you need to hear. Let’s just say I’m back and have plans for the blog. TURN UP
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Canadian DJ, turntablist and owner of record label Fool’s Gold, A-Trak does remixes occasionally, but when he does them they seem to be pretty memorable. Remember his remix of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll”? Yeah you know the one. His newest remix of Kavinsky‘s track “Odd Look” is pretty to the point. Upbeat, dancey with trap influenced hi-hats infused. Good to be back. Check out the original as well.
Here is Kavinsky’s “Odd Look” ‘the original’ put to some time-lapse footage of Manhattan – cool, I like it.
Youth Lagoon all began as the bedroom project of Boise’s Trevor Powers, but since 2011′s The Year of Hibernation, YL has grown into something much more. The minimalist lo-fi pop from his debut has been redefined inside a studio setting through massive and powerful arrangements that combine intricate melodies, experimental feats in regards to songwriting and song composition, and layered textures that all combine leaving one reminiscing of their childhood, their innocence and their dreams. With the addition of live drums YL’s live show has expanded in both size and sound and the show a few Mondays back at The Great Hall in Toronto blew me away. Touring his new album Wondrous Bughouse which was released March 5th, 2013, it was an added bonus to see Majical Cloudz as the opener. The sheer emotion that Trevor puts forth in to each and every song hit me on an unexpected level. My friend Tess and I were standing an arm’s reach away from Trevor as he and his awesome band masterfully crafted songs off of his first two albums, both separately strong records. The keyboards alone were very powerful and they created a psychedelic playground for us and the audience to escape to. A great show – full of ‘happy feelz’ I would say.
Some highlights were: “Daydream”, “Mute”, “Dropla”, “Attic Doctor” – the band sound checking their own equipment and set-up 15 mins before actually coming on stage was cool.
Youth Lagoon's guitarist
The only opener was Majical Cloudz and they were unlike anything I had heard in a very long time. Lead singer Devon Welsh quickly hypnotized every person there, as the sheer emotion of his voice soon brought the hall to complete silence. With Matthew Otto mastering the machines, the duo played an incredibly intimate set full of tracks from their new LP entitled Impersonator. For their final songs they invited audience members on stage, including myself and my friend Tess. It was incredible. Welsh sat cross-legged beside me, and continued to sing the last songs of their set. Live, the track “Childhood’s End” is permanently engraved into my mind. Fun fact: Devon Welsh lead singer of Majical Cloudz is Kenneth Welsh‘s son - Windom Earle from “Twin Peaks”! He is the old man in the video below.
On stage with Devon Welsh of Majical Cloudz
If you like The Flaming Lips, Deerhunter, DIIV, Animal Collective, Beach Fossils – check out Youth Lagoon and pick up a copy of Wondrous Bughouse - a solid record of lo-fi pop both ‘psychedelic’ and ‘experimental’. Also pick up Majical Cloudz‘ Impersonator -an ethereal album of late night musicand catch them at NXNE.
'Wondrous Bughouse' - Youth Lagoon
All pictures were taken by me -yeah that’s how intimate it was.
At the stroke of midnight, the Robots are due to release, “Get Lucky” the track that we’ve all been waiting for. The unbelievably catchy Pharrell/Nile Rodgers collaboration, that we’ve only been able to hear a few minutes of so far, is to be out in full at 12:01 AM. The song will appear as track 08 on the new album, Random Access Memories which will be released May 21st in the U.S. This is their first album since 2005′s Human After All and it will feature other collaborations from Julian Casablancas, Panda Bear, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder, Chilly Gonzales, DJ Falcon, and Todd Edwards. Possibly the track of the Summer, possibly the album of the Summer, here it is in its entirety like liquid gold in my ears “Get Lucky.”
Toro Y Moi never fails to have entertaining music videos for his songs (“So Many Details” + “Say That”) and this new one for “Never Matter” is no different. Directed by Steve Daniels, the smooth Anything in Return track has people dancing to the song at a flea market, and it kind of gets creepy (heavy breathing). I hope all those people bought the record after hearing this gem. Dino loves Toro.
Yours Trulyhas brought together a dream partnership of Shlomo and Jeremih as part of their ”Songs from Scratch” series, with the release of their first collaborative joint called ”Bo Peep (Do You Right).” This track is beyond huge and has the two artists’ styles merging flawlessly, marrying the smooth vocals on top of the chill vibes gushing from the backing instrumental. Crazy cover art by Saiman Chow. Sounds as if R Kelly linked up with Clams Casino.
Pitchfork have teamed up with Neon Indian. to perfrom the Psychic Chasms’ track “Mind Drips” in mega amazing, and pristine 3D. The track is “broken down at the atomic level and then swirled” and just makes me want to go buy a theremin even more. I would suggest throwing a pair of 3D glasses on for the full effect and oh yeah, 1280p always helps. 3D HD! Did I mention that Neon Indian is one of my favourite bands?
Lana Del Ray’s gloomy track “Summertime Sadness” gets the makeover it deserves by one of my favourite producers in the game today, Canada’s own Ryan Hemsworth. He revamps the track with layered synths, trap-racing hi-hats, and electronic madness taking away any of the sad, gloomy aspects of the song. This stellar remix makes the track sound like its actually from the Summertime. Ch-ch-check it out, it’s fire!
Beach House‘s spectacular new music video for their standout track “Wishes” from their 2012 album Bloom, can be described as many things: absurd, spectacular, brilliant. Directed by Eric Wareheim, half of the great ‘Tim and Eric’ and it stars none other than Ray Wise of Twin Peaks fame a.k.a. Leland Palmer. The video is random and highly entertaining. You’ll just have to watch it for yourself.