May 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Over the years, Aaliyah‘s moody R&B cuts have proven to be a great blueprint for killer electronic remixes. A-Minor, a budding producer who hails from London, is the latest to put his own spin on the singer’s classic hit – “One In A Million.”
The producer transforms the R&B ballad into a deep house cut, complete with snappy synths and a modern re-purposing of the singer’s vocals.
Check it out below:
May 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
The lineup is quite strong, with Kanye West and Kings of Leon serving as headliners. Other major acts include Pharrell, J. Cole, Danny Brown, The National, Grimes, Chromeo and De La Soul.
The lineup also includes popular artists like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Penguin Prison, YG, Holy Ghost!, Spoon, Girl Talk, Mayer Hawthorne, The Neighbourhood, AWOLNATION, Baauer and Destructo.
Made In America will also simultaneously hold the festival in Los Angeles, whose headliner is none other than Kendrick Lamar! Other acts include Chance the Rapper, ScHoolboy Q, Weezer, Rise Against, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons, Sublime, Afrojack, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Hit-Boy, Classixx, Nipsey Hussle, Rita Ora, ZZ Ward, DJ Mustard, Capital Cities, Borgore, YG and many more.
Tickets to both festivals are now available at MadeinAmericaFest.com.
May 21, 2014 § Leave a comment
Beat The Heart, the latest band to emerge from the indie rock scene, is making an international debut with their new EP Waiting For A Sequel. The five-piece band from Stockholm recorded the project in the Swedish countryside, with the help of producer Anders Rane and engineer Tony Malmberg. The project lifts itself from being just an EP. Rather, it creates a picture in the listener’s mind as each song is like a scene in a coming-of-age film.
Waiting For A Sequel transports the ears to a mysterious wonderland, thanks to the opening track “Like Marylou.” Lead singer Nicolas Flemström‘s delicate voice drips with anguish as he sings about an ex-lover. Personal lyrics like “I finally see you fucked my mind/ A perfect dream that you designed” are strengthened by the tune’s string-like guitar rhythms and weighty drums.
Following is “Hymn For Fools,” a poetic ballad that is reminiscent of childhood lullabies due to its innocent harmonies and sparkling melodies. But the second verse rips in with a surprising yet fitting power chord that seems to be taken out of an ’80s glam rock playbook. This jolt of energy saves the song from becoming too flat. “Since You Came,” the weakest song of the EP, leans a little more on the cheesy side instead of charismatic. From lyrics straight out of a C-list ’90s rom-com (“I used to be a dusty sheet/A canvas lost in a drawer/But since you came you’ve painted me/Full of light in many layers“) to its repetitive aesthetics found in many other songs, “Since You Came” is quite forgettable.
Closing out the EP is the title track that revives the entire project with its gravely vocals, energetic guitars and pounding drums. The song rounds out the EP’s film concept, with the main character looking back on his past memories and finally accepting them: “If I could only try again to rewrite the script/To cut out the bits that we should have skipped/Well then we’d simply avoid/The parts we destroyed/And fill them with joy.” The song is a fresh perspective that many can relate to.
Waiting For A Sequel is a beautifully cinematic EP that captures the various emotions that comes along with love and relationships. Beat The Heart strays away from the typical sounds found in the current American indie scene, and captures raw emotion (both lyrically and sonically) that creates a romantic storyline.
Overall Rating: 4/5
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May 19, 2014 § 1 Comment
London is a huge mecca of budding talent, and Eliza Shaddad is the latest artist to emerge from across the pond. The budding singer-songwriter has released her new single “Waters,” from her upcoming eponymously-titled debut EP.
The single is quite the stunner that showcases the singer’s confidence, with Shaddad’s brooding vocals anchored by percussive guitar licks and bold drums. With lyrics like “Death, he does not bother me, I’ve been thinking it’s a peaceful way to go/Moving out from the shore, I can’t hear you anymore/There is something calling me from down below,” “Waters” has an incredibly daring and slightly melancholic vibe.
Enjoy it below:
The singer also plays with electronic group Clean Bandit, who has supported acts like Rudimental, SBTRKT and Alt-J. Look out for Eliza Shaddad at two of the UK’s largest summer music festivals, The Great Escape and The Alternative Escape on May 8 and 10, following radio plays across BBC Radio 1, XFM and Amazing Radio.
Waters is now available for pre-order, and the EP will officially be released on June 16 via Beatnik.
May 19, 2014 § Leave a comment
After a brief tug o’war with her record label, M.I.A. finally has the green light to premiere her new video for “Double Bubble Trouble.” One of the major highlights off her fourth album Matangi, the Partysquad-produced banger gets an equally trippy visual – complete with voyeuristic perspectives, street kids and 3-D printing that is all wrapped around political undertones.
Watch the self-directed clip below:
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
FYF Fest has just revealed its 2014 lineup – and boy is it good! The Los Angeles-based music festival has snagged major bands The Strokes and Phoenix as headliners, who will play alongside artists like Haim, Flying Lotus, Blood Orange, Grimes, Interpol, Death Grips and many more!
Other notable acts include Jamie xx, Darkside, Four Tet, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Demarco, Albert Hammond Jr., Julian Casablancas, Run The Jewels, Kelela, Little Dragon, Ty Segall and Real Estate.
The festival will take place from August 23-24 at the LA Sports Arena Exposition Park. Tickets will be available on Thursday, May 22nd at Noon PST via the festival’s official website. Two-day passes will cost $129, while VIP passes will run for $229.