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Nov 23

Krewella Reveals New ‘Emo & Bass’ Track

Now-duo Krewella dropped new track Say Goodbye today via a Twitch stream. This occurred instead of what was originally anticipated to be a livestream of the girls defending their position in the recent Rain Man legal scandal, and follows reports of a countersuit from Yasmine and Jahan in which they claimed, among other things, that he was "pretending to DJ." Rain Man beat the girls to the musical punch earlier this week when he released a track via new project Hunter Square.

The track can be downloaded for free here.
Krewella - Say Goodbye
Nov 23

[PHOTOS] FKA twigs Mesmerizes The Warfield In San Francisco

Photo Credit: Misha Vladimirskiy, FilterlessCo

"The last time I was in San Francisco I played to a crowd about... this size," quipped FKA twigs as she pointed to an area of the audience a tenth the size of the room-filling throng present for her San Francisco show on Thursday, Nov. 23. The entire experience must have been fantastical for the newly crowned queen of future R&B--the show already had to be moved from The Regency Ballroom to The Warfield due to overwhelming demand, and her previous SF date was barely a year ago.

FKA twigs (aka Tahliah Debrett Barnett) is certainly keeping up with her meteoric rise, though. Her seventy five-minute, sex-soaked set was not one of a musician trying to keep their talent in pace with their popularity; rather, it was a master class in performance. Her vocals were as good or better than her recordings; sounds I previously thought were part of the instrumentation were actually otherworldly utterances coming from her mouth and perfectly replicated live (this one, for example).

The entire venue billowed with smoldering fog--I joked with my friend that her delayed appearance onstage was her waiting for the room to be filled with smoke--and provided the perfect backdrop for her silhouetted choreography. Musical interludes were frequently inserted by the three-piece band while FKA demonstrated her unparalleled dancing abilities that fall somewhere between voguing, "leaning and rocking," and walking like an Egyptian, honed from years as a backup dancer for the likes of Kylie Minogue, Jessie J, and Ed Sheeran.

Personal highlights were her regal performances of Papi Pacify, and LP1 album tracks Two Weeks and Give Up. The latter was a delicate dance between powerful backing synths and low, thuggish drops that would bring more excitement from the crowd at each occurrence. The sexual energy coming from the stage, fueled by her slinky productions, sinewy moves, and ethereal bedroom whispers, harkened back to the heyday of Janet Jackson, when "sex sold," but not without monumental talent encasing the package.

Perhaps most remarkable, though, was the humility with which she spoke between songs. Sincere "thank you's" were always on her lips as she demonstrated herself to be a left-field superstar truly grateful for her audience, almost unaware of how talented and beautiful her fans know she is. This moment was to be cherished by all those in attendance--by the time she comes back for her next show, she could be bigger than many pop stars. With her ripe-and-ready take on R&B and her constant press presence over her relationship with Robert Pattinson, FKA twigs' tipping point is mere minutes away. I'm just grateful I could experience a small part of the journey upward.

See the remainder of FKA twigs' tour dates here.
FKA twigs - Give Up [Young Turks]
FKA twigs - Hours [Young Turks]
FKA twigs - Pendulum [Young Turks]
Nov 23

deadmau5 To Build 45,000 Square Foot Studio Complex

deadmau5 is building a new 45,000 square foot studio complex for “actual musicians,” according to a recent Twitter post.

As far as his comment about "actual musicians" is concerned, we spoke to Joel first hand and gained a little extra information about the upcoming complex--it will be a "production facility for a bit of everything."

The complex will be situated next to deadmau5' new $5 million mansion located in a remote area outside of Toronto.

In other mau5-related news, his star-studded 5 Years Of mau5 remix compilation is set to drop Nov. 24.
Nov 22

Dusky Goes Old School With ‘Yoohoo’ Video

Nov 21

Friday Favorites 83

Why be a grumpy cat when you could be a... plumpy... rat...? Sorry, Friday started a bit early for us. Here's Friday Favorites 83.

Josh Bennett
R&B | Azealia Banks - Chasing Time
Few ladies in the R&B/rap game are as crazy as Azealia Banks is, but general insanity aside, Chasing Time is one of the best tunes I've heard in months. The amount of melodic ideas contained in the song is remarkable, especially given how seamlessly each section flows into the next one. And that rap/singing switch-up she does? Not since the glory days of Missy Elliott and Lauryn Hill has someone pulled that off so well. To boot, the music video is an artistic wonder, with amazing dance sequences and fashions that will leave you wondering if there's any look Azealia can't rock. Grab Azealia's new album, Broke With Expensive Taste, here.
Nathan Codd
Big Room/Progressive | Mario Fischetti feat. Kid Alien - Into The Sun [Kontor]
Brazil's in-demand house export Mario Fischetti teams up with our very own Kid Alien, aka Josh Bennett, on vocals for Into The Sun, a poetic, piano-driven score for your next meteoric flight into the upper atmosphere with close friends or alone into the depths of contemplation--major chills either way. Follow Kid Alien here.
Jesse Champagne
Nu Disco | Porter Robinson - Fresh Static Snow (Last Island Remix) [Free Download]
I've fallen in love with Porter Robinson's Worlds album all over again thanks to a recent slew of incredible remixes, and British producer Last Island's remix of Fresh Static Snow is one of the best. He transforms the gnarly French electro cut into groovy a nu disco delight, and delivers a build so pretty you'll think you died and went to heaven. Grab the free download here. Looking for something a little harder? Andiba's rocking rework is equally astonishing.
Mike Davies
Deep House | Lane 8 feat. Solomon Grey - Diamonds [Anjunadeep]
Anjunadeep regular Lane 8 is a central and solid part of the label nowadays, and his latest track is one more reason why he's so popular. Smooth, cool, and sublimely deep house, this time featuring the talents of Solomon Grey, Diamonds is exactly why Anjunadeep is one of my favourite labels. Grab it now on Beatport.
Eric Gossett
Indie/Beats | Jungle - Busy Earnin’ (Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Cover)
Three of my favorite artists of 2014 came together for a recent BBC Radio 1 live lounge session, and it was stunning to say the least. Clean Bandit was joined by single-making machine and collaborator Jess Glynne to cover UK breakout group Jungle's hit Busy Earnin’. Clean Bandit creates a dreamy atmosphere of blended strings, crisp beats, and popping synth arrangements while Glynne takes the lead on vocals. Now, if we could just get Jungle to team up with the others and create a massive, unstoppable supergroup.
Yasmin Damoui
House | Jeffrey Brodsky - I'll Be Strong [Public Release]
The bizarre cat artwork is what initially attracted me to this tune, but the undeniably catchy house beat is what kept me coming back. LA's Jeffrey Brodsky is a man of talents, formerly known as Jeffrey Jerusalem and drummer for both electropop duo YACHT and indie dance favorite, RAC. Purchase the I'll Be Strong 12" record here.
Chris Downar
Trap | Dillon Francis feat. Simon Lord - Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth) [Free Download]
It's been a huge year for Dillon Francis, and his music just keeps getting better. Although I'm not a major fan of moombahton or electro house, his trap tunes really hit the spot. Today I've really been rocking out to his Drunk All The Time collab with Simon Lord. It drops so damn hard, and it's free to download on the Mad Decent SoundCloud page.
Shea Kopp
Pop/Dance | Little Boots - Heroine
Heroine is the latest single from Little Boots' anticipated EP, Business Pleasure. She's not just another pretty front woman when it comes to music; she plays piano, synthesizer, stylophone, and an odd little instrument called the Tenori-on. This track has beautiful, echoed synth work layered with lyrics that remind me of an electro-pop version of deadmau5 and Kaskade's I Remember. The EP is due out Dec. 2, and you can pre-order it on iTunes.
David Kim
Deep House | Jessie Ware - You & I (Forever) (Shift K3Y Remix)
It’s Friday, and this Shift K3Y remix of Jessie Ware’s You & I has me feeling some type of way. Ware’s smooth and smoky voice is perfect for electronic remixes, and the way that Shift K3Y was able to surround her voice with such depth, emotion, and dark intricacies is particularly special.
Azealia Banks - Chasing Time
Mario Fischetti feat. Kid Alien - Into The Sun [Kontor]
Porter Robinson - Fresh Static Snow (Last Island Remix)
Lane 8 feat. Solomon Grey - Diamonds [Anjunadeep]
Jungle - Busy Earnin' (Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Cover) [Radio Rip]
Jeffrey Brodsky - I'll Be Strong [Public Release]
Dillon Francis feat. Simon Lord - Drunk All The Time (The Rebirth) [Mad Decent]
Little Boots - Heroine [This Is Music Limited]
Jessie Ware - You & I (Forever)(Shift K3Y Remix)