Archive | May 2013

Quadron – Better Off (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

While I’m only vaguely familiar with Quadron because of their feature on Kaskade’s “Waste Love,” their latest song certainly has me excited for the release of their upcoming album Avalanche (set to be released June 4, 2013). Comprised of Coco O. and indie band Rhye’s Robin Hannibal, Quadron has a soulful, jazzy R&B-like sound to their music that does absolute wonders for calming the mind. Though the Kendrick Lamar feature seems somewhat out of place, the Compton-based rapper seamlessly adapts his creative flows and witty wordplay to suit the easy-going musical stylings of the Danish duo. Preview Avalanche in its entirety here and check out Quadron’s Facebook for updates and tour date info.

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The Knocks – Memorial Weekend In Ibiza: Vol. III

Another Memorial Day Weekend, another fresh Memorial Weekend mix courtesy of The Knocks. For the third consecutive year, the NYC-based duo comes through in the clutch by dropping another great mix for which to ring in this weekend’s festivities with. In typical Knocks fashion, DJs B-Roc & JPatt bring their funky tastes into the mix through the inclusion of jams such as the Skreamix of Duke Dumont’s “Need U (100%)” and Russ Chimes’ “Back 2 You” while also throwing in a few unexpected surprises along the way. Filled with smooth transitions and high energy throughout, this mix is just what your Friday needs in order to get your Memorial Weekend started right.

Download the mix below.

The-Dream – IV Play

It’s been a while since we last heard anything memorable from radio killa The-Dream. While his fourth album Terius Nash: 1977 was released for free back in 2011 (and eventually for commercial sale in December 2012), its lack of any hard-hitters such as “Walking on the Moon” or “I Luv Your Girl” resulted in its lack of buzz and caused the “Umbrella” songwriter to fade into the background for a bit. Luckily, his latest single “IV Play” seems to be a step back towards the top-notch eargasmic love songs we’ve grown accustomed to hearing from him. Edgy lyrics and a sultry beat combine to create an intimate vibe that’s strictly reserved for the bedroom. Baby making music for sure, but it’s awesome. Listen to the track below.

 

 

 

Lucy Pearl – Dance Tonight (Soulpersona Remix)

If you’ve ever seen the film Up in the Air, you’ll recall one of the more uplifting moments being when George Clooney’s character Ryan Bingham – the highly successful, yet self-centered businessman – asks his soon-to-be brother-in-law, “If you think about it, your favorite memories, the most important moments in your life…were you alone?” After some back & forth, the two eventually come to the conclusion that life is better with company. That question got me thinking about my own life and made me realize that, in fact, my most enjoyable moments all involved good company. Whether it was family, friends, or just random strangers who eventually became friends, the feeling of having a comforting presence around is what made those moments special.

Bringing back the R&B sound of the early-2000s, North London producer Soulpersona reworks the beat of Lucy Pearl’s”Dance Tonight” and makes an already sexy track into something sexier. Through the incorporation of the sounds of live instruments, SoulP creates a groovy intimate vibe that’s sure to have you wanting to dance the night away with good company. Press play in the player below to experience the wetness.

Danny Brown – Grown Up

Today’s hip hop may sound far different from what it was during the ’90s, but you certainly wouldn’t think that based on Danny Brown’s “Grown Up.” One of the more interesting figures in today’s rap scene, Brown takes us back to that glorious decade by recalling his childhood in the form of slick verses over a beat reminiscent of the sounds of ’90s hip hop. Despite being a bit short at only 2 minutes and 20 seconds in length, the old school vibe of “Grown Up” is sure to have you feeling nostalgic of the days back when acts such as A Tribe Called Quest and Tha Pharcyde dominated airwaves. Listen to the track below.

Kaskade – It’s You, It’s Me Redux (Live from San Diego)

Kaskade’s  “It’s You, It’s Me Redux” Tour came and went, but the euphoric feelings of love and happiness evoked by the sounds of his 2003 debut album It’s You, It’s Me live on. Paying homage to his early beginnings, the San Francisco-based DJ/Producer recently completed a 9 city tour across the US intended to recreate intimate vibe of the EDM dance scene from 10 years ago by playing more of his deep house material at the smaller venues in major locales. Based on the countless times I’ve played his set from the San Diego leg of the tour over the last two days, I’m pretty damn sure he succeeded.

Edited down from the full 3 hours to the best 100 minutes, this live set should give you a pretty good idea of the intimate vibe Kaskade was shooting for. Raddon sets the mood right from the get-go by opening with his captivating debut album title track “It’s You, It’s Me” before taking you on a trip through time by playing various cuts from albums past (e.g. “Angel on My Shoulder” from Strobelite Seduction) and present (e.g. “Llove” from Fire & Ice) with a few remixes and edits in between. Relax, chill out, and enjoy!

Discopolis & Axwell – Falling (Committed to Sparkle Motion) (Axwell Radio Edit)

Well this slowed down remix from Axwell was certainly unexpected. Taking electronic quartet Discopolis’ hit single “Falling” and adding a touch of electro, the former Swedish House Mafia member alters the track’s shoegaze-like vibe into a midtempo dance diddy. It’s hardly the type of tune you would expect to come from the man who helped produced the anthemic hit “Don’t You Worry Child.” Expectations aside, the surprising nature of Axwell’s edit ends up being a good look as the more mellow vibe shows a fresh creative energy that’s sure to keep us looking forward to his future songs and edits. Download the track below.

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