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Nothing like a haunting acoustic guitar with a western-esque scale to get the dopamine flowing. ‘Adventures in Your Own Backyard‘ the title track off Patrick Watson‘s most recent album released back in May, is reminiscent of recent alternative rock tracks by bands such as Grizzly Bear or Andrew Bird – and I guess if skateboarding or abandoned buildings is your jam, there’s something here for you too.
I’m sure its a combination of the long hair and being in San Francisco everyday, but I’ve been craving some 80’s synth pop. Something with female vocals, something without a dubstep wobble, something unmistakably Euro.
Thank goodness for the Danes! Alphabeat, originally from Silkeborg, Denmark, founded in 2006 are making some absolutely brilliant synth pop. The British call it Wonky Pop (I freaking love the word wonky!), in a EDM world where the Swedish House Mafia no longer exist and even Paris Hilton is a Dj its great to have something so NOT Electronic Dance music and just music to dance to.
We’ll start with my favorite song “DJ”
Listen to that piano chord progression in the intro. It’s hypnotic, you’re hooked, and while you’re still caught in the awesomeness the vocals slap you across the face. Then its more synth, more amazing vocals, I can’t stop listening to this song its just too awesome.
Next up, a Daft Punk Cover.
Too good, TOO GOOD I SAY!
Alright next song is called “Hole in my Heart”.
One more song, it’s just too funky to leave out. It’s called “Heatwave.”
The 18 year old French producer was jettisoned into the EDM scene after sampling 37 songs into a live mix (if you haven’t seen it it’s worth checking out at the bottom of this post.) . Once the video hit the youtubes people went nuts, and for good reason the man is fucking brilliant. He’s been hitting the festival circuit hard with sets at Coachella and Ultra Music Festival.
I really love this remix. It opens to a great synth line and doesn’t waste any time getting in to the funky stuff. Check out the piano chords right before the build up, I’m crazy for em.
I have a theory: Disco never died, it just moved to France.
Yuksek’s remix Brother has all the essence of a late 1970’s disco pop song, just with smaller hair. The French native has mastered the disco sound, which is demonstrated in any of his plethora of remixes. He has also worked on projects such as Peter and the Magician with Stephane Fassano, a former member of the Aeroplane.
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Right on the cusp of festival season, Colorado native DJ and producer Paper Diamond released his new album Wavesight. In it, Paper Diamond shows off the range and awesomeness he has locked away in his arsenal of beats. If you need more motivation to buy Lollapolooza tickets, I suggest giving this EP a listen.
Alex B. has been producing music under the name Paper Diamond for a few years now, he initially was signed on the Pretty Lights Music label but has since joined the Mad Decent label founded by dance floor guru Diplo. Paper Diamond pushes the limits of what dubstep is. It’s not just a kick ass bassline with some wobbles here and there, as Paper Diamond proves it can be so much more!
The new EP features three songs, each a reflection of the different styles this man can produce. I was disappointed that only three songs were released on the EP, however as the MadDecent website states, “‘Wavesight’ is merely a taste of what PD has in store. You can expect a slew of new music releases, collaborations, videos, and tour dates.” Regardless the three songs are awesome. “Can we go up” starts off light and funky but quickly gets downright dirty. It’s hard to call “Turn the Lights off Feat. Nasimiyi” anything but a banger, it just explodes with energy. AirLift, my favorite of the three, is just unpredictable. You have no idea where the song is going but you’re busy loving every minute.
Paper Diamond is one of the few artists I’ve had the pleasure to follow all around the country. First at Outside-lands Music Festival in San Francisco, then at NorthCoast music festival in Chicago, and most recently at the Blue Bird in Bloomington Indiana. The man never disappoints! If you’re going to Lollapolooza get pumped, it’s going to be an awesome show.
Wiz Khalifa sampled Empire of the Sun’s “Walking on a Dream” right about the time he played at the Sigma Nu house at Purdue last year. I was pumped because it meant I could play this song while I was Djing without angry sorostitutes threatening to bite my head off. Treasure Fingers is one of my favorite producers out there, he is just so good at the Nu Disco sound. It’s hard to hate an intro with bongos, I love the filter work on the synth riffs, and it just drops in at the perfect part of the original song.
p.s I don’t know what this video is, GameGanja? wtf
First things first; these things are fluffy, I feel like I have a pillow encased in soft vinyl on my head. While this is actually quite nice on the ears, I could see these being pretty warm to wear after awhile, and they are aethetically very large. The padding also doesn’t allow for much sound transfer above lows from what I’ve heard (but you’ll get that with anything pleather). As a result, it’s mostly bass with dampened highs – playing with the equalizer a bit, the flat response levels are pretty decent, but still missing any crisp highs that some songs will bring – throw in some treble booster and they’ll more than get the job done.
Simply said, $50 is getting you a pair of Sonys. The company knows how to produce a pretty decent sound at a fairly low cost – they’re sturdily built, rest easy on the head for a pair of Circumaurals, and do EXACTLY what they’re advertised to do, Boost Bass – and the sound cancelation isn’t too shabby (as in they get loud enough you can’t hear other stuff).
- Y Cord
- 4 – 24kHz response
- bass boosting
- 40mm drivers
5 seconds in you’ll know this tune, you’ll recognize it from Duck Sauce’s banger last summer “Barbara Streisand”. What you may not realize is that Duck Sauce sampled this song in their song. In the late 1970’s, Boney M was a West German vocal group comprised of four members were from Aruba ( insert Beach Boys reference here).
This song tends to pop in my head while i’m running, or walking home from the bars.
Daft Punk is a classic on any dance floor. Digital Love (ALGERONICS Remix) is one of my favorite tracks to drop while i’m Djing. I love that it keeps the original opening and the build up utilizes the energy from the original track to build up before a wicked breakdown followed some cheeky wobble business.