Prawn is one of those bands that you’ve never heard of, but once you do know them, you’re shocked others don’t. The band falls into a rather “sneaky talented” category – often requiring several listens to really get a feel for their sound. Still, Prawn has been doing their best to stay out of the oft-stereotyped “emo” category of music while working their butts off to stay relevant in the process. However, they may, in fact, be here to stay with their newest LP Kingfisher.
The line “it’s the floor I’m reaching for” starts off the record – perhaps not the most uplifting message, but Prawn does not shy away from being straight-forward. Driving these songs are perhaps some of the most soaringly-catchy melodies Prawn has ever written. Though the lyrics can be downright depressing (“if the gods are fair then I am f*cked”), the trumpet lines and Explosions in the Sky-like guitar leads are enough to keep your foot-tapping throughout. The pacing of Kingfisher is tremendous, and by the time you hit the fourth track “Dialect Of…,” you’re completely submersed in the intricacies that Prawn is known for.
The live electronic music trio of drummer Adam Tune, synth/keyboadist David Matisse, and turntablist extraordinaire Jr. Flo, a.k.a. Keys N Krates, have been in a league of their own from day one. Incapable of being accurately described by any one label, Keys N Krates continue to infuse the ever-popular genres of hip-hop and bass music with their uniquely eclectic performance style to produce sounds that are altogether far more unique that the trap music label they are most commonly given. With Every Nite, the follow-up to their SOLOW EP, due out via Dim Mak Records on September 23rd, Keys N Krates return to the spotlight with their newest single, 'Are We Faded.'
We're not saying Knife Party tends to be cryptic, because when they do make announcements, it's usually pretty plain and simple. What we are saying is that we hate the awkward silence that always ensues between Knife Party releases, awkward in that no one else has, can, or will ever be able to do what they do. Since the first time the world heard 'Internet Friends,' it was obvious that Knife Party simply could not be touched, and that has held true through the release of the Rage Valley and Haunted House EPs.
On September 4th, Marquee New York, one of the sexiest clubs in the city, will go down in history as hosting the most epic night that ever was as they open their doors to excited fans and welcome one of the biggest names on the music charts. This special guest DJ isn’t just some Beatport Top 100 slinging broken record, it's chart topping, bass-dropping, GRAMMY® Award-winning DJ/producer, Skrillex.
If you like your Dubstep menacing and dark, then look no further. Bringing his four-track EP 'JVCKWOOD' to Excision’s Rottun Recordings this fine Monday, 20-year old Connor Schatzel brings the heat.
Still very much finding his way in the scene at the moment, the collection contains a variety of musical contributions. An able guitarist and pianist, LUMBERJVCK incorporates these classic elements into his tracks “Bumpwood” and “Cordwood”. It’s full of lurching drops and dark offshoots of bass – ideal for those who like to seriously rage. Be sure to grab your copy over at Beatport today, and get ready for an explosion of sound in your ears!
This summer has definitely gone by faster than expected, which by and large isn't exactly a good thing. On the upside though, the coming end of the summer means that the wait for Electric Zoo is over! This weekend, New York City's biggest, best, and most definitive music festival is finally taking over Randall's Island for three days of awe-inspiring dance music magic. Given the circumstances that forced Electric Zoo to cancel its final day last year, to say that this year's edition is one of the most highly anticipated events of 2014 would be an immense understatement, so everyone please try to be safe and so we can all have fun!
Electronic fans, meet Geiko --not Geico the insurance, but the Swiss musician and producer who has masterfully crossed over different elements of many different genres of music. Celebrating her latest release EP entitled Aggressive, she has fans of EDM exploring the ranges that can be mixed from gothic syth, dubstep, to even trip-hop. The album contains pretty much any sound you can think, with tracks like "You're My Highway" blurring the lines between EDM and pop so much, it's difficult to put it in a category other than its own. "Blade Ride," which sounds more trip-hop, with a touch of goth and syth, is one of the many entrancing tracks that seem to sound so good you can't help but to listen to more and appreciate the beauty of a truly gifted crossover artist. A great listen and gem check out "Aggressive" from Geiko, now available, her sound truly is made for the music visionary in all of us.
The Los Angeles based duo, Slander, is gaining clout for slinging bass-heavy, melody-drenched "Heaven Trap" productions and high-energy live sets. In the midst of their appropriately titled Ascension Tour, Slander delivers a festival-ready rendition of Arty's "Up All Night," reworking the original vocals by Angel Taylor around booming trap rhythms and side-chained melodies.
Arty is compiling the most dynamic remixes of his single "Up All Night" as a teaser for his forthcoming debut album. The "Up All Night" Remix EP is set for release on September 9th via the newly merged Insomniac/Interscope Records. Look out for the "Up All Night" official music video release hitting screens on Wednesday, September 3rd on Vevo. On September 4th, fans can relish a score of videos crafted for every remix featured on the EP.
Stream Slander's remix of Arty's "Up All Night" featuring Angel Taylor below.
Always a sight to see, the MTV Video Music Awards lived up to the hype last night, but once again Beyonce proved why she is one of the best in the business.
Here is a list of the winners and clips of a few of the worthwhile performances:
Video of the Year:
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – "Fancy"
Beyonce ft. JAY Z - "Drunk In Love"
Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
Sia - "Chandelier"
Miley Cyrus - "Wrecking Ball"
Best Hip Hop Video:
Eminem - "Bezerk"
Drake ft. Majid Jordan - "Hold On (We're Going Home)"
Childish Gambino - "3005"
Kanye West - "Black Skinhead"
Wiz Khalifa - "We Dem Boyz"
Get ready Girls & Boys, because Webster Hall is about to make some major moves this weekend. Far East Movement, producers of some dance music's most definitively Dirty Bass, will be hitting New York City with some of the 'Illest' beats you've ever heard.
Having come a long way from flying 'Like A G6,' Far East Movement has collaborated with the likes of RiFF RaFF, Rell The Soundbender, and Sidney Samson to elevate their bottle-popping bass to new levels of body-moving madness. Joined by Canadian trap-star Grandtheft, who is known for going '0 to 100' with the quickness, and will 'Keep It 100' all night long, Friday night at Webster Hall with Far East Movement is sure to be one of the biggest shows of the summer, not to mention a great way to party hard this Labor Day weekend.