Benny Benassi is one of the music industry's most loved and accomplished producers that has been making nothing but hits and anthems for decades of house music fans. With so many producers and DJs popping up left and right, it is sometimes hard to distinguish one beat from another. With Benassi, there is never any confusion, because when you hear one of his beats you know right away that he has put his golden touch on that track.
Kelela Mizanekristos didn’t emerge on the music scene, she was approached. The LA based-performer, flaunting beautiful thick dreadlocks off to the side, embraced her veiled, weightless vocals on her new mixtape Cut 4 Me. With a fine-tuned ear for underground productions and layered sound, Kelela was able to break down subcultures and bring its rawest elements to the mainstream pop conscious. Cut 4 Me can be categorized as R&B post-dubstep, dark dance music, or anything that compliments the bass music scene that has risen from the ashes of digital recording technology. She gives much ado to her producers, whom shared common goals, when it came to the finished product.
Dubstep producer and DJ Datsik’s label Firepower Records is proud to announce two new music releases dropping this October.
Protohype's Speak No Evil is the third EP following See No Evil which dropped this past March and Hear No Evil which dropped this past June. The EP features 6 songs that are sure to excite and please even the most hardcore bass head. With plenty of bass and drums mashups “Speak No Evil” is the icing on top of a perfect dubstep trilogy.
Amidst the controversy surrounding the shouting match that took place between Fiona Apple and a heckling audience member at her show in Oregon last night (the singer actually booted the man from the venue, sobbed onstage and cut her set short), the fact that the she debuted a beautiful new song got lost in the mix.
Fortunately a bootleg live recording of the bristling, piano-led composition has been making the rounds on Soundcloud and can be streamed below. Entitled "I Want You To Love Me," the track has racked up thousands of view since it was posted 12 hours ago and it's easy to see why. Marked by Apple's effortless, snakelike vocals, thundering piano playing and the strident guitar sounds of her duo partner Blake Mills, the track lilts and skitters all over the place before culminating in a cacophonous climax.
Colette Joy Marino, better known as DJ Colette is a Chicago-bred, L.A. based DJ who got her start in Chicago in the '90s during they heyday of house music. Joonbug spoke with DJ Colette about her beginnings in Chicago, her record to be released tomorrow, Tuesday, August 27th, called When the Music's Loud, and how the DJ scene has evolved over the past two decades.
You're originally from Chicago...how did the city shape and influence your career?
Everything happened because I grew up in Chicago. I honestly don't know where I'd be if I hadn't grown up here. I grew up in Lincoln Park. I lived near Gramaphone records, it's been in business for about 38 years; its still in business today. It really influenced me. I first started going there when I was 8, and started hanging out there when I was 17. It was sort of a graduate school for me, it's where I got my dance music education. It was like a job...there wasn't a paycheck, I just collected vinyl and built my record collection.
What drew you to house music?
I first started listening to house when I was 10 on the radio. I saw my first DJ at 13. It wasn't until I was older that I realized that if I grew up anywhere else, I wouldn't have access to this kind of music. It was because I was in Chicago.
You were a resident DJ at SmartBar in Chicago for quite some time, in the company of huge names like Kaskade. What was your favorite part about that gig?
Smart Bar is hands-down one of my favorite jobs ever. It was my very first residency, in 1998. It's where I really learned how to DJ. Playing out in front of people is a whole different experience than practicing at home. When I moved out to LA, I came back once a month for 9 years just to play. I knew that L.A. was where I wanted to be, but we worked it out so I kept coming back to Chicago. It gave me an opportunity to live in both cities.
What's stayed the same and what's changed since you started working as a DJ?
What's most important is being patient and continuing to work really hard. I'm always learning about songwriting. Honestly, the switch from vinyl to CDs is a big deal. Playing digitial...the mixing process is different. When I was learning how to mix, we carried around a big stack of records everywhere, not just a USB. What I really don't like about technology is, some people when they are starting out are not really learning how to mix. Learning how to mix, how to layer...it makes the art of the DJ relevant. How they choose songs and mix them --- those are the real textures of DJ music.
Your first album in 6 years, When The Music's Loud, comes out August 27th. It's self released, with the assistance of a Kickstarter-like program called PledgeMusic. Tell us a little bit about your process this go-around.
I spent three years on it [When The Music's Loud] and I felt strongly about it. Labels listened to it, and they liked it, but I worried they would put their hand in the mix and try to change the record. If we kept changing it, it was not going to come out. Then I heard about Pledge...I heard about Kickstarter, but I liked Pledge because it's only for musicians. It was a month long pledge project. More than anything, it helped get the word out about the record. It made way for a lot of conversations, one on one or on social media. People know about it; I never had a connection like that before.
I still collaborated with producers, but what was different was that I wrote the entire record with one person, Tim K. The songs have a great throughline, they're like a family. I really enjoyed that.
Is there any upcoming tour stop you're looking forward to?
I'm really excited about a show at the Viper Room, coming up on October 17th. It's a show through the pledge project. It's the only time I'll be performing all of the songs from the album, sometimes not every song is right for a given set. Mark Farina performs that night, too. I'm really excited because Viper Room doesn't do dance events, so it will be a very unique environment.
Click here for more info on Colette and her upcoming album release.
With the release of their 2004 breakout album The Silence in Black and White, Ohio's Hawthorne Heights became the poster boys for angsty, scream-sprinkled emo jams that were begging to be sung along to live. The years of success that followed, including the mainstream explosion of their hit "Ohio is For Lovers" and a well-recieved follow up LP, were tragically soured by the sudden passing of guitarist Casey Calvert during the band's fall 2007 tour. Still, the band soldiered on in their fallen brother's honor, releasing two more records (2008's Fragile Future and 2010's Skeletons) and enduring some internal label woes in the process.
The Dangerous Summer are back with another music video, and while their clip for the dark, desperate "Work in Progress" was appropriately bleak, their new video for "No One's Gonna Need You More" is its colorful, happy antithesis. The visual counterpart to the sunny, driving track finds the pop-rockers playing in a grassy field with the same amount of passion that oozes from their new record War Paint. Of course, no love story would be complete without the other party, and the video follows a pretty lady around while frontman AJ Perdomo declares "I'll hold that waiting hand for you."
Drake - "Over My Dead Body"
Hate him or love him, the former Degrassi star has risen to the top of hip-hop's mainstream mountain, and he's not afraid to boast the success he earned with his 2010 breakout album Thank Me Later. "Over My Dead Body," the crawling intro track to his new sophomore release Take Care, is a self-aware bridge between Drake 2k10 and his 2011 iteration, as the Canadian MC confidently spits "And I be hearing the shit you say through the grapevine/ But jealousy is just love and hate at the same time/ It’s been that way from the beginning/ I just been playing, I aint even notice I was winning." By the sounds of Take Care, there are plenty more victories to come for the superstar.
2011 is a major victory lap for UK electronic veterans Above & Beyond, as their constantly evolving Anjunabeats label entered it's 10th year and saw it's 200th release. While the trance unit, comprised of Jono Grant, Tony McGuiness, and Paavo Siljamäki, already hit some huge milestones with this summer's Group Therapy record and a few sold-out performances at the Hollywood Palladium, their musical year is far from over. The 9th installment in their annual Anjunabeats collection is out this Sunday, showcasing some of the best work from Anjunabeats artists and the trio themselves. We got an exclusive first listen to the two-disc compilation, and trance-heads everywhere will be happily immersed in A&B's soundscapes.