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Audio Monsters UK Are Up To “Trouble”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 34 days ago
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Is it me, or does every week present one more new house and garage act looking a piece of Disclosure’s pie? I’m not complaining, though; the competition out there is sounding hella good! Up next, we have new south London four-piece, Audio Monsters UK. Made up of two DJs, two producers, AM-UK’s central aim is to “crash the London streets” with their So Solid Crew, MJ Cole, and Wookie-influenced sound, and “remind everyone of the early 2000s garage movement.”

Well, from listening to their new number, “Trouble,” they seem to be on the right track. With dramatic, orchestral soundscapes weaving through its upbeat 2-step, and the underpinning gruff soul vocals of newcomer, D/C, “Trouble” almost has a cinematic feel to it. Like, I could totally hear this in the background of one of those UK urban/street flicks. Stream this little gem below, and get clued-up on the new wave of garage—sharpish.

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Pompeya Is in Love’s Orbit on “Satellite”

by Peneliope Richards | 34 days ago
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Pompeya’s latest single “Satellite” has uses a xylophone-like effect to evoke the feeling of being at the beach. Although beaches are pretty relaxing, ocean waves can be temperamental … just like love. In the lyrics, the Russian indie pop band details a love that is powerful enough to orbit the earth and strong enough to break a heart in this track. Check this tender first taste of their upcoming EP Night.

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PREMIERE: Virus Syndicate Look To “The Sky”

by Joseph JP Patterson | 35 days ago
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On March 31, Virus Syndicate—aka The Grime Outsiders—will top off a great month of music releases by unleashing their new LP, The Swarm. Out through their Midication Recordings label, most of the 17-track offering has exactly what you’d expect from the Manchester-based quartet: whip-smart rhyme schemes, taut flows, and big, dirty, stinking bass. However, on last cut “The Sky,” which we’re premiering at MTV IGGY today, they surprisingly switch up the format from in-ya-face, to laid-back and introspective.

Featuring Mr Hudson-like vocals on the hook, and deep, trippy bass work from London’s Son Of Kick, “The Sky” is essentially about “aiming and achieving what is deemed unachievable or unrealistic when raised in a society that lacks in hope and promise,” as frontman Nika D explains. It includes a frais verse from French rapper GREMS, too. Undoubtedly the album’s standout, listen to Virus Syndicate in deep thought on “The Sky” below.

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The Heatwave Made A SXSW 2014 Mixtape

by Joseph JP Patterson | 35 days ago
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London-based bashment outfit, The Heatwave, are champions of the UK dancehall. But you knew that already, didn’t you? Kicking off tonight at the Official SXSW Showcase in The 512 Bar, Gabriel Heatwave, Benjamin D, and Rubi Dan will be giving SXSW party-goers a taste of the Caribbean via London in Texas, with one of their bruk-out-inducing, sweat-on-the-wall sets. The Heatwave are set to play another three days following. But, for those unable to make any, here’s a 15-track Texas Carnival mixtape from the trio for you to willie bounce at home to:

Tracklist:
1. Ninjaman – Border Clash (The Heatwave Special)
2. Serani – No Games
3. Konshens – Gal A Bubble
4. Konshens – Stop Sign
5. Aidonia – Bruki
6. Alison Hinds – Roll It Gal (Shelshok Remix)
7. Busy Signal & Major Lazer – Bumaye
8. Stylo G – Call Mi A Yardie (The Heatwave Refix)
9. Beenie Man, Future Fambo & Busta Rhymes – Rum & Red Bull (Remix)
10. Beenie Man – I’m OK
11. Khago – Nah Sell Out
12. Popcaan, Konshens & Stylo G – Look Right Through (The Heatwave Refix)
13. Natasja & Enur – Calabria
14. Bunji Garlin & Busta Rhymes – Differentology (Remix)
15. Chronixx – Smile Jamaica

SXSW Schedule:
Official SXSW Showcase at 512 Bar | 9pm on Wed 12 Mar
LargeUp x Rice & Peas at Empire Patio | 12-5pm on Wed 12 March
Mixpak x Trouble & Bass at Barcelona | 11pm on Sat 15 Mar
Tormenta Tropical x Peligrosa at Chupacabra | 12.30am on Sat 15 Mar

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GD and CL’s Skrillex Collab Gets an Early Debut

by Corynn Smith | 36 days ago
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Ready to jump on something dirty? American electronic music artist and Grammy-holder Skrillex isn’t scheduled to drop his Recess album for another week, but he gifted fans with streaming access to this week via his ‘Alien Ride‘ game app. A few of the 11 previewed tracks have since been ripped and let loose on the web, leading to “Dirty Vibe” ft. G-Dragon and CL appearing on the YG-Life blog earlier than originally scheduled.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Is Too Kawaii to Function in NYC

by Suzy Exposito | 36 days ago
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This past Saturday night in New York City, a cotton-candy-colored swarm of teens (and some grown adults who could’ve fooled us) piled into the Best Buy Theater for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s last show in her latest tour through the States.

Famed for her over-the-top music videos and snack-fueled chiptune hits like “Ponponpon,” the Japanese Harajuku fashion model-turned-pop sensation has made zealous converts around the world. Critics have volleyed back and forth between taking her sickly-sweet cuteness at face value and recognizing her critical, yet playful interpretations of Japanese pop culture as we know it. As much of a visual artist as she is a singer, Kyary’s aesthetics scream updated rococo decadence, her outfits littered with 21st century kawaii staples like bonbons and pink frills, and peppered with the occasional grotesque display of severed eyeballs and teeth.

Dressed in bubblegum pink and topped with a ginormous signature hair bow, Kyary slinks onto the stage, prompting the audience to throw up their hands by shouting “Hai! Hai!” At times she powers down her slink to a stroll, wandering about the set, seemingly wide-eyed in wonder at her own audience. Her crew of dancers wear colorful pastel rompers and wigs, their limbs winding up and springing jauntily like toy girl soldiers. They prance around Kyary in circles, transitioning from song to song without missing a beat or breaking a sweat.

Between Kyary’s costume changes, a giant blue bunny man with a top hat emerges, capering across the stage along to a slightly disturbing laugh track. While some audience members are a little perturbed, others cheer, “kawaii!” A few minutes later, Queen Kyary promptly returns to grace the stage, commanding the audience to clap before she sends us spiraling into another Nintendo music k-hole. In front of me are a boisterous pack of bros, or, young American men, holding each other and passionately shouting along to “Candy Candy.” I dodge one of them before he can step on my foot, as he hops up and down screaming, “Kyary, I love you!”

Thanks to her formidable internet presence, Kyary reaches a wide range of fans—from bro dudes to sea punks, from Lolitas to lovable nerds hiding under their hoodies. Despite the din of the lights and the synths and the screaming fans, I admire all the costumed concertgoers, dressed to impress for what I’ve personally dubbed as the J-pop prom. You can catch photos of Kyary and her fans in our exclusive photo gallery.

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Global Gathering Is This Summer’s UK Dance Mecca

by Alexis Stephens | 37 days ago
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Anyone who has even a passing interest in dance music would be wowed away by the line-up of this summer’s Global Gathering. Taking place on July 25 and 26 in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, one of the world’s premiere beats-based events is once again set to be 48 hours of absolute euphoria. Dubstep, drum and bass, EDM, trance, UK Bass, classic ’9os electronica, underground, and even Afrobeats are represented.

Headliners include The Prodigy, Chase & Status, Katy B, Annie Mac, and Knife Party. On the other stages, you’ll find David Guetta, Alesso, Pete Tong, Eric Prydz, Eats Everything, The Martinez Brothers, Yousef, Maya Jane Coles, Netsky, Fuse ODG, Gorgon City, Pete Tong, Skream, Tensnake, Duke Dumont, Camo & Krooked, Hype, Tommy Trash, Alesso, Krewella, Dennis Ferrer, New World Punx, David Rodigan, Toddla T, Mungos Hi Fi, Scuba, and more. This is real life!

Winner of DJ Mag’s “Best Dance Festival,” it’s going to be tough to choose between the different stages at any given moment. BBC Radio 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1 both have sites, Ibiza vibes will be explored at Jamie Jones’ Paradise stage and Yousef/Thump’s Circus stage, drum and bass label Hospitality has a stage, UKF Live is hosting a line-up of heavy beats, and the super structure Hangar Arena will be the place to be for EDM vibes.

For more information and tickets, head to globalgathering.com.

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Artist of the Week: Vote for Your Favorite

by Suzy Exposito | 40 days ago
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Make sure you catch up on these fantastic artists from around the world and pick your favorite by next Friday at 11am EST! Choose from the list below:

Gordon Voidwell

Gordon Voidwell (real name: Will Johnson) is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist that’s been in the game since his Voided Checks mixtape dropped in 2009. His most recent EP Bad Études does more than pack a little ‘tude. It’s a simultaneous study in, and deconstruction of, late ’80s R&B and new wave—one that reimagines those genres with today’s production techniques and nostalgic sentimentality.

Seinabo Sey

With the power vocals on Seinabo Sey and her unique sense of style, she truly stands out among the numerous other young, up and coming R&B vocalists. Inspired by fellow distinct talents such as James Fauntleroy,  Cee-Lo Green, Donny Hathaway and Kim Burrell, the 23-year-old powerhouse vocalist’s sound is a smoothie that combines elements of pop, soul, and even electronic at times.

Jef Barbara

Backed by his band of babes, Montreal’s Jef Barbara launches listeners into a synth-laden celestial reverie that echoes the era of starry-eyed, androgynous glam gods David Bowie and Brian Eno. His 2013 LP, Soft to the Touch embodies a cosmic cruise on a luxury starship, fitted with smoky, sensual lounge ballads and electrifying dance tracks.

Seiichi Daimo

People die, relationships crumble, but the world keeps spinning. And in the mist of it all, Daimo’s intricate folk derives beauty from a sense of acceptance. “We’re supposed to love then lose,” Daimo reminds us on the meandering ode to youth, “Moon.” “It’s a part of growing up.”  Thank you Daimo, that’s something we all need to hear.

Owlle

The aptly-titled France is a collection of continuations of her original sound, and for that we’re thankful. A robust mixture of dream pop and electronic beats (including just a hint of dubstep where needed) create a solid foundation upon which to build incredible stories. Often compared to the likes of Bat For Lashes and Lykke Li, her vocals and lyrics can be dark—making for a fascinating contrast to the sounds behind them.


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