Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Miguel - Adorn (Star Slinger Remix)

Has it really been 2 years since Teams vs Star Slinger? That album made me an instant fan of Star Slinger, aka Darren Williams, with his soul samples and funky cuts. That's not to say he hasn't been busy, remixing the likes of Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar and Jessie Ware, to name a few.

Today he released his remix for Miguel's Adorn, and it's just what your next summer bash needs. This guy knows his R&B, taking the smooth out and inserting a 90's vibe with constant, hammering keys. Production is of course top level, with the beat moving side to side on headphones and vocals virtually untouched, but sounding so solid.

Star Slinger will be in town next month, dropping in for a set at the MID, on July 26th. RSVP for free entry before 11:30.

Lovin' Adorn, but looking for something different? May I introduce you to Sammy Bananas?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Kanye West - New Slaves (Brenmar Club Edit)

If you are one of the few people that actually waited until today to get a copy of Kanye West's new album, Yeezus, you might not be ready for this... After debuting New Slaves (along with Black Skinhead) on Saturday Night Live, and projecting the single on buildings across the world, K. West decided that was enough publicity.

To quote the man himself, "I gotta a new strategy, it's called no strategy. And I gotta a way to sell more music, it's called make better music." You really can't argue with that.

I'm still absorbing the album as a whole, but New Slaves, has got everything you want from Kanye: menacing beat, conscious lyrics and raw emotion.

Chicago's very own Brenmar (I'll cut him some slack for moving to NY), released his "club edit" this morning, slowing it down a bit and giving it away for the dj's to spin.

Don't sleep on this one, it'll only be up for a few days.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Volcano Choir - Byegone

A month ago, we gave you the first bit of new music from Volcano Choir, as the band announced their second album, Repave. Today, we finally get to hear the track that was teased, Byegone, in its entirety.

It seems like the guys might be taking a more direct, traditional approach to their music this time around, as Byegone has more vocals and lyrics than previous efforts. On their debut, Unmap, lyrics were pretty scarce, and vocals were used as more of an instrument, adding another layer to some amazing, at times dizzying, music.

Either way, I'll gladly be giving them my money when Repave hits stores on Sept. 3rd, via Jagjaguwar. Tickets are still available for their show at the Metro.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Asher Roth - Blurred Lines (Freestyle)

As Asher Roth prepares to drop his latest mixtape, The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2, it turns out he found some time to drop a freestyle over Robin Thicke's blazing single, Blurred Lines. The 2-minute snippet sounds so natural and effortless, it's begging for an official release.

Roth's been on a bit of a rush lately, using his Soundcloud account to the fullest with 3 tracks promising - "The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 is coming." Numbers popped up over the weekend, followed by Pass That Dutch earlier this week. All three are available for download, along with a slew of other tracks.

After hearing his latest, who knows what's next...

Sunday, June 9, 2013

12 Years of DFA Records

On May 25th, the immeasurably awesome DFA Records celebrated their 12th anniversary at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall. While the label is most notably known for co-founder James Murphy's band, LCD Soundsystem, the roster for the night's event would make any indie dance fan drool: Marcus Marr, Shit Robot, The Crystal Ark, Yacht, The Juan Maclean and more.

Along with help from Red Bull Music Academy, the event and video below, celebrated a label that continues to find and support some of the best artists in the world.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the night was James Murphy's DJ set, available to stream below.

Finally, as a special thanks to fans, DFA is offering pre-orders on some classic shirts. Go get 'em!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Nine Inch Nails - Came Back Haunted

It's a good day to be a Nine Inch Nails fan. Today we received the trifecta in music news: Single, Album, Tour. What more could you ask for?

After a few random and unexpected tour dates were announced, Lollapalooza included, I'm not sure anyone expected Trent Reznor to return with such energy. As recently as 2009, Reznor had spoken at length about a hiatus, even going so far as to have a farewell tour, with a final show taking place at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

But the music never really stopped. Within months a new band, How To Destroy Angels, was making music and in 2010, Reznor produced the score for the film, The Social Network. Honestly, it was only a matter of time before Nine Inch Nails returned and today is the day.

Early this morning a new post on the band's website declared: "New single. New album. New tour." Less than 12 hours later, the new single, Came Back Haunted, has over 600,000 plays on their Soundcloud account and pretty much everyone agrees - it's an instant classic. From the pronounced vocals and spiraling synth, to the trademark guitar breakdown, it might as well come with a pair of Doc Marten's.

Came Back Haunted, is the first single from their new album, Hesitation Marks, scheduled for release on September 3rd, via Columbia Records. Pre-order the album through iTunes and get the new single immediately. A 31-city tour starts in late September, hitting almost every major US city.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Vampire Weekend - Diane Young [Video]

Enough of the "lyrics" videos and album trailers! I know Mtv is more concerned with airing shitty reality shows, but I grew up during the golden age of music videos and still appreciate a good one.

On that note, check out Vampire Weekend's latest video for Diane Young. The first single off their incredible album, Modern Vampires of the City. The Last Supper style clip was directed by Primo Khan and features some of indie music's finest: Chromeo, Santigold, Sky Ferreira, Dave Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors) and The Walkmen's Hamilton Leithause.

Bonus points for the saxophone bong...