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T.I.P · BrokKen (ft. Jagged Edge)

Why I appreciate every Two Inch Punch track

I think I’ve narrowed it down to two things that I like so much about Two Inch Punch. One’s pretty straightforward, while the other’s not so clear just yet.

My first experience with TIP was his remix of Birdy’s ‘People Help the People,’ manipulating her vocals with a varied charm. TIP always pulls off the chop & skew with any vocals, harmonizing ’em at just the right moment.

The other thing I like so much about T.I.P deals with his experimental productions. It’s not only his hand in pushing this progressive style of electro soul or “lovestep” forward, but the whims he goes off in. Try out ‘BrokKen’ and see if you can hear it for yourself, it’s a bit of nonsense at first, but you’ll warm up to it quite quick.

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Sol Rising · Distant Lands

Not too unlike the music from Slumdog Millionaire (I guess)

While preparing this post, my roommate wanted to remind me of the stereotypes in cultural music. With a cynical smile, he said that this reminded him of Slumdog Millionaire. And I guess if I hadn’t been listening to this Hindi infused electronic for the last year, I would’ve thought the same. So I guess the lesson here is to listen to different cultures’ music infused with your own to break down the stereotypes, and this time I have Sol Rising to thank for that.

Sol Rising reminds me of the electro infused Hindi I’ve been listening to, but without one main ingredient. Unlike Bobby C’s ‘Yogi Fire,’ ‘Distant Lands’ takes on the electro funk without the ghetto wobble. Both do it with a charm of their own, but either is a nice electro bump around Hindi music.

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Mumford & Sons · The Cave (Hobotech Remix)

Who wants to hear some folk-step? You do.

Mumford & Sons have always been a nice change of pace for me to listen to, but I’m no diehard folk rock fan. However, put a lil electro-step into folk and it may just peak my interest.

Hobotech does just that with a folk-step remix of Mumford’s well known ‘The Cave.’ Luckily, he doesn’t lay the step in too hard and plays off Mumford’s original with grace… or as graceful as this electro step can be.

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niceFingers · Champagne Galaxy

*Dedicated to creating a unique sound*

Too many musicians just start blindly blasting out their music, but forget the most important rule when submitting your music to a blogger, get to know the blog and make sure they promote your style of music. Thankfully though, every once in a while there’s an up-n-coming musician that knows what they’re doing, and this episode it all about niceFingers.

Nick Waterhouse & Dave Schneider, who make up niceFingers, must know this blog or got real lucky because their style matches mine like few other. ‘Champagne Galaxy’ builds on some unique sounds that become more & more vivid along the way (with a few nice surprises too). I especially love how they snuck that wooden wind-pipe instrument in (whatever it’s called), hear it trailing in from 1:20 – 1:30.

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Poolside’s Daytime Disco

Good for an audio induced getaway

Poolside is daytime disco at its finest. From slow builders like ‘Only Everything’ to more funked out pieces like ‘Why You Wanna,’ there’s a relaxing daytime jam that’ll fit any of your synth high needs during these summer sun times. Check ’em out for yourself and if they fit your niche, go for the rest of Poolside’s Daytime Disco, it’s a healthy set.

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Bonobo · All In Forms (Letherette Remix)

Always pleasant getting back to the smoother side of electronic

Bonobo’s Black Sands was my #2 album of 2010 and in ‘All in Forms’ was one of its best (‘Kiara‘ was The best). So when I saw Ninja Tune released a remix of ‘All in Forms,’ I might’ve been hesitant at first, but my intrigue kicked in quite quickly.

Letherette calms down the original ‘All in Forms’ for a remix on the smoother side of electro. This blog has shifted from the downtempo hip-hop//trip-hop//electronica styles to the EDM upbeat bangers before, but we’re always willing to switch back to chilled out soul like this.

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Blunt Instrument ·· The Path (KrossBow Remixes)

get glitch heavy with Jay-Z [skip to the second track]

This two-piece, electro-remix EP bounces glitch heavy, but it’s not until the second remix, ‘Twitch,’ where KrossBow does just about everything right. ‘Twitch’ borrows vocals from Jay-Z’s ‘Public Service Announcement,’ but unlike most, chops ’em up just right. A good something for all you glitch fans.

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Walk and Talk… All Day

The Message: BE YOURSELF all.damn.day, y'all.

Earlier this month the timelessness of Girl Talk’s appeal was again reinforced by Houston’s OG Ron C who delivered a ridiculous chopped and screwed version of 2010’s All Day with his Purple All Day reinterpretation. For fans of the original, Purple is a must listen. But perhaps more satisfying than its syrupy sounds might be its call for fans to rediscover other works which have utilized the source in creating something unique and exciting. My memories quickly led me to a variety of video mashups that have surfaced in the 20 or so months that have passed since All Day‘s release (BDLFilms’ is rather fantastic), but the derivative project that remains a standout is the performance art piece developed by director Jacob Krupnick titled Girl Walk // All Day.

The story of how the 70+minute film was developed revolves around its position as another of Kickstarter’s many success-stories, but in brief it happened like this: In the span of about five months beginning in December 2010, the full-length feature project was conceived and the $4800 needed to produce it was fully funded (the online support following the release of a demo trailer was massive, eventually bringing in nearly $25k). The entire production was filmed and produced in the following seven months before the first chapter was released via Gothamist, with new installments coming quickly before the complete film eventually screened in its entirety at such events such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and the Munich Film Festival […]

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K Theory ·· Welcome to K Theory

Where the wild west still roams free & breakbeat dominates the land.

This first time I caught wind of K Theory’s Welcome to K Theory was on SoundCloud and I pretty much passed right over it. See, the problem with SoundCloud is I get inundated with new tracks regularly, so when I see an album release, I listen to one track and move right on. SoundCloud also doesn’t organize the multiple uploads very effectively, though I’m guessing the NEXT SoundCloud will improve on it. Thankfully, however, the good ol’ guys at The Untz highlighted one of the best tracks for me, resulting in my indulgence with the rest of the album.

Welcome to K Theory sports six breakbeat tracks that are beside the best. Wolfgang Gartner is actually who came to mind first, one of my favorites, even though he’s all over the map, style wise. The electro bass is clipped clean with a hip-hop mantra that reminded me of PL, as well. Unfortunately, not all the tracks carried the same weight, but they usually never do.

Check out my two favorites, ‘Warrior’ for it’s south-western swang and The Untz inspirer, ‘Magic City.’ Oh, and ‘Midnight Girl’ for its electro HIGHlights. Then move on to the rest, they’re well worth a one time run through.

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We All Just Need to Chill Out with Some Tunes

Here's three of 'em that take the pains away, each in their own way.

I found these three a week or so back and planned on featuring them separately. While deciding which one to feature first, I thought why not just throw ’em all up at the same time. But like I always do when finding three or so songs with the same theme, I started to stir up ideas on how to make it into a grand post… except this time I thought, fuuuuck that.

My back and neck are Killin’ and I’m not really up for spending hours researching the best dozen or so, so I’m gonna let these three standalone. Anyways, I think they’re best together by themselves, it just feels meant to be.

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