Heady | adj. \’he-dē \

1. tending to intoxicate or make giddy or elated.
2. marked by or showing good judgment.
3. intellectually stimulating or demanding.

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Mar 212014
 

Following a few months of inactivity on SoundCloud, Bay Area producer Rudebrat has bestowed upon us another gripping production. Stamped as a trap, soul-infused electronic composition, Rudebrat devours any hint of mental negativity with a sweeping flood of though-provoking sound waves, all resonating with and rooted in melodic finesse, percussive hypnosis, and vocal liveliness. Offering a series of musical passages to envelop you in realm of musical bliss, ‘Never Sweet, Never Bitter’ should be the next thing you inundate your senses with.

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 Posted by on March 21, 2014 Trap Tagged with: , , ,
Mar 202014
 




Hailing from the City of Angles, gLAdiator, the musical vision currently pioneered by Dan Goodman and Ian Johnson, has illuminated itself as a promising and progressive presence in the electronic music arena. Goodman and Johnson have made a notable and and lasting impression on listeners as they have and continue to bring new life and flavor into trap, a domain of electronic music that is often over-saturated with repetition and lacking new, innovative musical ideas. But their influence does not stop there. Though the duo is quickly rising the ranks in the sphere of trap, they have showcased a keen capacity to produce across the spectrum of electronic music, bridging sounds and styles from the likes of moombahton to dub step.

With energy intensive live sets and a stedy stream of content for listeners to get their feet wet in, gLAdiator will undeniably be etching its presence into what is in store for electronic music in the months and years to come. For those not familiar, get acquainted with the duo through our recent interview where Goodman and Johnson silence critics on trap, touch on musical transitions, and reminisce on their learning experience from playing abroad.

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 Posted by on March 20, 2014 Interviews Tagged with: , ,
Mar 202014
 

Earlier in the year we commented on the phenomenal quality and talent showcased in Astronaut’s Monstercat EP ‘Quantum’. The compilation received a wave of support from existing fans and certainly garnered the support and appreciation from new listeners as well. To revive the essence of the EP, Monstercat recently compiled a remix EP featuring renditions by some equally talented and gifted producers in the electronic music arena.

Serving as the opening remix on the compilation is Virtual Riot’s take on ‘Quantum’, where the German reworks the original electro-house gem into a dreamy and moving yet exhilarating dubstep anthem. Slicing clips of the the original vocals in a melodic fashion, Virtual Riots compliments the original production with stirring and galvanizing breakdowns linked tastefully with a flood of brilliant and celestial harmonies. Virtual Riot’s remix can be purchased on Beatport, iTunes, Bandcamp.


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 Posted by on March 20, 2014 Dubstep, Remix Tagged with: , ,
Mar 192014
 

As he prepares to embark on a massive spring tour across the eastern half of the United States, Michigan’s Grant Kwiecinski, better known by his revered staged presence, GRiZ, has gifted us with a savory treat from his music catalog. Revamping Lettuce’s ‘Slippin Into Darkness’ with the help of Jessica Griffiths, GRiZ seamlessly kicks up the pace of the original and masterfully manages to infuse it with some additional funk-laden soundscapes, engulfing the listener with some very familiar musical aromas- be it the lively and vibrant sax leads or the gritty electro-funk breakdown ensued after the increasingly popular phrase, “Get The Funk Down”. As always, the release is up for grabs so pick it up for free and be sure to catch GRiZ live with Pretty Lights Music’s Michal Menert and many others in the upcoming months.

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 Posted by on March 19, 2014 Electro Tagged with:
Mar 182014
 

CounterPoint Music Festival is a little over a month away so by now, you and your gang of CP attendees should be scoping out the layout of the festival and who is performing when and where. As of today you can do two of those as CounterPoint has released the info on which artists are playing and if you missed it, you should definitely check out the new festival grounds CounterPoint will be taking place at. With a staggering 2014 line-up, the is certainly a range and large scope of talent to be spread out throughout the three-day festival. Friday is looking like it is going to kick the festival off with a bang with top-teir acts like Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, Matt & Kim, and Krewella, though Saturday and Sunday look no different in the terms of the caliber of performances you can witness. Stage info and set times have yet to be released but you can accurately predict who will be filling some of the later slots on some of the bigger stages based on the day-by-day schedule. Stay tuned for additional information regarding set-times. Only thirty-eight days till the launch of CounterPoint 2014!


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 Posted by on March 18, 2014 Festivals Tagged with: , ,
Mar 122014
 

UK label Circus Records is catapulting is lablemates across the North American continent throughout the month of March for its Grand Central Tour. The tour is kicking off this Friday at Beta Nightclub in Denver, Colorado featuring Circus Records’s head member and bass music visionaire Doctor P, along side Cookie Monsta and Mizuki. Beta Nightclub will be hosting this massive bass showcases on Friday March 14th and if you’re looking for something to roll in your weekend with, for many its the first weekend of spring break, here is your chance to win a pair of tickets to catch the opening show of the tour for free. Enter via email below and submit additional entires by sharing and liking via Facebook. Winners will be announced and notified in the early afternoon, day of the show. Contest end on Friday March 14th, at 11AM EST.

 Posted by on March 12, 2014 News
Mar 042014
 

Emanating waves of sultry, polished, and progressive electro-soul productions from the Great Plains, Colorado’s emerging solo act Late Night Radio, spearheaded my the musical vision of Alex Medellin, is rapidly garnering support and recognition within the electronic music arena. Touting a catalog of canny, though-provoking, and savory musical compositions, Medellin exudes an engaging sound rooted in musical soils that are nourished with the stylings of hip-hop, soul, and funk. Earlier in the year we had the opportunity to speak with Medellin about collabs, early beginnings, and what the future has in store.

 

HT: What was the drive for forming Late Night Radio? What do you envision it representing musically and why did you chose the name?

The name, it kind of all wraps up into one little concept. Late Night Radio to me is non commercial. It’s not influenced by mainstream or anything. When you put on the radio at 3 in the morning, it’s whatever random DJ is sitting there, it’s whatever they feel like playing. It doesn’t have to be top 40 or any of that shit. It’s not influenced by any of that. So it was kind of like..for me, going with that concept, it kind of gave me the chance to produce whatever the hell I wanted to, from the hip-hop Vinyl Restoration mixes to more full electro soul releases …it’s kind of left an open concept as opposed to just pigeonholing myself into one genre.

HT: In regards to your production style, how did that come about? What got you into sampling and digging for vinyl?

I was doing more instrumental, organic hip hop beats and stuff, starting out. I started making music for snowboard videos and stuff like that. RJ[D2] was the one who really got me into it. There was just something missing with the motion and some times musical value when you’re just sitting putting everything into a computer. The context of sampling really brings that out. On my computer I can’t bust out an eight piece horn section, and a guitar recorded in 1968 through old pre amps and shit, so to be able to go through records and make stuff happen that would be impossible for me to even fathom being able to do, is priceless.

HT: Are you currently recording any live instruments into your productions? How do you balance sampling with creating original productions and sounds?

I’m trying to get a lot more live instrumentation. I’ve been working a lot on integrating more of my own guitar and bass into tracks as well as collating with a bunch of buddies. Like on this next album I’ve got Kevin Donahue of Sunsquabi laying down some guitar, Clark from Dynohunter playing sax, and then working on some other stuff.

HT: Do you draw inspiration from listening to music similar to your or does is stem from music that is not related all?

I listen to a lot of stuff I dig through. I really like listening to old funk, stuff like that. I have so many homies that are killing it right now, that’s my main influence honestly. Just all my friends and everyone around me. I’ve got enough to keep me going for days.

HT: Would you ever switch up your sound if it meant getting more exposure and fame, like producing an electro-house tune, or are you staying true to your musical style and roots for the long haul?

Nah. I’d never say change anything for the reason of more and more exposure. I’m not going to start making electro-house to try and get an electro-house fan base. I make music depending on how I feel. If I felt like making electro-house tracks, and it was something I could stand behind, and it felt true and new to me, then fuck it. That’s the thing with my music. I’m really not trying to put any boundaries or limitations on it. My sound needs to evolve. The Beatles are my favorite group of all time. Their sound evolved. Over ten years, if you didn’t know, you could barely even tell it was the same group. That’s kind go my goal. I’m not trying to completely flip the script, but push my sound so I never get tired of it, and listeners never get tired of it.

HT: Colorado, and Denver specifically, is a huge melting pot for electronic music producers. What has been the hardest part about pursing music as a career and separating yourself from some of the other producers in the area?

I came over to Colorado from California. I was living up in the mountains. Just pretty much being a snow bum. I pretty much came here because I felt like if I could make it with what I was trying to do with the people that were doing it here, it could stand out anywhere. At least for the whole electro-soul moevement, Colorado is on the forefront and has been really pushing the scene. To be able to stick out over here, you have to put in your time. It was really hard to get through. Even a year ago I was playing shows with, shit, like 18 people. This last year was crazy for me.

HT: Where you self booking and managing when you first moved over to CO and playing shows wherever like Cervantes?

Yes and no. I had my buddy Brett Mitchell, who was working at a bar out in Boulder for a while and he made a lot of good connections for me, artist wise. It was pretty much just the two of us just putting it out there, taking any opportunity we could find. We were kind of doing everything on our own and then this [past] summer is when I made the switch over to Madison House and Anonymous.

HT: You’ve had some previous successful collaborations with some guys coming out of Colorado. Are there any collabs in the works right now that you can give us details on?

Really cool one is The Geek x Vrv, out of France.

HT: Yea those guys are doing big things.

Yea, The Geek x Vrv. We just did a track. Still don’t even have the title for it yet but we have a finished song so we’re going to be getting that out soon. But that’s something I’m real stoked on. Real hip-hopy soulful tune. It was fun. It was crazy to just link up, go on Facebook and link with this dude killing it in France, and then make a track. It was real cool.

HT: How hard is it to do collabs over the internet?

In general, I don’t really do collabs like that. It’s a pretty personal thing, so to collab with someone I really don’t know is kind of an awkward thing for me. Even with Robotic Pirate Monkey, when we did our first collab we weren’t that great of homies starting out. Through the first collab we started kicking it a lot more and then by the next one, that one was easy peezy. It was just like kicking it. The one with The Geek x Vrv, that one actually worked out really well. Our styles worked to where it was pretty simple to make a track.

HT: How was it playing for the crowd at Decadence back in December? Would you return again this year if the opportunity presented itself?

Oh for sure. That was awesome. Normally I’m kind of at a smaller venue kind of scene. To be able to get in a huge room like that, and to be included with those names was crazy to me. Break Science killed it. It was definitely an experience I won’t forget.

HT: How much has your production style changed since ‘Far Into The Night’? Are you still satisfied with the release or do you feel like you’re eager to get new material out to showcase the latest sounds in your music bank?

In my mind, the tracks I was just starting to produce when ‘Far Into The Night’ came out were already on another level. I’m my biggest critic. Nothing is ever good enough for me. On this new album, I’m really trying to push pretty much every aspect of my production.

HT: This full length compilation that you’ve mentioned is in the works, what can we expect to hear on that release?

It’s pretty all over the place. ‘Far into The Night’ was a little bit darker, this one is a little bit more not as lonely dude in the basement I guess (laughter). I think with ‘Far Into The Night’, I was wondering what was even going to happen with my music and I was really just a lonely dude in a fucking basement. Now I’m getting out and playing a little bit more so I feel like that has spilled over into my music a bit. I really wanted to push for a timeless album and produce something with musical value beyond whats “hot right now”.

HT: I know a lot of this has to be kept under wraps but, with the summer music festival circuit pending, is there any chance we’ll see you come out for some festivals over on the east coast?

I definitely have my fingers crossed. I know we’re working on a lot of stuff this spring and moving into the summer. Last year I got on Sonic Bloom, and I’m hoping to get on more this year and keep it going.

HT: Musically, what artist has you fixed on their sounds right now? Is there an album or a track that you have on repeat?

Out of the genre, I’ve been bumping a lot of Chance The Rapper lately. Chance is my go to. There’s a bunch of good music going around right now. Krooked Drivers, Michal Menert, Artifakts, The Geek, Sunsquabi, RPM. Like I said I pretty much listen to stuff I dig and the homies. That’s pretty much where my time is spent.

HT: Most inspirational comment from a fan or an artist that you received in 2013 that will keep you going in 2014?

Comments wise, I’ve gotten a couple. Every once in a while I get like “thank you for doing what you do” and that probably means the most out of anything. I mean I’ve put in my life into this music so just to hear that it means something to anybody, that means the world to me. There’s days where I don’t feel like making music anymore and I’ll get a comment like that or a message, and I’m just like fuck, and I sit my ass down at the computer for 10 hours. They definitely help keep motivated . Shows, road life, everything just keeps getting better man. It’s been an awesome ride.

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 Posted by on March 4, 2014 Interviews Tagged with: ,
Mar 042014
 

We’ve seen talk about b-side productions off Pretty Lights’s ‘A Color Map of The Sun’ album, though none of that talk manifested into something we could actually dig into, until today at least. ‘Lost and Found’ was uploaded to the Colorado visionary’s SoundCloud earlier this afternoon and officially confirms that a series of b-sides from ACMOTS will be delivered to fans longing for some new PL vibrations. The newly released b-side cycles through a pensive and emotive slate of sounds, all pieced together in an articulate fashion that allows you to traverse through yet another wondrous musical journey created by the musical prowess of Derek Vincent Smith. Stay tuned for more info on the remaining b-sides to be released and dive into the visual manifestation of ‘Lost and Found’ with the official music video.

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 Posted by on March 4, 2014 Electro Tagged with: ,
Mar 042014
 

Hailing from Southern California, Crush Effect is emerging with a sound that should not go unnoticed by any electronic music listener. ‘Until The Next’, the latest installation to their first-rate discography, showcases a crisp, polished and deeply refined sound whose influences stem and embrace aspects within multiple realms of music from dubstep, trap, and glitch-hop, to blues, funk, and soul. Truly designed to be devoured from beginning to end, Crush Effect craft an assortment of tracks that syphon an eclectic and enveloping sound through your sound system, one that could easily fall into the caliber of releases that are being unleashed by some of the top contenders in the electronic music arena. The compilation is available at a donation basis, and while you might be tempted to snag this up for free, you might want to invest something into this project as this is a movement that merits support on every level.

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 Posted by on March 4, 2014 Album/EP, Electro, Glitch-Hop, Trap Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 032014
 

Masterfully remixing their fellow countryman, Spaniard trio Funk4Mation has flipped EH!DE’s ‘Big Adventure’ in a colossal dubstep remix. EH!DE posses tremendous talent when it comes to dubstep so is it quite the feat to hear Funk4Mation spin the original track, which already possesses tremendous power and allure, into an absolutely gruesome and bone-rattling remix. Funk4Mation and EH!DE have collaborated on numerous occasions (see ‘Get Circus‘) and given rise to some sultry productions. Check out Funk4Mation’s SoundCloud for a taste of those collabs and be sure to snag up their latest remix for free.

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 Posted by on March 3, 2014 Dubstep, Remix Tagged with: , , ,