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.

Feb 022014

Among many of the talented beatmakers coming out of France, Kognitif is constantly erecting sounds that resonate with a pristine quality and a gripping musical allure. If you’re looking for stimulating trip-hop release to sink your teeth into, Kognitif’s latest album is the prefect set of tracks to treat yourself to. Kognitif brings vocalists and an instrumentalist on board to help craft some new, original releases that should not be overlooked in the midst of his dense and polished catalog of top-notch, trip-hop, abstract hip-hop productions. Name your price, and the compilation is yours.

Download ‘MONOMETRIC’ Here

Follow Kognitif On: Facebook | SoundCloud | Official

 Posted by on February 2, 2014 Album/EP, Chill, Downtempo Tagged with: , , , , ,
Feb 022014

Belgium’s Monkey Marginal Art recently put together a twenty-two track beat tape of productions from beatmakers across the European continent and beyond. The compilation encompasses a range of releases from some sample-based acts who may have caught your eye in some of our previous threads, namely The French Touch Connection’s albums. Names like SmokedBeat, Diabi, Soade, and MMA’s very own, Costa and Skull, pack the release with an exquisite assortment of trip-hop flavored sounds, fusing samples, melodies, and hypnotizing percussion into first-rate productions.

Download ‘Art Jacking’ Here

Monkey Marginal Art: Facebook | YouTube

 Posted by on February 2, 2014 Album/EP, Chill, Downtempo Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jan 302014

Sure, listening to dubstep can get tiresome. But when productions like this surface, it’s a firm reminder that the genre can inspire the creation of musical and melodically rich productions. Bad Catholics & Dec3mber recently teamed up for a collaboration, resulting in this final product, which is powered by moving vocals and radiant melodies, brilliantly balanced with some heavy and stomping dubstep soundscapes and percussion. Be sure to snag this up for free and show both of these acts some love on their pages.

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 Posted by on January 30, 2014 Dubstep Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 302014

Capping off the first month of the year with a new installment to his monthly mix series, France’s Zimmer delivers a gripping yet soothing fifty-five minute mix with ‘Fairy Tales’, filled with what he calls
“camp fire house, playful disco and voodoo pop”. As with every one of his monthly mixes, the tracklist will not be released for a couple weeks so for now, soak in some of the productions weaved into this mix and discover some new sounds.

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 Posted by on January 30, 2014 Disco/Indie Dance, House, Minimal House, Mixes Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 272014

Erupting out of the Mediterranean country of Greece, twenty-one-year-old beatmaker Moderator is cultivating sounds that is turning head and drawing the attention of sample based, instrumental hip-hop connoisseurs. His latest EP stormed the web earlier in the month via Cult Classic Records, delivering an arrangement of sixteen masterfully crafted productions that draw influence from hip-hop, soul, funk, and jazz. The compilation is available at a name your price rate, so if you’re feeling generous, contribute what you can for a peerless compilation that can be enjoyed through and through, from beginning to end without recess.

Download ‘Escape’ Here

Follow Moderator On: Bandcamp | YouTube

 Posted by on January 27, 2014 Album/EP, Chill, Downtempo Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jan 222014

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If there is one movement that has unleashed a catalog of some of the freshest and tastiest productions in recent times, it is none other than the one pioneered by The City of Lights’s prolific duo, The Geek x Vrv. Comprised of Axel Rondeau and Vincent Téoulé, The Geek x Vrv have been behind so many flawless hip-hop instrumental styled electro funk productions, intoxicating listeners with punchy beats, savory ol’ school flavored samples, peerless instrumental licks and jazzy melodies.

As they continue to release at an astonishing and relentless rate, The Geek x Vrv will undeniably remain one of the hottest acts to erupt from France’s electronic music underground. In the wake of their sophomore B.T.O.S compilation, B.T.O.S Vol. 2, a ten track release with an irresistibly toothsome assortment of hip-hop instrumentals, we had the chance to ask the fast-rising duo about their inception, their recent EP, and what the future has in store for them.

Download ‘B.T.O.S Vol. 2’ Here


HT: The sounds both of you put out is nothing short of top-notch. How did you meet and decide to start producing together?

Well we met through a mutual friend, we started to chat online, and then the idea of a collaboration came. Since the feedback we were getting was rather positive, we decided to carry on together.

HT: Do your musical musical taste and influences ever clash when producing, or are they always in agreement?

Usually we manage to agree on which style to use, so most of the time we are in agreement. Though there are exceptions. But we try to limit ourselves the least, so we don’t hesitate to propose original ideas.

HT: How would you two describe your style to someone who is not an electronic music fan but is about to listen to your music for the first time?

Grab Electro, Hip Hop, Soul & Jazz, mix all of these styles and you get something new and fresh. We’ve never thought about it to be honest, but we think we’d tell them that most of our tracks are “new with some old, something new and fresh”.

HT: Are you two producing with Ableton at the moment, and are there ever any live interments recorded into a track?

Yeah Ableton is great for us, and it’s the DAW we’ve been using for a while so it’s become really easy to produce now! For the instrumental part, we’ve started to gradually get into it, but as we are not natural musicians, it’s a bit hard. We’ll get the hang of it.

HT: ‘One Love EP’ was a bit heavier than some of the releases on ‘Amicalment Votre’ and ‘Chinese Morning’. Do you two see yourselves creating more bass heavy, maybe dubstep influenced productions in the future?

Actually One Love EP was produced 4 months ago. We make tracks based on how we feel at the time. We must have listened to electronic music at the time. Our influences evolve rapidly even if we try to keep a main line, so yeah, why not some tracks with more bass, or instead, a few more chill ones!

HT: You guys recently did a collaboration with Emiljo A.C. Is there a reason why it wasn’t released for free and are there any other collaborations in the works?

Our collab with Emiljo is available on Emiljo’s SoundCloud for free. We do have other collaborations in the works very soon, some remixs too. We’re lucky to be working with some great artists at the moment.

HT: Can you guys see yourself coming over to America for some performances in the States?

Of course! We would love to play in the USA some day. It would be a dream become true, so we’re gonna carry on making music and hopefully some day we’ll be able to come over!

HT: In both of your opinions, what was the best The Geek x Vrv release in 2013?

For us the best release of 2013 was the Flume remix, and [best] production, ‘It’s Because’.

HT: Biggest moment for The Geek x Vrv in 2013?

There hasn’t been a big moment for us yet because we only started playing in 2014, but I’d say our time with Tha Trickaz who talked about our EP on their label was the best moment. Having the chance to be contacted by artists we’ve always loved, listened to and seen live, is fantastic. And I’d add that our upload on the youtube channel “The Sound You Need” gave us great visibility and made us able to share our passion with more and more people, and when Pretty lights dropped our Flume remix in The HOT SH*T Podcast!!

HT: What is up ahead in 2014? There is BTOS Vol. 2, but beyond that, what can we expect from The Geek x Vrv in 2014?

Well 2014, we are gonna have loads and loads of stuff to release! After B.T.O.S Vol. 2, there is gonna be quite a few remixs and collaborations, then 2 new EPs, with one collaboration with an independant brand. We’d like to take the time to work on the release of a full album as well. And there will probably be a B.T.O.S Vol. 3, and always free of course! SO there is going to be a lot of new stuff, we are gonna be playing more and more live sets shortly so our live set is evolving too.

Follow The Geek x Vrv On: Facebook | SoundCloud
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 Posted by on January 22, 2014 Interviews Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 212014

In today’s music industry with DJs/Producers making thousands of dollars for a single club gig, it’s always refreshing to see an artist that continues to make music simply for the purpose of sharing their passion with the world. That’s why we should all be thankful for acts like Archnemesis, whose fifth release, Free For All, is just that—FREE. This EP, which seamlessly blends super fresh samples from funk to jazz to hip-hop with ultra-funky bass lines and thumping breakdowns, is definitely worth the listen (and download). Like the rest of their catalogue, Archnemesis once again creates a sound that is familiar, yet unique. And if it weren’t enough that all of his music is available for free, Curt Heiny (the brain behind the music) has made tickets for his upcoming tour FREE or incredibly discounted. Now that’s what I’m talking about! Grab the EP here, and be sure to show your support when Archnemesis rolls through your town.

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 Posted by on January 21, 2014 Album/EP, Dubstep, Funk, Glitch-Hop Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 172014

There is no denying that Gramatik’s forthcoming LP ‘The Age Of Reason’ is one of his most highly anticipated and longed for releases. While several singles off the LP have stormed the web in full force like ‘Bluestep‘, ‘You Don’t Understand‘ and ‘Obviously feat. Exmag & Cherub‘, the NYC visionary has gifted us with a new single off the compilation to hold us off until the full release on the 25th of this month.

Courtesy of THUMP, ‘Get A Grip’ arrives in an explosive fashion; a production where Gramatik flawlessly channels an enveloping and spellbinding dose of funk and soul into sweeping and oh so tasty electronic undertones. With the assistance of Brooklyn’s Gibbz, Gramatik crafts another invigorating production with a sound unrivaled across the realm of his fellow musical contemporaries. Preceding the arrival of ‘The Age of Reason’, Gramatik will be touring across the northeastern part of the US in two days, so if you need to satisfy your Gramatik cravings with a live performance, now is a great time to do so. Snag up ‘Get A Grip’ for free and be sure to check out the tracklist for the entire forthcoming compilation.

‘The Age of Reason’ Tracklist:

1. Brave Men Feat. Eskobars
2. Torture Feat. Eric Krasno
3. Bluestep
4. Pardon My French
5. We Used To Dream Feat. Exmag & Gibbz
6. You Don’t Understand
7. Obviously Feat. Cherub & Exmag
8. Control Room Before You Feat. ILLUMNTR
9. Prime Time
10. Get A Grip Feat. Gibbz
11. Just Jammin’ NYC Feat. Exmag
12. Expect Us
13. Faraway Feat. Orlando Napier
14. No Turning Back
15. It’s Just A Ride

Gramatik: Facebook | SoundCloud | Twitter | Official

 Posted by on January 17, 2014 Electro, Funk Tagged with: ,
Jan 152014

We have previously noted that Chi-town duo X5IGHT, formed by Brandon Levinson and Jerry Kurty, is a presence to watch closely in 2014. The young and dexterous duo, with tremendous potential, has been rising the ranks with a continuous stream of first-rate 128bpm productions. The latest release from Levinson and Kurty comes in the form of a remix of James Egbert’s ‘Exit Wounds’, where the two producers create a brilliant blend of Nina Sung’s vocals with clean yet driving percussion, and a slew of passion filled melodies and harmonies. Pick it up for free below.

Download X5IGHT’s ‘Exit Wounds’ Remix Here

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Jan 142014

Arguably the most electrifying trios in the industry, Colorado’s SAVOY has pioneered a sound that is unmistakably their own and has asserted an irrefutably dominating presence in the current stream of contemporary electronic music. Their latest full length album, ‘Self Predator’, arrives with a storm of fifteen booming and electrifying tracks, which only further embellishes SAVOY’s status as one of the hottest names circulating within the sphere of electronic music. ‘Self Predator’ is available for free download and offers slew of rattling electro and dubstep productions for the avid electronic music connoisseur. Be sure to check out SAVOY live in the upcoming weeks as they prepare to embark on their Get Lazer’d Tour.

Download ‘Self Predator LP’ Here

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 Posted by on January 14, 2014 Album/EP, Dubstep, Electro, Electro-House Tagged with: , , , ,