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Weekend Warrior Vol. 5

track list:

  1. Tep No - Pacing
  2. Rationale - Re.Up
  3. Leo Kalyan - Fingertips
  4. XY&O - Low Tide
  5. No Vacation - Lovefool
  6. Jimi Charles Moody - Other Man
  7. XY&O - Lights On
  8. TVÅ - Always Be
  9. Jai Wolf - Indian Summer
  10. Toyboy & Robin - Like A Shadow (Ft. Robyn Sherwell)
  11. The Weeknd - Can’t Feel My Face (Rainer + Grimm Remix)
  12. Toro y Moi - room for 1zone
  13. Raye x Years & Years - Shine (Rework)
  14. TVÅ - Keep Me A Secret
  15. R I T U A L - LOW SEASON
  16. Oh Wonder - White Blood (Tep No Remix)
  17. LEISURE - Hot Love
  18. Yumi Zouma - Alena (Race Banyon Remix)

A CHAT WITH INC. [PART 1]

I caught up with Los Angeles-based duo Inc., Andrew Aged (right, age 28) and Daniel Aged (left, age 26), after a recent show at Voyeur nightclub in Philly.  Shortly after we sat down, we were joined by Philly alt-rapper Spank Rock (aka Naeem Juwan) and MORRIS, who is one of the producers of Spank Rock’s in-progress third album.  What was intended to be a quick interview turned into a relaxed 45-minute conversation. Here are the highlights:

SPANK ROCK:  Obviously, Maxwell is an influence on your vocal style.  Who’s an influence that people would not expect?

ANDREW:  Hmm.  Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

PORTADELPHIA: Your live show has more of a rock sensibility than your recorded stuff so that makes sense to me.

SPANK ROCK:  Tell us about growing up. What was that like?

PORTADELPHIA: Is it just the two of you or are there more siblings?

ANDREW:  It’s just the two of us. A lot of people think we’re twins but we’re 14 months apart. We grew up in Monterey, California - the Bay area.

SPANK ROCK:  You live in LA now.  Do you draw a lot of inspiration from LA?

ANDREW: We spend a lot of time in the musician scene, playing with different people. Like, I toured with Robin Thicke, and worked with people like Pharell and 50 Cent. Daniel’s toured with Raphael Saadiq. Being in LA lets us work with a lot of great people.

PORTADELPHIA:  Tell us about signing to 4AD.

ANDREW:  They came to one of the early shows we did.  I think it was our first show in New York.  We didn’t have much music out but they came out.  We really got along with them on a personal level.  I think they could see where we were going or what we wanted to do.  We signed with them in 2011. Our friend’s band, Ariel Pink, had signed with them. Our roommate, Kenny [Gillmore], plays keyboard in that band.  I don’t know how it worked but they came to see us, and then we just clicked.

PORTADELPHIA:  You said 4AD saw your vision.  What is that vision?

ANDREW:  We want to make good music, write great songs, put a feeling out there.  We want to give back in a way to some of the people that created this energy. Like when you hear Marvin Gaye and you feel that soul and energy? That music feels like healing to us.  I remember the first time we heard [D’Angelo’s album] Voodoo that changed our life for the better.  We want to keep that feeling alive in our own way.

Best Remixes of 2012

Oh, how I love a good remix. Below are my picks for the 10 best of the year.

  1. Adele vs. Daft Punk - Something About The Fire (Carlos Serrano Mix)
  2. Jessie Ware – Running (Disclosure Remix)
  3. The xx – Reconsider (Jamie xx Remix)
  4. Rudimental – Not Giving In (Bondax Remix)
  5. Purity Ring - Belispeak II feat. Danny Brown
  6. Summer Camp – Losing My Mind (St. Etienne Remix)
  7. Kanye West – Mercy (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
  8. Flume - Sleepless feat. Jezzabell Doran (Shlohmo Remix)
  9. Mikky Ekko - Pull Me Down (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
  10. Night Panther - Snudge (Spaceship Aloha Remix)

Weekend Warrior Vol. 6

track list:

  1. kiiara – Gold
  2. Hopium – Right Now (VIP Mix)
  3. Litany – Woman (feat. Appleby)
  4. Lowki – F.A.C.E
  5. Lia Ices – Higher (Samuel Proffitt Remix)
  6. Violet Days – So Dope
  7. Lawrence Taylor – Bang Bang
  8. Teenage Love – I Think I’m Falling In Love (With You)
  9. Cannons – Down On Love
  10. Tom Misch – Sunshine
  11. Rudimental – Rumour Mill (Feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)
  12. MYAMI – Soldier (prod. by Wayfarer//)
  13. Their Wedding – Naked
  14. COMPNY – Gently Let You Down
  15. Wild Belle (Feat. Notorious B.I.G.) – Another Girl (Vandelux Remix)
  16. Kyiki – Black Light (prod. by Stint)
  17. Wolfie – Come Over (prod. by Show N Prove)
  18. Scavenger Hunt – Till I See A Sign
  19. Anne-Marie – Gemini
  20. Nyne – Sober
  21. SLEEPLUST – Lies
  22. ROSEAU – Alright
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JMSN - FEBRUARY 2015

On a cold night in February, JMSN wooed a nearly-sold out audience at Johnny Brenda’s with his powerful vocals. And while he played the guitar during the first half of the show, he ditched it in the second half in favor of movability. He even displayed some serious dance moves while performing “‘Bout It.”

Throughout the show, he was backed by only a drummer and bassist. The difference of a stripped down backing band showed; JMSN’s live performance which once sported an indie rock sensibility had now moved comfortably into the same rnb territory of his recorded music. After the show, he confessed “It was a natural change. I just felt that’s where the live show needed to go.” then asked “I think we sound pretty good. Do you?” We do.

Check out his sophomore LP JMSN (Blue Album) and remaining US and European tour dates on his website.

JMSN - 'Bout It

A couple video clips from the show:

A video posted by Josephine Camille (@enerjy_) on Feb 12, 2015 at 10:19pm PST

A video posted by Karen.chen (@ling_lingggg) on Feb 13, 2015 at 10:16am PST

Weekend Warrior Vol. 2

  1. Samantha Urbani - 1 2 3 4
  2. Her - Quite Like
  3. Petit Biscuit - Sunset Lover
  4. The Japanese House - Teeth
  5. Day Wave - Drag
  6. Erik Hassle - No Words
  7. Mura Masa - Firefly (feat. Nao)
  8. Henry Green - Barcelona
  9. HONNE - Didn’t I
  10. We Were Evergreen - Be Like You
  11. Ben Howard - The Fear (Elkoe Remix)

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES

  1. Movement - Us
  2. Marian Hill - Lovit
  3. Elli Ingram - Canna Butter Kisses (Prod. Felix Joseph) [d/l]
  4. Atlas Genius - Centred On You (St. Lucia Remix) [d/l]
  5. Tourist - Together
  6. Until the Ribbon Breaks - Perspective ft. Homeboy Sandman [d/l]
  7. RAC - Let Go (ft. Kele & MNDR) (Sir Sly Remix)
  8. Jensen Sportag - Bellz
  9. Azekel - Official ‘07
  10. Chromeo - Over Your Shoulder

[photo by Robert Tengman

music for that particular feeling

As music bloggers, it is almost impossible to avoid subjectivity when selecting songs. You may fall in love with a particular track because you hear it at a certain moment in your life, at a moment when it resonates and means something. While our aim for the blog is not to pen some sort of elaborate diary, we also cannot avoid being human. And that means sometimes we get our hopes dashed and or even have our hearts broken. For those of you who know that particular feeling but do not want a tear-jerking playlist, this one is for you … and us too. xo, bb.

track list:

  1. Banoffee — With Her
  2. Slum Sociable — All Night
  3. James Vincent McMorrow — How To Waste A Moment
  4. Cash+David — Pains 4 U feat. Rome Fortune
  5. So Below — Drift
  6. Kwamie Liv — Pleasure This Pain feat. Angel Haze
  7. Hans Island — I’m Yours
  8. R I T U A L — JOSEPHINE feat. Lisa Hannigan
  9. Ben Khan — Blade (Tidal Wave Of Love) Demo
  10. Mimi & Licks — Someone Else
  11. Frances — When It Comes To Us feat. RITUAL
  12. Dornik — Drive (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)
  13. Betina Quest — In And Out

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES

Every Sunday, we curate a batch of eclectic tracks for your listening pleasure. This week, we’re grooving to some baby-making rnb, head-nodding hip hop, experimental jams, and more. Enjoy …

  1. Gallant - Forfeit (prod. Felix Snow) [d/l]
  2. Tree - Probably Nu It [d/l]
  3. Aches - Her
  4. Kenzie May - Skeleton Key
  5. Mannequins on 7th Street - Out of Sight
  6. Lowell - 88
  7. Anthems - Up In Mine (Holy Models Remix) [d/l]

Weekend Warrior Vol. 3

track list:

  1. Colleagues - Somewhere
  2. MOOD ROBOT - Lose Your Heart
  3. Verre - Taste The Sky
  4. Bibibourelly - RIOT
  5. Nathan Ball - Alone
  6. FOXTROTT - Driven
  7. SLO - Shut Out Of Paradise
  8. Tenterhook - What I Like
  9. MATTHEW YOUNG - Magic
  10. Wales - Lose My Mind
  11. Andreya Triana - That’s Alright With Me
  12. Sonny Side Up - For Closure
  13. Coasts - Modern Love (RAC Mix)
  14. Lucas Nord - Voices
  15. Suna - Sometime

LAST DAYS OF SUMMER

  1. The 1975 - M.O.N.E.Y
  2. Tajan & fwdslxsh - Beautiful [download]
  3. Catching Flies - Sunrays (Moods Remix)
  4. Flatbush ZOMBiES - Palm Trees
  5. Haim - The Wire (Tourist Remix)
  6. J£ZUS MILLION - Memo (feat. Kenzie May)
  7. MØ - XXX 88 (feat. Diplo)
  8. FTSE - Lost In Translation (feat. Femme)
  9. Pillar Point - Diamond Mine (Generationals’ Deep Dark Ocean Remix) [download]
  10. Blackbird Blackbird - All (Howlings Remix) [download]
  11. Wildcat! Wildcat! - Garden Grays
  12. Chela - Romanticise

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES

Every Sunday, we curate a batch of eclectic tracks for your listening pleasure. This week, we present you with (1) the debut track from London duo Cash+David; (2) a sway-inducing track from LA’s Young & Sick; (3) an attention-grabber from Swedish crooner Erik Hassle; (4) an enchanting track from London’s Shivum Sharma; (5) a lovely ballad from British duo Aquilo; (6) a progressive track from Toronto’s Trust; (7) a masterful edit by LA-based producer Joe Kay; and (8) an intriguing rnb track from Philly trio Worshyper. Enjoy …

  1. Cash+David - Funn
  2. Young & Sick - Glass
  3. Erik Hassle - Ready For You
  4. Shivum Sharma - Flicker
  5. Aquilo - You There
  6. Trust - Are We Arc?
  7. PartyNextDoor - Persian Rugs (Joe Kay’s Slowed Edit) [d/l]
  8. Worshyper - Dreamt

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES

Every Sunday we curate a playlist of eclectic tracks for your listening pleasure. We suggest enjoying this one with a glass of wine and an open mind.

  1. Star Slinger - I/IV [d/l]
  2. Sam Smith - Nirvana (Until The Ribbon Breaks Re-Imagination)
  3. James Vincent McMorrow - Red Dust
  4. Ella Eyre - Love Me Like You
  5. Sampha - Happens (SevnthWonder Edit)
  6. Disclosure - Latch (DJ Premier Remix)
  7. Wake Owl - Candy
  8. Young Fathers - War

[photo via]

Weekend Warrior vol. 7

track list:

  1. blackbear - emily
  2. RKCB - Ignite
  3. XYLØ - Afterlife
  4. Elohim - Xanax
  5. Vindata - Getting Away Ft. Mack
  6. NŌVA - More
  7. Wolfie- Drifting (Prod. ADP)
  8. Nick Brewer - Talk To Me feat. Bibi Bourelly
  9. Elderbrook - Be There Soon
  10. Dornik - Stand In Your Line
  11. Mabel - Know Me Better
  12. CHINAH - Away From Me
  13. Darius & FKJ - Ô

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES: SPECIAL EDITION

This is a special edition of Sunday Night Grooves because there are actually words (beyond the tracklist)!  Each week’s playlist is special, rare, and worth the attention of your ears.  But this week, we felt compelled to share our thoughts (because basically, sometimes, we have no self control).  So without further ado, here are this week’s tracks.

1.   Catching Flies & Ifan Dafydd - Don’t Know How [download]

We kick things off with "Don’t Know How,“ a sexy new collaborative track from UK-based producers Catching Flies (England) and Ifan Dafydd (Wales).  Catching Flies has been on our radar for a while, having most recently-impressed with his single ”Stay Forever“ // Long Journey Home EP.  Ifan Dafyadd is a more recent discovery; he captured our ears in the Spring with his single ”Llonydd“ featuring singer Alys Williams.  Already in love with these two individually, seeing this collab pop up on our SoundCloud definitely put a smile on our faces. 

2.   Night Panther - Delta

Next up, we head stateside for "Delta,” a soaring new track from Pennsylvania sex pop trio Night Panther.  They’ve just released their self-tiled debut album via Small Plates Records.  If you missed it, be sure to check out our interview with the rising band (and trio of all round great guys).  

3.   Mikky Ekko -  Kids (Max Martin’d by Djemba Djemba Trollmix) [download]

Then, we have this remix of Mikky Ekko’s latest single “Kids’ by producer Djemba Djemba.  Poking fun at pop super producer Max Martin, Djemba Djemba labels this one a "trollmix.”  But in our view, he’s done a great job with the remix and we actually prefer it to the original.

4.   SZA - Teen Spirit

Slowing things down a bit, we turn to R&B songstress SZA’s “Teen Spirit.”  Produced by Wondagurl, who also worked on Magna Carta … Holy Grail, “Teen Spirit” strikes the right chords with some sultry and visceral vocals and a grinding, bass-heavy backdrop.  Keep an eye on SZA, who recently signed to TDE joining the ranks of the Black Hippy collective (rappers Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock).  It’s yet to be seen whether SZA will provide vocals on Black Hippy tracks, something we previously saw Def Jam signee Jhene Aiko holding down.  Also, can we get a SZA - JMSN collaboration?  They have such complimentary vocal styles and JMSN’s already done some work with Black Hippy so that very well could come to fruition.

5.   Sweater Beats and Arnold - Jello Drop [download]

Sweater Beats and Arnold (formerly Trap Arnold, whose MOD collective got the shot out from B. Lewis a while back) team up for a fun instrumental track titled “Jello Drip.”  Let that one just cruise for you.  And speaking of B. Lewis, have you heard his latest “Flipbooks” where he reworks Ciara’s “I’m Out” to epic proportions?  Yeah, we’re feeling that.

6.   SZA - Julia

And we’re back to SZA for the next track.  "Julia" is a synth pop groove for you more laid back sexy people.  "Julia" and “Teen Spirit” will appear on SZA’s forthcoming Z EP, set for release this fall.  In the meantime, if you’re feeling her sound and want more, you can stream her S EP here.

7.  Cyril Hahn - Perfect Form feat. Shy Girls (Henry Krinkle Remix)

Finishing things off, we’ve got Henry Krinkle’s smooth remix of Cyril Hahn’s ’Perfect Form“ featuring Portland-based R&B crooner Shy Girls. The track slowly builds into a relaxed, lush tune highlighting Shy Girls’ alluring vocals as he sings, "She’s got perfect form, I love it when she moves like that.”  Mmmm, what a nice late night groove.  Cyril Hahn's Perfect Form EP drops on Oct. 7 via PMR Records.

A CHAT WITH DISCLOSURE - PART 1

I caught up with London-based electronic music duo Disclosure – brothers Guy Lawrence and Howard Lawrence – before their show at Union Transfer in Philly for an interview for our friends at Pigeons & Planes. We talked electronic music, the duo’s current life on the road, their upcoming album, and their one wish.

What influence has London’s underground music scene had on your musical taste and production?

Guy: We started making music because of what was happening in the underground. In 2008/2009, dubstep was fully involved in England in all the clubs, house wasn’t really that relevant anymore, and garage, U.K. garage had gone away a long time ago. Garage—that means something else here, doesn’t it?

Howard:  Yeah, I think they call it two-step.

Yeah, dubstep here has taken on a different meaning to some people too. Think Skrillex.

Howard: That’s what dubstep is now.

Guy:  Yeah, that’s what dubstep is now. Basically, dubstep was good in the U.K.  In America, it’s not what we know dubstep as. Dubstep in America, it’s more aggressive, a bit more shoutier, like rock music.

Howard:  Like rock music.

Guy:  Like death metal.  When we were first listening to dubstep, it was more like dub, reggae dub. I was listening to Skream, Benga, Mala, and Loefah. They were the main pioneers. When I turned 18, that’s what I started hearing in clubs. Later, I went out to a few house raves and I realized that house music was much more the type of music I wanted to make. So I went home and showed Howard. At first, we started out by copying the people who were around then. Skip forward four years to now and we are probably making music that sounds a lot more retro and older. We wanted to know where those guys who were playing modern house music got their sound from and what their influences were, and now their influences have sort of become our influences. Old Detroit techno, old Detroit house, old Chicago house, that’s what it all leads back to. If you get into dance music, you always end up there—listening to old house music.

After you heard house music, is that when you felt compelled to make your own music?

Guy: Well, we had always made music. We started playing instruments when we were very young. Our parents got us into playing music. I’ve played the drums and guitar since I was 3 years old. Howard plays bass and piano.They didn’t get us into dance music, they just got us into playing.
 
Howard: We’ve always been in music, always. But hearing that Detroit stuff, dubstep, and the newer house stuff, it made us want to make songs in that format but not necessarily that type of music. There are club songs and then songs in the style of club songs, which is kind of what we make. Like “Latch” isn’t really a house song, it’s a song that’s produced like a house song.

Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – “Latch”

SUNDAY NIGHT GROOVES 

Every Sunday, we curate a batch of eclectic tracks for your listening pleasure. This week, we present (1) a titillating track from production duo The Code; (2) a late night rnb track by British songstress Rachel Foxx who’s captured the attention of label Soulection; (3) a dark + hazy electropop track from Seattle duo NAVVI slated to appear on Kitsuné's America 3 compilation album out on June 2; (4) a preview of Glass Animals’ debut LP ZABA out on June 9; (5) the intriguingly beautiful title track off Wilsen’s forthcoming EP out on May 19; and (6) another track from The Code, this one slightly more uptempo and experimental.

Enjoy …

  1. The Code - Her
  2. Rachel Foxx - Before You
  3. NAVVI - Speak 
  4. Glass Animals - Pools
  5. Wilsen - Magnolia
  6. The Code - Gravity