Archive for December, 2011
I’m a sucker for Christmas reggae tunes. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine that comes to light every holiday season. I’m glad to see that our favorite Swedish soundsystem, Safari Sound, has no shame in the Christmas reggae game too. Merry Christmas, y’all!
i always feel bad for music that comes out in december since most year-end lists have already come out/been prepared, and then it’s technically disqualified from next year’s year-end list. in case you hadn’t noticed, we’re not the type of dudes who do year-end lists. if we did, i’d make room for this one from austin’s SKrause. the purple slab mixtape features a lot of my favorite artists from this year and some new-to-me big tracks as well. stream it below, and check the tracklist after the jump. (via)
so hey, a new weeknd mixtape. upon first listen, i’m saying house of balloons > echoes of silence > thursday. check out the lead track, “D.D.” see if you can figure out what the initials stand for.
the weeknd – “D.D.”
Big fat massive thanks to everyone who came through to Moe Bar on Thursday, and made the December installment of Soundsystem one for the ages. That was a whole bunch of beautiful people holding it down on the dancefloor all night, and we couldn’t think of a better way to send of 2011 and look forward to 2012.
We’ve got lots of bubbling things heading your way in the new year, so keep your eyeballs peeled. Here’s to you!
And maaaany more after the jump.
Talented music producer Mark de Clive Lowe recently released his ninth solo album, Renegades, last month. The record has a variety of high quality features (Sheila E, Pino Palladino, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Ovasoul 7) and should be a fun digital stocking stuffer for anyone who likes downtempo, nu-house and synthed out soul.
As a sort of anchor to keep people interested in that project, fellow producer DJ Spinna revisited MdCL’s catalog and plucked out some of the finest jams he could find. Check out a fresh, free mix below with 34 tracks of MdCL productions, remixes and collaborations with Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), DJ Spinna, Phil Asher (Restless Soul), Zed Bias and more. If you want breaks, soul, lounge, house or downtempo, it’s all here. This is the definition of adult chill out music.
the last soundsystem of the year (and we all know 2012 is the last year, per mayan rules, so there won’t even be that many soundsystems left in general) is happening THIS THURSDAY, december 15, at the usual time (starting at 10-ish), at the usual place (MOE BAR), with the usual guys (our very own djs tang and toast), playing the usual awesome music that you’re used to hearing from last night’s mixtape.
so please, come on down, bear the cold, drink some drinks, dance your ass off, and kick off the holidays right. no christmas music though.
Danny Brown will fuck you up. Here’s the second video from his Fool’s Gold debut, XXX. Download that shit for free if you haven’t already, dummy.
prepare to hear a lot about azealia banks in 2012. this video for the insanely-catchy “212″ dropped last month, and follows some random appearances since last summer–a verse on major lazer’s ep lazers never die (diplo always get there first, amirite?), a cover of an interpol track, some FADER love. this track really ups the hype because it seems almost ready-made for future internet stardom and is probably a big factor for her being named as the coolest/7th coolest person of the year. throw in a lunice-produced track and a dancing lunice in the “212″ video and, well, i’m sold. look out 2012 – azealia banks will be all over you.
Just a few days ago Dum Dum Girls, who are one of my favorite noise-pop/punk rock bands out right now, played Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Anybody else noticed that late night television is getting a lot better music these days? At any rate, I’m glad to see the four ladies getting the shine they deserve for creating simple yet catchy three chord punk with enough melody to make it easy on the ears.
They naturally played their latest hit, “Bedroom Eyes,” which I learned earlier this week is currently the number one rock song on college radio nationwide. Not bad. We don’t feature nearly enough rock on this blog but this ditty is worth it, even if it came out a little while back. Big shoutouts to Sub Pop Records for flatout having the best label roster in the country right now.