I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Swedish electro artist, Elliphant.
She’s got heavy jungle beats, snappy snares, and a dark, underlying house element that brings it all together. Elliphant’s self-titled debut EP is nothing but pure electronic grit. Tracks like “In The Jungle,” sound like they’re meant for the lowest lit of warehouses and grimey alleyways yet she turns the vibe completely around in, “Cian’t Hear It.”
It seems as the years go on, more critics are becoming increasingly cynical about the classic “year-end” lists everyone tends to put out.
Top 10 free non-commerical Soundcloud only releases of 2012, Top 25 rap mixtapes not including Rick Ross or Gucci Mane, Top 5 non-Dubstep EDM DJ albums released from April 17th to October 27th, The 3 most influential Eastern European female pop singers…blah blah blah. There are a lot of complaints. Ex: “They are all the same”, blah blah, whatever Thom York/Radiohead put out, some new indie band with only one release out that hasn’t even gone on tour yet, Grimes, the new Kendrick Lamar album, Animal Collective, The XX, Some weird rapper, …Well fuck, I actually like these lists a lot. I enjoy looking back and reviewing the year, seeing what new songs, artists, and albums I spent most my time listening to and discovering. At the same time I can see what other people spent their time listening to and I can find great new tunes as well.
With that little rant behind me. I give thee…my 2012 list of favorite songs, EPs, albums, mixtapes, and overall new music related…things. This is basically a collection of the music that shaped my year. I’ll try and keep it somewhat concise and organized in some sort of manner but we’ll see how that goes.
Mad Decent just threw up this new Diplo track featuring Jahan Lennon titled “About That Life” for free and goddammit Diplo keeps making me sound like such a fan boy.
It doesn’t matter what style/genre he produces, it always comes out the exact opposite of shit. This track sounds like 60′s psychadelic flower child music and it completely works. It doesn’t sound cheesy, like he was trying out that genre just for the sake of it, he really felt it and produced a genuine 60′s hippie track.
Since everything Diplo touches lately seems to turn to gold, I’m naming him the future Godfather of any kids I happen to have.
BONUS: Before we could get just the song up a video was released for the track. It’s just as trippy as you’d expect. Enjoy!
On the chance you are looking to shake your ass and jump around, express yourself, release it-go, attack the floor and work it low to some Electro Moombahton Dancehall jams then throw on this spankin’ newMajor Lazer mix hosted by Walshy Fireand get to it:
As usual I’m late with my recap BUT I still wanted to put up the little photo documentation I have of my Governor’s Ball experience from a few weeks ago as well as at least a mention of some of my favorite acts of the weekend.
XXYYXX is the name of Orlando, FL’s 16 year old producer, Marcel Everett. Marcel works out of his bedroom creating harmonious music that provokes emotion and transmits vivid images of peace and still sadness.
1. Dude is 16!!!
2. He makes extremely tight, emotion provoking, spacey, post-dub, deep bass, clicky clackey, tss tss, wobbly, fuzzy/clean, quiet bangin’, electronic music (think Burial, The-Drum, Super Cuts-esque).
3. This album is great, seriously. You can really get lost in it.
The track has a very heavy reggae vibe and I would have to say that it falls into my own personal Kiddie Pool Musiccategory. I can’t wait until the end of May to bump this in the backyard in Bro Isle. The video was also accompanied by a link for a free download of the track as well as a bonus remix which features spurts of 60′s pop rock rhythms.
This by far has been one of the hardest mixes to hit my inbox yet.
Clocking at a little over an hour, Walshy Fire trips us up immediately with gut-wrenching synths under slow-grooving vocals. It’s an incredibly diverse mix that blends well, constantly keeping you moving throughout the massive ups and smooth breakdowns.
Dubbed as Miami’s “Prime Minister” and closely affiliated with Major Lazer, it’s obvious to see this guy’s on a nice path.
Been lagging in posting for a while. Just me personally, not all the other cool people. My bad.
This shoulda been up earlier, but it’s just as awesome now. Holy shit does this hit hard. I think I am becoming Diplo’s biggest fan. I’d probs pay $30 for his new EP even though that’s a ridiculous price for an EP (or even an LP). He’s good and this song is dirty.