Wisconsin-based duo Brightviolet gets the summer started off right with the sparkling, bright “Blush”. This tune is the latest release by Ryan Cray and Sam Molinaro, who have spent the past year refining their ethereal electronic sound, along with the occasional Migos re-work (Soundcloud here).
This track builds up from a bed of warm textures – like those first rays of morning sunlight, it shifts slowly and gently, adding layers of percussion and lighthearted synth leads. The chorus brings a more full-bodied sound, bobbing and weaving in a way that will have Flume fans smiling.
This tune builds on an already nuanced catalog of Brightviolet releases, and an upcoming EP this summer will surely bring this fresh new sound to more listeners. Keep an eye out for these two young producers, and check out “Blush” below.
Crywolf has been on a tear later. In the past year, he’s released 3 projects that have steadily built his buzz and audience. Equally talented as a producer as he is a singer, his latest effort is a complete revamp of “Never Be Like You” by Flume, and it’s stellar from front to back. Most wouldn’t be able to pull off a cover like this – a record that was already a #1 hit in Australia – but Crywolf seemingly reinvents the wheel with ease. Replacing the original’s pop flavor for something more brooding, Crywolf’s vocals soar over deep R&B tones that give a dark twist to “Never Be Like You” that won’t be forgotten anytime soon.
Stream Crywolf’s excellent cover of “Never Be Like You” below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Not even bolstering winds and seasonal snowfall could deny the party at SnowGlobe last weekend. Despite only being in its fourth year, the 2014 incarnation of the Lake Tahoe music festival drew estimated crowds of 14,000 each day. Locals and out-of-towners were drawn to the EDM-heavy lineup and celebrated the New Year together with fresh powder, scrumptious food vendors, and of course, simply good music.
The festival, which spanned across three stages under the mountainous backdrop of Northern California, gave festival goers a face-melting way to ring in the 2015 to the tune of big and small EDM acts alike. Staples like Skrillex, Zedd, Porter Robinson and Flume were present, as well as up and comers like Bro Safari and Branchez.
Whether you (very sadly) didn’t make it to the festival or simply want to relive it (again and again), we got you covered with the best moments from each day of the musical winter wonderland below. Also, don’t forget to check out our 21-track SnowGlobe playlist for your aural pleasure.
The Best Moments of SnowGlobe Music Festival 2014
by Tia Nguyen
The Entire Bro Safari Set
Before his set even started, there was an obvious sense of energy that rippled through the crowd as the emcee pumped everyone up for the long night ahead. The tightly packed Sierra Tent waited in anticipation for Bro Safari to emerge, and the dedicated group of fans that trekked through the cold to see his performance didn’t come in vain. His killer set gave everyone a taste of the electric vibes that the rest of the night and the next few days would bring.
Disclosure’s Performance of ‘Latch’
With Disclosure’s addictively rhythmic tunes, the crowd found itself swaying along to every beat of the electronic duo’s tempo. But it was clear that everyone was eagerly awaiting ‘Latch’ as their closing song. Disclosure effortlessly united the crowd as everyone joined the two brothers to sing harmony, making the song easily one of the most unforgettable moments of the night.
The Energy During Skrillex’s Set
As Skrillex rounded out the end of the night, it seemed the crowd was ready to finish in high spirits, creating an atmosphere so full of energy that the frigid temperatures were completely forgotten. In fact, Skrillex’s own performance, complete with headbanging and climbing on DJ stands, had the sea of people in beanies and animal hats jumping around and feeding off of his excitement.
Odesza in the Sierra Tent
By the end of the night, the combination of heavy winds and the biting cold had many festivalgoers fleeing to the Sierra Tent for some much-needed warmth and the melodic rhythms that Odesza delivers. The duo’s electronic-pop fusions created an ambiance perfect for the end to SnowGlobe’s second night with a balance between smooth instrumentals and upbeat vocal tracks.
Porter Robinson Ditches the DJ Set
The 10 degree weather did not stop the die-hard Porter fans from coming to the Main Stage. Freezing winds pierced the many layers of hundreds of festival goers, but when Porter Robinson opened his set with Sad Machine, all was forgotten. His live performance at SnowGlobe was refreshing in the midst of all the DJ sets and constant rhythms, leaving the crowd in a trance with soundscapes unlike any of the other music on this year’s lineup.
The Entire Zedd Set
Zedd may have taken the crown as the best set of the entire festival. The light show alone was awesome enough to make his set one of SnowGlobe’s top moments. But what made his performance even better was how interactive he was with the crowd, getting everybody even more pumped than they already were for ringing in the New Year. Remix after remix of popular songs had the entire audience feeling ecstatic.
What So Not Brings the Heat
Typically after popular sets in the Sierra Tent, the crowd took in their last moments of warmth and ventured out into the more prominent outdoor stages. But What So Not delivered an unforgettable performance of his own. With songs like “You and Me” and “High You Are,” he kept the crowd energized the entire set and ready to go for Flume’s big finale on the Main Stage.
Flume’s ‘You + Me’ at Midnight
2014 saw the year of Flume’s rise as one of electronic music’s biggest names, and with the midnight slot on New Years Eve, he attracted the biggest crowd of the entire festival. ‘Insane,’ ‘On Top,’ and ‘Drop the Game’ as the first few songs were only the buildup to Flume’s epic midnight countdown, which was appropriately followed by a remix of his biggest hit “You + Me,” an epic fireworks show, and New Year’s kisses all around. There was no better way to welcome 2015 than with Flume.
SnowGlobe Music Festival, situated in picture-perfect South Lake Tahoe, California, will ring in the New Year against the mountains to the tune of Disclosure, Flume, Porter Robinson, Skrillex and Zedd as its top bills.
Other big-name acts include Atmosphere, Flux Pavillon, Phantogram, and Odesza.
The three-day festival will be held on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus, Dec. 29 – 31, in what will be a surefire New Year’s Eve banger.
Single-day tickets are still available.
Check out the lineup announcement video below, and also soak in SG’s surreal festival setting.
Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?
If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.
7. Iggy Azalea
Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.
Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.
5. Foster The People
You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.
This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.
Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.
Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.
1. Chance The Rapper
Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.
The name “Waves” came way before I found the song “Waves” by the incredible Aussie artist Japanese Wallpaper. I was reading about Jackson Sonnanfeld-Arden’s philosophy (introduced to me by Deru) about these Nine Pure Tones, or waves, that serve as the basis of all life and existence. It was a riveting read that has since been taken down from the Internet, and it was just crazy enough to sort of blow my mind and maybe influence my entire life.
You hear about how we’re the most informed generation, but how much of that information are we actually implementing in our behavior? Are we constantly having our behaviors and ideas reaffirmed by seeking comfort in niche sections of the Internet, which monitor our searches to customize the ads we see–only further reaffirming our behaviors? Or are we seeking and interpreting new ideas and incorporating them into our ever-changing social dynamics?
So these have been my thoughts and questions the past two months. You can see how “waves” could work as a metaphor for the ebb and flow of life. And the philosophy takes it like a zillion steps further by defining all science and behaviors in nine different waves. So yeah, um, that was the idea for the mixtape. Also, I just wanted to make your soundtrack for the beginning of summer.
She wears my favorite color, everyday in her eyes…
*Not including track 16 (“Berlin” by Highlands) and track 20 (“Mad at Me” by Sage The Gemini).
Ok peeps, time for some WOMP. You’re going to want to turn the bass up for these tracks. First up we’ve got a fresh Low Steppa remix of ‘Tear It Down’ by The Aston Shuffle, that is an absolute dance anthem. Next, DJ Price puts some heat on on ‘Man of the Year’ by Schoolboy Q. The FOR remix of Dot’s ‘Super Moon’ is straight vibes from start to end . And you can’t have womps without Flosstradamus and Remedy, this remix of Flume’s ‘Insane’ starts off with a lyrically focused intro, that transitions straight into womps about a minute in. Last, but certainly not least, is a remix of SAFIA’s, ‘Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds’ by PACES. The tropical-feel blended with the vocals and deep synths give what was an already incredible piece, an awesome new feel. Enjoy the womps, cheers.
The Aston Shuffle – Tear It Down (Low Steppa Remix)
Schoolboy Q – Man Of The Year (Price Remix)
Dot – Super Moon (FOR Remix)
Flume – Insane (Remedy & Flosstradamus Remix)
SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Paces Remix)
This week’s best jams from EDM land is kind of remix heavy, but don’t worry, it’s worth it. Honestly, the likes of Viceroy, Ta-Ku and Gigamesh can really do no wrong.
Hit play below to stream a playlist of the five best dance songs of the week.
I have never heard of Touch Sensitive but after hearing Pizza Guy on Future Classic’s Soundcloud page, I have been Touch Sensitive all afternoon (as they say). Future Classic, Touch Sensitive’s label, is also home to Flume (a quite successful electronic producer) and it makes sense because Touch Sensitive has the same explosive electronic sound as Flume. Pizza Guy has a slow buildup that reminds me of Justice before it drops into a nu-disco dance jam. As I was listening to the song it occurred to me that Pizza Guy is probably the least appropriate title for this song, I was thinking something more badass like “Ryan Gosling” but I guess this is just what Touch Sensitive associates with Pizza Guys and what I associate with Ryan Gosling. Give it a listen below and stay tuned for more.
Rap is a constantly evolving genre. Even the most traditional artists take risks in delivery, flow, and beat selection; that’s part of what makes the music so consistently interesting and fun and influential. The following songs are not the strangest rap songs out there, but each one features some sort of “abnormality.” Of course, these abnormalities could one day be the norm, and that’s horrifying.
But also incredibly exciting.
- F. Stokes – Madison West High School
- Star Slinger – Ladies in the Back (ft. Teki Latex)
- Acmatic – Make Her Jump
- Flume – On Top (ft. T.Shirt)
- Flux Pavilion – Do or Die (ft. Childish Gambino)
- Dominic Lord – Never and Never (Prod. by Hudson Mohawke)
- K.Flay – Another Round
- Kendall Elijah – Sittin’ (Cover)
- Ab-Soul x JMSN – You’re Gone
- Blood Diamonds – Barcode (ft. Dominic Lord)
- Euro League – Social Network (ft. Denzil Porter)
- Evil Nine – The Black Brad Pitt (ft. Danny Brown) (Deebs Remix)
- Iron Mics x Tonio – T W A (Till We Arrive)
- MeLo-X – GOD MAGIC
- Homeboy Sandman – Illuminati
Related: 10 Weird Rap Songs (Pt. 1)
I have always been fascinated with music that sounds happy but contains sad lyrics, so I wanted that to be a theme of this mixtape. I also wanted this to be a good hangover tape after NYE, so enjoy.
P.S. Andrew Joslyn from track 14 is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s violin player.
P.P.S. “Stay Close” by Flume is the official Tape Tuesday theme song.
I made a mixtape with all the songs that you hate
- San Cisco – Beach
- Urban Cone – Kings & Queens
- The Airplanes – A Summer Daydream, Part I
- Boy Kid Cloud – I Would Die for You (Prince Cover)
- Ray Bradbury – The Last Night of the World Interlude (Read by RM)
- Jack Magma – Cat Gotcha Tongue?!?
- Loon Lake – Cherry Lips
- Set Sail – Kids
- Kwes. – Rollerblades
- Leapling – Seventeen
- Carousel – Stay Awake
- Thief Urban – Closer
- Sebastian Lind – Never Let Go
- Kris Orlowski & Andrew Joslyn – All My People
- Khushi – Seven Years Old
- Freelance Whales – Aeolus
- Brolin – Another Year
- Conner Youngblood – I Gotta Feeling
- Flume – Stay Close
- Bondax – Gold
‘Cause gold is not enough, she’s a diamond, I’m the rough