[Track of the Week] Rudimental ft Emeli Sandé – Free

Usually, it starts with a melody that won’t migrate or a bassline I find myself rocking out to hours after the music is over.  But, my love affair with Rudimental is different: it started with a Youtube video and a carefully woven story that was equal parts beautiful and tragic.  Sure – I’d listened to the song before but it takes skill  and intention to create something with a message as powerful as this.

Over the course of this past year UK based Drum & Bass quartet Rudimental has found a permanent place in my heart and if there’s one thing you should know about me by now it’s that I’ve set the bar incredibly high for anyone that dabbles in EDM.  Rudimental has roots in Hackney, London and is comprised of DJ Locksmith with singer / songwriters songwriters and producers Kesi Dryden, Amir Amor and Piers Agget.  They’ve seen some hot rotation on esteemed radio shows like Annie Mac’s on BBC Radio 1 and have been remixed over, and over, and over by some of the most creative minds in the business.

Beyond the inspirational track ‘Not Giving In’, their entire debut album ‘Home’ is solid gold from start to finish.  Even though their roots are firmly planted in ‘Drum and Bass’, these 4 hitmakers pull inspiration across the musical board and are on a self proclaimed mission to fuse modern Soul Music into their EDM.  And let me tell you – it shows! They sample some Deep House with their liquid Drum and Bass hit ‘Waiting All Night’ with Ella Eyre and the sultry single ‘Baby’ featuring vocals from MNEK and Sinead Harnett.  On the other hand, the Summer anthem ‘Feel the Love’ with John Newman has all the makings of a classic liquid drum and bass track.

For the past week, I’ve been on a new Rudimental kick – this time, with their single Free featuring one of my new favorite female vocalists Emile Sandé.  Even though this track is incredibly fresh off the press it already has a smorgasbord of remixes and no – I’m not complaining!   Hip-Hop heavy hitter Nas jumps in the mix and belts out a verse on a fresh version, Deep House maven Maya Jane Coles gives it her signature spin and Jack Beats creates a club worthy anthem.  As this track gains remix steam, there’s no telling how big it’ll get but here’s a clue: huge.

For kicks, you can download the original and the Maya Jane Coles remix for free on iTunes – I’d call this an early birthday present for sure!.

If you’re as hooked as I am, keep in touch with Rudimental across the interwebs:

Soundcloud | Twitter | FacebookYoutube

The Audiofiles: We Go Deep

 

For what was supposed to be a relaxing weekend, in true Amanda fashion – never a dull moment. Not like I need one – nor am I complaining – just saying, I’m exhausted and need some tunage to match my mood!  Thank goodness I’ve been collective some stellar deep house tracks over the last few weeks to keep me in a state of trance; hope y’all dig them as much as I do!

Tracklist

  1. Maya Jane Coles ft Karin Park – Everything
  2. Mark Knight – Your Love
  3. Hot Natured ft Anabel Englund – Reverse Skydiving
  4. Disclosure ft Eliza Doolittle – You & Me
  5. Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction
  6. Ali Love ft Kali – Emperor
  7. Steed Lord – Remember Me (Russ Chimes Remix)
  8. Duke Dumont – Need You 100% (SKREAMix)
  9. Pete Tong ft S.Y.F. – Dawn (Blond:ish Remix)
  10. MANIK ft Jeremy Glenn – Parasol (Climbers Remix)
  11. Russ Chimes – Back 2 You
  12. Storm Queen – Look Right Through (MK Dub III)
  13. HAIM – Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  14. Nate Dogg – Gangster Walk (SION’s Hipster Lean Remix)
  15. Disclosure vs MNEK – White Noise (Full Crate & FS Green Remix)
  16. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Bondax Remix)
  17. FKJ – So Much To Me
  18. Solange – Losing You (Cyril Hahn Remix)
  19. Hot Since 82 – Like You
  20. Lee Foss & MK Ft Anabel Englund – Electricity
  21. Russ Chimes – Turn Me Out
  22. Betoko vs Mario Basanov vs Vidis – Control The Suspend

Happy Tunes-day: The Trickle Down Effect of Music Festivals

There are so many great aspects of the Los Angeles EDM community that it’s hard to narrow it down to just one – or in my case, just a few.  Not only are we home base for an epic amount of talent but artists, DJs and producers alike flock to our city of angels to pursue fame, fortune or in many cases: just a little bit of sunshine.

Insomniac Events – Beyond Wonderland

This past weekend, Insomniac Events – LA’s premiere EDM production and promotion company – threw their fourth annual event Beyond Wonderland.  Back in the day, when I started out in the scene, the Spring fling event was ‘How Sweet It Is‘; I’m beyond pleased to report that the website still works and I can still think about how damn epic the lineup was.  But, that’s neither here nor there: one of the best things about DJs and Producers swinging through my stomping grounds on the regular is that they typically play smaller, local shows around the dates of the festival.

If  I had better knowledge of the new venue that was being used for Beyond, chances are I would’ve gone – it looked absolutely luscious, almost like a combination of Lighting in a Bottle and Coachella; I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more festivals there!

Anyhow, the lineup was good – but not good enough for me – almost all the artists I’ve seen within the past year and simply wasn’t impressed with the breadth of new talent; however, of the artists that I’d seen – half of them were playing at shows around LA before and after the festival.  Maya Jane Coles and Maceo Plex gave us a dose of deep house Friday night at Exchange and Hospital Records brought their signature Drum & Bass sound to Dim Mak Studios for some Sunday Funday action.

 

Maya Jane Coles

Kicking off Friday right was Adam Auburn, one of our local house loves – I’m stoked that his set is already up, definitely a highlight of the evening!

One of my favorite new female DJs on the scene is Maya Jane Coles; I know she’s been around for a few years but I didn’t discover her until April of 2012 thanks to some amazing friends and their fabulous collection of music.  Her Essential mix is definitely worth a listen:

The night rounded out with Maceo Plex, another deep house fav:

High Contrast

Sunday night’s Drum and Bass lineup from Hospital Records was unreal – and I was excited because I’d never seen any of the acts. As a huge fan of EP’s from D&B artists, I have to admit that there’s nothing quite like seeing a live set so if you get the chance, takeit

Fred V & Grafix:

High Contrast:

Camo & Krooked:

Camo & Krooked

The Audiofiles: 2012 – A Year in Musical Review

When I moved to Los Angeles in the Summer of 2008, I had a pretty good idea of the things I wanted to accomplish but little to no idea of the journey that I was literally right about to undertake.  From living in a small city where everyone more or less knows your name and who you live with to living alone in a enormous city where you blend into the masses, I had a considerable amount of adjusting to do.  So I sat down with myself and I made some lists – things I wanted to accomplish before my time in Los Angeles had past and personal benchmarks that I thought would guarantee my sanity, both short term and long term. What started out as a brainstorming session, turned into several binders of ideas – things scratched off and scribbled on; intentions, desires, dreams, passions, places to live, things I wanted to avoid and types of people I wanted to meet; you name it – I had a list for it.

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this before, but I have a strong affinity for lists – I love making lists to the point that I have lists for my lists; my friends that are Virgo’s seem to be convinced that I should have been born under a different star sign but – as usual – I digress.  This year has been more than I could have ever imagined or asked for – and trust me when I say there will be at least few more posts chronicling my crazy antics of this past year; including best weekend vacation, least favorite month, darkest dive bars and best places for hipster watching. But first things first, I gotta bring it on home – and if home is where the heart is, then home is living in some Funktion 1 speakers and being played at full volume.  Let’s get real for a millisecond, and fun fact to boot: all of my photo albums on Facebook are from songs by DJs that I love! So without further ado, this is my 2012 Musical Year in Review =)

Coachella 2k12

Live Shows: Concerts and Festivals

Favorite Event: Cosmic Gate + W&W at the Hollywood Palladium, Coachella Day 2

Worst Event: Coachella Day 1 bad weather, boo!

Best Venue: LA State Historic Park – I had an absolute blast at HARD’s Day of the Dead and Summer Festivals; and to boot, perfect venue for those of us taking the metro in lieu of driving!

Weird but Rad Venue: On top of a parking garage in Downtown Los Angeles for All Day I Dream

Best Pool Party: Standard Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles; Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel is a close runner up

Best Party: All Day I Dream

Douche-iest Pool Party: Drai’s Hollywood; just shoot me.

Rockstar Studios: All Day I Dream

Douche-iest Venue: Sutra.  I cruised through for an Infected Mushroom DJ Set and some girl asked me if “I knew anywhere around that wasn’t so nasty.” Hello, did you realize that we’re here for a group called INFECTED MUSHROOM and their fans are some of the smelliest, sweatiest, music appreciating-ist fans around? Ugh, STFU and choke on your sugar-free Red Bull with Vodka that tastes like shit.

Best Up and Coming Venue: Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles

Best Crowd: Avalon until 4am – the people and vibe is hands down the best; you’ll probably meet your next best friend in line for drinks or the bathroom; Incognito after 2am

W0rst Crowd: Avalon after 4am –  the Mt Fuji Swing is in full force and most likely headed straight for your face; also, that girl you’ve been checking out has a really sexy adam’s apple….

Best Lasers: Avalon – according to a few friends who assist with the lighting and making us all go “Ooooh, LAZERS!”, they change things up at Avalon quite a bit and it shows – every time I’m there the lighting effects are stunning and unlike the last show I went to.

Group Therapy with Above & Beyond

Artists

Favorite Set/Act: Maya Jane Coles at Hard Festival: Day of the Dead,  Snoop Dogg + Friends at Coachella

Best Surprise of 2012: W&W

So Glad I Discovered: Finnebassen, Jessie Ware, Cyril Hahn, Climbers, Infinity Ink, Art Department, Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge,

Remixes So Nicely: Rihanna, Adele,

Best Remix-er: Finnebassen + Cyril Hahn; the remixes – or rather, reworksthey produce sound very little like the original and give me everything I didn’t have before.  They’re stunners and I can’t wait for more.

Most Disappointing: Afrojack – his noises used to sound more like music, now they sound more like broken horns fighting each other. Also, way to teach Paris Hilton how to DJ; apocalypse meow….

DJ who should stick to one DJ name: Avicii. Just stop it already. Tim Berg remixed by Avicii with the Tim Berg vocal remix on the Avicii instrumental….and shut the front door already. If you have two DJ monikers, you’d think you’d produce twice as much good music….wrong.

Most Sold Out: Swedish House Mafia – with your “ONE LAST TOUR” and your jumping around while you press a button and then blame it on the “really skilled pyrotechnics” that are going on behind you. Shut up and go learn how to spin vinyl; there are plenty of First Class DJs who would rather give a great musical performance than dazzle with lights…

Vocalists Who Shouldn’t Perform Live with DJs: Rihanna, Wynter Gordon

People Who Should Be Reminded They’re Not DJs: Paris Hilton, “DJ” Pauly D, Kim Kardashian

Songs:

Get LOST

My Top 10 Songs of the Year:

  1. Gareth Emery – Concrete Angel
  2. Nero – Crush on You (Knife Party Remix)
  3. Above & Beyond – Love Is Not Enough
  4. Finnebassen – Go Slow
  5. Eric Prydz (Pryda) – Shadows
  6. DEVolution – Good Love
  7. Jessie Ware – Sweet Talk (Joe Goddard Remix)
  8. Kamelion – Confetti
  9. Boys Noize – What You Want (Chromeo Remix)
  10. Alex Clare – Too Close

Worst Popular Groups: Gotye, One Direction

5 Songs that DJs need to stop remixing:

  1. Avicii – Levels
  2. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe
  3. Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
  4. Avicii – Levels (Skrillex Remix)
  5. Alesso – Calling

Show and Tell:

Best Hosted Web Show: BBC Radio 1 Fridays with Annie Mac, Above & Beyond Group Therapy

Best Site for Discovering New Music: Hypem

Most Annoying Site to Discover Music: Spotify – did I really need to know that you still like Nickleback? Probably not.  It is, however, wonderful for helping clear out your friends lists…..

Best Recommended Shows: MetroWize LA, Resident Advisor

Hottest Tickets: Flavorus – http://www.flavorus.com/

XP Points:

Festivals Attended: Coachella Weekend 1, HARD Summer, HARD Day of the Dead

Shows Attended: Skrillex, Lucent Dossier Experience, Ferry Corsten ft Aruna and Kristina Sky, Tommy Trash & Fegulk, Norin & Rad, Sander Van Doorn, Emancipator, Pendulum DJ Set, Group Therapy with Above & Beyond, Andrew Bayer, Gui Boratto & IV Legend, Mark Farina & Colette @ Focus 9 Year Anniversary, Eric Prydz, Overboard // Incognito Presents: Moonlight, Get LOST: Art Department, Infinity Ink, etc, Beats Antique, Max Graham & Rank1, Cosmic Gate + W&W

Parties Frequented: Incognito, Harmonic Productions, Reset

The Audiofiles: Travellin’ Tunes

I’m currently suffering from Packing Procrastination Syndrome, and writing this entry is even more evidence that I just am not in the mood to get it together this fine Monday morning.  Tonight, I’ll fly into Bentonville, Arkansas for a work trip and to be honest I can’t decide if I’m more excited or nervous.  It’s such a privilege to be asked to participate in Wal Mart’s “Bring it Week” – no one from Walt Disney Studios has gone in the last six years; and at the same time, it’s kind of like an earthquake – no matter how prepared I think I am, there’s no way to fully prepare for an experience that is so beyond unique.

One thing I can prepare for is pleasing my ear-buds for two days of six hour flights.  For car trips, I honestly live for making customized mp3 playlists; but when I’m flying, it’s nice to let someone else do the legwork while I sit back with a book in one hand and a drink in the other. Below are some of my favorite Soundcloud DJ sets that I’ve queued up for today’s flight.  Some tried and true, and others brand spankin’ new – regardless, I’m stoked on them and I hope y’all are too.  Bon voyage!


Doing It Right: HARD Presents – Day of the Dead

I think I’m finally on the verge of recovery from last weekend’s shenanigans – in typical Bouncy Kitty fashion, I more than enjoyed myself at the Music Festival last Saturday.  Sure, there were lines and there was pushing, it took forever to get in and then there were a clusterfuck of people – but that all comes with the territory of festival dwelling and was more or less expected.  Between the chaos and the camaraderie, I had such an amazing night with some of my closest friends – here are some of the highlights:

First of all, not to toot our costume horn but beepm’f’in’beep, my friends! The other weekend a zany, but plausible idea popped into my head in the middle of a brainstorming sesh: My friends and I were discussing our habitual Halloween “fall back” costumes, and a few of us admitted it was actually our “Plan A” every year and mine just happens to be a kitty cat (shocker…).  Well, because we were going to ‘Day of the Dead‘ I thought it’d be fun to incorporate some morbidity into our costumes – so, obviously, I opted for “Dead Cat”…which turned into “Dead Animals”…which somehow turned into “Hey, guys! Let’s be ROADKILL!”  I knew I loved my friends before, but I adore them 150% more because they went along with my ridiculously awesome idea.

Sexy Pieces of Dead Ass

The next highlight of the evening was getting a chance to finally see Miss Maya Jane Coles in action – as much as this was a personal highlight, it doesn’t begin to tell you how effing excited all my friends were.  She was the sole reason they bought their tickets and fended off the damn bike fences – hands down, one of the best deep house sets I’ve heard all year and according to my friends it was 110% completely worth it.

One thing I love about using LA State Historic Park as a venue is the ample stage space for ostentatious set-ups.  The Earstorm Stage where Knife Party ripped the festival a new one was no exception – it was huge, fabulous and stocked to the brim with more lights and lasers than I could count.

EARStorm Stage: Knife Party, Kill the Noise, Tommy Trash, Zane Lowe….

Last – but certainly far from least – I FINALLY SAW KNIFE PARTY!  When Knife Party came into the scene last year I didn’t know how to feel or what to expect from their evolution as a group – but the more I listen to them, the more enthralled I am by what they produce: this melodic dissonance that I simply can’t get enough of.

Knife Party – Save the World

Knife Party – Internet Friends