This is future y’all. Chance The Rapper hooked up with Nosaj Thing to make something moody gorgeous. Is Proto Blues a genre? Chance leads the lilting & blues-infused bass work through with his usual flair for the excellent yet understated. “Smeagol to Gollum” is my favorite line for 2015. This kind of rhyming seems so much more free, almost like the way it sounded like a while ago. This taste of Nosaj’s (or is it Mr. Thing?) new album, dropping May 5, 2015 gives me a lot of hope for the stuff coming out this year. Hopefully he’ll come back to Web Hall & make a crazy night of it. (off Innovative Leisure / Timetable Records)
Pushing past the dance party going on in the basement & the other dance party on the first floor, I finally arrived at my chosen dance party upstairs. Webster Hall is known for creating 3-4 different worlds per night, and Fridays, the place to be if you’re into underground dance music is Girls & Boys. Unlike the other parties, that spin hip hop, top 40, latin, 80s & 90s and the occasional dash of punk rock & alternative, GBH & Alex English bust their asses every Friday night to get quality EDM DJs from all over the world to blow out the main ballroom. Whether it’s Feed Me, Zedd, Joker, Madeon, Bloody Beetroots or Nero, the consistent stream of sick nasty talent is enough to make even the most jaded, cynical & ancient dance-party aficionado get off his ass and fight the crowd for a chance to hear some of the best sounds on one of the best sound systems in Gotham. Continue reading
So, instead of jerking around with the words best or top, I’ve decided to collect 12 pretty excellent tracks that meant something to me in 2012. Quality tunes I’m not sure got out into the greater internets but definitely deserved to, and Soundcloud gave me access to all of them. So, here they are, in no particular order.
This is what I hope all pop music sounds like eventually. I’ll just leave it at that. TheFatRat is what I hope all of Z100 sounds like by 2014.
Example is one of the artists that my general adoration for all things Flux Pavillion has led me to. A fantastic vocalist that links up with all of the right bass-related minds across the pond, this collab with Flux is a cadanced march of awesome. The triumphant wobble of Flux with the strongly accented & attituded vocals makes for a righteously good time, amplified by the excellent drum work throughout, especially two minutes in when it explodes into further sweetness.