Rudimental’s New Clip On The Global Refugee Crisis Is Incredible!

Rudimental – I Will For Love ft. Will Heard

I love Rudimental. I yell about how dope they are every chance I get. But this video really does blow the rest of their work away. As the immigration debate in America reaches white hot levels of racism & hatred, and the Syrian refugee crisis floods Europe with people just trying to escape Assad the madman, Rudimental has done it again. I don’t usually get into politics on this blog, but this is one of the most compelling 5 minutes of cinematic music I’ve seen in a very long time.

There are no words to describe the humanizing force that this video could have if it was seen by the greater world. Please, take the time to watch it and to remember that the people you spit on & call illegal immigrants are running for their lives sometimes. Other times they’re simply trying to build a better life for their families. I Will For Love features the impressive vocal work of Will Heard and the video is a heart-wrenching portrayal of the dangerous journey across the Mexican-American border. See everyone at Webster Hall on the 29th for their latest live show.

Hey Trump, this family full of rapists & drug dealers too?

Midnight Music: Rudimental – Never Let You Go [Soulful Drum & Bass]

Rudimental - Never Let You GoRudimental is back and all is right with the world. The soulful, triumphant feel that the world fell in love with is back. The rollicking good time that hits up 45sec in is the signature sound that if they keep making, I’ll keep hyping. To know what the potential of this music is and not see it in wider American release kills me. This is the sound of a generation and we’re all better off for them being so good & well received we’re getting a 2nd album. If you’re like me, that album is already getting you hyped. The full album should be out this summer and if it’s anything like Home, we’re in for a treat. Live drum work, great vocals, throbbing bass & quality production, what more could you ask for in your drum & bass? Oh right, live trumpet! Because Rudimental does that 😀  

20 Top Shazam’d Tracks Of The Australian Summer

Just in case you’d forgotten, Summer is winding down/slowly disappearing down under. That means their festival season is slowly coming to a close. Just in case you were wondering what people listen to on the other side of the world, In The Mix & Shazam teamed up to bring you some of the most requested tunes and I’ve got a bunch below. Tiesto, Rudimental, Avicii are coming in strong, with a few surprises creeping in. Check out the full list on their site here.

Waiting All Night By Rudimental – British Single @ 2014 Brit Awards!

My absolute favorite release of last year “Waiting All Night” was named the Best Single in London and I really could not be happier. The tune is triumphant, and a sound that I hope achieves radio play because it’s just so damn good. The combination of massive trumpet, massive vocals from the 19 year old divine vocalist Ella Eyre & seriously massive drum & bass makes for a proper track, to use the local lingo. Get at the video and hit up Rudimental on Twitter & Facebook. Tell the amazing trumpet player Mark Crown that Terry Gotham sent ya.

Retro Review: Rudimental Impresses in Central Park

(Rudimental absolutely killed it in Central Park this summer & EDMTunes sent me out to cover it, take a look here:

The evening condensed at Rumsey Playfield, one of those Summer Stage Central Park venues I keep hearing about starting in May every year but never quite make it out to. This time would be different, as my companion and I had secured attendance at Rudimental & Emeli Sandee’s concert in the waning days of summer. After a no-muss, no-fuss security/ticketing algorithm, we breached the gates and nestled in a comfy place at the back of the crowd. Rudimental was on stage and before I had time to decide whether I wanted a drink or not, they busted into “Hell Could Freeze,” the first of many tracks from their album, released on this side of the pond at the beginning of the month. The group was energetic and grateful to be there, which meant for a sweet show.

The melancholy vocals of Not Giving In came up, and the crowd roared with approval. I was frankly surprised as I assumed everyone was just there for the headliner, but the volume of support for the single made me smile. The track was done better live than I thought it would be. It’s hard to get that many different elements in sync live, but they made it happen. The audience was moving and even though we still had an hour to go before the headliner came on, the crowd was pretty packed. Talk about an excellent opener.

Rudimental asked if the crowd was ready for some house music, and to my delight Free came on and sadly, Emeli didn’t come out to do guest vocals on the track she was featured on, but who knows, perhaps we were in for a treat once she came on later tonight. Waiting All Night, the piece de resistance of the Rudimental debut album followed, and the crowd surged. I actually felt bad that I assumed I was one of 5 people in NYC who had heard/liked this song, because it was very, very well received. As if we’d been expecting it impatiently. But, as the sky turned a gorgeous shade of pink over the park, the chorus kicked in and provided those of us who showed up early with one of those picturesque summer moments in Gotham City. A beautiful evening, some amazing music, a cold drink in your hand, and people Instagramming the ever-living fuck out of it all.

More Than Anything & Feel The Love rounded out their 50 minutes on stage, and they managed to round out their set with an entire crowd singing the chorus to Feel The Love. While a few people were just kinda winging it, aren’t we all these days? Rudimental was on point their entire set, their back-up vocalists did what they needed to, the trumpet, drums & bass guitar licked liberal amounts of ass, and it all came together in a really beautiful way. Great work, can’t wait to see them headline their own show the next time they’re on this side of the pond. Check out their debut album sampler on Soundcloud. And if you’re a fan of drum & bass and they’re in town, don’t miss it.

This is Terry Gotham, see you on the dance floor.

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Mix of the Week: Rudimental’s Live DJ set on Annie Mac (BBC Radio 1 24.2.13)

This week, I am delighted to bring you this amazing new mix that Annie Mac delivered up to us this Sunday past. If you don’t know who Rudimental is, you should peep the November Earworm of the Month & some of the better D&B shout outs coming out of the UK (If you don’t know who Annie Mac is, you should…buy headphones for the first time. I’m not sure how you can listen to EDM and not have an awareness of Annie Mac & her importance to the world-wide dance scene.). Rudimental showed up and dropped this 26min mix for BBC Radio 1 and it’s just a delightful little bite of what we can be expecting from quality artists this summer.

The mix is only 9 tracks long, and only features 3 Rudimental tracks. This is a perfect example of what the US has never experienced when it comes to the proliferation of EDM culture and really has only gotten experienced by Americans at good after-parties and the unicorn of all sets.  This being the early-career live-mix by the talent, as opposed to some pre-generated track-list that never get recorded and just exist to blow the minds of people who heard them. The stoop-side freestyles of MCA & the Beasties, early underground shit that Eminem dropped, sets that the two guys that went on to become Daft Punk did before they turned into robots, these are just a few examples of “if you weren’t there, you missed it” shows. This is one of those sets that, if/when Rudimental blows up, you’ll be able to point to a moment and go “wow, they used to be new at this.” It feels so real. It’s not a studio mix, but that’s what’s fun. There’s an intoxicated “this is a party” feel to it. In addition to the surprising Harlem Shake drop. I wasn’t aware it was a dance floor standard, but it works quite well, and I’m starting to understand why there are approximately 451,000 Harlem Shake youtube videos.

The mix moves along pretty well with a breakdown for bassy/grindy goodness at a few points, but then we get a special treat. A live studio performance of I know is going to be a massive track “Waiting All Night” ft. Ella Eyre . I’ve not heard a live studio performance of a track since the last time I paid for one. A fantastic way to both get a new track out there, and reward Radio 1 listeners by providing them with something they’ll probably never hear again. The single is below, the mix is above. Listen to both and understand the difference between live & mastered 😀

12 Tracks you Missed in 2012

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.

Pacific Air – Float (TheFatRat Remix)

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.

Flux Pavilion feat. Example – Daydreamer

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.

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Earworm of the Month – “Not Giving In” ft. John Newman & Alex Clare

What can I say about this tune? That it’s been my theme song for the last month?  That it’s one of the best drum & bass-infused tracks I’ve heard in a long time? Or that the video communicates not only the knowledge of the roots of Drum & Bass (namely Hip Hop), but also speaks to an even deeper understanding of why hip hop was created, as a way for urban youth to rise up out of the streets through dedication of mind and body.

“Not Giving In” features a 10 year old breakdancing prodigy from Manilla, where the video is shot. This guy, whoever he is, is going to have a long and sick-ass career busting moves, getting paid to run around LA and generally being a ridiculous b-boy. The video traces the story of him and his older brother, who wanders into the world of gangs, drugs and violence on the streets of the Filipino capital city. I usually don’t have a lot of faith that music videos and the songs they’re shot to go with have anything to do with each other, especially these days. And when it is done, it’s portrayed as some epic “story-song” narrative that’s disrupting the music world by existing.

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