From the Blog

  • New Music Tuesday: 6/17/14

    June 17, 2014   New music including the long lost Aphex Twin album, a new song from NONONO's upcoming record, and a summer mixtape.

  • Most Anticipated Albums of Summer 2014

    June 16, 2014   It goes without saying that this week marks two of 2014’s most anticipated album debuts starring Sam Smith’s In The Lonely Hour and Lana Del Rey’s Ultraviolence.

  • Listen: Jessie Ware's "Tough Love"

    June 16, 2014   Listen to new Jessie Ware; join us in crying out for more. 

  • Watch: Slam Poet/Rapper Watsky - "Whoa Whoa Whoa"

    June 16, 2014   Think Eminem meets Childish Gambino: all the playfulness and subdued anger of both stuffed inside one slightly mad 27-year-old.

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  • LIVESTREAM: Sam Smith & Jack White @ Bonnaroo

    June 14, 2014   Live stream Bonnaroo today, including sets by Jack White, Phosphorescent, Damon Albarn, James Blake, Frank Ocean and tons more.

  • New Sampler: Nick Brewer

    June 13, 2014   Ever stand up and feel momentarily dazed as the blood rushes back to your brain? That’s the feeling the UK rapper Nick Brewer can elicit with his light as a feather flow.

  • ZZ Ward's Best Lines From Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2014   Ones To Watch alum ZZ Ward kicked off Bonnaroo yesterday with a rousing, energy-packed set that delivered plenty of great one-liners.

  • This Summer: See Echosmith @ Vans Warped Tour

    June 12, 2014   Summer’s right around the corner, and for many of us, that implies one important detail: Warped Tour.

  • Watch Ryan Hemsworth ft. Tinashe - "One For Me"

    June 12, 2014   When it comes to feelings, Ones To Watch producer and DJ Ryan Hemsworth is on top of having them all.

  • Album spotlight on: RAC - Strangers

    June 12, 2014   We dive into a recent favorite album of ours. Words: Sun Jung You’ve heard his remixes before, maybe in the form of Lana del Rey’s “Blue Jeans” or Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody.” If you haven’t, you’re missing out one of the most gifted multi-breeds of producer, pop star, DJ, and composer out there – yes, we are talking about RAC here – a name that has been bopping around incessantly in the world of music since last year. When it comes to RAC’s works, think about electronics blissfully gliding under human voices where they set up a cushion of billowing processed thumps. Rather than aggressively devouring the singer’s voice with thrusting up-tempos, the instrumental passages are lyrics-friendly and emit a syncopating effect that creates an offhanded invigorating tune. Take “Let Go,” the epic opening to his debut, Strangers, an ebullient track with sporadic flings of robot voice in a sea of brazen rhythm.  This is RAC’s spell – he keeps the old pop’s spotlight on the texts, but raises the surrounding melodies to a new artificial intensity that transports the listener to a nirvana where both techno and pop join, not collapse. He does justice in both the sonic and syntax level, exuding a zany electro-pop sass in his works. The mastermind behind RAC or Remix Artist Collective is Portugal’s André Allen Anjos. Anjos’ latest magnum opus, Strangers, was originally released in two parts: Part 1 comprising of seven tracks launched on March 4th and Part 2 containing nine tracks released along the full version. It features a list of guest stars, including Tegan and Sara, Tokyo Police Club, and Penguin Prison to name a few.The complete album is a seismic sketch that catapults you from summer, techno dance-pop zone to mid-tempo harmonious break. This wobbling sequence provides mellifluous interludes to relax and amplifies the impact of the following whooshing ballad. Strangers has been sequenced taking into account its audience’ necessity to delve into exhilarating moments followed by soothing instances to recover. We exit Strangers in the same euphoric trajectory covered in fuzz with “Cheap Sunglasses” featuring Mathew Koma. It is a track that you would play during traffic, pool parties, road trip, or any occasion in need of a groove kick - while serving as a metaphor to criticize someone plastic. RAC’s mystifying mongrel of electro-pop is one bedazzling auditory drug manufactured with addictive substances that were placed in the right places of the meter. Get the hit you need to celebrate, laze, or dream from Anjos’ pure, original oeuvre. 

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