Electric Friday: San Diego Announcement (Skrillex vs. Jay Z)

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A few weeks ago I introduced you guys to Hirsch and brought you guys his Pool Party Mix. Today, Hirsch is back with “San Diego Announcement” which is a Skrillex and Jay Z mixup. The build up and drop into Jay Z’s intro is phenomenal.  I’ve been listening to this track since coming across it a few days ago. Roll up, pour some shots, and start off your Friday pregame with this track.

 

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WBW: “Gabby” and “The Worth” Lyric Videos

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Happy Thursday Neptunes! One day closer to the weekend. This week for WBW Flexy and Gramattyk drop lyric videos to last weeks’ releases. Don’t brush these off as one of those white word, blackground Youtube videos thrown together by some 11yr old in his basement. Flexy and Gramattyk bring you some entertainment in these pieces. If you enjoyed last week’s tracks (I’m not sure who didn’t), then give these a watch.  These are the first singles off Flexy and Gramattyk’s forthcoming EP’s which drop at the end of the month.

Flexy (Route 63) and Gramattyk (Efficiency) have announced that their albums will drop on iTunes on April 30th.

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The Ballroom Has Been Stolen By Three Hipsters

Good evening young Americans. Last Saturday night, we ventured to Assumption College up in Worcester to check out a band we’ve been eyeing for the last couple months. They’re called The Ballroom Thieves, and when they were first described to me, they were likened to a sort of Mumford & Sons sound. Which I personally found discouraging because I never fell in love with the generic pseudo-folk Irish effort. So I started listening with skepticism and ended up finding my new favorite contemporary folk set in The Ballroom Thieves. Exceptionally crafted, high energy folk-rock, coupled with emotional, allegorical lyricism is what these fellows and lady fella produce. A 3 piece set with a drummer, a guitarist, and a cello player, the energy they produce equates to that of a 5 piece punk band. You hear them, and you’ll think to yourself “Have I heard this somewhere?” and the answer is in 99% of cases no, but give it some time and you will. We did an interview with them and I transcribed some of the more interesting points below. Martin is the main singer and guitarist, Devin is the drummer (as well as vocalist), and the lovely Calin is the cello player as well as vocalist. The venue is small, as is the crowd. It’s a very intimate setting, not what we expected, but it allowed us the front row.

The track here is my personal favorite by The Ballroom Thieves. Watch it live all the way through, it’s sublime.

(Dylan) When did you guys start playing together?

Martin: Well, Devin and I have been playing since college, so about three years. At that time we had hired a cello player for a couple months. With the addition of Calin, we’ve been playing the past 7 or 8 months.

(Zack) What do you guys see in the way of influences on your music?

Devin: A lot of similarly sized bands that we meet when we’re on the road. Bands that work hard travel hard, and play hard.

Martin: A lot of local Boston bands like Darling Side and Tall Heights, I don’t know if you guys have heard of them. Let’s see, all sorts of stuff, The Ghost of Paul Revere, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins, The Eagles, even hip hop–you know, like Action Bronson, etc.

(Dylan) Where are you guys from?

Martin: Well I grew up in Switzerland but moved to Boston when I was 14.

Devin: I grew up in Red Hook, New York.

Calin: I’m from Franklin, Mass. We’re all from out East.

(Zack) What has been your guys’ favorite show to play?

Martin: Ah, that’s hard. A couple weeks ago we played at the Sinclair in Harvard Square for a record release, and that place sold out. It was surreal.

Calin: Definitely a different environment than tonight’s show, way more energy and people, it was more like a rock and roll show.

(Dylan) Well, we still thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s set. How old are y’all?

Martin: I’m 26 and so is Devin

Calin: I’m 27

(Dylan) Jesus, you guys make me feel so young. I’m 19.

Calin: That’s a good thing!

(Dylan) Zack here is like 40 anyway.

Calin: Well, he looks great.

(Zack stealthily hides his erection) Do you guys have anything that you’re working on now?

Martin: We’re working on a new EP

(Dylan) I noticed that a lot of my favorite tracks from the Audiotree sesh, like Bullet and Archers, are not available anywhere else. Will these be on the new EP?

Martin: Yeah, we’ve got about 15 tracks that are either on Audiotree or just not available to the public ’cause some of them aren’t finished. We don’t really have a release date set because we have so much left to do but when it’s finished it’ll have a lot on it.

(Dylan) My favorite track is Bullet.

Calin: Mine too.

Devin: I noticed you mouthing along to it, I appreciate that.

(Zack) Where are you guys playing next?

Devin: We’ll be spending our time working our way west, like your area (gestures toward Dylan) in Chicago and Evanston, and eventually into California.

(Zack) Have you guys ever done a rock contest? Like a contest where the winner gets a production package and a leg up with their work?

Martin: We haven’t, we’ve heard of those before, and they’re a great help for the right kinds of bands, especially since all this shit is expensive, but we’re trying to keep everything original.

Calin: We want it all to happen organically, you know?

(Dylan) More power to you for doing it the right way. I know it’s difficult, but to end this, if you guys had to pick a favorite band?

Devin: Frightened Rabbit, there a Scottish rock band that I’ve been really into lately.

Martin: It’s a cop out answer, but Bob Dylan. So much different music, for all kinds of situations, and his lyricism is just perfect.

Calin: This is another cop out, but I’d have to say Feist. She’s very inspiring and I’ll just be able to listen to her anytime.

Neptune Friday: Electric Weekend – StarchilD – “Crowd Control”

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It’s fucking Friday Neptunes! Who’s ready for the weekend!? Keeping with the recent trend, today’s Neptune Friday is showcasing some electric talent.  Back, with yet another mix, is a Neptune Favorite; StarchilD. A few weeks ago we brought you his “Everything & More” mix alongside one of my personal favorites, his “Voice of Charlie Chaplin” track. This week he drops “Crowd Control”. StarchilD tried some new techniques in this mix and I’m really diggin em. He gets better and more polished with each track.  Can’t wait to hear what kind of Summer bangers he’s cookin up! Below the mix you can check a few of the tracks he used in the mix…

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Crowd Control by Childstar on Mixcloud

 

1. Far East Movement – There will be no rain (Kill Paris Remix)
2. Juicy J Feat. Project Pat – Still Hustlin (Kennedy Jones Hustle Harder Remix)
3. SlumberJack Feat. Sable – Sprinter
4. Sikdope – Suspect (Original Mix)
5. UZ – No Stripes 6. Roniks – THRWN MNY 7. Krewella – Alive (Cash Cash & DJ Kalkutta Remix) 8. Krewella – Alive (Pegboard Nerds Remix)
9. Star Machines – Intelligent Idiots
10. Adventure Club – Wait (Culture Code Remix)
11. Zedd Feat. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant – Find You (Moiez Remix)
12. Excision & Datsik – Deviance (Dirtyphonics Remix)
13. Lil Flip – Way we ball (Crizzly Remix)
14. Driicky Graham – Snapbacks and tattoos (Big Gigantic Remix)
15. Excision & Datsik – Swagga (Datsik Trap VIP)
16. Kill Paris – Tender Love
17. Marc Lawrence – Beautiful (Electocisum Remix)
18. Seven Lions – Days to come (Nesian Remix)
19. Royksopp – Running to the sea (Seven Lions Remix)
20. What So Not – Jaguar (Original Mix)

TBT: David Heartbreak – Elmo (Valentino Khan Remix)

 

For this week’s Throw Back Thursday I bring you one of the hottest dubstep bangers to ever hit the EDM scene. I find myself leaving it on repeat because it has a very unique sound that I have never heard before and may I say it’s so FuNkY.  And oh man when the beat drops it  just blows your mind and you just want to get up and rage to this. Valentino Khan is a DJ coming out of Los Angeles, CA who has produced for Hip-Hop icon T.I and is starting to push towards making more electronic music in the upcoming year. Be on the look out for this guy because 2012 is going to be a huge year for Valentino.

 

 

Double Dose WBW: The Worth (Single) & Gabby (Single)

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It’s that time of the week again Neptunes! Worst Behavior Wednesdays are back with a double dose.  This week we’re excited to bring you the first single, “The Worth” from Gramattyk’s album Efficiency and “Gabby”, the first single off Flexy’s Route 63.  With both of their albums dropping on iTunes at the end of this month, Flexy and Gramattyk have stepped up their game and have been dropping some quality tracks the last few weeks. Both of these singles will be available for download until May 1st, the day after their albums drop.

Flexy (Route 63) and Gramattyk (Efficiency) have announced that their albums will drop on iTunes on April 30th.

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Electric Friday: Pool Party Mix (by Hirsch)

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Happy Fuckin Friday Neptunes! After this long week I’m ready for a drink and I’m sure you are too. Not to mention if you’re from our area the snow has finally vanished and it’s getting sunnier and hotter each week. What better way to celebrate than to drink?! To help bring you that Summertime feel I’m happy to bring you the Pool Party Mix by Hirsch. Hirsch is an East Coast Transplant turned LA based DJ/Producer. Check out his Mixcloud and Soundcloud and if you’re looking for some nice mixes Friday’s at 11pm est check out his live stream.

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TBT: Star Machines – Lights (Remix)

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For today’s Throwback Thursday I bring you one of my favorite “Lights” remixes.  It comes from a Neptune favorite artist; Star Machines.  I’m also using them for today’s TBT because there will be some HUGE news coming from these two guys in the next few weeks. They’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes work and are plotting their takeover.

Star Machines has such a unique style and sound that no one has ever created before. They add in Electro, Dubstep, and a little bit of House music to create an insane remix. This is a great song to play if you want to get the crowd on the dance floor it’s just so good and so filthy. So kick  back, turn up your speakers, and get ready for another gnarly Star Machines track.

 

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Double Dose WBW: Big Jet Plane (Remix) & OG Bobby Johnson (Remix)

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It’s that time of the week again Neptunes! Today you’re getting a double dose of Worst Behavior Wednesday. With both of their albums dropping on iTunes at the end of this month, Flexy and Gramattyk have stepped up their game and have been dropping some quality tracks the last few weeks. This week they both individually dropped a new release that showcases their best talents.  Flexy showcases his true vocal ability by remixing the Angus & Julia Stone track “Big Jet Plane”. Gramattyk does the opposite and showcases his lyrical ability to “Put down bars like a penitentiary”  in a remix to Que’s “OG Bobby Johnson”, which reminds me of the recent BoCo “Who Do You Love” remix. These two use their individual talents to complement each other well and I can’t wait to see some more collabs from these two in the future (Maybe even a BoCo & Gramattyk collab?) .

Flexy (Route 63) and Gramattyk (Efficiency) have announced that their albums will drop on iTunes on April 30th.

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Come Hop In My Time Machine

Have any of you heard of The Temptations? What about Otis Redding, or The Supremes? Or even Mayer Hawthorne? These artists wrote music about love, because there are no words for love, no sentences capable of conveying the chemical reaction that no drug, no amount of whiskey, no amount of thirty six hour binges that can come close to replicating that feeling. That feeling, that transcendental experience those who have known romantic, or even paternal love are familiar with. Paintings, poetry, music, and art accomplish this. You see the right painting, you digest it, and with no interpretive or literary explanation, you just know the person who painted that was in love. This genre of music, this Motown funk, is not dead. You may be listening to this track now, and thinking I pulled it off of some nostalgic, long dead ensemble’s discography. This track was released in 2010. The most recent album offered to us by the California Honeydrops (award for best band name ever goes to) comes from 2013. These guys first began playing in the subway stations of Oakland, California, in 2007, and now they have released 4 albums since then. Bluesy, soulful, sweet southern New Orleans rock and jazz, blended with R&B characteristic of Motown, I sincerely hope they get a little more publicity in the near future because they deserve it. All of their discography is available on Spotify.