Marvel Years – Bigger Than We Feel ft. JuBee

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Cory Wythe, the electro-soul producer and instrumentalist behind Marvel Years, is a promising young talent out of Vermont. His artful blend of dance music and soul-shredding guitar offers a unique hybrid of glitch, retro-funk, classic rock, jazz, and hip-hop that has gained support from Pretty Lights, Michal Menert, Gravitas Recordings, and Gem & Jam Festival. Coming off the release of his EP, The Arrival, in early 2017, Marvel Years has released a string of singles before the year has even come to a close.

His latest output, “Bigger Than We Feel,” featuring singer/rapper JuBee, is a laid back electro-soul tune with an inspirational message that is fitting for today’s uncertain times. Complete with chiming synths, funky breakdowns, a stunning horns section, and a catchy hook, the song evokes an overwhelming desire to uplift and enlighten those around us. Wythe speaks deeper about the track in his own words,

“Despite the chaos we’ve been seeing around the world and how that makes us feel, we need to realize that we’re all a little bigger than we feel and we all play an important role into shaping our future.”

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Birocratic – Kabuki Inlet

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As anticipation for the release of Sundae Sauuce’s next compilation, Strawberry Drizzle, continues to grow, the group has unveiled the second track off said release, Birocratic‘s “Kabuki Inlet.” While not a vast departure from the producer’s oeuvre, “Kabuki Inlet” does represent a changeup in disposition.

The Brooklyn-based producer leans into more of a funk vibe than his previous chillhop releases, though this isn’t entirely new, as he has previously worked with the funky crew over at All Good Records. A shuffling, front-of-the-beat hi hat pattern drives the track forward — which noticeably relies less on samples than many of Birocratic’s tracks — while a grooving bassline, descending piano scales, and cleverly deployed horn samples fill out the rest of the production.

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Running Touch – Equaliser ft I.H.

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Anonymous Melbourne act, Running Touch, has released his newest electronic pop/funk tune “Equaliser,” featuring I.H. The producer, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist has watched his efforts materialize this year, with his debut EP A Body Slow eclipsing the top spot on iTunes electronic album charts, peaking at #9 overall. 2017 also saw the enigmatic artist open for illustrious acts like ODESZA and ZHU for the Australian legs of their tours.

According to Running Touch, “Equaliser” unexpectedly sprang from a year’s worth of experimentation and compiling ideas: “A completely haphazard tweak led to me terraforming the song and it being pulled out of the “maybe” pile amongst the 20 odd demos I had,” he said.

While incorporating various elements of pop and electronic, “Equaliser”‘s offbeat idiosyncrasies are what make it compelling. The funky track’s intertwining, fragmented vocal sampling and distortion add variation to the steady, booty-shaking bassline.

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A-Trak, Bauuer team up on new tracks, ‘Fern Gully’ & ‘Dumbo Drop’

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Earlier this year, electronic heavyweights Baauer and A-Trak announced a short run of back-to-back performances slated for the fall. The pairing seemed too good to be limited to a tour so new music from the LuckyMe mainstay and Fool’s Gold head honcho had to be on the way.

Now, the two superstar producers have joined forces for the first time, dropping off two tracks ahead of their stage-sharing debut. With “Fern Gully” and “Dumbo Drop,” Baauer and A-Trak find the common ground between their respective production styles, proctoring two groovy club cuts that were designed to bring a little fun down to the dance floor.

Catchy, upbeat jungle inspirations flourish on “Fern Gully,” a set tool that’s perfect for beachside bonfire dance parties. Things pivot slightly on “Dumbo Drop,” roped together by off-kilter clinks and breaks. Free of explosive drops and pitched down sample work, Baauer and A-Trak deliver two quirky cuts that mesh both of their styles without taking themselves too seriously.

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Stream The Russ Liquid Test’s genre-bending 7-track ‘World Gone Crazy’ EP

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The Russ Liquid Test‘s future-oriented funk and jazz stylings continues to gain momentum across the live jamtronica scene. The New Orleans-based trio — known for their clean fusion of live instrumentation, psychedelic visuals, and digital sound design — have just capped off a mind-blowing Suwannee Hulaween performance as one of the last stops along their extensive fall tour.

On Nov. 3, The Russ Liquid Test released their seven-track World Gone Crazy EP following a string of teased singles off the record, “Rise,” “World Gone Crazy,” and “Communication Breakdown.” The full EP instrumentation consists of live drums, guitar, brass, keys, and a number of digital softwares, resulting in a hybrid style typically unfrequented in dance music. As such, World Gone Crazy comes as a landmark release for the three-piece band, highlighting their evolution over recent years both on stage and in-studio.

From the funky, free lead-in track, “OMOP,” to the light-hearted vigor of the closing track, “Ruckus,” the entire EP is as fun and dynamic as it is robust, compelling, and vitally urgent. A stand-out track on the EP is “World Gone Crazy,” featuring Chicago-based rapper ProbCause, for how it perfectly encapsulates the overall ethos of the album with undeniable energy and a potent political commentary that is fitting for the current historical moment.

A diverse project comprised of hip-hop, liquid drum and bass, funk, and downtempo, The Russ Liquid Test’s World Gone Crazy EP remains true to the sound they’ve long-cultivated while proving their versatility knows no generic bounds.

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Disco Fries – ‘Side By Side’

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Disco Fries quickly became known figures within the EDM scene after they partnered with Tiësto in 2013 for “iTrance.” Since then, the New York-based duo have honed their sound into a highly palatable one that walks the line between pop, commercial house, and to some extent, trance.

Lately, the outfit has been exploring their pop side to its fullest extent, returning to Enhanced to release their newest single “Side by Side.” The record follows in the footsteps of their previous pop-y jaunt “Moving On,” playing around with Big Band-level brass, soulful vocals, and of course, plenty of funk elements played out by guitar and bass. “Side By Side” evokes a sense of nostalgia, while remaining modern all the same — a nice change of pace from a pop market dominated by heavily synthesis.

 

 

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Chromeo announce new album, ‘Head Over Heals’

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Synth-pop masters Chromeo have been hard at work in the studio preparing for their next full-length album project — three years, to be exact. Their last LP was White Women, released back in 2014. Beyond touring and releasing a huge remix of Lorde‘s “Green Light” earlier this year, though, the Montreal-based duo have been relatively quiet.

You can’t rush art in the hands of Dave 1 and P-Thugg, it seems. Chromeo have now announced their next full-length album, dubbed Head Over Heels, via a hilariously eccentric new trailer released on YouTube November 2. The minute-long clip, directed by David Wilson, also teases new music suspected to be the first single off the LP.

It seems all good electro-funk things come to those who wait. Get ready for another Chromeo release on November 7 with a new song and music video.

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MUST LISTEN: Brasstracks pay homage to their NYC jazz roots in new EP, ‘For Those Who Know Pt. 1’

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Fresh off their shared Grammy win last year for Chance the Rapper‘s “No Problem,” Brasstracks are looking to show the world how they’ve evolved stylistically, presenting a more refined and mature sonic landscape.

Now, the multi-talented purveyors of electro-soul have released a culmination of years-long tweaking and fine-tuning in the first of their two-part EP project, For Those Who Know. Featuring collaborations with Robert Glasper, The Underachievers, Fatherdude, S’Natra, and more, the six-track body of work pays homage to the duo’s proud NY roots — incorporating their classical jazz training, affinity for hip-hop, and new wave electronic sensibilities into a newfound sense of artistic self-awareness.

For Those Who Know Pt. 1 is — more than anything they’ve released prior — a comprehensive, stimulating, jazzy anthology of Brasstracks’ dedication to craft and coming-of-age. Having already released the project’s two leading tracks, “Those Who Know” and “Brownstone,” the remaining tracks rounding out the EP paint an abridged picture of what is to come — one that will leave listeners fiendish for part two.

“For Those Who Know is the first time we’ve felt comfortable in our own skin making a project. It’s a confessional, it’s a coming of maturity, it’s an ode to New York City. In Part I you get to know our roots. We poured our hearts into this, we hope you dig it.”

 

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Meet the artists of Suwannee Hulaween 2017: The Russ Liquid Test

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Suwannee Hulaween has become one of the most highly-anticipated gatherings over the past five years. Held annually at the picturesque Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, the festival has gained a veritable reputation as the South’s premier Halloween weekend festival. This year, Bassnectar, GRiZ, and The String Cheese Incident are among the top acts that will draw a sold-out jam and bass crowd into the festival. To take a closer look, we’ve highlighted some of our favorite acts on the bill from a broad range of genres for a playlist series leading up to the weekend.

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk with the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter, produce,r and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. The All Good Records signees have been on a heavy string of releases (with their most recent premiered on DA) while on their 2017 fall tour, stopping at Hulaween this weekend, Oct. 27–29th.

The guys of The Russ Liquid Test have compiled an especially funky playlist for DA, complete with tracks from OpuioMichal MenertBreak Science, and Defunk to go along with GRiZ and Leo Napier’s “A Fine Way To Die” and Pretty Lights‘ new future-analog original track, “Rainbows and Waterfalls.” Here’s what they had to say about their Hulaween playlist:

“This is a good sampler of our musical tastes. Blending the old school with the new school. We try to reconnect the sounds of today with the sounds of yesterday in a unique way in our writing.”

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Mr. Carmack blurs genres in his treatment of Chromeo’s funk-driven classic, ‘Fancy Footwork’

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Ten years have passed since Chromeo released their funk-driven single, “Fast Forward.” To celebrate the song’s 10th anniversary, the Canadian electro-funk duo have enlisted the genre-blurring talents of Mr. Carmack to breathe new life into the 2007 original.

Mr. Carmack treats “Fast Forward” carefully, holding onto the track’s original rock ‘n’ roll vibes and heavily synthesized funky melodies while injecting the track with more progressive qualities. Abounding on Carmack’s chilled-out rendition are toybox synth designs and heavy, atmospheric undertones. The product is a meticulous, forward-thinking remix that fuses elements of hip-hop, future bass, and chill trap, with changing glitch-inspired tempos.

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