8.08 Day: A bass lover’s neck-breaking nirvana [PLAYLIST]

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8.08 Day: A  bass lover’s neck-breaking nirvana [PLAYLIST]808 Day

8/08 day is an annual cause for resounding celebration. The iconic Roland drum machine played a quintessential role in electronic, hip-hop, and pop’s development, with its imprint permanently stamped on a vast amount of top-charting singles of the ’80s and ’90s. While, the mechanism became antiquated by the turn of millennium, on account of oversaturation, lack of availability, and Roland’s plans to propel newer gear to the forefront, this was far from the end of its legacy. 

Fast-forward another decade: the 808 revival had begun. Rappers like Kanye West found that the instrument added a unique, crisp edge to the low-end of their productions, whilst dance music innovators like Aphex Twin found other creative ways to utilize the 808 for maximum impact. Today, a good deal of producers appreciate the vintage appeal it offers; so much so, that Roland even revived the 808 in 2017. 

We honor this musical staple with a series of larger-than-life tunes by Skrillex, Eptic, RL Grime, Dillon Francis, Bassnectar, Doctor P, Flux Pavilion, and more from heavy-handed listeners’ legion of 808 legends who have allowed this instrument to shine in the dance space over the years. In 808, we trust.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 160, ‘Unlikely Contenders’ with Zeds Dead, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 160, ‘Unlikely Contenders’ with Zeds Dead, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, + moreSMM 2400

Bass music’s omnipresent ringleader, Bassnectar, kicks off this week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine, Unlikely Contenders. The hair-thrashing dubstep maestro’s older catalog is brimming with spaced-out downtempo (most notably selections from Mesmerizing the Ultra of 2005 and Underground Communication of 2007). “Laughter Crescendo,” from his more recent Vava Voom (2012) with its splashy, rippling ambience, is a surefire way to catch a dose of the acid giggles this Sunday Morning.

Pretty Lights is, and always has been, one of those rare artists who can sew old-school extremities to new-school infrastructure. Taken from his token analog electronica record, A Color Map of the Sun, is the halcyon happy song “Yellow Bird.” Let Pretty Lights heal all weekend wounds, with the track’s recoiling, instrument-abound hip-hop loop, winding like the vulnerable wrapping of an emotional bandage.

Despite his recent delve into heavy riddim dubstep, Virtual Riot has released some truly tender and melodic tracks over the years, from liquid drum ‘n’ bass to glitchy future bass. This week’s selection, “Pixel Forest,” resides with the latter. The pixelated lead synth and pitched-up vocal samples are the ideal recipe for a Sunday spent sitting in front of the Nintendo.

Zeds Dead aka “The Boys,” are categorical softies. Inside nearly every ear-pummeling dubstep production from these two is a poignant center (“Collapse 2.0,” “Shut Up & Sing V2.0,” “Blink”). A raw demonstration of this emotional vigor, “Slow Down,” featuring Jenna Pemkowski, is a stripped-back, downtempo middle finger to those who aim to pigeonhole Zeds Dead inside any one genre. The track also serves as a tender crescendo to their most recent album, Northern Lights, and outro to their second edition of their Catching Z’s mix series: an entrancing outlet for their softer sounds. Oh, and it’s not bad for a Sunday detox, either. For optimal results, pair with a fruit rainbow and multi-vitamin.

Capping off Unlikely Contenders is the “Head Splitter” himself, Getter. The Californian recently renounced his post among the scene’s most fearsome bass savages, divulging into his need for “Something New,” and freeing himself from the confines of his former image. The fluttery track is an expedient Sunday vessel into uncharted and untainted bodily terrain.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 160, ‘Unlikely Contenders’ with Zeds Dead, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 160, ‘Unlikely Contenders’ with Zeds Dead, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, + moreSMM 2400

Bass music’s omnipresent ringleader, Bassnectar, kicks off this week’s edition of Sunday Morning Medicine, Unlikely Contenders. The hair-thrashing dubstep maestro’s older catalog is brimming with spaced-out downtempo (most notably selections from Mesmerizing the Ultra of 2005 and Underground Communication of 2007). “Laughter Crescendo,” from his more recent Vava Voom (2012) with its splashy, rippling ambience, is a surefire way to catch a dose of the acid giggles this Sunday Morning.

Pretty Lights is, and always has been, one of those rare artists who can sew old-school extremities to new-school infrastructure. Taken from his token analog electronica record, A Color Map of the Sun, is the halcyon happy song “Yellow Bird.” Let Pretty Lights heal all weekend wounds, with the track’s recoiling, instrument-abound hip-hop loop, winding like the vulnerable wrapping of an emotional bandage.

Despite his recent delve into heavy riddim dubstep, Virtual Riot has released some truly tender and melodic tracks over the years, from liquid drum ‘n’ bass to glitchy future bass. This week’s selection, “Pixel Forest,” resides with the latter. The pixelated lead synth and pitched-up vocal samples are the ideal recipe for a Sunday spent sitting in front of the Nintendo.

Zeds Dead aka “The Boys,” are categorical softies. Inside nearly every ear-pummeling dubstep production from these two is a poignant center (“Collapse 2.0,” “Shut Up & Sing V2.0,” “Blink”). A raw demonstration of this emotional vigor, “Slow Down,” featuring Jenna Pemkowski, is a stripped-back, downtempo middle finger to those who aim to pigeonhole Zeds Dead inside any one genre. The track also serves as a tender crescendo to their most recent album, Northern Lights, and outro to their second edition of their Catching Z’s mix series: an entrancing outlet for their softer sounds. Oh, and it’s not bad for a Sunday detox, either. For optimal results, pair with a fruit rainbow and multi-vitamin.

Capping off Unlikely Contenders is the “Head Splitter” himself, Getter. The Californian recently renounced his post among the scene’s most fearsome bass savages, divulging into his need for “Something New,” and freeing himself from the confines of his former image. The fluttery track is an expedient Sunday vessel into uncharted and untainted bodily terrain.

Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 154, with Beach House, Pretty Lights, Phantogram, + more

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Sunday Morning Medicine Vol 154, with Beach House, Pretty Lights, Phantogram, + moreSMM 2400

Lido‘s rendition of Bill Withers’s timeless ballad, “Ain’t No Sunshine” is a warm brush with daylight you won’t dare deplore—no matter how nasty the hangover this Sunday. The Norwegian experimentalist’s raindrop plucks and redemptive synth stabs effortlessly usher in residual weekend splendor.

This wavy Beach House B-side is a Sunday morning must. Victoria Legrand is here to sagely remind us to find “perfection in the accident,” with hazy, rolling chord progression and vapory vocals for the ultimate Sunday subterfuge.

This velvety Future Classic Chrome Sparks offering, “The Meaning Of Love” is a like quixotic trip through the most delicious technicolor clouds. Sparks’s cosmic analog synths furrow and float atop lush, deliberate percussion as our worries of the week begin to dissipate.

The sultan of sampling, aka Pretty Lights, has the sublime synth loops to rectify your most raucous inner voices. Borrowing from a sultry ’70s soul track from La’Fez, Pretty Lights conceives a celestial requiem for your weekend.

From their most recent album, Phantogram‘s “Cruel World” is the ideal vessel for vanquishing Sunday stress of the most pesky existential variety. As the band’s frontwoman, Sarah Barthel, so starkly points out, life can be quite cacophonous; but with a spectral duo like them around, your Sunday playlist doesn’t have to be.

 

Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]

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Tom Morello releases electronic-rock-focused ‘The Atlas Underground’ [Stream]Tom TAU Main Press Image Credit Eitan Miskevich

Tom Morello has released his first-ever solo album under his own name, entitled The Atlas Underground. As an undisputed rock icon and top guitarist, Morello has led bands like Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and now Prophets of Rage to success through making music that centers around raw, real emotion. Now, the Guitar Hero III boss has made it his mission to join together the energy behind rock music together with modern electronic dance music through a collaborative, focused album.

Enlisting artists from the electronic world that inspire him, Morello has created an album that bridges a gap between a generation of those who grew up when rock music was king, and those who have been raised at the height of electronic music’s success. For the latter, Morello explained in conversation with Zane Lowe at his Los Angeles stop of The Atlas Underground Experience that his intention with this album is to “inflict” the energy of guitars onto the next generation, inspiring future rockstars along the way. Working with stand-out artists like Knife Party, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Steve Aoki and K.Flay, Morello has created something true to himself in its motivations in social justice. Not only that, but the music succeeds at its intention to make us both rock out and dance.

Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and more

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Tom Morello’s insane cast of collaborators on new solo album includes Knife Party, Basenectar, Pretty Lights, and moreKnife Party Tom Morello

Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, and Prophets of Rage, has gathered an insane, A-list group of rappers and dance producers for his upcoming new solo LP, The Atlas Underground, coming out October 12 via Mom + Pop Music. Collaborators on the project include Big Boi, Killer Mike, RZA, Steve Aoki, BassnectarPretty Lights, Herobust, Knife PartyWhethanVic Mensa, Gary Clark Jr., Portugal. The Man, and more. He’s already dropped two singles from the album: “Battle Sirens” featuring Knife Party and “We Don’t Need You” featuring Vic Mensa.

Morello told Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, on his Beats 1 radio show, It’s Electric!, “I wanted to make a record that was the [Jimi] Hendrix of now,” which he described has three components: extraordinary guitar playing that falls outside the norm, creating radio songs that connected with a mass audience, and fashioning a new genre of music. The idea was to combine Morello’s analogue guitar sound with his favorite producers, rappers, musicians, and singers of today. Noting the shared DNA between electronica and metal after listening to Knife Party and Skrillex, Morello became illuminated to the idea of making a cross-genre project, and now in a few months it looks like it’ll finally materialize.  

The Atlas Underground Track List

1. Battle Sirens ft. Knife Party
2. Rabbit’s Revenge ft. Bassnectar, Big Boi, and Killer Mike
3. Every Step That I Take ft. Portugal. The Man and Whethan
4. We Don’t Need You ft. Vic Mensa
5. Find Another Way ft. Marcus Mumford
6. How Long ft. Steve Aoki and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath
7. Lucky One ft. K.Flay
8. One Nation ft. Pretty Lights
9. Vigilante Nocturno ft. Carl Restivo
10. Where It’s At Ain’t What It Is ft. Gary Clark Jr. and Nico Stadi
11. Roadrunner ft. Leikeli47
12. Lead Poisoning ft. GZA, RZA, and Herobust

H/T: Rolling Stone

Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival pack

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Pretty Lights partners with Akomplice Clothing on ‘The Kit’ festival packUnnamed 2

Pretty Lights knows festivals. The Denver-based electronic veteran has made a career of headlining them, curating his own festivals, and designing his shows specifically for the outdoors, making indoor shows a rarity in his repertoire. With an upcoming string of performances at his home turf of Red Rocks Amphitheater approaching in August, Pretty Lights has teamed up with apparel company Akomplice to release a unique capsule pack of necessities geared at today’s modern festival-goer.

The festival survival kit includes all the finest camping event accouterments, from walkie talkies to bandanas, a reliable grinder, light refraction tools, and even palo santo to ward off bad vibes. The items in the limited release pack are ready for camping, festival music, and creativity, along with a handy dopp kit to pack it all in. Available on July 13 at 11:30 AM PST, the new Pretty Lights Akomplice merchandise can be purchased here.

The full kit includes:

  • An iconic WWII trench lighter.
  • The signature AK grinder.
  • Palo Santo to light and clear your energy.
  • Festival Walkie Talkies
  • Channel 1 for Pretty Lights fam to connect.
  • Channel 2 for special announcements from Pretty Lights.
  • A bandana to protect your face at shows.
  • A crystal x-cube to refract light at shows.
  • A dopp kit for everything to live within.
  • A notebook for high-vibe, magical ideas.

Pretty Lights announces 10th anniversary Red Rocks show

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Pretty Lights has been obscenely quiet for some time now, and it’s rumored amongst his tight-knit family following that the reason behind his silence is that he’s working on new album material. After all, his Color Map of the Sun LP was released more than five years ago. To add further fuel to that speculation, Smith has halted announcements for his heavily attended episodic tour that have been taking place over the last two years.

However, it wouldn’t be summer in Colorado without Derek Vincent Smith’s return to the beloved Red Rocks Amphitheater — and he’s not calling it an episodic tour stop either. Lineup support has yet to be announced, but if it’s anything like his previous events, fans can expect a fully loaded talent roster with funky groove appeal.

The special 10th anniversary event will take place over two nights, August 10-11, in Morrison, Colorado. A limited number of presale tickets will be available at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 18, but fans must register for the Pretty Lights newsletter to get the special code.