It brings me an ample amount of joy to make the following statement; 2018 is the best year dance music has had in a long time. Since the EDM bubble blew up in the late 2000s and the commercial and mainstream takeover we’ve seen in the 2010s, there has been a noticeable decline in the
After being nominated at the Grammy’s for Best Pop Duo and Group performance for his single “Stay” featuring Alessia Cara, Zedd is preparing for some major announcements for the 2018 year. During a new interview with Variety, Zedd talks about his collaboration on “Stay” as well as news about new albums. Zedd Opens Up About
Yup, 2017 was the year of the underground….even though it kinda always is. While Rolling Stone Magazine decided to go full Resident Advisor and release a list of obscure, avant-garde, and borderline unlistenable albums as their annual top electronic albums, we have kept note of some of the best records that few seemed to notice. The
You Have No Idea, Man is a record that was made in the dead of winter in Eau Claire, Wisconsin by two brothers who now live on opposite sides of the country. In those moments spent together, the brothers have created a piece of work to assuage the frigidness of the outside, drawing from the warmth of acoustic guitars, shimmering synths and reflections upon love that has come and gone.
The title of the EP, You Have No Idea, Man begs for a response. No idea about what? Is it the sinking feeling that comes with an unbearable to desire to be with someone who doesn’t feel the same way? Is it the self-doubt that accompanies rejection? If you couldn’t empathize with these feelings before, Edwin shapes a world that presses you to confront them head on.
The EP, produced by S. Carey (Bon Iver) and Brian Joseph (Sufjan Stevens, PHOX), is characterized by live rock instrumentation mixed with subtle electronic elements and natural samples, echoing the sounds of familiar places that become haunted when dealing with heartbreak. There are beautiful moments throughout the record of rising melodies and soothing harmonies, like soft waves under a sailboat, carrying us so smoothly through this emotional journey. The second song on the record, “Let’s Both Agree,” ends with the lyrics, “let’s both agree to wait and see,” a line that leaves a trail of tension, like a lingering unanswered question. The next song is appropriately titled “Waiting,” a piano ballad that sits on the border of dedication and craving for someone so slightly out of reach. The EP comes full circle with the energetic and reflective release in “I’ve Only Gone,” when the lyrics claim a new understanding, singing, “I quickly learned under the pressure I’m the one who needs support.”
This record is an intimate account of self-realization that grows deeper and wider with every listen, until you find yourself completely subsumed in it. Through these listens we recognize our own “Uncontrollable Pride,” our need for patience, our bad habits, our self-worth, our dedication and our dependency. By the end, you’ll definitely have some kind of idea, man. Make sure to stream the EP above and catch Edwin on their West Coast tour.
11/9 – Portland at Mississippi Studios
11/10 – Seattle at High Dive
11/12 – Mar Vista at Sofar
11/14 – San Diego at Soda Bar
11/15 – Los Angeles at Hotel Cafe
Halfway through 2017 and it’s been nothing short of a fantastic for dance music. The greatness however lies not with the names that occupy billboards or Vegas LED walls, but rather side stages and underground events that always fly under the radar. Gorillaz long awaited Humanz was a dud, Deadmau5‘s lazy compilation of backcatalogued tunes
Diplo took to Facebook on Sunday to post the thirteen albums that inspired him the most throughout his high school years, cashing in on the inexplicably widespread trend to sweep social media over the weekend. From hip hop to electronic to rock and everything in between, the list reflects Diplo’s immense spectrum of musical talent and influence that led to his work with Major Lazer, Skrillex and more.
Check out Diplo’s Facebook post here, and check further down for each of his descriptions and album links.
Weezer – Blue Album: “I didnt know I was into rock music but every song on this album I listened to over and over. Then guitar lines and Rivera voice were so on point to me.”
Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride: “I had an obsession with west coast hip hop. And skateboarding ..everything from Tupac to souls of mischief . It was he production on the album that’s had me mesmerized .. how did u get so many loops in one song .. I even listened to the skits”
DJ Shadow – Entroducing: “I wanted to be a producer once I heard this album and realized u can do anything with just some old records.”
Radiohead – Kid A: “They rewrote the rule book of what a band could sound like .. I would just get stoned and listen to this and always find new things.”
Bone Thugs – E. 1999 Eternal: “Was gonna put 36 mystic styles but I think I listened to this more.”
Bad Brains – Bad Brains: “One of the only venues in my town beside under age night clubs was a church that had hard core shows . Florida had a big hardcore punk scene . I find out about bad brains and became obsessed with their movement and right brigade made me punch people.”
New Order – Substance: “I had a girlfriend that introduced me to cure Depeche Mode and other new wave bands .. I thought the music was soft but then I learned more about the electronic productions and he connection between hip hop and arthur baker. Bizarre love triangle was an obsession for me.”
Portishead – Dummy: “Just perfect combination of goth and hip hop that made me sad and happy at the same time.”
Massive Attack – Protection: “Same as Portishead.. the song protection manipulated james brown sample in a way that was hi art to me.”
Beastie Boys – Ill Communication: “This album was punk and I loved how they tried to push boundaries whenever they could.”
Lee Perry & The Upsetters – Return of the Super Ape: “Lee Perry was my gateway drug into reggae .. before I got heavy into dancehall and all hints Caribbean I was really into dub and lee perry was an actual insane person which makes for good music..”
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Return to the 36 Chambers / A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders: “A lot of east coast hip hop burned into my subconscious because of rap city .. everyday after school I would watch all videos.. groups like black moon . artifacts . Krs one the fugees. Especially wu tang and tribe and fugees. their album were sonic landscapes.”
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Diplo Shares The Thirteen Albums That Inspired Him The Most
As the U.S. begins to freeze from the end-of-year winter chill, our warm and cozy Aussie brethren are enjoying the last weeks of 2016 in style. Triple J, one of the nation’s most forward-thinking radio platforms, is once again honoring the New Year with their own wrap-up of 2016 favorites. This week, they asked listeners to phone in their favorite albums of the year from any and all genres. Much to the suprirse of us here on the western hemisphere, however, it appears that Flume‘s longstanding reign at the top has finally been dismantled.
Violent Soho, a four-piece Austrailian alternative rock band, took listeners by storm this year with their edgy, punk sound and crisp instrumentation. They managed to gather enough votes from the Triple J crowd to take the No. 1 position for their 2016 album WACO, knocking Flume and Skin down to No. 2.
The Top 10 list also features albums from RUFUS, Radiohead and Frank Ocean, among other noteworthy works. Take a listen to the new kings of Australia’s scene below, and check further down for the complete list.
- Violent Soho – WACO
- Flume – Skin
- The Avalanches – Wildflower
- RUFUS – Bloom
- Ball Park Music – Every Night The Same Dream
- Sticky Fingers – Westway (The Glitter & The Slums)
- DMA’S – Hills End
- Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
- King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
- Frank Ocean – Blonde
Source: Pedestrian.tv | Image: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images
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Source: Triple J Listeners Oust Flume For Best Album of 2016 Spot
(AllHipHop News) Gucci Mane hopes to have a huge year in 2017.
The Atlanta rapper just revealed on social media that he plans on dropping three albums, along with his first book in 2017. He also will tour for the first time.
By the end of 2016 I will have dropped 3 albums and produced my first movie “The Spot”. 2017 My first tour, My first book and 3 more albums!
— Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) October 24, 2016
His second project since his release from confinement, Woptober dropped on October 14.
The 13-track free project features appearances from Rick Ross and Young Dolph, among many others.
Guwop also dropped Everybody Looking in July with the LP opening at #2 on the Billboard 200 album chart.
Furthermore, the rapper will close the year with his recently announced project The Return Of East Atlanta Santa set to drop December 16.
The project will follow his 2015 release East Atlanta Santa 2, which was released while the rapper was still incarcerated.
MAC TAKES BILLBOARD BY STORM
We’ve mentioned quite often the positive influence that the streaming boom has had in the music industry, particularly in helping it overcome a sluggish early 2000s with some solid growth. One of the main drivers of that growth has been the streaming giants’ abilities to curate top-notch playlists which have become the new ‘go-to’ source for finding music.
According to the Music Business Association, playlists have become so popular that they now account for over 30% of all music listening time across all ages – albums, in contrast, have dipped to 22%. Playlists still trail single tracks by a large degree (at 46%), but make no mistake – the era of the playlist is just dawning.
Since 2000, album sales have declined 30% for various reasons. Online music distribution stores like the iTunes store kicked off the decline early on while singles continued to grow in prominence. EDM, in particular, has seen its fair share of artist focus more on singles than full-length albums – relative to other genres at least. Calvin Harris who is one of the only EDM artists to truly accomplish mainstream album success has supposedly gone on the record about abandoning the album format while the current kings of EDM, The Chainsmokers have also expressed a lack of interest in writing an album for the time being.
we will always continue to release music. But an album is something different. Something more complete that reflects a time in our lives
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) September 6, 2016
What do you guys think? Are full-length albums on the way out?
This article was first published on Your EDM.
Source: Playlists Might Overtake Albums As Industry ‘Gold Standard’