Lido lets his own pipes pave the way for reflective ‘I O U 2’ EP [Stream]

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Lido has released part two of his I O U concept album, featuring a plethora of his own vocals–a rare and, at present, particularly warranted inclusion for the multi-talented instrumentalist.

The boundless bearer of beats also packed the highly personal I O U 2 with a visual accompaniment, which saw limited theater release in Chicago, Toronto, and Seattle. The short film, like the EP itself, is quite meta. Ascribing his Everything album from two years back as the official introductory offering to the extended project, a post-breakup catharsis of sorts, Lido deems the I O U EPs as a “reflection on that process.”

Fittingly, Lido’s R&B-routed vocals encircle this conflicted tale of an ex-lover emerging from his scorn, not entirely ready for reconciliation. From newfound perspective, Lido posits on the violin-infused “Ex” that perhaps the romance was ill-fated from the beginning, when he “borrowed” her “‘from the universe.”

While “Flaws” touts ’90s-inspired R&B harmonies and organ synths under the guise of a forthright pop ballad, “Vultures,” “The Lonely Slow Ones,” and “Son Of Simon” exude Lido’s characteristic experimental flickers that render his work so compelling: ambient interruption, vapory synth emissions, and billowy, melancholic vocoder–to name only a few.


Stream Lido’s emotive R&B-inspired five-track EP ‘I O U 1’

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Stream Lido’s emotive R&B-inspired five-track EP ‘I O U 1’Lido I O U 1

Lido releases his I O U 1 EP off Emmanuel de Buretel’s Because Music label. The Norwegian singer/songwriter and producer takes listeners on an R&B-tinged journey of emotion made from innovative electronic brushstrokes. Refined soul weighs heavy in each of the five tracks on the project, combining complex rhythms and murky ambiance with well-rounded vocal variety.

Lido teased the EP with a cryptic Instagram post back in July. He then spaced out three single releases from the EP: “3 Million,” “Corner Love” featuring Unge Ferrari, and “Outstanding.” Beyond the project’s leading singles, “Partake” is a new drop that stands out among the list of must-listens, as a melancholy Lido slows heartbeats and laments over distraught emotions. The song takes a turn halfway through, touting a story of resilience by its conclusion. Lido’s latest comes after a handful of productions for Chance The Rapper earlier this summer, and he will be will be supporting ZHU at Red Rocks Amphitheater in October.

NMF Roundup: Lido’s EP is a must-listen, Dzeko goes deep on bass house heater, The Glitch Mob bring rocking new League of Legends theme song + more

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NMF Roundup: Lido’s EP is a must-listen, Dzeko goes deep on bass house heater, The Glitch Mob bring rocking new League of Legends theme song + moreFalls Festival 2

The most important day of every week: New Music Friday. As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed.

The Magician casts his infectious house melodies on Michael Calfran’s “It’s Wrong,” featuring smooth vocals from Danny Dearden. A bouncing bassline dances with the melody, adding a groovy swing to the remix.

Russian DJ ARTY brings an effervescent light to “Perfect Strangers,” A Euro dance build falls into stuttering electro house. Big, bright synths are part of the lush atmosphere he’s built here, seemingly drawing inspiration from Avicii in his early works.

Timmy Trumpet and Maddix have teamed up to bring stadium-sized psytrance in “The Prophecy,” released off Hardwell‘s Revealed imprint. Middle Eastern vocals dance alongside big kicks and a hefty bassline, while on the verses, bright synths croon above a bed of casual drums, unaware of what’s to come next.

Dzeko teams up with Brazilian producer, Liu, to show off intimidating bass house with body-tingling bass and rhythm-bouncing vocal chops. The melody builds anticipation on “Don’t Stop,” which then drops listeners deep down low into a bass abyss.

Abby Diamond walks along filtered sultry synths, twinkling texture, and accompanying percussive elements in “Irrelevant.” The harmony wafts in the air or flows like water, with Diamond’s dynamic atmosphere personifying elements.

Armada Music has released “Antares,” a bright electro house festival thumper from the two Dutch brothers, DubVision. Inspiring melodies build and maintain anticipation while the kick drives.

Phantoms feature Vanessa Hudgens on their pop-inspired single, “Lay With Me.” Hudgens rides the groove, showing off her range and spirit-lifting hooks.

Anna Yvette gets retro on “Shooting Star,” with her vocals gliding along ’80s synths, old-school drums, and a sparkling atmosphere, while slowing the tempo down for breakdowns. “Shooting Star” also features a sick guitar solo during the bridge.

Lido has released his I O U 1 EP off Emmanuel de Buretel’s Because Music label. “Partake” stands out among the list of must-listens, as a melancholy Lido slows heartbeats and mourns over distraught emotions. The song takes a turn halfway through, touting a story of resiliency.

i_o builds flawlessly on “Feel You Now,” sliding the arrangement into melodic bliss that sounds like stars shimmering in the night. A pulsating bassline drives alongside the big kick rhythm.

League of Legends is known for collaborating with great artists and releasing fire tracks. This time around, they team up with The Glitch MobMako, and The Word Alive for their 2018 theme song, “Rise.” Notes of electronic rock give way to a bit of headbanging in a more pop avenue.

Secondcity delivers groovy funk house with soulful vocals on top in “Tomorrow’s World.” Chord progressions of keys build with sax sounds to create a must-listen for any disco lover.

DJ Doctor Boom delivers a remix pack of JoJo‘s “Oh Yes Oh Yes” off his Del Sol imprint based out of Tampa, Florida. Brian Busto’s stands out for its infectious percussive swing and contrast between gritty lows and scintillating highs.

Hanne Mjøen’s newest single might be called “Sounds Good To Me,” but in actuality it sounds good to everyone. The blossoming Norwegian singer has been signed to Warner — a sign of true talent — and is already capturing worldwide attention with infectious hits like the one above.

Adam Port and RÜFÜS DU SOL make for an enticing combination. The Keinemusik member put his simmering, hypnotic touch on the Australian trio’s original “Underwater,” which works extraordinarily well with the airy chords and feel-good vocals of the song’s first iteration.

Justice releases ‘Chorus (WWW)’ off highly anticipated ‘Woman Worldwide’ album, dropping Aug. 24

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Justice releases ‘Chorus (WWW)’ off highly anticipated ‘Woman Worldwide’ album, dropping Aug. 24Justice Woman Worldwide Chorus

Justice have released the third single, “Chorus (WWW),” off their highly anticipated 15-track Woman Worldwide album, set to drop Aug. 24 via Ed Banger Records / Because Music. Alongside the new track, Gaspard and Xavier also dropped the teaser video for Woman Worldwide. The remade “Chorus” track from their 2016 Woman album takes liberty of the catchy synth melody by adding a driving four-on-the-floor kick that transforms the original into their signature style of electro-house madness. Long-form anticipation remains a focal point for the remake project.

Woman Worldwide is a result of Justice re-writing several of the Woman album’s pieces while performing them live on tour. Discovery of new sonic avenues within countless crowd experimentation brought them back to their studio in Paris to polish their newer versions.

With the album just one week away, Justice are embarking on a special four-city screening of the VR experience “Chorus VR,” developed in partnership with WITHIN. Premiered earlier at this year’s 2018 Sundance Film Festival, “Chorus VR” transforms the experiencer into a fantastical female warrior with a journey ahead of her in faraway Tron-like fantasy worlds from the ’80s. The VR experience will open in Los Angeles, Paris, Sydney, and Brussels on Aug. 23.

Justice will continue to tour across the globe with upcoming festival dates at Austin City Limits and Life Is Beautiful.

The Beta Band are getting a 20th anniversary remaster and reissue treatment: The Three EPs and The Best of the Beta Band out in September from Because Music

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When The Beta Band shuffled onto the scene in the mid-1990s, there were plenty of brilliant young groups of musicians around, but too precious few were doing anything genuinely original. Uncompromising (some say self-sabotaging) and making it all seem so effortless, the quartet hit chords with music lovers looking for a potent blend of bizarre beats and percussion and melodies that soared and soared.

Now, 20 years on, Because Music is set to begin its Beta Band reissue campaign, starting with a Best of and their first and finest collection, The Three EPs.

On September 21 (in the US), the French label will reissue remastered copies of the two albums. The Three EPs will be re-released as a 4LP+CD box, collecting the band’s EPs — Champion Versions (on red vinyl), The Patty Patty Sound (on double yellow vinyl), and Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos (on blue vinyl) — plus a CD version (pre-order the EPs here). The Best of The Beta Band will be released as a 2xCD set, comprising the original hits package plus a 2004 live recording of a Shepherd’s Bush Empire show in London (snag that here).

Although many nod and point toward those first three EPs as a high-water mark for the Band, there are blinders on all of their proper albums; so, appropriately, everything by the band will be re-released as 2018 rolls on. After these first two comps, their debut self-titled record will get a re-release on October 12, Hot Shots II on November 16, and Heroes to Zeroes on December 14.

Coinciding with the reissues, the Zeroes to Heroes: The Beta Band Archive exhibition will be staged at London’s Bomb Factory from September 13 to November 3. Devised by independent curator, publisher, and organizer of the Catlin Art Prize Justin Hammond, the show will feature the band’s creative and original artwork and scads of Beta Band ephemera.

To whet your appetites for the reissues, check out the remastered (champion) version of their most famous track “Dry the Rain” down below:

The Three EPs:

Champion Versions:
A1. Dry the Rain
A2. I Know
B1. B + A
B2. Dogs Got A Bone

The Patty Patty Sound:
C1. Inner Meet Me
D1. The House Song
E1. Monolith
F1. She’s the One

Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos:
G1. Push It Out
G2. It’s Over
H1. Dr. Baker
H2. Needles in My Eyes

The Best of The Beta Band:

Disc 1:
01. Dry the Rain
02. Inner Meet Me
03. She’s the One
04. Dr. Baker
05. It’s Not Too Beautiful
06. Smiling
07. To You Alone
08. Squares
09. Human Being
10. Gone
11. Broke
12. Assessment
13. Easy
14. Wonderful
15. Troubles
16. Simple

Disc 2 — Live at Shepherd’s Bush Empire:
01. It’s Not Too Beautiful
02. Squares
03. Inner Meet Me
04. Simple
05. She’s the One
06. Easy
07. Dr. Baker
08. Dry the Rain
09. Quiet
10. Broke
11. Assessment
12. Dog’s Got A Bone
13. House Song

A-Trak’s remix of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s ‘Sylvia Says’ is certified disco gold

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Everything A-Trak touches turns to gold. There’s nothing even remotely fake coming from the Fool’s Gold label boss’ wheelhouse. Now, he’s continuing to excavate treasures — having already unearthed supreme dance remixes for artists like Kanye West, Miike Snow, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and more, A-Trak’s latest haul is a balmy disco rendition of Charlotte Gainsbourg’s perennially cool “Sylvia Says.”

Gainsbourg recently released a limited edition, 12” EP with remixes from Soulwax, SebastiAn, and Les Oxalis for Record Store Day. A-Trak’s take on “Sylvia Says” comes as a part of a forthcoming six-track remix EP out June 1 which will feature new takes on the track from Tensnake, Breakbot, Jerge, Mind Enterprise, and Radio Slave.

Amadou & Mariam return for North American tour dates this summer; we got the DEEETS

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Get ready to be DE-mystified, y’all. See: Grammy-nominated Malian duo Amadou & Mariam have announced that they’ll be embarking on a tour of North America this June behind their most recent release — 2017’s La Confusion — and already, I can hear you asking, “La Confusion?!? But I hate to be confused! Fret not, dear reader! Here at the TMT News Bunker ®™© (*pick slide, two-handed tapping, whammy bar divebomb*), we exist only to give you the information you NEED. Dispelling “la confusion” is the name of our game, and we are the Gary Kaparov(s) of it. As such, you will find ALL of Amadou & Mariam’s upcoming North American tour dates listed below, including dates, cities/states, and venues. Simple! And convenient!

Some of these dates, however, it should be noted, are not at traditional venues; they are going to be played at “festivals” — which, FYI, are these very large, typically outdoor events featuring large lists of musical acts (also known as “lineups”) taking the stage sequentially to play truncated sets of music. Helpfully, each of these pesky “festivals” is denoted as such below — it says, e.g., “Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival” so that you know it’s gonna take place in, like, a field or whatever; and attending the concert will necessitate sleeping in a tent for couple days, parking your car in a neighboring state, using weird open air showers, mudwrestling, helping My Morning Jacket’s Jim James through a bad trip, etc.

Two of these dates are also at the “San Fransisco Jazz Festival,” and there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never seen that weird little four letter word in there before “Festival,” right? I, like you, have NO IDEA how that word would be pronounced, but I can tell you that it is a strange and very old genre of music. Not everybody “gets it” — but who knows? You may just be one of the lucky few. All jazz sounds like this:

Also, friendly tip: These are North American tour dates, but you’ve always got to read carefully. To that end, I’ve helpfully included those little two-letter things they use to abbreviate the names of states with each tour date. Now, if you don’t know the abbreviation, you might need to “Google” it (here’s a link for that), but what’s important is that you READ them, because if you don’t read “Manchester, TN,” and instead you just read “Manchester,” and you go and just type “Manchester” into your Apple Maps, and you try to go to the show, you would 100% end up driving your car into the ocean.

Okay, there you have it: that’s ALL the information you could conceivably need to attend one Amadou & Mariam’s upcoming North American tour dates. Glad we could clear everything up for you. You’re welcome. 🙂

Amdou & Mariam Tour Dates:

06.06.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
06.07.18 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
06.08.18 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
06.10.18 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06.14.18 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
06.15.18 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Jazz Festival
06.16.18 – San Francisco, CA – San Francisco Jazz Festival