Pop music is littered with the shattered remains of relationships. As the stereotype goes: Personal strife often makes for good art. And for many artists, nothing is more of a catalyst for a great song than romantic discord or destruction. The list of classic breakup songs and albums feels endless; some artists’ whole catalogs seem … More »
The world first learned of former London busker Joe Fox when A$AP Rocky discovered him and featured him prominently on 2015’s At.Long.Last.A$AP. Fox has remained active since then, and today he teams with one of Rocky’s New York rap forebears on a new track. That’d be Nas, who contributed some fresh bars to Fox’s … More »
Project Pabst 2017
Tom McCall Waterfront; Portland, OR
Enter year #2 of the mixed festival that is Project Pabst by MusicfestNW. At this year’s fest, the skies of Portland were once again filled with smoke and ash, and the air was hot and sticky. But while we suffered in the weather, we rejoiced in the sweet, sweet tunes brought to us over two days on the waterfront.
Check out this year’s photos, which include shots of Father John Misty, Iggy Pop, Noname, Whitney, Spoon, Nas, and Beck.
Father John Misty
The king of sinister sounds, Drezo, has released a wicked remix of Nas‘ “Made You Look” showcasing overwhelming waves of bass and staggering, ominous beats. The remix features dark, pulsating undertones, evil, distorted vocals and is tied together by gripping builds and spellbinding, earth-shattering drops.
my genre isn’t house, it’s evil — welcome to the new
— Drezo (@drezomusic) August 8, 2017
The release follows Drezo’s three track EP, Jaded, which dropped about a month ago and garnered widespread support for its foreboding ingenuity and provocative, unique production. Drezo’s signature sound is unlike anything being created in the dance music realm, as the LA-based producer has dubbed his style as straight “evil not house music.” With his remix of “Made You Look,” Drezo welcomes us to the new, bringing an unmatched intensity that can only mean the best is yet to come.
In 2016, veteran producer Josh Davis released his most recent studio album as DJ Shadow, The Mountain Will Fall, on Nas’ Mass Apeal Records. The album, which Davis reportedly viewed as a risk after eschewing more “comfortable” deals on major labels, was quite a critical success, with songs such as his Run The Jewels collaboration, “Nobody Speak,” becoming regarded among the year’s best releases.
Today, July 6, DJ Shadow has followed up his aforementioned album with a new EP, The Mountain Has Fallen. Releasing the player as a surprise, the artist relates its conception back to his success despite the challenges which faced the 2016 LP:
“I guess you could say that this new EP is my version of a victory lap. It’s a celebration, and an extension of those confident steps forward.”
The four-track record features Davis’ Nas collaboration, “Systematic,” which was released earlier this year as part of the soundtrack for HBO’s Silicon Valley. DJ Shadow also enlists Danny Brown for the viscerally inciting “Horror Show,” which was released earlier today. Furthermore, Steven Price, who won the Academy Award for Best Score in 2013 for his work in Gravity, joins as a collaborator on the epic, yet challenging “Corridors.” The EP also includes a cerebral, rhythmically erratic solo effort, “Good News.”
The Mountain Has Fallen is available in full via Mass Appeal.
View dates for DJ Shadow’s ongoing international tour below:
Jul 6 – Festival d’ete de Quebec – Quebec, Canada
Jul 7 – Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, Ontario
Jul 8 – Park West – Chicago, IL
Jul 10 – Madrid Theatre – Kansas City, MO
Jul 11 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
Jul 12 – The Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 14 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
Jul 15 – Roseland Theater – Portland, OR
Jul 16 – The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
Jul 18 – House of Blues Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Jul 19 – Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
Jul 21 – Emo’s – Austin, TX
Jul 22 – House of Blues Dallas – Dallas, TX
Jul 23 – House of Blues Houston – Houston, TX
Jul 24 – New Daisy Theatre – Memphis, TN
Jul 25 – Mercury Ballroom – Louisville, KY
Jul 27 – House of Blues Boston – Boston, MA
Jul 28 – Randall’s Island Park / Panorama Festival – New York, NY
Jul 30 – Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
Jul 31 – Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Aug 1 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
Aug 2 – The Mill & Mine – Knoxville, TN
Aug 4 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN
Aug 11 – Sziget Music Festival – Budapest, Hungary
Aug 13 – Fistral Beach and Watergate Bay – Newquay, UK
Aug 15 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
Aug 16 – Concorde 2 – Brighton, UK
Aug 18 – Le Fort de Saint Pere – St Pere, France
Sep 6 – Fort Punta Christo – Pula, Croatia
Sep 9 – Bestival – Lulworth, United Kingdom
Sep 14 – Rockefeller Music Hall – Oslo, Norway
Sep 17 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, Germany
Sep 18 – Technikum – Munich, Germany
Sep 20 – Roxy – Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 21 – W.U.K. – Vienna, Austria
Sep 22 – Alte Feuerwache – Mannheim, Germany
Sep 25 – De Roma – Antwerp, Netherlands
Sep 26 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 28 – O2 Academy – Oxford, UK
Sep 30 – O2 Institute – Birmingham, UK
Oct 1 – O2 Academy Leeds – Leeds, UK
Oct 3 – O2 ABC – Glasgow, United Kingdom
Oct 5 – Albert Hall – Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 6 – O2 Academy Bristol – Bristol, United Kingdom
Oct 7 – Roundhouse – London, United Kingdom
Last month, we saw Nas and Jack White team up to cover a 1920s blues song for PBS’ American Epic, and today a video has been released of them performing Nas’ Stillmatic track “One Mic,” with White playing piano while Nas stands behind the mic. Check it out below. [videoembed size=”full_width” alignment=”center”][/videoembed] … More »
Here comes anotha one.
DJ Khaled’s much-hyped (and even more self-hyped) forthcoming album is finally ready to be heard, and with a first glance at the record’s newly announced tracklist, Grateful is looking to be stacked with star power. Like the 1992 Olympic Dream Team of hip-hop stacked. The album, supposedly produced by Khaled’s infant son Asahd, is due to be released on June 23. DJ Khaled has built his namesake on being the incontrovertible king of mega-collaborations, and Grateful is looking like it may be his…or baby Asahd’s magnum opus. Among the endless A-listers lined up to be featured on the upcoming LP, dance pop’s favorite super producer, Calvin Harris, is credited on “Don’t Quit” along with Travis Scott and Jerimih.
Scott, Future, Rick Ross, and Chance The Rapper all make multiple appearances on the album, along with features that include hip-hop royalty Beyoncé, Jay Z, Nas, Rihanna, and of course anyone who uses Snapchat remembers when the Drake vocals came in. At an extensive 23 tracks, with Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, with so many others in between, Khaled has managed to pack as much wide-appeal reach into one album as it could possibly fit.
Calvin Harris’ foray into massive pop and hip-hop crossovers continues this summer with “Don’t Quit,” which, aligned with Khaled’s midas touch, has the potential to be one of Calvin’s most commercially viable highlights of the year.