If you’re a deep fan of nine inch nails’ The Fragile album, you may be completely into the track “The Great Below”, but are you open to hearing a new interpretation of it? This is a new remix/edit done by Panic Bomber so check this out by streaming and if it’s too good, download it for free.
If Foreign Exchange keeps on making music like this, they may become one of the biggest and influential groups of the 10’s. If you don’t think so, you haven’t heard Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey (Foreign Exchange Music). If you’ve heard what these guys are capable of doing, you are going to love what they do here. The group remains within the core of Phonte Coleman and Nicolay but they are open to bringing in musical and vocal guests, some of the singers involved in this include Shana Tucker, Tamisha Waden, Carlitta Durand, and Carmen Rodgers. It sounds like a family, it sounds like a group, it sounds like a mission. It sounds like an organization that has traveled around the world to bring their music and good vibes to everyone willing to listen, leading to everyone celebrate and that’s what these songs are: a celebration.
Upon beginning the album with “Milk And Honey”, you immediately get a sense they not only want you to come to their show, but they are willing to become part of your adventures, whatever and wherever it is. The Brazilian feel of the song mixed with more modern dance substances reminds me of Bossa Rio meets Jazzanova. “Disappear” may remind a few listeners of British soul music but some may also hear a slight Afrobeat rhythm to it, as if Fela Kuti decided to intermingle with outsiders for a few hours and wanted to just let the music groove up on itself. The ballads definitely do not take a toll and they nicely blend easily with the album that has its share of groovers and uptempo dance tracks too. “Work It To The Top” takes things to the late 70’s/early 80’s, as if Off The Wall or Luther Vandross’ first debut solo album was still on the radio and completely changed the world. The drum machine mechanics of “Truce” immediately sets a feeling, perhaps one of romance, maybe one of seduction, but very much one of intense listening through what everyone is doing and creating within the tune.
To be honest, this… I made a reference to “outsiders” when I mentioned Fela Kuti earlier in the review and the music of the Foreign Exchange is special made for outsiders, made by musicians and singers who want to open it to everyone by bringing you inside, no exclusivity. When I say outsiders, I mean that this is an album that would be very fitting for a lot of people in the United States but they may be turned off by something they’re not feeling as “their vibe”. Take this to Europe, take this to South American, take this to Japan and people will get it. It’s more than just the singing and the poetic licenses made by the lyrics, it’s very much a feeling that a lot of musicians either forgot or choose to ignore. Nicolay and Phonte make it a part of their plan and by creating song after song, they’re letting people know that there are stories to be told, and entering Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey is exploring a few new chapters of their library. There is a beginning, middle, and once again and open ending, another “to be continued” as the album comes to a close, insuring fans will come back wanting much more, whatever it may be.
The press release for this song uses the word “iconic” and I was about to throw this shit out and never bring it back but I figured there are enough people who love “The Word Is Love” by Steve “Silk” Hurley and I wanted people to check out this new version of the song. The remix is done by Adam K and it may bring a new perspective of it, or renewed love for the love described in the song. If you’re into it, you have a chance to download this while supplies last, click the player to the Soundcloud page and you can have it all to yourself.
Ckrono & Slesh are an Italian duo who create music based on the power of a groove, and that groove is to dance. They have released a single called Slang and technically this is a 2-song single but they’re calling this an EP. Why? I have no idea, so I’m slightly confused but what will not confused is, once again, the power of a groove and I could hear people like Diplo, JaKe One, 4Hero remix in a powerful manner.
They will be in Boston this weekend before doing some shows in Mexico for the rest of November, head to them and feel the mutual vibes.
November 13… Boston, MA (Squealing Pig)
November 14… Good Life, Boston, MA (Good Life)
November 20… San Luis Potosi, Mexico (Pimp Club)
November 27… Tultitlan, Mexico (La Mina de Roma)
November 28… Mexico City, Mexico (Cassette Blog Anniversary)
Aeroplane has a new EP ready for you to check out called Page One Is Love (Eskimo Recording)(, which works as a single but it also features a remix of each song. The tracks consist of “Dancing With Each Other” and the nice title track and again, each one is remixed to its fullest potential as a way to hear it in an alternative universe, even if it means just the dance floor.
(Page One Is Love can be ordered from Amazon.)
This Friday (for most of you, that means tomorrow, August 14th), Australian man Wax Motif will be releasing an EP called True Joy on Diplo’s Mad Decent company and from it, the second single called “Fly”. It’s a bit of house flavor with a nice pinch of magic that you may expect from Mad Decent. Have a listen.
If you’ve been lucky, you may have heard a song by Alex Vargas on one of your favorite radio stations or perhaps caught it in a digital frequency somewhere. The song is called “Solid Ground”, a track that will be on his forthcoming EP and if it caught your attention, here’s something else that will: a remix. This one was done by Dutch deep house DJ/producer Deepend, so now hear what he did with the done and take it home even further.
“Day Fort” is a new song by TIO which was described this way in the press release:
“Day Fort is the refuge we seek in the new nature of now. We are not opposed or defined by what we do not seek. From our underground bunker we see the light. Xenofeminism, new nature, the laws of change and the movement of our true boundary in three dimensions- our bodies. This music and these images are the sky looking down on the fort at the end of the world where a new one emerges. Let’s go back to the start.”
Does that work for you? Then make it work and let it pulsate your senses. If you are completely feeling this, you may also be interested in hearing a remix for it below, which you may download for free while supplies last.
Released two years ago, the guys in Andhim decided to make a video for “Boy Boy Boy” and participate in it by dancing until their heart was content. When it was content, they danced some more. The song was released on the compilation album Sound of Berlin, Vol. 20.
You may already be familiar with Alesso’s “Sweet Escape” but wanted to hear a new perspective of it? Check out what Pep & Rash have done with it in their new remix, sure to be a summer sensation in your nation.