Mar 2 2014

Introducing The Kokoro

The Kokoro surfaced with this mysterious intro video said to be a taste of what’s to come. We’ve been waiting to hear more from the mysterious duo and they finally announced the launch of their new video “Broken“. We’ll be featuring that vid real soon as well because it deserves to be seen

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Feb 22 2014

Weekend Videos: Kiesza – “Hideaway”

A friend recently turned me on to Canadian singer/songwriter Kiesza.  Her one take video shot in NYC for the single “Hideaway” is a joy to watch . I’ve had it on loop trying to pick up on everything that is going on behind her.

The early 90′s  tinged electro-pop acts as the perfect platform for her vocals to soar. Looking forward to more from this talent!

Hideaway” drops in March via Lokal Legend.

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Feb 20 2014

The Hood Internet mashup Queen and Bowie vs. Dillon Francis and TEED

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The Hood Internet are easily our favourite mashups artists (ok, this isn’t 2011 and they are essentially the only mashup artists).

the explanation for their latest number is fairly straightforward: “In 1982, Queen and David Bowie made a song together. Then in 2013, Dillon Francis and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs made a song together. In 2014, The Hood Internet put those togethers together in addition to re-assembling the song titles. And thus: “Without Pressure

Take it away monsieurs Mercury and Bowie

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Feb 19 2014

Mixmag debut’s Audiofly’s ‘Excuse My Wildness’ (Carl Craig Remix)

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And…. We’re back. After a small hiatus due in part to “real” jobs catching up with us and also that bastard Top Albums of 2013.

Here’s a new remix from Carl Craig for Australian minimal kings Audiofly‘s “Excuse My Wildness“. Don’t be fooled by the title, this is a lesson in control and dynamics that we can’t get enough of.

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Jan 12 2014

Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2013: Chance The Rapper – ‘Acid Rap’

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Taking over from Kendrick Lamar as this year’s biggest rap breakthrough Chance The Rapper offered up one of 2013′s most exciting albums while seemingly ignoring everything that was “hot” around him. The samples retain an old school quality that allows for Chances upbeat verses to shine.

All of the hype is warranted. All of the praise is deserved. Chance the Rapper, not Kanye, put out the best rap album by a Chicagoan this year. No knocks to Ye as he still made my list, but what Chance did with this thing must be applauded. The cohesiveness of the album, matched with its stellar production and features, and Chance’s originality in his tortured crooning and wacky sing-rapping is one of the best things that happened in 2013 musically. It’s acts like this that are ensuring that new rappers in 2014 and beyond cannot expect to be taken seriously, unless they’re willing to bring something seriously great to the table” – Daniel Benny 

“‘Acid Rap’ was this young rapper’s second self-released mix tape and it put Chance in the spotlight for being the next rapper to watch. The album is surpassingly upbeat which is always refreshing in a genre that is dominated by put-downs. Acid rap was released right before summer and it” – Robin Petering

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Jan 12 2014

Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2013: Janelle Monae – ‘The Electric Lady’

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For her fourth and fifth Metropolis suites Janelle Monae made an all out statement and cemented her spot as R&B royalty. For an album that featured guest spots from some of musics biggest names there is only one real star on this album and that is The Electric Lady herself.

Monae already was a critical darling, but with this album she no doubt has ascended to the Queen of R&B (Sorry Bey). Song for song, this album does not dip in quality, nor suffers from any staleness. The elements that make this album great are so strong, from its exploration into nearly every fact of R&B/Soul from MoTown until now, its continued concept-story of a future run by cyborgs and android entertainers. But maybe the most impressive thing about Electric Lady is even when Monae enlists R&B Royalty like Prince, Erykah Badu, & Miguel to sing alongside her, you never question that she is the real crown jewel here -Daniel Benny

On paper, ‘The Electric Lady‘ shouldn’t work as well as it does. It’s a double album featuring tons of skits and big name guest stars. Typically that’s a recipe for disaster in the world of pop. However, Janelle Monae is bigger than pop. Sure her songs have a pop sensibility, but if you listen closely you’ll realize that she’s a vessel for over 50 years of black music tradition. She’s channeling bits of Motown, Hendrix, Aretha, James Brown, Quincy Jones, Prince, Michael Jackson, hip hop, and the civil rights and women’s movement in her songs. Her role as cultural torchbearer is even more apparent if you are lucky enough to see her live: truly immaculate stage presence and showmanship” – Roger Jao

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Jan 12 2014

Cougar Microbes Top Albums of 2013: Disclosure – Settle

 

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Disclosure were making the right moves on the British scene releasing an EP on hip label Greco-Roman and being championed by DJ Annie Mac along the way but  even they couldn’t have been prepared for the massive success enjoyed by ‘Settle‘.  Ultimately irrespective of genres brothers Guy and Howard released one of the albums of the year.

This album captures the essence of where house, indie, and hip-hop are converging these days. A stellar debut that is clearly more than just a “dance” album, but actually provides surprises in it depth, as well as some killer features. Like ‘Channel Orange‘ last year, the variety of different songs that have been listed by publications and listeners as their favorites of the year shows how the density of this LP’s impact” – Daniel Benny

Not quite sure if living in London influenced me on this one, but I felt like Disclosure deserved a well ­earned spot in my top ten this year for the simple reason that their debut album was the perfect soundtrack to this summer.  For ‘Settle‘, the Lawrence brothers collaborated with some of the hottest names in the British music scene right now including ‘AlunaGeorge‘, ‘Jessie Ware‘, ‘London Grammar‘ and this results in what I think to be best dance record of the year” - Olivia

I can’t believe these brothers are only twenty or so years old. ‘Settle‘ draws on so many influences and genres, some far older than they are: 90s R&B, old school and acid house, garage, dubstep, 80s synth pop, soul music, etc… The result is an instant classic dance record that is as forward thinking as it is an homage to the past. Their DJ sets are ace, they put on a killer live show, and they even rock In-N-Out Burger t-shirts when they tour through Los Angeles. They can do no wrong!“ - Roger Jao

Disclosure’s ‘Settle‘ arrives on the scene as one of the best dance albums of the year. Leave it to two British 20-year-olds to make a deep house album poppy and effortlessly spoon feed it to mainstream America. With guest spots up the wazoo, the vocals alone help make this album the pop sensation it is – most notably, the seductive tenor Sam Smith on “Latch.” Their exceptional electronica beats, on tracks such as “Stimulation” are what keep their sound fresher than anything you’ll find right now” – Jabes

Jamz for party time, jamz for sexy time, jamz for home time. straight jamz” – Ledewitt

By far one of the biggest debut’s of the year, this pair of brothers brought house music to the masses with their breakout single, “Latch” featuring silky, smooth vocalist Sam Smith. A bonafide hit brigade, nearly every track could be a single. High-profile collaborations with fellow of-the-moment artists (Jessie Ware, Alunageorge, Flume) catapulted this record to the forefront of electronica and into American audiences“. – Nicole

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Jan 10 2014

Cougar Microbes Albums of 2013: Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’

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It’s hard to say that Haim came out of nowhere considering they had already been heavily namedropped as one of the artists to watch for 2013. The good news is once the girls dropped their debut  it showed that much of the hype was justified. With a phenomenal live show in their arsenal, worth losing friendships over, long live these sisters.

The feeling I get when I hear an album’s concept executed flawlessly is a smile that starts in my belly, and slowly works its way to my mouth. That’s the only way to explain the warmth that the retro-lusting artistry of ‘Days Are Gone‘ gives me. Ariel Reichstag really killed in 2013 helming two of the year’s best albums (this one and Vampire Weekend’s), and you can really hear his touch combined with the HAIM sisters years of dedication to songwriting. In the time since loving this album’s near-perfection, I’ve come across a few bands that you’d have to describe as simply “Post-HAIM”, making me hopeful that we are moving into an era of 1000 Stevie Nicks’s. I could go for that” – Daniel Benny

Days Are Gone‘ visited the garage sale of 80’s mainstream and turned it into something cool and fresh again. Haim have fashioned a fantastic debut filled with the hooks and irresistible, guilty-pleasure synths, and the overall result is sleek, sexy and tight”. – T.R. Wicks

Skinny Jewish girls who truly know how to rock – a rare breed indeed. Charming vocal harmonies, lyrics with life advice you wish you’d heard sooner, and the lead sister shreds on guitar” – Jabes

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