Monday, April 25, 2011

RAC: Remix Artist Collective

Many of you probably have heard of RAC so I'll keep this semi-short, although I haven't yet done them justice on Sample This for how many of their tracks are in my iTunes. With over 145 remixes in their portfolio, RAC is an international remixing powerhouse. They caught my attention about 8 months ago with a remix of "Use Somebody" (which I posted once already) and now they pretty much rule Hype Machine every time they put up a new track. Anywho, here are some gems, as well as a remix not yet for purchase of "Something Good Can Work" by one of my recent favorite bands Two Door Cinema Club. It'll be out soon on Amazon, but preview it below now:

Kings of Leon - Use Somebody (RAC Remix)
Delorean - Stay Close (RAC Remix)
Holy Ghost! - Static On A Wire (RAC Remix)

   Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work (RAC Mix) by RAC

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

ALL THE FUSS: Coachella 2011

Well it took me a full day to recover and now you're probably wondering how Coachella was... Well, it was incredible. That is a stupid thing to question. For those of you who weren't lucky enough to attend, however, I will provide you with the scoop as it relates to the artists which I saw. For the artists I didn't see, I don't feel it would be right to share the feedback I heard from others, seeing how the opinions would not be first hand. To make this easier (and quicker) I'm just going to lump each performance into one of three categories below, and add a comment to help you better understand my thought process. Here we go:

Artists I would DEFINITELY see again:
Nosaj Thing - His visuals and sound are so new and refreshing you really can't compare him to any other artist out there. His innovation in sound and style are something that you CANNOT miss. One of my top 5 acts all weekend.
Magnetic Man - One of the best performances in the Sahara tent (if not the best). These guys mix beautiful instrumentals and vocals with HUGE drops of dubstep and DnB. Must see.
Cut Copy - Excellent sound live, and they really know how to get the crowd's energy going. Don't miss a chance to see them live.
A-Trak - Always a good party...
Excision - Second time I've seen him and his ability to drop the dirtiest bass-lines is unmatched. All hail the king of filth.
12th Planet - Also the second time I've seen 12th planet and he changed it up but still keeps the party going. One of my favorite dubstep DJs from the US for sure.
RLS (Russ Liquid Sound) - Glitch and Bass producer with some live instrument flare. Incorporates a lot of jazzy elements that make his style really chill. Excellent show.
Emancipator - Another of my top 5 artists I saw this weekend. Some of the best music out there. Heavy bass, but soothing melodies. Can't even describe it really just look him up HERE.
Nit Grit - BASSSSS FAACCEEEE. If you like glitch and dubstep this is the show for you. Check out some of his music HERE.
Gladkill - Sexy Sexy Sexy Bass Music. Period.
Stephan Jacobs - Excellent glitch/bass set. Been wanting to see him for a while and it definitely won't be my last experience.
Paper Diamond - KILLED IT. You will be seeing a lot more of Alex B in the future. Mark my words (AND GO SEE HIM, HE'S A BOSS).
 Gogol Bordello - MUST SEE. High energy eclectic Brazilian influenced live music. Think Flogging Molly with a Brazilian twist. The lead singer is CRAZY.
Two Door Cinema Club - One of the best live acts I saw, mainly because of the singer. He hits every note flawlessly, and you can't help but sing along.
Trentemoller - THE best live band I saw while at Coachella. Hard to explain the style. I guess electronica/indie rock? Stage presence was awesome and their set was flawless and fluid. A definite MUST SEE.
Chromeo - Top 5 live acts FOR SURE. Really solid performance and funky tunes at the same time. Hard to beat. Even had a cameo performance with the singer from Vampire Weekend.
Ratatat - ALWAYS A GOOD SHOW. Probably because I'm just a long time fan, but these guys rock.
Kanye West - I HATE Kanye. He's an ass. HOWEVER, he is one of THE BEST entertainers in the world, and you simply cannot argue with that. Great act to close out the weekend at the main stage.

Artists I'm glad I saw, but probably won't see again:

 Monarchy - Only caught the tail end and they were pretty good. May even see them again, but I'd need to do a little more listening before I do
Odd Future - Pretty cool and high energy for a rap/MC show. Mixes hip-hop with party/bass music and Pharrell made a surprise guest appearance.
Skrillex - Already seen him once and he was way better the first time. Kind of threw me off when he brought Korn out for a special guest appearance. Don't think I'll ever go to a Skrillex show again, though.
Tokimonsta - Energetic asian chick from LA with wonky beats and heavy bass. Great set, too bad I only saw it during lunch time. Wasn't really in the mood I guess.
Alf Alpha - Young up and coming DJ with some refreshing beats. Fairly simple though.
Freelance Whales - Really great live performance. A little whiny on the vocals sometimes though.
Erykah Badu - Had no idea who this was going in, and only caught the tail end, but there was some serious talent on stage. Don't miss it if you're familiar with her music. I wouldn't mind seeing her in full actually.
Sphongle - Crazy stage set up with the Sphongletron. The music can get a little too weird at points though. Otherwise pretty cool performance.
Arcade Fire - Sounded exactly like they do on their radio, but for a headliner at the main stage it wasn't anything to rave about. If you like them and haven't seen them, go.
Nas & Damian Marley - Great duo, mixes rap and reggae. This was my second time seeing them, but it was the same as the first. See them if you haven't yet though.
Wiz Khalifa - I would maybe see him again, as long as he keeps coming out with good new material. For a rapper he has a really good voice, and he does a lot of hip-hop crowd-pleasing covers.
The Strokes - Only caught the end. I want to see more, but I don't know if I'll ever make it to one of their solo shows.

Artists I would Definitely not see again:
 Interpol - Went to see them because they were supposed to have a cool stage setup... they didn't.
Jack's Mannequin - They were OK. That's all.
Broken Social Scene - Exactly what you would expect to see. Sounded just like there CD, but wasn't anything special.
Bomba Estereo - High energy Columbian music. Unique experience. Not really my style though.

That pretty much sums it up. If I had to choose a couple of my favorite performances out of all of them, though, I would have to say Nosaj Thing, Emancipator, Paper Diamond, Trentemoller, Ratatat, Chromeo, Magnetic Man, and, believe it or not, Kanye West... Go youtube some of these performances in a week or so to get a better feel, and be sure to click the artist names I just listed to grab some free tunes by all of them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lokid: Fear of Heights EP

I'm headed to Coachella tomorrow, so there will be a short period of no posts, but before I go I want to leave you with something excellent. I can always count on the guys at to keep me in the loop when it comes to up and coming Glitch & Bass producers, but they really surprised me the other day by introducing me to an amazing producer that I had never even heard of before: Lokid. His style falls in between the harshness of Nit Grit and the beautiful melodies of artists like Gladkill and The Glitch Mob. You can DL his newest EP for free from his bandcamp or using the widget below, and, for your convenience, I've also attached a direct download of my favorite track off the release. You'll probably want more than just the one though, so go download the entire EP:

Lokid - Bad 2 Be Good (MUST SAMPLE)

Monday, April 11, 2011

Future, Sex, Computers

One of the biggest perks of writing for a blog is definitely all of the free releases we get sent to review. A couple of days ago I was sent The Polish Ambassador's new album off of the 1320 records label called "Future, Sex, Computers," and I think it may just rank as the best free release Sample This has been sent to date. This album isn't for everyone, however, as it is riddled with busy bleeps and bloops that deter a lot of people from the electronic music genre. Futuristic sounds meet chopped vocals and beats that fall somewhere in between dance and glitch hop to make up most of the tracks on here, but the most beautiful ones are the tracks with a more mellow feel. I've actually been following TPA for a while, and it is no surprise to me that the songs I like most remind me more of his work done under his alter ego Ample Mammal. Anyway, preview and buy "Future, Sex, Computers" below. My favorite tracks are "Interdimensional Lounge Music" and "Dismantling Earth Based Authority Via Satellite." Also, I've attached four free tracks from either TPA or Ample Mammal below the embedded player for the stingy people out there (GO SUPPORT!):

The Polish Ambassador - Cougar
Warren G Ft. Nate Dogg - Regulate (The Polish Ambassador Remix)
The Glitch Mob - Drive It Like You Stole It (Ample Mammal Remix)
Bassnectar - Cozza Frenzy (Ample Mammal Remix)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Another Lazy Sunday

If you've been keeping up with Sample This you should know by now, at least after the last post, that I'm a huge fan of what Ooah is doing with his side project Of Porcelain. I've previously posted a couple of Of Porcelain tracks, but after realizing how often I truly listen to this album I thought I'd remind everyone to download the whole thing for FREE off of Of Porcelain's Bandcamp page. If you want to download the full release you can do so using the widget below where you can also preview all of the tracks. My three favorites are "Here For Now," "The Greatest Distraction," and "Caressing The Unknown:"

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Particle Zero Mashups

The other day I uploaded a couple of mashups I put together a while ago to my Soundcloud just for fun and as it turns out some people over at Salacious Sound really liked them and decided to include me in one of there posts! They are fairly simple, and were mainly for use in my DJ sets, but I figured I may as well share them with everyone. The first is a mashup of one of my favorite old school Bassnectar tracks "So Butterfly" and Eminem's track "Shake That Ass." The second (and more of a personal favorite) is a mashup consisting of one of the tracks from Ooah's side project Of Porcelain titled "The Greatest Distraction" and Jeremih's "Birthday Sex." Grab 320 kbps versions of both tracks below and be sure to head over to Hype Machine and click the heart next to the songs to show some love! Thanks!

Bassnectar Vs. Eminem - Shake That Ass, Butterfly
Of Porcelain Vs. Jeremih - The Greatest Sex

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Xaphoon Jones Mixtape Vol. 2

Part of me doesn't want to like Xaphoon Jones, but the only reason I can think of as to why is because of jealousy. This guy gets to run around, party his balls off, and make music every single day. Not to mention he has a knack for picking out catchy samples and creating his own style with them. 3 days ago he put out his second mixtape, and just like the first it's packed with familiar sounds served up in fresh ways. Mashups, remixes, covers, originals, whatever you want to call them, these tracks are really fun to listen to. If you're not really into hip-hop, I can't guarantee anything, and yes some of the tracks are a bit tough even for me to swallow, but it's worth the download for the 6 or so gems that are held within. Grab my 3 favorites below, or grab the entire releasing by clicking here:

Xaphoon Jones - The Jackson Pit (MUST SAMPLE)
Xaphoon Jones - Apple Juice Break Pt. 2 (Ft. Gerald Walker)
Aretha Franklin - One Step Ahead (Empire State Riddim)

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Love & Light: The Light We Bring

I should have put together this post way earlier seeing as Love & Light are playing in Dallas (correction: NEXT SATURDAY), but Matt Madonna and Ryan Anderson put out and new release titled "The Light We Bring" about a week and a half ago and it blew me away. The production quality is obvious as soon as their sounds hit your speakers. All of the tracks are pretty wonky and epic, especially "Good Vibes," but you might as well see for yourself below (the title track is definitely my favorite). Also be sure to grab the Red Hot Chili peppers remix they put out a couple days ago:

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop (Love & Light Remix)(MUST SAMPLE)

   Love and Light - The Light We Bring EP by Simplify Recordings

Friday, April 1, 2011

Funky Friday Vol. 11

I kind of need to apologize because I just looked at my previous posts and realized it's been 2 months since the last funky Friday installment. To make up for it, I'm going to introduce you to one relatively new artist who I love, as well as an old one that I have yet to do a post on. The old artist I've been listening to for a while is Bit Funk. For how long I've had him in my playlist, I honestly don't know much about him other than that he's from Brooklyn and knows how to make some funky choons. Check out some of my favorites of his below:

Bit Funk - Love Scientific (MUST SAMPLE)
Bit Funk - Things I Can't Remember
Lbck - Start (Bit Funk Remix) (MUST SAMPLE)
Kirstenana - Love Love Love (Bit Funk Remix)
LexiconDon - Student Body (Bit Funk Remix)

Next up is an artist on the rise named Shook. Luckily for all of you, he just released his limited edition vinyl record "The Glow" in digital form 2 days ago. This Holland based producer is a master of the synth and also has a bunch of excellent remixes under his belt. I've posted A couple of his stellar remixes below, and also embedded his bandcamp player where you can preview and download "The Glow" for FREE. "Flash" and "Missing Without You" are my favorites off of the release. This is definitely an artist to keep an eye on:

Phoenix - Lisztomania (Shook Remix) (MUST SAMPLE)
I Blame Coco - Quicker (Shook Remix) (MUST SAMPLE)
Ellie Goulding - Lights (Shook Remix) (MUST SAMPLE)
Electric Youth - Replay (Shook Remix)
Penguin Prison - The Worse It Gets (Shook Remix)

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