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Video: Kosha Dillz – Where My Homies Be ft Gangsta Boo and Murs

December 18th, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

gangsta boo 2013 yeah hoe1 600x402 Video: Kosha Dillz   Where My Homies Be ft Gangsta Boo and MursMy favorite Jewish rapper, Kosha Dillz, released a trippy alternative hip-hop music video several weeks ago and after watching it a couple times, I’m a big fan!

The spontaneous and eclectic Kosha Dillz has no borders when it comes to his music and “Where My Homies Be” is proof of his always appealing nature. Equipped with stimulating visuals full of kaleidoscope’esque images akin to an acid trip, courtesy of Director Robbie Barclay, the video will definitely leave a lasting impression on the listener. Adding Gangsta Boo & Murs to the equation only adds to the insanity on the track, as each emcee is able to effortlessly flow over Belief’s infectious instrumental. “Where My Homies Be” is featured on Kosha Dillz’ sophomore album Awkward In a Good Way, which is now available on iTunes and you can stream below. (more…)

Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

November 7th, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hidden Gem, R&B |

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INTRO

Thank You Thursday is a random Thursday (ie; whenever I feel inspired to write) note to just thank an artist for creating something. That could be a song, an album, a video, poetry, or even visual art.  It’s just a “hey thanks for doing something cool and contributing to the artistic society. I really appreciate it”. There will be no hate or negative criticism from me in these notes.  There will also be no “coulda woulda shoulda” from me. I feel as though art gets judged too much like a test.  Especially independent music by mostly unknown artists.  It’s hard enough being a nobody artist :cough: ME :cough: and to have your friends, family, and music associates tell you that you need to do this that and the third doesn’t help.  How about we just celebrate artists for doing some cool ass shit and say THANKS!

MY BACKGROUND

I have always wanted to review albums but felt that since I was a musician it was “Wrong”. Yup, got over that shit quick.  I love listening to music and dissecting it just as I do creating and producing it.  I especially love when music is interesting, creative, and original. I really don’t care what genre it is as long as it has “BALLZ”. What are “Ballz” you may ask? BALLZ are kind of this x-factor that a song, artist, or album has. It’s what seperates it from the norm. There are certain pop songs and pop artists that have BALLZ too.  An example of an album with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) would be Kanye West – Yeezus.  You have either heard it or heard about it. You either love it, hate it or give zero fucks. But, this album has some serious juevos. It just really doesn’t care at all.  An example of a pop song with BALLZ (just my opinion y’all) that came out this year would be Taylor Swift – Trouble. Extremely damn well done. I mean from the production to the lyrics, to the composition to the arrangement. It’s just has this edge to it even though it’s catchy as fuck and straight up pop (can you get anymore pop than Taylor Swift?!). tumblr inline mvuc7xCDUQ1qmn07l Thank you Thursday #1 | Gabe & Sunny

But those are mainstream artists. This note is exclusively for the BEFOREBIGS blog which means that they have to still have some underground cred to their names and well… be unknown to most people.  So with that I’m going to give a huge thank you to GABE & SUNNY’s album “FREE CANDY”. This album has some serious BALLZ. Gabriel Niles (who is a long time music friend and collaborator) freaked the shit out of this project. He somehow combined dream pop, indie shoe gaze, hip hop, and electronic music into this pretty much genreless (or too many genres?!) work of art.  I think I’m on listen 10 or 11 of the whole album but as with most thing, this shit ages with time.  The creativity lies within how you don’t know what is a sample and what was played.  The originality factor is within the lack of a defined genre but you can hear every genre that he is pulling from, and the interesting credit goes to how well he utilizes Sunny’s vocals. They are sparse at times, and very in your face at other times. This is one of those albums where you can actually hear and feel the producers executive reach and power.  This is the type of album that I strive to make when collaborating with other like minded artists.  I wouldn’t say I’m jealous but I’m quick to say that this album is a huge inspiration and wake up call to me that anything can be done. Stream Free Candy below.

So again, THANK YOU mr. Gabriel Niles and Mrs. Sunny Gicz (and a secret shout out to Ced Hughes) for blessing the interwebz with your creation.  I could have written another 5 pages and broken down each song but you know what… I’ll let the cool people that read this do that for themselves.

Til the next Thursday that I feel like being Thankful

-Daren | DLake

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Show & Album Review: Basic Vacation at It’s A School Night & their debut EP

November 4th, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Concert/Festival Review, Electronic Rock, Electropop, Rock |

IMG 3627 600x450 Show & Album Review: Basic Vacation at Its A School Night & their debut EPA week and a half ago I saw emerging electronic pop/rock act Basic Vacation. Based on what I heard in their 5-track debut EP and their intimate performance at Bardot for the KCRW curated It’s a School Night, they will become a huge mainstream act in the realm of Imagine Dragons mixed with Fun. I repeat, this group will become a huge mainstream act!

I actually dug almost everything they performed including their hit, “I Believe”, “It’s All Happening” (probably their next single), “You’re In My Head” and “Worlds Collide”. These 4 tracks are on their 5 track EP which I highly recommend listening to below. Their live set was fun alternative pop rock with many people singing the oohs and other words that are easy to sing along to. I also enjoyed when Basic Vacation covered “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears, thanks @JakeCraney for the reminder of that classic gem getting cover treatment.

Actually Bardot didn’t do this band justice, they deserve to play in front of way larger crowds and I feel very lucky to get to see them free on a Monday night in Hollywood at a venue that holds no more than 200 people. Stream the Basic Vacation EP (iTunes) below and watch their video for “I Believe”.

I highly recommend attending It’s A School Night, it was my first time there and I had a nice time getting to see a band that wouldn’t normally be free to see. They usually curate shows getting artists before they blow up, I wish I had KCRW’s resources to do something like that.

Hidden Gem: Story of the Running Wolf *LA Electro duo

January 3rd, 2013 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Electro, Electropop, Hidden Gem, synthpop |

WOLF TRIAGLE 586x600 Hidden Gem: Story of the Running Wolf *LA Electro duoStory of the Running Wolf is an electro duo based out of Los Angeles, CA. A little bit retro, a little bit future, they blend 80′s influences like Depeche Mode and Duran Duran with modern electro-dance elements, creating an infectious sound that’s all their own. After playing their first show at a rooftop party in early 2012, the band began developing a live show experience which has been described as a “John Hughes party on Neptune”, replete with neon lasers, make-up, fog and feathers. Their new self-titled EP is available for free download at www.sotrw.com.

They just dropped their first song/video from their debut EP, “Stratospheric”. Stream and download their EP below.

Watch the video to “Stratospheric” below. (more…)

Download: DWNTWN – The Red Room (EP) *must-listen*

November 13th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop |

artworks 000034145878 akncu8 t500x500 Download: DWNTWN   The Red Room (EP) *must listen*Earlier today, my favorite Los Angeles indie electro pop band, DWNTWN, released The Red Room EP (iTunes). Two of the song “See My Eyes” and “Transition” we’ve heard before but “Stood Me Up” and “Look The Other Way” are two brand new indie dance tracks that create a must-listen project from DWNTWN.

Stream “Stood Me Up” and “Look The Other Way” below and enter your email for free download of the must-listen 4-track EP.

Stream+buy: e-dubble – Reset EP

November 7th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Music Video |

 Stream+buy: e dubble   Reset EPe-dubble‘s been releasing a ton of new stuff in recent weeks and just recently, he dropped Reset EP, a six-track EP filled with upbeat fun alternative hip-hop with real interesting instrumentals. Plus in “Code Words” he gets Jhameel on the hook, maybe the best song on the project.

Stream and DOWNLOAD Reset EP below.

Watch the video to his hit song, “Down”, below. (more…)

Stream+buy: Ghost Beach – Modern Tongues EP

November 7th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Electropop, Rock |

 Stream+buy: Ghost Beach   Modern Tongues EPGhost Beach‘s latest project, Modern Tongues EP, came out in late October a couple days before Halloween and it’s a must-buy project! From the first song, which is their hit, “Miracle”, to the last song, it’s catchy electro indie pop/rock that is just fun.

Stream and buy Modern Tongues.

Download: STS – GOLD RUSH II (mixtape)

October 3rd, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Hip-Hop/Rap |

7996774113 2e5c2ffaf5 Download: STS   GOLD RUSH II (mixtape)Sugar Tongue Slim aka STS returns to the states with the release of GOLD Rush II. Originally intended as an early Summer release, GOLD Rush II was postponed for his successful European run with The Crookers.

Now back in the states, Sugar Tongue Slim has Kanye West, Emil Sande, Maroon 5, .Fun, Ed Sheeran, Sleigh Bells and many more getting flipped for this anticipated sequel mixtape release.

Stream and DOWNLOAD GOLD RUSH II.

Previous: STS – Earthquake (Video)

Download: Xaphoon Jones Mixtape Volume 3

September 27th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Daily Mix, Hip-Hop/Rap, Mashup, Remix |

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Stream below.

Previous: Ellie Goulding – High For This (Produced by Xaphoon Jones), XV – Be There, Be Square (Prod. by Xaphoon Jones)

Download: Zoo Legacy – City Light Glow (Free EP)

September 19th, 2012 by | Album/Mixtape/EP Review, Alternative/Indie, Hip-Hop/Rap, Rock |

artworks 000030084582 x90p99 original Download: Zoo Legacy   City Light Glow (Free EP)About a week ago, Zoo Legacy released City Light Glow, a 5-track EP that is a MUST-DOWNLOAD if you dig genre-blending music. The Toronto indie rock/alternative hip-hop group that reminds me of The xx mixed with Kid Cudi has been on our radar for a long time and this release only furthers proof that Zoo Legacy will become a mainstream act, just as we predicted with fellow Canadian act DVBBS.

Stream and DOWNLOAD City Light Glow.

Previous: Zoo Legacy – L.K.U.T. (Video)


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