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Thank You Thursday #2 – Thanksgiving Edition

November 28th, 2013 by | Alternative/Indie, Electronic Dance Music, House, Music Video, New Wave, Pop, Rock |

It’s Thanksgiving (or close to it… hey we all got things to do!) and it wouldn’t be right to not give a quick THANK YOU to some dope ass artists that have done some dope ass shit this year.  To keep it nice and concise I’m just gonna touch on one dope thing they did that was original and/or creative and/or unique and/or interesting.  If you don’t know what this is or why I do it please go here for a quick explanation.

Noir x Lomez x Atnarko – Lost Again (Feat. Symbol)

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM. Is pretty much all I can say. This shit is so damn sexy and cool and right it kinda hurts.  Production, Melody, Composition, bass chord progression, lyrics, etc. Not to mention it has that new wave vibe to it that I have always absolutely love.  One of the best parts of the song is the very tasteful bridge that comes in and introduces a whole new section of the song and it kinda almost takes off (if that makes any sense) at 2:55. Pretty cool that Pete Tong made this an Essential New Tune also. Thankful to have worked with Symbol in the past. Great shit has been made here.

Walking Shapes – Keep

The whole video is ridiculously well shot and the song is amazingly well written.  The first thing (along with many) that struck me as impressive was the whole Indie aesthetic of the video to go with the indie-rock song. Nate HoHo (lead singer/front man in the video) had a stellar performance coupled in with the tasteful nudity that was 100% well placed all made sense.  Great pay off at the end too. Dude is a visionary. Much respect, THANK YOU! slightly NSFW

Pre10d *Full Album*

16 minutes for a whole album? Yes, I could take a few lessons in this. Thank you for showing me that a short and concise album can be done and effective. Interesting beats, direct (and indirect) lyrics at times that actually are saying a lot (and nothing) all at the same time. Got a dope track with him and LAZERlibby coming out in 2014. THANK YOU!

Carolyn Malachi – Finally
Love this lyrics video & song. Love the over the top dramatic facial features of every word. Love her whole brand packaging.  THANK YOU!

Lazerbitch – Bass Goes Boom [Feat. Symbol]
Music don’t always gotta be so cereal, right?! Great Beat, Great Rhymes, Great Hook. But the video… very very well done with very minimal resources. The strip club shots were all pro looking. NSFW?! maybe. 100% dope though. THANK YOU!

“Two of the most powerful words in the English language for bringing about change, Daren, are “thank you.” Especially when offered before the change even occurs and everything still looks pretty much like it did yesterday. ”
(c) The Universe

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?!). image

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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Exclusive Premier: A.D.DLake – May 2012 Mix

May 17th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Guest Mix |

We got the exclusive premier of DLake‘s new dj mix “A.D.DLake – May 2012”. It’s really just showcasing some tracks he’s into that are in the clubs, radio, blogs, and some of his original stuff.

DLake pretty much ran through all the fun genres that he like’s/produces/spins out (Hip Hop, Club, Pop, Dance, Electro, Dubstep, House, etc.).

Listen and download the mix below.

BeforeBigs exclusive: DLake – The Baby Maker [Valentine’s Day DJ Mix]

February 14th, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Daily Mix, Guest Mix, R&B |

As promised here is my latest DJ Mix “The Baby Maker” just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s a tongue in cheek alternative R&B (think the dream, drake, andre 3k, the weeknd, frank ocean, etc.) slower type of mix made for… well BABY MAKING! haha. It’s a no brainer and was a really nice change of pace to mix up some slower jams that I actually listen to and vibe to on my own time when i’m not trying to make the next club banger.

Click more to listen to DLake‘s exclusive Valentine’s Day mixtape.
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Exclusive: Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (DLake & Morsy Remix)

January 23rd, 2012 by | Before Bigs Exclusive, Remix |

I love the original and can’t wait til everybody knows about it once it starts hitting the radio waves more. They hit us up with this song first and then plan on blasting it to their fans. Exclusive remix to Gotye, sign me up!


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