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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

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Listen: The Knocks – “Classic” (feat. Powers)

“…a straight up summer smash, the kind of dance track that hangs in an era-less vacuum; the kind of tune makes you feel like you’re in a movie montage, that begins in the hazy magic hour and splices together every amazing moment till dawn.” VICE’s Noisey
“…the pair lands a sound timeless enough to conjure, via those perky guitar licks, catchiness ranging from modern Daft Punk, to old-school Sugar Ray, to that Len song, ‘Steal My Sunshine.’”

NYC’s The Knocks are a distinctly 21st century duo, declared by NME as one of the “20 hottest producers in music” & by The Guardian as “cred-pop’s answers to The Neptunes.” Now one of the most buzzed-about duos on the electronic circuit, the blog world darlings recently announced the release of their debut full-length album, Endisco – set to drop October 7th. Endisco will feature collaborations with a wide range of superstar talent, including St. Lucia, Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot), Adeline Michele (Escort), X Ambassadors, Sneaky Sound System & more.

Endisco album single “Classic” ft. Powers is a funk-infused dance anthem punctuated with The Knocks’ signature party-starting guitar loops, infectious keys & sultry vocals- the consummate summer anthem.

Having spent the last three years jet-setting around the globe for DJ gig, sharing stages with Grouplove, M.I.A., Chromeo & others, the duo will be on the road once again this summer- taking their ecstatic live show to college towns across the country as well as stints at New York’s Full Moon & Montreal’s ÎleSoniq festivals.

The Knocks consists of B-Roc & J-Patt, who moved in together after dropping out of music school in NYC. J-Patt’s background in soul & funk, and B-Roc’s years spent immersed in trip-hop & hip-hop beats, has allowed them to quickly ascend the production ranks. Initially gaining recognition for their remixes for artists including HAIM, Santigold, Foster the People, Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding & more, they eventually found themselves experimenting with sounds of their own. The guys didn’t think much would come of a nearly five-minute track they’d been building, all tense beats & tingling synths: “it kind of started out as a joke,” stated B-Roc. “But people were liking that more than the stuff we produced for other people. It felt right.” The duo quickly discovered a newfound freedom in creating their own songs: “it’s better because it’s our own, and we can do whatever we want with it,” explained J-Patt.

The Knocks

Endisco tracklist:

1. Endisco
2. Classic ft. Powers
3. Comfortable ft. X Ambassadors
4. Dancing With The DJ
5. The One ft. Sneaky Sound System
6. Collect My Love ft. Rozzi Crane
7. Magic
8. Modern Hearts ft. St. Lucia
9. Again ft. Mitzi
10. Flow ft. Adeline Michele
11. Hit The Spot
12. Savior ft. Wes Miles (Ra Ra Riot)

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Brand New: The Chain Gang of 1974 – “Miko”


The dog days of summer call for a brand new song from The Chain Gang of 1974. The sun soaked vibes of “Miko,” which premiered with Neon Gold yesterday, is the first new offering TCGO1974 has released since 2011 and will be on their upcoming sophomore album.

“‘Miko,’ the barnstorming first taste of [the] next record opens innocently enough, like a waxing moonbeam of meditative pop, unfolding with relaxed candor…But then things go haywire as it slides into hyperdrive, taking off on the pestilent wings of Isom Innis’ studio magic as the Foster The People jack-of-all-tradesman turns in one of his finest production efforts yet. Buckle up and take flight.” says Neon Gold.

“Miko” is the first new track from the The Chain Gang of 1974’s sophomore LP due out in 2014 – the follow-up to the band’s 2011 debut Wayward Fire. The Chain Gang of 1974 is the moniker of genre-jumping singer/multi-instrumentalist, Kamtin Mohager. Since moving from his hometown of Denver to Los Angeles three years ago, in the midst of recording Wayward Fire, Kamtin has now become one with the elements of Southern California. His upcoming album is indicative of his free spirited lifestyle. The upcoming album was produced by Isom Innis (Foster The People) with additional help from Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix and Silversun Pickups, among many more).

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Download: Baby Monster – “Hitchhiker”

Baby Monster is duo Daniel Sternbaum and Marty Larson Xu, who are known for their popular remixes for Gorillaz, Ellie  Goulding, and Foster The People. They crafted their new EP, City of Lovers, (which was just released on Tuesday!) separately  but simultaneously from two different cities. The result is a  collection of tracks full of grinding  beats and airy vocals that set an ethereal, summer-ready tone.

Download: Baby Monster – “Hitchhiker”

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Download: Baby Monster – “City of Lovers”

Baby Monster is preparing to release a brand new organically grown collection of tracks by duo Daniel Sternbaum and Marty Larson Xu. Written simultaneously from different cities, the grinding beats and airy vocals of the City of Lovers EP produce a summer-ready ethereal atmosphere which reflects the tension between the duo’s varying perceptions of both the metropolitan and natural environments. Known for their popular remixes for Gorillaz, Ellie Goulding and Foster The People among others, Baby Monster will release the City of Lovers EP on June 5. Opening the record is title track “City of Lovers” a summery track with layered vocals over booming synths which seamlessly leads into “Hitchhiker” a song lead by heavy bass and handclaps and distorted vocals. “The General of Hot Desire” turns up the heat peppered with twinkling reggae-infused beats and tambourine, breaking into a climactic chorus of voices.

Hailing jointly from California and Oregon, Baby Monster’s previous releases include the singles Ultra Violence and Beethoven, and She Comes Alive, as well as their self-titled debut LP Baby Monster released in June of 2011.

Download: Baby Monster – “City of Lovers”

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Free Download: The Hood Internet’s Debut Album!

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I’m very happy to present to you the newest release from Chicago duo The Hood Internet, a self-titled compilation of original remixes and production. Known for their amazing mashups (many of which were showcased on their two prior  releases with Мишка, Trillwave and Trillwave 2), The Hood Internet are also bangin’ producers and remixers. The proof is in this album.

For over four years, Aaron Brink (ABX) and Steve Reidell (STV SLV)  have been blogosphere maintstays with their musical work as The Hood  Internet. Seeing the opportunity in a genre that many had written off,  The Hood Internet almost single handedly ran the mashup game.

If you’ve heard their music, you know they ran it well. However,  during that time they’ve also been hard at work on original material and remixes, many of which are collected here for the first time. We  already premiered “The Future,” the first single off the comp, and now the whole thing is available for streaming and free download.

Enjoy production for artists like Ninjasonik, BBU, Das Racist, Johnny Nelson, Freddie Gibbs and original remixes of songs by Tobacco, Foster The People, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, and many more.

As expected, it’s another great entry into the constantly expanding  Hood Internet canon. Also be sure to check out the video for the  story behind their cover art (I’ll give you a hint: it involves over  $400 worth of Taco Bell).

Free Download: The Hood Internet – The Hood Internet (self-titled debut)

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New Video from Foster the People

Foster the People have released a video for “Pumped Up Kicks” and will be on tour this spring making stops at this year’s SXSW!

Foster the People on tour:
03-08  Santa Barbara, CA – Soho
03-13  Santa Fe, NM – Corazon
03-21  Tempe, AZ – Sail Inn    
03-22  Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up
03-23 San Francisco, CA -The  Independent *
03-25 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
03-26 Seattle,  WA – High Dive
03-29 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *  
03-30  Denver, CO – Walnut Room *
03-31  Kansas City – The Record Bar *
04-01 Minneapolis, MN – 7th  Street Entry *   
04-02 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern *   
04-03 Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace *
04-05 Montreal,  QC –  Petit Campus *   
04-07 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *     
04-08 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge *  
04-09  Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory – Brooklyn *
04-10 Philadelphia, PA –  Kung Fu Necktie *  
04-11 Washington, DC – Red Palace *     
04-17 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts  Festival

*with Grouplove AND LeSands

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Get In On This!

If you don’t get in quick on Foster the People, you will be sorry. I mean, yeah, you can get in on it later but that’s no fun. That would be like me just now getting into reading the “Twilight” series. Little late — that boat left the docks a looooong time ago.

I think huge things are to come for Foster the People. They are who I’ll be paying attention to this year. Last summer, people fell in love with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Tomorrow, their EP will be released. It’s got three songs: “Helena Beat,” “Houdini,” and “Pumped Up Kicks.” These are the kinds of songs that you never get tired of hearing. That’s rare and awesome.

Check out your new favorite song, “Helena Beat.”

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