Life can feel like a never-ending series of conflicts, turmoils, and an overall uphill battle, to the point that sometimes it can feel hard to remember all of the great moments that happen in-between. With that being said, music can be such a healer and I don’t know if I’ve been giving it the credit I should be lately.
Hopefully I can show a little bit more appreciation with this premiere of Dudley Slang‘s “The Embush.” The stellar track hits hard from every side, acting like a musical ambush, striking hard. Bringing the intensity of today’s dance music styles with house and disco samples, Slang knows how to bring old school vibes to the modern day world.
Listen to the track below. Pre-order the album here via Bandcamp.
It’s Taco Tuesday out here in California, and this might just be the track we’re going to be jamming to all night long. While the tequila shots carry us into the night, Pusher and Push Push‘s energy is bound to be simultaneously electric and magnetic.
“Shake Down” is easily the song of the week for us, at least when it comes to getting us pumped for the weekend. Check out the track below and pre-order the EP here via iTunes.
Today we’re excited to team up with Wear Patterns, and LA-based trio that blends smooth LA influences into infectious dance bpms to create a track that’s addicting and getting us ready to head into the weekend. The trio, consisting of Dj Francesca Harding & The Beat Ventriloquists, are childhood friends that are gearing up for West Coast domination with their pop-influenced songs.
On the song they have said-
“We’re excited about this project, which allows us to create something fun and unique and to express ourselves through the music, without boundaries. Tease, the debut single from our upcoming EP, is the perfect representation of exactly that.”
FYF fest is back in Los Angeles on the 27th and 28th of this month, and we at Discobelle (at least the LA writers) consider it our civic duty to attend the festival as part of our summer festival run. With that in mind, we dove straight in to find our favorite tracks and videos by the artists on the lineup to show you why the festival is one of Los Angeles’ best.
5. Vince Staples
Staples has probably been at the top of our radar in West Coast Hip Hop game, sitting next to the guys at TDE and YG as one of the most exciting lyricists in the music game today period. Personally, I’ve seen him on a smaller venue and absolutely kill it. With the eclectic blend of humor, stark reality, and brilliant lyricism, Staples is sure to be a must watch at the show
I remember first hearing Anohni’s stunning vocal work with Hercules and Love Affair. “Blind,” and subsequently the other tracks on the self-titled debut album of the group shaped a large portion of my musical taste and style and so when Anohni’s project came about, I knew it was going to be profound, moving, and intellectual. While the Anohni project is a far jump from the 2008 disco-influenced jams, her powerful music seems to resonate even further in 2016 and the effect she’s had on the music landscape is beautiful. She’s working on actively bringing diversity into entertainment, and her critically acclaimed work is proof that being true to ones self is key.
Corbin’s singing captured the internet by storm circa 2013/2014 when he released grainy footage music videos like “Without You.” Donning a durag and walking through the snow, it wouldn’t be too strange to think that the artist then known as Spooky Black was bound for massive stardom. Admittedly he’s since been a little quiet, but that doesn’t mean the world isn’t eagerly waiting. Word is that a debut album is in the works, but fans that are eager for more in the meantime found solace in Thestand4rd, the Minnesota born group that consisted of Allen Kingdom, Bobby Raps, Psymun, and Corbin himself. It’ll be cool to see how time has influenced the young up-and-comer, and FYF will be the perfect landscape for this.
2. Kendrick Lamar
Okay, admittedly, I was incredibly tempted to put LCD Soundsystem as the second artist for this list, but at the end of the day, we’re in the city of LA, so we had to include the reigning king at the (almost) top of the list. Intimate shows by Lamar were provided at various moments in the last year and a half, but with the rigged system that is buying tickets online these days, we’re not confident too many people were able to see him. Personally, it’s been since 2013 that I was able to check him out on stage, so this one is an absolute must for everyone at FYF.
1. Grace Jones
You guys. Do I even have to explain?
Honorable Mentions; Young Thug, Kamaiyah, Denzel Curry, Father John Misty, Floating Points, Museum of Love.
We’ve teamed up with UK’s Franc Moody this week for the latest in our mix series. With their incredible funk vibes and late night influences, this one has been getting us through the entire weekend and much more. Like all of our mixes, this is not one to miss
Listen to the exclusive mix below, as well as their EP in full!
UK act The Phat Lady Sings who have a debut release coming out on September 4th, and we’re excited to present ‘No Letting Go,’ a house beat that is beyond infectious and perfect to get us through this Monday. Not much is known about the people behind TPLS, but if they keep this streak going, we’re bound to find out soon.
It’s been a pretty tough summer, all things considered, and I’m reflecting pretty hard with the latest track from Linying, called “Alpine.” The slow, ethereal backdrop is perfect for these moments of reflection, and its a soothing piece that feels like a balm against the increasingly rising summer temperatures.
Today we’re super excited to showcase a brilliant remix by Scottish DJ and producer KC Lights for TIEKS and Dan Harkna’s “Sunshine.” The perfect, summer-infused piece is the perfect song for the long nights and warm days.
Check out both the original version (via Youtube below) and the remixed version. The song is out via Ministry of Sound.