I met Edward Crowell II in passing a while ago, exchanged a few words and I often see him out and about here in Miami. Originally from Alabama and residing in Miami via LA, he’s is an accomplished visual artist and painter, though that really isn’t my world. What caught my attention was his music. … MORE
Nicolette here on behalf of Nightdrive to present to you a brand spankin’ new band called Patterns composed of Michelle Gonzalez, Mario Miranda and Allan Rojas. The trio hails from San Jose, Costa Rica and they have just recently joined forces to create a new musical project. Being influenced by the 80s and 90s, Patterns has a solid electronic/nu disco sound with a soulful vibe. They released their single ‘Sunny Days’ just a couple weeks ago as Mario and Allan supply the upbeat instrumentals, while Michelle provides bright vocals on the track. … MORE
British electronic duo, Ben Macklin and Tom Hammond, are Cassette Club. These OCD electronic musicians bring to us their brand spankin’ new, Unreleased EP fresh out of the oven. The duo fuses soulful beats with electronic synths sprinkled with rich, handsome vocals to create irresistibly catchy tracks. … MORE
Nitemoves is the monkier of Rory O’Conner, a talented musician and sound designer who is heavily involved with the boys over at Moodgadget and Ghostly Int’l. His debut LP Longlines was produced in the back of trains, planes and automobiles whilst touring as a drummer for Com Truise and Tycho over the last year. To be sure, based on whom he colludes with you know quality of the music is going to be high. With its hip-hop influenced beatsmithy, dark 80′s synth work and entrancing production methods Longlines has all the tell-tale signs of a good summer album. This release is best enjoyed chilled at dusk or dawn with the windows down and bass blasting, just sayin’. And besides, the word “night” is in the name so you know we love it .
By Laurence ‘Pucho’ Henriquez
Two personal stand out tracks off of the album are Plex and Centro. Take a listen below.[audio=http://dl.dropbox.com/u/54109086/06%20Centro.mp3]
Fellow producer and studio engineer on the project Santiago Uribe, mastered the album and plays live alongside Diego Maldonado and Bustillo. The album is available online via PLEXO’s bandcamp, which includes two remixes by Melic (Barcelona, Spain) and Hot Tomatoes (Boston, MA).
Guest post by David Sinopoli
Madeaux is a solo project that was born in February of 2012 with the intention of creating electronic music with an organic soul. Influences of EDM, sub baselines and even samples of R&B make each song a unique textured piece.
Madeaux explains he seeks “to make music that humanity can connect with to create a common bond. None of us are all that different and consequently, I write music that I think people can relate to in their own way.”
The name Madeaux, pronounced “Ma-dough”, was inspired by the author Ford Madox Ford and the iconic logo is representative of an old Native American Chief that is “an amalgamation of shamanism, voodoo and the like.”
The song “I Remember” got Madeaux the attention of Mau5trap records allowing him to become part of their Mau5hax project. Stay tuned for more as Madeaux is currently working on a new track titled “Opium” and in the meantime enjoy his new promising work.
Posted by: Nicolette Neves
Flipset Fred is a DJ/Producer/MC from New Orleans and I remember learning about him from the students I used to teach in the Hollygrove 15th Ward area in New Orleans. This real cool kid in my class named Darius explained seeing Fred at the Airline Skating Rink, said that just the way he carried himself while performing for the crowd of mostly 13-18 year olds made him a fan. This totally made sense to me and reminded me how I viewed musicians who were right there in the crowd, performing without a stage and the amount of respect you felt for someone who was your age but commanded a higher presence.
“Big Spender” featuring Magnolia Rhome is a crossover jam for several reasons. Rhome gets work from weekend DJs (block parties) to parties at the Saint, an awesome metal bar that used to be owned by Sean Yeusult from White Zombie. The scene in New Orleans has always been “too many MCs, not enough mics,” but Magnolia Rhome has been the one recently granted access where it’s mostly closed to all others.
This beat to a discerning listener is dope because it’s from the Sissy Nobby track “Lay it Down,” which was pressed by Diplo’s Mad Decent label and shopped around to be remixed— and outside of the bounce world, has been more remixed than any other Nobby song. Those versions were totally abstracted and mostly failures (aside from L-Vis 1990’s total new age adaptation rework in my opinion). No offense, DJ Sega, but I say the others were failures because the remixers weren’t really familiar with dat beat or bounce production style. But Fred’s production makes it an official bounce jam and reclaims it for New Orleans after other ignorant DJs got their hands on it and tried to do something, anything with it.
Like other bounce producers, Fred takes from popular R&B jams in the composition process, taking the optimistic and empowering piano melody of Nicki Minaj and Drake’s “Moment 4 Life” and throws the Brown Beat over it to create a track submitted to me as MASTER VERSION BABY ERINN. (I always appreciate stuff like “MASTER VERSION” or “FINAL” cos it’s straight out da box, not watered down by A&R type of shit). The toddler MC Baby Erinn invokes the relatively common “Bounce your booty like a basketball / if you don’t go no booty, don’t shake at all” that I know from Monsta Wit Da Fade among some others.
This song just makes so much sense for New Orleans youth energy, reflected in the “Moment 4 Life” sample and Baby Erinn’s verse. Yes, a lil baby’s verse makes sense in the larger context cos’ young kids in New Orleans feel dat beat just like anyone else. This might be the youngest MC on a bounce song, though I’m too ignorant to say that for sure and haters can hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org if they got something to say.
Guest post by Kevin F. Mason
Bardot Lounge celebrated their 2 year anniversary with style on Thursday night, hosting Canadian electronic pop stars, Junior Boys. The event was an intimate affair with the trio performing at floor level as the first in Bardot’s “Living Room Sessions.” Though it was a little tough to see through the thick crowd, the band did not disappoint. With an impeccable sound team at the venue’s back, the delicate and minimal synths, percussion, and especially the beautiful crooning of singer Jeremy Greenspan’s voice were as crisp and lush as the recorded albums.
Nightdrive had the privilege to host the night at Bardot and chat with Greenspan right before (and as you’ll hear, during) soundcheck. He gives us a glimpse into the stories behind some of his songs, his take on music today and even his Facebook habits.
CLICK ON QUESTIONS TO HEAR JEREMY’S ANSWERS
ND: After four full-length albums starting with 2004′s Last Exit, your latest release seems to be heavily influenced by R&B. Musically speaking how else do you feel your sound has evolved? Are there any new trends in music that you can cite as an influence?
ND: You’ve made your rounds through Miami quite a few times. Back in 2007, you were brought down by Poplife at the now retired Post venue, then again in 2009 at The Vagabond for their Halloween bash. You then spun as DJs at The Electric Pickle’s one-year anniversary in 2010. Now you’re back for Bardot’s two-year anniversary. As honorary experts on the South Florida circuit, what stands out about Miami’s cultural landscape?
ND: On your website, your album description paints a grim outlook on the state of music today. You describe contemporary music as “more about gimmickry and branding than it is about the art.” Is there any saving grace or is it all downhill from here?
(Fan Question) Erik Alexander Gonzalez: Double Shadow is one of my favorite songs, but no matter how many times I hear it, I have no idea what it’s about… Is there more to that song than just a sick beat?
Classic Junior Boys Remix tracks:
Sally Shapiro- Jackie Junior (Junior Boys Dub Mix)
Yoko Ono- Give Me Something (Junior Boys Remix)
Posted by Patrick Walsh