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DJ Raff – Battle Life(Video)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on December 4, 2012 by E.N.

DJ Raff’s song “Latino & Proud” appeared in EA Sports popular soccer videogame ‘FIFA 2012’.
An experimental turntablist from Chile-by-way-of Spain, DJ Raff’s debut album ‘Latino and Proud’ is a fusion of bass-heavy electronica and futuristic instrumental hip-hop, sounding something like Flying Lotus mixed with DJ Shadow. With years of extensive touring across Latin America, DJ Raff has shared the stage with top artists like Beastie Boys, Justice, Prefuse 73, Orishas, Matisyahu, and A-Trak.

DJ Raff’s album ‘Latino & Proud’ is now available on iTunes –

R.I.P.- Adam Yauch (Beastie Boys) Dead At 47

Posted in News with tags , , on May 4, 2012 by E.N.

Adam Yauch, a member and co-founder of the Beastie Boys, has died at the age of 47. Yauch, known in the group as MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had been in treatment the last few years. He was optimistic about his prognosis, but stayed out of the spotlight upon the release of the band’s Hot Sauce Committee, Part Two, and did not attend the group’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame last month.(idolator report)

Alex Metric launches “Open Your Eyes” North American Tour + free exclusive track download

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2011 by E.N.

Alex Metric launches “Open Your Eyes” North American Tour + free exclusive track download

Visit Alex Metric’s Facebook page for the chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the show of your choice and unlock the free download of
Alex Metric & Charli XCX – “End Of The World (Xilent Remix)”

Having spent most of the year locked away producing and remixing for some of the hottest talent around, he is taking time out of the studio to bring his own unique sound across the Atlantic, stopping by in New York, Toronto, Miami, San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.

This summer has seen Alex grace the stages at the cream of the crop of European festivals from Glastonbury, Rockness, Creamfields, Wireless, and Oxygen, where he played out his festival anthem ‘Open Your Eyes’. Produced with DJ extraordinaire Steve Angello, featuring guest vocals from Ian Brown, it stuck around on the Radio 1 playlist for 4 weeks and was crowned Essential New Tune by Pete Tong along with MTV Dance – Single of The Week; to name just a few of the accolades it has received.

His compilation release Open Your Eyes (coming soon on EMI/Astralwerks) is a collection of some of Alex’s finest work. Including remixes of NERD, Beastie Boys, U2, and Phoenix along with his own original offerings ‘Open your Eyes’ and ‘End Of The World.”

To celebrate his upcoming tour Alex is giving fans the chance to win 2 tickets for each of his shows by entering a competition through his Facebook. Every entry will also receive an instant download link for an exclusive unreleased remix of “End of The World.”

September 23 – Webster Hall – New York City
September 24 – The Hoxton – Toronto
September 28 – Dirty Harry @ LIV – Miami
September 29 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco
September 30 – Avalon – Los Angeles
October 1 – Voyeur – San Diego

King Fantastic- “Death Of Summer” EP + Free MP3

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 31, 2011 by E.N.


Eclectic and menacing, the group’s big beat vitriol was born in Venice Beach and Playa del Rey in 2010, perhaps a surprise to those used to name checking Compton, Oakland and Long Beach in their hip-hop history discussions. But if the tracks from their 2010 debut, “Finger Snaps and Gun Claps,” or their forthcoming EP, “Death of Summer,” tell us anything, it’s that King Fantastic proudly represents its ZIP Code.”
-The Los Angeles Times
“We want to bring Dope back to hip hop” -Troublemaker quoted in Thrasher

King Fantastic is not your ordinary musical duo from LA, but then again nothing is ordinary about their music. We’re living in an era where hip-hop progressively feasts itself upon electronic beats and King Fantastic delves head first into both arenas. Given the diverse upbringings of both producer and internationally known DJ, Troublemaker and Rapper/lyricist Killer Reese One (who is one half of LA underground rap duo Bleu Collar) one would safely say that it’s karma how they united. And the musical climate seems fit to release their new EP “Death of Summer” on August 30th 2011.

Death Of Summer EP Track Listing:

Locals Only
?Cual es mi Nombre, Nina? (Daddy Baby)
Break His Motherfucking Back
Locals Only (Knight Riderz Remix)

Download Locals Only

“Death of Summer” follows the duo’s groundbreaking and critically acclaimed 2010 debut LP “Finger Snaps and Gun Claps “ which spawned the wildly scandalous- “Why? Where? What?” video that is nearing 1 million plays on vimeo

    With that release, the duo achieved global digital underground success in both the electronic and hip hop cultures. While they made news headlines in the likes of The Los Angeles Times, they also found themselves booked on electronic savvy festivals such as Audiotistic and producing remixes from a diverse group of artists including Linkin Park, The Glitch Mob, The Bird and The Bee and Bassnectar.

    King Fantastic’s music is nostalgic for the level of skill, originality and authenticity of the underground LA hip hop culture of the late 90s. The freestyle independence from Emcees and musical styles of that era coupled with today’s progressive bass driven dubstep and Drum and Bass scenes gave birth to “Westcoastsynthesizerbeach bumgangstermusic” a term tagged by King Fantastic.

    On the one hand, Troublemaker’s influences range from hip hop to drum & bass, dubstep and electronic music – and when he first saw Killer Reese One perform at the Roxy he knew he was the man to rap over his beats. In a recent LA Times feature, Killer Reese One takes note “I’m not a bluesey rapper, my beats have to come a lot harder. Troublemaker’s beats are super bass-heavy and gangster without even a word recorded on it.”

    And while Troublemaker was honing his skills as an engineer and producer, Killer Reese One’s former life plays a huge part in his creative process as a rapper. Raised in both Venice Beach and Compton – KRO’s childhood was as diverse as any artist’s palate. His raps are reality and he certainly has an interesting well of experiences to pull from which makes him both a great entertainer and prolific lyricist. Growing up the pair also listened to everyone from Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, NIN, Mo’Wax, Megadeth, Metalheadz, Slayer, NWA ,The Clash and A Tribe called Quest. However they both cite Ice-T and DJ Quik as main players, both who have a heavy dose of synth music in their tracks.

    What to expect to hear on Death of Summer? According to Troublemaker,”When we set out to work on this new project, we did not have any particular direction in mind, although we were both in a dark place as humans. As a result, the music is much darker and harder than anything on our previous album, and Reese’s lyrics are a continuation of that.” He adds, “While our album is minimal in production and has a variety of styles, this EP is super full and is serious bass music.” In a recent interview with Acclaim magazine, What would you like people to come away with after listening to the new EP?: KRO responds “Euphoric fear.”

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The Rapture Announces U.S. Tour Dates (New Album Out 9/6 via DFA)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2011 by E.N.

“…classic Chicago house piano line accentuating a percolating disco groove that never lets up even when it breaks down to hand claps and nothing else… if it took the Rapture five years to make a track like this, then it was time well-spent. “
 – Pitchfork, Best New Music
“piano-sax-and-cowbell-powered disco epic that’s just like heaven” 
– Rolling Stone, Hot List
Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
8/20 – New York, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/22 – Boston, MA – Royale
9/23 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
9/24 – Baltimore, MD – Sonar
9/25 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
9/27 – Columbus, OH – TBD
9/28 – Chicago, IL – Metro
9/29 – Minneapolis, MN – The Varsity
10/1 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
10/3 – Scottsdale, AZ – Martini Ranch
10/4 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
10/6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
10/7 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse
10/8 – San Francisco, CA – The Sound Factory
10/10 – El Paso, TX – Club 101
10/11 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
10/12 – Austin, TX – La Zona Rosa
10/13 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
10/17 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
10/18 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
10/19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA – Making Time @ Voyeur

The Rapture recently shared “How Deep Is Your Love?,” the first album track from In The Grace Of Your Love, along with Emperor Machine’s remix of the track via Adult Swim (downloads for both below!). Now, we’re excited to share the news of The Rapture’s first full U.S. tour in support of the album, which will see them on the road from late September through October!

The band has set the bar high with the first track, but this is just the beginning.  Produced by Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Chromeo), the writing and recording process for In The Grace Of Your Love connected the band back to why they started playing music in the first place. Drummer Vito Roccoforte explains that they “focused on the process more than the results. We approached the album in a fearless manner, with nothing to lose.” By recapturing the fun and love for the process, the results were definitely a win. 

Download:Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold) (Major Lazer Remix)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2011 by E.N.

Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold) (Major Lazer Remix)

Free MP3: Eagles of Death Metal’s Jesse Hughes Releases Solo Debut as Boots Electric

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 15, 2011 by E.N.

Eagles of Death Metal Frontman Jesse Hughes

to Release Debut Album as Boots Electric

Honkey Kong is Out September 20th

on Dangerbird Records

Click HERE to Stream/Download “Boots Electric Theme”
featuring Brody Dalle

After creating three albums of dirty and danceable garage rock anthems, Hollywood’s favorite son and Eagles of Death Metal frontman, Jesse “The Devil” Hughes, is unveiling his solo debut as Boots Electric.  Titled Honkey Kong, the album will be released on September 20th by Dangerbird Records.  Itwas produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, Depeche ModeThe Kooks) and co-written with legendary keyboardist Money Mark, best known for his many collaborations with the Beastie Boys.
Honkey Kong is the sound of Boots Electric coming out of the closet.  Under the moniker, Hughes expands his sonic palette while continuing to deliver the hooks that he’s known for.  The electronic drums that kick off opening track “Complexity” immediately signal the new direction.  The track is a mix of glam-pop, keyboard-heavy dance grooves, and Hughes’ signature brand of rock ‘n roll grit that drips with swagger.   Elsewhere, he tries on space-funk synths on the track “Boots Electric Theme” (featuring Brody Dalle), and “Trippy Blob” has some of his most absurdist lyrics yet.
Though a winking self-awareness has long been one of Hughes’ calling cards, he’s also written some of his most earnest songs yet.  “No Ffun” is an honest-to-goodness ballad and “Swallowed by the Night” is a soulful slice of honky tonk gold.  Honkey Kong reveals what many already knew – beneath the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and his charismatic strut, Hughes has always been a gifted pop songwriter at heart.

The Rapture new album ‘In The Grace of Your Love’ September 6 via DFA Records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2011 by E.N.


In The Grace of Your Love

September 6, 2011 via DFA Records
The Rapture have announced the release details for their long awaited third album In The Grace Of Your Love on September 6th through DFA Records.
The release of In The Grace Of Your Love marks the dawn of a new chapter in the bands history and a welcome return to DFA Records, having re-signed with the label that released some of their most acclaimed early singles, and whose founders James Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy produced their debut album Echoes. This an exciting release for the DFA familiy who will also be celebrating that same month the iconic label’s 10th Anniversary.
Together with French producer Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Chromeo) they have crafted and shaped a bold & euphoric album that sounds definitively & distinctly like The Rapture and no one else. Through the course of its eleven tracks, you can immerse yourself as waves of lyrical optimism & introspection crash between angular guitars & pulsing synthesizers, pounding drums & into sweet rhythmical lullabies. This is the sound of The Rapture re-engaged and revitalized with a voice as clear as they ever had.
The full tracklisting is as follows:
In The Grace Of Your Love
1) Sail Away
2) Miss You
3) Blue Bird
4) Come Back to Me
5) In the Grace of Your Love
6) Never Gonna Die Again
7) Roller Coaster
8) Children
9) Can You Find a Way?
10) How Deep Is Your Love?
11) It Takes Time to Be a Man
In The Grace Of Your Love was recorded at Motorbass, Paris and Gary’s Electric in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
The Rapture are Gabriel Andruzzi, Luke Jenner & Vito Roccoforte

Rene Lopez – Electric Latin Soul (“ELS”)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 27, 2011 by E.N.

New Album, ELS, Produced by Mario C., Rene, & David

Hurwitz Due This Summer on Nat Geo Music

HERE for Free MP3 of “ELS”


Catch Rene @ NYC’s NUBLU Every Thursday in May, 9-11pm!
(May 5, 12, 19 and 26)
A Latin soul charmer” – Washington Post
Influenced by old-school masters like Wilson Pickett, Shuggie Otis, and
the Exciters, Rene encompasses the very soul of soul.”New York Post

Rene Lopez will release his new full-length, ELS, this July on Nat Geo Music.  The album’s title refers to a style Lopez has been developing over the past few years, a now-signature sound he calls “Electric Latin Soul.” The sound is a celebration of Rene’s dual identity as both a native New Yorker and a second generation Puerto Rican American, and mixes Latin soul and Boogaloo with rock, hip-hop and R&B, featuring a seductive blend of hypnotic rhythms and Rene’s undeniably soulful voice.  ELS features co-producers Mario Caldato Jr., a.k.a. Mario C (Beastie BoysJack Johnson, Bebel Gilberto) and Jason Lader (Julian Casablancas, Jenny Lewis), as well as special guests Joey Altruda, and Money Mark (John Butler Trio).
The son of Latin trumpet player René López, a founding member of the seminal Latin group Tipica 73, Rene Jr. grew up surrounded by both Latin music and urban pop. He spent his youth divided between salsa clubs where his father was performing, and the rock, r&b and hip hop music he and his peers enjoyed. His own musical career began playing drums, but it was his discovery of Prince that led him to pick up a wider range of instruments, and to step up to the microphone to sing.  Starting in college, Rene was the lead singer and songwriter for The Authority, a cult favorite in the early 90’s New York rock scene.
Eventually Rene began synthesizing his influences, combining rock and hip-hop with Boogaloo – a distinctly Nuyorcian sound that is rooted in mambo, soul, and R&B.  ELS is the natural result: A nod to Rene’s Latin roots, with an eye on modern electronic music and good ol’ rock-and-roll.
And don’t forget to follow Rene on Twitter

new Beastie Boys single “Make Some Noise”(Listen/Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , on April 6, 2011 by E.N.

Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2 Album out May 3


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