[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces // Underground EDM, indie & rap from [adult swim]


[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces

 

Grasscut’s “Pieces” is a delightfully unique offering in the electronic genre-sphere. Fresh from the Ninja Tune label, this “alternative electronic” track has elements of dance-pop collide with alternative rock/indie music that is reminiscent of bands like Death Cab for Cutie or Velveteen.

Beginning with sultry, subdued warped vocals, the song quickly begins an entrancing xylophone-like synth along bass and a steady beat. The accompanying video uses what looks like tripped out stock footage, in vintage 480p, adding to that underground/indie feel.

Appearing in an [adult swim] bump, the intermissions between their own shows and commercials, the network often promotes underground rap, hip-hop and electronic music. The network and Ninja Tune label are also closely associated with Big Dada records, Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ record label), and WARP records.
It is partly thanks to [adult swim], the network designed for 18-34 year olds, that eclectic acts such as Flying Lotus and Tycho and many more underground hip-hop acts (through label Definitive Jux) have been discovered, such as Aesop Rock, Cage, Despot, El-P, Murs, RJ-D2, and more received more widespread recognition.

The Ninja Tune and WARP records labels were radio stations in Square Enix’s Hong-Kong “GTA” video game, “Sleeping Dogs.” Within the game, playing the station would bring up underground EDM and ambient hits like Bonobo’s “Kiara,” artists like Stateless, Coldcut, UK rap/grime act Two Fingers, Emika & Lorn. It’s sister station “WARP records” played jams from artists such as Rustie, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke. Truly revolutionary for it’s time (Sleeping Dogs was released in 2012).


More from Ninja Tune & Warp Records, Definitive Jux:

[Ambient/Chill:]

[Transcendent Ambient as seen in Sleeping Dogs]

[Hauntingly Deep Bass:]

[Underground, Thought-Provoking Alternative Hip-Hop:]

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[Repost:] Mija Releases New EP “Just Enough” — Find Your Sounds


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LA artist, producer and singer Mija has released her new EP, Just Enough. The title represents the intention of the EP. In her own words, “I wanted to create something that felt raw, something that wasn’t over-exaggerated, over-produced or trying too hard…..but just enough.” The music touches on her underground house and techno roots formed while growing up […]

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[Concerts/Festivals:] [Deep Prog. House:] Boris Brejcha – Blue Lake (and more) @ Tomorrowland 2018


Boris Brejcha’s “Tomorrowland 2018” Set

(Catch “Blue Lakes” and any other song in his Tomorrowland set, which is tracklisted in the info on Youtube. This video starts at Blue Lake 52 minutes in)

Progressive DJ Boris Brejcha put on a hell of a set at Tomorrowland 2018 in Belgium. Several standout songs were in his set, which featured exclusively only Brejcha’s own music. The German DJ had fans locked into his realm of entrancing soundscapes for over an hour and a half and received rave reviews for his performance (as well as many others he has done as of late). Be sure to check it out!

 

[Deep House/Punk:] ATHRS – Shed Your Skin


Simply, shed your skin and
howl at the moon, with me…

ATHRS, the EDM punk rocker comes through with a quite deeper and more depth diving meld of deep house music and pop-punk vocals in “Shed Your Skin.”

The beat breaks down and builds up around deep house synths and an atmospheric soundscape prompting powerful emotions of breaking free and letting go (of troubles, the past, etc.). Do yourself a favor and check out this very unique track.

You can check out a feature I did on ATHRS and his response to an interview I did with him after his performance at Imagine 2018 on his experience at the fest.

Find more from ATHRS on his Youtube page.

[Bass/Dance:] Chocolate Puma & Tommie Sunshine “Scrub the Ground”


Chocolate Puma’s set was incredibly live at Imagine Music Festival 2018. Check out one of the insane tracks he dropped, “Scrub the Ground,” produced with Tommie Sunshine. They got that werk!

[Future House/Trap:] Khalid & Normani – Love Lies (Bro Justin Remix)


[Future House/Trap:] Khalid & Normani – Love Lies (Bro Justin Remix)

Being the musichead that I am, whenever I hear a song that sounds epic, I have to hunt it down. Youtube, knowing that I attend festivals, placed an ad for Breakaway Music Festival before a video I watched, and although I am too broke to go to another fest so quickly, I was transfixed by the song playing and the visuals of what looks like a pretty enjoyable festival not too far from me. Maybe if a miracle happens I’ll find myself there, who knows.

Anyway, enough rambling, Bro Justin’s remix of Khalid and Normani’s “Love Lies” has an uplifting vibe and sound, perfect for festivals, and for the summer season that has sadly drawn to a close. That doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy it and rock out whenever the feeling hits you though!

Bro Justin is a Filipino electronic music artist who has several remixes that you can check out on his Soundcloud.

Artist Spotlight: ATHRS performs at Imagine 2018


Punk EDM Rocker ‘ATHRS’ Reflects on Performing at Imagine 2018

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ATHRS reflects on his IMF 2018 experience.

Punk Rock electronic artist, ATHRS, born Mike Torres, performed for his second time at Imagine Music Festival (IMF), this year in Hampton, Georgia. The Orlando, FL, native often performs in the Southeast and said Atlanta’s premier electronic music festival is one of his favorites.

“I love performing in Atlanta, this is my second year at Imagine. Glen and Maddie throw one of the best festivals out here and it’s always so amazing to be a part of it,” said Torres.

Rock and EDM have been in an intertwined relationship ever since Skrillex burst onto the DJ circuit after leaving his post-hardcore band “From First to Last.” Steve Aoki was a signer and guitarist in the scream band “This Machine Kills,” EDM powerhouse, Zedd, was once a member of death core band “Dioramic,” and bass legend, Bassnectar, also was once in a metal band. Some acts leave the “rock sound” almost entirely, trading guitars for synthesizers and hard bass, at times only referencing their roots in mashups or remixes.

ATHRS has managed to evolve into EDM while keeping his pop punk influences intact. This has allowed him to create original music that melds the two genres in a genuine way. His opening show on the final day of Imagine was a nice warm-up for concertgoers who weren’t still recovering in their tents or asleep at home from the night before. Torres played for an intimate show for a crowd at the Six Feathers stage, splitting the set between his laptop and DJ Controller, and grabbing his guitar to leave behind the booth and rock out on stage and right in front of his audience.

ATHRS grew up on pop punk music and says he is influenced by bands like All Time Low, Greenday, and blink-182. He also has a penchant for DJs like Kayzo and Borgore, and says Adventure Club is one of his biggest influences. ATHRS got to experience Adventure Club at Imagine this year. The pioneers of vocal dubstep put on an epic show full of lights, lasers, and their signature sound, famous for attracting many fest-goers into the electronic scene in the first place.

“I was super hyped to see Adventure Club. They killed it. It was an ABSOLUTELY epic show,” said Torres.

ATHRS thinks the diversity of sound within EDM music has attracted more and more people to American EDM music and events. He uses his platform to produce a unique combo he calls “pop-punk electronic” with vocals characteristic of punk rock, interwoven with synths, energetic beats and high energy drops. His songs vary from highly rock influenced to more house influences like his single, “Shed Your Skin.”During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, Torres croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound

During his performance of “Under My Skin,” a cut from his upcoming EP, Torres croons about not letting the world get to him before a crescendo of heavy, melodic guitar riffs, with a dance beat picking up to join the melange of sound.


“People are hungry for real talent, drive and ambition, and that’s what I hope to bring them. They also get to see [my] vulnerability. I think it really comes through in the music,” he said.ATHRS’ fans, those who saw him at Imagine, or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, October 14th.
ATHRS’ fans, those who saw him at Imagine, or people who want to hear his unique brand of punk EDM, can catch him next at Uncle Lou’s entertainment hall in Orlando, October 14th.

ATHRS’ latest EP “Pop Punk is Dead” will be releasing soon and a music video for his single, “Rollercoaster” was recently released on Youtube. Fans can find more of ATHRS’ music on Soundcloud, athrs.com, and Spotify.