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[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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[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.

[EDM Origins: Throwbacks] [Big Room / Prog. House] Michelle Williams – We Break the Dawn (Karmatronic Remix) // [Mid 00s Trance] Above & Beyond – Satellite & Can’t Sleep (Araabmuzik Flip)


This is another EDM Origins post. As the name suggests, without tunes loke these, we may have never gotten to the point where dubstep, trap, glitch, and future house would have become  popular.

Karmatronic’s remix of Michelle Williams’ “We Break the Dawn” takes an incredibly different spin on the song pulling a total 180° from the original. From a slow, pop-laden R&B track to a complex, layered and simply moving progressive track, everything about this song is top notch. The remix benefits from a faster BPM, making it more danceable, and wavy, calming synths accentuating the hook/chorus.


Can’t Sleep – Above & Beyond

Above & Beyond has been a name in the electronic genre for decades. They’ve released groundbreaking music, long before many of today’s acts even existed. Two popular favorites include the transcendental vocal trance cut, “Satellite” and the equally deep in trance elements, “Can’t Sleep” which has been remixed by Araabmuzik, Above & Beyond themselves, and countless others.

[Chill House/Future Ambient:] Louis the Child – Better Not (feat. Wafia)


[Downtempo Dance House:] Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child.

Just in time for the summer is a cut with plenty of cool, tropical vibes. With a repeating reggae tin drum in the backbeat helping to create the dreamy, calm atmosphere of “Better Not” Wafia‘s vocals fit right in.

Louis the Child creates an interesting flow with this one, which initially resembles a contemporary pop song.

Though that may be true, by the first hook the track intrigues as the synths pick up. Then by the first “drop” you’ll find yourself humming and swaying to the beat and echoing the chorus of “You better not…” This is a great song for the season and not to be missed.

[G House/Bass House:] Airwolf x Rrotik – What You Think Gonna Happen


[G/Bass House:]

Bass gods Airwolf & Rrotik bring the fire in their collab “What You Think Gonna Happen,” a dark building masterpiece of bass and filthy flows.

Definitely something you’d hear in the most underground, off-the-map house & bass clubs for enthusiasts of dark, powerful electronic music. Do yourself a favor and connect with your underground raver side with this cut ✌🏽🕺.