Sander Van Doorn & Julian Jordan have finally released their highly anticipated collaboration, Kangaroo, and long story short, they did not disappointing. Their hard pounding electro break fused with housey beat formed the perfect match for a huge party tune. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think!
Photo by Patrick Lelli
Breathe Owl Breathe is a band to check out. Love their mellow, melodic sound with a deep, lead vocal accompanied by a sweet female harmony and a touch of fun to their tunes.
I love this song, ‘Own Stunts’ from their new album, Magic Central:
The band is touring the West Coast with Laura Gibson in support of their brand new combination children’s book and vinyl 7″, The Listeners/These Train Tracks. They’ll be in Los Angeles Wed Feb 8th and you should definitely make the show. Get Tickets HERE.
Breathe Owl Breathe are super excited to be nearing the release of their stunning and ambitious children’s book and 7”, The Listeners/These Train Tracks. Featuring two stories, written and illustrated by BOB’s Micah Middaugh, the words of the stories mirror the lyrics of the songs featured on both sides of the 7”. Limited to 750 copies, each canvas-covered volume was lovingly handcrafted by the band with all printing and assembly executed within their home state of Michigan.
Alright party people, it’s that time of the week again so turn up the b-b-b-bass! We had a crazy week with work and friends’ weddings and there was one track in particular that kept my energy up and spirits high so I could power through.
Metrik, a drum & bass producer from the UK, just dropped his ‘Between Worlds’ EP a few days ago on November 7th on Viper Recordings and his track T-2000 is an absolute monster!!!
I first heard T-2000 (or the T-1000 VIP drum step track as it was called in its prerelease days) played by Crissy Criss last summer and I was left daze and confused after it blasted my brains out. This has to be one of the most underrated dnb tunes of 2011 and I can’t believe that more DJs haven’t been blaring this song during their sets. Every time I hear this song my blood starts rushing, my head wobbles with the beat, and my body dances/flails about with reckless abandon when the beat drops (…listener discretion is advised because I have definitely had a few funny looks at work when I shook the cubicle walls with my iPod-induced raves).
Enough talk. Listen here. There are a bunch of YouTube rips currently out there, this one being my favorite because shooting pictures of turntables is one of my favorite highlights when photographing live DJ sets, but go download Metrik’s ‘Between Worlds’ EP stat.
Though the Noise Train may have a tight schedule this Halloween weekend due to all the amazing, upcoming shows in Southern California, we couldn’t be more pumped to see Anamanaguchi live at the Troubadour this Friday. Anamanaguchi’s unique sound is part of a up-and-coming style of electronic music know as “chiptune,” and we cannot wait to experience it live.
By layering what’s considered more traditional punk-rock instruments alongside minimalist 8-bit sounds from early video-game systems, the band’s songs are an unexpected (and highly enjoyable) combination that make you feel like a kid with ADHD and a sugar high. Let’s just say that after listening to their single “Airbrushed,” I had the sudden urge to stand up on an outdoor lunch table and spray unfortunate bystanders with a shower of juice box mist, as if I were a sixth grader imitating a rap star with a bottle of Dom Perignon. With that in mind, I can best describe Anamanaguchi as giving you a crazy energy rush while simultaneously making you nostalgic for your old Nintendo.
The cover for their most recent album, Airbrushed, playfully hints at where they pull a lot of their musical influence from. The band plays strictly instrumental tracks, making it easier for listeners to recognize the all-too-familiar tones from their favorite 80′s video games.
Aforementiond, we’re extremely pumped to see these guys on Friday and I’m sure their set is going to be full of more colors and mind numbing projections than our cameras can handle. What’s more, we’ll be able to take some of the Anamanaguchi experience home with us once we get our paws on their totally awesome t-shirts!
Keep an eye out for a future, follow-up post on these guys with exclusive photos from the show, but in the meantime, download “My Skateboard Will Go On/Shred the Gnar (Into The Starts)” for your enjoyment. You can also download all of the tracks from the Anamanaguchi Daytrotter session and a “medley of Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus covers.”
Wild Beasts caught my attention last year with songs like ‘All the King’s Men‘ with their upbeat, fun, yet slightly operatic tones. Their newest third full length album, Smother, is intimate, soft, and draws you in. Not as upbeat as their last album but carrying their unique sound into some deeper and more dramatic pieces. Here’s a link to Pitchfork’s review of the album.
If you’re in LA tonight (Thurs the 13th), Wild Beasts are playing at the Echoplex and will be a show you should not miss.
Here’s their video for ‘Albatross’:
I am a huge Wolfgang Gartner fan and he’s teamed up with will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas to put out a new single. I’m sure all you bass heads and EDM fans know who Wolfgang Gartner is and are thoroughly enjoying his Weekend in America LP that just dropped on Ultra Records a couple of weeks ago, but do some of you not know who will.i.am is? We’ll he’s one of the artists behind mega hits such as “Let’s get Retarded” and “Don’t Funk with my Heart.” I’ll give you a minute to pause and reflect on those songs…. That said, I must say that I was extremely hesitant to see a progressive house producer teaming up with such a big pop star but this track, “Forever,” turned out to be a banger in its own right if I do say so myself.
But that’s not what where here to tell you about… well, not entirely. We like to look at the visual side of music here at the Noise Train and this is one of this track has one of the weirdest music videos I have ever seen. Try and watch the Black Eyed Peas’ past performances and music videos after seeing this and then you will be forever haunted with will.i.am’s face looking like baby-making ingredients…. Just watch the video. You’ll get it (and if you do, share your reactions).
Last but not least, I just got the down low that Gartner himself was the first featured artist on MTV’s Clubland. MTV now dedicates an entire hour to EDM at 3 am. Woot (read with with heavy sarcasm)! I haven’t made up my mind if this program means the end is neigh or if EDM is really getting as big as we hope but I’m sure there will be posts to follow up on this program if they keep getting producers and DJ’s like Gartner to entertain my ADD and insomina at 3 am.
Don’t forget to catch Gatner on his North American Tour this fall.
A duo from Vienna, Austria have been crafting one of the most highly anticipated EDM albums of 2011 and it’s release is just around the corner. Camo & Krooked have been turning the heads of all the major producers, DJ’s, and EDM fans and their forthcoming album, Cross the Line, is due out on Hospital Records Monday, October 3rd.
Cross the Line is a true display of the talent that is just teeming inside these two producers and why this full LP is clearly a milestone in their bright future. Check out this album preview and you’ll see how these guys threw down everything from dnb bangers, melodic house, heavy drumstep, mind-bending dubstep to produce one of the most thought provoking and progressive albums this year.
Another young gun and break through artist of 2011 has caught the attention of the Noise Train and we’ve been jamming to his new Spitfire EP since its release last week. He hails from the town of Chapel Hill, NC and probably has the South so twisted upside down that they probably think it is hurricane induced (too soon?). Who is this mystery weatherman predicting a heavy downpour of thunderous bass music you might ask? Porter Robinson of course. Robinson isn’t even twenty years old yet and if this EP says anything about how his future, we should all hunker down and get ready for a storm of success.
I know it’s a little early to start looking back on 2011, but I think we can all agree that this is a foundational year for bass music and that genres have expanded in all directions. Moreover, Robinson’s talent developed this year and it is evident in Spitfire that he has incorporated the best of 2011′s progressive sounds, including a massive blend of dnb, dubstep, fidget, house, and moombahton. With the help of Skrillex to produce the first album on OWSLA records, Robinson’s was finely tuned so that the end result would resonate with listeners throughout the entire EDM scene.
Check out the new Spitfire EP and let us what tracks you dig most!
The Rapture have emerged from hiding and returned (and no, I’m not talking about the Biblical one)! After a five year break, The Rapture has put out a full length album titled “In the Grace of Your Love” and they have kept true to their distinct and funky sound. Sounds aside, I want to take a quick second and highlight why their album cover caught my eye without getting too cliche and Southern Californian on you.
The first reason this album stuck out was because of the way the strong typography was juxtaposed with the soft flow of a wave. All of us at the Noise Train are avid beach goers and surfers (I’m actually picking up a new long board this weekend but at the same time, I HATE the Beach Boys), and I’ve got to be honest, long boarding isn’t the first activity I think of when I throw on one of the Rapture’s albums. However, this cover reminds me that their dancy sounds leave as much room for improvised dance as long boarding providers room for style and creativity.
Defintiely check out the rest of the Rapture’s albums, but in the meantime, if you love boogieing the night away to their upbeat, new-disco/rock sounds, then you’ll love the remix A-Trak recently put out.
A-Trak, a world renowned DJ, producer and owner of Fool’s Gold Records, remixed one of the new songs titled “How Deep is Your Love?” and cranked up the boogie for all of the EDM lovers and party people alike.I have had this track on loop for the past two weeks and it’s time I shared the love. Give this banger a listen, clap with the beat, groove to the saxophone samples and get the party started!