Frank Ocean has returned. He previously said “if you liked 2017, you’ll love 2018″ and it seems as though he’s already lived up to this statement as he’s just dropped another beautiful and relaxing new cover of Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer’s “Moon River” performed by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast With Tiffany’s. Frank delivered some unreal loose singles last year including “Chanel“, “Biking“, “Lens” and “Provider” mostly via his Blonded radio show. This new song has minimal instrumental while his voice takes front stage with its multiple layers showing off his vocals, and it’s sounding amazing. Enjoy!
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EDC Las Vegas is something electronic music fans look forward to each and every year as it’s one of biggest festivals in the world. EDC is bringing 8 themed stages with over 200 artists, thousands of costumed performers and many art installations. The festival brings in over 100,000 people daily to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway year after year and this time they’re revamping some of the INSANE stages to be even bigger and better. This year they’re extending the hours of the festival and also adding camping.
They have stages for every type of music lover from bass music to trance to everything in between with stages including the Bass Pod, Wasteland, Circuit Grounds, Quantum Valley, Insomniac Records, Neon Garden, Cosmic Meadow (hosted by HARD), and the largest stage yet Kinetic Field.
This year they did things a little different this year having Insomniac’s Pasquale Rotella hosting a Facebook Live feed as a special edition of Night Owl Radio playing each artist one by one letting fans test their ears commenting who they hear. They’ll be posting the full lineup tomorrow but until then we figured we share some of our favorite artists we heard including Zeds Dead, Illenium, REZZ, Snails, San Holo, Ekali, Malaa, Seven Lions, Khalid, Getter, Diplo, Kaskade, Fisher, Will Clarke, Slander, Mike Will Made-It, and many more.
Check out the full lineup video below and enjoy!
Zeds Dead have been pushing out Deadbeats Radio mixes at a rapid-fire speed since the show’s debut back in June 2017. The weekly mixes have become a must-hear, as they celebrate music both old and new with unreleased heaters, nostalgic gems and occasional themes such as the “Dubstep Throwback” and “Drum ‘n Bass Special.”
The duo occasionally brings guest performers into the mix, and the most recent edition of Deadbeats Radio enlisted none other than Ganja White Night. This Belgian duo is fresh off the release of their low-end bass album The Origins, and that momentum shows with their half of this mix.
Zeds Dead kick things off for the first 30 minutes. The two keep things fresh with both feather light and heavy, in-your-face tracks juxtaposed in a constant rise and fall of energy, including their recent collaboration with Ganja White Night “Samurai.” Ganja White Night jumps in around the halfway mark for a menacing 30 minutes of exclusively their own music, packing a punch with plenty of wobbles, filthy drops and VIPs. Check out the mix below and enjoy!
Zeds Dead – Deadbeats Radio #033 // Ganja White Night Guest Mix
Getter’s Terror Reid alias has been on a absolute hot streak since launching the project and is back with some more heat. This time around he’s shared his song “Cruisin” featuring Nick Colletti that previously surfaced online, but is now seeing an official release via his label Shred Collective.
Like other Terror Reid releases, this production finds a laid-back vibe sounding like some classic 90′s hip-hop. This song has more of a fun energy than many of his releases as Terror, which tend to be more menacing. The feel good song shows off Terror’s bars, which never disappoint. Enjoy!
Terror Reid – Cruisin (Ft. Nick Colletti)
Just last month we had the pleasure of introducing a brand new artist benny mayne who we’re excited about and now he’s back with even more fire! His debut single “bounce” really set the bar high, and this new one might be even better. The newcomer R&B / hip-hop artist has a knack for creating incredible catchy songs, and we’re stoked to be premiering his new track “lucky” as an appropriate release on Valentines day.
This new track is produced by Rosco and combines warm, moody synths, a bouncing piano melody, and gritty bassline placed alongside the hip-hop drums bringing everything together as the perfect backdrop for mayne’s smooth vocals. Here the Toronto-based benny mayne puts both his songwriting and vocals range on full display with lyrics that aren’t quite a romantic love song. On ”lucky, his voice is just as addictive as we heard previously and has us excited to see him grow. The newcomer has a ton of releases up his sleeve that we can’t wait to hear as he’s certainly an artist to keep an eye on in 2018. Enjoy!
benny mayne – lucky
Since dropping his dark debut album FREE 6LACK in November 2016, Atlanta singer and rapper 6LACK has effortlessly risen through the hip-hop/R&B ranks. The powerful young artist kept his stride throughout 2017 with bonus tracks, covers and more, and today he’s back with a simultaneously smooth yet dark new single “Cutting Ties.”
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It’s no coincidence that “Cutting Ties” dropped on February 14, and it’s safe to say this track isn’t for valentine’s lovers. Alternating between silky smooth melodic rapping on the verses and sleek singing on the bridge/chorus, 6LACK once again shows his vocal range while performing over a moody, trap-inspired beat. Check out “Cutting Ties” below and enjoy!
6LACK – Cutting Ties
Khalid has shared another new single. After having an incredible track “The Way” alongside Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee on the Black Panther album curated by Kendrick Lamar and TDE, he back with more fire! This time around he’s collaborated with Fifth Harmony’s Normani on a soulful new song “Love Lies” as a Valentines day treat for fans. The collaboration is off the movie soundtrack Love, Simon. The relaxing track utilizes a laid-back instrumental while both artists deliver chill vocal performances. Enjoy!
Khalid & Normani – Love Lies
There’s no stopping Kendrick Lamar… we were just blessed with his incredible curated album for Marvel’s Black Panther movie and it’s incredible. Just a couple days ago, Q-Tip teased a collaboration alongside Kendrick and now he’s hopped on not one, but two guest features released today. It’s a blessing whenever we get a new Kendrick feature and hearing him on Cozz’s “Hustla’s Story” and Nipsey Hussle’s “Dedication” in the same day is even better.
“Dedication” hears Kendrick go over what sounds like it could be a classic west coast G-funk beat, and absolutely killed it. On “Hustla’s Story” he switches things up going back and forth between laid-back singing and rapid-fire verses with a flow we haven’t heard from Kdot previously. Stream both below and enjoy!
Nipsey Hussle “Dedication” (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Cozz – Hustla’s Story (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)
Pat Corcoran and Tim Smith have made quite the name for themselves as artist managers over the years due to their success in building the careers of Chance The Rapper and Skrillex. Now the two powerhouse managers have teamed up for something we didn’t see coming, a new wine company.
Called No Fine Print, the new company from Corcoran and Smith has brought Ryan Arnold on board, who has seen great success as the wine director for the widely popular restaurant enterprise. The respected Sommelier’s knowledge of wine paired with Smith and Corcoran’s ability to build brands and connect with consumers is like a dream team for a wine venture, and we’re excited to see how it plays out.
“GOOD PEOPLE GOOD TIMES” IS WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT. THIS WINE IS AN EXPRESSION OF THAT. IT’S AN EXTENSION OF OUR LOVE OF MUSIC AND ART, OF THE CREATIVITY AND JOYS OF HUMANITY. ENJOY THIS BOTTLE WITH PEOPLE YOU ENJOY! – PAT CORCORAN + TIM SMITH + RYAN ARNOLD
No Fine Print seems to be the perfect point for an average wine consumer looking to explore a bit deeper as they aim to create wine that appeals to newcomers and win connoisseurs alike. They have a $19.99 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon from California as well as a much more limited sub-brand called “Fine Print” that’s launching with a $34.99 bottle of 2014 Syrah-Pinot Noir blend. Check out their website here… maybe Chance and Skrillex will collaborate on some wine? Enjoy!
The next wave of dubstep is rapidly gathering steam with constant sound design innovations from up & coming producers like BadKlaat. This U.K. based producer is hot off of two banging original releases on SKisM’s powerhouse dubstep label Never Say Die and has been busy cranking out remixes for star-studded remix albums like Excision’s The Virus and Datsik’s Monster. Now they’ve unleashed some heat taking on Riot Ten for a fresh new remix via Dim Mak.
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BadKlaat has now made it onto TSIS for his remix of Riot Ten & Sullivan King’s track “Pit Boss” ft. DJ Paul. If you’re someone who’s looking to ride the rail at your local dubstep event then this remix will hit the spot. BadKlaat blends the originals’ aggressive vocals into a chaotic buildup before collapsing the track into a deceptively simple drop that relentlessly hits the listener with percussive force. A bit later BadKlaat takes us under the hood of his sound by drawing out each hit with devastating effect. This release is coming early off Riot Ten’s forthcoming EP “The Dead” which drops on Friday, Feb. 16. Riot Ten is also appearing on Datsik’s Ninja Nation tour, see dates below. Enjoy!
Riot Ten & Sullivan King – King Boss ft. DJ Paul (BadKlaat Remix) | Purchase
Riot Ten Appearing on Datsik Ninja Nation Tour 2018
1/12 @ Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
1/13 @ The International – Knoxville, TN
1/16 @ Joy Theatre – New Orleans, LA
1/17 @ Bajas – Tallahassee, FL
1/18 @ House of Blues – Orlando, FL
1/19 @ The Ritz – Tampa, FL
1/20 @ Cinema – Pompano Beach, FL
2/10 @ Stage AE – Pittsburgh, PA
2/13 @ The Pub Station – Billings, MT
2/14 @ Roseland Theatre – Portland, OR
2/16 @ Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
2/17 @ Revolution Event Center – Nampa, ID
2/19 @ Cornerstone Craft Beer & Live Music – Bloomington, MN
2/20 @ The Catalyst Club – Santa Cruz, CA
2/21 @ The Graduate – San Luis Obispo, CA
2/22 @ Cargo Concert Hall – Reno, NV
2/23 @ El Rey – Chico, CA
2/27 @ The Orpheum Theater – Flagstaff, AZ
2/28 @ The Rialto Theatre – Tucson, AZ
3/1 @ The Van Buren – Phoenix, AZ
3/2 @ The Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
3/3 @ The Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
3/7 @ The Historic El Rey Theater – Albuquerque, NM
3/ 8 @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel – Las Vegas, NV
3/10 @ 1STBANK Center – Broomfield, CO
3/12 @ Belly Up Aspen – Aspen, CO
3/13 @ Orpheum Madison – Madison, WI
3/14 @ Wooly’s – Des Moines, IA
3/15 @ The Intersection – Grand Rapids, MI
3/16 @ Danforth Music Hall – Toronto, ON, Canada
3/17 @ Elevation 2018 at Place Bell – Laval, QC, Canada
3/20 @ Old National Centre – Indianapolis, IN
3/21 @ Blue Moose Tap House – Iowa City, IA
3/22 @ The District – Sioux Falls, SD
3/23 @ Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
3/24 @ Skyway Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
GRiZ at Red Rocks is something we look forward to each and every time, and he’s just made the exciting announcement he’ll be returning in 2018! After some cryptic messages causing us to question what’s happening with the TSIS favorite artist, he’s shared some good news for fans. Yesterday he teased a video hinting at a return to the Denver-based artist’s home venue, Red Rocks and now he’s shared the exciting news that once again, he’s going to be returning for two nights on July 13 and 14 with night one being GRiZ Live Band and night two being a normal GRiZ Set.
Last year was a special event at Red Rocks as he debuted his live band for the first time for an intimate show at The Ogden Theater and then played with the band again for one night at Red Rocks, while doing a standard GRiZ set the second night. We really can’t wait to see what he has in store for us this time around as his video yesterday used a sample repeating “One more time,” which has us wondering, will this be GRiZ’s last Red Rocks show? We’ll have to wait and see but for now be sure to grab presale tickets here with password: GRIZRRX18 Enjoy!
GRiZ at Red Rocks, July 13 & 14, limited pre-sale tickets available now!
Night one : GRiZ Live Band
Night Two : GRiZ
— GRiZ (@Griz) February 13, 2018
Kasbo has been on steep upward trajectory over the past couple years and is taking big strides already this year as he’s announced his highly anticipated debut album, Places We Don’t Know out March 23 via Foreign Family Collective / Counter Records. Now he’s shared another incredible album single “Your Tempo” and we’re even more excited for his album.
The young Swedish artist just recently shared his incredible single “Aldrig Mer” alongside talented indie group TENDER and continues to blow us away on this new one. His sound design seems to get better and better with each new song and this one is no different. He captures a nostalgic vibe with his mystical vocal chops and bright synths paired with stuttering percussion and alluring, uncredited female vocals giving the song a dreamy feeling throughout. Stay tuned for more off his debut album and catch him on tour if you get the chance as his live show is pretty incredible – see dates below. Enjoy!
Kasbo – Your Tempo
It’s here! The highly anticipated collaboration between Illenium and Kill The Noise has been teased live, and now the two TSIS favorites have unleashed this wild new track “Don’t Give Up On Me” featuring the eerie vocals from Mako.
The two artist’s style compliment each other in the best way, making for a hard-hitting song we’ll be bumping for a while. The song has a chilling, digitalized vocal and moments of bright melodies that gives the song a light, breezy counterpart the the gritty, heavy dubstep drop with incredible, dark sound design that all comes together so well. Enjoy!
Illenium & Kill The Noise – Don’t Give Up On Me (Ft. Mako)
A couple months ago ZHU had sent out a private song available only to those subscribed to The Blacklizt for a limited time, and now he’s uploaded for all our listening pleasures! This new track JET, THE DOBERMAN is a bit of a change of pace for the enigmatic producer. He makes use of wonky horns, an eerie melody and trap inspired percussion across the frantic song. There’s a chill guitar breakdown midway before some heavier production to close it out. Stay tuned for ZHU’s highly anticipated new collab with Tame Impala and enjoy!
ZHU – JET, THE DOBERMAN
No matter what, Black Star will go down in history as one of the most respected hip-hop duos of all time. Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Talib Kweli are noted legendary lyricists, and when they combine their talents, very few duos can confidently stand up to them. This past weekend the two hip-hop stars played a very rare one-off show in Denver, Colorado at the Ogden Theater. Equally renowned DJ and producer Madlib had a show at another location the same night, and Yasiin Bey made a special guest appearance during his set to unveil some exciting unexpected news.
Although those who were in attendance knew they were in for a unique performance, none of them expected to be the first to hear of a special announcement made by Yasiin and Madlib. According to accounts from fans on Reddit who were in attendance, both Yasiin and Madlib have confirmed that there will be a brand new Black Star album coming 2018, with none other than the legenary Madlib on production duties.
As if our minds weren’t blown already with the announcement of a new Black Star album, the fact that Madlib will be on the same project is stunning. If you’re not familiar with Madlib, his discography and production credits are something to admire. Excluding his work with the two Black Star rappers, he’s made beats for Kanye West, Anderson .Paak, Freddie Gibbs, J Dilla, De La Soul and worked on Madvillainy with MF DOOM, arguably one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time.
The excitement from this announcement can be heard by hip-hop heads all around the world. 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of their one and only studio album Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star. Seems like a perfect time for a comeback.
Ekali is back with another fire mix! The talented producer has been on a roll with his recent original tracks with ZHU on “Blame” with Troyboi on “Truth” and with Opia on “Past Life,” and now he’s back with his fourth edition of the “Awakening” mix series we’ve been loving.
This new installment of the mix series follows in the footsteps of past editions in the way he mixes both chill and heavy sounding releases together, perfectly highlighting the two ends of the electronic music spectrum. His mixing and choice of songs are both top notch as he works in tracks from DROELOE, Tchami, Illenium, Bassnectar and more. He includes a ton of new live edits from his sets and a few unreleased tracks. See the full tracklist below and enjoy!
Ekali – Awakening Mix 4
GRiZ has been very cryptic on social media lately, leading us to speculate whether this next album is his last under the GRiZ project or not. While many questions are circulating around the TSIS favorite artist, one thing seems certain after today… GRiZ is returning to Red Rocks this year. However, his video seems to hint that this could be his last run as GRiZ at the iconic venue.
After clearing his Instagram and Tweeting messages like “I’m gonna miss u guys” and “It’s really weird cause this new album really feels like the last one”, it had us wondering, is GRiZ planning on moving on from this project after his next album? We’re not sure, but at least he’s just shared a video with the caption “Tomorrow” and a video using a sample that kept repeating “One more time.” Does this mean he has one last Red Rocks show up his sleeve? Stay tuned for tomorrow to see his announcement and enjoy!
Ever since he first started putting out music back in 2012, Cashmere Cat has been one of electronic music’s most enigmatic, creative, and out-of-the-box producers. Although he’s taken a route towards working with R&B and hip-hop artists in the past couple years, Cashmere Cat still offers up some incredible instrumentals. The young Norwegian producer can be very elusive, so you know it’s special when he decides to make an appearance on a radio show like Diplo & Friends.
Cashmere Cat, who is currently on a co-headlining tour with MØ on their MEØW Tour, found some time to drop off an hour-long mix for Diplo & Friends this weekend, and it may be one of the most eclectic collection of sounds we’ve ever heard. At one moment you can be nearly moved to tears by melodies from Bjork, the next you’re pumping your elbows to some of the most intense sound design you’ll ever hear by the likes of SOPHIE and Cashy Cat himself. He even throws in a solid collection of modern rap bangers, somehow.
If you’re in the mood to check out some music you probably won’t hear anywhere else, lend your ears to this mix for an hour. Enjoy!
Cashmere Cat – Diplo & Friends Mix
Q-Tip and Kendrick Lamar have a previously unreleased collaboration that’s sounding amazing! Q-Tip premiered the new song on his Abstract Radio show saying it’s not newly recorded but it’s sounding amazing.
The two previously linked up on A Tribe Called Quest’s epic return album and once again show an incredible chemistry. This unreleased new track “Want U 2 Want” appears at the 1:42 mark, with the radio show also including Q-Tip and Demi Lovato covering Elton John at 1:59. Kendrick sounds like he’s part of A Tribe Called Quest, naturally fitting into the classic 90′s sound, and it’s amazing. For those of you who missed it, be sure to check out the new Black Panther album Kendrick curated as it’s absolutely incredible. We’re hoping this collab gets a full release, but listen to it here for now and enjoy!
Today we have an amazing project from some talented teenagers we’ve been excited about. Chicago vocalists Ravyn Lenae has been making waves lately with her incredible voice and has appeared alongside one of our favorite artists Smino on numerous tracks. Today she’s shared her highly anticipated new EP Crush, entirely produced by Steve Lacy, who also lends his vocals on a few tracks.
Lacy is a young artist who is part of the band The Internet, and has worked with on some insane projects including Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. and Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy among others. Here the two teens prove to a perfect match. Lenae’s vocals are like a dream. Her silky smooth singing lays weightlessly atop Lacy’s extra smooth production placing an indie spin on R&B, and we can’t get enough. Each track is impressive so be sure to check out this full project and keep an eye on these young talents. Enjoy!
Ravyn Lenae – Crush
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