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It would appear that Chlöe Howl popped up overnight with her hit single No Strings. This pop song seems to be taking the internet by storm. Could Chlöe Howl be the next Adele to come out of the UK? I think so! I have been scouring the internet for more information on this brand new voice, and only one (very lucky website) has the insider info, with quite possibly the first and only interview around. “The Line Of Best Fit” was able to get some answers from this overnight star (read their interview here). She’s only 17 years old and new to Columbia Records, I can’t wait to hear more from her!
No Strings came out at the end of 2012 and starts a little familiar, the first few notes remind me of Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks before coming into its own. This song sounds a little more adult than a teenager’s song – singing about consuming alcohol and hooking up. But as Chlöe Howl told “The Line Of Best Fit,” it’s important to her to say it like it is (I’m paraphrasing of course). It’s great to see a new artist own who she is and not hide anything, I think she will do fine.
A few days ago she released Rumour, which is more along the lines of what you could expect from a new teenage pop artist, trying to figure out how to be yourself amongst the gossip and rumors of a High School and young adulthood. Which, yes, sounds a little contradictory to what I just said about her knowing who she was. Alright, so maybe we can give her some room and let her figure out how to be herself while expressing herself through music. Perhaps one day, instead of people being compared to Adele, up and comers can be compared to Chlöe Howl.
Chlöe Howl – No Strings
Chlöe Howl – Rumour
I’ve been getting a handful of requests to favorite songs on The Hype Machine or vote for a mashup in a competition, luckily it’s all been by DJs I am already familiar with and would likely have done so without being prompted to do so. Well, Bruneaux is the latest offender, he hit me up on Facebook and of course I gave it a like. But then I realized that Bruneaux must be out with a brand new mashup, how did I miss this for nearly a week (usually I’m in the know)? Well, as you can expect, it’s another great mashup – dare I say it’s also ‘beautiful’. Alive In Technicolor takes samples from Krewella, Coldplay, The Beatles, and Zedd. It’s not hard to see why he thinks this may be his favorite of all his children so far.
Now, for A Quick Change of Scenery (see what I did there?). This one is ‘fresh off the press’ – only a few hours old. DJ i6′s latest mashup inspired by The Veldt by Ray Bradbury and includes samples from Deadmau5, Tommy Trash, Nicky Romero, Krewella (makes for a great transition after Bruneaux’s mashup), and Avicii. The mashup ends at around 4 minutes, but takes a full minute to power down and fade out.
We started with two familiar DJs, thanks to Bootleggers Music (once again), I have a new Mashup Artist to share with you. He goes by the name of Jay Stone, he’s from Plymouth (and Worthing), Britain. He started DJing at the young age of 17 and has most recently won Thirst Bar’s Annual “Super Star DJ” Competition with his mixture of House bangers to Club classics. His latest mashup is only a few days old, Changed The She Wolf showcases only two samples, that of: Example and David Guetta featuring Sia. This one screams EDM, even more so than the first two mashups in this feature.
Purchase on DMC: Jay Stone – Changed the She Wolf (David Guetta ft. Sia vs. Example)
Bastille – Pompeii (“Bad Blood” out March 4, 2013)
I have been waiting for some new Bastille for quite some time! I first discovered his sound back in 2011 (for his City High cover), when they were more of a solo act with just Dan Smith (of South London, Britain). Fast-forward a year and he’s formed a band with Chris “Woody” Wood, Will Farquarson, and Kyle Simmons. One thing has remained the same, their name, Bastille; which is from Dan Smith – he was born on Bastille Day.
Dan Smith has a British accent, a flare for the French and his music has a touch of African beats and chants. The first two make sense on their own, but let me explain myself a little better for the final piece. I’ve listened to a lot of his work over the years and there has been that extra element of empowerment. I don’t know how else to describe it. In Pompeii, you hear the chanting in the beginning and that drum in the chorus to accompany the powerful chorus. It feels like Bastille took samples from many different cultures and put them together to create Pompeii. I genuinely can’t stop repeating this song, it leaves such a feel good impression on me after every listen. Though, it is a strange video with the blacked out eyes – not quite sure what they were going for with that.
I figured it was about time that we change up the feel of Throwback Friday. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the Rebirth of a Mashup artist just as much as the next guy. But when I was on my Wobble Wednesday hunt, I found an excellent Dubstep producer that I knew I had to share. Xilent (of AudioPorn Records) was born in Warsaw, Poland and currently resides in the UK; in 2011, he was nominated for the “Best Newcomer Producer” by the Drum and Bass Arena Awards. I really enjoy the remixes he has available on his SoundCloud account. First off, there is his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Figure 8. It has a fantastic build up with some sick beats and of course, it has the drop. A few drops at that. This is an official remix for Ellie Goulding by the way – or at least it is now, as it is featured on her SoundCloud account.
Another remix that you need to hear is about 6 months old, he took on Katy Perry’s Wide Awake. Another Dubstep remix with a good build, and based on what we’ve come to know about Xilent so far is that we know the bass is coming. That excitement increases with anticipation the longer you wait and all of a sudden the bass hits. It’s one of those that you can sit back, take in and just enjoy.
Purchase on iTunes: Ellie Goulding – Figure 8 (Xilent Remix)
Katy Perry – Wide Awake (Xilent Remix)
I swear, you write one article about NuFunk and that’s all you’re able to find. Which, is a great ‘problem’ to have! I came across Hayz, of London, Britain yesterday and really enjoyed his old school flavor mixed over some gritty bass. Or at least that is the case with Ghetto Rat, which has several early Hip Hop samples and really brings a fella back. I also think it’s awesome that he is able to bring in some high note brass with the trumpet. It also has a touch of Reggae spirit on it. Hayz also has a fun rework of that great bootleg by A.Skillz on California Soul, which I’m glad he credited because I was trying to figure out where I first heard that bootleg. Hayz’ version is California Stole and has his own breakbeats added in to give it new life.
As I cruise through some older mashups, I came across a guy named Cap’n Fleeb (of Tel Aviv, Israel) and his month old mashup entitled Ghost Machine, Where Have You Been? It has three distinct samples from Rihanna, Deadmau5, and Florence & The Machine. It starts off with Rihanna over Deadmau5′ classic Ghosts n’ Stuff, which is a simple ‘a vs. b’ mashup, then out of no where, Florence shoves Rihanna aside and picks up that momentum even more. It is a welcomed surprise, not unexpected (I knew she would be on it eventually based on the description), there is something about the mixture of Deadmau5 and Florence that sounds surprisingly natural.
Another guy that I recently discovered is a Mashup Producer by the name of Dyan Vasey (of London, England). He has an impressive resume already, with his work creating radio mashups for Kiss FM (London, UK), BBC Radio One (UK), and Chicago B96FM (US). That was just in 2010, since then he has been acknowledged by the likes of Kylie Minogue, The Black Eyed Peas, Colby O’Donnis, and even David Guetta; giving Dyan Vasey worldwide attention on his tracks.
The first Dyan Vasey mashup I have to talk about includes the Sue Teller sample that caught me off guard but I found myself instantly loving it for that reason (among many others). Another factor is that this is a fun mega mashup (and that tends to grab my attention even more). It has 12 different samples including: Ke$ha, One Direction, Lady Gaga, Flo Rida, Sak Noel, Taio Cruz, Madonna, Train, and Tim Berg. Ke$ha has never sounded so good (or maybe I just secretly enjoy Ke$ha…). Two other mashups of his that you should check out when you get a chance would be I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Doing Fine (Black Eyed Peas vs. Mary J. Blige) and Blind Faith [One Day Bootleg] (Matisyahu vs. Chase & Status). It’s the Mary J. Blige and Matisyahu (respectively) that does it for me on both mashups and if you know me even a little, you know that you will always win me over with Matisyahu.
It’s time to get funk-a-fied with Featurecast’s personal NuFunk/Breaks style for 2013′s first Throwback Friday. Featurecast (aka Lee Mintram) is a DJ/Producer out of the UK, he has experience playing all over the world. Taking a track off of his debut album, “Run For Cover,” with Jalapeno Records, would have to be Got That Fire (Oh La Ha) featuring Pugs Atomz and Ill Legit. It’s the chorus that gives it a touch of French attitude. I particularly enjoy how upbeat this track is with the Breaks style built-in. Another popular track of his would be Ego Tripping featuring the funky, soulful, vocally talented singer, Farina Miss. The old school sample that you surely noticed is that of Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh, giving it that classic Hip Hop sound with Featurecast’s NuFunk.
Now that we have heard an old school sample, let’s really dive into the greatness of early Hip Hop with some Public Enemy! Harder Than You Think is a great remix. It is actually this remix that led me to Featurecast and to more of his Funky fresh beats. Hands down, his best remix available on his SoundCloud account. FLAVA FLAV! I couldn’t resist, but this is truly a great tune.
Purchase on Beatport: Featurecast ft. Farina Miss – Ego Tripping
Happy New Year! I thought, I’d wait until everyone on the West coast changed over before I officially said it (I think I have my time zones correct… not positive on Hawaii & Alaska, but 48 out of 50 ain’t bad). I found this awesome remix that I felt brought in the New Year perfectly, it’s a high-energy EDM hit by Kat Krazy of Guildford, Britain. He is taking the UK music scene by storm by producing some of the hottest remixes to chart-topping artists like Coldplay, Foster The People and more! The remix I had to share with you is just a few days old, it’s Hurts Like Heaven by Coldplay. I can only imagine how fun it would be to hear this remix live in a club; though, unless it was Kat Krazy actually DJing, I’d be stuck without knowing who’s remix it was or how to get a copy of it.
Another EDM remix of his is Wiley’s Heatwave featuring Ms. D; this is one that I wanted to include merely so I could keep that party pulse going a little longer. In fact, I could listen to a nonstop playlist of Kat Krazy’s remixes without complaining once. I highly encourage you to visit his website to find more of his productions (KatKrazyMusic.com) – also, it is a pretty nifty site too. The last remix I will leave you with is his remix to Foster The People’s Don’t Stop; because hey, why would you want it to stop?
Coldplay – Hurts Like Heaven (Kat Krazy Remix)
Purchase on iTunes: Wiley ft. Ms. D – Heatwave (Kat Krazy Remix)
Foster The People – Don’t Stop (Kat Krazy Remix)
Yesterday we experienced a ton of Mashup Monday new releases for TMP 2.0; today we get our first glimpse into the recurring International Tuesday feature. I found an interesting mashup pack yesterday that includes two different DJ/Producers creating a mashup a piece based on the Original Sound Track composed by Jean Pierre Taieb for the 2011 movie, ”The Divide.” The pack is consequently titled “Undivided” with each mashup holding its own. Of the two, I lean towards Fissunix of France for his remix. It is one of the first times where I actually feel moved by a mashup. It really comes down to utilizing Jean Pierre Taieb’s original work the best and combining it with the familiar lyrics of Cutting Crew’s (I just) Died In Your Arms Tonight. You may also notice a few familiar spoken samples from the 1983 movie, “War Games.”
Now, not to sell Colatron’s (of Britain) interpretation short; he takes the route of Coldplay versus Jean Pierre Taieb with an additional sample from Bledbox’s Nothing. Coldplay is already associated with the direction you are expecting after listening to Fissunix’s mashup. Colatron does a great job of staying within the direction but adding his own soft style to the Undivided pack. Between the two mashups I almost feel obligated to see the movie now, I mean who would have thought that a mashup could lead me to the motivation of watching a movie I had never previously heard of? Fissunix and Colatron need to give themselves a pat on the back for me, good job guys!
Here’s a fun throwback! Remember that City High song about the tough times during the 90′s? “What would you if your son was at home…” You sleep with a man for a little bit of money, that’s what you would do. Or you’d have to “get up off your feet and stop making tired excuses.” Either way, when I heard the Bastille cover I was instantly taken back to summer days when this song would come on over the radio.
Bastille is an up and coming musician of South London, he has a four track EP out called “Laura Palmer” that is also worth a listen. Dan Smith (Bastille) has such a unique sound, that British accent comes across nicely and the beats that accompanying this particular cover gives the original a sense of new life. Even a modern twist, not that City High necessarily needed the modification. I also enjoy the solo male take on this song, it gives it almost an empathetic feel to it.