After releasing a critically acclaimed album this summer, dominating the U.S. with a cross-country full band tour, and presenting his first live Pay-Per-View event just a few nights ago, Pretty Lights returns with a stream of his brand new A Color Map Of The Sun (Remixes) LP. Laughing in the face of complacency, Derek Vincent Smith has handpicked a set of artists to individually remix every track on his latest album, bringing Pretty Lights Music fans even more material from his emphatic summertime release.
With Michal Menert and Break Science making appearances, it’s clear that the homegrown Colorado-native handed plenty of the remix duty off to his label mates, but tracks redone by Marvel Years and Two Fresh show that Derek also gives love to the up-and-coming producers that express elements of other genres. Aside from maintaining his patented soul, electro, hip-hop, and funk vibes, the remix album adds aspects of dirtier dubstep from the likes of Datsik and 12th Planet, who throw listeners a bass-filled curveball that restores freshness to A Color Map of the Sun. The full album will be available for free download on December 10th.
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On a snowy Tuesday night in Syracuse, New York, glitch hop and funk producer Griz played an intimate show at the Westcott Theater. The Detroit native is currently on a fall tour promoting his sophomore album, Rebel Era, released for free download a couple months back. The night began with two great acts that each set the stage for a groovy night, as fellow Liberated Music label mates The Floozies performed, followed by heavier act Pegboard Nerds. The crowd really started trickling in, however, just in time for the 23-year-old producer’s big performance.
Years of trial and error have culminated in Detroit musician Griz developing an unparalleled mastery over his unique niche in the dance music scene. Drawing together dexterous musicianship with a taste for rattling bass and a keen ear for sampling, Griz has taken the concept of electro soul to the next level. While last year he brought us his groundbreaking debut LP, Mad Liberation, this year he follows up with Rebel Era, an album just as innovative and compelling as his original debut. In generous fashion, Griz has released the entire album for free.
Click past the break to stream tracks from the album and hear our thoughts on the release.
If Red Rocks is your scene, you place saxophone up with synth in sound importance and you’ve got the funk, chances are you’re already rocking to Griz. The 23-year-old Detroit native has proved Colorado isn’t the only place the Denver groove can prosper, and he’s done so with the help of good old fashioned vinyl. While his 100% free album Mad Liberation came out last year, the young producer has just released a music video for its “Smash The Funk,” with the explanation that he wanted to release a video that had been as a much of a journey to create as the album itself. With montages of sold-out Colorado shows, insights from the artist himself, some shooting of recording equipment with a hunting rifle, and, of course, the vibes of “Smash The Funk,” the video gives an inside look at the life of the mad liberator. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.
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It’s truly something special when Griz and Gramatik come together as Grizmatik. The two producers unite their affinities for funk, jazz and hip hop with their insatiable craving for deep, thunderous bass, creating some truly radical music in the process. After a very successful debut with “Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom,” Grizmatik returns with their much-anticipated follow-up release, “My People.” Constructing the track at a comfortable midtempo pace, Griz and Gramatik showcase brilliant instrumental work and sampling in tandem with a heavy, snaking drop.
Explaining Lightning in a Bottle to the uninitiated is a delicate deed. Equal parts art amalgam and open-minded music festival, the Do Lab‘s gem on Lake Skinner is a little slice of Burning Man with less oppressive weather conditions and a more stage-centric focus. Showcasing forward-thinking dance music scenes that revolve mainly around the West Coast, from crusty Colorado bass music to Bay Area downtempo and progressive trap, the festival has been known to open many an East Coast eye. My very own were no exceptions.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Inspired by Flight Facilities’ decade mixes, this week’s Sunday Morning Meds is dedicated to classic rock reworks which commemorate generations past. It’s important to take a look back at musical evolution and pay tribute to the bands who revolutionized music into what we hear today. You’ll find Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, The Steve Miller Band and Aerosmith remixes below, each one using modern technology to revamp the classic tune without compromising the original sound.
If you missed any of last week’s more chilled out selections, check out Disclosure’s new single “You & Me,” the Hot Natured take of Phoenix’ “Entertainment,” the Adana remix of Larse’s “Hot,” Goldroom’s The Knock’s remix of “Modern Hearts,” Sepalcure’s “Make You,” Yousef’s “Think Twice” Catz N’ Dogz edit, Justin Jay’s “Static” EP, and Maceo Plex’s “Galactic Cinema.”
Detroit bass music producer Griz has been steadily establishing his niche over the past year as a blend of live instrumentation and dubstep/glitch hop. While his Mad Liberation album was an impressive release, Griz’s recent productions have been on a whole new level. “Gettin’ Live” is his latest output, and it’s potentially his best work to date. Sampling legendary rapper Tupac as well as the soundtrack from Tarantino’s latest blockbuster, Django Unchained, Griz crafts a bluesy, cinematic dubstep track worthy of some serious praise. From the live sax to distorted, snaking bass drops, “Gettin’ Live” incorporates the best of Griz’s abilities.
In one of the coolest conspirations of late, glitch-hop/dubstep artist Griz has remixed LA R&B/dubstep producer Kill Paris’s forthcoming track, “Slap Me.” Kill Paris is set to release his debut EP, To a New Earth, on February 26th via OWSLA. The three track EP will feature originals “To a New Earth,” “Slap Me,” and “Catch You,” as well as remixes from Griz, Gramatik, Candyland and more. Ahead of the release, Griz’s remix of “Slap Me” has been aired as a free download. With its funky bassline, retro synths, and high-frequency drop, the combination between Kill Paris and Griz’s styles is a seamless, delightful blend.
After his grungey glitch hop collaboration with Gramatik entitled “Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom,” Griz teams up with fellow Colorado residents Big Gigantic for a thrilling, adrenaline-inducing drumstep production. Initially reminiscent of “Bonfire” by Knife Party for its reggae vibes and drumstep tempo, “Power” progresses from a monstrous bass drop to a jazzy interlude fueled by live saxophone. Between Griz, Big Gigantic, and Gramatik, a new era of glitch hop-driven dubstep is quickly forming, backed by each producer’s impressive live instrumental abilities. Stay tuned for more inter-Colorado collaborations and pick up “Power” for free from SoundCloud.