Posts Tagged EDM

new music: Madame Gandhi

If you’re looking for a song to motivate you, to get you moving, to inspire you, “Top Knot Turn Up” by Madame Gandhi is for you. It’s a vibrant video packed with feminist imagery including uterus and ovaries sculptures, the Supreme Court and Madame Gandhi HQ. The video is directed by Justine Raczkiewicz and features a cast of female-identifying and gender non-confirming folks.
Los Angeles-based musician and activist Kiran, who performs as Madame Gandhi, was recently listed on Forbes 30 Under 30. She has drummed for M.I.A, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Kehlani and Lizzo. Madame Gandhi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Women’s Studies from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard.
What an inspiration. I feel like such an under-achiever!
Her short form album, Visions, is out tomorrow.

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show preview: Jaw Gems at House of Blues on December 31, 2016


Looking for a cool way to close out the year? This might be the perfectly chill vibe to bid farewell to 2016. Get lost in the hypnotic mellow beats of Portland, Maine-based Jaw Gems. The electronic collective of experimental producers brings beat-music to a live band setting. Jaw Gems recently released their second album, HEATWEAVER [1320 Records].

JAW GEMS w/ Lettuce featuring Antuwan Stanley (as seen with Vulfpeck)
& TAUK on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8pm

venue info:
15 Lansdowne St
Boston, MA 02215
(888) 693-2583


Sat. Dec. 17 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY *
Fri. Dec. 30 – State Theatre – Portland, ME **
Sat. Dec. 31 – House of Blues – Boston, MA **
Sun. Jan. 8 – The National – Richmond, VA **
Tues. Jan. 10 – The Throne Theater – Wilmington, NC **
Weds. Jan. 11 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC **
Thurs. Jan. 12 – Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN **
Fri. Jan. 13 – Georgia Theater – Athens, GA **
Sun. Jan. 15 – Music Farm – Charleston, SC **
Tues. Jan. 17 – Republic – New Orleans, LA **
Weds. Jan. 18 – Soul Kitchen – Mobile, AL **
Thurs. Jan. 19 – Jannus Landing – St. Petersburg, FL **
Weds. Feb. 1 – Low End Theory – Los Angeles, CA
Fri. Feb. 3 – Gem & Jam Festival – Tucson, AZ

* w/ Break Science Live Band
** w/ Lettuce
More Dates To Be Announced Soon


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show preview: Jaw Gems at The Sinclair, Cambridge on Saturday, October 8, 2016





based in Portland, Maine, Jaw Gems creates dance trance beats and grooves with a soothing, hypnotic vibe. On its Facebook page the group describes its genre as drip hop / ratchet jazz. Fitting. Formed in 2009, the experimental music collective started out with vintage synthesizers, a drummer, and an electric bassist and more recently [for those EDM-philes out there] added in Roland sp404 and the Juno 106 Analog Synth. New album Heatweaver [1320 Records] out now.

Jaw Gems at The Sinclair, Cambridge, Mass., on Saturday, October 8, 2016


The Sinclair

52 Church Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

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new music: Frameworks; FEMME; Your Friend

Frameworks, “Branches”

–perfect for a Sunday. smooth and inviting. house beats that burst euphorically yet subdued. EP out now. British downtempo and instrumental hip hop producer Matthew Brewer aka Frameworks released the EP Branches [Loci Records] on November 20.

FEMME, “Gold”

–upbeat and bold. fantastic song. dance-able and empowering. Femme says about writing the song: “I wrote “Gold” after spending many days watching ABBA videos and late nights dreaming of Shirley Bassey. It’s about being blinded by someone’s immaculate golden veneer to the point of not realizing you may not be in love at all.” EP out now. debut album out in the spring.


Your Friend, “Come Back From It”

–Taryn Miller is the talent behind Your Friend. Lovely blissful melodies and murky-cool lyrics. Her debut album GUMPTION [Domino] is out January 29. Of the video, Miller says: It was freezing, and wild. He (the motorcycle driver) was weaving between highway traffic and at times, splitting the space between semis. It all came together at the very end of my trip, and was a really lovely way to leave after seeing what so many endured. There was this juxtaposition of the time that I arrived, and the night before I left. The streets were empty on my first day there, and it was exhilarating to be riding back into the city like that, and to have witnessed such resilience during such a dark time.”

TOUR DATES (w/ Porches & Alex G):
Wed. Mar. 9 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Thu. Mar. 10 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Fri. Mar. 11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle – Backroom
Sat. Mar. 12 – Savannah, GA @ Savannah Stopover Festival
Sun. Mar. 13 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
Mon. Mar. 14 – Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder
Sat. Mar. 19 – Dallas, TX @ Spillover Music Fest
Mon. Mar. 21 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
Tue. Mar. 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Wed. Mar. 23 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Thu. Mar. 24 – Portland, OR @ Analog Cafe
Fri. Mar. 25 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sat. Mar. 26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt
Mon. Mar. 28 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Tue. Mar. 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu. Mar. 31 – Santa Ana, CA @ Observatory – Constellation Room
Fri. Apr. 1 – San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe
Sat. Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
Sun. Apr. 3 – Albuquerque, NM @ The Co-Op
Tue. Apr. 5 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Wed. Apr. 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Thu. Apr. 7 – Madison, WI @ UW Student Union
Fri. Apr. 8 – Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College – Gardner Lounge
Sat. Apr. 9 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
Sun. Apr. 10 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Cafe
Mon. Apr. 11 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Tue. Apr. 12 – Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
Wed. Apr. 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Thu. Apr. 14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Fri. Apr. 15 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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music preview: SAVANT at NAGA in Cambridge, Mass. on September 16


Born in 1987, Aleksander Vinter is a successful electronic dance music composer from Norway, now Los Angeles-based, who took the alias Savant after his rare mental condition Savant syndrome. According to NIH, Savant syndrome is: “a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which persons with serious mental disabilities, including autistic disorder, have some ‘island of genius’ which stands in marked, incongruous contrast to overall handicap. As many as one in 10 persons with autistic disorder have such remarkable abilities in varying degrees, although savant syndrome occurs in other developmental disabilities or in other types of central nervous system injury or disease as well. Whatever the particular savant skill, it is always linked to massive memory. This paper presents a brief review of the phenomenology of savant skills, the history of the concept and implications for education and future research.” Source: NIH

Savant stated: “I’m lucky electronic music hit when it did. Because of Skrillex and Tiesto, dance music has become this thing, in between pop and mainstream, where a little autistic guy from Norway can make a living, live in L.A. and prosper. I’m proof it’s possible. But making music for me is anObsession; I’m a workaholic, trying to make something beautiful for myself. It’s like making drugs; I’m tyring to take my mind of the darkness of knowing too much. Escaping from one reality to another is what I do with music. I’m doing it for myself—but if I can hit some chords, trigger a sample, and take somebody into a new world, then I’ve truly succeeded.”


Outbreak (2009)
Mamachine (2010)
Ninür (2011)
Vario (2012)
Overworld (2012)
ISM (2012)
Alchemist (2012)
Overkill (2013)
Cult (2013)
Orakel (2013)
Protos (2014)
Zion (2014)
Invasion[12] (2015)

Savant will be performing September 16 at NAGA in Cambridge, Mass.

venue info:

450 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, Mass 02139
(617) 661-4900

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new music: Mophono; Positive No

Mophono, “VL Mono”

do you want to feel like you’re in a video game? distorted beats and persistent blips and beats mesmerize and pulsate on this simultaneously futuristic and retro release from Bay Area native Mophono. His Facebook page lists these genres: Dirt Wave, Thug Jazz, Riot Funk, Psyche Madness, Musique Concrète. I prefer the latter two.

Mophono’s EP M.O.3 is out on DJ Shadow’s Liquid Amber imprint.

Positive No, “Pedal Through”

indie rock. very 90s. sweet, wistful vocals and blurred guitar. Positive No is: songwriter/guitarist Kenny Powers; singer Tracy Wilson [90s post hardcore band Dahlia Seed]; bassist Sadie Powers [Richmond’s synth-pop group Dead Fame] and drummer James O’Neill [Snowy Owls, Plain Scrap]. debut album Glossa [Negative Fun / Little Black Cloud] out September 18th.

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New Music: Sasha Siem

Sasha Siem, “See Through”

a bit of Bjork, a bit of Florence and the Machine. quite beautiful, swirling and beguiling. This is classically-trained Anglo-Norwegian artist Sasha Siem’s new single from the upcoming album Most Of The Boys to be released on June 30. The talented artist and poet studied at Cambridge and, later, Harvard – she had composed for the London Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra, In 2010 she won a prestigious British Composer Award.

Sasha Siem Facebook

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NEW MUSIC: Mord Fustang; Blue and Gold

Mord Fustang, “Doppelgangbanger”

transformative electro-house track from upcoming album 9999 in 1 which will be released on January 20th from this Estonian EDM act. The track “Doppelgangbanger” allows you to dip and dive and drift with its supercool bass grooves.

Blue and Gold, “In My Head”

psychedlic hard-hitting, emotional rock with Joan Jett-esque vocals. Very 80s rocker. New York-based Blue and Gold formed in 2013. Members are: singer/guitarist Alex Kapelman, singer/guitarist Chloe Raynes, drummer GG Gonzalez and bassist Derek Cabrera. The band’s debut album In My Head is out January 13.

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NEW MUSIC: Moonbabies; Dads; Aiden Young; Tiny Moving Parts

Moonbabies, “Raindrops”

–dreamy pop by Swedish husband and wife duo, Carina Johansson Frick and Ola Frick. just wonderful with layers of joy and spirit.

Dads, “I’ll Be the Tornado”

–reminiscent of Sonic Youth and The Replacements, New Jersey alt-rockers Dads have a new album out–I’ll Be the Tornado[6131 Records]– and are on tour. Recorded by Neil Strauch (Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Iron & Wine, Owen) at MinBal Studio in Chicago, IL and mastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr., Guided By Voices, Speedy Ortiz) which explains the retro-cool sound.


10/20 New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall *
10/22 Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
10/23 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
10/24 Washington, DC @ DC9 *
10/25 Raleigh, NC @ Kings *
10/26 Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern *
10/27 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *
10/29-10/30 Ybor City, FL @ Pre-Fest *
10/31-11/02 Gainesville, FL @ The Fest *
11/03 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs +
11/04 Austin, TX @ Mohawk +
11/05 Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey +
11/07 Tucson, AZ @ Gary’s Place +
11/08 Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock Live +
11/10 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction +
11/11 Los Angeles, CA @ EchoPlex +
11/12 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of The Hill +
11/14 Portland, OR @ Slabtown +
11/15 Seattle, WA @ Vera Project +
11/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court +

* Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Nai Harvest
+ Dads, Tiny Moving Parts, Choir Vandals

Dads touring with Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts, “Entrances and Exits”

–the Minn. band launched mini versions of themselves into space for the song’s extremely cool video. Pleasant Living [Triple Crown Records] is out now.

“We sent three bobble heads replicas of ourselves into space using a 600 gram weather balloon,” explains singer/guitarist Dylan Matthiesen of Tiny Moving Parts. “The 2 hour flight was captured by a GoPro camera enclosed in a styrofoam cooler alongside a GPS tracker and a stack of heat packs to help brave the -60 degree F (-15 C) temperatures. The spacecraft reached a height of over 80,000 ft (24,384 meters), capturing the Earth’s curve and the beauty of a world just beyond our grasp.”

Aiden Jude, “Words” ft Lilly Anne Merat

–NYC DJ/producer Aiden Jude uses luscious trance-beats to bolster the gorgeous lyrics by Lilly Anne Merat. the stand-out on this track is Lilly’s strong yet alluring vocals.

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NEW MUSIC: John Digweed and Nick Muir


DJ John Digweed collaborated with best-selling novelist John Twelve Hawks for a unique musical sci-fi partnership and soundtrack called The Traveler based on Hawk’s best selling trilogy of the same title. Inspired by John Digweed’s weekly radio show Transitions, Hawks got in touch with the world-renowned producer and they decided to meet up in “a secret location” to collaborate.

Cool and creepy with a laidback, orbital-floating vibe. The dance-trance music draws the listener into the world of ‘The Traveler’ through spoken word passages, read by Hawks, taken directly from the novel. The physical release features extensive sleeve notes and artwork, making it an extremely collectible item.

John Digweed and Nick Muir’s partnership has been one of electronic music’s most prolific pairings, leaving a body of work that’s seen them become one of the world’s most highly-regarded production duos.

“It all started when a copy of the book The Traveler was sent to me from John Twelve Hawks publishers with a letter explaining that John had been listening to my Transitions Radio show while writing the book and wanted me to have a copy as a thank you,” Digweed said. “Due to my busy schedule it wasn’t until the following year when I was on holiday that I finally got a chance to read the book. From the very first page I was hooked and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.”

Hawks traveled to the UK in secret –he lives ‘off the grid’ hiding behind a secret identity due to his beliefs regarding the intrusiveness of the modern state and digital society– recorded his spoken word contributions to accompany an electronic music soundtrack created by Digweed and Muir.

1. First Line
2. Live Off The Grid
3. Am I Awake
4. Capoeira
5. Stay In The Present
6. The Traveler
7. The Truth
8. Battle
9. Find The Way
10. Damned By The Flesh
11. 3B3
12. We Are All Connected
13. Last Line

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