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French Montana – We Go Wherever We Want (Feat. Ne-Yo & Raekwon)

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Funkmaster Flex lets loose another burner from French’s upcoming Excuse My French LP with “We Go Wherever We Want”. Not only does the track sample Wu-Tang’s classic ’95 track “Ice Cream”, FM gets some assistance from Wu Man Chef in the form of a fresh sixteen bars. French’s flow is the same here as it is on just about every track he’s on (not that we’re complaining necessarily); you could put these rhymes over “Pop That”, “Shot Caller”, “Freaks” w/e and probably have a cool “mash-up”. R&B’s most influential receding hairline Ne-Yo brings his usual high flying panache to the hook. Excuse My French is due May 21st

French Montana – We Go Wherever We Want (ft. Ne-Yo & Raekwon)

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Rating 8.0

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Rave’s Fave: Primal Scream – Invisible City

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Scottish alt rockers Primal Scream recently dropped their tenth studio album More Light on their own label, First International. Their song “Invisible City” shows that the band has regained an energy that we’ve been missing from the band since 2006’s Riot City Blues. Primal Scream will perform a much anticipated set at this year’s Glastonbury festival. Don’t miss it. By Bruce Rave

Primal Scream – Invisible City

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* Links and playlists from Rave’s weekly new music show can be found on his blog and be sure follow Bruce on Twitter too!

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Amel Larrieux – For Real (IAMNOBODI Remix)

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Shawty is a dime plus 99. German producer IAMNOBODI’s soft subtle remix of Amel Larrieux is that R&B ish you’ve been waiting your whole life for. Say you will, girl, say you will.

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Rating 8.10

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Men’s Adventures – Feeling Bad

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“Feeling Bad”, from the London-based duo of Jimmy Casson & Alfie Smith, sounds like the best late night, dusty, star-light, tumbleweed-rolling-by, Vegas lights building their beam in the distance road trip you’ve ever been on; that or just a really good rock and roll tune. Get your tumbleweed game on below with Men’s Adventures.

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Rating 8.3

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The Preatures – Is This How You Feel?

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The soulful half-time “Is This How You Feel?” by Aussie act The Preatures, has equal parts Uncle Bruce’s “I’m On Fire”, The xx, and early Pretenders among the components of its DNA. The Preatures are your new favorite band, we promise.

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Rating 8.3

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Quadron – Hey Love (Live Acoustic) [Video]

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Longtime B3 favorites Quadron style up a live a cappella trio-assisted version of their hit alt-soul track “Hey Love”. Lets get those toes tapping, people! Feel good!

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Rating 8.4

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Review: Daughter w/ Wilsen @ Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL. 5/9/2013

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The buzz has slowly been building for UK band Daughter, who’s devoted fans gathered in Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on Friday night to hear the trio play new material from their debut album If You Leave, released on April 30th.

New York based WILSEN opened the evening charming the usually chatty crowd with their epic scope, creative instrumentation and dream-like melodies. Using everything from nail files to empty coffee cans to create the perfect sounds, WILSEN showed the utmost skill, giving beautiful layers to music that touches the sublime. This was their last show on tour with Daughter and they played their hearts out, priming the crowd for the treat to come.

Listening to Daughter for the first time feels like hearing the diary of a girl on the verge of pulling a Sylvia Plath. The band’s raw lyrics reverberate the universal chords of torment, stinging like a blunt razor across a partially healed wound. And yet, the sheepish girl that fronts the band is anything but. After being greeted with cheers and “I love you’s”, Daughter’s Elena Tonra whispers a bashful “Thank you” back to the crowd. With her pixie bowl haircut and black French inspired clothes, Elena moves to the mic with unexpected hesitancy and shyness.

Based on Daughter’s self-described depressive music, you’d expect an aloof singer with Daria-like monotone adhering to customary hello’s only. Instead that night Chicagoans met a timid, slightly awkward girl with a sweetness reminiscent of The Office’s Erin Hannon–only Elena Tonra is clearly cool. Over-excited fans squeal, “She’s so cuuuuuuuute!” in a way usually unseen outside of teen girl and boy bands. As Tonra periodically went to the mic, she’d smile sheepishly, making short quips before stepping away almost blushing. From first sight, you really just want to carry her around in your pocket.

However, as the band opens with “Shallows,” Tonra transforms into the forlorn author of her dark lyrics. The contemplative side of her emerges as she sings openly about thoughts usually reserved for diaries. The things you share in the utmost confidence to your bestest friend (if you’re lucky enough to have one), she uncovers for all. Lyrics range from depression, despair, heartache, break-ups and bitterness. In “Smother,” Tonra sings “I sometimes wish I had stayed inside my mother never to come out.” With mesmerizing melody and beats, enhanced occasionally by Jonsi-like violin-bowing to the guitar, Daughter’s music has a texture and ferocity which reverberates through your whole being.

Tonra exudes a type of “love-lorn yearning” as she almost revels in painful heartbreak and relational anger. The chorus to “Landfill” reads “This is torturous the electricity between both of us and this is dangerous because I want you so much but I hate your guts. I hate you.” Ironically enough, she sings this next to her long-time boyfriend, guitarist Igor Haefeli. Let’s hope the song’s about a previous relationship… Either way, the girl’s got balls.

As songs end, Tonra switches back to display her polar-opposite cheerful self. A silent crowd watches noiselessly trying to adjust between these personality extremes while the band (Tonra, Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella) tunes between songs. At one point Haefeli remarks smartly, “This is the quietest show we’ve had in a while. Thanks for making us feel nervous.” One fan responded summarizing the sentiment of the entire room: “It’s because we’re overwhelmed!”

Between songs, Tonra easily converses with the crowd, buying time as she tells the horror story of their last trip in Chicago–their car accident on the way to the show, running to the venue in the rain, arriving drenched and late, having to do their soundcheck in front of a full audience and ending with Haefeli breaking the neck of his guitar. “So,” she finishes, “it’s good to be back with you with all of our limbs intact.” “Although, we did bring the weather. Sorry about that,” Haefeli added, referring to the surprising English-like cold and rainy weather after the previous day’s warmth and sunshine. Later, Tonra almost knocks over her acoustic guitar and catches the neck just in time. Shortly after, her pick breaks mid-song and she manages to finish with the fragile pieces. “As I hold on to the remnants of my pick,” showing the crowd. To which Igor adds a comedic, “It’s happening again!”

Post set, Daughter return to the stage for an encore cover of their own creation using Bon Iver’s “Perth” and Hot Chip’s “Ready For The Floor.” Fans cheer and then wait several minutes as the band sorts themselves. Smiling slightly, Tunra breaks the silence with a jovial “Anticliiiiiiiiiiiimax,” before returning to tune the guitar.

Tonra’s performance and personality seem a contradiction in terms, and yet that’s exactly the depth needed to add potency to Daughter’s music. The band’s magic lies in this dichotomy. Tonra is a cheerful and quirky girl while Haefeli shows dry humor (though Aguilella remains silent), and they are all hugely relatable. You want to hang out with them. And yet, they share all of the depressing and secret thoughts we’ve all had.

The show had the most peculiar take-away. I left reflecting pensively and yet smiling as I remembered the entertaining moments. I never thought I’d define a show as overwhelming, depressing and…. cute. Weird but true.

Daughter finishes up their first North American stop over next week, visiting Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, San Francisco and LA before going back across the pond. Don’t worry, though. They’ll be back in the US in August.

*Review and Photos By Jessica Greene

Tour Dates:

16 May Seattle, Neumo’s
17 May Vancouver, Commodore
18 May Portland, Doug Fir Lounge
20 May San Francisco, Amoeba Music (in-store performance)
21 May LA, Troubadour
22 May Hollywood, Amoeba Music (in-store performance)

***More info on Daughter’s tour dates here.

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Listening Party: Daft Punk – Random Access Memories @ the Bootleg Gallery in L.A. this Tuesday 5/21/13

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This coming Tuesday night, the Bootleg Gallery in Los Angeles is celebrating the release of Daft Punk’s eagerly awaited, and fourth studio album, Random Access Memories. On this night of album’s release, the club will be hosting a special listening party for electronic music fans and disco revivalists alike. So come get your dance on and get lucky at one of the best clubs in the city as you jam to your favorite album of the summer. We’ll see you there… with a drink in hand! The event is free, begins at 11:00 PM and is 21+.

DAFT PUNK – RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES TRACKLIST
1. “Give Life Back to Music” (featuring Nile Rodgers)
2. “The Game of Love”
3. “Giorgio by Moroder” (featuring Giorgio Moroder)
4. “Within” (featuring Chilly Gonzales)
5. “Instant Crush” (featuring Julian Casablancas)
6. “Lose Yourself to Dance” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
7. “Touch” (featuring Paul Williams)
8. “Get Lucky” (featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers)
9. “Beyond”
10. “Motherboard”
11. “Fragments of Time” (featuring Todd Edwards)
12. “Doin’ It Right” (featuring Panda Bear)
13. “Contact” (featuring DJ Falcon)

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Mont Brown – Don’t Do It (ft. Al 1 Thing & Pace-O Beats)

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Mont Brown graces us with some new high quality stripper music, right in time for the summer. The bounce on these particular tracks is for dat ass and I like it that way. It’s always more fun to hear that the underdog is balling because it [Mont] represents the grind. Featured Al 1 Thing wins with the rapper/singer combination, even in these cliche times; his continually elevating bars showcase that he’s much more than just cute for girls. I also love that Pace-O Beats is a producer with quality songwriting ability, not the common beat-maker who wishes he was so. By Teddy Pendergrass

Mont Brown – Don’t Do It (ft. Al 1 Thing & Pace-O Beats)

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Rating 8.0

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Interview w/ Kyogi

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At only 15 years old, UK based producer Kyogi has a pulse on electro music which excels beyond many contemporaries. Resident b3scientist Brian Litwin recently had the chance to chat with the young producer for some insight on his evolution as a musician, forthcoming super secret projects, Usher and more. Check out their conversation below.

B3SCI: Had never heard of your hometown and so I had to look it up. What’s it like in Totnes, Devon, Britain and how is the music scene there?

KYOGI: It’s a pretty town, but a lot of people here have a pretty backward attitude to just about everything. It’s totally riddled with the sort of people who are too scared to admit that some aspects of politics might not actually be bad ideas for fear of it compromising their bohemian, carefree image. Luckily, the music scene here is amazing. My best mate Frank produces house and techno under the moniker Endlines. Obviously I recommend you check his stuff, but I’d honestly be recommending him even if he was some Austrian hermit whom I stumbled across on Soundcloud, his music’s fantastic. Totnes is also home to Alfie and Caleb, better known as Circula and Hanga. These guys have begun making some waves in the wider techno scene, which is well deserved as their tunes are just tooooo much. They’re also two of the core members of the Groundvibes Collective; a local soundsystem who’ve thrown some amazing free parties down here recently. Check it.

B3SCI: How did you get involved with music? Was there a specific path that lead you into the electronic ethos? What lead you to start producing?

KYOGI: I got into producing by complete coincidence really. There was a skating competition at my local skate park, so Frank and I thought we’d go and see what was happening. There were a couple of local guys DJing for the afternoon – Pat and Romek. I had no idea what they were playing at the time, but I remember being completely fascinated by what I was hearing. I now know it was drum n bass, and I suppose I’ve just been into electronic music since that day. I’ve always been musical, I’ve been drumming for years, so I guess learning to produce came naturally after listening to electronic music for a little while. I was making dnb and dubstep initially, and I’m just making what I am now after discovering new genres in Youtube’s ‘related videos’ section, stumbling upon people on Soundcloud, things like that.

B3SCI: Here is a fun fact, you were 3 years old when Usher’s “U Got It Bad” was first released. Your take on it is pretty awesome. Assuming Usher is an influence of yours, who else inspires you to write?

KYOGI: Haha, that song has aged so well! And thanks, I was never too sure about it but a few friends convinced me that putting it up would be a good idea, and sure enough, Fat! wanted to release it.

I’ve always been into the French label Ed Banger; home to Justice, Breakbot, Sebastian, formerly Daft Punk and the late DJ Mehdi. Also, French producer 123mrk is a big inspiration. Closer to home, I’m really enjoying tunes by Bondax, Maribou State and Werkha at the moment. There’s a mysterious American producer called Anthony Ellect whose music I love, and my friend Salute from Austria is putting out some stunning music, I think he’s one of the most consistent producers in the game. Lastly, our styles are very different but my mate Oli, known better as Network, is making the fatttttest house tunes I know of.

B3SCI: Google translate told me that Kyogi or 虚偽 means falsehood or lies. When choosing Kyogi as your name, is that what you were going for or something completely else? Does the name factor into a philosophy behind your music… or music in general?

KYOGI: That one’s actually quite simple, Burial’s Untrue album is one of my favourite records of all time, and Kyogi translates as untrue. It’s something of a homage to him, I guess. I kind of feel like everyone owes something to Burial, this scene wouldn’t have happened without him.

B3SCI: You are getting comparisons to some of the better hot dj/producers out there right now like Disclosure, Ryan Hemsworth and Flume to name a few. Do you see yourself in that same field of young flag bearers of the genre?

KYOGI: Disclosure and Flume are huge influences, Flume in particular, so that’s pretty insane. I guess I’m bound to be lumped into the same category as those guys regardless of my age, because a scene like this has never really happened before, so no one’s really sure what to make of it. Pretty amazing category to be lumped into though, right? I don’t really have much of a say in how people perceive me but I think that I’ve got the same mindset as those guys. Just a kid with too much spare time, making music for the love of music.

B3SCI: If you had a choice to collaborate with any artist out there right now, who would it be with and why?

KYOGI: Probably (would’ve been) Curtis Mayfield. I don’t really need to do much explaining, he just wrote amazing songs and had a brilliant voice. I’d also love to work with a proper UK Hip Hop MC, someone really pioneering and influential, maybe Jehst.

B3SCI: What does the future of electronic music sound like to you? What are you listening to right now and is there anything that we can anticipate inspiring you next?

KYOGI: So many directions it could go! I don’t know how long the current deep house revival will last, but after that, God knows. But, given how much influence Daft Punk have over just about everything, I don’t think a disco comeback is looking too unlikely since the release of Get Lucky. The embarrassing Dad in me would love to see that. I’ve begun working at slower tempos to try and separate myself from the house scene as there are so many mediocre producers trying it now, it’s getting a little difficult to stand out and be taken seriously. I can see a lot of other producers also dropping the bpm by 10 and getting a bit funkier. Take Armeria for instance, he’s started doing this low slung, dusty, 110bpm slo-mo underwater funk thing, and it’s insane. If every producer starts doing something a little different to the next man, then the future of British bass music is sounding very nice indeed.

B3SCI: Can you tell us about some upcoming projects or releases that fans can keep an eye out for?

KYOGI: DE$iGNATED’s Valentine E.P is out in about a month, featuring the remixes from myself, Applebottom, Carling Ruse and Knuckle. I’m getting an E.P together too, no idea what label will release it, but I know what one I want it to be released on. I’ve also got a super secret project with another producer underway now, but that’s the thing with super secret projects, they’ve got to remain super secret…

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Rave’s Fave: Daft Punk – Give Life Back to Music

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Daft Punk’s new single “Get Lucky” has gone top twenty in the US and topped the digital charts in 55 different countries. Their album Random Access Memories is full of lush sounds and throwback nods to disco. Probably a good thing. “Give Life Back to Music” opens the album, and the song title indicates that these guys feel something has been lacking in music today. Don’t expect glow sticks or intensity on this track. It will settle into a nice mid-tempo groove and leave you wanting more. By Bruce Rave

Daft Punk – Give Life Back to Music (Official)

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