Daily Archives: March 25, 2011

Avicii – ID + Vocal [MUSIC]

So it’s ULTRA Music Festival weekend in Downtown Miami and it’s Friday List day soooo0 I couldn’t help but pay some tribute to one of the top progressive HOUSE DJs in the world right now, Avicii. Here’s a new one for you that will definitely get your blood flowing to get the weekend kicked off on the right track. This guy is an absolute beast with his production putting out some of the best HOUSE breakdowns in the scene today. The build up is pretty typical of Avicii in the beginning not knowing what to expect then follows up by dropping what may be the best of his sounds so far.

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KING OLA – “Rain & Pleasure” [FREE DOWNLOAD]

King OLA rain and pleasure

It’s your boy KING OLA out of Atlanta, Georgia with another sweet mix for the ears. He was goin for the baby makin’ grooves on this one and he puts it ever so nicely, “This is something you turn down, or off, the lights and get down to business with.” Please enjoy the new mix and catch the full-length download or individual track download below. And I almost forgot, but this is clearly the Friday List styl-E.

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Closure In Moscow [MUSIC]

Closure in Moscow’s American debut “First Temple” opens with a break-neck cross sticking that sounds like frantic Morse code.  I’m no expert, but after a couple spins, I’m pretty sure it loosely translates to:

“Hang on to your butts.”

Australia’s music scene has produced a number of talented, successful groups in the past, even if most of them don’t find their way into heavy rotation in my collection (lookin’ at you, BeeGees, INXS, Men at Work, Savage Garden, Air Supply.  Okay, maybe Savage Garden…).  The bands that have captured my ears – AC/DC, Jet, and Wolfmother – tend to be cut from the same heavily blues-influenced riff-rock cloth.  Maybe it’s the pub culture I picture when I think of Australia, but those bands make music to drink and fight to.  Or at least drink and play Tekken to, depending on your comfort with live fisticuffs.  Either way, it gets my blood pumping.  I love it!  That’s what I expect from Australian rock!

Closure in Moscow is different.  Where their brethren rock with the stomp and strut of giants, Closure in Moscow slay instead with speed and precision.  From note one, the playing is focused on densely interwoven guitar lines, complex drum patters and time signatures that duck and pivot like a basketball player.

Over it all, frontman Christopher de Cinque’s vocals soar, crafting melodies that radio-rock bands would fall over themselves to record (see “Sweet#hart” below). Better still, the combination of his higher register with some unique phrasing takes the vocals into an unexpectedly funk and R&B indebted territory.

Some would call the results entry level prog rock; I’d call it highly refined.  The band has managed to take the swirling, spacey, sometimes meandering sounds of groups like Yes, Rush, King Crimson and Tool and blend it with bite and an ear for hooks that their pub rock ancestors would be proud of.

One last note: listen to this album on the best speakers if you can find.  Not only is there a small orchestra’s worth of instrumentation hidden away in some surprising places, but the drum and guitar tones at play are some of my favorites in recent memory.

“Sweet#hart”:

My favorite track – “A Night At the Spleen”:

Chris Cullari | Beat Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC |

The Community Concert – Cape Town International Jazz Festival [PHOTOS]

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The community concert, part of the build–up to the 12th Annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival was held at GreenMarket Square Wednesday night (March 23rd).  This well-attended event started at 5pm and featured some of the top headliners that will also be performing at the Jazz Festival, such as Hanjin (China), Gang of Instrumentals (SA), Tortured Soul (USA), Tribe of Benjamin (SA) and the Cape Town Tribute Band (USA).  Some major public figures were present as well.  The mayor of Cape Town made a speech in tribute to great Jazz legends that have passed away, and representatives from Berkeley School of Music in the United States spoke about the jazz influence among young people.  The break between different performers was long but a DJ was present to keep the crowd enticed not to leave.  Overall the concert was a great success and an awesome kickoff for the 4th largest Jazz festival in the world! Check out some of the photos from the night…

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC