Category Archives: Friday List

The War On Drugs “Slave Ambient” [NEW MUSIC]

Tuesday’s are funny days.  In most cases I hate Tuesday far worse than I hate Monday’s.  I don’t really have a point to make here just a casual dumb statement from the mind of me.  Tuesday’s suck, but one good thing came out of yesterday’s specific Tuesday, The War on Drugs.  Dum dum dummmm.  Now I’m not here to give you a lecture about the pot you hide in your sock drawer or under your mattress, I’m giving you the good tuneage to listen to while you may or may not use said drugs.  An indie rock outfit who embraces mellow sounds and intense euphoria, The War On Drugs might just be the next big thing.

Best Night – The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs most recent release is called “Slave Ambient.”  It has all kinds of goods.  It has the elements of a great 60’s/ 70’s classic rock record mixed with awesome effects and synth touches we have come to love from modern indie rock.  Bright guitars and cool laid back vocals are the keys to this record.  Easy going back beats with keen bass work all come together for me on this record.  Upon first listen I was immediatly hooked.  This is music I like to listen to.  This is the kind of stuff when you play it in your office on re-peat people ask you “who are these guys.”  And then you say nothing and just point to the album cover on your spotify.

I Was There – The War On Drugs

The War On Drugs is from Philedelphia PA.  Current members include Adam Granduciel who seems to be a jack of all trades on vocals, guitar, harmonica, keyboards and samplers.  He is joined by Dave Hartley on bass and other guitars and Mike Zanghi on drums, percussion and sampler.  Past members included Kurt Vile who had some fame on his own with his solo project and was recently chosen by Animal Collective to perform at this years All Tomorrow’s Parties.  But he’s not in the band any more so enough about him.  Stripped down to three members this record doesn’t sound like it at all.  With all the samples and loops coming from all different directions its easy to get lost in the harmonic and euphoric over load.

It’s Your Destiny – The War On Drugs

I read a bunch of reviews (pitchforks rave review is here) and people dig this band just as much as I do.  I think it brings new appreciation to a tired classic rock folk scene elevating it to a new level while keeping the continuity from past to present.  It’s almost as if they are re-inventing the wheel in the best way possible.  These are new sounds for a new generation who happen to love the music of the old generation.

Come to The City – The War On Drugs

The theme of Americana runs steadily throughout this record.  This music is well traveled.  There is experience behind the words.  Ramblin’ and drifting as is quoted from that last track “Come to The City” seems to be what it’s all about.  This music will put your ass in a euphoric trance from first track to last simple as that and I don’t think I’m alone in saying it’s pretty rare for bands to do that these days.  I listen to this record (for the 4th time now) and each time I hear something new in the songs and bob my head along even more so than the first or second time.

Baby Missiles – The War On Drugs

I’m excited to see where this band goes from here.  They have a pretty extensive tour in the works hitting Europe and multiple spots in the US.  Having already appeared on big time indie music blogs (this one included) I wouldn’t be surprised is these guys blew up more than actual Baby Missiles (hilarious/ terrible to think about, but your thinking about it already so you might as well chuckle).

Their tour page is HERE if you can read it.  I had to squint so hopefully they fix that shit soon because I have a feeling people are going to want to see them live.  They are playing The Satellite Lounge in LA on October 22nd and at 10 bones a ticket it’s 100% completely and utterly worth it to go and go twice.  I bought a pair of tickets already so basically if you have a poor excuse for a credit card like me you don’t have an excuse not to.

Black Water Falls – The War On Drugs

That was the last track.  I would give these guys some serious attention.  I know I say a lot of bubbly good things about a lot (all) of the bands I write about and I mean it all, I really do.  Once in a while a band comes around that has the potential to do a little more damage than your average small rock club indie band.  Mark my words.  Let them get some shows under their belts and soon they will be playing big venues in a city near you.  They have a sound that people have liked for decades.  They have taken that sound and turned it on its ass… so you should listen to them.  It’s as simple as that.  Oh yea and buy their record here.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Guillemots “Walk The River” [NEW MUSIC]

When I first took interest in recording music in college, there were a few bands initially I had a chance to work with and Guillemots was one of them.  A British band making small waves in the US, but they were at least making waves none the less, which was good enough for a young aspiring music producer/ engineer.  They taught me two things.  One was there’s WAY better music out there than top 40 and jam bands (which I was VERY into at the time…I know) and the second was that you could put a pickup in a typewriter and use it as an instrument.  My mind was blown.  This is what we came up with.

Who Left The Lights Off Baby – Guillemots (Live At WERS 88.9fm Boston)

Fyfe Dangerfield formed Guillemots in 2004.  That last track was from the EP “From The Cliffs” released in 2006.  They released a great record called “Red” in 2008 and three years later I am so stoked they are releasing new music.  Their new record is called “Walk The River,” and I think will probably splash a little louder than they did years ago.

The Basket – Guillemots

There is only one way to describe Guillemot’s sound… BIG.  Huge vocals, massive guitars/ drums, vast effects that create a completely huge listening spectrum.  From a recording standpoint this band is just plain fun to listen to and from a music fans perspective, what’s not to love?

Vermillion – Guillemots

With “Walk the River” I think we are listening to a matured Guillemots.  This record has a very specific sound fixated on the melodies not just the driving drums and ethereal effects that are integral in past recordings.  For those who have listened to this band before or after reading this plan to look into them further I’ll think you’ll see those elements as a distinct link throughout all the music, but I also think you’ll hear their best work yet as all the songs on this record form a cohesive listening experience.

Walk The River – Guillemots

Yes this band can rock but as I saw many years ago there is a very thoughtful and beautiful side to the music as well.  Gorgeous ballads such as “Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes” have such vivid imagery of someone fighting inner demons.  With heavy industrial rhythms set back in the mix Fyfe Dangerfield’s voice soars above all.  Backed by Aristazabal Hawkes on bass and percussion, Greig Stewart on Drums and MC Lord Magrão on just about everything else (guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, accordion, xylophone, theremin, synth, bass, typewriter, musical saw, electric drill,melodica, melodeon) Guillemots is bound for a comeback although in my opinion they have never left.  Recently anticipating the release of “Walk the River” Guillemots played a pair of local sold out secret shows in the UK.  Since its release in April it has been well received and they are currently touring making appearances all over the UK.  Their tour page is HERE.

Dancing in the Devil’s Shoes – Guillemots

Do yourself a favor and grab “Walk The River.” It’s available through the bands website HERE.

This band was one of the best bands I have had the pleasure to work with and thankfully they continue to experiment and release great new music for my (and your) ear drums.  Hopefully with the success of their most recent release we’ll see a state side tour, which I’m sure will destroy every single club it stops at.  As usual here’s the last track from Guillemots “Walk The River”.

Yesterday Is Dead – Guillemots

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Blackwater Refuge – Hawaii Nice

blackwater refuge

At first I wasn’t really sure to think, just hearing those twangy island tones wasn’t doing it for me, then the lyrics dropped. This Hawaiian/Oregon hip-hop duo are quickly turning heads in the Southern Cali spot of San Diego, bringing a completely new style of their own to the game with music that almost ‘forces’ you to block out anything but the insane lyrical flow of Pana Jones. They definitely give themselves a very original musical description to match this new style:

Lyrics with substance braided through headnotic rhythms. Hawaii meets Oregon to form Hip Hop duo, Blackwater Refuge.

I see a very bright future for this crew right here, as they work hard to bring a new sound and change the game of hip-hop. One thing is for certain, they are fresh as hell online and nearly impossible to find unless you’ve seen their Facebook Page or their Youtube Channel. After hearing this next track here it was an obvious must for the post, so hope you enjoy “Love For Love” as much as we did.

Written By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL

Jack Beats – “Elevator Music” [MUSIC]

jack beats all night

Jack Beats is typically out there and very creative but ‘Elevator Music’ just takes that vibe to the next level with all sorts of new and innovative tones. If you listen closely towards the end you’ll even notice the stroke of some pots and pans thrown in the mix. This one is definitely a shoe in for the Friday List and should get your blood flowing for some intense Raging. Thanks to Cheap Thrills Records you can gladly download the track off their soundcloud page.

The_Weeknd – “House of Balloons” [ALBUM]

So people are always talking about what’s hot right now in the R&B and soul game and honestly haven’t had too many people I’m proud to just spurt out like The_Weeknd. After playing his first album, about 21 times, it was definitely time to spread the love for this Toronto based independent artist and SHARE SHARE SHARE!!!

House Of Balloons has that old school soul vibe that everyone was bumpin’ during the 90s like it was going out of style. The only difference here is the incredible use of modern technology to perfect this sensational recording quality. It’s that new old soul! The best part is one I’ve been saving for the end of this post and that is to inform everyone that you can just simply Click Here for a FREE Download of the entire album.

the weeknd

One other thing that’s totally worth noting about this group. This is their first album and you can find it EVERYWHERE!!! Gotta give credit where credit is due, and these cats threw down a legit online marketing campaign for this album and definitely set up real nice to drop anything further with large following on all networks. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Youtube, and Soundcloud.

By: Mark G. Valente | Online Marketing Director | @MarkwithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

SonReal – “Ding Dong” [VIDEO]

One of Vancouver’s hottest independent hiphop acts, SonReal is at it again with this killer video to the track “Ding Dong” off the latest album ‘WHERE’S WALDO’. The song is definitely off the hook and I really like what they did with the video, especially the bottle rocket shot. Check it out and check out more of SonReal.

Miami Horror [ALBUM REVIEW]

Australia has some explaining to do.  Mostly because whenever I hear music that comes from that part of the world I love it.  I don’t understand.  It must be something in the water.  Before I get into Miami Horror’s most recent release called “Illumination” I have a confession to make.  When I first heard this record, well mainly the first tune I wasn’t too pumped.  That’s why it should be a global rule to always listen to at least the first 4 tracks when introducing yourself to a new artist.  I live by that motto and therefore I’m all about what Miami Horror has to say.  “Illumination” is their first full length release and it came out in mid 2010.  This electro pop dance party on plastic seems to be just what the doctored ordered for those of you who obey the rules and regualtions of “thirsty thursday” or thirsty whenever.  To get the party started here’s a track called “Holidays”.

Holidays – Miami Horror

Honestly I felt like the 80’s just slapped me in the face on first listen.  Ok fine, on the second listen and third as well.  It’s obvious where Miami Horror’s musical inspiration is drawn from.  Melbourne’s Ben Plant is the man responsible for the pop synth electro rhythms on “Illumination” having planted the roots of his music and Miami Horror in his apartment with various synths and toys.  Wanting to make Miami Horror a full on band he acquired the likes of Josh Moriarty, Aaron Shanahan and Daniel Whitechurch who round out the rest of the band.

“It started out that I didn’t want to have any guitar on the album besides a little funk guitar or disco bass,” Ben grins while explaining the turning point for Miami Horror’s evolution. “But then Josh came in and started playing all these other parts that sounded amazing. Paired with what I was working on, nobody was doing anything like it, so I knew we had to turn those sounds into a live thing and just go wild.” — MiamiHorror.com

The record sounds massively fit for any dance club or rock club.  They are refined and extremely tight as a band.  They have played major festivals at home and have opened for major acts such as Phoenix, La Roux, Friendly Fires and Lily Allen abroad.

They have a lot of sick videos up on there site here (I got scolded by youtube when I embedded them on this page).  I don’t really condone the use of drugs nor do I preach it but if you watch this videos you might as well be trippin’ your ass off.  One of my favorite tracks on the record is called “I Look to You”.  The video is a prime example of how they pair their music with psychedelic visuals.

I Look to You – Miami Horror

“We’ve spent about ten months alone mixing the album, which is a process that should normally take two weeks,” Ben laughs. “We always just said ‘f**k it, we have to make the album that we want to make’ and this is it. We made it.” — MiamiHorror.com

With a definite case of perfectionism this record is fun to listen to, dance to, party to, drink to… pretty much anything accept sleep to.  They have just wrapped up a North and South American tour and are on their way down under for a full blown Australian tour.

Grand Illusion – Miami Horror

I can’t stress enough how much fun this band is to listen to especially if you enjoy getting down with your bad self alone with only your boxers on in the living room when your roommates aren’t home.  But enough about me, I’m stoked that I gave them the four song shot because I would have hated to miss out on this band.

You can buy “Illumination” HERE.  Check out the bands FACEBOOK page HERE.

Ok fine, here’s the last track on the record just for kicks…

Ultraviolet – Miami Horror

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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.

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.

King OLA back cover

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Deadmau5 – “HR 8938 Cephei” [MUSIC]

For a moment there I wasn’t really sure if Deadmau5 was going to put another bangin’ hit like when he dropped “Strobe” in ’09. But sure enough the Toronto based HOUSE DJ, currently the top DJ in the world, answered to his fans and created this new jam that’s an obvious Friday List worthy track. Its really hard to create such a long song over 10 minutes and be able to maintain the focus of the listener but Deadmau5 has perfected this process with “Strobe” and now “HR 8938 Cephei”. Along with the length it’s good to note the slow build up in the new track that makes for a great club opener to really get the crowd going. You can visit the soundcloud page where he just released the song 4 days ago.