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Lazy Habits – “Starting Fires” [VIDEO]

I thought I’d mix it up a little today. Combining jazz and hip-hop, Lazy Habits brings a unique sound to the mix. “Starting Fires” is their latest video and will be released for sale at the end of July (check out their website for details of the release). Back to the music, piano keys usher “Starting Fires” in as the brass section brings a classic big band sound to the refrain until the hip-hop flow drops, vacillating between vocalists MC Lazy and Skin Horse in the verses. Lazy Habits describes their music as “beats, rhymes and brass of the highest caliber.”

The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said of a performance, it’s “the best house party your parents never wanted you to have.”

Lazy Habits, composed of eight band members and currently based in London, England, was born in the London borough of Hackney in 2005. Rocking stages at festivals throughout the United Kingdom, the band is set to preform outside the UK in various European countries this year, including Latvia, Croatia, and Taiwan. Previously, the band has toured with the likes of Mos Def, Bonobo, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame.

This morning the guys over at Radar Music Videos put me on to another of Lazy Habits’ videos called “Even Out,” which was directed by Phil Good. The video is so simplistic, yet clever. This song also puts the group’s big band, jazzy style of full display while adding catchy vocals, rewriting the story of Jack and Jill. When you’re finished replaying these videos over and over, make sure you skip over to their facebook fan page to show the group some love and to check out their tour schedule. For starters they’ll be performing at the Glastonbury Festival, which begins today in the UK.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

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Molella & Supafly Inc. – “X-Rated” [VIDEO]

It’s almost summer time and that means it’s time for summer jams. You know? Songs about gorgeous beaches, grilling out, or just simply trying to find that summer love. Molella & Supafly Inc. come together to create “X-Rated,” a summer song with a house, electronic, and reggae feel to it.

Molella is an Italian DJ and producer from Milan, who has been prolific in the business since he was 14-years-old. Supafly Inc., comprised of the power-duo of Mister P and One, is a London-based dance act that has amassed quite the following in Europe. Known for throwing crazy parties, the group has had enormous success in the last couple of years.

“X-Rated” is full of energy derived from its house beat, but also folds in funky reggae melodies.

Video directed by: Kris Koster at Radar Music Videos

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

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

Stereo MCs – “Boy” [VIDEO]

Stereo MCs is an alternative electronica group from London, England. From the few singles I’ve heard, you can tell this group definitely tries to mix it up and present creative expressions for their audience. Stereo MCs released their single, “Boy,” earlier this month. You can find out more information about Stereo MCs at their website and become a fan at their facebook home.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Max Richter – “On The Nature Of Day” [MUSIC]

It’s quite difficult these days to find quality classical music especially if you don’t really know where you’re looking. Well luckily I was privileged with stumbling into Max Richter‘s music through the soundcloud. I was quickly haulted of my work as this soothing violin crept in the background to bring an inspirational melody similar to what is heard on film. “On The Nature Of Day” is the opening title to one of his later works entitled ‘The Blue Notebook’. Please visit his sites to hear more of his work and learn a little more about Max Richter’s musical composition experience.

The 99s – “Oh Me, Oh My” [VIDEO]

Meet the 99s. Their music reflects where they come from. From the foothills of Saddleworth, (Northwest Manchester, UK) the 99s bring a rock/country/whatever-you-want-to-call-it style to their music, inspired by where they came from. As for full disclosure, I dig these guys, not only for their music, but because they are all Manchester United supporters (even their name, the “99s” is inspired by the magical year that United won the treble.) With that said, I hope I didn’t lose any Liverpool or City fans that follow the Beat-Play Experiment.  Check out their video “Oh me, Oh my” below:

And the Reds go marching on, on, ON!,

By: Kyle C. Stilley | Online Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Colours – “Tonight I Let You Go” [VIDEO]

I happened to be gallivanting amongst the interwebs when I came across The Colours, a pretty cool electropop band out of Reading, UK.

I couldn’t help but be immediately  enthralled by their single, “Tonight I Let You Go.”

Some songs are catchy, some songs just make you want to get up off you rocking chair and dance. The Colours did a great job of making a song that does both. Check out the video below.

By: Kyle C. Stilley | Online Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Tim Exile the MASTER of Reaktor [Video]

About Tim in his own words

My name is Tim Exile.

When I was a kid I played the violin, messed around with cassette players and built things out of lego in the countryside in the west of England.
Nowadays I make music and software, and I make music with my software.
I wanted to be able to do all the things that you can do in the studio live and on the fly so I built myself a special machine.
I perform, improvise, sing, shout and sample myself live and I like it when you get involved in these activities.
I prefer doing stuff that people can get involved with as interesting things happen when people get together.
I love things that aren’t always the same. Staying still isn’t something I do well, although I’d like to learn.
I like doing things well, but I’d rather do something new than try and do better than something I’ve already done.
I’ve released 3 albums. You can listen to two of them on the right.
I’ve also released an effects plug in called The Finger through Native Instruments for those of you who’d like to get white knuckles on my musical rollercoaster. You can see the videos for it here.
In the next year I’ll be back on the road touring with more nutty technology, audio tricks, opportunities for you to intervene in the musical process, and ridiculous blazers.
Imagine if music was a thing we did together, not just a recording you bought. That’s where I’m at. You, me. It’s gonna happen.

Check out Tim’s website here http://www.timexile.com/

And his YouTube Channel here for some wicked video’s of him in action http://www.youtube.com/timexile

NERO – Me And You [VIDEO]

Bumpin’ club track combining hiphop, house, and dubstep for a sensational sound is NERO out of London, U.K. This new track just released for sale on iTunes last week so please check it out. To view more music by NERO click the image above.

SMACK Nightclub in Leamington Spa, UK

This club looks absolutely insane. SMACK Nightclub. Here’s a little video of the lighting and sound system they have set up. What would be really cool is if they put these lights on the ground as well. Enjoy this run-by video of the club to “Hold On” by HOUSE/Dubstep DJ Rusko ft. Amber Coffman.