Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hybrid Soundsystem - Trailers, new album coming in March!

Hybrid has always had an amazing ability to balance the digital with the analog - bringing incredible dance beats, orchestra compositions and the most melodic sounds together on tracks ranging from chillout to borderline house banger. And now they're back with a new album on March 29, 2010. They're releasing a 3-part trailer for the album, and 2 parts are already out. You can view them here - here's the first (the 2nd is further in this post):

I've had the pleasure of reading some press materials that get me really excited for this release: "Hybrid is one of the few remaining dance acts to perform live with a classic band setup. Though, much has changed on the road to Hybrid’s fourth artist album Disappear Here. Most notable is the addition of Hybrid’s third member – singer/ songwriter Charlotte James – to go along with founders Chris Healings and Mike Truman. Charlotte’s impact is marked as Disappear Here is truly an album of real songs and not merely dance beats with vocals on top. With Disappear Here, Hybrid has managed to create an epic and unique sound which has progressed dramatically from its original dance inception but still retains much of what makes electronic music so exciting. As the opening track for the album, “Empire” meets Healings’ statement of intent for the album. Its pounding live drums and moody, tense atmospherics set the stage and gradually build layers of electric guitars and sweeping strings performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. “Can You Hear Me” is a shining moment for Charlotte; combining her powerful vocals with soaring strings and the bass playing of Tim Hutton (Ian Brown, The Prodigy), while “Green Shell Suit” is chill out at its finest. Before closing out with the divine “Numb,” Hybrid presents the album’s touchstone and first single “Break My Soul.” It’s all huge from the triumphant chorus and epic strings to a huge bass line and drums."

Here's the 2nd part of the trailer (i'll post part 3 as soon as its released):

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

"It's Sao Funky Like That" - Fort Knox Five x Pharrell (Shmix Mash-up)

NOOO!! I missed the DL opportunity of this track by like 20 people :( But I can still listen to it, and I can still share it!!! So I leesten, you leesten, we all leesten...this makes me happy in a funk fashion gansta kinda way. Pharrell and FK5? Yes please.

"It's Sao Funky Like That" - Fort Knox Five x Pharrell (Shmix Mash-up) by 2Tuff

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sunday Groove - Valentine's Mix: Make Love with Soul Clap

Click the image to listen and download this V-Day mix from Boston-based DJ/producer duo Soul Clap. (and yeah, its their VDay mix from last year, but its as sexy and smooth as ever!)

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