Thursday, February 9, 2012

The New Laws latest journey - "The Fifty Year Storm"

The New Law released "High Noon" in 2009, after their first album in 2006, and now follow-up with the final piece of their trip-hop journey - "The Fifty Year Storm." Each album builds on the last as the Seattle-based producers grow as artists, and as the subject of their albums ventures along his journey.

"High Noon" was a beautiful and dark trip-hop experience, creating an atmosphere where you never knew what stood around each corner, but you were excited for what happened next. "The Fifty Year Storm" continues this narrative. The album feels is slightly more textured and complex and represents the unknown hero's reflection on his past and the dual calmness and intense storm he experiences on the open water, punctuated by furious bouts of trip-hop breaks and synthesizers that overwhelm and threaten to capsize his vessel. It's a great finale to the unknown hero's trilogy of albums. I highly recommend it for any downtempo or trip-hop listener. It sucks you in, and if you take a moment to understand the narrative of the unknown hero, you can feel yourself along the journey with him.

As Adam Straney and Justin Neff, the producers behind New Law, explain: This is the third chapter of the unknown hero, THE NEW LAW, who is leaving the barren waste after the battle at "High Noon". He joins some fellow fighters who venture out to sea, to escape certain death of the old land, and they sail forth to explore new worlds. He gradually learns the way of the sea through the rolling waves of the journey, but on the red horizon ahead, there's something brewing: something dark and sinister... and he's unwillingly heading straight into the storm of it.  

You can download the album on The New Law's bandcamp page, and you can get their previous two albums for free. Check it out:

Monday, February 6, 2012

Spectrum Mix - from DJ Upside aka DJ Erok

I've been listening to a lot of different stuff these days and this weekend I whipped up a mix that includes sounds ranging from downtempo, reggae, dubstep, progressive house and funk. I always like to mash up genres - sometimes it works and sometimes it's a bit forced, but that's how I challenge myself and grow as a DJ and music listener.

Check out my mix "Spectrum" here - you can Download it for free, and the playlist is below:

Track Listing:
So Much for Love - Gramatik
Time Has Written - Supervision
Deep In The Cut - J Boogie
Mr Universe - Mos Def (Max Tanonne Mos Dub Edit)
State of the Union (Rewound) - Thievery Corporation
Pearl - The Deadbeats
More Important Than Michael Jordan - Pretty Lights
8000 (Diplo Remix) - Proxy
Moan (Remix) - Trentemoller
Aspic - Simian Mobile Disco
Breakin' a Sweat - Skrillex
Step Aside - Silkie
First Flight - The Others
Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix) - Ellie Goulding

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