BEATS: ASTR – Operate

NY duo ASTR drop their debut single in the form of trip-hop infused ‘Operate’. RnB melodies provide the backbeat to a strong chorus which will be in your head for days. Check out the mysterious duo’s website HERE and listen to Operate below.

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BEATS: Bondax ‘No Diggity’ (Blackstreet Remix)

The Princes of new-wave house step it up again with a bouncy remix of the Blackstreet classic ‘No Diggity’. Complete with their signature funky beat and a Justin Timberlake sample at the end, what’s not to love? Check it out below.

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BANDS: Daughter – Get Lucky (Daft Punk cover)

A mellow, understated vocal paired with electronic XX-esque beats makes Daughter’s rendition of the Daft Punk smash the best we’ve heard yet. Get some.

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BANDS: Crystal Fighters ‘You & I’ (Official Video)

Following the success of their debut record Star Of Love, Crystal Fighters have unleashed the second track from their upcoming second studio album Cave Rave. The single ‘You & I’ is a beautifully written heartfelt number, complete with signature jangling guitars and pounding drums amidst the comforting grumble of lead singer Gilbert Vierich’s vocal . Check out the official video below, and pre-order the album HERE.

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BASS: Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre Waiting All Night (BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge)

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By now we’ve all heard the tune – something of a landmark for bass music – Rudimental is at No.1 with this stone cold jungly banger.

But check the above kickass live version from their recent BBC Radio 1 live session. Ella Eyre’s voice is massive live with so  much soul and power behind it. We’re slowly falling in love with her. Strangely, for someone who is currently at No.1 , she only has about 3,000 likes on her facebook page. Head over and give her a like – we’re expecting big things from her.

Here’s their rather good Live Lounge cover of Paramore’s ‘Now’, complete with samples of The Beat’s Mirror In The Bathroom and Bob Marley’s Sun Is Shining.

Rudimental’s debut album ‘Home’ is out next week 29th April and is available to pre-order here.

Also check their free download of Hell Could Freeze with vocals from shouty female rapper du jour Angel Haze:

 

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BASS: Grems – Vampire

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Headphones brand Skullcandy have collaborated with multi skilled underground French producer Grems to release his debut album Vampire, out May 13th.

First Single & Video: Vampire, out now. Click here to watch.

Teaser track: Schlag Music. Click here to listen.

Notorious for always pushing the boundaries, Skullcandy have cemented their reputation as banner men for fresh new music by co-producing Vampire with Grems, one of the most celebrated artists of the European underground scene. Grems’ vast artistic portfolio includes production, beatmaking, design, MCing and street art. For just a taste, check http://www.gremsindustry.com

Expect influences ranging from Hip Hop to Deep House to Broken Beats as well as guest appearances from the best of UK and European talent including Foreign Beggars, Simbad, and more. The album was produced with an analogue treatment for the ultimate authentic sound, staying true to Skullcandy’s mantra of ‘Supreme Sound’ and mastered by At Jazz, one of the most celebrated UK deep house producers.

Other info: EP (digital and limited 12 inch edition, again produced by Skullcandy, will be released in early June featuring Foreign Beggars and 20SYL (C2C).

Check out Grems’ previous collaboration with Foreign Beggars ‘Broka Billy’ remixed by Machinedrum here and last year’s well received ‘Dimanche’ here.

Grems will be touring live all over his native France in April and May, heading to London’s Notting Hill Arts Club on June 13th.

Vampire will be available on all formats including iTunes, Beatport, Amazon

May 13th. Stay tuned to the Skullcandy blog for the latest info.

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BASS: SNOOP LION FT MILEY CYRUS – ASHTRAYS AND HEARTBREAKS

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So here we have the latest from Snoop Dogg’s ‘Snoop Lion’ project.

Here at Bandsxbass we were pretty sceptical about Snoop Dogg’s reincarnation as a reggae artist. At first it seemed quite cynical and felt like Snoop was just bored of Rap and felt like jumping on the success of acts like Major Lazer, M.I.A and Santigold. Then they dropped the first few singles, most notably Lighters Up… and they weren’t half bad.

So, the more we learn about it, the more we’re coming round to it. After all, who predicted that a young white American dude called Diplo would come along and change Reggae/Dub/Dancehall forever with Major Lazer?

Snoop himself has said in press conferences that he doesn’t want to steal the heart of Reggae and run back to the US and get rich. And with the announcement of Diplo himself being at the production reigns – this record actually might be some cop. Time will tell, but we’re looking forward to how this whole Snoop Lion thing is going to pan out. Was it perhaps a step backwards releasing this latest tune with the Miley Cyrus of all people?

Would it not have been more authentic to record with a local Jamaican artist? Miley is pretty much the definition of an all American girl – her biggest track is called ‘Party In The USA’ . It’s an interesting move, but most importantly, it sounds good. So who really cares?

We’re looking forward to the Reincarnated documentary as well, not least as it’s directed by Andy Capper, Vice Magazine’s Editor in Chief. Click here for a good recent interview with him and London’s Le Cool magazine.

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BANDS: MS MR – Hurricane

Hurricane is taken from the eagerly anticipated debut album Second Hand Rapture, set for release on May 14 via Columbia Records. Follow MS MR on Tumblr HERE

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BANDS: M83 ft Susanne Sundfør – Oblivion

Anthony Gonzalez heads over to Jimmy Kimmel to perform the skin tingling new M83 single ‘Oblivion’. Taken from the new Tom Cruise blockbuster of the same name and featuring the astounding Norwegian singer Susane Sundfor, we’ve been listening to this on repeat at the BXB office – and you should too.

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BANDS: Haim – Forever on Later…with Jools Holland

We’ve been big (slightly obsessive) fans of Haim here at BXB since we received their first ‘Forever’ EP in the summer of 2011. Three EPs and a BBC Sound of 2012 win later, they’re set to release their debut album this summer, and about bloody time. Ahead of their sold out show at Heaven in London next week, the girls began what we imagine will be an endless week of promo on Jools Holland last night, performing their first single ‘Forever’. Undoubtabley one of the best live bands around at the moment, the girls’s stage presence and sheer love of what they’re doing make for another stellar performance. Complete with little shouts of ‘hey’ from the lead singer Danielle and some gurny bass playing from Esme, the band prove even more that they’re about to set every festival on fire this summer. Check out the Jools performance below, and try and bag one of the last tickets to their Heaven show HERE.

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