Snow Fox Apprentice is back with another EP filled with fantastic sounds of nujazz and hip hop. If you don’t remember his previous work, “Wanderlust”, be sure to check that out here. The new EP is entitled “Traverse” and you can listen to and download it here. “Amber Shade Pt. III: 「Siam Breeze」” is a gorgeous track, filled with sweet piano lines and steadfast drum beats. Atmospheric string synths fill out the song and bring it together. The song is at once mournful, nostalgic, and resolute; relaxed yet alert. This song is powerful and engaging. For more like it, be sure to check out the album. Enjoy it.
Archive for the ‘Jazz’ Category
TRAEDONYA! has released her first single from her debut EP “High Fructose Corn Syrup”. “Another Lie” treats on a situation that, sadly, is widely shared by many in relationships. Being lied to in a relationship is always a sad and angering event, but complaining about being lied to is just the tip of the iceberg here. TAEDOONYA is addressing the stress and emotional pain of being treated like you’re crazy for being concerned about it, like you’re being unreasonable for not seeing it their way, like you’re making a big deal out of nothing. This is infuriating, a way to belittle someone and make them doubt themselves. Some call this gaslighting (for more on this, read this article). TRAEDONYA!’s lyrics give an account much like this with a message that she sees what they’re doing and she isn’t going to put up with it. It’s a very cathartic song. It’s sound combines jazz and funk with powerful and versatile vocals that prompted the UK press to call her sound “hipopera”. This song starts out with a lounge singer purr which crescendos to a powerful R&B chorus. Very enjoyable. Check it out!
Hi folks! I am a new author here, haptic! I have been given the opportunity to contribute to this blog and will focus almost exclusively on the genre of Kpop. Kpop, or Korean pop, is a stylized genre of music which encompasses not only their own unique style of pop, but rock, rap, hip hop, electro, and more recently, dubstep themes as well. They’re also widely known for the intricate choreography showcased in their music videos. So for those of you who don’t mind a bit of a language barrier, I hope to show you some gems from the Kpop world. In an attempt to keep with the theme of this blog, I’ll try to stick to remixes and (if I can find some) mashups. There’s only a handful of prominent remixers in the community though, so names will start repeating themselves eventually. That being said, since most of my knowledge is on the main groups themselves and not on the remixers, I will also be splashing in some original (nonremixed) reviews here and there.
For our first review, we’ll be looking at a remix from Areia Creations for the song “Give It To Me” by Sistar. The original song is the title track from the group’s second album, which shares its name. Areia Creations is a growing team that produces some of the finest electro and trance remixes I have had the pleasure of hearing. Their unique sound can turn any track into a club worthy song, and the latest Sistar release is no exception. What originally went along to stable piano beat and felt very much like a musical song (think Moulin Rouge, though that might be the MV imprinting its visuals on me) was transformed into something more upbeat and dance worthy. It still manages to retain the strong emotions conveyed through the lyrics. This song is about a woman who simply wants love. She cries every night yearning for love from a man who left her. Check out the MV below for a complete translation of the lyrics if you’re interested, just make sure captions are on and set to English! Overall this is a great remix and an enjoyable song, even if you haven’t heard the original. If you want to support Sistar or check out some other songs from the album, you can purchase them over at iTunes. I hope you all enjoy!
Together, Miguel Fernandez and Renato Marquez are Jetlag. For this original song, they enlisted the aid of the vocalist Moise and soprano sax player Luis Marquez. They build this song gently from suspended chords of guitar and synth. At first a simple beat accompanies the song but soon drops out to build atmosphere for the entrance of the gorgeous vocals of Moise. After Moise’s verse, the beat returns and the song gains a sense of traveling forward, onwards. This is a seven minute song, an epic in this day and age, and it is no accident. The song does not seem unduly long. In fact, it seems merely well paced. The song sooths the mind and time means a bit less in a trance-y sort of way. Announced by another dropping away of the beat, the saxophone takes its spot in the limelight for a time. This song is simply entrancing. Enjoy it.
I’m a bit pressed for time today so I won’t go into great depth. But I will say that if you haven’t checked out the jazz/hip-hop fusion work of Franco-Hill, you should get on that. “Perception” is part two of their most recent album, “Vibrate Higher”. This track is a twenty-eight minute meander through jazz, hip-hop, sampling, and live instrumentation. It’s powerful, engaging, and subtle. If you enjoy this, be sure to check out the first half of the album and their mixtape “Bruce Wayne“.