Pool Moon Elephant: “Island’s Eye” – the elder statesmen of modern dance music

In the last 6 or 7 years electronic dance music has turned into an even bigger monster. Avicii dominated Spotify, David Guetta headlined festivals, and Calvin Harris is one of the world’s highest-paid performers. It means that festival line-ups, the charts, and some would even argue Ibiza, are oversaturated with the stuff. But the Swiss electronic duo who go by the name of Pool Moon Elephant prove they can also hold their own relevance in a very busy genre. Riccardo Studer and Ivan Nurchis, this time around, use intriguing collaborations to remix their single “Island’s Eye” which has been released in 3

M.C. ZackAttack: “Rap Or Die!” – on his daily grind!

Zachery Duncan, or rather M.C. ZackAttack , has been influenced by new age lyrical poets who speak their mind through music since 2010. Soon he’ll be releasing his newest mixtape “Mind Over Madness”. M.C. ZackAttack  has recently dropped his single, “Rap Or Die!” Let me start off by saying this track isn’t for everyone, you either love it or hate it, I would say it’s a hit and miss for certain people.  We all know that the quality of hip-hop has gone downhill, with a lot of artists either going for shock value with vulgar lyrics or relying heavily on glossy production

MoEoStAr: “Algorythmic Intelligence” – You’ll find a sense of comfort in the quaintness

Norwegian Independent producer Mattias Gillis Winge Rudh better known as MoEoStAr, played the clarinet and saxophone in various bands while growing up. He started producing in the 1990s, but gave it up while pursuing an engineering degree. For a period in his life, he was simply an active music listener, until he discovered the new production software via a smartphone app. In 2016 he started the “less than a $1000 Album” project, where he aims to produce and release a full album on a $1000 budget. In the meantime MoEoStAr has dropped the single, “Algorythmic Intelligence”. Notwithstanding its modern technological

J.Dot & KD: “To Whom It May Concern” – Low on frills and rich with introspection!

I noticed that J.Dot makes his best music when he’s rapping about being a responsible man, or when he’s creating something with substance and meaning, as opposed to trying to make contemporary radio hits or battle rhymes (although he is an excellent wordsmith).  This is mostly what happens on his 4 track EP, “To Whom It May Concern”, that narrates the evolution of relationships in its various forms. To put it all in perspective, this sounds like a powerful and mature work. Something tells me J.Dot experienced things that impacted him over the past years and this album is bred

Jack Soundfield: “Shine” – You can dig deep or soar to the shore

By profession Jack Soundfield is an engineer who has travelled around the world. He has lived in Canada, Germany and Switzerland. Besides uncovering the secrets of the globe Jack has a passion for music and experimenting with instruments and sounds.  “Before publishing a song, it is mine alone,” says Soundfield. “After publishing it, anyone can listen to it and decide whether to identify with it, or love it, or both.” Jack, who has been composing music since 2009, recently released his debut album, entitled “Shine”. “I have to admit,” explained Soundfield, “that my girlfriend – a solfège teacher of the

G.H. Hat: “Piano Jam 2 (Ode To Kygo)” – an authentic human expression

Modern acceptance, or lack there of, in electronic music hardly comes as a surprise. Just look back through the history of music and how the 17th century technology spread. Musicians no longer had to master a particular bow technique on the violin or cello in order to play the perfect note – They just had to press a key. Can you imagine the horror of the purists at the time? They probably all thought that the piano was destroying the soul of the music. What it did though was simplify things. It reduced what was really essential and human. People

JaVez: “When I Was Uptown” has the power to captivate audiences

JaVez is a 23 year old Maryland recording artist who sings, raps, produces, and mixes his own music. The self-taught Baltimore area artist has a penchant for Kanye West, Usher, Jay Z, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown. He also grew up listening to singers like Brian McKnight and R. Kelly. JaVez plans to one day be a successful CEO of a record label and iconic recording artist. JaVez is the true definition of an artist, he isn’t afraid to be himself and put himself out there. The lyrics alone prove that. Add in some fantastic production and the

HR Live At CBGB’s 1984 – an essential part of alternative music and punk culture

HR is most well known as the lead singer of revolutionary reggae punk rock band Bad Brains. In their day Bad Brains could have been easily mentioned in the same breath as The Ramones, The Sex Pistols or The Clash, such was their greatness. Yet the band has evolved many times in its long history, playing across many genres of music including jazz, hardcore punk, alternative rock and reggae. HR has been making music since 1976 with Bad Brains, and along the way until today, he has been acclaimed for his reckless punk screaming just as much as he has

Callum Crighton: “The Rose” – a strong ear-catching melody

Even while everything I know about my musical taste should violently reject the cheese-camp synth pop and adorable mainstream swoon songs of the 80’s, I’ve enjoyed that music ever since I was first tricked into listening to the smooth, velvety crooning of the Brit pop chart invasion during that period. I can’t really explain why I loved that music so much, I guess for the same reason people eat cheesecake: It’s loaded with sugar, almost unbearably sweet, and probably isn’t the healthiest for you, but goddamn if it doesn’t make you feel so good inside when you eat it up.

Virgil Blue: “Pain Of Loss” – gorgeous washes of sound

Virgil Blue has released his debut EP entitled “Pain Of Loss”. Inspired and influenced by Prince and Sade, Virgil, a multi-instrumentalist who started out making music at the age of six, when he picked up the saxophone, produced much of the music that can be heard on this EP. Virgil who recently moved from the suburbs of Detroit to LA has put together 6 smooth trance-like tracks that that flaunts ambient, RnB and trip-hop flavors. If you’re looking for something atmospheric and hypnotizing, then this recording may be of serious interest to you. Fragile, tender and soulful, Virgil Blue’s voice will

Yahru El Guru – A triumph in many senses of the word!

Yahru El Guru Dj (YEGDJ) born in Walnut Creek, California is a House, Tribal House, Reggae, and Dub-Stepping Dj who has shared stages and Dj booths with, The Wailers, Mad Professor, Collie Buds, DJ Peanut Butter Wolf, and Israel Vibration, to name a few. Yahru, Began his career as a professional Dj in 2006 by landing himself a residency at Martini Ranch Denver, one of Denver’s Co. busiest downtown clubs. After 5 Years of Djing in the United States and playing the top clubs, Yahru went to spin in Japan and the Philippines for 5 years and now he is back Stateside starting his “Life Is For Living” tour. His mission is to promote “Life is for Living” through art, entertainment, and information. Yahru says, “The most precious thing that has been given to you is life! Without life you cannot experience any person, place, thing, solid, liquid, nor gas; you cannot experience anger nor love. nothing! Because you wouldn’t exist.” In his quest to bring people together through music, Yahru El Guru has dropped a bunch of uplifting and spiritual mixes which are currently on Mixcloud, but will also be found on his website soon. The mixes are:

Dragon Behind The Bamboo – What an instantly soothing yet rich sound that Yahru El Guru creates through this mix. With atmospheric themes and vamps that echo easy listening yet resemble an astute Oriental rhetoric that last just under an hour, the track finds the whippoorwills of a progressive ambient sound, sending them through the chutes of the soul as we know it. A triumph in many senses of the word, Yahru El Guru has once again energized a niche with supreme creativity rather than simply paying homage to its roots. Winningly ubiquitous and genuinely enticing for disciples of chill, Dragon Behind The Bamboo is elevated from simply background music to a full-fledged conversational piece through him exploring the interpersonal interaction that the sounds find in one another.

Bada Boom Yame Japan Mix – This track does not allow the listener too much time to breathe. Swapping the transcendental festival oeuvre for a more calculated soundtrack to trip the light fantastic, “Bada Boom Yame Japan” is modern trance infused with tracks by the likes of E-Clip, Zyce, and Don Diablo, as well as the Thrillseeekers. The mix is also nicely interspersed with vocals by Jan Johnston among others. Undoubtedly, this upbeat record has nuances that will blossom upon repeat listens. Digest and repeat multiple times for full impact. The progression starts from the moment you hit play. There is great attention to fluidity from beginning to end which is indicative of a well-made mix no matter how bi-polar the tone. If you have been listening to this type of music since back in the day, I think you will see the value in this mix.

Meditation – Pure, weightless and eleganT, “Meditation” is true to its title, as Yahru El Guru comes up with a mesmerizing stunner. Constantly reinventing and discovering new, uncharted territories. Few influence underground, electronic dance music like Yahru El Guru. My friends, the days of dropping boring, monotonous progressive house tune after progressive house tune are over. Time for a new trick. Mixing breaks with deep and tech house is where it’s at. This mix will stand out ten years from now. Uncharacteristic to the genre, the melody on this mix carries as much weight as the rhythm, while each song belongs to the other. It shifts back and forth through breaks and house effortlessly. No anthems. No overdramatic prickly synths. You’re just left with a feeling of something new. It feels like music caught between night and day. This release is not for newbies. This is for the jet set, veteran clubbers looking for the next big thing.

It’s A Dubstep N Trap – This mix will have fans spinning their fingertips wanting more. This mix is arguably one of his the best. He brings the blissful medium of electronica back to the drawing board, and my oh my, did he ever drop the house on this one. Heartfelt and creative, “It’s Dub Step N Trap,” has everything. One can’t help but move to it with gladness to be alive. This is a monumental piece of work. A dark, relentless, subtly twisted bassline keeps the track moving, coupled with suitable percussion, and rising sound effects. This draws towards the breakdown, which whisks you off to another world. Then just as you get too comfortable the dream fades and you are thrust back into the thundering groove. Hirshee, Afrojack ft Chris Brown, Laidback Luke, Another Monster, UFO and more are included in the mix. Simply put, one of the best DJ mix sets you will ever hear.

There are no weaknesses in these sets and this is without question Yahru El Guru finest work yet. The mixing is quality and the music selection is diverse but excellent. With repeated listening, these sets began to grow on me, slowly, methodically and enchantingly. Yahru El Guru has unearthed some gems here and has spun them into a great mix, chock full of percussive gymnastics and hooks that just won’t leave you.

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