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Introducing: The Terry Byrne Band, WEST LA CNCT Exclusive: “Woman”

6 Jun

Life without internet in the Moontower has been a bit twisted, but thankfully we’re back online. There is no better way to get back going than to give the long overdue, WEST LA CNCT introduction of The Terry Byrne Band. Plastic handle swiggin’, Chicago blues master, Terry Byrne shows a beat heavy generation just what life was like before your Akai MPC was invented. The music can almost be seen as a flashback to a generation when music had some intrinsic, deeper meaning. Yet despite this old world feel, there can be no question as to its relevance today. The songs are infused with themes of love and restlessness, which give the music an honest, genuine feel. Who can’t vibe with that?

The raw, instrumental talent Terry brings to the band is complimented exceptionally by the incredible technical knowledge of producer and drummer, Bo Jacobson. Scope his work with Hugh Augustine the MC here. Last but not least, Josh Jove slashes through song after song as lead guitarist, while also keeping The Terry Byrne Band sound fresh as a creative songwriter.

Terry has been kind enough to release a fresh track, “Woman”, exclusive to the WEST LA CNCT audience. It features the classically powerful Terry Byrne vocals, a great combination of acoustic and electric guitar, and an outstanding hook. After a couple listens, you won’t be able to get it out of your head.

 

The Terry Byrne Band- Woman***

 

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Oh Land- Son of a Gun

19 May

Singer/songwriter Nanna Øland Fabricius gives dance-pop a refreshing twist as performer, Oh Land. Her single, “Son of a Gun,” uses catchy vocal samples and a beat with some swing in it to make something reminiscent of Adele’s talent. Listen and judge for yourselves.

Oh Land- Son of a Gun

Oh Land- Sun Of A Gun (Jacob Plant Dubstep Remix)

 

 

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Pat Lee- Stairway to Hip-Hop Heaven

19 May

It’s a pretty bold move to use “Stairway to Heaven” as a beat to one of your tracks. Lucky for us, Pat Lee pulls it off with swag. He gives the intro guitar riff some bounce and keeps the song moving with good lyrics. It’s summer chillin material. Enjoy.

Pat Lee- Stairway to Hip-hop Heaven

 

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Adele- Rolling in the Deep Remixes

17 May

This post was inevitable. It seems everyone wants a piece of the very talented blueswoman’s mega hit “Rolling in the Deep”. As a result, some impressive remixes have been released over the last few months. Here are a few of my favorites.

First up is solid dubstep remix by MartyParty and Minnesota’s new project, Darkstar. This remix is heavy and melodic–everything I want dubstep to be.

 

Adele- Rolling in the Deep (Deathstar Remix feat. Marty Party & Minnesota)

 

Next is a crazy mash by The Heatwave. It gives Adele’s song a complete spin into a summertime, island, reggae jam.

Adele & Jamie XX vs Cecile, Mr Lexx & Timberlee- Rolling In The Heat (The Heatwave Refix)

 

Last is my favorite house remix which comes courtesy of up-n-commer David Berrie. The buildups are long and the drop is hard. Expect this one at Sharkeez tonight ladies and gentlemen! (Party begins every Tuesday, 10 pm, at 3600 Highland Ave, Manhattan Beach)

Adele- Rolling In The Deep (dBerrie Remix)

 

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Theophilius London- Last Name London

16 May

Theophilus London is moving in right where Kid Cudi dropped off. The first single off his new album, “Last Name London”, uses that same rock-influenced, electronic feel. The beat almost sounds like a twisted remix of Kanye‘s “Power”. Props to Theophilus for this upbeat summer jam.

Theophilius London- Last Name London

 

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Joker- The Vision (Breathe In) (ft. Jessie Ware)

16 May

Dubstep titan, Joker, has just graced us with another heavy hitter.  “The Vision” features some unique, industrial sounding synths, deep drums, and some great singing courtesy of Jessie Ware.  Grimy.

Joker- The Vision (Breathe In) (ft. Jessie Ware)

 

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Bon Iver- Calgary

16 May

I guess the LA weather hasn’t gotten the memo that its summer yet. Mr. Winter himself, Bon Iver, must have picked up on this, as he has just released his first new material since 2009. The single, “Calgary”, is absolute quality like the rest of Iver‘s work. It channels a mellow, acoustic vibe which serves to display some incredible vocal talent. Relax and enjoy.

Bon Iver- Calgary

 

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Mixtape: ImanoS- Decked Out Radio Episode 04

14 May

I’ve just moved into a new house without internet, so it’s been very hard to find new music to share. Luckily, this gem of a mix fell straight into my inbox. Its creator, ImanoS, is a house DJ/ producer from Vancouver, Canada.  This mix is my first encounter with him, and I am more than impressed.  The hour long set transitions cleanly between summer anthems without letting up any energy. The Imogen Heap bootleg, and Carl Louis and Martin Danielle closer are a couple highlights.

 

Tracklist:
01. DBN & Matty Menck feat. Rosie Henshaw – Redemption (Alex Lamb Remix) [Nero]
02. The Immigrant – Summer Of Love (Tommy Trash Remix) [Onelove]
03. Dune vs. Imogen Heap – Whatcha Say Valentina? (Ken Loi Bootup) [White Label]
04. Arias & Arno Cost feat. Michael Feiner – The Days To Come [Big Beat]
05. Axwell – Heart Is King [Axtone]
06. Basto – Live Tonight (Gregorys Theme) (Extended Vocal Mix) [Tiger]
07. Wez Clarke & Eddie Kid feat. Max C – Without You (Siege Remix) [Soltrenz]
08. Nick Galea feat. Amba Shepherd – In My Life (Kim Fai Remix) [One Eighty]
09. Swanky Tunes & Hard Rock Sofa – Smolengrad [Size]
10. Avicii & Sebastien Drums – Snus (Automann Remix) [Vicious]
11. Disfunktion feat. Nicky Prince – Lost All The Ways [PinkStar]
12. Carl Lous & Martin Danielle – I’m Coming Home With You (Vocal Mix) [Size]

 

 

ImanoS has been nominated as Vancouver Nightlife Awards’ Best Electronic DJ of 2011. Show him some support here.

 

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Jurrasic 5- What’s Golden (DJ Fergie Ferg Remix)

6 May

 

Summer TIME and the livin’s easy! The weather is great and good vibes are everywhere. In celebration, here’s a chillin remix of an old classic. Cheers to new directions and great times to come! Shout out to Big Man Wick! Enjoy!

Jurassic 5- What’s Golden (DJ Fergie Ferg Remix)

 

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Cassette Culture- We Once Had an Empire (Jungle Fiction Remix)

4 May

I’m sitting pretty heavy on some final papers right now, so here’s a track from the vault.  It’s a house influenced electronica remix by up-and-comers Jungle Fiction.  It has a cool soundtrack feel reminiscent of some Tron material.  Shout out to my English teacher for this headache.

Cassette Culture- We Once Had an Empire (Jungle Fiction Remix)

 

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Event: Tipsy Tuesdays at Baja Sharkeez

3 May

 

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to announce the partnership between WEST LA CNCT and Baja Sharkeez!   Next Tuesday, May 10th, I will begin my weekly DJ residency at Sharkeez’ brand new location in Upper Manhattan Beach. It’s spacious dance floor and heavy sound system will guarantee Tipsy Tuesdays to be one hell of a party! The event begins at 9 pm and is 21+.  Come out to support and to hear the finest music WEST LA CNCT has to offer!

 

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EDX-No Xcuses 008 (Mix)

30 Apr

Two days until finals! In honor, here is EDX‘s 8th mix of his “No Xcuses” series on Sirius XM.  It’s a solid hour melodic house–perfect study material.  Enjoy.

 

 

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Coachella 2011 Recap

29 Apr

For me, it was an event categorized more by experiences than music. With that being said, here’s my take and a few jams dedicated to the best party around.

Friday began with some heavy sunshine and even heavier dubstep. As usual, 12th Planet threw down an energetic, crowd-pleasing set. Dubstep’s American embassador has great taste for new music and tons of stage presence. He stood on the DJ booth a few times during the slower points of the set to get the crowd amped. I have yet to be disappointed by one of 12th Planet’s performances.

I was able to catch bits of Excision and Skrillex‘s sets between trips to the beer garden. Both kept the crowd jumping with their bass-filled soundtracks to nondescript horror movies. The live collaboration between Skrillex and a few members of Korn was a highlight.

After a house version of “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites”, the Sahara tent shifted gears for the breakthrough hip-hop group, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All. Despite all the negative press regarding their performance, Odd Future was one of my favorite acts all weekend. Reminiscent of an old-school punk show, the group
did their best to incite a riot. The chaos of the set featured chants of “Wolf Gang!” and “Fuck the Police!”, crowd surfing, moshpits, some daring stunts by Tyler the Creator, and all around anarchy. Shout out to Big Tuna for keeping the party alive during this one!

Tyler the Creator-French (Toro y Moi Remix)

 

Once OFWGKTA ended, I had a brief time grab another drink, catch my breath, and enjoy some of A-Trak‘s feel-good combination of hip-hop and house. The transition between a cut-up, scratch-happy version of “All of the Lights” and “6’ 7′” was definitely a highlight.

What can I say about Afrojack that hasn’t been said already? This was the third Afrojack set I have had the pleasure to experience and it was unquestionably the best, and my favorite set of Coachella 2011. His ability to combine original, mind-blowing music with flawless, extended build-ups has always left me amazed. A testament to this was the presence of none other than Sir Paul McCartney. If music royalty has the good sense enjoy your set, your doing something right. I strive to think this is a sign of the upcoming dominance of electronic music.

Afrojack and Adele- Rolling in the Right (DEFEP Bootleg)

 

 

After a few shenanigans, I made it over the main stage to catch rock heavy-hitters, The Black Keys and Kings of Leon. Both bands tore the main stage up, with slashing guitar melodies and true southern rock style. I can’t wait to catch The Black Keys again at Bonnaroo!

The last portion of the night was dedicated to raging with some talented DJs. Boys Noize was on his game as usual, keeping the Sahara Tent going with his crazy, German techno sound. Hearing him drop his Daft Punk remix was a highlight for me. House legends, The Chemical Brothers, were given the main stage honor and they took full advantage of it. The HEAVY bass the stage had to offer, accompanied by some incredible production, made for one spectacular performance. Here’s another link to a track with the best of both worlds.
The Chemical Brothers- Swoon (Boys Noize Remix)

 

On Saturday, the weekend took a turn for the stranger. As such, I can no longer give a detailed play by play like Friday. Here are some of the highlights:

Trampled by Turtles fired up the main stage early with their own fast-paced blend of folk, country, and rock. Despite being a band more traditionally suited to play Stagecoach than Coachella, they put on an extremely enjoyable show.
Trampled by Turtles-Wait So Long

 

Two Door Cinema Club was a cool change of pace. Their light-hearted, indie rock style fit perfectly in the afternoon, and the crowd was loving them.

Two Door Cinema Club – Something Good Can Work The Twelves Remix

 

Chuckie was the only electronic act I caught all day, but he was no disappointment. If there is any dutch house artist comparable to Afrojack, it’s Chuckie. His set, filled with deep bass and toy gun synths, certainly kept the Sahara Tent happy.

Carolina Marquez-Wicked Wow (Chuckie Extended Mix)
http://groovebat.com/download/sdb.mp3

 

The last act to perform on Saturday I feel qualified to discuss is Mumford & Sons. The fast rising popularity of the band is well supported by the serious talent of the members and great music they release. They put on a flawless performance, jamming on each song, and using silence to build tension for their epic crescendos. And with the inclusion of a brass section as backup, it couldn’t have gotten any better.

 

 

Sunday was a day I will never forget. It was filled with wandering, see-saw riding, picture taking, H&M tent chilling, sunset watching, great music and amazing friends. Here are a few jams in dedication to the best, most emotion-filled day I have had in a long time.

The Strokes- Under Cover of Darkness

Jack Beats- All Night (feat. John B)

Ratatat-Allure (Jay-Z & Notorious B.I.G.)

 

Last, but certainly not least, I have the honor of introducing the partnership between WEST LA CNCT and Veloce Hats! Veloce Hats is a Los Angeles based company fueled by the imagination of designer and founder, Cameron Picardi. Cameron has drawn inspiration from all aspects of the fast-paced city life to create unique, timeless designs.

Veloce Hats strives to support fellow startup businesses and artists of all industries. It understands a diverse city like Los Angeles has tons of creativity to offer, and that these up-and-coming innovators will lead the push toward the city’s artistic future. WEST LA CNCT is proud to debut the promotional video, “Our Summer Daze”, for the collaboration between tank top trend-setters, Once Youth, and Veloce Hats!
 

Check out all Veloce Hats has to offer HERE!

 

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Wiz Khalifa ft. Curren$y- Rooftops

3 Apr

Yo WestLA crew! Sorry I havn’t thrown up too many posts recently, I’ve been pretty busy lately. I promise to be back in action soon! In the spirit of our newest and greatest contributer, ShartNasty, here’s a legit Wiz Khalifa track I’ve been jammin’ to. It has an awesomely mellow feel and a catchy hook. Kick it and enjoy.

Wiz Khalifa ft. Curren$y- Rooftops

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Klaxons- Echoes (Steve Aoki Remix)

7 Mar

I’m thoroughly impressed with this Klaxons remix. Steve Aoki blends some typical trance sounding leads with just enough bite to give it the electro edge. The disco-like groove the song builds on works very well with Jamie Reynolds’ vocals. Steve Aoki has definitely progressed as a producer. Enjoy this one.

Klaxons- Echoes (Steve Aoki Remix)


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