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Monday, June 6, 2011

Obligatory Bon Iver Shout Out

I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. For starters, I, uh, I love Justin Vernon. Big fucking surprise there, who doesn’t. Nothing better than a scraggle-haired hipster on a nylon string-thing that can actually make you feel something. I’ve been a huge fan of his Blood Bank EP on rainy days or in the arms of someone special, of “The Wolves” off of For Emma, Forever Ago while enjoying a smoke in the dog park with my best friends, and of his contribution to Dark Was the Night in “Brackett, WI” as I raced through a very crowded Grand Central on the way to track 42, night after night. In any setting, when you’re in any mood, and no matter where you are – Vernon is a beacon of chill. Nothing stands in his way. With his softest harmonies and sweetest words (Only love is all maroon, lapping lakes like leary loons, leaving rope burns - reddish ruse), Vernon via Bon Iver might be just what you want to hear, always. In the simplest of terms – his sound makes you happy, calm. Happycalm. Need I say more?

To be perfectly honest, Bon Iver’s new self-title leaves me feeling clever and sleepy, for lack of better adjectives. Holocene is my current favorite – I love how Vernon has grown in this album, and this track shows it best in my opinion. The static-like marching drums in combination with a sultry piano and wood instrument is beautiful – the perfect addition to an already uniquely soothing sound off this record. Michicant is another favorite, hypnotizing but somehow shocking, revealing a much more ambitious side to Vernon that works quite well.

Brace yourself for much less acoustic and romantic Vernon. It might be a lot to let go of for some of the die hard fans (many of which I’ve encountered), but I think it’s incredible to see an artist like Vernon consecutively produce great albums that show great progression and risk in the creative process, from album to album. Reminds me a lot of the way Beck and Radiohead have grown. We’ll see.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The State of Dubstep Spring 2011.

                                     Bristol, UK's Joker, who is having one hell of a month.

Here we are ladies and gents, June 2011. The year is almost halfway through and its already been almost three months since the last state of Dubstep I wrote in early March...crazy shit. Anyhow, this article is devoted to the last three months in Dubstep in terms of hot tracks, trends, developments, news, etc. You don't wanna miss this one Dubheads.

  The Last SOD there was a big focus on American artists and how couldn't there have been, they dominated the winter of 2010/2011. Skrillex was dropping a track pretty much every week, 12th Planet had just released a couple of sweet remix's, and Zeds Dead's new singles were in. Thats not been the case in the last few months. Sure, Skrillex is still a single's maniac, but this last few months has seen a return to the big English names in Dubstep. I can't say I'm sad to see it.

This is in no small part thanks to BBC Radio One's newest Dubstep driven show, In New DJ's We Trust. No single DJ hosts the show twice in a row which has allowed for incredible guests like Plastician. However, the real hero's of the show are Dubstep Icons Skream and Benga. Everyone should recognize these two from their uber-prolific solo careers as well as comprising two thirds of Magnetic Man, a UK based electronic group with several top 25 hits in Great Britain.  They host approximately one episode a month and they are pretty much guaranteed to be the strongest. In it they premier new tracks from DJ's as well known as Rusko and as obscure as superginger as well as premiering new drops of their own. While not all of the DJ's are from the UK (both Skrillex and 12th Planet have made appearances), the vast majority are from British soil.

                                             Skream and Benga

      In New DJ's we trust isn't anything brand new, its been around since November of 2010. It's just only in the last few months that its really made waves on both sides of the Atlantic. The tracks aren't what some of have to expect of British producers, dark menacing tracks without any dance club potential (see early Skream and Benga). While most of the music isn't as wobble and scratch centric as the American brand of Dubstep it still delivers with catchy, accessible beats.

     Take Bristol's Joker, who recently dropped the first track from his upcoming album, a number entitled "The Vision (Breathe In)" featuring fellow UK native Jessie Ware on the vocals. Its big, its bass driven, but its 100% danceable, arguably the catchiest track with Jokers name on it and certainly his most poppy original (his remix's tend to be more danceable). While Joker has never been the most brooding of the UK hyperdub lot, the direction his single took reflects the larger direction Dubstep has seemed to be heading. If you look at the UKF's Dubstep geared Youtube page, you'll notice that every other track seems to have a female hook in it somewhere. This is completely unlike, say, 2006, when it was pretty rare to find vocals on anyone's tracks. Camo and Krooked, Skism, all these guys are headed more and more towards the dancefloor.

    The fanbase will always find something to hate in a genre despite their love for it. Already sellout accusations are being hurled left and right as OG's seem to be shifting their direction. Strange thing about all of it is how natural the transition seems to be. Joker, Skream, Benga, Zomby, these are guys who have been making the same dark bassy music for the last half decade or more. And while they definitely maintain some of their roots (see Skream and Bengas track output on In New DJ's We Trust), it probably gets stale after awhile. There is something intensely appealing about dropping a track at a concert and immediately seeing people hit the floor and dance, no need to feel out the slower passages.

     Where will Dubstep go next? My guess is its already headed their. The dirty beats will remain intact, but vocal driven tracks will increase along with the general dance floor appeal of the genre. My biggest hope is that fan's will maintain open minds in remembering this is a genre of boundary breaking progression and that to complain about it selling out only serves to leave it stagnant like so many past genres, electronic and otherwise.

Be cool guys, and keep listening.

                                                             UK producer Distance.

Here are a handful of the dopest tracks that dropped in the past few months. Enjoy safely!

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

Joker - The Vision (feat. Jessie Ware) by KineticMuzik

All Fall Down ft. Shaz Sparks - Camo and Krooked (A longer version can be found via Youtube)

Camo & Krooked - All Fall Down feat. Shaz Sparks (Original Mix) by Camo & Krooked

Strange Behavior - Feed Me ft. Tasha Baxter

Feed Me Feat. Tasha Baxter - Strange Behaviour by Twiks

Unknown - Dream and Integral

Integral and Dream-Unknown(Skream Benga Radio 1 Rip) by integral3rd

Promises - Nero Ft. Sub Focus

Nero ft. Sub Focus - Promises by TaKoHANDz

Things Fall Apart - Zomby ft. Panda Bear

Zomby - Things Fall Apart [ft. Panda Bear] by pipppo

Enjoy this one friends. I'll try to write more.

Monday, May 23, 2011

142 Beat Per Minute Mondays!

Well, its been awhile but MUT is back with our flagship segment. I had a bit of a vacation, which was lovely, but its time to get back to work. Enjoy these bangers, they are some of the best we've had.

Note: A State of Dubstep spring edition is coming up very soon, get pumped.

Cocaine - MartyParty

Cocaine- MartyParty by Chill Vibe

Falling - Distance

Distance ft Alys Blaze - Falling by skoal

Gimme The Loot - Superginger

Notorious B.I.G. - Gimme The Loot (superginger Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD in the description! by superginger

In Pieces - J Majik and Wickaman

J.Majik & Wickaman - In Pieces (Radio Edit) by Ministry of Sound

Snarled - Skream

Skream - Snarled by darylauguste


Monday, May 9, 2011

142 Minute Beat Per Minute Mondays! (With nice lady voices)

Here we are once again with another installment of 142 BPM Mondays, with the dopest dope in Dubstep. This issue is focusing on an instant recipe for success in almost all forms of electronica, combining tunes with female vocals. The merging of pop and electronic music isn't anything new, but it constantly provides us with banging tracks that appeal to all sorts of people, from purists to tweens new the the genre. While this isn't necessarily a good thing, nobody can deny the appeal. 

Here are some sweet tracks that I know your gonna love. I mean cmon, who couldn't? Right?

Four Floors - Sunday Girl (Diplo Remix)

Sunday Girl - Diplo Vs. Sunday Girl - Four Floors by Sunday Girl

It Ain't Over (Document One Remix) - Mishal Moore

It aint over (document one remix) by documentone_dubstep

Brave (Gemini Remix) - Kelis

Kelis - Brave (Gemini Remix) by Gemini

Run You Down (Ft. Reija Lee) - Phesta

Run You Down (feat. Reija Lee) by Fresh On Campus

Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) - Simian Mobile Disco

Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) by VacayVitamins

This may be the last post for a little while. As you may have noticed, I didn't post the weekly Friday or Sunday segments. I'm four days away from freedom and I've been swamped with preparing for it, making arrangements etc. I'm going to write a State of Dubstep Spring Edition sometime in the next week, but after that nothings certain. We'll have to wait and see.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Swollen Summer: A Playlist.

Swollen Summer: a playlist.

In an effort to satisfy most of our summer munchies, I won’t be doing a review. I figured it’s only appropriate to send out a kick ass playlist of my favorite summer tunes. Please note RAC, because I’d really love to spread the word about them (The Remix Artist Collective). I heard these DJs a couple years ago through stereogum and I can’t get enough. They have consistently put out some of the best remixes I’ve ever heard, which can be found and downloaded here:

Enjoy, rascals.



RAC -- Houdini RAC Remix by Jenniferlouiselyon


RAC Portfolio by RAC


I Follow Rivers by LykkeLi


The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong by Slumberland Records


Virtual Boy - Lost Treasure by Madison House


God Bones by paperbrigade


Bon Iver - The Wolves (Act I and II) by firarland


Dog Is Dead - Glockenspiel Song by charmfactory


Dog Is Dead - River Jordan by The Wounded Jukebox

one week.

Monday, May 2, 2011

142 Beat Per Minute Mondays (Darkness)! EPIC MEGA POST (With Downloads)

I've really fallen out of love with Skrillex. It was a brief fling, but I've come to view his tracks as nothing more then chainsaw sounding gimmicks, devoid of any real life. He's not even dirty, just manic in his use of effects and sounds. Its music made for a new generation of dubstep fans, and the energy and power behind it is undeniable. Its just not that good.

 Its with that thought in mind that I bring you a extra special, massive 142 BPM Mondays! There are fourteen some odd tracks here, all of them dark, melodic, and menacing, just like Dubstep should be. There's nothing wrong with listening to some dope Katy Perry remix's now and then if thats your bag. But its not mine, and I want you guys to revel in all that is glorious about this genre. Some are old, some are new, all are bangers through and through. Were pulling out all the stops on this one.

Best of all, you can download all of these songs via Music, Unicorns, Thoughts, by clicking the link below each song. Boom.

Follow, comment, etc. Lets try to get this to 100 views in the next day!


Wondering (Dirtyphonics Remix) - Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Wondering - Does It Offend You, Yeah? (Dirtyphonics Remix) by

Haunt You - Flux Pavilion

Flux Pavilion - Haunt You by ENSUPERTREND

Natalia's Song - Zomby (Dedicated to a friend of mine)

Zomby - Natalia's Song (BBC Radio 1 Rip) by kycok_govna

The City (ZeroPointOne Remix) - Milosh

Milosh - The City (ZeroPointOne Remix) by darylauguste

The Vision - Joker

Joker - The Vision by darylauguste

Asda2 - Rusko

Rusko - Asda 2 [New Song !] by Haxyl Prime

Sun and Moon (Distance Remix) - Above & Beyond Feat. Richard Bedford

Above & Beyond feat. Richard Bedford - Sun & Moon (Distance Remix) by aboveandbeyond

Stories (Dream Remix) - Ghost and Misty

Ghost & Misty - Stories (Dream Remix) by Q-ba

Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix) - Zomby

Zomby - Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix) by RoyalDutch

Just To See Her - Synkro

Synkro - Just To See Her by darylauguste

Make You Sleep - Kryptic Minds & Emika

Kryptic Minds & Emika - Make You Sleep by darylauguste

What You Banging On About! - Magnetic Man vs Redlight

Magnetic Man vs Redlight - What You Banging On About! by darylauguste

Vampayaa (Starkey Remix) - Tayo Meets Acid Rockers Feat. PupaJim

Tayo meets Acid Rockers ft. Pupajim "Vampayaa (Starkey Remix)" by starkey

Darkin It - Skream

Skream - Darkin It by Mooreeya

and for the Skrillex fans out there.

Pixel Cheese (Skrillex Remix) - DeadMau5 & Feed Me

Pixel Cheese (Skrillex Remix) - Deadmau5 & Feed Me by KineticMuzik

There you have it folks, some incredible tracks. I worked my @#!*% off doing it as well, so I'd appreciate all the love you can bestow. Peace!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sleepy Sunday Sleepers for the Sleepy at Heart.

Week two of MUT's Sunday Segment, which covers relaxing, beautiful songs old and new. With school almost out of the way everybody's days get progressively more relaxing, so feel free to listen to these songs any day of the week! Its OK.

Memory Loss - The Radio Dept.

The radio dept - memory loss by pausainfinito

That Is A Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths

There is a Light That Never Goes Out - The Smiths by Christiane Simo

Oh Mandy - The Spinto Band

Oh Mandy - The Spinto Band by user5543978

Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground

Sunday Morning - The Velvet Underground by FOE

Hope you enjoy.


Friday, April 29, 2011

Forgive Me Father! Fridays!

                              An unrelated, eye-catching picture.

Another new weekly segment coming atcha! Music so seductive, so beautiful in its sexual majesty that you will have family members disowning you as a result of the things you do while listening to it. Geared towards music for the dance floor, Forgive Me Father! Fridays! is in favor of kicking on those boogie shoes and getting hot and heavy on a Friday night.

Back On You- Kaskade

Kaskade - Back On You by Twanizzle

Firework (Fred Falke Mix) - Katy Perry

Katy Perry - Firework (Fred Falke Remix) by kevinthekid

Dancehall Queen (Prod. by Diplo) - Robyn

Robyn - Dancehall Queen (produced by Diplo) by FirstUp!

Dirty Talk (LAZERDISK SEX PARTY Remix) -Wynter Gordon


Enjoy these little beauties. Just not to much.