Back in 2009 Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y dropped one of the hottest smoke-themed mixtapes in quite some time with How Fly. Well now 6 years later, the boys have made new and old fans excited by announcing a followup mixtape fittingly called #2009. The first song "Uber Driver" is a stoney shout out to everyon's favorite new transportation service with some buttery smooth production from Sledgren. Wiz kicks it off and Curren$y finished things off. Sit back, enjoy!
The multi talented TSIS supported artist Jon Bellion has continued to carve his own path blending R&B, Indie, and Hip-Hop for a unique combination. His most recent album The Definition is still seeing regular rotation over here, and was amazing seeing it performed live on the complimenting tour last fall.
Well today we have the first new song from Jon in 2015, "Woodstock," a powerful one-off single. The song has Jon continuing to expand on his unique style blending various genres for something that is fun and catchy while written and produced by Jon himself. The production on this one brings a far out, spacey, classic rock inspired twist to the sound we've grown to know from Jon.
He has also just announced his newest national run of shows, The Definition Tour. See all the dates below!
Future funk, electro-soul trendsetter GRiZ has built up a strong fanbase over the past few years and has recently been in the process of rolling out his biggest piece of work to date. "Say It Loud" is the latest studio album from GRiZ, and his most exciting venture as an artist. Unlike his last two albums Mad Liberation and Rebel Era, where sampling endless amounts of vinyl for the perfect vocals or melodies helped define his unique sound, he did things a little bit different this time around.
For this album, Grant Kwiecenski aka GRiZ decided to set up studio sessions with artists in New York City, New Orleans, Detroit and even a cabin in the middle of Michigan where he played with some of the funkiest and most soulful musicians around, recording all of the jam sessions. Then after recording with all these talented people, he used the sessions to sample and create a truly original piece of work that is now his latest album, Say It Loud.
This is the album GRiZ has been wanting to create by using others samples for years, and now finally had the tools to be able to do it.
Songs like "A Fine Way To Die" or "Funk Party" carry out the bass infused funk sound that's helped define his unique style. Songs like "The Anthem," "It's All Good," and "Stop Trippin" all showcase a more live side of GRiZ which is made possible from all his jam sessions. One of the most impressive tracks on the album is "Headspace" which is also one of the only instrumentals to make it on the project. This extra trippy, spacey cut will have you getting lost in the ambient nature of it, reminding me heavily of Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of The Moon." One of the most catchy tunes on the album is his unexpected collaboration with New York hip-hop legend Talib Kweli on "For The Love."
Like all of the music that GRiZ puts out, he has graciously made the entire thing a free download. You can grab it via pay what you want BitTorrent bundle, by entering your e-mail on his website, or picking it up via iTunes. However you do grab this record, make sure you properly enjoy it from front to back as he is one of the few artists truly creating a proper journey for the listener.
Future house pioneer Tchami has really been taking his sound to a whole new level, and today proves that trend on a brand new remix of "Timeless" from indie singer Carloline Koch. He speeds the track up to a house tempo, and adds some heavy drums and his signature bass line to give the track a whole new touch. Stream the premiere and you can pick it up on iTunes below. Enjoy
London producer and singer MNEK has been carrying his buzz from London worldwide thanks to his recent Small Talk EP. Today we get to hear a brand new remix of MNEK's single "The Rhythm" from rising UK force Sebastian Carter who we premiered his remixes of Gallant's "Jupiter Grayscale" and Isla's "Felon". He kept the melodic elements of the original while adding a new piano line and an infectious bassline drop that will keep you dancing. Stream the song and grab a free download below. Enjoy
Ellie Goulding has a voice that can be manipulated in endless ways that manages to impress every time and today we have just that from London based producer Vault’s remix of Ellie’s "Love Me Like You Do." He has slowed things down a bit adding epic drums and pitching Ellie’s voice just perfectly to create a new rework of the song. This is perfect for weekend listening or whenever you are trying to chill out. Listen to the remix below and there is no sign of a release yet but we will keep you posted. Enjoy
London based artist Tourist has garnared attention for various reasons over the past couple of years, but he just may have released his biggest tune to date. "Holding On" is a forward thinking future bass meets house dance record with a splash of indie influence that just works so perfect. Featuring some guest vocals from Josef Salvatt & Niia providing a duet of sorts interchanging as the beat progresses through various stages throughout. You will have to get used to replaying the stream below as the song won't officially be released until May 24th via Polydor Records. Enjoy!
TOURIST will be playing some limited festival plays this year, including Coachella, so make sure you don't miss out.
Now in it's 13th year #FEST also known as The Number Fest is the nation's largest college music festival. The fest takes place in Athens, Ohio and will be going down this year on Saturday April 18th, and the festival in not just for OU students. For the 13th year, #FEST is packing it's most stacked lineup to date with a perfect mixture of electronic and hip hop headliners, including Diplo, Schoolboy Q, G-Eazy, Borgeous, ILOVEMAKONNEN, Branchez, DJ Sliink, Lost Kings, Denzel Curry, Curtis Williams, DJ 4B and many more.
We've teamed up with the festival to bring you the ultimate giveaway. One grand prize winner will receive two VIP tickets to the festival that includes a fast pass express entry, VIP exclusive viewing area for all acts, VIP parking pass, a $150 hotel budget, and a very special meet and greet with ILOVEMAKONNEN, and even watch his set from on stage. All you have to do is enter in the widget below. We'll contact a winner next week. Good luck!
Outkast song "Roses" is a classic and most producers wouldnt dare to touch it, but New York based duo Peter Brennan & TCUP have gone against the odds and have created a house heater out of it. They speed things up delivering a progressive house flip of the song with some deep influences throughout. You can stream the premiere below and grab a free download thanks to Peter Brennan and TCUP. Enjoy
London based Snakehips are riding high off their recent Forever Pt. II EP which has now spurred a series of incredible remixes. Today New York based disco legend Armand Van Helden who is also apart of supergroup Duck Sauce has taken Snakehips title track "Forever" and given it a true disco flip. The song features bright melodies, horns and completley new drums that will have you grooving uncontrollably. Listen to the premiere below and we will keep you posted on an official release.
Stockholm based duo Cazzette have had an impressive rise the past year with their genre pushing charting single "Sleepless". They've gone ahead and flipped 90's band Chaka Khan's hit "Never Miss The Water" into a modern deep house flip. Now renaming the track as "Miss My Love" a whole new wave of fans can enjoy the song at pool parties or playlists all summer long. Stream the premiere of the song below and grab an exclusive free download. Enjoy!
Album releases from Action Bronson (Mr. Wonderful) and Earl Sweatshirt (I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside) were one day apart, and the two rappers have unveiled a collaborative bonus track to celebrate the occasion. Hip-hop veteran Alchemist produces the beat for “Warlord Leather” packing some raw jungle style percussion, a perfect foundation for the rappers to effortlessly throw down flawless verses with some smooth background vocals by Lou Diamond Phillips. Instead of using a chorus, Earl and Action trade off stellar verses after Bronson simply says “put me in coach” and takes over to close out this great track.
Lollapalooza year after year maintains its tastemaker role in the festival circuit and they cement that for another year with the release of their 2015 lineup today. The 3 day festival, taking place at Grant Park in the heart of the beautiful city of Chicago over July 31st – Aug 2nd, and will feature over 100 artists. Lolla will bring over 300 thousand festival goers from around the world to see acts ranging from Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and The Machine, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky, Kygo, Kid Cudi, Nero, Dillon Francis, Carnage, Nicky Romero, Hot Chip to so many more, see the full lineup above. Tickets are almost sold out, as they do every year, so do not miss out!
This is easily one of TSIS's favorite festivals in the world, a true originator of the city festival, an event everyone should attend at least once, if not every year. We hope to see you there!
Full Lineup By Day After The Jump
Gary Clark Jr.
The War on Drugs
Father John Misty
Cold War Kids
St. Paul & the Broken Bones
First Aid Kit
What So Not
Black Pistol Fire
Kyle Thornton & the Company
The New Pacific
The Pop Ups
School of Rock AllStars
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Walk The Moon
Tyler, The Creator
The Tallest Man On Earth
Death From Above 1979
Toro Y Moi
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
School of Rock AllStars
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Florence + the Machine
Of Monsters and Men
TV On The Radio
twenty one pilots
Marina and The Diamonds
Angus & Julia Stone
Strand of Oaks
Night Terrors of 1927
Black Tiger Sex Machine
The Lonely Biscuits
In The Whale
The Pop Ups
School of Rock AllStars
Back in 2013, Skrillex turned heads as he embarked on a train powered festival which featured Diplo, Grimes, Pretty Lights, Koan Sound, Blood Diamonds and more. This could have very well been the start of Skrill and Diplo's Jack U supergroup. The moving festival tour was inspired by Edward Sharpe and Mumford & Son's earlier train tour.
Well Skrillex has just shared some exciting news that the Full Flex Express train tour will return in 2015 and will be bigger than ever. Although we don't have the full lineup of artists playing yet, we do have the full list of dates for the tour, so you can start planning ahead. If it's anything like the first year, you can expect a massive, extra diverse lineup.
July 8th – Ottawa, ON
July 9th – Quebec City, QC
July 10th – Montreal, QC
July 11th – Toronto, ON
July 14th – Winnipeg, MB
July 15th – Saskatoon, SK
July 17th – Calgary, AB
July 19th – Pemberton, BC