We are right in the middle of summer for half the world and today are treated by a seasonal surprise from one of our favorite artists. Sax playing electro-soul pioneer GRiZ just let loose a new song titled "Summer 97’" that lives up to the name instantly transporting you to the summer state of mind. We hear the vocals from Seals and Crofts’s classic “Summer Breeze” and some of the melodies placed alongside an incredible ensemble of unreal sax and piano lines, flawless drums and just the perfect tasteful amount of GRiZ's signature gritty bass for a twist. We also hear regular GRiZ collaborator Muzzy Bear who adds the perfect soulful guitar licks to the round everyhting out.
He releases this song just a few months after his highly successful self released free album Say It Loud which was followed up with a complimenting North American tour that was almost completely sold out. He is now in the midst of a festival tour which surrounds his biggest headline show to date at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater in September and we have been informed it is on track to sell out in advance, so we’d highly suggest grabbing tickets while available. You can grab tickets to the Red Rocks show here and see all other festival dates below. Enjoy!
GRiZ – Summer ’97 (Ft. Muzzy Bearr) | Free Download
All upcoming GRiZ conerts and festival dates:
JUL 25 SAT – Center of the Universe Festival – Tulsa, OK
AUG 1 SAT – HARD Summer Music Festival – Pomona, CA
AUG 2 SUN – Electric Adventure – Atlantic City, NJ
AUG 7 FRI – Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo, BC
AUG 14 FRI – Summer Set Afterparty – Somerset, WI
AUG 29 SAT – Imagine Music Festival – Atlanta, GA
SEP 4 FRI – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
SEP 6 FRI – Electric Zoo Festival – New York, NY
SEP 17 THU – Symbiosis Gathering – Oakdale, CA
SEP 18 FRI – Kaaboo Festival – Del Mar, CA
SEP 25 FRI – Livewire – Scottsdale, AZ
SEP 25 FRI – Life is Beautiful Festival – Las Vegas, NV
OCT 2 FRI – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 9 FRI – Austin City Limits Music Festival – Austin, TX
OCT 30 FRI – Suwannee Hulaween – Live Oak, FL
JAN 3 SUN – Holy Ship 2016 – Miami, FL
LA to Boulder based artist Kill Paris is not one to fit the mold, always managing to stand out with his unique blend of sexy R&B infused electro-soul. He announced that he was starting his own record label Sexy Eletric Records just last year, and recently announced his debut album Galaxies Between Us set to release on the label. Well now after hearing singles "Space Forest" and "You Don't Love Me No More", we get our hands on the full 9 track album. He works new influences ranging from future bass, dubstep, electro-soul and so much more all deliver in his unique R&B soaked vibe. This album is incredible front to back but one track that really stood out was "Operate" with previous TSIS featured artist Royal on the vocals. To make things better he's made this album available as a complete free download while also being on Spotify and iTunes. So prep your ears for an electro funk rollercoaster ride and grab your copy below. Enjoy!
Kill Paris – Galaxies Between Us | Free Download
One of the electro-soul pioneers, the first artists on the Pretty Lights Music label, and a past member of Pretty Lights when it was a 2 man act, Michal Menert is one of the key players in the electro-soul world. Today we are happy to present to you his latest body of work, and some of his best to date, Space Jazz the album. The 15 track album features a long list of collaborators ranging from Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, Borham Lee of Break Science, Manic Focus, SuperVision, Paul Basic and many more. The producer takes the listener on a spacey, soul filled journey that should be enjoyed from front to back. We are excited to be bringing you the exclusive premiere of the full stream of the album, and you can grab a free download and also support it on iTunes.
Michal Menert is also set to play his biggest show to date as direct support at Red Rocks this Saturday with Savoy; where he is bringing out his exciting Michal Menert Big Band ensemble which is sure to have the Rocks moving like never before. If you are unfamiliar, Michal will bring out a 12 person "Big Band" to play his entire set in true live form.
Michal Menert – Space Jazz (Full Album Stream) | Free Download
We would like to properly familiarize you with the latest exciting act to emerge from electro-soul icon GRiZ's new record label All Good Records. Muzzy Bearr is a Detroit native whom you've heard playing guitar on various GRiZ tracks as well as in the GRiZ live band. Well Muzzy Bearr has been carving his own lane as a solo artist/producer, and has just released his first full length solo album on All Good records, Vintage Sutra. And today we have one of the most exciting tracks from the album, "Bougie" which features GRiZ himself laying down some smooth, soulful jazz. The entire track is a spacey, tripped out journey with some definite inspiration from Pretty Lights, yet completely Muzzy's own. The drums and synths collide for the perfect ground work sound with GRiZ's sax acting as the cherry on top. You can grab a free download of "Bougie" below as part of Muzzy Bear's debut solo release Vintage Sutra which just released today also as a free download thanks to Muzzy Bearr and All Good Records. Enjoy!
Muzzy Bearr – Bougie (Ft. GRiZ) | Free Download
With his latest single, Hudson Mohawke brings a different style then what we’ve become accustomed to hearing from the highly acclaimed TNGHT collaborator. This new tune “Ryderz” uses a repeated, soulful sample in a beautiful hip-hop style beat that has a mellow, refreshing feel to it and even sounds like a J Dilla beat with the upbeat drums coming in and dropping out. This new song follows up his previous single “Very First Breath” and is track 3 off Hudmo’s second studio album Lantern, which will be released on June 14th via Warp Records. This version is a radio rip off Rinse FM so stay tuned for an official release with better quality. Enjoy!
Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz | Pre-Order on iTunes
Electro-Soul ambassador Gramatik will be following up his massively successful The Age Of Reason album with the newly announced Epigram EP via his own label Lowtemp. Just moments ago he debuted the lead single "Native Son" at the trendsetting Coachella music festival which features Raekwon of the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and soul singer Orlando Napier. For the first performance he actually brought out both Raekwon and Orlando Napier to play the single for its debut unveiling. We hear Gramatik's signature sound with Orlando soulfully singing and Raekwon's unreal verse which all come together magically. He's kindly made the song immediately available to listen in full and grab a free download of. Enjoy!
Gramatik – Native Son Feat. Raekwon & Orlando Napier | Free Download
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.
GRiZ – Say It Loud (Album) | Free Download
We are getting closer and closer to the release of GRiZ’s much anticipated third studio album Say It Loud (Album artwork above) with the release of another amazing single from the project. “For The Love” features New York hip-hop legend Talib Kweli for a match made in heaven. Grant lays down the soulful feel good vibes from the horns blasting loud to the extra tight drums paving the way for Talib’s verse to shine bright along some complimenting female vocals. This will be available as a free download with his entire upcoming Say It Loud album which we are counting down the days till it’s release on March 31st and couldn’t come sooner. Enjoy!
GRiZ – For The Love (Ft. Talib Kweli) | Free Download Coming March 31st
Chicago based Manic Focus and Colorado beast Michal Menert played together last year at Electric Forest and it was quite a sight for all who witnessed it. Well today we get the debut collaborative production as the two deliver an electro-soul heater, "Whatever You Want". The song kicks off with a cinematic mood, some middle eastern synths, and the perfect vocal sample to tie it all together. Listen to the premiere below and grab a free download thanks to both artists. Enjoy!
Manic Menert – Whatever You Want | Free Download
We first featured Paris based duo The Geek x VRV after they won our remix contest with ODESZA for the song "All We Need" which ended up with a Ninja Tune release and placement on our Soundcloud. We just last week premiered their song "All Around", and today we have the full length 7 track Electric City EP that just released through GRIZ's new record label All Good Records.
The rest of the electro-soul meets future bass release is full of soulful energy with a defined "Electric" sound that lives up to the EP's name. They keep things relatively chill except for "Believe In Me" and "I Loved You" which are the definite bangers of the release. You can now stream the EP in full below; featuring 5 originals and 2 remixes from Late Night Radio and CloZee, and you can pick up a free download thanks to All Good Records. Enjoy!
[PREMIERE] Exmag – Tilt Mode (Ft. Gibbz) (Manic Focus and ProbCause Remix) : Electro Soul [Free Download]Posted in Bangin, Premieres by nick | Tags: Electro Soul, Exmag, Free Download, Gibbz, Manic Focus, Probcause, Remix
TSIS favorite Manic Focus is back and this time he's taken on the Exmag and Gibbz single "Tilt Mode" bringing on Chicago based rapper ProbCause to lay down a few verses. Manic Focus puts his signature electro soul touch with a dreamy bass drop on the mix. Accompanied by Cause's vocals MF creates a whole new vibe for the song. Stream the premiere below and grab a free download thanks to Exmag and Manic Focus.
Exmag – Tilt Mode (Ft. Gibbz) (Manic Focus and ProbCause Remix) | Free Download
Live electronic group Exmag continue to break the down walls between musical genres with their latest original, a collaboration with Oakland based artist Russ Liquid. Fusing elements of live funk and jazz with a refreshing electronic twist, the group continues to deliver something exciting. The song is full of incredible keyboard melodies, captivating guitar riffs and some smooth sax. You can listen to the premiere of "VCR" below and grab an exclusive free download. Enjoy!
Colorado fans, Exmag is set to come through on a special CO run with support from Gibbz, Marvel Years, BRANX and Kinetic Groove and you can catch Russ Liquid in Denver tonight. See all the dates below.
Exmag & Russ Liquid – VCR | Free Download
Buzzing electronic duo ODESZA have not been short on content the past year thanks to the release of their massive debut album "In Return" , on top of a non stop stream of remixes from the record, and an impressive remix of Slow Magic's "Waited 4 U". Today, we have the latest track that ODESZA have chosen to work their magic on, taking Portland based producer RAC's song "We Belong" featuring vocals from singer Katie Herzig, and turning it into audio gold as expected. ODESZA have put their magical touch on the track by adding brand new keys, subtle sound effects, and a synth-filled future bass drop making the track complete. Listen to the song below and we will keep you posted on a download. Enjoy
RAC – We Belong feat Katie Herzig (ODESZA Remix) | Stream Only
Electro-funk soul brother GRiZ recently released his first new original song since his Rebel Era album, after working over a year on his newest full album. The first track "A Fine Way to Die" gave us a sample of what's to come. Today we get the new album's title, Say It Loud with a March release, as a free download through his newly reformed All Good Records.
We also get the second song from the album, "Stop Trippin'", featuring guest vocals from iDA HAWK showing another glimpse of what this album has in store. With no samples, and all original recorded funk and soul instruments and vocals, GRiZ takes his sound into new territory paving the way for iDA HAWK's vocals to shine strong. This might be one of my favorite songs I've ever heard from GRiZ as he blends the live and organic elements with his signature gritty electronic edge like never before… and not to mention those unreal sax fueled drops. This song is stream only until the free release of the Say It Loud album.
To make this release even more massive, GRiZ has also just announced his first run of shows for 2015 with a fitting Say It Loud World Tour that will be hitting all over the US in coming months. Check out "Stop Trippin'" and see dates for the upcoming tour below.
GRiZ – Stop Trippin' (with iDA HAWK)
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