Combining the soulful side of hip-hop with electronic elements is something that Pretty Lights first perfected, then artists like GRiZ and Gramatik carved their own lanes. The next "electro-soul" artist on the rise is most definitely TSIS favorite Manic Focus. Our appreciation for this Minneapolis to Chicago transplant runs deep as TSIS has premiered his first 3 albums Definition Of The Rhythm, Expanding Mind and Distant Perspective. Today we get the next chapter of Manic Focus with his latest album Cerebral Eclipse being released through GRiZ's new record label Liberated Music and is available in full today, as a 100% free download on top of iTunes and Spotify.
After a first few listen throughs it's abundantly clear that Cerebral Eclipse is without a doubt Manic Focus' best work to date. The 10 track album manages to stay true to the wobbly, spacey, funk-filled signature sound of Manic Focus, yet explores quite a bit of uncharted territory. The collaborations and features are strong, including "Life Goes On" with GRiZ and "Bumpin' in the Voodoo" with Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic that have already surfaced, and "Space Scholar Synthesis" which is previously unreleased with Michal Menert. The feature list doesn't end there, Focus also recruited fellow Chicago locals Prob Cause and Eryn Kane on "Trail Blazin" and The Coop on "Travelin In My Mind". He even brought in NYC based drummer from Conspirator on "We Can Fly" which is another winner on the album. Cerebral Eclipse in it's entirety is a smooth listen blending chill and heavy elements seamlessly; quite the milestone in the booming career of the soulful artist. Listen to the record in full below, grab a free download, and if you feel inclined pick up your copy through iTunes. Enjoy!
Manic Focus – Cerebral Eclipse (Album Stream) | Free Download
Long time TSIS supported artists, Manic Focus is approaching the release of his latest album. We first heard the singles "On The Horizon" followed up by ""Bumpin In The Voodoo" featuring Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic and today we have the last single before the album's release. Looking to be Manic Focus' best work to date the drop is just days away through the new record label Liberated Music.
This new track "Life Goes On" is actually a collaboration with new his label head GRiZ and couldn't have turned out any better. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists leaving us with something really special. The live instruments and samples come together for a perfect blend of chilled out soulful energy. It's the type of song that will have you hitting replay after the very first listen to truly soak it in. Listen to the premiere of the song below and grab a free download of Manic's new album on Tuesday. Enjoy!
Manic Focus – Life Goes On Ft. GRiZ
The time has finally come as thousands of people have made their ways to Chattahoochee Hills, right outside of Atlanta, Georgia for the second edition of TomorrowWorld, the American expansion of the legendary TomorrowLand. While not everyone is lucky enough to be able to attend the festival, you will all be able to tune into the madness all three days thanks to the fine folks at TomorrowWorld.
You will be able to see some of the amazing international acts play at some of the most visually stunning stages that look like the folks at DisneyWorld were behind crafting. Lineup of who is playing listed out below.
SATURDAY SCHEDULE (All Times are EST)
GTA, Showtek, and more 7pm – 9pm
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis 9pm – 11pm
Diplo, Skrillex, and others 11pm – 1am
Breathe in the funky aroma of blossoming Lawrence, Kansas natives The Floozies brand new creation as the duo serve up a delightful single that follows up their fresh remix of Lettuce's "Do It Like You Do". The cooler than cool vibes and melodic electro-funk foundation of "Back On It" is too good to enjoy just once as they include their patented live guitar elements, a captivating saxophone sample provided by Big Gigantic frontman Dominic Lalli, and various glitchy synth patterns into the production. Loose yourself in the feel good nature of the stream below and be sure to pick up the download when it drops on GRiZ's Liberated Music Label.
The Floozies feat. Dominic Lalli – Back On It | Stream Only
Those who've followed the inspiring rise of Minnesota to Chicago transplant producer Manic Focus know all to well of TSIS supporting the his artistic talents through various collaborations, well crafted remixes spanning the bass spectrum, and even premiering his full length albums Definition of the Rhythm and Distant Perspective. Having officially signed to GRiZ's emerging DIY record label Liberated Music means a new album is not only on its way, but very close to completion and I have the distinct privilege of presenting the releases debut single "On The Horizon" for all you MF fanatics new and old.The abundance of funk, blues, and electro-soul elements structured perfectly on the track will have you grooving in happiness from start to finish as the feel good vibes are in high supply. If Manic Focus' past is any reflection on the future, his forthcoming album will be one of the top free releases of the year and you can guarantee that we'll keep you up-to-date on any news as it becomes available. Also if you happen to be venturing to Electric Forest this upcoming weekend, be sure to check out the debut collaboration performance of Manic Focus and Pretty Lights Music artist Michal Menert as they closeout the Forest Stage on Sunday at 11:45pm being known as Manic Menert!
Manic Focus – On The Horizon | Free Download
GRiZ – Fall In Love Too Fast (Exmag Remix) : Must Hear Chillout Funk / Electro-Soul Masterpiece [Free Download]Posted in Bangin, Chill, Premieres by nick | Tags: Electro Soul, Exmag, Free Download, Funk, Griz, Liberated Music, Remix
One of the leading Funk / Soul pioneers GRiZ is a producer we have seen almost no remixes of yet but that all changes as of today. New York funk live electronic group Exmag, apart of Gramatik's Lowtemp lable, have flipped an older GRiZ release "Fall In Love to Fast" from his Mad Liberation album. They've left us with a spacey unexepected journey that packs endless twist in turns throughout. Listen below to the premiere and grab an exclusive free download, Enjoy!
GRiZ - Fall In Love Too Fast (Exmag Remix) | Free Download
Funky soul producer / DJ & Sax player GRiZ just released a brand new song out of nowhere titled "Throwback". There are elements of funk, hip-hop, trap, soul, and more in this potpourri of a track. From the effected vocals to the signature Sax solo GRiZ does alongside an unexpected marimba section you will be guessing till the end on this exciting 5 minute journey. Whatever you want to call it, it will have you replaying it after the very first listen. Stream below and look out for a free download in a few day. As always, enjoy!
GRiZ is also currently finishing up his Power in Numbers tour and will be embarking on festival run this summer. Check out all of his dates here.
GRiZ – Throwback | Free Download Coming Soon
SnowBall Music Festival has made it's move to Denver, Colorado for it's 2014 edition and has quite the impressive lineup ranging from headliners Pretty Lights, Knife Party and GRiZ plus a stacked lineup of other talent. The festival couldn't be closer and we have one last chance to send one of you to the festival for the time of your life.
We are sending one winner to the festival with two 3-Day VIP passes to the festival with 2 tickets to one after party of your choice, and then at the festival you will get a meet & greet with headliner GRiZ and then get to watch his set from side stage!! This is will be the night one of you will never forget. All you have to do to enter is through the widget below via E-mail, Facebook, Twitter and more with each entry increasing your chances!
HOW TO ENTER: Enter through Widget here, every step increasing your entries and overall chance, good luck!
Grand Prize Winner (1 Picked)
-2 VIP 3-Day Passes to SnowBall Music Festival
-2 Tickets to any official SnowBall after party of your choice
-Meet & Greet for 2 with GRiZ before his set
-Side stage access for 2 during GRiZ's main stage set
[PREMIERE] Lettuce – Slippin Into Darkness (GRiZ Remix) (Ft. Jessica Griffiths) : Must Hear Electro-Soul / Funk Remix [Free Download]Posted in Bangin, Chill, Premieres by nick | Tags: Electro Soul, Free Download, Funk, Future-Funk, Griz, Lettuce, Remix, Soul
Electro-Soul pioneer GRiZ is back with a brand new remix, taking on funk live band Lettuce and their song "Slippin Into Darkness". He flipped the song upside down by rearranging the funky melodies while layering in his own; giving the song even more of unique touch, he brought in completely new vocalist by the name of Jessica Griffiths who turns out to be a Country singer GRiZ asked to rap, oh GRiZ. The completely new drums are just brutal packing even more fierce drop sections that will guarantee to have you moving as it's all tied together with his signature soulful twist. Make sure to check out Grant's recent sophomore album Rebel Era that is available completely for free download. Enjoy!
Lettuce – Slippin Into Darkness (GRiZ Remix) (Ft. Jessica Griffiths) | Free Download
We ‘ve been long time supporters of GRiZ, the saxophone playing electro-soul / future funk DJ that’s made waves over the past few years. The producer has a strong sense for fashion and has teamed up with one of our favorite clothing brands Akomplice for a very limited collaboration item. It is a fully customized varsity jacket that has actually been designed with full direction from Grant Kwiecinski (GRiZ) and includes USB dog tags which contain an unreleased track from GRiZ as well as his full discography. The item is going on sale now via Akomplice web-store and will only be printed once, so you are feeling it, we wouldn’t recommend waiting around.
CONTEST: We are also very excited to announce that we are going to be giving away one of these very limited pieces. All you have to do is enter our widget via e-mail / twitter / facebook / etc. for the contest below.
T he music festival SnowBall claimed its fame by bringing a ridiculous lineup of artists to perform in the mountain towns of Vail and Winter Park. Now the event has moved to a new home right in the heart of Denver, Colorado. The festival will be turning The Park at Mile High at Sports Authority Field into a winter wonderland taking place over the weekend of April 4th – 6th.
The lineup had to be strong to coincide with the move, but they have delivered. Bringing in some of Colorado's heroes Pretty Lights, GRiZ and the Pretty Lights Music cast begins to set the tone just right. Then mix in some great DJs, live bands and rappers and this sounds like a party no one can miss out on. Featuring acts Knife Party, Kill the Noise, MK, Earl Sweatshirt, Busta Rhymes, Yeasayer, Clockwork, Thomas Jack, Henry Fong, Trippy Turtle, The Floozies, Lunice, Brother Ali, Twin Shadow, MiMOSA, Kap Slap and so many more. See the Full Lineup After the Jump Below. And there are a few 3-day passes for $129.95 (or $299.95 for VIP) you can grab while still available here. Stay tuned with us and SnowBall for any lineup additions, late night parties and more info!
Full After The Jump (Click Here)
Colorado DJs team up with Akomplice Clothing for Exciting Look-Book feat. Big Gigantic, GRiZ, Paper Diamond, Two Fresh and Michal MenertPosted in Chill, News by nick | Tags: Akomplice, Big Gigantic, Catch lungs, Griz, Look Book, Michal Menert, Nick Guarino, Paper Diamond, Photo Shoot, Two Fresh
One of This Song Is Sick's favorite clothing companies is Colorado based company Akomplice Clothing who recently opened their newest office in Denver and launched a unique way of displaying their latest collection. This look-book captures the companies crossover into the electronic music world by exclusively highlighting Colorado producers and DJs. They brought GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Paper Diamond, Two Fresh, Michal Menert, Catch Lungs and myself (in the bucket hat, smoking) out to rock the latest gear in these photos. Akomplice did things in their own unique method and actually printed the photos into large banner form and had their street team wheat paste them all around Denver. The concept was very cool, and it turned out even better then you could have hoped. Look at the photos below and check the rest of them as well as purchase the items from the photos on the Akomplice Website. Connect with Akomplice on both Facebook & Twitter.
Exclusive Collaboration News: We have some exclusive news that electronic producer / DJ GRiZ has been working on very special collaborative item with Akomplice in the form of a fully customized letterman jacket that you have to see a picture of it to fully process. It comes with custom patchrwork, leather sleeves, detachable hood and more. You can see a sneak preview of the Jacket as seen in our Instagram photo here. Release details of the jacket coming soon.
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My story has changed quite a lot since moving to Boulder, Colorado and starting Thissongissick back in 2010. My name is Nick Guarino and this is Thissongissick.com. We've grown a lot since, but the original goal has always stayed the same: making it easier for you to discover sick new music that you've never heard before. In high school I would make mix cd's for my friends to show them all the new music I was discovering. Now, through TSIS, we work with musicians and record labels from all over the world to showcase a variety of the freshest electronic, hip-hop, indie, and alternative music to a global following that is comprised of millions of music lovers in over 110 countries - every single month. So, make yourself at home while enjoying countless amazing musicians from a variety of genres and let the sick sounds fill your ears! - Nick