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Did The Weeknd Just Preview His Collaboration With Cashmere Cat? : Listen

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Ever wonder what a collaboration between The Weeknd and Cashmere Cat would sound like? Well the R&B icon seems to have uploaded a snippet of what they've been working on. On Aug. 9, Cashmere Cat posted a picture of Abel (The Weeknd) and himself in the studio with the caption "xo", The Weeknd's logo. The Weeknd's Instagram upload included an emoji of a cat along with this snippet, leading us to believe it is indeed the collaboration with Cashmere Cat.

Over the past year, Cashmere Cat has actively tapped into new styles of music such as R&B and hip-hop, working with artists such as Kanye West, Tory Lanez, Ludacris and more.

The sneak peak is everything you'd want and more. Smooth, dark, moody, and let's not forget The Weeknd's incredible falsetto. Check out the clip below!

 

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Electric Forest 2016: The This Song Is Sick Secret Sets Were Unbelievable

Electric Forest Secret Set Family Photo

It's no secret that we're big fans of Electric Forest which goes down every year in Rothbury, Michigan. We’ve been long-time supporters of the magical music festival and just recently highlighted some of the event’s best back-to-back performances over the years, including a few from our signature TSIS secret sets that we've had the pleasure of throwing each year.

In 2012, we hosted the first-ever Big Grizmatik set featuring Big Gigantic, GRiZ and Gramatik. Last year’s addition showcased the epic back-to-back-to-back between Skrillex, SNAILS, Datsik, 12th Planet and more.

However, 2016 holds a special honor. In addition to our ‘Meet and Greet’ booth, the festival’s organizers provided TSIS its first official slot on the schedule and app, truly cementing the set. As the clock struck 1:00am on Friday night (technically Saturday morning) at the relatively intimate Observatory stage in the Forest, a sea of people gathered. 

The hype was real as countless attendees jumped up and down to sneak a peak at who the night’s performers would be. Rumors had spread throughout the weeks prior with names such as Pretty Lights, Big Grizmatik and others being tossed around, but no one knew what was in store.

The crowd went as far back as the eye could see and the elbow-to-elbow audience somehow managed to get larger with even greater energy. It was a truly an unbelievable sight. The stage was planted in the thick of the forest, looking over the crowd and a large balcony structure that was separated into three parts and two levels.

Electric Forest Secret Set Stage Shot From Back

To kick off the night, Brillz and long-time TSIS Secret Set performer 12th planet (who may need to become the first ever secret set resident) took the stage in front of a roaring audience. The two did not hold back kicking the set off with banger after banger.

Electric Forest Secret Set 12th Planet Brillz 2

Next up, a wild Mija appeared from the side stage and the crowd simply lost it as she hopped into the back-to-back barrage. There was even a point in the set where 12th Planet and Brillz were literally praying to her as she was mixing. Mayhem soon rose as NGHTMRE joined the budding supergroup and hoards of fans somehow continued to pile inward, almost getting to a mildly scary point, as it already seemed over capacity when the set began.

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz NGHTMRE

As our final guest GRiZ was getting ready to hop on the decks, Electric Forest’s staff stormed the stage to have everyone cleared off. 12th Planet swiftly grabbed the microphone and echoed the statement. The crowd was very cooperative. The crew received reports that the amount of people on the surrounding viewing balconies far exceeded the maximum capacity the structure could handle. 

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija 12th Planet Brillz 2

Unfortunately, the damage had already been done as one of the balcony structures sunk into the ground, posing a fear that it would soon collapse and cause a major safety concern to those near it. 12th Planet gave a proper shout out to TSIS’ final mystery guest, GRiZ, as he stepped onstage to thank everyone for coming out (although he wasn’t able to join in on the back-to-back festivities). In short, there were literally too many people that came out to the set that it needed to be shut down entirely.

To lift the night vibes on Saturday, we threw a party until sunrise in the Good Life camping area that featured Anna Lunoe, AC Slater and Justin Martin going back-to-back before leading into Louis the Child, Getter, Cherub, Win & Woo and more. 

We are working with Electric Forest to come back next year in an even bigger way…maybe even a secret stage? Thanks to everyone that made it out and we can’t wait until next year!

Electric Forest Secret Set Mija Headbang

Electric Forest Secret Set 12th Planet Brillz

Frank Ocean Released 50 Track Playlist Of His Favorite Songs

Frank Ocean Playlist Favorite Songs

While the Internet is still recovering from the chaos that was Frank Ocean's double album release last week, we are blessed with more goodies from the man. To coincide with the release of Blonde, he launched four pop-up shops across the globe where he sold hard copies of the LP and a very special magazine called Boys Don't Cry.

Within the magazine are some golden nuggets that include Kanye writing a poem about McDonald's, more poems from other rappers including Tyler, The Creator, interviews with Lil B, Frank's mom and more.

On top of this, Frank also managed to include a list of 50 of his favorite tracks. Someone has taken the liberty of bringing this print list to digital form by creating a Spotify playlist of it.

This eclectic playlist ranges from Jimi Hendrix to Daft Punk to Goldlink to The Beatles to Aphex Twin and everything in between. It's a nice look into the mind of one of music's most exciting living figures. Take a listen and enjoy!

Frank Ocean - 50 Of Frank's Favorite Songs 

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