First fly through space to one of my favorite James Blake songs, “I Mind”
Now witness morphing graphics to another hit, “Unluck”
And finally, unrelated but simply great. A promo video for Denmark’s World Expo pavilion last year.
Awesome App that I just got today. So worth it. Better stoned…
Happy Halloween Everyone!!! Hope you all are keeping extra classy! I did not have time this year to carve a pumpkin like I did last year, but you can still enjoy my craftmanship from last year below. A new 8tracks mix for y’all as well, PTFO – clearly it’s for when you want to pass the f*ck out, not appropriate for times of rage (aka tonight). Enjoy and thank you so much reading, TCC just had its 1st Birthday!
Well, it was that time of year again. I’m talking about New York’s own, major electronic music festival, the EDC of the East: Electric Zoo. Yes, it took me this long to finally get around to writing about it because I’ve been recovering. Let’s just say three days is a long time to be raging, and I barely made it through. Due to some unforeseen circumstances, my Days 2 and 3 were cut short, therefore this write-up isn’t exactly complete, as in honest to who, in my opinion were the best performers simply because I could not see nearly all of them. From what I did see however, EZOO was back, bigger, and better than ever. From the organization of the actual event (remember those terrible bus lines last year?), to the actual acts, the Zoo fucking brought it. My Day 1 started off strong, arriving just in time to catch some of Bart B More’s set. This Dutch kid didn’t care that his was spinning for a meager crowd, he still gave us plenty of bass to soak up. He dropped his popular tunes like Listen to This with Harvard Bass and also featured some of his new tracks off of his and Harvard Bass’ upcoming EP, The Ones, dropping next week.
Next, I was excited to see Feed Me, but after a few minutes I grew bored and headed over to the Main Stage to catch Rusko. Rusko churned out much of the same that he did for IDentity Festival last month, but I still enjoyed it. Afterwards I mulled around the crowds and grass areas, enjoying watching all drugged out ravers and bridge and tunnel bros dance like retards (not saying I wasn’t either, the dancing part I mean). I thought I’d check out SebastiAn since I am in love with his remix of the Kills’ Cheep & Cheerful. Unfortunately, he mostly just stood there with a cigarette in his mouth and doing some weird shit with one of his arms in the air. No SebastiAn, I will not bow down or salute you unless you deserve it. I then went “set surfing” as I like to call it because so many acts I wanted to see were playing at the same time. As the sun set, I headed once again back to the main stage to electronic super legend, Moby. Wow is all I gotta say. I had no idea Moby went that hard. Let’s be real, when I picture Moby all I see is his calm facial expression, his lack of any facial hair, and those glasses; oh and also Porcelain is playing in my head. But then when you think about, Moby has been making electronic music since I was born, changing, improving, and adapting his style to current tastes and such. I didn’t really recognize any of the songs, but he did play tracks by some today’s big names like Avicii, AC Slater, Tommy Trash, and Afrojack. I was sad to leave his set early, but the festival must go on.
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New 8tracks mix, this time in preparation for next week’s Electric Zoo in New York City. Features performing artists, Calvin Harris, Afrojack, Armin Van Buuren, Skrillex, Jack Beats, and more!
One of the many acts I’m stoked for at this year’s Electric Zoo. Above is a promo video for one of Daedelus’ albums and below is an exclusive mix that Daedelus did for TimeOutNewYork.
Active Child’s debut album, You Are All I See was released on Tuesday by Vagrant Records. Active Child, aka Pat Grossi is known for his harp-based and synth-heavy tracks, as well as his distinct falsetto. Grossi’s 2010 Curtis Lane EP debuted to impressive reviews and a 7.7 rating on Pitchfork. On You Are All I See, Grossi brings the familiar sounds of his harp, synths, and heavy drums beats, but brings a more mature sound as well. Where Curtis Lane had been driven mostly by his haunting vocals and dancey beats, this new release is toned down and more rooted. Grossi doesn’t try produce dance tracks that sounds more like their caught between a ballad and a 80s hit, he sticks to what he’s great at: his instrumentation and composition. The tracks on You Are All I See hover around the topic of love, the loss of it, and confession. I don’t think it would be cliche to call Grossi a hopeless romantic because he admits it himself; when speaking about track, “See Thru Eyes” he says “I will never forget that morning, waking up next to her. The sun pouring in the giant windows of my studio apartment…She was my obsession.”
The two singles so far, “Hanging On” and “You Are All I See” are some of the best, if not the best songs on the album. “Hanging On,” one of the speediest songs of them all (along with “Playing House” featuring How To Dress Well) is a perfect example how emotionally charged and raw the whole LP is, as he sings (“Touch me and then turn away/ Put your hands into the flame/ Tell me if you feel this pain/ ‘Cause I don’t want to be a ball and chain”). The song peaks with strong harp and bass lines, and vocal melodies, and tones down at points reduced to just Grossi’s falsetto and harp. “You Are All I See” remind me of “She Was a Vision” on Curtis Lane and is Grossi’s attempt at convincing the girl he loved that she was all he needed. It does a pretty convincing job with slow vocals, synthed-out percussion and alternating slow and fast harp lines. Another great track is “Johnny Belinda”, supposedly conceived while watching the TCM on mute, features an amazing, albeit profoundly sad bridge around 2:50; Grossi’s favorite part of the entire album. It makes sense that this song is born out of watching movies because it is so epic sounding it seems to belong on a soundtrack to a black and white war movie.
Active Child’s debut is all about this girl that he so desperately wants to be with, but to the audience it could be their own story. It is incredibly personal and I don’t think it would have been as successful if it wasn’t. It enthralls you, and I really wonder if he got the girl in the end! I have only listened to the album a handful of times since the clock stroked midnight this morning and I downloaded it, but I can tell you it is a beautifully and artfully crafted album. It doesn’t contain the happiest of tunes and moods, but it’ll definitely suit you if its a rainy day or if your struggling in a relationship. You can pick up the album from iTunes for just $7.99 or stream the whole thing here. Enjoy.