Monday, June 26, 2017

Track Review: "Antidote" by Fisherman & Hawkins (Dave Neven Remix)

Normally a review comes before the track is released, but it just so happens that today is release day. This remix by Dave Neven of fellow Coldharbour Recordings family Fisherman & Hawkins was premiered on Global DJ Broadcast by label boss Markus Schulz after being an ID in his sets on the broadcast. Fisherman & Hawkins have produced some great tracks in the past (including this one), so a remix should be met with open arms. 

"Antidote" is a great trance track featuring the Coldharbour sound by duo Fisherman & Hawkins already, but by Dave Neven putting his spin on the track, this remix should be added to your collection as soon as possible.  The infectious melodies each version has should satisfy any trance fan.  Take a listen, then head over to Beatport to support this track!


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Track Review: "Outer Space" by Kaneis featuring Novel

Despite new found popularity (for some), trance music still has an "underground" feel to it these days due to the many different labels releasing tracks. One of those labels is Omair Mirza's OHM Music, which has been featured a few times on this blog already. In fact, there seems to be a surge of different releases in different genres of electronic dance music recently.

"Outer Space" by Kaneis featuring Novel is another one of those tracks that can be well received for Big Room, House, Progressive House, and trance. The remixes by many in the industry are proving that when a track is great from the beginning, any take on it can be great. From the beat drops to the melodies to the vocals by Novel, this track needs to be added to your collection when it is widely released very soon! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Track Review: "Glorious Days" by Sunlight Project

The beauty of this blog is to discover new music through new artists. Thus, when word from OHM Music of another set of tracks were mentioned, it only made sense to check them out. Label owner Omair Mirza understands the quality of music, and it is showing through these upcoming releases.

Sunlight Project has garnered quite the following from their releases that many have found on their Soundcloud page.  Their versatility is shown through "Glorious Days" as other artists have given their spin via their mixes. It is nice to see a track with fundamental quality that can be great in many sub genres. If you haven't started to follow the label and their artist releases, it is recommended that you do as soon as possible!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Track Review: "Xplorer" by Anske

Yes, it is time for another review of a track out of the Coldharbour Recordings factory. The bias has been established, so deal with it. Anyway, Anske has been featured on this blog before, and the quality of his tracks do not go unnoticed. Do you have a favorite?

"Xplorer" has followed the formula of being an ID in sets by boss Markus Schulz as well as on Global DJ Broadcast. The track immediately begins with a driving beat, dark Coldharbour sound, and great melodies. Looking forward to hearing this track in future sets as well as supporting it when it has its wide release!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Album Review: 'Spirit' by Depeche Mode

When the news broke that Depeche Mode was returning with a new album and adjoining tour, fans and critics were a buzz. Let's face it, they have influenced many different artists in many different musical genres over the years. Their unique take on beats to accompany great vocals has been revered by many. It was nice to see a pre-sale for their tour to try to combat scalpers through a new method as well.

If you haven't picked up a copy of 'Spirit' or at least listened to their single "Where's the Revolution" after many performances on popular TV programs in recent months, then you have been misinformed. 'Spirit' is a brilliant, thought provoking, and relevant album. Highly suggest you listen to the DELUXE version all of the way through without skipping any songs. From the lyrics, to the accompanying music, this album defines their triumphant return.


Track Review: "State of Mind" by Arkham Knights

You should be aware of the quality tracks coming out of Coldharbour Recordings these days. The label may or may not be on your radar, but know the trance, progressive, and the like scenes are better for it. Without much further delay, Arkham Knights have produced another great track called "State of Mind". This track has been featured as an ID throughout sets by boss Markus Schulz for a few months now.

The brothers of Arkham Knights have become known for their consistency of great tracks. Thus, if you have heard this ID on Global DJ Broadcast as well, you knew it was them. The track has their signature Coldharbour sound followed by those melodies to put you in a state of trance. Due to their track record on this blog, there really isn't much more to say about this track other than support it when it becomes available!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Album Review: 'The Getaway' by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Have you figured out the subliminal theme featured on posts over time on this blog? In case you have not, the answer is career longevity. Despite the changes in the music industry over time or your changes in musical taste, one thing that out lives all, is longevity. An artist, band, DJ, producer, singer, musician, or what have you tends to gain respect as their career develops over time.

A band that is revered a lot over the years is none other than Red Hot Chili Peppers. They have produced great songs for more than 20 years. Some people out there may agree that it is hard to top the skills of bassist Flea. Their love for the state of California does not go unnoticed either. So without more delay, it's time to review their latest album 'The Getaway'.  From the title song "The Getaway", you will immediately find yourself immersed in the familiar, but new sounds from RHCP. The high quality of songwriting bleeds throughout the album.  The unique vocals from Anthony Kledis guide you through the journey. The bass lines from Flea are just as brilliant as ever. The percussion by Chad Smith followed by the guitar riffs from Josh Klinghoffer compliment each other so well.

Their current successful tour for this album shows just how fans still love RHCP, their music, and their unique personalities. It is highly recommended you pick up their album if you haven't already! Respect their influence on music when you listen to this album for the first time.


Monday, June 5, 2017

Band Highlight: The Talk

Up and coming Indie Rock band called The Talk. We feel like our sound is influenced around bands like The Smiths, The Stone Roses and Foals and think you might be interested in our music. Our debut single and video "Shake Alone" that is released June 24th on Sound-Hub Records. 

Artist - The Talk
Single - Shake Alone
B-Sides - Common Faces, There I’ll Go
Released - June 24th
Label - Sound-Hub Records
Contact - Ben (07596021727)
                Harry (07415624196) 

Instagram - thetalkband_

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Musical Pet Peeves

Due to a current headline trending in the news, a good point came to mind. That is pet peeves of the musical variety. Yes, it is okay to have these.

1. The N-Word: Used in music since the 1980's, more specifically hip-hop/rap. Sure there was racial, oppression, and anger due to these issues in many communities in the United States and across the world. However, the use of this word as slang for "friend" has been over used, and spread to other forms of popular culture like movies and TV.

2. Talking Too Much During a DJ Set: Regardless of the genre, if you stop the vibe to talk or shout on the microphone....shame on you. Yes, the "hype man" became prevalent through the rise of hip/hop and rap, but bringing it to other genres just ruins the vibe. Yes you in the big room culture.  Example: "Put Your Heads Up!"

3. Sampling: Now this one is less of pet peeve than the others listed above, but one nonetheless. It has become a fall for those less talented out there. However, there are some great songs or tracks that has used this quality well. Tread lightly music industry.