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Baby In Vain, Kills: The Lolla After show

August 2, 2015

Metro Chicago

Lollapalooza After Show

Feature with Baby In Vain by Mark Umstattd

To may times do we hear an artist on the radio and are left wondering “what is that sound?” or even watching a video saying “what the hell is going on?” that we are left a little bit confused. The celebrity and the artist become blurred lines that almost prevent us from being able to access the truth of who these people truly are underneath the public presentation. Was she really born that way? Is he bad to the bone? Did she in fact build that ship to wreck?

Now, there are moments of great revelation and moments of great disappointment when it comes to exploring new sound that sometimes even go hand in hand when beginning a new relationship with an artist that our ears just haven’t been prepared for…yet. We hem, we haw, we listen and twist in our chairs searching for that hook or riff which will lead us down the sonic rabbit hole to the heart of the music and, ultimately, the artist themselves.

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Baby In Vain is an ambitious project, 5 years in the making, created by one of the Hottest trios to come out of Copenhagen. (That’s Denmark for the geographically disinclined.) Now music is taking a largely digital turn these days, which I don’t think anyone but the purists are really complaining about. But Baby In Vain is bringing something out of the cold northern lands that almost takes up where Joan Jett would have continued her sound were she born the  industrial Nancy boy beating younger sisters of Jack White. THESE CHICKS ARE HARD. Not to say that they have fully come into their evolution as musicians as they are still in the studio for their debut album, but they are currently on their second US tour with the Kills, so they are obviously doing something right.

(http://www.songkick.com/artists/5875194-baby-in-vain)

I really didn’t know what to expect from these youngins’ (all under the age of 21) after watching their music video “Muscles”  as the images were so wild and disjointed that it left me slightly uncomfortable,  not knowing how to absorb the music and its visual presentation in combined force. But, the ambition and the confusion worked well enough to peak my interest  into holding an interview.

Hours before the official after show, Lolla hadn’t let out yet, I walked into the green room where the girls were getting ready for that nights performance. Lola (vox and lead guitar), the younger of the tribe at 19yrs. having just graduated high school, was restringing her guitar, while Andrea (rhythm guitar), BIV’s big sister, and Benedicte, drumming jokester, were chillin collecting themselves. The Kills were on the stage at the time for sound check. We talked about their album (release undetermined at this point) of which is being done completely independent. “We are not with a label,” Andrea stated. Meaning their efforts and schedules are done by their booking agent. So, how did they get linked up with the Kills? “Our agent called theirs and they chose us to for support, we knew we were coming threw again, so, supposed it just made sense.”

Heck yeah it made sense! The sound was a perfect appetizer for the main course. When these girls took the stage it was obvious that they were so comfortable and adept at being present and playing. So much so that when they started to make noise the unhinging squeal of the amplifiers primed you up for the explosion. “We like to be loud. Its easier for us in venues this size,” I remember them saying. Repeating bass chords and hook drawn guitar riffs mixed with a grungier blues/punk sound all walked up and down like an angry pirate strolling the ships deck. Their power and electricity was pretty undeniable as they everything but through themselves into their instruments. They were good. Real good. Better than I had hoped for, pumping out power and youthful feminine energy like it was hard candy. When I congratulated them they had just finished breaking down. “It was a good crowd. The Chicago crowd really responded,”said BIV’s drummer.
“Yes they did Benedicte, yes they did”

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The Floozies Release New Album 'Do Your Thing'

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The Floozies are back! These funk soul brothers just unleased 11 of the funkiest tracks this side of the asteroid belt!

 
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Pretty Lights Releases 10 New Songs For Free Through Fan on Jam Cruise

 

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Pretty Lights is one of the most unique and exciting electronic artists around, pushing the boundaries of how the music industry works, known for freely distributing every single album / song he has every released. Well today he continues his out of the box habits by releasing not 1, but 10 songs completely for free, through someone who matters most to him, one of his fans.
While attending this year’s annual Jam Cruise, which just commenced it’s 13th year (for those unaware it’s a long running cruise festival featuring some of the best jam acts around, and is actually the cruise that inspired Hard’s Holy Ship and Mad Decent’s Boat Party), Pretty Lights was catching up with some of his fans by the zen pool, one in paritcular a fan by the name of Cassie Blochinger. Together they came up with the idea that “(the fans) should be the ones sharing his music. We’re the ones that help expand the knowledge of Pretty Lights and show the world just how we do.”
Pretty Lights then uploaded 10 tracks, mostly new, some old, directly from his laptop to her harddrive. She has since uploaded the songs for everyone to hear, exactly what Derek (Pretty Lights) wanted.
Some of the tracks sound complete while others are simply breaks, but they all carry out that signature soulful Pretty Lights sound.
You can download all the tracks through the mediafire playlist here, and listen to each of them below. We hope you are thankful for this unexepcted present, we sure are! Enjoy!

 

 
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Pretty Lights – I Can See It In Your Face Ft. The Shady Horns (Manic Science Remix)

 
 
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The holiday spirit doesn’t stop as we are lucky to premiere one of the biggest musical treats all week as Pretty Lights receives an incredible remix of his classic anthem, “I Can See It In Your Face”. This special remix is done by the exciting new partnership of Break Science and Manic Focus under their new project Manic Science with help from The Shady Horns for additional live energy. They do the song more than justice bringing it up to speed as the perfect tune to ring in the new year. This also marks TSIS’ 3 year anniversary of premiering Manic Focus’ “Mad World” remix which started our relationship with him. Have a good holiday and enjoy this soulful free download!
 

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Knife Party New Album Abandon Ship!

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Knife Party have been teasing the release of their debut studio album Abandon Ship! over the past few months leaking tracks like “Begin Again” and “Boss Mode”, while also pushing back the entire release of the project to work on perfecting it. Well now, a few weeks ahead of the newly scheduled release date of November 24th, the duo have decided to drop the entire project on us due to an early iTunes leak, and no one is complaining. The album brings in the festival-geared style the duo helped carve with their past releases while also incorporating more melodic influences from their Pendulum past. Songs like “EDM Trend Machine” standout on the release while still sounding great, it manages to poke fun at big room house and incorporate new trending styles like future house / deep house. You can now listen to the entire project below on top of being able to pick up a copy through iTunes which is available through their own label Earstorm Records.
 
 
 
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Manic Focus – Cerebral Eclipse (FREE ALBUM)

 
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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 RhythmExpanding 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!


 
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**NEW** Manic Focus & GRiZ Collaborate On Must Hear Soulful Single “Life Goes On”

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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

 

 
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ODESZA Album "In Return" Album Of The Year?

 
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Using their production talents alone, emerging Seattle-based duo ODESZA have proved themselves a no “flash in the pan” act after a string of chilled out releases including a remix of Pretty Lights “Lost and Found”, their “My Friends Never Die” EP and a remix of Zhu’s “Faded” plus a supporting role on Pretty Lights nationwide “A Color Map of the Sun” tour last year. Since then, the guys have embarked on spreading their music to the masses at various festivals and series of soldout headliner shows while finding time to work on their debut album titled In Return. ODESZA’s truly unique blend of infectious soulful vibes, future bass aesthetics, what you could call chill trap elements, on top of endless supply of organic live instruments are all on display for an album that shines bright and dares to inspire ones creativity. This will guaranteed be a trendsetter amongst the growing future bass genre world.
Gifting listeners with 13 singles on this release, the album transitions through a fascinating array of future sounding elements with even greater influences within the bass spectrum on display. The opening tracks are completely cinematic in design and have a tranquil flow to them that is relaxing yet engaging at the same time. The soulful foundation created on “All We Need” for Shy Girls to lay down a lush set of vocals is a thing of beauty as a series of melodic keyboard sections, wooden blocks, and cleaver bass twists leave a lasting imprint on the audible senses. We are also gifted with one of the strongest tracks on the record “Say My Name” featuring singer Zyra which got brough to life with a very impressive music video paying an ode to the movie Mullholland Drive. This brings me to ODESZA’s use of amazing vocalists on this album; each track boasting an emerging singer / songstress had me consistently wondering how did they collect such a strong cast of vocal talent? The remainder of the release continues to enchant listeners leading all the way up to the albums very first single “Sun Models”, which has become my personal anthem of the summer due to its top notch production that oozes in feel good vibes from start to finish.
ODESZA have perfected the art of creating superior musical compositions, with In Return being everything I had anticipated since we first heard the news of the duo producing an album. We are already seeing the start of what we can expect to be a long string of remixes from the project, and rightfully so. Listen to the full stream of the album below and pick up your copy through iTunes. Enjoy!


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Dillon Francis + Sultan & Ned Shepard – When We Were Young Feat. The Chain Gang Of 1974

The star power surrounding Mad Decent producer extraordinaire Dillon Francis continues to rise as the news of his highly anticipated debut studio album Money Sucks, Friends Rule has now received an official release along with a brand new single for your audible pleasure! Dillon teamed up with producer duo Sultan & Ned Shepard for the albums first single “When We Were Young”, a song that showcases a progressive house vibe with snippets of electro synths and an indie element provided by the vocals from The Chain Gang of 1974. The track shows another side to Dillon’s production that makes the wait for October 28th debut album even more of a struggle. Stream the track below and pre-order the album now via iTunes. Enjoy! – See more at: http://thissongissick.com/blog/2014/dillon-francis-when-we-were-young/#sthash.tLDg9uq9.dpuf

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