Why: Blackbird Blackbird was booked by Joel and scheduled to play day 4 of our SXSW showcases but a transportation disaster kept Mikey from the venue for hours. Had I heard him play that day I guarantee you this post would have happened months ago. I just didn’t know what I was missing. After finally tracking down his latest EP I was immediately blown away by “It’s A War.” What a rollicking piece of slightly dark tropical pop. The rest of Boracay Planet is full ofÂ shuffling andÂ twitching beats under dreamy guitars that blend together brilliantly. Especially “Happy With You” (&Â this great Yalls remix of itÂ here!) So it turns out the guy has been making music for years. His Bandcamp is a treasure trove of previous releases.Â Cheers to many more!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/11/Blackbird-Blackbird-Boracay-Planet.jpg596600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-11-09 13:30:332012-11-09 13:30:33[EP] Blackbird Blackbird - BORACAY PLANET (w/ "It's A War ")
yâ€™all canâ€™t stop me,Â iÂ go hard like i’ve got an 808 in my heart beat, and iâ€™m eating at the beat, like you gave a little speed to a great white shark on shark week
If you’ve caught any of our posts on Macklemore & RyanLewis then you know the kind of freshness these two are bringing to the rap game. Macklemore ‘s intensely personal, honest, and and often funny storytelling. Ryan Lewis’ impeccable and unique production. It’s really quite remarkable.Â IndependentÂ since day one, they’ve obviously been courted by major labels but as “Jimmy Iovine” lays out, the current state of affairs in that world is dismal for the artist. The duo blazed on alone and The Heist is their opus. But don’t let the commercial success on the backs of a legion of loyal fans fool you. This is a fantastic album. If you never thought you liked hip-hop you will still find something here to love. Macklemore brilliantly balances hisÂ signature heavy topic songwritingÂ with goofball party songs that keep the album from getting bogged down in it’s own seriousness. Both “Same Love” and “Thrift Shop” are shaping up to be top songs of the year but for such different reasons. But one common thread. Two really. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.
Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-11-08 00:07:022012-11-08 00:25:44[LP] Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - THE HEIST (w/ "Cant Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton")
Why: Parade of Lights is an apt name for the band making this stadium sized jam that was built for lights shows and all-out sing-a-longs. Los Angeles, can we please get into this guys big time so when they play November 12th at The Bootleg we can all get rowdy? “Flash of Light” & “Talk To You” are other big poppy highlights on the EP. Get into it.
Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-29 12:59:272012-10-30 19:56:50[EP] Parade of Lights - BORN TO LIVE, BORN TO LOVE (w/ "Just Give It Up" )
Why: The first Don Diablo track I ever heard hit my iTunes the day after I started this website. Ever since then its been a solid love-fest for the Dutch beat master. He’s always got more love for his remixes on TBE but his solo stuff hasn’t gone un-followed. After a few years of building his fanbase organically it seems like DonnyD is finally poised to blow up the way he should. Lights Out EP is a tight little collection of dance jams that kicks down the door with the rowdy “Lights Out Hit” and continues with the grand ode to hometowns “The Golden Years.” “Memories” Â takes the EP in another great direction and is slowly becoming my new favorite. Diablo has always shown range and while its exactly what keeps him interesting I hope that people can wrap their mind around it and get into these tracks.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/10/Don-Diablo-The-Golden-Years.jpeg540540Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-29 12:51:002012-10-29 12:51:29[EP] Don Diablo - LIGHTS OUT EP
once we say forever that’s the first lie we tell each other
I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Frank + Derol live a handful of times now and they are definitely coming into their own. Still a little wet behind the ears but their current tour with Wolf Gang should go a long way to strengthening their stage show. They certainly have no shortage of jams.Â UnfortunatelyÂ only 4 of them are included on their debut EP. “Let It Go” is the one that makes me roll my windows down and sing along at top volume like a spastic. Get into it.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/10/Frank-+-Derol-EP.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-25 21:04:322012-11-28 12:55:05[EP] Frank + Derol - FRANK + DEROL EP (w/ "Let It Go")
Why: “True Romance” is one of the great songs of the year. It stands strong on its own and lends itself beautifully to some stellarremixes, like the one above. If Citizens!’ worthwhile contributions stopped there it would still be something appreciated. Luckily for us they have more swinging indie dance rock for us.Â Here We Are is chock full of bendyÂ baselinesÂ and hopping percussion, making a set of jams sure to start up your next party. Take “She Said” for example, I just hit play and already there are people knocking. And I don’t even have enough dip!
Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-20 15:11:552012-10-23 18:02:02[LP / REMIX] Citizens! - HERE WE ARE [w/ "She Said" & "True Romance" (Gildas remix)]
Why: While Germany Germany has been a Burning Ear favorite for years, Drew Harris and his beautful electronic sounds have goneÂ under-appreciatedÂ among most. It’s understandable, though. Harris doesn’t bow to anyone’s expectation or genre boundaries. He follows his heart and has evolved down more pathways than any other artist I have followed on this site. With that said, his latest album is another journey through a mellower and more ambient sound than some of his previous dance jams. I just put on the album to write this review and 90 seconds in heard my friend say “This is nice! Who is this?” One more fan!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/10/Germany-Germany-Blank-Mind-Empty-Heart.jpg700700Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-15 01:28:252012-10-15 01:28:25[LP] Germany Germany - BLANK MIND EMPTY HEART (w/ "With You ft. Kotomi")
Why: Portasound are solidfavorites at TBE HQ but the world doesn’t seem to like awesomeÂ instrumental electroÂ party jams as much as I do! With under 1000 likes on Facebook they fall squarely into the sameÂ under-appreciatedÂ camp as similar TBE instrumental faves Civil Civic. Just try cranking up “To The Colours” on a night drive and not rolling down the windows, lead-footing the pedal, and generally feeling like a badass. You cant! EP opener “Dreadnought” may start off slow but when it kicks in it brings full-on 80s car chase grooves with it! Rage on!
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2012/10/Portasound-The-Second-Renaissance.jpg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2012-10-13 20:12:222012-10-13 20:13:21[EP] Portasound - THE SECOND RENAISSANCE (w/ "To The Colours")
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