Concerts, Festival

Festival of the Week – Lightning In A Bottle

What’s better: Christmas or Festival Season?

Um…yes, the answer is Festival Season. And it is finally HERE. So to get the absolute most out of these next wonderful couple of months, we have to decided to highlight the best of the best at some of the most notable upcoming events so you’re ready when it’s time to put on your wristbands.

We’ll be covering each as they get closer, mainly focusing on the big names and those in California, but also festivals that any of us personally attend. Starting things off is Lightning In A Bottle, courtesy of The (highly innovative and always incredible) Do LaB.

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If you’ve ever been to Coachella, you should be no stranger to the Do LaB. An establishment in it’s own right, this company has become known for its exceptional production of music and art, and always incredible vibes. And while they typically provide contributions to other organizations, LIB is a full festival that is put on by the Do LaB exclusively. With heavy emphasis on the art installations and community experience, there is no shortage of things to see and do in addition to the incredible lineup offered. For our purposes though, we’ll focus on the music.

(The following includes our personal highlights only – check out the full lineup here.)

Friday: ODESZA, SBTRKT, Thomas Jack, GRiZ
Looking at this schedule would make me instantly excited because any chance to see ODESZA is one that you should absolutely take. They are without question one of my favorite artists right now and easily some of the greatest shows I have ever seen. They just understand music so well. Their live performances take advantage of the percussion in their songs and watching the two members drum back to back is an unforgettable experience. I could go on and on.

Saturday: Goldroom, Flume, The OPIUO Band
Nothing I can say about Flume that hasn’t already been said – there’s a reason he has become so popular. His remixes and originals (and the What So Not tracks) he drops are practically made to be played live.

Sunday: AlunaGeorge, Big Wild, Snakehips, SNBRN, Hermitude, RL Grime
Big Wild was just signed to ODESZA’s label (Foreign Family Collective) and if you’re a fan of ODESZA then Big Wild is a must. Perfect combination of instruments and electronic music. Also, RL Grime is an insane show. Crazy energy and just one banger after another. Highly recommend if you’re into trap or heavy drops.

Side note: Definitely do not miss the Silent Disco.

Bangin

Diplo x CL x RiFF RAFF x OG Maco – Doctor Pepper

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Diplo teams up with South Korean superstar CL, RiFF RAFF and OG Maco for “Doctor Pepper”! CL lays down a flawless hook you’ll find stuck in your head almost immediately. Cue RiFF’s Versace rhymes and OG Maco’s Atlanta-style rap and you’ll find yourself driving backwards through Rome in a Range Rover, blaring “Doctor Pepper” on repeat all day long.

Indie

Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza

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When was the last time you heard anything form Mike Posner?  It has been quite a while.  The style that you find in this song, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza,” is very different from any of the other songs you will hear out of him.  In this song, Mike Posner opens up about his career and the struggles he has had and obstacles he has had to face.  The acoustic sound is not like the Mike Posner we are used to, but his vocals are great and it turns out to be a success.  Check it out.

The studio version is unavailable to share through SoundCloud, but you can check it out here.  But here is a live version:

 

Hip-Hop/Rap, Trap and Bass

Yonas – Night Is Young

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With another release from Yonas’ upcoming 5 song EP, “Going Places,” we get “Night Is Young.”  This song kills it and really gets me excited for the EP to drop on May 26.  Yonas does a little rapping, a little singing, and shows some appreciation for trap as well.  Yonas has had a history of utilizing electronic sounds in his songs and remixes, but nothing like this.  It has a similar set up to Huey Mack’s recent song, “Funeral,” where a drop is incorporated into a rap song.  It is a great concept and works out well to create something different and awesome.

Pre-order “Going Places” here.

Hip-Hop/Rap, Vibes

A$AP Rocky – LSD (Video)

As we are getting closer and closer to A$AP Rocky’s forthcoming album, “A.L.L.A.,” he releases another track to build up even more and hype and anticipation towards the album.  This song, “LSD,” does not follow the usual flow the A$AP Rocky normally has in most of his raps.  This one is unqiue and definitely stands out.  Most of this track feels as if it were in a daze as A$AP goes on to sing about LSD, until out of no where he spits hot fire out of your speakers with a nice verse that allows us to catch a moment of the usual A$AP Rocky flow.  The song has great variety and is definitely a must listen.

The song’s video which is directed by Dexter Navy and A$AP Rocky, is amazing as well.  It completely matched the tone and mood of the song with its trippiness, and really does a great job of putting the perfect visuals to A$AP’s lyrics and vocals.

Hip-Hop/Rap

Pell ft. G-Eazy – Got It Like That

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As New Orleans rapper, Pell, had begun to increase his fame and popularity, his talent was noticed by G-Eazy who decided to collaborate on a track with him.  This song is a remix, produced by Christoph Andersson, to one of Pell’s older songs, “Eleven:11,” which was originally produced by Tomas Barfod and Jeppe Kjellberg.  These two talented rapper’s collaboration makes for a quality song that is defeinitely worth your listen.

Bangin, Electro, Hip-Hop/Rap

DJ Felly Fell Presents: The Americanos – Blackout (feat. Lil Jon, Juicy J, & Tyga)

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The Americanos (same team from Doc Hollywood) is making its debut with an amazing EDM/Rap fusion single that’s bound to hit the radio stations any day now. Teaming up with famous LA DJ, DJ Felly Fell, as well as Lil Jon, Juicy J and Tyga, the Americanos is making power moves to the top. Be on the lookout for them, and enjoy this bangin’ single in the meantime.

Dance, Deep House, Tropical

Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing (SNBRN Remix)

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SNBRN comes out with a catchy and creative remix to Marvin Gaye’s song, “Sexual Healing.”  The unique part of this remix is that SNBRN is able to take Marvin Gaye’s lyrics, “Just grab a hold of my body and mind,” and make a whole song out of it.  The deep house and kind of groovy sound that he incorporates goes along with the vocals that he added in perfectly.  SNBRN personally likes to call his style “Sunset House.”  Check it out.

Bangin, Playlists, Trap and Bass

Trap Tuesdays Vol IV.

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I’ve been pretty MIA lately but don’t worry, I’m searching Sydney to bring you the hottest rising basement producers and will report back shortly. And of course I’m not going to leave you hanging on Trap Tuesdays. So here it is, Volume IV, featuring some of the biggest bangers from classics RL Grime, Carnage, and Yellow Claw. We’re also giving you some chill trap to go with your summer from rising producer Marshmello. Check it out, this has your perfect combination of hardstyle and chill vibes to get you stoked for this weekend.

Dance, Progressive House

The Chainsmokers ft. BullySongs – Good Intentions

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The Chainsmokers to nothing but put out hits.  Their latest release, “Good Intentions,” is amazing.  It is a very fun, danceworthy, and catchy song that is definitely a must listen.  BullySongs’ vocals are perfect and really make the song stand out.  I could definitely see a song like this on the radio. Check it out.