Giving us a little taste of some new material, glitch wizard Freddy Todd has dropped a tune from his vaults entitled “Wave Therapy“. The track features bouncy and squishy synths coupled with a very real sounding drum rack and instrument samples. This tune is a much more tranquil Freddy Todd. The plucking samples add a very “jammy” feel to the whole track’s essence. We can picture ourselves happily soaking up some rays in the sand with this tune blasting through the speakers. We aren’t quite sure when or how “Wave Therapy” will be released, but we do know that we will be streaming it through Soundcloud and bumping it thoroughly. Freddy Todd is getting ready for a busy touring schedule while taking the time to get as much work done in the studio at the same time. Keep your eyes out for more announcements from Team Freddy Todd soon and be sure to crank this one up! Cheers!
Listen to Freddy Todd – “Wave Therapy” on Soundcloud:
When we think of live music these days, its hard to not rank Big Gigantic as one of the growing greats.”We’re always just trying to learn from where we were at, from what we’ve done, and really try to push the envelope” expounds Big Gigantic producer and saxophonist Dominic Lalli, “Getting better, getting bigger, we’re definitely in that business.” Performing on a level that rivals any touring group in music today, Big Gigantic has gotten in the habit of doing things huge. On the front-end of their Winter Tour 2013, Dominic and drummer, Jeremy Salken are prepping for the biggest Big Gigantic tour yet. We had a minute to catch up with Dom yesterday and posted our phone Q&A below.
The Big Gigantic Winter Tour 2013 kicked off last week with a handful of dates in the south with support from trill twins Two Fresh. The tour features a brand new stage design that is bigger, badder, and better than anything you have seen from Big Gigantic before. With thirty stops on the tour, there is so much to look forward to. “We’re playing some awesome venues that we’ve never gotten to headline”, Dom excitedly explains, “We’re going to lots of places we really love to go too. It’s cool to be back in a lot of these cities”. The tour continues with support from Kill Paris, Manic Focus, and HeRobust on select dates.
We are also excited to hear that Big Gigantic is planning on releasing a new album come Fall. Dom tells us about keeping his production levels high on the road, “I’m always trying to figure out how to become more efficient. All I’m doing is working on music the whole time on this tour.” he explains. We are thankful for that and can’t wait to hear what the dynamic duo have in store for their fifth album. For now we can be sure to sneak some previews of the new tunes on this tour.
You can catch Big Gigantic on any of the Winter Tour 2013 stops. Big G rolls into Michigan this Friday, February 8th for a sold out performance at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids followed by a huge show on Saturday, February 9th at Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak. Get your tickets now because you definitely do not want to be left out. “This tour is turning out to be the best tour ever,” Dom proudly boasts and we look forward to being able to attest to that!
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There are some up-and-coming producers that stand out as that special gems in the pile of jewels. Manic Focus seems to be one of those gems. We have been fans and friends of Minnesota born/Chicago based producer since we first discovered his music just a couple short years ago. Since then, Manic Focus has been proving to the world why he is the next big bass producer. With two original albums, a remix compilation, and a huge catalog of singles under his belt (all for FREE DL), Manic Focus is a slave to the music. Whether it’s hiding in the studio or spending weeks at a time on the road, the madman won’t stop.
Coming off a huge NYE show with Big Gigantic & GRiZ in Chicago plus a few dates with Future Rock in the Midwest, MF is well rehearsed on putting the show on the road. Manic focus is now gearing up for a dozen dates on the Big G Winter Tour. In honor of the tour, Team MF released a smooth promo video that features a brand new track from the genre defying producer entitled “Free Man” that can be heard on the road and will be on the upcoming EP from the bass master. With all of this excitement in the world of Manic Focus, Curated Music found it fit to catch up with the young gun. You can read the interview below:
Curated Music: Your sounds reach a multitude of genres. How do you decide what type of track you are going to produce? Manic Focus: It really depends on my mood and life experiences. I made We Won’t Land at a time when I didn’t have a lot of gigs and several of the gigs that I did have got cancelled due to crappy promoters. Many people told me that I shouldn’t quit, so I put those emotions into the track. When it comes to remixes, I usually like remixing tracks that my friends suggest. The Mad World remix was my friend Ryan’s idea. I had started working on it in the fall of 2010 but then lost interest in working on it, and Ryan bugged me for months to finish it. I’m glad he did, it turned out nicely.
CM: Are there any specific artists that influence the Manic Focus sound? MF: Moby’s Play album was what really got me into making beats when I was a kid. The Crystal Method was also a big influence. I was a huge hip-hop head too, and grew up listening to Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Eyedea and Abilities….pretty much the whole Rhymesayers label. Today, my main influences are Pretty Lights, GRiZ, Big Gigantic, Bassnectar, Gramatik….too many to name actually. The whole EDM scene is very inspiring.
CM: We are huge fans of your remixes (Red Hot Chili Peppers, MIA, Umphrey’s McGee, an official Rebelution). What makes a specific track or artist more or less appealing to remix to you? MF: While a lot of my remixes come from my friend’s suggestions, the four you listed came about in many different ways. I usually like remixing tracks that have an official a cappella, like Dani California and Bad Girls. The Umphrey’s remix came about from a contest I entered over a year ago, and Umphrey’s provided the stems to the track. My friend Emily hooked up the stems for Rebelution. Basically, if there are stems or a capellas, I’m usually down to remix the track. I won’t remix Katy Perry though.
CM: You are an accomplished instrumentalists. What instruments do you play and have they ever been featured in a Manic Focus track? MF: Piano is my instrument. I can’t play everything I compose, but more often than not if you hear a piano or an organ, that’s me jamming on the track. I play the strings and synth lines on my keyboard too.
CM: You deffinetly have dedicated fans. How do you stay connected with them? How can they stay connected with you? MF: I try to stay connected to my fans by constantly releasing music. I definitely need to up my twitter game. Facebook is really the main way I stay connected with fans. I can also be contacted through my website.
CM: We have imagined you collaborating with a number of different artists. Will our dreams come true? MF: I sure hope so! I have yet to meet a lot of the guys I’d like to collab with, and the ones I have met seem to always be on the move, so there is very little time to socialize. I’m also very new to the scene and honestly feel like a bit of an outsider at the moment, but I have a feeling that will all change this year.
CM: 2012 was a big year for Manic Focus. You crushed Summer Set Music Festival, played a slew of dates with some other awesome artists, released a ton of amazing singles and remixes plus two albums, and ended 2012 with a huge show in Chicago for NYE with Big Gigantic and GRiZ. How do you plan to keep that high level of productivity up in 2013? MF: On NYE I asked Grant (GRiZ) for advice going into 2013, and he said “keep making music”, so I’ve been grinding hard to make as much music as I can. It can be tough to get in the zone sometimes, and its also easy to get burnt out on work, but listening to music while zoning out on Xbox surprisingly helps for coming up with ideas and refreshing my ears. I live a few blocks from Lake Michigan, so I’ll walk there on occasion to clear my head. I stumble a lot too. As much as I try to make deadlines for myself to finish tracks, rushing the creative process is usually a bad thing. It has to flow naturally. When inspiration strikes, I can get my ideas down pretty quickly. I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself to make bigger and better tracks, but I think I’ll be releasing some simpler beats in the near future just so I don’t get too strung out.
CM: You are joining Big Gigantic on a dozen dates next month, are you excited? MF: Hell yea! Its gonna be nuts!
CM: We heard you have some awesome news on the business end of Team Manic Focus. Can you leak anything to your fans yet? MF: 2013 will be crazy. I’ll be playing a lot more shows, and I can’t wait for festy season.
CM: What would be your dream studio setup? MF: Most of my studio is in my laptop, so other than a crazy beast of a laptop, I’d want some place with a awesome view and a mic facing the view so any singers or emcees I’d work with could take in the awesome view while recording.
CM: What equipment are you using in the studio and on stage now? MF: I mainly use an MPK49 and an APC40 to control Ableton and a bunch of plugins, but I’ve got an MPC1000, a KP3, and a bunch of other noise making/warping devices. On stage I’m currently using just my laptop and APC40, mainly because setup and takedown is easy, and it fits in my backpack. I’ve definitely got some tricks in the bag for down the line.
CM: What was your best memory of 2012? MF: The whole year was amazing, but NYE at the Aragon was surreal.
CM: What message is Manic Focus sending out to fans? MF: It doesn’t matter what religious, political, or social views you have, everyone gets down to Chumbawumba. I’ve seen it. Its ridiculous.
CM: Thanks brother! MF: Thanks for the interview! Download the music for free at manicfocus.com
Watch Manic Focus – Winter Tour 2013 with Big Gigantic Promo Video on YouTube:
To celebrate the 40k “Like” milestone on his Facebook, bass mechanic Minnesota has released his super epic remix of Cassie’s “Me & You”. The remix features an electrifying feel and a melodic synth line from Minnesota that gives the Cassie tune a bass music feel. The tune strikes the best nerves in us and reminds us of older sounds from Minnesota. We will be jamming hard on this free-download tune, we hope you will too! Cheers!
Glitch crunk wizard Freddy Todd put out a fresh bootleg remix of T.I.’s “Top Back” for the world today. Freddy Todd is one of our absolute favorite producers and this bootleg adds to our case. Featuring the gangster track from T.I., “Top Back”, Freddy puts down the crunkest, grimey, additions turning the tune from a radio hit into a glitched out prolific bass tune. Freddy is showing the world that you can make gangster tunes and still be different than the rest. This track is best heard while rolling down Jefferson with a pair of 12″s in the trunk. Versatile and diverse, we are hoping this isn’t the last rap tune that Freddy re-twerks, or in his own words: “Crunkfix”. Grab your free download and spread the good word. Cheers!
Listen and Download T.I. – “Top Back” (Freddy Todd Bootleg) on Soundcloud:
Russ Liquid is always surprising us with his tunes. Blending hip-hop vibes with alien bass sounds, Russ Liquid must be taking his sounds from the future. His latest release, “Bang Bang“, features the classic track by Nancy Sinatra remixed into one hell of a glitchy, bassy tune. The classically trained musician is keeping the West Coast bass scene alive. Make sure you grab a download of “Bang Bang” and be sure to keep your ears glues to Russ Liquid!
Listen and Download Russ Liquid – “Bang Bang” on Soundcloud:
Kaminanda is known for creating new genres of IDM and dance music. His glitchy and bouncy noises fall in line with his on the fly beats and amount up to one space out futuristic sound that is Kaminanda. This release, ‘Ancestors & Guardians’ (available for FREE download for about 24 more hours), is packed with 11 tracks of music that speaks to aliens and may actually come from outer space. Pouring out great vibes and very happy energy, Kaminanda has marveled crowds throughout Canada and the States. We hope to see Kaminanda at many festivals this summer. His sounds are wide and diverse coming together throughout each track of this release to captivate your brain and get your body moving to the groove and funk. No joke, this album will put you in a good mood.
Listen and Download Kaminanda – ‘Ancestors & Guardians’ on BandCamp:
Ternidup is made up of Cayce “GeoVybe” Sylvester and Parker Booth. Working on perfecting their sounds by hibernating in the studio for days at a time, Ternidup is adventuring into the depths of glitch-hop. Ternidup has just begun to show the world what they have up their sleeves. Their latest tune, “Stone Cold Dayze” has a very funky soulful dubby sound. Posted for free download tonight, it is the perfect track to blast and blaze to. Super chill vibes from Ternidup on this one. ENJOY!
Listen and Download Ternidup – “Stone Cold Dayze” on Soundcloud:
Australian glitch-hop master Mr. Bill is serving up some fresh tunes with his latest release “Lego Bolognese”, a 4-track EP featuring three originals and a dank remix by one of our favorite producer duos, Love & Light. The album is a collection of smooth, funky, swing, glitch beats that take you straight to the future where robots and machines rule the airwaves. Incorporating sexy instrumentals and wet synth lines, this is glitch-hop for the bedroom. We are loving this EP very much, you will too! The album is streaming on Mr. Bill’s Soundcloud, or it is available for purchase in four different tier packages explained by Mr. Bill:
“Also, as I mentioned the other day, this is a 4 tier release (meaning you can buy different editions of it, each with more interesting content for producers and general music enthusiasts).
So the 4 tiers that are ultimately available are:
1 – Mr. Bill – Lego Bolognese [Standard Edition] -This edition is only available on Addictech.com until January 21st. It includes the tracks only.
2 – Mr. Bill – Lego Bolognese [Enthusiast Edition] – The enthusiast edition includes the tracks as well as all the multi-track stems for all tracks (excluding the Love & Light Remix).
3 – Mr. Bill – Lego Bolognese [Producers Edition Lite] – The producers lite edition includes the tracks, multi-track stems and the Ableton project files for all tracks (excluding the Love & Light Remix).
4 – Mr. Bill – Lego Bolognese [Producers Edition Full] – The producers full edition includes the tracks, multi-track stems, the Ableton project files and over 20 hours of production footage demonstrating how I wrote this EP from beginning to end!”
Hailing from Northern Michigan and residing in the thriving electronic music scene of East Lansing, Michigan, GeoVybe, half of the duo Ternidup, has released his first solo work, “Vybrational Geometry” EP. GeoVybe has put a ton of love and fine-tuning into this 4-track EP. Featuring the single, a remix of Jurassic 5 “Whats Golden”, the EP is a combination of glitch grime and beautiful synth bass music (do you follow LOL, just listen!). With plans to follow up this release with a plethora of new tunes, GeoVybe is exploring and innovating the glitch hop genre and working on taking his sounds to the next level. Between the GeoVybe and Ternidup projects, this young producer is staying busy in the studio, logging countless hours a day. We are excited to see what’s in store for this up and coming badman! ENJOY!
Listen & Download GeoVybe – “Vybrational Geometry” EP on Soundcloud: