Alexander Lewis just dropped his long waited 6-track project – Red EP – and his signature trombone melodies still play a significant role with the addition of new production elements he incorporated. Lewis has been experimenting with Hip-Hop lately, and this new project that’ll be the first in a series of color themed EPs is no exception. Trained ears can still trace back to Lewis’ EDM roots from the implementation of elaborately designed risers and a grandiose song structure. Although Red EP isn’t the first time that Lewis experimented with Hip-Hop, it still signifies the start of a new chapter in terms of Lewis’ dedication and passion for producing in the style of this flexible genre that offers a lot of space for creativity.
Lewis decided to start off this cinematic experience with Soar, the latest single he released before the Red EP. Soar sets the mood for this epic journey with its theatrical and mysterious vibe. This climactic song is followed by Alexander the Great, a more enigmatic piece that offers insight on Lewis’ train of thought. It is one of the more personal pieces on the album with a dynamic pad melody and a continuous transition from trap to a simple, more intimate Hip-Hop sub-genre. But the track that reflects the complete truth of Alexander Lewis would be Left U On Red feat. JNTHN STEIN. The two talented producers collaborated on this song to display Lewis’ inner world through meticulously crafted sounds. The strings mainly function to make the piece more versatile but also warm and welcoming. The subtle implementation of string plucks make the song a more vibrant and lively one in comparison to a completely computer-generated track.
Lewis had the following to say about the Red EP:
“Red EP was a way for me go beyond the typical “trap trombone banger” and a way for me to dig even deeper with live instrumentation and blend it with electronic music. Red (being part 1 of a color series of EPs) is just another part of my musical influences and a way for me to showcase more depth in my music, not only as a producer but a composer and arranger. I wanted to give the listener a glimpse of what’s to come with mixing trap and more live instrumentation and foreshadow something I’ve always dreamed about doing; performing live with a full orchestra.”
Lewis’ previous work Omni EP hinted a shift in the producer’s style before, but Red EP makes this transition to Hip-Hop official. During this journey, Lewis also contributed on the production of some of Hip-Hop’s greatest hits like Juice WRLD’s banger Big and very recently he produced MAX’s Acid Dreams feat. Felly which premiered on NYLON. He also produced for several other big names like Normani, Rita Ora, YBN Cordae and The Underachievers. Lewis doesn’t forget about his Energy pals either as he’s producing B.Anderson and William $’s upcoming albums.
You should definitely check out this epic project by clicking here or from the web player below.
HARD Events returns for the seventh year of HARD Red Rocks on October 26, taking on the nation’s most stunning venue with a stacked lineup from EDM’s elite. This will be the first year that HARD has graced Red Rocks over Halloween weekend and fans can be certain to expect a wild celebration, packed with spooked out costumes and epic performances.
The 2019 edition of HARD Red Rocks welcomes bass-maestro Gramatik, Doghouse bossman Kayzo, genre-blending Ghastly, melodic-bass duo ARMNHMR, Rage Against the Machine’s very own Tom Morello and more.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 19 at 10am MT. Be sure to secure your ticket on AXS.
Get Lost is the aptly-named, Damian Lazarus-driven, after-hours party with a legendary Miami presence. This year, NYC will debut its own rendition of Get Lost on October 11-12 at the Knockdown Center, welcoming live acts and selectors for two days of forward-thinking house and techno.
Friday October 11 will see the debut of the Get Lost Live concept, an innovative audio-visual experience to revolutionize how live shows are meant to be felt. In association with The Bowery Presents, Damian Lazarus has enlisted the help of Lebanese indie group Mashrou Leila, modern pop icon Kelsey Lu, and sets from buzzworthy duo Beautiful Swimmers, and NYC alt selector, Whitney Fierce.
The day rages on come October 12 at 2pm, when doors open at 2pm to welcome in sixteen hours of wonderland provided by the Crosstown Rebels friends and family. Four more areas open from 10pm to top off Get Lost’s remarkable experience.
Among the names to grace the decks for Get Lost include: Martinez Brothers, Carl Craig, Robag Whrume, Felix Da Housecat and Tijana T. They are joined by Crosstown and Rebellion’s diverse roster of performers, among them Ae:ther (Live), Brina Knauss, Francesca Lombardo, Serge Devant, and more (see below).
From sunset to sunrise of immersive theatrics, expect the unexpected and more at Get Lost.
Justin Love has come a long way from busking and performing in New Jersey malls to earning recognition as a prolific songwriter. Love didn’t want to make his fans wait any longer and just released his new single Get Out. This collaboration with Hip-Hop realm’s highly revered Gashi indicates a new direction for Love’s music, one that’s more colorful and dynamic.
Get Out opens up a new era for Love with more possibilities to experiment with his music and sound. The funky sub-bass working in conjunction with the high pitched guitar riffs set a more vibrant tone for the song. The breakdown that follows the tense climax lets the song breathe and insinuates a vulnerable moment in the song for Love to be intimate. Gashi’s verse resonates with Love’s obsession with his loved one too, but also reinstates the the young artist’s troubled state of mind. Although he’s already in touch with his emotional side, Love displays his affection deeply by holding onto the idea of his significant other and embraces his infatuation.
Justin Love has been a successful name in the R&B scene alongside his songwriting contributions with H.E.R.’s hit single Focus. He amassed several millions of streams as a solo artist and earned the recognition of the likes of Nicki Minaj and Alicia Keys. Love has a packed schedule for this year with several other single’s scheduled for release before the end of 2019. Make sure to check out Justin Love’s music video for Runaway and Bad Mind before you go and listen to his new jam Get Out.
The dynamic duo that brought us two of hip-hop’s best albums of the last 6 years is coming back to LA. If you have not heard their latest masterpiece “Bandana” yet, you need to wake the fuck up and fire up Spotify imediatly (you can do that by clicking right here).
Madlib has been once of my favorite producers since I discovered hip-hop for myself in 1998. While I had always been a fan of the stuff on the radio, it was Stones Throw records and the group Lootpack that really elevated me to another level as far as my hip-hop fandom was concerned. Over the years, Madlib has essentially produced the soundtrack to my life. His collaborations with artists like MF Doom, Jay Dee, and Talib Kweli are all time honored classics and his work with legends like Dilla pushed the envelope for todays young producers who seem to obsess over the sounds these guys created.
As far as Freddie Goes, I have covered him on this site since he started gaining traction on the blogosphere in 2007. I had first heard his raps from friends on message boards around 2004 or 5 but it wasn’t until he started touring that I really got a taste of his skill. A true lyricist with a flow and cadence all his own, Freddie got people talking about Gary Indiana for the first time since Michael Jackson emerged from the small midwestern hub.
So now that I have completely dated myself, it’s time to talk about the present. “Bandana” right now has a legit shot at being hip-hop’s album of the year so when I saw that the guys were playing in LA, I made sure my tickets were secured. You should do the same by buying yours from the link below for god’s sake listen to this album if you haven’t yet. You’re ears and brain will both thank you later.