Posts Tagged ‘hardcore’

May 16, 2018

We’ve been eagerly singing Yungblud praises since the Yorkshire artist made his debut nearly a full year ago with King Charles, and we’re thrilled he’s picked up so much buzz in the interim since. His rollicking music is full of fiery spirit and genre-defying verve. The 20 year old musician from England dropped a killer debut EP a few months ago. He’s since followed it up with a bold and brazen new track named 21st Century Liability, whose squishy rap rock and high voltage ferocity channels some major Beastie Boy vibes. 21st Century Liability is a rip roaring anthem from one of the brightest young rising stars in the alt landscape. Re-visit our prior Yungblud features, here.

November 14, 2017

I’m not glad I had to miss Alison Wonderland and Elohim when they toured to Oakland last month. In fact, I’m the opposite of glad. But I had no choice, and now I can only hope that these amazing artists will come back around the Bay again soon. In the meantime, Alison Wonderland takes us to our “happy place” with a sick new tune. Happy Place is her first new solo music in over two years, a gritty jabbing, tense gripping, and grandly cinematic trap and bass opus co-produced by Lido, Quix, and Joel Little. The heavy hitting banger and mesmeric thriller is just the high voltage elixir we need. Download/stream the earth jouncing jam, here.

November 14, 2017

I’m not sure whether I should melt into the floor or get up and stretch my arms out towards the heavens in the first minute or so of this spectacular new remix from UK producer GAMMER. He’s given bass prodigy SLANDER an epic transformation that bursts forth with incredible feels and cosmic highs. His remix of Superhuman, featuring smooth swooning vocals by Eric Leva, is out of this world. Progressive house crescendos, savage drops, and dark hardcore beats make this a heart pumping roller coaster ride. For more of GAMMER’s wildly thrilling concoctions, visit his Soundcloud, here.

October 12, 2016

Enigmatic trio Potion & Pills comes at us dark and heavy on Juicy, a savagely rapturous twist on Kanye West’s star studded, droopy swerving hit, Mercy, featuring Big Sean, Pusha T, and 2 Chainz. From the get go, Juicy is a hardcore mind trip. Blistering acid house morphs into metallic future house as the track proceeds, all the while driven by a carnal bouncing bassline. Juicy nearly fools my brain into believing I’m deep in the bowels of a grimy basement, raving the night away. It’s that wicked of a vicious banger. Snag your copy of Juicy, here.

October 4, 2016


Innovative Los Angeles based producer DEMUR has unleashed a fresh new track named Stairs, and with it, he again demonstrates why he’s chosen a production moniker whose definition as a verb is “to voice opposition”. As with the visionary’s previous tracks, DEMUR breaks new ground and makes a grand statement with Stairs. This staggering “stairway” to sonic nirvana is restless intense and suspenseful gripping. It pushes boundaries and breaths new life into the dance music scene, one which continues to be entangled in but a handful of popular trends. DEMUR bucks those trends when he gives us brilliant tracks like Stairs. Playing safe is not his game. Following the masses is not his credo.

From a skittering mesmeric start, DEMUR tosses us into an unexpected thriller of a drop. We topple over these “Stairs” and down that precipitous fall, surprised by the tumble, one as hair raising and breathtaking as a steep roller coaster dive. This riotous thrilling, unpredictably jostling voyage keeps me captivated and intoxicated in a way most recent electronic tracks cannot. DEMUR’s non-formulaic approach, his composition and delivery, build upon a myriad of genres, transmitting elements from drum & bass, acid house, breakbeat, and even hardcore rock, considering the track’s thunderous pounding, stalwart pummeling percussion. While ground breaking, there’s also a familiar vintage demeanor to Stairs. DEMUR evokes early Basement Jaxx and The Prodigy on Stairs, but modernized and etched out in his own unique style. Stairs is a free download, here. I highly recommend you dive into DEMUR’s catalogue on Soundcloud for more imaginative tracks. For more information about Demur, or “PROPAGANDA” as he calls it, head over to Facebook.

September 3, 2016

One can always expect sonic brilliance and some tantalizing thrills from Luca Lush. He also seems to be one of the most prolific producers of the moment, considering what feels like a never ending steady stream of new jams, each one as high quality as the next. For his latest spellbinding presentation, Luca Lush takes on Porter Robinson and Madeon’s mega collaboration, Shelter, giving it chunky bass, sprightly beats, and quivering synths. Luca Lush pulls in a myriad of genres into his hyper active remix, from dubstep to hardstyle to future trap to electro. This is a roller coaster Shelter with some dark, savage moments, certainly not a demeanor we normally associate with either Madeon or Porter. Luca Lush’s high powered remix is a free download, here.

February 24, 2016

There’s some riotous punk rock brewing in the grimy underground scene of sunny Los Angeles, its guttural riffs and vicious yelps full of ferocious spirit. Newcomers Hit Bargain remind me of the UK’s Savages on Song For Fainting. The hardcore and post punk snarler is the band’s second single from a self titled debut EP scheduled for release on March 25th. Hit Bargain describes their own music as “queencore”, the intersection of queer, queening, and hardcore. They consider themselves as much a part of that LA underground as an answer to it. I can’t wait to experience Song For Fainting live, as I imagine it’d be a raucous affair. Hit Bargain will be heading out on tour this March across the West Coast.

January 22, 2016

UK producers Darren Styles and Gammer have me high wired with a massive remix of Porter Robinson hit Sad Machine, a song I still love so very dearly off the legend’s 2014 top electronic album, Worlds. I’m much grateful for the Sad Machine revisit, which starts out enchantingly airy and noble much like the original before Darren Styles and Gammer hits the ground running with a frenetic thrill ride of a happy hardcore approach on the spectacular tune. Buckle in, kids, or you’re going to fly straight into space on this one. There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with a hyper energetic treat like this one, and Sad Machine is the perfect object to cast such a magical spell on.

July 14, 2015

Dark, raw, and coarsely potent comes Spooky Action At A Distance, a first single from a Canadian act named Selfish Things. The angsty, poignant alt rock song is the perfect treat for those of us who love listening to tumultuous music from acts like 30 Seconds To Mars, My Chemical Romance, The Used, and even Linkin Park. Heavy guitars and tortured vocals resonate deeply in a gut wrenching, exhilarating fashion. 

November 25, 2014

Besides leaving me with a sudden hankering for fish and chips, Iowa rock band The Zealots’ new song Chips The Fish is also a raucous, emotional explosion of growling, guitar heavy music. The band formed merely six months ago, and they collaborated with Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada) on the track’s production. Chips The Fish is such a satisfying, powerful alt rock song. You can also check out their rambunctious first single, Mr. Randel, below.