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New Tune Tuesday (7/28/15)

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Featured, Latest, Noise | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Ludge – Void EP

Kicking off this week is Ludge, a new favorite here at AltFreq. With crisp, clean sound design and technical prowess that often escapes producers of far greater experience and renown, the Philadelphia native is flying criminally under the radar. Perfect example? His latest effort, the deep and dark Void EP – self-released today. The three track offering is rife with slow-churning dubstep phrases and abrasive, staccato synths, held together by the constant presence of ominous atmospheric undertones that serve to further flesh out each tune. “Light Speed” features pleasant builds and bridges juxtaposed by futuristic dub breakdowns (with bonus points for a Dr. Dre sample that isn’t from “The Next Episode”). The title track is dark through and through (as the name might suggest), sporting the heaviest moments on the EP. And “Limbo” is future trap played through molasses, with subtle horn and hi-hat accents that keep it oozing in a forward direction. In fewer words, we love this dude – and you should too. Head here to download the Void EP for free, and be sure to connect with Ludge on all relevant social networks: (Soundcloud / Facebook / Twitter).

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Dreamscape Artist Spotlight: Michal Menert

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Featured, Latest, Noise | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Dreamscape is fast approaching, and we can’t wait to join Badvss Raves and all of you at Camp Ramblewood May 8-10. In the days leading up to the festival, we’re hoping to get you better acquainted with some of the artists playing the festival; if you read about them here on the AltFreq page, you should definitely catch their performances at Dreamscape.

Colorado native Michal Menert has come a long way since his days as co-producer on Pretty Lights’ debut full-length Taking Up Your Precious Time. In the decade since that album’s release, he’s built a name for himself with his never-stationary sound and his admirable work ethic, overcoming plenty of obstacles in the process. Dig a little deeper with us as we highlight one of Dreamscape’s most forward-thinking performers.

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Weekend Wind-Down No. 15: Mixed Bag #2

Posted by on Apr 26, 2015 in Featured, Latest, Noise, Weekend Wind-Downs | 0 comments

-Words & list by Kevin Madert

This week, think less about why these songs belong together and more about how they coalesce to provide a soundtrack for your weekend decompression. It’s a collection comprised of vocal numbers – LCD Soundsystem’s lengthy & laid-back “All My Friends” kicks us off – and songs like “Catherine Wheel” and “Soft Trees Break The Fall” that at times are barely there. AltFreq recommends you grab a pair of headphones, find a comfortable place, and fade into the diverse soundscapes of this week’s Wind-Down.

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New Tune Tuesday (4/21/15)

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Featured, Latest, New Tune Tuesday, Noise | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Jayceeoh, B-Sides & Fawks – Jit Going Ham

The combined creation of VH1’s Master Of The Mix 2013 champion, a breezy trap up-and-comer, and a long-time AltFreq favorite, this hybrid future cut starts heavy and refuses to relent. Big synths and rhythmic clap patterns lead into a shuffling, detuned drop that hits the ears with serious weight & avoids easy labeling. Bridging the gap between progressive crowd-pleaser and hard-hitting underground gem, this three-pronged collab is prime fodder for both massive mainstages and sweaty basement clubs; expect to hear it rinsed by acts across the spectrum in the coming summer months.

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New Tune Tuesday (4/14/15)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Featured, Latest, New Tune Tuesday, Noise | 0 comments

Written by Kevin Madert

Gramatik – Native Son (Ft. Raekwon & Orlando Napier)

The lead single from Gramatik’s upcoming Epigram EP sees the Slovenian teaming with an emerging talent and an established hip-hop legend to craft a too-smooth instant classic. The juxtaposition of frequent collaborator Orlando Napier’s syrupy tones and rapper Raekwon’s incendiary verses atop seriously sensual riffage amounts to some of Gramatik’s best work. The often humble producer seemed almost as excited as we were about the tune: “I’m sure you can imagine how some random kid from Slovenia must feel, realizing he just made a song with a legend.” (via Facebook)

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