I've been saying for a while now that the future of electronic music lies in the domain of using live instruments and fusing jazz and funk influences with the sound of bass music. This is a sound that not many artists have been able to create, and Griz is the first major name to release an album in this style (Gramatik and Big Gigantic have similar ones coming out soon as well). This album is a phenomenal followup to last year's 'Mad Liberation,' and shows a really cool progression of Griz's signature sound. It is funky, fresh, and full of funky guitar licks and bomb ass horn solos, not to mention heavy bass drops. Best of all, this album is FREE, and is miles ahead of most of this year's paid releases in terms of forward-thinking style and complexity.
This was the first single released from this album and kicks things off to a very strong start. If you don't already know this track, you're doing it wrong, as it was one of the best releases of the year up until now for fans of bass music. In case you weren't aware, that's Griz himself playing the sax, which just adds a further dynamic to the presence and energy of his live show.
2. Hard Times
This track is so bluesy and awesome. You can tell from the guitar and marimba intro that its going have a really sexy funk vibe, and it does not disappoint. One thing I love about this style of music, and especially Griz's personal style, is how it manages to be really laid back and groovy while still bringing a ton of energy to the table. This track could easily be the soundtrack to a long car ride on a sunny day, or make a festival crowd go wild, and that versatility is a very impressive feat.
3. Feel The Love
This track is definitely on the chiller side, and reminds me a little bit of something Pretty Lights might do, except less glitchy and more jazzy. I'm pretty sure the 'Ahh Yeah' sample is the same one from the Grizmatik track 'Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom,' but its used in a completely different way here. The way the electric bass and synth bass sounds go back and forth throughout the track gives it a really cool flow.
4. DTW to DIA (The Travels of Mr. B)
This track is funky as hell and definitely one of the strongest on the album. The mixture of sax lines and all over the place bass sounds give it a unique flavor that take me back to some of early experiences with bass music partying to a Big Gigantic set at Camp Bisco a couple summers ago. It also samples 'Play That Funky Music, White Boy,' which is very appropriate.
5. Simple (ft. The Floozies)
This album is the first release on Griz's new label Liberated Music, and the second will be The Floozies' upcoming album. If you haven't checked out The Floozies, definitely click that link, because they are awesome. This track, which features them, has a different vibe than the rest of the album thanks to their guitar and drum stylings, and its really cool to see the styles of two groups that are so different come together like this. 'Simple' has a more spacey, epic feel than most of the other tracks on the album, and is a nice interlude from Griz's usual sound (not that I could ever get tired of his usual sound).
6. Dance With Me
This track again utilizes a combination of synth bass and electric bass sounds that give the backbeat a really cool timbre. When the dueling sax and guitar parts come in, the energy starts to grow, and then, instead of exploding, simmers into a cooled off funk groove with some awesome vocoder lines. This track is heavier and slower than most of the others, and has a hypnotic style that keeps your head nodding.
7. Do My Thang
This track has one of the coolest basslines I've heard in a while, which really showcases Griz's unique take on the typical modulated bass sounds that a lot of other producers use. It's short and simple, but pretty cool too.
8. Too Young For Tragedy, Pt. II
'Too Young for Tragedy' was one of the strongest tracks on his first album, and while the original's slow, tense build can't be replaced, the spacey groove of the updated version is equally cool, and I could see how he might use both together in a live show with very interesting results. This is definitely another favorite for me on this album, the bouncy synth lines serve as a nice contrast to the wailing guitars and wobbly basslines.
9. Crime In The City
This track could have been in the soundtrack to the new Tron movie. It makes me picture myself riding a motorcycle through a city at midnight, especially at the breakdown. I've already said it, but I love the way every track on this album completely has its own vibe. The fact that this, 'Simple,' and 'Gettin' Live' are all on the same free album is proof of Griz's genius. There are tons of producers charging money for their music that don't see that kind of diversity over the course of their entire careers. The half-time drop at the end is also nuts and pretty unexpected.
10. Keep The Dream Alive
Wow. This track is 9 minutes of pure beauty. There is no question, this is my favorite on the album. It manages to be heavy and introspective at the same time, and uses a ton of cool timbres I've never heard before. If you're going to listen to any track on this album, make it this one, and listen to the whole thing uninterrupted. It'll be worth it.
11. How It Ends (ft. Dominic Lalli)
This is another very chill track that hits the sweet spot between jazzy hip hop and space-funk. It has a very cool drumbeat, and some fine sax work courtesy of the stage left half of Big Gigantic. This is a fitting end to an awesome album.
Overall, this is an incredibly cool, progressive album and I look forward to hearing more artists explore similar sounds. Be sure to snag the download above and check out Griz's social media below, as well as his new record label Liberated Music.
Grizmatik, the incredible combined effort of Griz and Gramatik, have just dropped their second track, and it is exactly as awesome as you would expect it to be based on the first one, Digital Liberation is Mad Freedom. This track has had a preview up for a while now, but they finally dropped the full version with a download available on Soundcloud. Definitely check this track out, these guys are at the forefront of bringing jazz and funk influences into bass music, right alongside Big Gigantic, and the results are definitely something special. Enjoy!
The man himself GRiZ returns with a soulful original tune titled "Gettin' Live" coming off his currently unnamed sophomore album which is set to drop sometime in the near future following up his widely popular debut album, Mad Liberation. GRiZ has had a huge past couple weeks to say the least with his remix of Kill Paris' "To A New Earth" released on Kill Paris' To A New Earth EP via OWSLA Records back in February. On top of that, GRiZ & Gramatik's newly formed duo Grizmatik has been killing it since their debut release "Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom" back in November. "Gettin' Live" is another fantastic future funk / electro soul track GRiZ now has stored in his mind-blowing collection of funky originals & remixes.
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Today GRiZ released his banging remix to Kill Paris’ track titled 'Slap Me'. Featuring some signature electro funk with tons of bass to your face, GRiZ has really outdone himself on this one, and better yet, it's available for free. Just throwing this out there, but hopefully this sparks up a GRiZ x Kill Paris collaboration in the future? Who knows. For now, sit back and enjoy some brand new electro soul from GRiZ.
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1. Zedd - Clarity | iTunes |
Without a doubt the most influential album this year in the realm of dance music has been Zedd’s debut album. Over the last year, and more specifically since the release of ‘Spectrum’, Zedd has gone from a lesser known remix artist, to one of the biggest names being talked about. While Zedd has previously released remixes and singles he regards as “club tracks”, the release Clarity showed us just how talented he is as a classically trained musician and when this translates into the realm of electronic dance music the result is the biggest album of 2012. Anthem tracks like 'Clarity', 'Stache', 'Lost At Sea', and 'Follow You Down' have received so much praise and recognition from DJs worldwide. Don’t be fooled, although it missed a Grammy nod by only two days, you haven’t heard the last from this album.
2. Deadmau5 - >album title goes here< | iTunes |
After the shaky reception of 4x4=12, Mau5 fans were left in a state of uncertainty, "has Joel lost his touch?" was a very common question. However, after many a late night livestream from his Toronto studio, Zimmerman brought us our first taste of what was to come. 'The Veldt' was undoubtedly a massive summer jam , that paved way for the full album. With brilliant progressive tracks like 'There Might Be Coffee' and 'Closer' Deadmau5 reminded us of the beauty and intricacy of his tracks, and he also bundled it in with superb collaborations with Wolfgang Gartner, Gerard Way, and the highly popular feel good remix from Tommy Trash.
3. GRiZ - Mad Liberation | Free Download |
The debut album from GRiZ, a disciple of the Pretty Lights/Gramatik school of funky hip hop-infused bass music, is nothing short of amazing. It is packed with so much funky, soulful energy that it is hard to believe that it is available for free. One really cool thing about GRiZ is that he plays the sax, and on tracks like 'Smash The Funk,' its like hearing Big Gigantic jam over an old school Pretty Lights track. Other standout tracks include 'Wheres The Love,' which has a sexy smoothness to it, interlaced with all kinds of crazy bass action, and 'Mr. B,' another awesome bassy hip hop track featuring the one and only Dominic Lalli (of Big Gigantic). Since this album, GRiZ has also released collaborations with both Gramatik and Big Gigantic which are equally awesome and definitely worth checking out. It's very cool to see all of these guys coming out of a jazz scene into bass music and forming their own little pocket of the scene, and it's going to be interesting to see where GRiZ, as well as the rest of the other electro-soul innovators, go in the coming year.
4. Kill The Noise - Black Magic EP | iTunes |
This EP dropped a few months back and since has been one of our go-to releases for ear-shattering bass and massive, room filling tracks. Jake really covers a lot of ground with Black Magic, ranging from his giant dubstep tracks, to the elaborate piano track, 'To Be Continued'. All in all KTN really steps out of his usual sound and focuses less on the maximal bass, and more on the hard, melodic beats. Black Magic truly goes to highlight the production talent from KTN and we can't wait to see what he's got in store for us in 2013.
5. Calvin Harris - 18 Months | iTunes |
While many of Harris' collaboration tracks on here had been priorly released as singles or in EPs, it still stands that as a collective album, 18 Months is spectacular. Instantly recognizable collaborations like 'We'll Be Coming Back', 'Iron', and 'Sweet Nothing', have been massive tracks in the pop realm, but tracks like 'Bounce', 'Awooga', and 'Here 2 China' prove that this album belongs to dance music.
6. Krewella - Play Hard EP | iTunes |
Jahan, Yasmine, and Rainman have had one hell of a year. All summer they were playing at the biggest festivals across the states, and in the midst of it all dropped their Play Hard EP. This EP highlights this massive, North American dubstep, electro, and even progressive sound that is becoming so sought after, and the three have mastered it, manipulated it, and blown minds with it. From every meticulous wobble, synth, and vocal, this release is one of the best of the year and marks a massive milestone for the trio.
7. Seven Lions EP | iTunes |
While this release only featured four originals, each one of them is phenomenal. All of the tracks in this EP feature this incredible blend of trance, dubstep, and glitch hop, which mashes together seamlessly to paint the perfect image of a cloudy, coastal, utopia, filled with brain melting waves of bass in 'Days To Come', all the way to the descending, waterfall-esque piano feature in 'The Truth'.
8. KOAN Sound - The Adventures of Mr. Fox EP | iTunes |
Last year when Funk Blaster dropped, KOAN Sound really helped to highlight the funkier side of dubstep. Each one of these tracks starts out with slick melodies before leading into funk-filled bass with massive walking bass lines. The 7 tracks are appropriately arranged. Three originals, then the breath of fresh air, 'Introvert' which acts as an interlude, then three remixes of the originals on the backside. This is my favourite EP of the year, and deservingly so. While KOAN Sound releases seem too far and few between, when they release an EP, you know you're in for a treat.
9. Netsky - 2 | iTunes |
Sometimes I feel that this album went a little too unnoticed. To put it into perspective, the deluxe edition features a whopping 30 tracks, each one deserving of the spotlight. Tracks like 'Love Has Gone', 'Come Alive', 'Puppy', and 'Jetlag Funk' all leave you with a smile on your face and a craving for more smooth drum n bass.
10. AN21 & Max Vangelli - People of the Night | iTunes |
While some would argue that AN21 & Max Vangelli are more known for their DJing skills than their originals, this phenomenal debut album features a slew of grandiosso house tracks. Collaborations with some of the biggest DJs like Tiesto, Steve Angello and more, this album really highlights the essential aspects of house music at it's core. While there are a few tracks that aren't quite there, other bangers like 'H8rs', 'Bombs Over Capitals', and 'Glow' drive the album through and pave way for the rest of the tracks on People of The Night.
Big Gigantic and GRiZ on the collaboration for a new track titled 'Power'. I told myself I wasn't going to post at all this week because of finals... obviously that worked out well. Just had to get this one up quick, now back to the studying. Check it and enjoy!
Big Gigantic x GRiZ - Power | Download |
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I think it's about time for a more mellow, laid back tune don't you? GRiZ and Gramatik team up here for a massive electro-soul collaboration with some of that feel good funk in there too. Now this track dropped a week or so back and I know we've already posted it, but the free download is finally with us today, and I don't know if it's just me, but this one is much needed right now.
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I could not be more stoked for this project. Two of my favorite producers, GRiZ and Gramatik teaming up for the ultimate collaboration duo called Grizmatik. Both producers just let loose legendary albums, GRiZ with his Mad Liberation, and Gramatik with Digital Freedom. A few weeks ago we posted the music video for their new track 'Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom', but today we have the full version of the funky, groove-step tune, along with a download link. GRiZ and Gramatik have been making HUGE moves in the EDM scene, and this new track is truly something special. Check it below and enjoy.
Grizmatik - Digital Liberation Is Mad Freedom | Download |
I can't be the only one who has been waiting for these guys to release something together. They've been playing sets together occasionally, and even had one Secret Set at Electric Forest with Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic under the name Big Grizmatik. Both Griz and Gramatik have an awesome funky hip hop sound, and to me, this seems like a collaboration that was just destined to happen. It has some awesome guitar work courtesy of FAQ, the guy who plays guitar alongside Gramatik at many shows, and all in all is a great track if you like heavy bass and funk (and really, who doesn't?). Personally, I absolutely love this, and I would be surprised if they didn't have a bunch more music in the works under this name. Get stoked, everyone. Grizmatik is taking over. They just created a Facebook page this morning, which is linked down below the video. Definitely get over there and like them. The video description says we can expect a release of this as a download in the near future. Until then, kick back, spark up if you're in Colorado (or anywhere else, really), and enjoy!
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The Detroit native GRiZ who brought us his free 12-track album Mad Liberation last month, is back again with a brand new electro-soul / future funk remix of Two Fresh's 'Du Du Doo'. Sparking this original ablaze into a whole new level of perfect musical innovation, GRiZ places "ruffneck" samples periodically throughout the track while working his magic behind the boards to season this tune heavily with his future funk signature sound.
After playin this one out over festy season and the start of this fall tour and noticing how much everyone has been diggin this track I thought it was finally time to give it up to ya'll for a free download!!!
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Two Fresh - Du Du Doo (GRiZ Remix) | Download |
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