The Big L – Put It On (Sam Sullivan Remix)

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This week we’re dialing it back to 1995 with Sam Sullivan’s remix of Big L’s “Put It On.” The original comes off of Big L’s debut album Lifestylez Ov Da Poor And Dangerous. Gangsta rap was on the rise at the time, and producing a song that was single-worthy while still maintaining its “gangstaness” was an art in and of itself. Nevermind that Sullivan was one year old at the release of the original, because this Concord, MA native is certainly in touch with his inner gangsta. He begins with a soft intro, fading in the patois chatta, but then layers heaps of hard-hitting bass on top of the original’s minimalist beat. Give it a listen below.

DOWNLOAD: The Big L – “Put It On (Sam Sullivan Remix)”

Vacationer – The Wild Life

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Tropical pop doesn’t come to anybody quite as naturally as it does to Vacationer. If you need proof, look no further than their 2012 Downtown debut Gone. Kenny Vasoli and co. are set to follow that phenomenal release up this year with a sophomore album — Relief. Quite the leisurely title, right? Our first taste of the upcoming LP is “The Wild Life,” a delightful piece of glitchy electronic island pop. Give it a listen below.

Vacationer’s Relief is slated for a June 24th release via Downtown. You can catch them on tour now with Hellogoodbye — dates available here.

STREAM: Vacationer – “The Wild Life”

Wolf Alice – Storms

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Wolf Alice follow up this month’s ferocious “Moaning Lisa Smile” with another gut-punch of a track: “Storms.” While the latest from the London grunge-pop champions is less about balls-to-the-wall power chords than its predecessor, it more than makes up for those with a barrage of sonic guitar. And as always, Ellie Roswell’s hypnotic vocals are front and center. Give “Storms” a listen below and stay tuned for Wolf Alice’s Creature Songs EP, out May 26th via Dirty Hit.

STREAM: Wolf Alice – “Storms”

Interview: Djemba Djemba

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Two of the most forward thinking hip-hop producers in the game — Djemba Djemba and Mr. Carmack — have teamed up for a quick joint tour across the country, hitting up Wallplay in NYC this Friday, April 18th. Both producers are nearly peerless when it comes to flipping hip-hop, pop and experimental beat samples to create songs that sound smoked-out and otherwordly. Catch their Diplo & Friends Mix below where they drop the likes of Penthouse Penthouse, Kaytranada, Baauer and other floor fillers, bangers and bust-your-shit-open beats.

ATG spent a little time with one half of the co-headlining tour — Djemba Djemba. Originally from L.A., Djemba Djemba has spent the last couple of years contributing to Team Supreme’s beat cypher, and has released records on Mad Decent and his own imprint Rabbit Records. On top of remixing artists like Banks, Fiona Apple, Laura Mvula and Death Grips, Djemba’s music has been featured by the likes of Diplo, The Gaslamp Killer, Rusko, Baauer, Obey City, Major Lazer, Paul Devro and, as previously mentioned, BBC Radio. See what he had to say after the jump.

DOWNLOAD: Diplo And Friends BBC Mix – Mr. Carmack & Djemba Djemba

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ATG Presents: Communion DC

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Communion DC returns to Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday, May 7th for another edition of the monthly series. Joining us this time around is an eclectic line-up featuring Neulore, Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport and The Sea Life. Whether you’re a fan of anthemic folk rock or tropical synth-pop, there’s something here for you. Get familiar with all the artists playing and grab your tickets below.

TICKETS: Communion DC
RSVP: Facebook

STREAM: Cub Sport – “Paradise”

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ATG March Madness: Final Four

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So college basketball is over. And it sure as hell isn’t March anymore. Nevertheless, ATG March Madness rolls on. Several weeks have passed since the beginning of our tournament and our initial group of sixteen has been whittled down to these conference champions. Hit the jump to get to know our Final Four contestants, but if you need a refresher on how everything has gone down so far, make sure to visit the links below.

RECAP: ATG March Madness Intro
RECAP: Round I
RECAP: Round II

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CHVRCHES – We Sink (The Range Remix)

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Ahead of their North American tour dates, CHVRCHES have released a remix of their song “We Sink” by tourmate James Hinton a.k.a. the Range. Hinton’s version lingers on Lauren Mayberry’s vocals as a spine throughout, raising the pitch, looping and slowing them down just slightly. It’s a striking feeling to hear the Glasgow synth-pop trio’s breakneck pace changed even slightly. The lush synths of the original track are stripped down and combined with a string arrangement into a thick undercurrent supporting the Range’s trademark quick hitting snares, handclaps and metronomic beats. Hinton is obviously undaunted by the task of changing what’s already such an exceptional track, as he manages to leave enough of the original to make the source recognizable, but adds plenty to make this mix his. Stream it below.

The Range’s Panasonic EP is available now via donky pitch.

STREAM: CHVRCHES – “We Sink (The Range Remix)”

Festival Fever: Syd Arthur

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Now that yet another Coachella has passed we can get ready for…oh right, another Coachella. One band that will be playing Indio this weekend is Cantebury’s Syd Arthur. Distiller.fm recently caught up with the bluesy, psychedelic foursome. Hit the jump for a video interview in which they talk about their festival experiences, influences, making a living as musicians and more. You can also check out studio performances of “Garden Of Time” and “Hometown Blues” below.

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Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

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British electronic duo Disclosure have spent the last two years exploding in popularity following the release of their debut album, Settle. They’re also performing at Coachella for the second year in a row, but refuse to rest on their laurels. Instead, they’re back again collaborating with producer Friend Within for new track “The Mechanism.” It’s every bit the level of quality people have come to expect from the group. A handclap and high hat heavy beat forms the foundation for a woozy synth line and multiple vocal loops. The synth bridge has the brothers’ fingerprints all over it, while Friend Within handles the vocals and more traditional DJ work to complement their more house tendencies. The track is versatile, leaving it up to the listener how into the groove they want to get, but five minutes of Disclosure is going to end in dancing more often than not. Check it out below.

STREAM: Disclosure x Friend Within – “The Mechanism”

Elliot Moss – Slip

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It’s hard to get an exact bead on what’s going on in Elliot Moss’ new song “Slip.” It’s like an old jazzy lounge tune with vocals from the second Bon Iver album, all put through an Imogen Heap filter. Its grooves are lilting, smooth and subtly seductive, while the electronic overtones give it a sheen of cool. At the open it seems like the song will develop into an airy bit of dream pop, but then that slow, thick, heavy beat kicks in, planting the tune’s feet solidly in the earth. Heady stuff for a guy who still has to wait two years to legally drink. If this is the kind of stuff that Moss is putting out at 19, it’ll certainly be exciting to hear what he grows into.

“Slip” is the third song on Elliot Moss’ recently released debut Highspeeds. Stream it below.

STREAM: Elliot Moss – “Slip”