Category Archives: Spotlight Sound

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Spotlight Sound | Transounds – ‘Last Days… Of Disco’ [Nu-Disco x Soul x House]

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The weekend is about to begin! So let’s kick things off with some groovy, funky, and soulful nu-disco from Transounds.

Transounds is a UK based production that put together great playlists based on sub-cultures. There are so many sub-cultures out there, and I know from firsthand experience that house junkies are in our own community; a sub-culture of sounds, dance, and freedom. With this unique approach to compiling music, they’ve come up with some essential mixes that capture the movement of culture intertwined with music.

Titled, “The Last Days…Of Disco,” this new mix from Transounds will have you grooving to the sweet sounds of nostalgia. 

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Spotlight Sound: HK119 – Snowblind (The-Drum Remix) [One Little Indian Records]

hk1199_press_2Multimedia artist, Heidi Kilpeläinen’s, third album Imaginature is set for release March 25th, 2013 on One Little Indian Records.

The first single, “Snowblind” is an infectious track that deserves to be played on repeat, but the remix by Chicago production duo, The Drum, is truly a captivating musical experience.

The Drum was able to take a track that was already deemed beautiful and create an organic otherwordly experience of sound and emotion. The remix is stunning!

Have a listen below and be sure to stay up-to-date on the happenings of The Drum and HK119.

HK119: http://hk119.co.uk/

http://www.facebook.com/hk119?fref=ts

The Drum:http://the-drum.tumblr.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-DRUM/275875905776871

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Spotlight Sound | Massive Remixes by The Two Friends [Free Downloads!]

Throughout life we all go through our share of “best friends.” For those who don’t move around a lot, then perhaps you’ve got the same bestie from childhood. And for my fellow nomads, we may not see our best friends all the time but we try to stay in touch throughout life’s changes.

A best friend is usually that personality that totally understands you and sometimes they might be completely opposite from you. Yet even though you have differences, you often find a common bond that forms the friendship, and the progressive house/electronic duo The Two Friends are truly the epitome of what an awesome friendship can turn into…a series of massive remixes.

The Two Friends is the production name for Los Angeles natives Matt Halper and Eli Sones. These dudes have been best buddies since high school, and after high school they decided it would be an awesome idea to combine their musical prowess and begin working on mashups, remixes, and originals. Of course, they both no longer attend the same schools, but they still produce amazing music together.

The duo has a lot of really good progressive house remixes and their latest remixes really caught my attention. Both of the remixes put a progressive house spin on tracks that have been remixed quite a bit, but they have yet to be remixed with an edgy progressive house vibe. But no worries, The Two Friends saved the day and put their musical spin on two great tracks you’ve probably heard.

A massive track this summer (in my opinion) was John De Sohn & Andreas Moe’s “Long Time.” The original track was probably underrated, but the Benny Benassi Remix really caught my attention. Oh, and I’m not the only one who thought the original track didn’t get the love it deserved. The Two Friends also felt the track was underrated, and they decided to take it a step forward and do a massive progressive house remix of the John De Sohn track.

The Two Friends remix gives the awesome track an edgy progressive house vibe, which in my opinion is spectacular! Not only is it a spectacular remix, but it’s also a free download;can’t get any better than that. Oh, but lets not stop there. Nope, I’ve got even more music for you to check out.

A few days ago The Two Friends released their progressive house remix of Chase & Status “Time” featuring Delilah. Now you might be thinking, “wait, that song has already been remixed a lot.” Yes, it has been remixed quite a bit, but the remixes are mainly dubstep or DNB. So The Two Friends decided to do something innovative and make a progressive house remix of the Chase & Status popular track “Time.”

Listen to the remix below and be sure to download your free copy.

So there you have it folks, now you know who The Two Friends are. Be sure to visit their official soundcloud and follow them on Twitter. Also, take a moment to like their Facebook page too.

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Spotlight Sound | Upcoming Producer Monroe Takes it to the Classics with ‘Power’

I’m all about showing love to upcoming producers and DJs, especially those that actually have tracks that catch my attention. So FYI, if you’re reading this blog and are into music (producing, mixing, etc) then hit me up on Twitter @thinksoul25 or shoot me an email askmethink25@hotmail.com

Alright, now let’s get to business. If you like Stanton Warriors and music with a classic club/house vibe, then check out “Power.” Upcoming producer Monroe takes us to the oldskool with his track “Power” and it’s a nice track for those of you out there who have an appreciate for the classic sound.

Check it out!

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Spotlight Sound | Cletus ‘Leftside Right’

New and upcoming artist Cletus just released his new music video “Leftside Right” over the weekend. It’s a track for the grown and sexy that want to chill out, yet still groove a little to an upbeat dance tune.

His new video “Leftside Right” is full of a lot of energy and has a pop/R&B vibe that might catch your attention.

Watch the new video below. For more information, visit Cletus’ official website: http://www.justcletus.com 

Follow him on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justcletus

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Spotlight Sound | Kenny Wesley, the Soulful Nerd

I created this Spotlight Sound section to shine the light on some artists that are brought to my attention, and sadly I haven’t had the chance to spend time working on it. But now that I’m done with classes for the summer, I want to make sure I keep my promise and showcase the artists that I had promised to showcase. And for any artists out there (or even designers and filmmakers) that want to be on my blog, remember you can always contact me at askmethink25@hotmail.com or on Twitter @thinksoul25.

Whew, so now that I got that information off my chest, let’s dive into some great music from a soulful nerd named Kenny Wesley. I’m referring to him as a “soulful nerd” becomes that is the name that I saw on his Twitter (I ran across one of his Tweets) and he does have the characteristics of a nerd; exceptional ability to succeed.

Singer, songwriter, and pianist Kenny Wesley can sing + write songs in fluently in three languages and he has a beautiful four-octave range. This soulful crooner has the ability to capture audiences with his soulful sounds, and his songs have even been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “The View,” “Music Choice” and a wide variety of other media outlets. So you see, he’s already got quite the buzz going for himself. :)

When I listen to his music I’m immediately taken back to the days of oldschool R&B. He sings with such a pure conviction that is undeniably soulful, and his music has the ability to be timeless. And his roots form Jacksonville, North Carolina attribute to the slight southern characteristic you hear in a few of his tracks.

My fellow neo-soul lovers that are fans of Kindred, Eric Roberson, Phonte (The Foreign Exchange,) N’Dambi, and Leela James will surely love Kenny Wesley; he’s shared the stage with the aforementioned artists and so many more, including Gordon Chambers.  

When I was reading his bio and saw the name Gordon Chambers, I was quite impressed. The grammy award-winning singer/songwriter/producer had great words to say about Kenny and his musical prowess.

He said, “Kenny’s tenor is Hathaway deep, Luther warm and, in terms of color, could only be described as golden. Truly an anointing moment whenever he and a microphone cross paths.” Wow, such high praise from a legendary singer/songwriter/producer.

What more is there to say? This soulful nerd has received quite the acclaim and I’m proud to share his music with my beloved readers. He is currently working on his forthcoming project The Real Thing and his hits “Won’t Let It Go” (featured on SYTYCD) and “The Window” can be heard today!

And if you want to get in contact with Kenny Wesley, then show him some love on his Facebook and Twitter.

Featured on SYTYCD, “Won’t Let It Go”