Monthly Archives: March 2016

FYF Fest Unveils 2016 Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Grace Jones, Tame Impala, ANOHNI, Beach House, Air + Many More!


EXCLUSIVE West Coast Festival Performances From
Kendrick Lamar, Grace Jones, and Anohni
+ Air’s First US Date In 5 Years and Saves The Day’s Exclusive Performance of “Stay What You Are”

perhaps the best summer festival a Southern California music fan could hope for. - Rolling Stone

“Could FYF Fest be the most important music festival of 2015? The heavy-hitting lineup points to a daring future for FYF…” Los Angeles Times

FYF Fest is pleased to announce the festival’s 2016 lineup. Taking place August 27th and 28th, the 13th annual FYF Fest will feature headlining performances from Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, and Grace Jones along with additional performances from Anohni doing her first LA performance for Hopelessness, Blood Orange, Vince Staples, Young Thug, Charles Bradley, Grimes, Rae Sremmurd, Beach House, Kelela, Julia Holter and many more.

Taking place at Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles and produced in association with Goldenvoice, FYF Fest General Admission weekend passes will be available for $199 with single day tickets available for $125 and weekend VIP passes available for $339. For all ticketing info, FAQ, and news, please visit

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup (Alphabetical)
Alex G
Andy Stott
Beach House
The Black Lips
The Black Madonna
Blood Orange
Charles Bradley
Chelsea Wolfe
Denzel Curry
Explosions in the Sky
Father John Misty
Floating Points
Gerd Janson
Gold Panda
Grace Jones
Head Wound City
Honey Soundsystem
Hop Along
Hot Chip
Jagwar Ma
Julia Holter
Julien Baker
Junior Boys
Kendrick Lamar
LCD Soundsystem
Moby (DJ set)
Museum of Love
Oneohtrix Point Never
Peter Bjorn and John
Rae Sremmurd
Saves The Day (performing ‘Stay What You Are’)
Sheer Mag
Tame Impala
Todd Terje & The Olsens
Ty Segall & The Muggers
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats
Viet Cong
Vince Staples
Wild Nothing
Wolf Parade
Young Thug

FYF would like to thank this year’s partners for their support: Tito’s Handmade VodkaPerrier,VansGolden RoadPlus 1and Too Far Media

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LANDR Launches DJ-Specific Mastering Engine


AI-driven DJ Engine Provides New Mastering Tools Tailored for Electronic and Hip-Hop DJs

LANDR, the cloud-based audio post-production software platform, is excited to announce the launch of their DJ Engine – designed to make music creation and production seamless for electronic and Hip-Hop DJs. The extension offers the same functionality as the existing LANDR platform – including metadata editing, integration with digital audio workstations, improved file management, and cloud storage backup – but will use a new AI-driven algorithm designed specifically for the DJ genre.

“Mastering is a universal need for all types of music, but different genres require different variations of artificial intelligence. Our new DJ Engine, which can level any track at any stage, uses a specific algorithm tailored to electronic and Hip-Hop DJs that is designed to focus the low-end while adding punch and weight and also offers clear, transcendent highs without harshness or distortion, ensuring the end result sounds the best it possibly can. We’re excited about the groundwork this new feature lays for LANDR and hope to roll out new integrations that cater to the changing musical landscape in the future,” said LANDR CEO Pascal Pilon.


LANDR’s proprietary algorithms are informed by advanced machine learning, guaranteeing competitive, commercial-grade sound in minutes. Instead of mastering a single track, the DJ Engine optimizes the multiple tracks in a mix, regardless of the genre, to enhance the overall sound while protecting the transitions, build ups and breakdowns. Through a partnership with Native Instruments, LANDR users will be able to master the Stems Format via the DJ Engine shortly after launch.


LANDR, invested in by rapper Nas and Warner Music Group, has been used to master sets in various electronic music festivals ranging from Igloofest to Piknic Electronik, by artists including Carl Craig, Luciano, Kim Ann Foxman, Egyptrixx, Tim Sweeney, Tiga and more. With the launch of the DJ Engine, LANDR will offer all users free access to the DJ Engine functionality for two months to kickstart users’ mastering experience.


To view the media kit, click here.

About LANDR: LANDR is the cloud-based audio post-production software platform that revolutionizes the mastering process with drag-and-drop simplicity to achieve professional studio quality sound in minutes. LANDR your demos before sharing them, drop in full length DJ mixes or live recordings, or make a track on the road and have it mastered in time for your gig the same night. LANDR lets you integrate mastering seamlessly into your creative process. For more information, please visit:

Underground Hip Hop Stalwart Frank Nitt returns with New Label, Album, Single & Distribution Deal

On the heels of his critically acclaimed solo effort, 2015′s Frankie Rothstein, Frank Nitt (Frank N Dank, Yancey Boys, J Dilla) has formed a new label, Primo Atto Entertainment, with Milan, Italy based Eritrean producer/engineer Robroy, to release a collaborative album, Asphalt Runways.


With production duties handled solely by Robroy and the witty wordplay provided by Nitt, (along with a host of premiere MCs, musicians and singers including Terry “Zapp” Troutman, Bishop Lamont, Illa J, OhNo, Guilty Simpson, Botni Applebum, Rhettmatic, Mixtapers, Jay Vernon, Rah Digga, and Kokane), Asphalt Runways is the perfect blend of the ornate and glamorous Milan runways, mixed with the gritty asphalt jungle of Detroit. To wrap it up with a nice bow, Primo Atto Entertainment inked a distribution deal with storied Los Angeles based independent label Delicious Vinyl, responsible for hits from the likes of The Pharcyde, Tone Loc, Brand New Heavies and more.



Social Butterfly“, the first offering from Asphalt Runways, displays Frank’s distinctive flow over a smooth, but bass heavy, Robroy composition. The single tackles the issue of social media starlets and the burning question… “Do you look this way in the morning before the pictures?” Shot entirely in Milan, the video presents a visual case to the court of social media.

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Vinyl Me, Please to release Special 20th Anniversary Edition of Fugees “The Score”



Vinyl Me, Please Set to Release Special 20th Anniversary Edition of 

Fugees / The Score as April’s “Record of the Month” 

VMP Members will Receive 2LP Gatefold Edition of The Score + Bonus 7″ Fugees Single + Poster 


Vinyl Me, Please, the “best damn record club out there,” in association with Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, announce that a special 20th Anniversary 2LP 12″ vinyl edition of Fugees / The Score will be available exclusively to VMP members as the club’s “Record of the Month” for April 2016.

VMP’s 20th Anniversary Edition of The Score includes the original album (pressed on 2LP split-color black and gold vinyl and housed in a gatefold sleeve) along with a bonus 7″ gold vinyl single featuring three bonus tracks (previously unavailable on vinyl): “Fu-Gee-La” (Refugee Camp Remix), “Mista Mista” and “Fu-Gee-La” (Sly & Robbie Mix).

VMP members will also receive a 12″ x 24″ Fugees fold-out poster with this highly collectible 20th Anniversary vinyl edition of The Score.

Fans of the Fugees and aficionados of the vinyl record listening experience may sign up for Vinyl Me, Please membership at

About Fugees / The Score

Originally released on February 13, 1996 (on Ruffhouse/Columbia Records), The Scorewas the second (and final) studio album from Fugees, a revolutionary alternative hip-hop group comprised of rapper/singer/producer Lauryn Hill, rapper/singer/producer Wyclef Jean and rapper/producer Pras Michel. The follow-up to Blunted on Reality, the Fugees’ moderately successful 1994 debut album, The Score–with its visionary mix of hip-hop, soul, reggae, audacious sampling and cinematic aural textures–became an indomitable force in pop music and culture, a landmark of hip-hop and a soundtrack for the decade.

The Score peaked at #1 on both the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts, has achieved 6x RIAA platinum status and brought home a pair of Grammys including Best Rap Album and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (for “Killing Me Softly”). The Score‘s reputation has only grown over the years with many music critics and publications citing it as one of the greatest albums of the 1990s as well as one of the most influential and important hip-hop albums ever made.

About Vinyl Me, Please

Vinyl Me, Please is a record of the month club that believes in the album as an art form.

VMP’s mission is to connect people with music on a deeper level.  Each month members receive a vinyl record, newly or re-released, an original album-inspired art print, and a custom cocktail recipe, to encourage a complete and sensory album experience.  VinylMe, Please believes the vinyl format re-introduces ritual and process to listening, to deepen a personal relationship with music.  Founded in 2012, Vinyl Me, Please is based in Colorado, and has members in more than 40 countries.


#vinylme #fugees #thescore

Alternative Soul/Rock Singer RES initiates IndieGoGo Campaign for New Album “RESET”


One listen to Soul/Rock singer Res’ new single “Hollow” and it’s evident – she hasn’t lost a step. This is exactly what her longstanding friends & fans have been waiting for!

It’s been some time since Res burst onto the scene with her critically acclaimed debut album “How I Do”.  A breath of fresh air for soul music as Res effortlessly blended Soul, Rock, Alternative &  Hip-Hop sensibilities with rhythmic harmonies & eloquent soundscapes.

Following “How I Do”, Res formed the group, Idle Warship with hip-hop mainstay & social activist Talib Kweli. They released “Habits of The Heart” to great fanfare. Res also recorded & released “ReFried Mac”, a dedication to the Legendary Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac.

Fast forward present day and Res is putting the final touches on her long awaited sophomore album RESET. Side-stepping label politics, Res has initiated a crowdfunding / indiegogo campaign to bring her fans and cult-like following the album, unapologetically - her way.

Starting March 15, 2016 - Supporters can visit to share in Res’ new project RESET through various reward & perk options designed specifically for you!

Res’ new single “Hollow” is produced by Jordan Davis and is now available to stream below

For more info follow @the1res or visit



PaleyFest LA 2016 Special Offer


See the stars & creators of some of your favorite TV shows in person!  We are giving away free tickets to join us for exclusive panel discussions with the actors, producers and directors of shows such as “Chicago Fire” and “Law & Order: SVU” during PaleyFest LA this Saturday, March 19th at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood!

All you have to do is CLICK HERE to confirm your spot!

Don’t miss PaleyFest LA 2016!  

Saturday  3/19/16 7:00 pm – 8:30pm

Dolby Theater
6801 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Featured Panelists:  Dick Wolf – Executive Producer, Taylor Kinney – “Chicago Fire”, Jesse Spencer – “Chicago Fire”, Jason Beghe – “Chicago P.D.”, Sophia Bush – “Chicago P.D.”, S. Epatha Merkerson – “Chicago Med”, Oliver Platt – “Chicago Med”, Colin Donnell – “Chicago Med”, Torrey DeVitto – “Chicago Med”, Ice-T – “Law & Order: SVU”

Introducing: SIDIBE


When asked what she would do if she wasn’t a singer, Sidibe replied “I would be trying to be a singer.” Considering her five octave vocal range and a voice described as ethereal, pure and lush, it is the obvious choice. Sidibe’s singular pursuit led the singer/songwriter to LA where she found her musical doppelgänger in Finnish producer Nico Stadi.

It also took her down unexpected roads including trips to Africa to connect with her family in Senegal, deep immersion into musical vaults, a renewed love affair with the guitar, work on projects with Nas and Common, and days, weeks and months spent writing and recording. The culmination of these experiences is Sidibe’s forthcoming EP You Got the Luck.


With this EP, Sidibe and Nico brought together their love of R&B, funk, house, pop and world music. They also brought in the talents of Grammy winning producers Warryn Campbell and Jack Splash to help create the perfect storm of organic and programmed elements. The release of her You Got the Luck EP is on the horizon and singer/songwriter Sidibe lets us know what we have to look forward to with her single “I’m Only Dreaming”.

Instagram @iamsidibe

Facebook – sidibeofficial


Twitter @sidibesings

Sidibe Official Website


MILES AHEAD + EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL: Robert Glasper Reimagines Miles Davis Recordings with Erykah Badu, Bilal, Ledisi, Hiatus Kaiyote, Stevie Wonder & more


Columbia/Legacy Celebrates the 90th Birthday of Miles Davis with Two Special New Releases:

EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL: The Recordings of Miles Davis Reimagined by Robert Glasper 


Grammy Award Winning Glasper Joined By Guest Artists Including Erykah Badu, KING, John Scofield, Phonte, Bilal, Ledisi, Stevie Wonder, Laura Mvula, Hiatus Kaiyote & others - Available Friday, May 27

MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Available Friday, April 1


Columbia/Legacy will commemorate the 90th birthday of globally renowned music innovator Miles Davis with the release of two very special new Miles Davis album projects: EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, available Friday, May 27(the day after Miles’ 90th birthday) and the MILES AHEAD soundtrack, available Friday, April 1.


EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, reimagined interpretations of Miles Davis’ music produced by Grammy Award winner Robert Glasper (who also served as co-producer of the MILES AHEAD soundtrack) with musical guest artists including Bilal, Illa J, Erykah Badu, Phonte, Hiatus Kaiyote, Laura Mvula, KING, Georgia Ann Muldrow, John Scofield and Ledisi, and Stevie Wonder. A visionary exploration of the music of Miles Davis, EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL incorporates Davis’ original recordings into new collaborative soundscapes.


The Miles Davis track featuring Bilal “Ghetto Walkin”, from the upcoming release EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL, premieres today for the first time during Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Apple Music. EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFULis also available now for digital pre-orders via iTunes


EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL is beautifully crafted collection produced by Robert Glasper, blending a diverse group of master takes and outtakes from across the incomparable Miles Davis Columbia catalog with an impressive lineup of contemporary artists and musicians to create original interpretations.


“I didn’t want to do just a remix record,” Glasper noted when discussing the 11-song set. “My idea was to show how Miles inspired people to make new art.” Realizing that “Miles didn’t have one audience,” Glasper recruited a legion of diverse guest artists to add to the magic of the project including familiar collaborators like R&B musicians Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Bilal and KING. They are joined by British soul singer-songwriter Laura Mvula; hip-hop producer Rashad Smith; Grammy-nominated Australian neo-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote, rapper/singer Phonte, rapper/producer Illa J; jazz guitarist John Scofield, who was in Miles Davis’ band; and the legendary Stevie Wonder.


“I am living in the spirit of Miles when I am doing what I’m doing because I am documenting my time period. I’m documenting what’s around me. I’m documenting who I am now, where music is now,” notes Glasper. “That’s what this project is about. I wanted to do something where we can take some of Miles’ ideas, shake them up, and try to show the influence of Miles and make new things. And that’s the beauty of this whole album. The whole project is based on Miles, but it is based on Miles’ vision, it’s based on Miles’ trumpet, it’s based on Miles’ voice, it’s based on Miles’ composition, it’s based on Miles’ influence, it’s based on Miles’ swag.”


Miles Davis is a rarity: a pioneering superstar who was constantly voyaging into new directions and genres with an ever changing cast of collaborators. Throughout his discography, sweeping change and innovation could happen based on who was in the studio and what they brought to his stunning musical vision. Few American artists have impacted popular music and culture in as broad and long-lasting a way as he did.


By similar design, pianist/producer Robert Glasper has built a career out of a vibrant fusion of R&B, jazz and hip-hop. As the leader of the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electronic Robert Glasper Experiment, he’s pushed the boundaries of each genre he works in to their breaking point. This is the artist whose album, In My Element (2007), featured mashups of Herbie Hancock and Radiohead and tributes to rapper/producer J Dilla. 2013′s acclaimed Black Radio featured collaborations with Erykah Badu, Ledisi, Lupe Fiasco, Yasiin Bey and other artists. Black Radio was also capped by a sprawling cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Most recently, Glasper scored for MILES AHEAD, the Miles Davis film directed by and starring Don Cheadle.


EVERYTHING’S BEAUTIFUL is unlike any other in Davis’ discography. From the familiar (riffs and passages within the catalog) to the obscure (samples of Miles’ in-studio instructions spoken after false starts), Glasper has built something unique but still unquestionably Miles. The cover art was created by Francine Turk and integrates elements of Miles Davis’ artwork. With the cover, Turk creates a visual that is similar to the idea of Robert Glaspertaking fragments of Miles music and reinterpreting in a unique and modern way.


A cinematic exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis, the movie feature “MILES AHEAD” marks the directorial debut of Don Cheadle, who co-wrote the screenplay (with Steven Baigelman) and stars as the legendary musician in the film. MILES AHEAD - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is available now for digital pre-orders via iTunes - Both albums are available for pre-order on iTunes


MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack explores the breadth and depth of Miles Davis’ musical innovations, combining 11 highlights from the legendary trumpeter/composer/bandleader’s Prestige and Columbia Records catalogs with original new compositions written and performed by Grammy Award-winning jazz/hip-hop artist Robert Glasper. Select new tracks on the soundtrack album include guest appearances by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, rapper Pharoahe Monch and more. Both the CD and LP packages for MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack feature revelatory new liner notes penned by Don Cheadle.


“We culled the library for every style Miles touched…looking for cues to bridge key moments, bring others into focus. The stuff a good score is supposed to do. Miles made it easier. His music is multi-faceted and score friendly,” wrote Cheadle in his notes.


For new and future fans, MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Soundtrack provides an ideal introduction to the music of Miles Davis. For seasoned aficionados of the influential 20th century musical pioneer, the album and film provide fresh perspectives and new insights into Miles’ transformative musical and cultural genius.


MILES AHEAD – Original Motion Soundtrack features 11 essential tracks spanning 1956 to 1981, select dialogue from the film featuring Cheadle in character, and five original compositions written, co-written, produced or performed exclusively for MILES AHEAD by Robert Glasper. These include “What’s Wrong with That?” (a jam that closes the movie imagining Cheadle as Miles playing in the present day with guest performers Glasper, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gary Clark, Jr., Esperanza Spalding and Antonio Sanchez and “Gone 2015,” an end-credits song featuring guest verses from rapper Pharoahe Monch.


A special “MILES AHEAD” panel led by Don Cheadle, with NPR’s Felix Contreras onboard as Moderator, will discuss the making of the film, along with the music, with intimate behind-the-scenes anecdotes provided by Erin Davis (son of Miles) and Vince Wilburn, Jr. (nephew of Miles). Additional panelists include Robert Glasper, who scored the film’s soundtrack; Oscar-winning supervising sound editor, re-recording mixer and sound designer Skip Lievsay; and Keyon Harrold, a sought out trumpeter/producer/arranger/songwriter who performs with GRAMMY-winning group D’Angelo and The Vanguard, and is featured as the trumpet sound of Don Cheadle playing Miles Davis. The panel will take place on Thursday, March 17 at 12:30pm in ACC Room 18ABC, and will be open to Music, Film, Platinum and Gold badges, as well as Showcasing Artist wristbands.


MILES AHEAD Film Trailer

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Both releases are also available for pre-order at the official Miles Davis store on

TOKiMONSTA “FOVERE” Album ft. Anderson .Paak, Jonny Pierce (The Drums) & more


TOKiMONSTA “FOVERE ” New Album From Los Angeles Producer Out Now

Featuring Anderson .Paak, Jonny Pierce (The Drums), Gavin Turek, Erick “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce) & More 

“it vibes like futuristic R&B” – Los Angeles Times 

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“TOKiMONSTA’s Fovere is a star-studded expansion of the L.A. beatsmith’s production palette.” - Consequence of Sound

“A catalog full of densely layered, thoughtfully arranged compositions. Since her arrival in 2010, TOKiMONSTA’soutput has demonstrated an ability to apply classic craftsmanship to innovative sounds” - Impose Magazine

“She’s transcended genre and glass ceilings by simply being better. In the process, she’s broken ground for other women in a male-dominated scene.”

 The California Sunday Magazine

Fovere is the brand new mini-album from Los Angeles producer TOKiMONSTA, released today on her own imprint Young Art Records. The seven-track album kicks off with I’m Waiting,” a song “that sees TOKiMONSTA going for the warm feeling, winter vibes” (Hypetrak). It’s followed by “explosive” (The FADER) first single “Put It Down,”featuring 2016 breakthrough singer & rapper Anderson .Paak and Bay Area producer KRNE. Her latest single is “Giving Up” which features vocals from The Drums’ Jonny Pierce and bass from Lettuce’s Erick “Jesus” Coomes. On the album, the “sneaking R&B bumper with head-spinning electronic flourishes” (Consequence of Sound), is followed by tracks featuring frequent collaborator Gavin Turek, as well as collabs with Nashville-based singer/songwriter Kiya Lacey & a l l i e.

Known for her unique take on electronic, hip hop, and dance music, TOKiMONSTA—Los Angeles-based producer Jennifer Lee—since 2010 has released two full albums, multiple EPs and vinyl-only singles through highly regarded labels including Ultra Records and Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint. Her well-received 2014 mini-album Desideriumwas the first release from her Young Art Records imprint, followed by last year’s You’re Invited joint EP with Gavin Turek. Her latest mini-album Fovere is Young Art’s first release of 2016 and features collaborators including Anderson .Paak, Jonny Pierce (The Drums) and Turek. While TOKi’s needle-pushing music stands on its own, her work with artists including Jessie Ware, Jesse Boykins III and Kelly Rowland, and remixes for Tinashe, Schoolboy Q and Miguel also showcase the demand for her productions and remixes.

1 – I’m Waiting
2 – Put It Down (feat. Anderson .Paak and KRNE)
3 – Giving Up (feat. Jonny Pierce of The Drums)
4 – Starlight Lace
5 – Heart on the Ground (feat. Kiya Lacey)
6 – Penny (feat Gavin Turek)
7 – Wound Up (feat. a l l i e) 


03/10 Seattle, WA - Neumos

03/11 New Orleans, LA - Buku Music Festival

04/07  Ottawa, ON – Ritual Nightclub

04/08  Toronto, ON – The Hoxton

04/09  Montréal, QC – Newspeak

04/17 Indio, CA – Coachella

04/24 Indio, CA – Coachella

05/26  Bradley, CA – San Antonio Recreation Area

07/23 New York, NY – Panorma NYC @ Randall’s Island


photo by Coley Brown / The California Sunday Magazine


ZOOLAY dj LALA promo pic

Los Angeles collective, Zoolay, will release their tribute project to the Gang Starr Foundation’s own, Group Home, via their Still Livin Proof EP which will be released on March 16th as a free download. The entire project was produced by Grammy nominated producer, THXbeats, who re-created DJ Premier’s instrumentals from scratch, not using any samples or loops

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