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The High Five is a series where we talk music with the musicians and tastemakers that we dig and ask them to share what they dig with you. This week, our LA-based Savior of Sound Brazzabelle shares her top five tracks of the moment below, check it out and take a listen! 


1. Montell Jordan - This is How We Do It 

Where do I even begin with describing my love for this track. It’s just such a classic and always sets the right mood for a party. I play it in every set whether is the original or a remix but I like to just quick mix it in out of nowhere to switch up the party and everyone always goes crazy. It’s definitely one of the high points in my DJ sets. 

 

2. Haddaway - What Is Love (Brazzabelle Festival Remix) 

The original has been one of my favorite songs for as long as I can remember. I wanted to bring it up to current music trends to fit into my sets better and I’m really happy with the outcome. Its a great track to change up the mood of the party and give some cheesy 90’s club vibes with everyone in the club singing along. 


3. Rich Homie Quan - Type Of Way (Sikdope Remix) 

Sikdope is one of my new favorite producers. I’m always super excited when he sends me tracks, this one I’ve been playing in every set since he sent it to me 6 months ago. I am always in love with any sort of hip hop flips to fit into festival type sets and this one takes the cake as my fave! 

 

4. Tony Junior & Baggi Begovic - Plur Warriors

Baggi just sent me this track last month and I’ve been in love ever since. A lot of big room stuff has been sounding really boring lately and not enough people are taking risks and being innovative, so I was really pleased to hear this track with its big room edge but still sounds so different than everything out there right now. 


5. Saint & G-Buck - Gijibae

G-Buck is another producer I recently fell in love with and this new track he just posted for free DL is fire. I love the hip hop/pop Usher style synths in the second drop with the booty beat. 


About the artist: Boots Bowles, better known as Brazzabelle, is an American DJ & producer based out of Los Angeles, CA. Originally from Cave Creek, AZ, Brazzabelle began DJing in 2010. By 2011 she released her first debut production “Break Your Body”, was named a “Leading Woman in Nightlife" by 944 Magazine, and earned residencies at Southern California’s biggest clubs. Having graced the mainstages of EDC Puerto Rico and Electric Zoo New York, she was also named an "Artist to Watch" in 2014 by the BPM Network, The DJ List, Electric Family, and Dance Music Northwest. 

Music from this week that channels your feelings and speakers from 0-100 like the famous words from your boy, Drake.


“toto” (XXYYXX remix) - SALES

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As the indie pop duo SALES prepare for their much anticipated EP release, another fellow Florida native XXYYXX gave us a remix of their song “toto”. Everett’s edits to “toto” gave the track a thin ethereal mannerism that flies around with a gentle touch of nostalgia to each emphasized melody. SALES’ self titled EP will be available on September 22nd but enjoy XXYYXX’s rework for now.


“Reminder” - RL Grime ft. How To Dress Well

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Still in its rip format, one of LA’s hottest producers from the WeDidIt collective debuted his very special track featuring Chicago singer How To Dress Well on Zane Lowe’s “Future Exclusive” premiere on BBC Radio this Tuesday. “Reminder” is the second track on RL Grime’s upcoming album and it’s a time-lapse of a broken relationship with sharp falsettos of emotional turmoil.


“Look” - Litany

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Jake and Beth are two friends living in England that sometimes make beautiful music under Litany. They have only two songs available on Soundcloud and the most recent track is titled “Look." Litany keeps their pop senses on the minimal side with an emphasis on every breath in Beth’s vulnerable lyrics and every break in Jake’s atmospheric production.



“Captain SaveAHoe” - Roy French, DJ Taye, DJ Manny

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Chicago Teklife boys DJ Taye, DJ Manny, and Roy French worked on a track called “Captain SaveAHoe." This entertaining juke mix repeats the words “I cannot save a hoe” over a brisky production permeated with a psychedelic cadence that comes in and out like the Fall breeze as cuffing season is soon arriving. 


About the author: Briana Cheng has a lot of feelings that she sometimes writes about but mostly she takes twitter screenshots of online dating apps, follow her @banacrisp.

She may be the youngest in the royal Jackson clan, but that doesn't mean Janet Jackson hasn't been working just as long and hard as her famous siblings. 

She first appeared in the spotlight on her family's variety show, The Jacksons, in the late 70s and through acting roles in shows like Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes and Fame in the 80s. From there though, Miss Jackson (if you're nasty) went on to become one of pop and R&B's biggest female icons.

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Just recently, her loyals fans have started an online petition to have her inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (she didn't make the list this year) with some speculating that her 2004 Super Bowl nip-slip controversy may be the reason she has been snubbed. In any case, we still heart Janet. Check out her hits from the last three decades below.

Though her first record deal was in 1982 with a self-titled album, her musical career didn't truly ignite until the success of her third album, Control, in 1986 with legendary songwriters and music producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Hits like “Control,” "What Have You Done For Me Lately," "Nasty" and "When I Think of You" made this a Grammy nominated album. The release was an edgier artistic departure, and really announced her arrival as a musical force to be reckoned with. Not too shabby for a girl who was only 19 at the time of this release!


Jackson continued to develop her edge with her next album, Rhythm Nation 1814, in 1989. This year marks the album’s 25th anniversary. The title track has an epic music video commenting on race issues. Other hit singles off this album: "Miss You Much," "Escapade," "Black Cat" and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)." Taking on social issues in her lyrics and showing a more mature, sexier image like in the video for "Love Will Never Do," Rhythm Nation 1814 was a coming of age album for Jackson.


By the time her fifth album, janet., came out in 1993, Jackson was a full on sex symbol. She earned a Grammy for her uber-sensual single, "That's The Way Love Goes," and charted with other romantic, emotional songs like "If," "Again" and "Any time, Any Place." The song "Again" was written for Jackson's first film role in Poetic Justice, which received Golden Globe and Oscar nods.


Noteworthy around this time in 1995, Janet collaborated with her famous brother Michael Jackson on the song, "Scream," on his album HIStory. The song’s video made it into the Guiness Book of World Records as the “most expensive music video ever made,” costing $7 million!

 
“Together Again” became the singer’s eighth #1 single on the Billboard 100 from her album, The Velvet Rope. The lyrics spoke out against homophobia and won her a GLAAD Media Award.


Jackson collaborated with Nelly on her single, “Call On Me,” from her album, 20 Y.O. in 2006. The title references the 20 year anniversary of her seminal album, Control.


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In 2008, she released “Rock With U” off of her album Discipline. Thought it wasn’t a huge hit, the song’s message hit home with gay rights activists as the song promoted equal rights for the LGBT community. Discipline was her last studio album release, but we hope that Miss Jackson comes back soon with another.


Artists (probably) influenced by Janet Jackson: Rihanna, Beyonce, Aaliyah, Robyn, Alicia Keys


About the author: Jin Moon has been affectionately writing about music and the arts since 2002 on her blog, Jinners.com. She also currently runs her own agency, On the Moon Arts. Tweet salutations to @jinners.

This month, the ATL will play host to the Music Midtown Festival, featuring the likes of Eminem, Zach Brown Band, John Mayer and Jack White.

The acts are as varied as this city’s musical history. Atlanta has long been hailed as the capital of hip-hop, but it also boasts a huge country scene. The indie and folk-rock scenes thrive here, but it’s just as renowned for its classical and gospel music scene.

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In a city with such an eclectic assembly of sound, trying to find a common denominator can be tough. But one thing all the genres have in common is that no matter the music, there’s a place in the ATL to hear it live. With spectacular weather most of the year, this city hosts outdoor festivals nearly every weekend, and there are also plenty of storied music venues that launched the careers of some legendary acts.

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So who are some of the ATL’s favorite native sons and daughters? A few notables:

  • The Indigo Girls - Amy Ray and Emily Saliers first met in grade school in Decatur, and began singing together in high school. They later attended Emory University and played acoustic duos at local clubs at night, while attending classes during the day.

  • OutKast - André “André 3000” Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton first met at Lenox Square shopping center when both were 16 and attended Tri-Cities High School together. They signed with LaFace Records, formed by Atlanta duo Antonio “L.A” Reid and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds.

  • The Black Crowes - Brothers Chris and Rich Robinson formed the band while in high school in Marietta.

  • R.E.M. - Up the road in Athens, four UGA students came together to and played their first show for a friend’s birthday party in a converted Episcopal Church.

  • T.I. - He grew up in Bankhead, and began rapping at 8 years old.

  • Gladys Knight - She won the Original Amateur Hour TV contest at age 7, then later went on to form the Pips with her brother, sister and cousins.


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Don’t forget to check out more up-and-coming local acts at the Midtown Music Festival on Sept. 19-20. 

Autumn means a deluge of "serious" movies, new episodes returning to network TV, various Fashion Weeks, and - arguably more than ever - blockbuster season for new music. Perhaps due to the rise of festival culture in North America and the high stakes of summer tours, recent summers have been relatively light for key releases. In the current climate you have extremes of album launch tactics, from Drake's in-song announcement of an unrecorded album nearly a year away from release, to Beyonce's stunning instant release anti-campaign (U2's recent innovative / invasive approach seems to have been received more coolly). 

Here are a few of the highly anticipated event albums expected in 2014's fourth quarter. 

 

Aphex Twin – Syro (September 19th)

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The veteran of conceptual dance music comes back after 13 years, a move that was announced creatively enough via a blimp over London.

 

Jessie WareTough Love (October 6th)

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A year after the release of the single "Tough Love", the singer releases its parent album, her second full-length, with assists from Dev Hynes, Romy Madley-Croft, and Julio Bashmore. 


Caribou – Our Love (October 7th)

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After a well-received experiment as Daphne in 2013, Dan Snaith returns to the Caribou moniker. If the album splits the difference between headphone and dance floor listening like past releases, it should be a highlight of the season.


Charli XCX – Sucker (October 21st)


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With a number one single now under her belt (Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”), it will be interesting to see where Charli’s quirky, over-the-top pop goes next. 

 

Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint (November 24th)

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The significance of this album has already been frantically speculated on and debated months prior to its release. "Pills and Potions" and "Anaconda" have performed well, but will this be the album where Nicki meshes her pop and purest hip-hop sides cohesively? 


Here are some more albums to watch for this Fall:

  • Jeremih - Late Nights (The Album) (October 7th)

  • Lil Wayne - Tha Carter V (October 28th)

  • TV On The Radio - Seeds (November 18th)


About the author: Luke Bradley is an arts and culture writer living in Toronto. He's written for The Classical Magazine, Esquire.com, Myspace, Consequence of Sound, DJ Mag and This Recording. Tweet to him @Sloganear.

From the underground to the inescapable, our roundup of new music that must be heard.  


Album: Ryan Adams and1984 - Ryan Adams

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For a rocker with a long history of reckless behavior in Lower Manhattan and on the road, Ryan Adams has plotted his career meticulously, cultivating separate--and frequently antagonistic--fanbases in the indie and roots-rock realms. Like a guy with a girl in every town, he’s dodged major conflict with both camps by making sure they never meet. Nowadays he’s sober, living the good life at his studio in L.A., and seemingly as conflicted (and prolific) as ever, releasing two records this week -- Ryan Adams and 1984 -- that only further the defining tensions of his music. Single “Gimme Something Good” from Ryan Adams, is squarely--if somewhat ironically--aimed at the rockin’ dad crowd that pays Adams’ mortgage, while “Push It Away,” from 1984, taps into the compact aggression of indie saints Husker Du and early Replacements. Fans everywhere will be happy enough, and critics will have no problem diagramming Adams’ influences, but as usual, we know more about his record collection than the man himself.


Track: ”Headbanger” - King Tuff 

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L.A. rocker King Tuff always knows how to cheer us up, and the hook of new single “Headbanger” offers the best advice yet: “Bang your head.” If your love for this group goes to 11, keep bangin’ til the new record, Black Moon Spell, drops September 23.


Track: “Castigadas en el Granero” - Deers

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If you don’t overdose on the cuteness of their sound and presentation, you’ll find Madrid girl group Deers a breezy addition to the garage-pop wave. New single “Castigadas en el Granero”--just the band’s third released recording--has a one-take rawness that supplies a slightly sinister edge to the girls’ sweet early-60s harmonies. 


Track: “Hanging from the Chandelier” - Dark Blue

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Conventional wisdom locates Philadelphia in the southern reaches of Springsteen Country--a metropolitan wasteland where bearded, flannel-clad dreamers cavort around trashcan fires and talk wistfully about getting their union cards. And to some extent, the emergence of Kurt Vile and his infinite clones bears that out. But there’s also a natural drama to the city, a haunted vibe that wears well on the old buildings and, in the right light, makes it a passable substitute for Manchester or even London. This is the world of Philly “supergroup” Dark Blue, headed by local malcontent John Sharkey, who imports Factory-style despair to his equally gloomy hometown. New single “Hanging from the Chandelier,” available to stream on Soundcloud, will be catnip for Britpop fans while also resonating with anyone who’s spent Halloween in a Northern Liberties brownstone. 


About the author: Spencer Shawcross is a freelance writer in San Francisco. He hearts the TL and its many music venues.