November was a big month for SOLdier visits at SOL REPUBLIC's San Francisco office. SOLdiers came from Canada, Florida and the Bay Area to meet the team and enjoy our beautiful city.
Here's who stopped by:
Carla – SOLdier 007 came to visit all the way from Winnipeg, Canada. Carla has been with us almost from the beginning and is always welcomed with open arms. She checked out some of SF's most popular spots, took amazing pics and even represented SOL REPUBLIC at the Dreamforce conference.
Michael & Deanna – came from Miami to tour the city with Carla. We first met them 2 years ago when they helped run the SOLdier shuttle at Ultra Music Festival. It was great hosting them in the office and we hope to see them again in March for the next Ultra.
Michael M. – we also met Michael at Ultra Music Festival. He was attempting to introduce Kevin Lee to SOL REPUBLIC’s product, without realizing that Kevin is our CEO! Michael’s Birthday wish was to visit SOL REPUBLIC HQ. Luckily, his mom made it happen. We spent an afternoon chatting together and hooked him up with Aoki tickets.
Pasindu – came up from Sunnyvale to meet the team and join all of the SOLdiers for lunch at our local food trucks. A few weeks back, Pasindu won the SOLdier Commercial challenge. Check out his submission here:
Christian & Siddharth - our honorary Bay Area SOLdiers came to hang out at Steve Aoki's SF show and meet Carla. Christian is a big fan of Carla's and got his “we will not be silenced” t-shirt signed by SOLdier 007 herself.
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Our pick of music happenings you need to know about…
#Album: Knock Madness - Hopsin
Debuting at the top of the hip hop charts this week, Knock Madness brings to light the raw reality of the Hip Hop scene. Hopsin isn’t afraid to to speak his mind, with blunt criticism of mainstream rappers and his stance against drugs and alcohol. Solid album for sure, but Hopsin's not competing with the heavyweights rappers yet.
#Music Video: “Run for Cover” - Cazette
We need to start reevaluating what birds are capable of, because they scare the hell out of us after seeing this video. Or maybe this dude is just hallucinating off a bad trip and giving birds a bad rep. The video will no doubt leave you entertained, but I can't say the same for the track.
#Mix: “777” - deadmau5
Deadmau5's latest experiment is a strange but beautifully composed mix that had us obsessed from the first play. What's fascinating is the storytelling aspect, as the music shifts from euphoric piano harmonies to deep progressive house cuts. High five, Joel Zimmerman!
#Song: “I. Crawl” - Childish Gambino
Take notice -- hip hop’s rising King has been seriously disrupting the music industry. Childish Gambino has a distinct sound (one sorely needed in hip hop) and this track captures the essence of his unique style. The song is soaring to the top of digital charts, and I expect the same from his new album, Because of the Internet, which drops next week.
This week, Savior of Sound Brazzabelle heists our podcast with 40 minutes of hard-hitting tracks. Her unique and fast-paced mixing style is sure to ignite explosive, impromptu dance parties. Tune in, light the fuse and enjoy.
It's not your average Thanksgiving playlist, but hey, we like to (over)stuff the turkey here at SOL REPUBLIC. We've compiled the newest tracks from some of today's illest up-and-coming artists. With a slew of styles to keep you on your toes -- from big room trap to soulful bass -- there's a vibe here for everyone. Enjoy the weekend!
Our pick of music happenings you need to know about...
#Song: "1988" - Boys Noize & Housemeister
A throwback tribute, this track honors the original rave and techno anthems that dominated dance music in 1988. With 7,000 SoundCloud plays in just hours of its release, we see history repeating itself.
#Video: "Bound 2" - Kanye West
Yeezus Christ! Is Kanye West trying to outdo Ray-J and Kim's old sex tape? We hope Baby North never sees this.
Zedd proves that he doesn't need a big dance anthem to stay relevant. This EP strips down the biggest hits off of his Clarity album with live instruments that showcase his considerable piano skills. Hats off to Zedd for exploring new genres and establishing himself as a timeless musician.
#Mix: "Beware" (Ricky Vaughn Rework)
Ricky Vaughn drops a heavy dose of Moombahton on the remix of Big Sean’s "Beware." It's the perfect mix to play while pre-gaming and torquing the energy levels before a night out.
Our pick of music happenings you need to know about...
#Song: "Booty Monsta" - Borgore
Watch out, the "Booty Monsta" is here and ready to unload the dirtiest bass drops! This grimy track is sure to awaken your inner beast and have you attacking the dance floor. We smell a "Monsta" bassheads anthem!
#Album: Freeway EP - Flux Pavilion
Not necessarily an album, but an EP that is racing up the dance charts. Freeway will drive you to electro /dubstep nirvana with 5 headbanger tracks and dope collaborations with Steve Aoki and Dillon Francis. The perfect soundtrack for kicking someone's ass.
#Video: "What Now" - Rihanna
Oh wow, Hot Topic just released a new commercial with Rihanna. Oh wait, I think this is Rihanna’s new music video. The global pop star sure looks cute when she is angry and umm... yea that’s pretty much it. Bottom line, this video is trending only because it’s Rihanna.
#Mix: Diggin’ On You - Elekfantz
Dust off the disco ball and brush up on your two-step dance. Diggin’ On You will have you riding on the grooveline all night long. This funky mix is soaring up the Beatport charts and boosting egos on the dance floor.