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Dugo Takes Us To Another Realm With ‘Lingua Franca’

Jesse-Lee Rowe

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Japanese electronic music visionary Dugo has gifted us with instrumental gold in his latest full length album, Lingua Franca’ and as someone who truly appreciates some good ol’ breakbeat and beautiful composition, I was more than impressed to have found it.

The electronic scene as it stands today is flooded with the likes of techno, deep house, EDM, and other hard-hitting stuff, so it isn’t every day that I come across musical projects like Lingua Franca’, and when I hear an album like this, it reminds me just how powerful music can be.

Dugo marries instrumentals and electronic production in a way that is truly extraordinary, and the finished product is a melodic masterpiece that evokes emotion in a way similar to that of the music of some of the greatest composers of the 21st Century.

Lingua Franca’ starts off strong with a powerful piece that incorporates tribal elements, strong breaks, and a robust rhythm that exudes force, while still managing to be gentle. Track after track brings us the same level of quality production, although the scene set by each piece carries its own unique identity.

Dugos’ music definitely carries a rock influence, which could probably be attributed to the fact that he has been playing guitar in an instrumental rock band Happy Family since the late 90’s. This influence is especially present in the single ‘The Sun and a Dusty Road’.

One of my favorite pieces on this album has to be ‘Sol Poniente’, as it features a beautiful arrangement of violin and other strings that move me into a place of deep thought, inspiration, and reflection. This, coupled with the deep rhythm and intensity of the song take it from a simple composition to a comprehensive narrative for me, and when listening to it, an entire story unfolds in my head without so much as a thought.

Side note: The break that starts to build at 2:50 on ‘Momentum’ was a serious wow moment for me, a twist that was totally unexpected, beautifully hard hitting, and rhythmically deep, deep, deeeeeeep.

The album has no shortage of quirkiness and individuality, with pieces like ‘Two Sides’ showing a more sinister, mysterious side of Dugo, illustrating his ability to create a variety of moods with his music.

If you like Bonobo, Massive Attack, or The Cinematic Orchestra, you will love what Dugo has managed to give us with Lingua Franca’. Give it a listen below.

 

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Krank & Stein Breathe Bass Hit “Yung Frank” To Life

Carlos Martins

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Krank & Stein is the newest duo breaking into the bass scene and they have brought one spooky track with them! With the artists being the latest to join the artist roster of Warpaint Records, it’s safe to say that they have a serious sound packed within their music and releases to come. “Yung Frank” kicks off with a hip-hop influenced verse that quickly leads to a buildup that will take you by surprise with the metallic sound design and heavy growls. As the journey continues you’ll come across samples from the original Frankenstein movie itself and a few more unique drops that keep advancing as the song continues. Make sure to keep up with the growing duo below on their socials and crank your speakers when you hit play on this one!

Follow Krank & Stein: Facebook | SoundCloud | Twitter | Instagram

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Carnage & Gravedgr Release Explosive Hardstyle Track “HIJUEPUTA”

Carlos Martins

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Carnage has teamed up with Gravedgr to release one of his most rowdy and hard tracks of 2017. With a fast-paced tempo and an explosive sound packed into one track, it’s no wonder why the legendary DJ is still flipping venues upside down. “HIJUEPUTA” is a track that is dedicated to all the ravers according to Carnage and you can hear this statement in the breakdown of this Heavyweight Records release. So turn the speakers up and crank the bass, because this is one high-energy track you won’t want to miss!

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Premiere: Downlowd Remix Fly By Midnight’s “XL”

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What happens when you mix the sounds of bass-heavy DJ/producer, DOWNLOWD, with the funky vibe of pop duo, FLY BY MIDNIGHT? Is the successful mesh of two polarizing sounds even possible?

The answer is yes, and it comes today in form of DOWNLOWD’s most dynamic remix—and as the first release of the new year for the namely ‘wub wub wub’ producer. As an official undertaking for FLY BY MIDNIGHT, El Paso born/Los Angeles local genre-bending artist – DOWNLOWD, produces a remix for the popular single “XL.”

He resurfaces depth through vibrations of unique mystique for the already well-known track.

DOWNLOWD says of the project:

“I love Fly By Midnight and their tunes. I think they have huge potential to be the next big thing. Plus they’re great guys. The tune is a love song about getting cozy with your significant other- I really wanted to capitalize on the happy, positive vibes with the remix while giving it some energy.”

Whats more exciting, while DOWNLOWD has stated remixes won’t play into the main canon of his adventure (for now), the artwork for his remix of “XL” may hint at the possibility of potential ‘elseworlds’ in DOWNLOWD’s universe. Learn more about DOWNLOWD’s story through his most recent original single’s comprehensive premiere via Huffington Post.

Start your new year off right with the premiere for DOWNLOWD’s remix of FLY BY MIDNIGHT’s hot single. “XL” here.

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