Dallas, Texas upstart Justin O’Ryan releases his first single “Make It Last”, featuring Lyfe Harris on the hook. Justin’s debut project GALLERY is expected to release in the coming months. Until then, be on the lookout for more new music and videos from this talented artists to drop.
Today we debut a brand new feature on The Goodie Bag entitled “Behind The Lens”. ”Behind The Lens” aims to profile directors, photographers, and videographers alike to discover more about their craft and field. In this first instalment, we got the chance to sit down with Dan Barker, a director and owner of Captured Photography & Film. We got to talk with Dan about his inspirations, his love for his art, the involvement of hip-hop artist Peter Jackson and more. Dan Barker is particularly known for creating a unique and powerful story through his work, and it was a privilege to get an insight into how the director/photography makes his art unique and relevant. Look for our next instalment of “Behind The Lens” to release within the next few months.
Carol Williams’ Salsoul classic “Love Is You” is galvanized by Italian EDM duo PELUSSJE in this remix off of their upcoming EP Salsoul & West End Remixed, Vol. 6. Williams’ original begins with an overhand disco beat and a flourish of orchestral strings. The breezy disco tune is prodded along by horn arrangements that respond politely to Williams’ smiling vocals. With a love of disco hidden behind their Lucha Libre masks, PELUSSJE distill this Williams’ classic into a seesawing dance track. “Love Is You” is a big remix, pooling from the outset with a wet bass drum that moves fast in fat drips. Closed cymbals chatter back, and Williams’ upstroke disco guitar riff fades in and out as the mix builds. A modulating laser riff accelerates and inflates, then erupts into a meaty drop signaled by a triumphant howl. Surging out after a second of short-circuited silence, this satisfying drop reappears in the back half of this genre-bending remix. Any fans requiring a pre-February defibrillation should check out Salsoul & West End Remixed, Vol. 6 through Ultra Records on January 28th.
Dimond Saints‘ popularity is built off of the backs of supple remixes of contemporary indie hits, but their debut original release “We Diamonds” showcases their creative abilities when tested from the ground up. Their popular version of Florence + the Machine‘s “Addicted To Love” set a strong precedent for their innovative ability and production style, wrapping Isabella Summers’ breathy vocal samples into a throbbing percussive engine. “We Diamonds” is a layered electronic treat flavoured with organic samples and rumbling brass horn bass riffs that lend it a stylized marching-band quality. An-Ten-Nae and ReLeece tinker with a diverse spread of whirring electronic percussion and hand-claps. The track alternates periods of tightly-gripped rhythm with bridges that lack foundation, and whose melodies wander and float freely out of orbit. Dimond Saints’ first original release is a well-cut jewel that sets the stage for part one of a three-part album release coming next month.
After an extended absence, established multi-instrumentalist and creative talent Beck returns with “Blue Moon”, the lead single off of the highly anticipated LP Morning Phase. Due out February 25th, Morning Phase is one of two albums planned for 2014, and represents Beck’s first studio release since he debuted Modern Guilt six years ago. “Blue Moon” is a pleading outcry hidden under layered, ambrosial vocals. Beck deploys a mixed host of instrumental accompaniment, who are stirred to action by a two-stepping kick-drum. Shakers bristle over sustained piano chords while guitar and mandolin cross strings. Snare rolls conduct a mellow march while watery, flanged melodies chirps overhead. As Beck sings “Cut me down to size,” the accompaniment shrinks back to a one-fingered piano melody, stoking fans’ excitement and expectations for Morning Phase with this artful handling of dynamics. “Blue Moon” is currently available on iTunes, and can be streamed through Spotify below. Enjoy!