New York’s Sweater Beats is releasing his new EP Cloud City on HW&W October 26th and ”Cloud City” is the explosive second track from this promosing EP, stream above!
The future of R&B has been getting pushed by several artists and Penthouse Penthouse are a great example of that, since their first releases on Soundcloud a year ago they have grown in sound dramatically. “Last Stop” is a nice modern R&B track with JNTHN STEIN on bass, this group has the sound and potential for radio play. Stream above and buy the EP here.
Durkin & SevnthWonder both from Boston team up to take on Joe’s 2001 hit “Stutter Stutter” from his album My Name Is Joe, the two give it the much needed modern flip. Stream or download above.
We posted Too Many Zooz new EP Fanimals back in September and now we’ve got them hitting up Vancouver at Fortune Sound Club tomorrow October 17th for an early show, they’ll be supported by Kutapira & DJ Evo. The band has been on a steady rise since going viral on youtube for their performances in New York’s subway stations also having released two projects this year it seems they aren’t stopping anytime soon. With all of the electronic influences in music nowadays this band is a refreshing take on music and what they like to call themselves “Brasshouse”. We got to ask the group questions about how they got together, NY’s club scene and everything in betweem, check it out below!
I (Matt) met Leo at the Manhattan School of music. Leo and Dave met in the Subway playing with a band called the Drumadics. We formed as a band in the subway.
2. With an all instrumental band, how do the songs come about?
The writing process is funny for us… sometimes we’re just playing and something sounds good and we run with it. Some of the compositions are written by myself (Matt) and/or Leo. We don’t really have a set process.
3. The groups fan base has grown quickly after your youtube video went viral, how/why did the NY club scene not take you in at first?
To be honest with you, the NY club scene has taken us in with open arms. Playing in the subway is a choice for us, not a necessity. The thing that people don’t realize, is that typically, club owners aren’t treating musicians correctly. They have the power of choosing and hiring bands, and they’re aware of it. NYC is a cut throat environment man.. hungry cats are gonna take shitty offers for ‘exposure’ or just because it’s a gig in NY. Why would we go play a 30 minute set, with 4 other bands for no money? We can go in the subway, and get 10x more exposure than any club can offer us. We’re in a position where we can choose what clubs we want to play and which ones we don’t, and clubs hate that. And because of that, only the serious clubs come at us with actual, good offers.
4. Who’s idea was it to play the subway stations? What did you gain from this?
Dave had been playing in the subway for years before he met Leo. Then they played in the Drumadics together for 2 years or so. It was more of a grandfathering in. There’s a lot of benefits to playing in the subway. It’s a creative environment where you’re allowed to constantly try new things, edit older stuff, and get an accurate representation of what people like and don’t like. Because there’s no stage, it’s easy to read the audience. It’s also the most exposure you’ll ever receive. People from all over the world, and new yorkers constantly shuffling in and out. On top of that, you make your own hours.
5. Can you explain the self proclaimed “Brass House” sound?
Brasshouse is a genre, yes, but it’s more than that. It’s a style of playing… a mindset almost. A way of approaching music. Brasshouse is something that we’re still in the midst of creating. It involves a community of musicians and artists that we love, and the work that goes along with it. Needless to say, it is a bit of a mystery but rest assured, Brasshouse is very much on it’s way to reaching full form.
6. From our understanding the band has been together for under a year and you already have two projects out and are touring, how is the group adjusting to the changes?
It’s been a crazy year, man… So much has happened. For us, we try not to over think anything. That’s something that fucks with bands that work, ya know? We’re just trying to continually record and perform wholesome music and have fun doing it. It can be hard to keep up with the online presence. At the moment, we’re not signed with a label or manager… This makes for a lot of emailing and calling people haha.
7. With all the electronic influence in music nowadays, how do you feel being an all instrumental band?
Being an all instrumental group is liberating. People sometimes look confused when they first look at us. It’s pretty cool to be a part of something that’s completely new and different, and yet being proven daily to be something that people like and continue to support.
8.What are your influences?
I always have a hard time answering this question. It’s like, I can be heavily influenced by a musician, and you would never hear that in our music. Influences influence the musical decisions you make and the way you make them, NOT the music that stems from it. Also understand that our influences are not exclusively musical. We’re influenced by NYC, food, women, world events, dance, film, and so many other things.
9.What artist could you always fall back on?
Leo: Kanye West
Matt: J Dilla
10. What’s next for Too Many Zooz?
We got a lot coming up. Heading out to cali for some shows and meetings and whatnot… Then we out to France for the transmusicales and then Turkey for some more shows. We also have really big plans for our album release next year. GET HYPE!!!!!!
Big thanks to Too Many Zooz for their time, cheers boys!
Come get crazy with Too Many Zooz Oct 17th at Fortune Sound Club, get tickets at Zulu, Red Cat, Highlife or online here. Purchased tickets will allow you access to Happy Ending Fridays at Fortune this weekend featuring Salva, more info on that event here. Stream or buy their new album below!
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Soulection’s Esta remixes Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” but this time he gives us a nice reggae flip to the massive hit, stream or download above.
Salva releases his first track “Freaky Dancing” featuring Ruckazoid from his upcoming album PEACEMAKER out Oct 29th showing us he can do exquisite R&B production as well. Don’t forget Salva hits up Happy Ending Fridays at Fortune Sound Club THIS FRIDAY! Our very own Christian Flores will be opening along Cherchez, Juan Ton & Shorthand. Stream the track above and click here for more info on the event.
Vancouver’s Seth Kay who was formerly one half of District 36 comes out with his own solo debut project See U In LA EP and it’s a nice refreshing take on this artists original style making things slower and darker this time around. Seth not only shows off his lyrical styles with “WSUP” but touches real situations like in “Shay’s Verse”, we’re excited to hear more. Stream above or download the EP here.