Tunesday: Ellie Goulding – Hanging On (I SEE MONSTAS Remix)

Here’s a little gem I found. And to illustrate everything I learned in preschool, I wanted to share it with you all. It’s a remix of Ellie Goulding’s ‘Holding On‘ by I SEE MONSTAS (Formerly known as Monsta).

Ellie’s voice + big room house + moombahton = absolute awesomeness.

Put down the coffee for a second, and enjoy this little pick-me-up.

Skrux | Artist Spotlight [FREE DOWNLOADS]


Following music is a funny thing, really.

For this Rager, it would seem that the world is saturated with an endless supply of fantastic music and there is simply just not enough time to enjoy it all, let alone share it with others. Even limiting myself to a particular sub-genre won’t allow a me to experience all that there is to out there. It’s sad really.

However, despite the inevitable disappointment that comes with the realization of this shortcoming, we are given the challenge as fans to show off musicians that we discover, that we champion in the hopes that others will catch on. It is our duty as music lovers to share the greatness and to spread the love.

Now, by no means do we claim that we discovered this next artist, not by a long shot. However, this is yet another producer we have listened to, enjoyed, but never really taken the time to sit down and thoroughly listen to his “musical portfolio”. BIG MISTAKE. You need to listen to this.

Kaylan C. Brown, aka Skrux, is a 19 year old melodic dubstep producer hailing from Arlington, Texas. On the surface, after just a few listens, he is very much like many of the trailblazing producers who have pioneered this genre today (Seven Lions, Mt. Eden, Adventure Club). But, unlike these particular artists, Skrux provides an unmatched touch to any vocal piece or arrangement. And yes, we are aware that this idiosyncrasy seems trivial on the surface, and we aren’t exactly sure what it is that Kaylan is doing different.

Either way, we strongly urge you to give a listen to the next couple of tracks and decide exactly what it is for yourself. As for us, we can’t help belting these lyrics during and long after his songs cease to play in our headphones. His original jams and remixes are infectiously ripe with simple melodies and resonating vocals in surplus.

If you dig, show Skrux some love via SoundCloud and Facebook (you know what to do, he’ll appreciate it).

(By the way this first remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is absolutely gorgeous. Nearly perfect.)

Artist Spotlight | Blackmill [Chill-step Mastery]

A few days ago, a good friend of mine from pharmacy school introduced me to an artist that he said was ‘going to blow my fucking mind’. Let it be known that rarely will my world be shaken by an artist or producer my friend or acquaintance introduces me to.  It usually takes a couple of listens before a new artist or sound clicks with me. This, however, was one of those aberrant occasions.

How had I never heard of Blackmill?

I was in awe by this next artist’s ability to create what I call “movement”. Using chill-step as his vehicle, Blackmill produces music just as a farmer or construction worker would cultivate. His tracks resemble a three dimensional landscape, rather than a linear progression. As each song proceeds, the listener becomes enveloped in every single sound Blackmill intricately laces into the track. Each song tells a story. Each song portrays an epic. You know, those wordy poems you read in high school english class that depict “a serious subject containing details of heroic deeds and events significant to a culture or nation” (Wikipedia for the win).

Hailing from Highlands in the UK, Robert Card puts any other melodic dubstep producers in the business to shame. We have to imagine that learning to play guitar at the age of eight and beginning to produce trance music at the age of 15 had something to do with the quality of his music. As for Robert’s influences, he simply credits “life” as his sole influence on Facebook.  It’s funny, his tracks resemble that simple word in the most complex way imaginable. For those who have never heard of or listened to Blackmill, it’s never too late to hear new, inventive music.

Disclaimer: These next songs are best experienced with a great pair of headphones and no distractions. Enjoy.