dipped in dollars http://dippedindollars.com dance dance dance dance dance Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:56:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Interview + LP: Activia Benz – Activia Frenz http://dippedindollars.com/2014/03/17/interview-lp-activia-benz-activia-frenz/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/03/17/interview-lp-activia-benz-activia-frenz/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:53:17 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15370 -1

Activia Benz‘s new Activia Frenz compilation is great. Activia Benz / Slugabed agreed to make a mix for us last year and didn’t, so I’m going to use this opportunity to publish our stellar interview.

How did Activia Benz come about?
Greg: We were in the Pub and we wanted to start a record label.
Jake: SO WE DID!

What artists are on the label?
Jake: Deech, 813, Arm Watches Fingers, Eloq and a few more..
Greg: FROM BELARUS, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, DENMARK AND A FEW MORE PLACES…

How did you decide to release them on your label?
Greg: We like their music
Jake: COS ITS GOOD!

Is there a specific style or sound you’re trying to articulate?
Jake: A good one!
Greg: RENAISSANCE LANDSCAPES!

Are Activia’s releases going to be pressed on vinyl?
Greg: Yeah
Jake: YES!

What’s in this mix?
Greg: An even warm blend of eastern spices
Jake: MUSIC!

Will there be an Activia showcase that we can look forward to anytime soon?
Jake: There’s a very real chance we will do a meat raffle at some point.
Greg: MEAT!!!!

What race is the most scared of snakes?
Jake: HissPanics!
Greg: LOL!

What’s a crocodile’s favourite card game?
Greg: Is it snap?
Jake: IT’S SNAP, LOL!

What did Bart Simpson say when he was surprised in a furniture and homeware store?
Jake: I don’t know, what did Bart Simpson say when he was surprised in a
furniture and homeware store?
Greg: IKEArumba!
Jake: Very clever.

Thanks guys.
Jake: Your welcome. Thanks also to you.
Greg: Yes. Thanks. Great!

Jake: We were in the pub when we wrote this. Where were you?

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Ships – “Space Inside” http://dippedindollars.com/2014/03/14/ships-space-inside/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/03/14/ships-space-inside/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:58:37 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15362
Ships

John from Solar Bears was kind enough to let us know about this smooth jam from labelmates Ships. The Irish duo’s latest single feels as if it time traveled to us from a land of space funk, so naturally we’re obsessed. “Space Inside” is undeniably addictive, and we’re sure to have this on repeat for weeks. The 7″ is out now via Stratosfear Recordings, snag it here.

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Mix: Chief – Calico Love http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/20/mix-chief-calico-love/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/20/mix-chief-calico-love/#comments Fri, 21 Feb 2014 02:07:24 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15345
Calico Love

Big love to all who came out to our show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn two weeks ago, this one is for you.

Next – Butta Love
Obey City – Fallin’ (feat. Reggie B)
Keri Hilson – One Night Stand
DJ Yolo Bear – Party Dip
Chits – Looking So Good
Thomas White – Killah
Ifan Dafydd – Miranda
Colo – Rick
SZA – Ice Moon
Cashmere Cat – Rice Rain
Trey Songz – LOL ☺
Tokyo Hands – Rainforests
Comanche – West 7th
Jean Deaux – Find U (feat. Sampha)
Ghost Mutt – Sweat Mode
Vanilla – Endgame

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Premiere: Braxton/Palmer – “Callin’ Your Body” http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/14/braxton-palmer-callin-your-body/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/14/braxton-palmer-callin-your-body/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:53:48 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15338
Braxton/Palmer

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Ceremony darling Braxton/Palmer, but fortunately he decided to gift us with a new track on Valentine’s Day. We’re honored to be premiering “Callin’ Your Body”, a sensual follow-up to 2013′s “Creeper” featuring artwork by Danielle Giza. Snag this gorgeous track for free below and have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

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Interview: Sylvan Esso http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/11/interview-sylvan-esso/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/11/interview-sylvan-esso/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:07:53 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15313
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We had the chance to sit down with Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso to ask them a few questions before their show at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY.

Why the name Sylvan Esso?

Nick: Well, it’s kind of an in-joke. But, really, it’s just impossible to name your band anymore. Have you seen all of these dudes just adding a letter to a normal word…

Amelia: …There is also the triangle.

Nick: …And the new one is a celebrity’s name misspelled. I mean, nothing against those bands but it’s just evidence that naming a band is impossible. We knew we needed a band name but we just kept putting it off and finally Amelia came up with something. It was kind of based off this iPhone game that we were playing called Swords and Sorcery. There are these things in the game called sylvan sprites, they are these things that come out of trees to let you know that you are going the right way…

Amelia: …Sylvan sounds pretty cool; Sylvan Esso just feels good to say.

How did you guys meet?

Amelia: I was on the tour scene doing backup for Feist for about a year and a half. Nick and I met up in Milwaukee a while back. We decided to start making music together while I was on tour… and we started emailing back and forth.

Nick: We did a show together in Milwaukee about three years ago – I actually opened for Mountain Man [Amelia's previous band]. After that we just always stayed in touch and then I did a remix for them, which eventually became our song “Play It Right”. We thought that it went really well, so when they [Mountain Man] were in Madison I emailed them and told them that I would love to go to their show… After that we met up and we both immediately thought ‘Hey we should make that happen again’.

Was there any one moment or incident that helped launch Sylvan Esso’s career?

Nick: Hopscotch.

Amelia: Yeah, Hopscotch. September of 2012, I was in Durham, North Carolina where Nick had just moved and we were recording vocals. Nick was doing a set with his solo project called Made of Oak and he had me come up for his last song and we played “Play It Right”.

Nick: I was closing my solo sets with that song anyways, so I was like ‘You should come sing it, it would be cool’.

Amelia: There were about five people in the bar, it was about three in the afternoon, and all of the five people got really excited…

Nick: …But we were excited too. It was at that moment where everything popped into focus.

Is there anything about your winter tour that you guys are particularly excited about?

Amelia: California!

Nick: California and headlining… We are excited to be on the West Coast, but we just feel so lucky to be able to do a headline tour with only three songs on the internet. We feel so lucky and grateful.

Who are your favorite musicians right now?

Amelia: We are really into this John Hopkins record. A lot of Beyonce and Taylor Swift.

Nick: We did a deep listen to Taylor Swift’s Red yesterday. The thing is, there are sixteen songs on that record and the first eight are undeniably amazing, which is saying something for anyone’s first eight songs on a record.

Amelia: I’ve been studying pop music a lot since we started Sylvan Esso…

Nick: Seeing what the pop world is like right now, it’s at such a weird place that it’s fun to dip in and try to analyze what angles people are coming at it from… In general we are both also really concerned about accessibility… We just want to do something that we can stand behind as nerds and as fans of pop.

Are there any artists that you guys would like to collaborate with?

Nick: I feel like that’s so tough to say. I feel like we figured out that we work really well together almost by accident and so it’s easy for us to say ‘oh all of the people we just talked about are so good and wouldn’t it be cool to work with them’. But really I would just want to be in the studio and watch them work. It’s tough to predict who you would be a good collaborative partner with and who you are a fan of.

Amelia: Really it would just depend on their vibe. If we were to interact with the brand and the sound of Four Tet it would totally be Four Tet.

Nick: There are all sorts of things that would be fun to try but mostly I feel like I’m just getting to the point where I can be a fan again. We want to do more stuff with rappers. We want to do a video game sound track super bad.

How do you anticipate the release of your forthcoming debut LP?

Amelia: What’s really exciting is to put it out and have everyone listen to it. We’ve had it for a while now so being able to give it to the world is a really exciting thing. We have the best jobs in the entire world, it’s so cool that we get to wait for our record to come out and play it for everyone.

Sylvan Esso are on tour in California this week, catch them if you can!

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Dipped in January ’14 http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/06/dipped-in-january-14/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/06/dipped-in-january-14/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 01:09:25 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15299
January 2014

Mixed by NagyPapa, who will close out our party in Brooklyn tomorrow night.

Mr. Oizo – Ovoma // Nas – Made You Look (Remix) ft. Jadakiss & Ludacris
Timbah – Thunder Clacks
Akouo – Last Time
Hayden James – Permission to Land (Charles Murdoch Remix)
Clams Casino – What You Doin’
Pacific State - 808 State
Cloud 9 – Do You Want Me Baby (Dusky Remix)
Diplo – Money Power Respect
Abnormal & LooseScrewz ft. Dave Stone – Jazz On Jupiter
Flying Lotus – Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
Charles Murdoch feat. Oscar Key Sung - Dekire (Bodhi Remix)
Black James – Creepin’ and Peepin’
CHVRCHES – Gun
Timbah – Flow Poke
Strand – Que soy companero cono!
Stumbleine – More Than Words (Asa Remix)
Mariah Carey – Touch My Body (Cyril Hahn Remix)
Party Trash – Money & Music (ft. frze, spz chaote, & noah 23)
Diplo – Way More
Le1f – Bubbles
LDRU – The Tropics (Ta-ku Remix)
Captain Murphy – Shake Weight
Shlohmo – Forgot I Was Here
The Underachievers – The Mahdi.
Flying Lotus – Mmmhmm (Ft. Thundercat)
Soft Metals – On a Cloud
Mister Lies – Morgan

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Meeka Kates – “Closure” http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/05/meeka-kates-closure/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/05/meeka-kates-closure/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 23:11:07 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15291
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Philadelphia based artist, Meeka Kates, just released his newest track titled “Closure”. As a singer, songwriter, and producer, Kates’ proves his talent in all three of these musical pursuits with this track. This track features a unique amalgamation of afro-soul and electro-funk mixed with a bit of hip-hop. Not only is “Closure” a testament to this producer’s skills as a musician, but it also speaks for his mature taste and elegant understanding of composition.

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TOO FRESH: Timbah – Flow Poke EP http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/05/too-fresh-timbah-flow-poke-ep/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/05/too-fresh-timbah-flow-poke-ep/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:25:06 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15287
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We just got word that Nottingham resident, Timbah, will be releasing his second EP titled Flow Poke this month. With all the dope new music that has been coming our way over the past few months, this EP is definitely one of the most noteworthy compositions that we have heard yet. Upon first listen, one could say that Flow Poke is primarily a trap-style album. With closer examination, however, we can hear influences that spans the gamut of contemporary UK electronica. The second track, “Thunder Clacks”, boasts a masterful combination of head-banging bass and dirty hip-hop vocals. To sum up in one word the true essence of this entire album, it seems only fitting to describe it as raw. Flow Poke is available for pre-order on Bandcamp and is due for release on February 10th via Bad Taste Records.

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VIDEO: Fabolous ft. Jeremih – “Thim Slick” http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/03/video-fabolous-ft-jeremih-thim-slick/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/02/03/video-fabolous-ft-jeremih-thim-slick/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 20:52:38 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15276
Thim Slick

MTV Jams blessed our Friday with a fresh video from Fabolous, whose Soul Tape 3 has been on heavy rotation over here. The video for “Thim Slick” celebrates our favorite track on the mixtape with a couple of thin + thick women in New York City that seem to get Jeremih every time. Download the Soul Tape 3 on DatPiff for free right here.

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Rumtum – “Ruby Dime” http://dippedindollars.com/2014/01/31/rumtum-ruby-dime/ http://dippedindollars.com/2014/01/31/rumtum-ruby-dime/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:21:47 +0000 http://dippedindollars.com/?p=15252
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DID homie, Rumtum, just sent over his latest track “Ruby Dime“. With wood percussions, nondescript vocals, tranquil synths, and drizzling textures, this tune creates natural soundscapes with ethereal harmonies. Within these sounds, however, exists something magical, like the first time you see a bright, clear sky after a stormy week. Or, perhaps the sounds are more akin to a serene walk through the rain forest. Either way, this track is imaginative and emotionally robust. “Ruby Dime” is out now via 1320 Records.

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