Jukely + fanum - The Skins by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

The Skins are bad-ass. 

Mirroring the vibe of UK grunge, The Skins will make you wanna button up your shirt, throw on an acid washed jacket, cover yourself in glitter and spend the night dancing. This band is a juicy escalation of fire that feeds off the raw energy of the crowd. 

The Skins are a Brooklyn based, five-member group, ages 18-25, and are the most refreshing group I've experienced thus far at The Bowery Electric. Bold statement, I know. They are hard, aggressive, yet mystifying and up a proper dose of bass and rap-punk funkadelic pop. Their sound all together sounds like Lion Babe, Miguel, and Missy Elliott threw a basement block party. 

The crowd that followed The Skins to the Bowery Electric reflected the dynamic roots of the band. You could see big groups of friends dancing, screaming, and riding the beat. Each member of this band had a relatable, raw energy. 

Grab your friends, and throw down with The Skins and their explosive collision of music and art. Also, check out their debut EP, "With My People"! It's one of the most versatile EPs I've hard so far in 2017.  

Want to experience The Skins, and other bands, live? Jukely's got you covered.

 

Signed Artist - SZA by Eric Lum

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The lovely, the beautiful, SZA! Already an industry veteran being on the TDE team for a while, SZA has stepped out of her shell and has continued her rise. 

SZA was added to fanum all the way back in August of 2014 (!!) by our Tastemaker Aquaus. In June of 2017, SZA released her debut, major label album 'CTRL', with much success. 

SZA popped off on the scene with her incredibly well written song 'Love Galore'. (Now certified platinum). This was a slow burner with music lovers simply recommending that they need to hear SZA's new track. 

The last project SZA released was back in 2014 with her EP 'Z'. Suffering from anxiety, SZA commonly talks about severe writer's block after the release.  Greatest cure for writer's block, according to SZA? Mushrooms! After mediation and a revealing use of mushrooms SZA was able to resolve the anxiety and give us the beautiful sound that can be heard on 'CTRL'. 

Takin' names and writing music that empowers women, SZA is an authentic Artists that hopefully keeps pushing that good stuff. Now signed to RCA Records, we can come close to guaranteeing some more RnB/Soul hits.  

Jukely + fanum.fm - TroyBoi by Eric Lum

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TroyBoi's electrifying Left Is Right Tour debuted this weekend with fellow Mad Decent producers Slumberjack and Grandtheft. The show featured six hours of non-stop music and out of this world performances.

Side note - Cannot continue without warm thanks to Jukely. Being able to enter the Palladium in Hollywood on a guest list felt like straight VIP status! 

Slumberjack, a duo from Australia, opened up the tour. The last track of their set, 'Enigma' was closely followed by Grandtheft as they kept the energy going as the night drew on. It was the perfect escalation of tempo leading up to the main act. 

The huge grand ballroom of the Palladium set a great stage for the production Troyboi brings along with his performances. Some accompaniments to Troyboi's set include a four piece string quartet, aerial silk acrobats, krump dancers, and technicolor vortex mandala graphics. 

The crowd was clearly there for Troyboi, and at 1 AM, we were in peak hype mode for the set. Troyboi's style is undeniably unique and sends you into what I like to call the 'Troyboi Trance'. His hypnotizing, experimental, trap sound slays the speakers with some his collaborations with Stookie Sound and SoundSnobz leaving the entire crowd either dropping low, climbing on shoulders or crowd surfing. 

I cannot wait to see what's next for Troyboi. I highly suggest checking out his new album and newest music video to get a taste of his tender, trap vibes. 

Want to check out Troyboi as he stops in your hometown? Jukely's got you covered. 

Tastemaker Pro - Sam Nelson by Eric Lum

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Reminiscing on Sam Nelson's past Artist Referrals feels like a classic album. Spotting acts way before they sky rocket the charts is a common occurrence amongst her artist line up. 

Remember the craze Maggie Rogers brought up last year? Yeah, Sam added her as soon as the world saw her singing to Pharrell. Now Maggie is selling out festivals all around the globe. You know how Cardi B is shocking EVERYONE right now with her track 'Bodack Yellow'? Yeah, Sam could feel the success coming off of Cardi's first mixtape with her track 'Foreva'. 

Other acts Sam has added include D.R.A.M. who first killed it with 'Cha Cha' and then with 'Broccoli' and KYLE who recently killed it with his track 'iSpy'. Other artists who have charted include Jack Garratt,  A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Dreezy

Some other Artists who are buzzin' right now include Kevin Abstract with his boy band group BROCKHAMPTON, Tink who has been taken under the wing by Timbaland himself, and SKEPTA who has started a whole new musical movement over in England.

To get a full taste of Sam Nelson's artist adds, do not hesitate to press shuffle on the playlist below!  

Jukely + fanum.fm - Freelance by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

The genre-bending group Freelance premiered at Piano’s bar and music venue this past week. This tight-knit harmonious group are close friends who met at Berkeley College of Music. Their sound jazzed up Piano’s back room with good vibes, inspirational and jazzy tracks.

The whole set was playful and interactive - reminding us to lift our spirits. The six person group started off the night with some soul with tracks like “Your Love” which was reminiscent of a young Stevie Wonder and had some funk sprinkled in the mix. The closer of the night was a slow, bold cover of “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe, which melted the entire crowd.

Freelance’s new and progressive sound reflects this need and drive to raise awareness around political and spiritual issues. Their sound is driven by this fact and they do it all with some relatable, danceable tracks and live performances, making it all the more effective.

The group has a planned studio album release this year, so make sure to check out the sound, lifestyle and movement of Freelance!

Want to check out Freelance live and other groups like 'em? Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Distortion Music Festival - Copenhagen by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

June hits, the sun emerges, and the street parties commence in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is time for the annual Distortion Street Party and Music Festival - a Northern European oasis in the form of street parties, mainstage events and elaborately themed acts.

Attracting up to 100,000 people a day, Distortion acts as a pop-up festival that parades its way into trendy Copenhagen neighborhoods throughout the week. The week features live DJ sets, drumming, fusion jazz, hip-hop and is mostly free so you can soak up the feels from noon till sunset. 

After the street parties, head for the outdoor mainstage which sends booming bass tracks through the corridors of Copenhagen. This year's 2017 set featured headliners such as Grandtheft and RiFF RAFF. The show ended around midnight and did not stop there. The clubs around the plaza opened their doors after the performance to begin the after parties which lasted until sunrise. Throughout the weekdays - this pattern repeats. 

Finally, the weekend hits and it's time for the full blown boutique music festival. The location is enclosed by graffiti covered shipping containers featuring five different stages - the Royal Container Stage, RedBull Music Academy, Dancing Man Are, Truck Stage and the Tekno Tunnel. With live art installations, chill out zones, and even a crane hung disco ball, you are sure to find the right BPM. 

The festival features a wide range of genres from hip hop, to dance hall to Berlin House. As you make your way through the giant clouds of marijuana, you see that Distortion's atmosphere is not like anything else. It was like getting a taste of Denmark's musical melting pot in the form of organized chaos. What's better than that?

The feelings around Distortion is flourishing with non-violent camaraderie, love, friendship and lots of broken bottles. I mean, people are shacking up on 6-packs of Royal faster than I can figure out where I parked my bike. This festival takes over the city during this week time frame. Deals on food and alcohol are thriving. No joke - not a frown or fight in site. Whether you are sailing the bike lanes at top speed to catch the next mainstage act or adventuring through Tivoli, this festival is one to put on your 'Must See' list.

Jukely + fanum.fm - Zeke Beats by Eric Lum

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Author - Arisa Olazabal

Experimental bass producer and scratch King, Zeke Beats, recently made his debut at the Knitting Factory in NYC. A sick venue that acts as a full time bar in the front, and a bass room in the back.

His opener, Ruvlo, set the stage for an energetic night. He blasted everything from hardstyle to drum and bass including a Kill the Noise to Daft Punk remix that got everyone hotting. 

Before Zeke Beats pronounced his excitement for playing the show, the analog and synth wizard showed us his extreme scratching talent. He did everything from spins to under the knee tricks on the crossfader - much like an experienced disc jokey.

Zeke Beats is quickly building a name for himself on this North American Tour. Make sure to take a trip to his galactic bass sound adventure via his new EP Dispatch! 

Want to check out Zeke Beats on his North American Tour? Jukely's got you covered. 

 

Tastemaker Pro - Yo Fu by Eric Lum

Our Tastemaker Yo Fu is straight valid. Her music recommendations are unpredictable yet reliable - the perfect combination for sniffing out the next big Artist. 

On a genre spectrum, Yo Fu hits a wide range of marks. One of her specialties? Women Powerhouses. Some of her female finds include George Maple, Christine and the Queens, Niia, Olivia O'Brien, Sampa The Great, Sophie Meiers, and I could go on. 

Yo also seems to have an affinity for detecting great beat makers and producers. She doesn't limit musical talent to just the vocal level. Yo dives down deep into the production quality, which takes a SOLID ear. 

Yo Fu has added some now HUGE acts way before their careers took off including - Khalid whose debut single 'Location' reached all the way up to #16 on the Hot 100, Amine whose song 'Caroline' reached all the way up to #11 on the Top Hot, Christine and the Queens whose music is charting internationally, and Olivia O'Brien whose feature with gnash 'i hate u, i love u' is certified platinum.

These are just some of the acts that have charted to date. Check out the playlist below for a comprehensive listen into Yo Fu's taste and sound, and be on the lookout for any of these Artists hitting it big.

Make sure to follow Yo Fu's fanum.fm profile to stay updated on the Artists Yo Fu endorses next!