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Mix Mondays
Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.
His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

Mix Mondays

Abstract Youth (aka Aywy) is a 21 year old producer from Sydney, Australia (Australians are on FIRE right now) and a master at the future bass vibe. Expect hints of R&B, hip-hop, soul influences in many of his original tracks - not to mention in his sultry reworks.

His characteristic steamy, soulful, whispery style might actually dull those Monday blues.

Check out his mix for Represent FM. 

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Artist Spotlight: LE1F
To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 
Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday. 
Brace yourselves.

Artist Spotlight: LE1F

To describe New York native rapper and producer Le1f (Khalif Diouf) as anything less than prolific would be a huge misconception. Like his music, Le1f personality is forward and raw, which has set off ripples in the hip hop community. His 2013 mixtape Fly Zone received accolade for its unorthodox sound, clever lyricism and "sassy eye-rolls", only to be followed by Tree House, a tape infused with genre bending tracks that incorporate dance, R&B and rap all into one. This year he signed to Terrible Records / XL Recordings and and promptly dropped his Hey EP in March. It was sick. A self-proclaimed “black belt in twerk-wondo”, he’s not only a talented rapper but INCREDIBLE dancer. 

Don’t miss his show in the Quad at 12:30 on Saturday.

Brace yourselves.

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Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI
When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here. 

Artist Spotlight: SAINT PEPSI

When you listen to Saint Pepsi's music, close your eye's and try to not imagine yourself transported to a disco floor in the 70's. It's IMPOSSIBLE. With samples and inspiration drawing from funk to R&B, his production is infectious. Check out some of his work below including his newest project Gin City. Make sure to not miss his set in the Quad for fling at 12:40 on Saturday! RSVP to the event here

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Sub Focus - Close (Grandtheft Remix)
The Mad Decent Block Party line up came out today, and any music lover can appreciate the eclectic and exciting collection of artists that will be joining the legendary Diplo on this continent-wide tour. Some notable performers include artists that Jazz and Grooves have brought to campus over the last two years (Flume, RJD2 and Kaytranada are all making appearances), and it’s impossible to ignore the huge names like Outkast and JackU, the new side project of Skrillex and Diplo, that are coming along for the ride as well. Check out this mix by Mad Decent’s own Grandtheft, and get your tickets for the Philly stop of this incredible tour (8/08) while you still can! 

Sub Focus - Close (Grandtheft Remix)

The Mad Decent Block Party line up came out today, and any music lover can appreciate the eclectic and exciting collection of artists that will be joining the legendary Diplo on this continent-wide tour. Some notable performers include artists that Jazz and Grooves have brought to campus over the last two years (Flume, RJD2 and Kaytranada are all making appearances), and it’s impossible to ignore the huge names like Outkast and JackUthe new side project of Skrillex and Diplo, that are coming along for the ride as well. Check out this mix by Mad Decent’s own Grandtheft, and get your tickets for the Philly stop of this incredible tour (8/08) while you still can! 

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Artist Spotlight: OBERHOFER
While he may not be from SoCal or Florida, Brad Oberhofer is bringing surf rock back to life in Brooklyn. His band plays his simple, summery and nostalgic tunes with a touch of northeastern angst. Oberhofer has toured alongside Matt & Kim, Sleigh Bells, The Morning Benders, and Neon Indian. We can’t wait for all the energy, dance-punk, and reverb that Oberhofer will definitely be bringing to the quad this fling. RSVP to the event here.

Artist Spotlight: OBERHOFER

While he may not be from SoCal or Florida, Brad Oberhofer is bringing surf rock back to life in Brooklyn. His band plays his simple, summery and nostalgic tunes with a touch of northeastern angst. Oberhofer has toured alongside Matt & KimSleigh BellsThe Morning Benders, and Neon Indian. We can’t wait for all the energy, dance-punk, and reverb that Oberhofer will definitely be bringing to the quad this fling. RSVP to the event here.

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Jesse Boykins III - Live in Me 

The intro draws you in. Then Boykins' gorgeous vocals saturate an already soulful melody. This Machinedrum-produced song exits with the horns. What more can your ears want??

The album Love Apparatus is set to release on April 14th, I can’t wait. 

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Evil NeedleBack to the 90s 

Huh What and Where Recordings, an LA-based label that’s quickly becoming a household name (in my house), has a roster that never seems to disappoint. On this mix, french producer Evil Needle ties some of the best underground hip hop tracks of the 90s into a exceedingly listenable set. Any fans of rap history or beat music should definitely plan this 40 minute mix into their schedule. It would pair perfectly with summertime, slow-motion cruising in a fresh convertible. Not that I would know what that’s like…

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Pat Lok - Move Slow feat. Kaeyae (GANZ Remix)
I have been obsessively anticipating this remix after GANZ’s label BMKLTSCH RCRDS put out a tantalizing snippet early this week. The original track by Vancouver’s Pat Lok featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kaeyae Alo was fire, but GANZ takes those soppy synth loops and DESTROYS. He’s been busy releasing some fantastic remixes lately, which are definitely worth your ear attention. 

Pat Lok - Move Slow feat. Kaeyae (GANZ Remix)

I have been obsessively anticipating this remix after GANZ’s label BMKLTSCH RCRDS put out a tantalizing snippet early this week. The original track by Vancouver’s Pat Lok featuring the gorgeous vocals of Kaeyae Alo was fire, but GANZ takes those soppy synth loops and DESTROYS. He’s been busy releasing some fantastic remixes lately, which are definitely worth your ear attention. 

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Artist Spotlight- Com Truise
Com Truise (AKA Seth Haley) is definitely an odd name. At a glance, you might wonder whether a guy who takes his alias from a spoonerism of the famous scientologist actor really takes himself seriously. Don’t be fooled, though—Haley knows his way around the electronic music scene. He started out living in New York and New Jersey working as an art director until starting to make music himself within the last three years.
How would one characterize Com Truise’s sound? Sometimes fun, other times nostalgic. Usually both. Always experimental. He’s known for a distinctly retro style harkening back to the 80s, and his hard, post-house approach to electronica is unmistakable (he did start out as a drum-n-bass DJ, after all). He marks his diverse collection of works with glowing synths and old school drums, creating a texture that languishes between contemplative and current. Everything in his music is active and vibrant, and while some tracks are more straightforward than others, he always manages to keep your attention—no one could accuse him of being generic. We can’t wait to feature him at our upcoming show.
Check out his newest release, Wave 1 EP, below. RSVP to the show here, and get your tickets here! 

Artist Spotlight- Com Truise

Com Truise (AKA Seth Haley) is definitely an odd name. At a glance, you might wonder whether a guy who takes his alias from a spoonerism of the famous scientologist actor really takes himself seriously. Don’t be fooled, though—Haley knows his way around the electronic music scene. He started out living in New York and New Jersey working as an art director until starting to make music himself within the last three years.

How would one characterize Com Truise’s sound? Sometimes fun, other times nostalgic. Usually both. Always experimental. He’s known for a distinctly retro style harkening back to the 80s, and his hard, post-house approach to electronica is unmistakable (he did start out as a drum-n-bass DJ, after all). He marks his diverse collection of works with glowing synths and old school drums, creating a texture that languishes between contemplative and current. Everything in his music is active and vibrant, and while some tracks are more straightforward than others, he always manages to keep your attention—no one could accuse him of being generic. We can’t wait to feature him at our upcoming show.

Check out his newest release, Wave 1 EP, below. RSVP to the show here, and get your tickets here

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Artist Spotlight: TOBACCO
    PSYCHEDELIC: This word conjures up a lot of images.  Fractals, bright colors, general “weird shit”- but what about psychedelic music?  The 60s and 70s saw the heyday of psychedelic rock.  Musicians used guitars and flanger pedals to create these aesthetics, but we live in the 21st century.  How do we approach this aesthetic in this day and age?  Tom Fec (aka Tobacco) is the frontman of one of the most important neopsychedelic acts of our age, but his solo material is where the truly modern approach to psychedelia comes out.  Armed with crunchy analog synths, tape machines, and his signature vocoder, Tobacco aims to take the airy, psychedelic sound of the synthesizer and put it through a type of hip-hop meat grinder.  His music switches between the danceable and the contemplative, sometimes both (see "Grape Aerosmith" featuring none other than indie god Beck).  His first album Fucked Up Friends illustrated this dichotomy clearly, while his second record Maniac Meat was even more rhythmic and drum-centric.  His new record Ultima II Massage promises to be even sleazier in its execution, proven by his new single “Eruption (Gonna Get My Haircut at the End of the Summer)”.  With a simple setup and an arsenal of tracks, his set this Friday is sure to make you dance, sweat, sing, and possibly think about living in the woods with your spirit animal for a couple of years. Check below for some of his tunes. RSVP to the show here. Get tickets here. 

Artist Spotlight: TOBACCO

    PSYCHEDELIC: This word conjures up a lot of images.  Fractals, bright colors, general “weird shit”- but what about psychedelic music?  The 60s and 70s saw the heyday of psychedelic rock.  Musicians used guitars and flanger pedals to create these aesthetics, but we live in the 21st century.  How do we approach this aesthetic in this day and age?  Tom Fec (aka Tobacco) is the frontman of one of the most important neopsychedelic acts of our age, but his solo material is where the truly modern approach to psychedelia comes out.  Armed with crunchy analog synths, tape machines, and his signature vocoder, Tobacco aims to take the airy, psychedelic sound of the synthesizer and put it through a type of hip-hop meat grinder.  His music switches between the danceable and the contemplative, sometimes both (see "Grape Aerosmith" featuring none other than indie god Beck).  His first album Fucked Up Friends illustrated this dichotomy clearly, while his second record Maniac Meat was even more rhythmic and drum-centric.  His new record Ultima II Massage promises to be even sleazier in its execution, proven by his new single “Eruption (Gonna Get My Haircut at the End of the Summer)”.  With a simple setup and an arsenal of tracks, his set this Friday is sure to make you dance, sweat, sing, and possibly think about living in the woods with your spirit animal for a couple of years. Check below for some of his tunes. RSVP to the show here. Get tickets here

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What: Jazz & Grooves is proud to announce the second show of Spring 2014, Com Truise and Tobacco with Blackedout!! 
When: Friday, March 28th 2014
Where: The Arch (3601 Locust Walk)
How Much: $5 in advance// $10 at the door. Buy tickets here or on Locust walk starting March 24th. RSVP to the event here. Check out some of the music below and look out for the Artist Spotlights coming soon!


What: Jazz & Grooves is proud to announce the second show of Spring 2014, Com Truise and Tobacco with Blackedout!! 

When: Friday, March 28th 2014

Where: The Arch (3601 Locust Walk)

How Much: $5 in advance// $10 at the door. Buy tickets here or on Locust walk starting March 24th. RSVP to the event here. Check out some of the music below and look out for the Artist Spotlights coming soon!

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Snoop Dogg - Beautiful (feat. Pharrell & Charlie Wilson)
Snoop Dogg Lion surprised the world last fall when he announced YET AGAIN he would be changing his name to… Snoopzilla. [If you missed the public service announcement and his subsequent groove-laden, 808 thumpin album with Dam Funk, please pause your life and listen here.] Anyways, since I’ve been missing the old Snoop D oh double G as much as I’ve missed warm weather, I thought I’d revive some summertime vibes with one of his signature tracks. Produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell + Chad Hugo), the song became a 2003 summer anthem.
This is dedicated to those of you who believe spring break was one massive tease and desperately want this snow nonsense to end.   


 

Snoop Dogg - Beautiful (feat. Pharrell & Charlie Wilson)

Snoop Dogg Lion surprised the world last fall when he announced YET AGAIN he would be changing his name to… Snoopzilla. [If you missed the public service announcement and his subsequent groove-laden, 808 thumpin album with Dam Funk, please pause your life and listen here.] Anyways, since I’ve been missing the old Snoop D oh double G as much as I’ve missed warm weather, I thought I’d revive some summertime vibes with one of his signature tracks. Produced by The Neptunes (Pharrell + Chad Hugo), the song became a 2003 summer anthem.

This is dedicated to those of you who believe spring break was one massive tease and desperately want this snow nonsense to end.   

 

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BADBADNOTGOOD — Can’t Leave The Night
Get excited. BBNG is back with this new track, a tasteful reminder about their upcoming album, III. Their style is still developing, breaking away from their older albums as their jazz influence increasingly melds with predominant trap and hip-hop sympathies.  

BADBADNOTGOODCan’t Leave The Night

Get excited. BBNG is back with this new track, a tasteful reminder about their upcoming album, III. Their style is still developing, breaking away from their older albums as their jazz influence increasingly melds with predominant trap and hip-hop sympathies.  

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James Blake & Chance The Rapper – Save Yourself First
Just when we thought that their collaboration on “Life Round Here” couldn’t get sweeter, this duo releases an early demo of the song. According to Chance, James Blake never liked the original verse from this version. It just goes to show that this perfectionist is not too far off from perfection. Take a listen for yourself.

James Blake & Chance The Rapper – Save Yourself First

Just when we thought that their collaboration on “Life Round Here” couldn’t get sweeter, this duo releases an early demo of the song. According to Chance, James Blake never liked the original verse from this version. It just goes to show that this perfectionist is not too far off from perfection. Take a listen for yourself.

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Atlas Genius - If So (Magic Man Remix)
When one psychedelic band puts their spin on a classic summer anthem, let’s just say enchanting things happen. Maybe you have already heard the synth-filled songs of Fling opener Magic Man before, but if you still are procrastinating like a typical Penn student, here’s the band’s take on Atlas Genius's single from their breakthrough album, When It Was Now. You now have 25 days to determine if you believe in magic.  

Atlas Genius - If So (Magic Man Remix)

When one psychedelic band puts their spin on a classic summer anthem, let’s just say enchanting things happen. Maybe you have already heard the synth-filled songs of Fling opener Magic Man before, but if you still are procrastinating like a typical Penn student, here’s the band’s take on Atlas Genius's single from their breakthrough album, When It Was Now. You now have 25 days to determine if you believe in magic.  

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