Song / Video of the Day: Ásgeir – Unbound
March 9, 2017 by riotwashere in Music, Song of the Day

“Unbound” by Ásgeir has been doing the rounds at Riot HQ for quite a few weeks now – giving it enough staying power for us to want to share with the rest of the world.  A glitchy, mellow and futuristic sounding song with absolutely stunning falsetto vocals that simply melt in your mouth, “Unbound” is the perfect level of eclectic weirdness that we adore. The beautifully shot and unique video deals in an unknown virtual reality world, where the subjects are able to express their deepest and darkest desires, through a futuristic virtual reality lens.  Throughout the film we watch multiple storylines intertwine, hooking us in right from the beginning until the last note rings out. We’ve been following Ásgeir and his work for many years – it just keeps getting better and better.  We advise everyone that loves this go back and check out more of Ásgeir’s work as it is sure to cleanse your musical palette. Click play and enjoy the magic.

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Song / Video of the Day: Wennink – Dissolve

“Dissolve” has been haunting me for a few weeks now.  Every time that sombre piano hits after the initial glitch, I find my mood instantly resets. I give sole focus to the song every single time.  I mean hell, “Dissolve” made me get on here and write this, that’s the power within it. It’s stunning, clever, thought provoking and pulls you into another dimension, where only you and the song exist for a moment. “Dissolve” makes me reflect on me and my day, rather than focusing on anyone else or even the song itself (and the intricacies contained within it) – it’s happy to just take me on a journey.  So my day huh? Today, I got the Santa Cruz blue hand with the mouth inside it tattooed on me and it looks rad, I worked all day (still am) and I’m currently waiting on the second burrito from Essex Taco in the Lower East Side on busy Friday night, within one hour, because it was that divine – I also just got called to check I actually wanted the second burrito!  It’s the first time Seamless and I have done express re-order and it’s dangerous. I was going to just put “Dissolve” up as […]

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Song / Video of the Day: “Half Below” by TEPR

We’re always on the look out for a good track to work too. If you get the right song, where you just can’t help but jive with it, then you’re golden. You’re inspired, your ass is moving back and forth in the seat – you’re just generally far more happy with your current situation because of that song. Well “Half Below” by TEPR is our latest “song to work to” gem that we discovered and just can’t get enough of. We were so inspired in fact that we also put together some of our own imagery inspired by listening to the song on loop. We recommend you listen to the song a bunch of times before actually moving on to the video at all. Fall in love with the song first and the video gives you this awesome addition to something you weren’t sure could get better. The song version is 5:55 in length, whereas the video version is just a minuscule 2:14 – although it packs a massive punch in that short time with some fantastic inspiring visuals that are unique, well done and funny (our favorite being the skull kitting himself with his bones as if he is […]

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The Greatest Playlist Of All Time #1 Q3 2016

In case you haven’t noticed, at RIOT we absolutely adore music – in case our amazing sister site AltSounds didn’t make you already realize this! It’s our favorite medium for art, no other art form can place you back to a time in your life where you can fully picture and see a whole scene in your head, simply thanks to a certain song that brings it all flooding back. As such, we’re listening to music almost all of the time; in the background as we work, while we walk, skate, cycle, drive, party. Of the thousands of songs we listen to every single month, there are some that stand out from the crowd. The ones that make you skip back instantly and listen again and again and again like a drug habit you can’t kick. These best of the bunch songs are rare though, sometimes very rare with only one coming to us over a two week period, other weeks there might be a few. At the start of July we decided to start putting together a playlist every quarter aptly titled “The Greatest Playlist Of All Time” because, well, it is! We decided on doing one a quarter […]

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Song Of The Day: Kate Tempest – Europe Is Lost
September 13, 2016 by riotwashere in Music, Song of the Day

“Europe is Lost” is Kate Tempest’s protest to the world’s current state of affairs through her lens. It’s an instant hook for anyone listening, with hats tipping towards Cypress Hill in the beat, while Kate spits rhymes with absolute style and lyrical prowess driven by her fantastic British accent. She paints a vivid picture of her world, her take on immigration, the police, selfie culture, life on the weekend in her hometown and many other relevant topics. Her rhymes are relentless and, while she focuses on her close locale, she discusses the bigger picture of the world. “Europe is Lost” challenges a plethora of issues which we’re always a fan of, whether we agree with the content or not (the immigrant / patriotism mentions for example). We’d rather have someone state their thoughts and opinions freely, than suffer the blatant censorship we see all around us. A challenging one for sure, but well worth giving it time.

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Song Of The Day: M83 – Do It, Try It
September 7, 2016 by riotwashere in Music, Song of the Day

This is a perfectly odd song. It begins with a weird chant that keeps telling you to “Do It” and “Try It” over a very cool 90s sounding piano straight out of the Euro Dance era. After a brief verse the chorus drops perfectly and turns into some molly filled warehouse rave anthem before switching to a sweeney synth solo, that follows with the most fun and bounciest bass sound we have potentially ever heard! We honesty don’t know how M83 keeps creating such amazing movie inspired musical masterpieces. You can literally put their music under any edit and it will look better because of it! We also decided to embed the awesomely weird animated talking dog head version M83 has on his Youtube that was created by blør because, well, who doesn’t like a singing dog head in space?

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Video Of The Day: Moderat – Reminder
September 6, 2016 by riotwashere in Film, Video of the Day

I fell IN LOVE with this song very quickly. I went from listening to it once, to listening to it during a whole random drive I was on. I had left Downtown LA and was looking for some cool coastal roads to drive on. Highway 1 didn’t let me down going up through Malibu and Ventura and then cutting back through the mountains back to Downtown LA. “Reminder” by Moderat was the first song that came on when I started my drive and I literally kept repeating the song this whole drive. Trust me, it doesn’t get old. I’m even listening to it for the 1,000,000th time as I write this to truly capture the art that is “Reminder.” All of this love and I haven’t gotten to the video yet which takes an already incredible piece of art and makes it even better. The video is a very slick, video game looking black and white animation. Directed very well and with a clean, crisp look the film depicts a rebellious teenager that slaves away in a dystopian world, harvesting crystals from a vast grey landscape. This sparkling bounty is given as an offering to a tribal deity, who resides […]

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Video Of The Day: Ages – Chances feat. Johannes Eder
September 5, 2016 by riotwashere in Film, Video of the Day

The xx originated that, modern echoey, ethereal guitar tone that they always use but when “Chances” starts you would swear you were about to listen to a The xx track. Not the case though, this song doesn’t go that way at all, Ages end up using it in a more dance music oriented way that works much better in practice than my description sounds. When the four on the floor comes in it does so subtly but when the chorus drops “Chances” becomes some weird anthemic, chilled out dance track with a half time beat that I get goosebumps for. There’s all sorts of cool sounds in this from the heavy snare to the weird glitch rolls and sounds in the background. This song is for the “boy racer” in all of us, pop “Chances” on the sound system and drive through your local high street like a king! Then of course we have the video, an absolutely epic visual adventure, with the use of very cool alpha and luma masks. Sadly I can’t find any information about who directed, created or produced the video which is a shame as we always like to follow the best talent out there […]

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Video Of The Day: Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers – Voodoo in my Blood
September 4, 2016 by riotwashere in Film, Video of the Day

Massive Attack are, without question our favorite band of all time. No other band has made such art with their music in the modern era. They put packages together that incorporate art, music and film altogether in one epic whole. It’s no surprise then that, according to GQ that Robert “3D’ Del Naja might actually be Banksy detailing how Banksy artwork pops up in cities that Massive Attack also happen to be playing in. It wouldn’t surprise us, that one of the most elusive and original artists of modern times in Banksy is connected to the ever radical Massive Attack. Who knows? Still, it’s food for thought. Digression aside, above we’re featuring our video of the day “Voodoo in my Blood: by Massive Attack and featuring Young Fathers. The whole video takes place in a city walkway underpass it starts off ominous with our lead, the awesome Rosamund Pike – who kills her performance in this for the record. You can clearly tell the woman in the film is scared, of what becomes clear when a weird 3D flying object comes into the scene. From there you see an awesome performance of 3D renderings alongside live video and this is […]

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Song Of The Day: E1sbar – Televisual
September 3, 2016 by riotwashere in Music, Song of the Day

E1sbar is completely new to us but, if “Televisual” is anything to go by, I have a feeling we’re going to be huge fans of everything they do. “Televisual” totally surprised us. When that first chorus hits around the 1 minute mark we were completely blown away and hooked, it’s probably one of the coolest transitory changes we’ve heard in a while, completely altering the vibe of the song, getting your whole body grooving instead of the verse’s “I’m in a dream” feel. E1sbar’s vocal tone is very dreamy and beautiful with the echo, reverb and delays playing off each other perfectly leading you into a trance and then with a weird synth sound you’re back into that groovy chorus and back in the moment. It’s a very cool journey and a must to listen to when you are creating something that needs a bit of a split personality vibe.

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