redbull, red bull, academy

It’s that season for everyone-and-their-mom to apply to the Red Bull Music Academy. I think I’ve seen 4 instagrams of applications in my social feed in the last 48hrs. If you’ve been hiding under a rock, Redbull [yes the energy beverage] created the most prestigious and sought-after moving music academy of collaborative and informational music sessions around the globe on a yearly basis. Last year it took place in New York and the 2014 season is in Tokyo. One of the products of the sessions is a compilation of tracks made in-studio during those weeks by participants.

If your brain likes the experimental cutting edge and you are interested in perhaps, having an idea of where music is headed artistically, then checking into the recordings titled “Various Assets – Not For Sale” is an exciting exploratory sonic venture for ya. Put your ‘I don’t know what I’m gonna hear’ ears on and give the 30 tracks a twirl. Now with the 2013 session, I don’t know if New York was super distracting as a host city or the guest lecturers were the focus for participants? You are going to be digging through lots of quasi-complete bleeps and blurps to find gold like RnB track “Threshold” by Louis Baker, Kid Smpl, Orlando Volcano [ne Orquesta] & Branko,  and synth-ritch “JA” by Distal, Cabaal and Jameszoo. “Wide Open” by AnnaLove features Louis Baker is giving lots of drifty Bon Iver vibes. Dam Funk was up in there and crafted “No More Love”. “Care”, with it’s rolling 808’s is a dance Tokyo fantasy by Astroboyz and Rafik.

Obviously NYC did leave an impression on the music makers, Andre Laos, De La Montagne and Somepoe with “1$ Slice”.. an ode to the food that fuels the entire metropolis.


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