Randy McRandell

The BEC Jam Jar: Week 50 of 2014

The BEC absolutely kills it.  Just a bunch of kids from Binghamton University and the surrounding area on Facebook sharing good vibes and good music all day erryday.  So much music gets posted in there and it’s easy for gems to get lost in there.  We’re gonna do a weekly wrapup of all the tracks to be posted in the Binghamton Electro Collective the previous week so that you don’t miss out on that new JAM!

The people of the Binghamton Electro Collective have provided 30 jams for you to get down to this weekend including tracks from Knife Party’s recently released album Abandon Ship, a RiFF RAFF x SNOOP DOGG collaboration, a brand new remixes of COCO from the Jersey Club King himself Trippy Turtle as well as a fully trapped out edit from Styles & Complete.  Our playlist goes one deeper with new tracks from one of my favorite up and coming producers JAUZ releasing a single alongside Borgore titled Lindsey Lohan and a remix of Warren G from Destructo and Wax Motif which personifies exactly what this G-House movement is about.  We got an ODESZA remix of Pretty Lights and a brand new single from TNJ favorite GRiZ!  


Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam


ThatNewJam.com’s November Jam Jar [95 Free Downloads + 60 Minute Mix]

We’re kicking off a new monthly feature here at TNJ where we will be wrapping up each month with a free Torrent of all of the Free Downloads we were able to grab over the previous month. It’s no secret that artists are giving out a ton of free music each and every day and sometimes it can just be downright impossible to keep up with it all. To help you get through it all, we put together a 60 minute mix each month from Randy McRandell of the best new music the past month had to offer.

November saw some incredible releases given out for free from top dogs like Kaytranada and Mr. Carmack, a downright dirty remix of Anna Lunoe’s BDD from big bad Brooklyn bass man AC Slater and the release of major projects like RL Grime’s debut album VOID. Look out for some freebies from some of TNJs favorite up & comers like Jizzy Fra, Tyler Roper and C&T, who all put out a strong string of releases throughout the month. I led off the mix with my own original production as Randy McRandell called Blips and Blams. It’s one of the first original songs I’ve started to play live and I’m excited to continue creating things to make my sets more unique.

The Jam Jar is a .zip folder of all the Free Downloads that I accumulated throughout the past month that’s available for Torrent. The following mix are just some of my favorite songs that are in there that I mixed together. Be sure to subscribe to ThatNewJamFM on SoundCloud to stay up to the minute with all the daily jams coming out daily.

Download ThatNewJam.com’s November The Jam Jar

ThatNewJam.com’s November Jam Jar Mixed by Randy McRandell

ThatNewJam.com’s November Jam Jar Track Listing:
Randy McRandell – Blips & Blams
TroyBoi – Remember
I1 – (Kaytranada x Mr. Carmack)
Porter Robinson – Flicker (Astre Remix)
Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)
Kanye West – Power (Tyler Roper Remix)
Drake – Marvin’s Room (C&T Remix)
Adventure Club – Wonder ft. The Kite String Tangle (Randy McRandell Bootleg)
The Chainsmokers – Kanye (Kanye or Nah Jizzy Fra Flip)
2 Pac – Changes (Vijay & Sofia Zlatko, Kasual Remix)
Stevie Wonder – Superstition (The Flexican & SirOJ Moom Remix)
The Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight (Topi Remix)
Tiga – Bugatti (Torren Foot Bootleg)
Jack Ü – Take Ü There (Downlow’d Remix)
Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (Jerome Price Remix)
Kiesza – Hideaway (Ben Howard Cover) Vijay & Sofia Zlatko Remix
ZHU – Paradise Awaits (FKJ Remix)
Galantis – Runaway (U & I) (Lash Remix)
Jauz – Feel The Volume
Anna Lunoe – BDD (AC Slater’s NBD Remix)
Kanye West – Deep Slaves Mercy (Someonehad2doit Remix)
Major Lazer – Come On To Me (Willy Joy Remix)
Oh Wonder – Body Gold (Louis The Child Remix)
Slow Magic – Waited 4 U (ODESZA Remix)
RL Grime – Scylla
RL Grime – Always

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Cyber Monday Limited Edition ThatNewJam Tank Top Sale

‘Tis the season and TNJ is ringing in the holidays by giving you guys a chance to get an exclusive ThatNewJam Tank Top and enter for a chance to win your very own!  We we’re selling 25 of our ThatNewJam signature tanks that need to sell by Friday 12/5 in order to be printed.  Tell a friend to tell a friend so you can make sure your ThatNewJam tank gets printed and you can rep TNJ and the JAMfam no matter where you are!  This will be the only time we print these tanks so get them while they last.  Giveaway ends at 8pm on 12/3!


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Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Kanye West – Power (Tyler Roper Remix) [TNJ Premiere]

I couldn’t be happier to be able to premiere this newest Tyler Roper remix of the Kanye West classic track ‘Power’ on TNJ.  After releasing a string of well received singles by the WAVO community including two awesome originals in Dr. Sixgun and Go After Her. He also recently came out with remixes of Drake and he even managed to make Taylor Swift sound super-dope.  Tyler has always had an incredible grasp of melodies and this latest edit is no different.  Taking the track somewhere entirely more funky, it sounds as though your flying through a groovy wormhole as Kanye West serenades you.  Kinda sorta like this.

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Kanye West – Power (Tyler Roper Remix) [TNJ Premiere]

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

PUSHER Drops Production Knowledge In YouTube Tutorial

One of my favorite new styles of music coming out is this “neon” style; think upbeat, melodic based music with really intricate rhythms and drum work.  Like complextro met hip-hop & N64.  Today I stumbled upon an incredible YouTube tutorial on some of the production points of the style using the super-powerful plugin Massive from  PUSHER, one of the producers driving this sound forward.  As someone who has used multiple YouTube tutorials from artists like Kill Paris to push my production game further, I am going to make a commitment to post up these kinds of videos as I see them.

Check out the video for 12 minutes on some nice pointers using the Massive synth including what some of the routing means and ways to augment your sound.  First starting in Massive can definitely be overwhelming, but the tutorial does a nice job of breaking everything down into its basic parts and really providing some really good insight.  You can check out his YouTube channel for more videos and some of his tracks and look below the Massive tutorial for a 17 minute one digging into ‘Leads, Chords, & Basses’.

PUSHER: Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Check Out David Heartbreak’s ‘Rose Colored Bass’ Project File on Splice

While the power players in the new digital music ecosystem like SoundCloud have begun to lose their dominance due to issues with their user interface, copyright infringement, and potential for exploitation/manipulation, new services have begun to arise to provide a better listening experience.  Enter Splice, the tech startup creating a cloud platform for music creation, collaboration and sharing.  As artists are still looking to create music while increasingly being on the road to support themselves, Splice has taken the Google Docs approach to music production by allowing artists to work in Ableton via the cloud.  This not only allows for increased collaboration between touring artists, but also provides the ability for a community to create and share music made by the creators, with the creators; something never seen before.

After releasing the full project file for Henry Fong’s original collab with J-Trick titled ‘Scream’,   Their latest product to rollout is  their Thump-premiered player shows exactly what you can do when you have access to the full artist project file like for David Heartbreak’s new footwork-inspired track ‘Rose Colored Bass’.  Open the full project on Splice’s website and you can individually solo and listen to each of the projects’ 33 channels to get a more in-depth look at the how the best-of-the-best set up their projects while also being able to break down tracks further than the one singular waveform provided by SoundCloud.  As someone who really enjoys digging into what makes up my favorite tracks, I see this as a huge utility moving forward and I can’t wait to see what else they roll out next.  You can see get the full track/project file for ‘Rose Colored Bass’ when it sees a full release on 9/1.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

This Yellow Claw Video Is Infinitely More Effective Than EZOO’s PSA

This collaboration between Yellow Claw, Diplo, LNY TNZ & Waka Flocka Flame came across my attention a couple days ago and I kinda breezed over it as another “trap banger”.  Granted, this is an absolute BANGER but at a moment when the market for ignorant turnup music is kinda saturated, I could safely say I wasn’t looking to get rowdy during my daily 11am SoundCloud binge.  Today, I came across this video with the caption “A thousand times more effective than EZOO’s PSA in my opinion…” and that was enough to catch my attention.  With harm reduction and risk management seeming to be the most likely alternative to follow the current dominating policy of feigned ignorance, anything that adds to that conversation deserves a moment.

To lead off, big ups has to go to whoever conceptualized this whole idea because it isn’t until you see the video that the message comes through.  Having Waka Flocka yelling how his “trap is going techno” is the perfect hook to serve as a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that rappers are now influenced by dance music more than ever as well as the fact that the “trap game” has switched up to cater to this new influx of “EDM”.  While the Electric Zoo public service announcement was certainly well-intentioned, the message should focus on what an enormous risk it is that you don’t know what those substances are and how they got there until you test it, not just berating the “You can have fun without drugs!” message.  The sonics of ‘Techno’ suggest a straight club banger that eventually even grows into a full hardstyle production, peep the video and follow the storyline that will change this turnup anthem into a serious warning about what you put into your body.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

How SimpleCrew Allowed Me To Construct My Own Street Team Overnight

We’re living in a kinda crazy time right now.  With the ability to learn or do anything being just one YouTube tutorial or Google search away, people are now able to do infinitely more things than ever before with no formal “training”.  This past summer, myself and ThatNewJam as a whole was handed an incredible opportunity in Binghamton, NY with the local hip-hop station 93.3 WJOB to help scale ForeverGlow, a successful series of local events into an event to be held at the Broome County Memorial Arena, with a capacity of 2200 people.  Having a bunch of experience working as a freelance production assistant with my brother armed me with the basic understanding of how events work but this was the first time I was ever intimately involved with the planning and execution of an event from top to bottom.  SimpleCrew was one of the most powerful reasons that ThatNewJam was able to assist 93.3 WJOB in doing what had to be done in order to make ForeverGlow III: FutureHype ft. Bro Safari the successful event that it was with over 1400 tickets sold.

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One of the most worrisome parts of the entire experience was how I was going to be able to effectively organize a team of students from Binghamton University to spread flyers, hold locations of our mobile ticketing office (Pop Up Shops), and spread the word about the event on social media.  The sheer amount of communication could stand to be overwhelming  and I couldn’t imagine that I would be able to hold all of these people who are helping out accountable with the assignments.  It can very easily become “Take these fliers and put them around” and your street team member shakes your hand, turns the corner and dumps the stack of flyers in the trash.

With it’s in-app assignment/email system, picture uploading option for easy collection of visual content related to your promotion and the geo-tagging features, SimpleCrew was one of the most powerful reasons that ThatNewJam was able to assist 93.3 WJOB in doing what had to be done in order to make ForeverGlow III: FutureHype ft. Bro Safari the successful event that it was with over 1400 tickets sold.  As my experience in live event production and coordination grows, many things will change but the one thing I can absolutely assure is that SimpleCrew will continue to be the way that I organize promotional teams.

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Is 2014 The Year of the SoundCloud Collective?

Let’s face it; in 2014, no one knows what they’re doing. Aside from the people that are in the super elite class of things, those that are currently successful were generally either early or lucky. Major labels are struggling to find a viable formula to meet their insane profit margins and independently released artists like Macklemore, Mac Miller and others have proven that there is a realistic path to superstardom without a major label record deal (major label distribution helps, of course). An important thing happened when SoundCloud introduced its repost feature however, as users could instantly skyrocket the reach of their tracks and as with all innovations, certain entities have looked to capitalize on the feature’s potential.

There are people making positive movements in the space and this feature has spawned some incredible collectives of artists who house themselves under a collective, effectively creating a new-age label. These aren’t the kind of “labels” that shell out 6 figure advances to record in Paris, but they’re combined promotion and exposure is enough to sell tickets to shows, drive interest and create a living for these artists as they hone their craft. Below are some of my favorite collectives out right now, let me know in the comments if I missed any!

Point Point: https://soundcloud.com/pointpoint

Moving Castle: https://soundcloud.com/movingcastle

Flow-Fi: https://soundcloud.com/flowfi

Hegemon: https://soundcloud.com/hegemon

Milkwave: https://soundcloud.com/milkwave

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam