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!

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Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Get Your Tickets for ForeverGlow III: FutureHype ft. Bro Safari

ForeverGlow III is the third and final installment of the popular Binghamton, NY party uniting the Southern Tier through dance music. We’re blowing the doors off this one by moving the event to the Broome County Memorial Arena and bringing in Bro Safari to make sure that the turnout will be turnt up!

Tickets for ForeverGlow III: FutureHype ft. Bro Safari being held at the Broome County Memorial Arena on 9/6 are now available via Ticketmaster! You can pick up the tickets in person at the Ticketmaster Box Office at the Broome County Memorial Arena at 1 Stuart St. in Binghamton, NY to avoid the online fees or head on over to the Ticketmaster link below in order to purchase your tickets.


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Rustie x AC Slater at Webster Hall 7.25 [Photo Gallery]

When Rustie takes to the decks at Webster Hall, you know what follows will be special. Joined by veteran bass pedelar AC Slater, these two absolutely destroyed the decks in the East Village at the end of the July and our photographer Ryan Schoenherr was there to capture all the madness! Check the full album out on our Facebook page!

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Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Porter Robinson Conquers WORLDS [Album Review]

It is immediately apparent to listeners as soon as the record starts that the 57:54 journey through Porter Robinson’s WORLDS is unlike anything out right now. The debut album from the NC native, which feels like M83 and MGMT fell in love with Dragonball Z and EDC, is one of the most complete and refreshing electronic music projects to come out this year as public opinion continues to sour regarding “EDM”. Having already proven his prowess as a dance music producer capable of crafting some of the most detailed, complex and beautiful tracks to grace festival stages since dance music’s explosion, the thoughtful lyrics and immersive songwriting present on WORLDS are a refreshing break of attention from finding the “BIGGESET DROP or harping over the merits of a producer’s sound design. Instead, Porter Robinson launches listeners into WORLDS of their own.

Porter Robinson Conquers WORLDS [Album Review]

From top to bottom, the rollout for WORLDS was nothing if not precise. Making it clear that this upcoming project was not an album of dance music starting with Sea of Voices as the first single, the vocaloid ballad Sad Machine hit the net next followed by collaboration with Urban Cone in Lionhearted. The tracks received the imminent onslaught of remixes with highlights coming from Giraffage, RAC, Anamanaguchi, Arty as well as Maxx & EJ.

The lack of waveforms in the NPR player forces the listener to actually listen to the song, rather than skipping to biggest portion of each waveform as SoundCloud listeners (myself included) are guilty of doing from time to time. With a project that is as thought out as WORLDS, it makes a huge difference that you actually take an hour to sit down and listen through the project in order; each song has a purpose in the context & order of the album, which can certainly explain why it was streamed on NPR as one single 57:54 track. WORLDS is more of an album with an overall aesthetic and narrative with a noticable focus on songwriting and production quality than a dance mix compilation that some electronic albums happen to turn into. It is certainly safe to say that with all of the thought that has gone into WORLDS, the live show is going to be an experience unlike anything we’ve seen (or heard) before.


Porter makes the kind of music that inspires you to push yourself and and celebrate all of the beautifully quirky things that make up who you are. The self-awareness shown by removing himself from the environment which he felt was limiting him in order to craft a lane distinctly his own is something that everyone should take note of and apply to their own lives whether it pertains to music or not. The album is vulnerable where it needs to be, defiant in others, loud and vast all over and everything that I would’ve hoped it would be.

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Edit: i didn’t bother cleaning this up because i personally thought it conveyed the train of thought i was going through listening to each song. also try and turn “flaming lips kinda ish” into proper english…so here it is

Written by: @randymcrandell

SoundCloud Surfing: Madeon

I have a feeling there is about to be a beautiful new wave of electronic music coming out. While, the “EDM” community suffocates itself out with David Guetta at Tomorrowworld memes, “festival bangers”, baes, thots, and all that stuff, dance music’s biggest influencers like Madeon, Dillon Francis and Porter Robinson are all sitting on new albums, just waiting for the perfect time to have their music heard. Madeon happened to tweet that today marks a year since his masterpiece Technicolor was released and that got me go digging through his SoundCloud; you should too.

I started following Madeon once FITA posted his track Icarus; a funky throwback to the french house of Daft Punk and hte followup Shuriken. He has put out remixes of The Killers, deadmau5 and his remix of The Night Out by Martin Solvieg is a ubiquitous jam. Some of those older tracks have free downloads so browse the playlist and enjoy!

SoundCloud Surfing: Madeon

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Bro Safari is Bringing the Bass to Binghamton

The bass will be booming in Binghamton at the Broome County Memorial Arena this September 6th when producer/DJ Bro Safari headlines ForeverGlow III as a part of the first ever EmpireFest in Downtown Binghamton. Thrown by local hip-hop and R&B radio hub 93.3 WJOB in association with the Broome County Urban League and ThatNewJam Presents, Bro Safari will be joined by a host of local Binghamton DJ staples from Binghamton University and the surrounding area. Keep it locked here for the final lineup and set times for the third and final ForeverGlow as well as the first annual EmpireFest.


Bro Safari is a self-described “VETERAN BASS PEDDLER” and I don’t think you could put it more succinctly. After coming to prominence in electronic music as 1/3 of the drum’n’bass group Evol Intent through the 2000’s, Bro Safari has released some of the rowdiest records of the last decade with unbelievable originals and contributing to masterpieces like the Moombahton Forever compilation with production partner UFO!, remixes of heavyweights like Sub Focus or doing remixes with the man Diplo and Major Lazer.

ForeverGlow III FutureHype ft Bro Safari

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

Snails – SNAILEDIT! Mix Vol.1 “Coming To America”

Montréal based producer, Snails, dropped a glorious, banger-filled bomb on us yesterday, with the release of SNAILEDIT! Mix Vol.1 “Coming To America”, a half hour mix, full of unreleased tracks. This mix is crazy, guys. For real. With almost 70 thousand plays in a day, it’s safe to say I’m not the only one who’s impressed. After scouring the tracklist, and getting sad after finding over a dozen tracks without title/artist tags, it’s pretty cool to note that Snails will be uncovering these details in due time. ID Artist Names will be revealed at 100k plays, and ID Track Names will be revealed every 25k after that. In other words, get listening people!

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Written By: @jizzyfra | @thatnewjam

Event Preview: Rustie + AC Slater @ Webster Hall 7.25

Those unfamliar with the stylings of Rustie will be in for an amazing surprise when they go to Webster Hall this Friday 7.25, where the Scottish producer will be taking to the decks alongside big-time Brooklyn Bass producer AC Slater and Webster Hall staples Alex English & rekLES. Having long been considered one of the standouts in an increasingly homogeneous “EDM” landscape, his fluid production style invokes as much movement on the dance floor as it does sonically. Rustie’s 2011 release Glass Swords on Warp Records (also home to Hudson Project) received high praise from Pitchfork and Adidas ad placements and he’s done collaborations with the likes of Pusha T and AlunaGeorge. Check out this video of him mixing live on vinyl at The Boiler Room in 2012 if you want an idea of what you’re in for.

AC Slater has been a staple of sweaty New York clubs for the last 10 years and as the head honcho of the Trouble & Bass and founder of Party Like Us Records, he has crafted a dark and gritty world all his own. Opening for Rustie, he’s absolutely have the crowd ready to go by the time his set is done with favorites like his song Sidewinder, and remixes of David Heartbreak and Motez.

Be sure to grab your tickets here so that you don’t miss out on the craziness and be sure to keep an eye out for Ryan running round Webster Hall to capture the night!

Rustie Webster Hall

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

ThatNewJamFM 016: Luzcid Takeover

This mix with trap titan LUZCID has been forever in the making and after throwing down in the latest KDrew Remix Competition and not getting the top slot, he’s come out swinging with a full hour long takeover of ThatNewJamFM. Filled with over an hour of booming 808s, unreleased tracks, personal remixes, and everything from Schoolboy Q to Bro Safari or Grandtheft, this mix has everything you need to turn all the way up past 10. Be sure to check the full tracklist below and jam on!


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ThatNewJamFM 016: Luzcid Takeover

ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ ThatNewJamFM Track Listing:
Eprom – Hurricane
Drbblz x Tovr – Hit Em’ (LUZCID Remix)
MUST DIE! & Mantis – Culture (Original Mix)
Laxx – Step Two (Original Mix)
EPTIC – Space Cats (Original Mix)
Zomboy – Terror Squad
LUZCID x Ruxell – UFO
Tinie Tempah – Trampoline (prod. Diplo) feat. 2 Chainz
El. Train & Twinztrack – Hold It Down
TroyBoi – FYI
Bro Safari x UFO! – Zombies (Big Wild Remix)
LUZCID – Explicit
LUZCID x Cymbol 303 – Step Up (Unreleased)
Originais Do Samba – Falador Passa Mal (808 Surdo Edit)
Moody Good – Hotplate (ALESIA Remix)
Jason Derulo Ft.Snoop Dogg-Wiggle (8Er$ Remix)
Rich Homie Quan – Type of Way (MAYHEM EDIT)
Eprom – Lost Levels (LUZCID’s Togetherness Edit)
Jordan Strange & EP – Mirrors
Alex Young & Jeremih – SWTRWTHRSX (Basscamp Boot)
Schoolboy Q – Californication
Diskord – Freak
Drake – 0 to 100 (Grandtheft Bootleg)
JIbbs – Chain Hang Low (Bearsohmy Remix)
Sage The Gemini – Gas Pedal (Arnold Remix)
LUZCID – Booty Drop
Ape Drums – Bashment (Original Mix)
Dillion Francis – I.D.G.A.F.O.S.
Journeyman – Sidewinder
A Rocky – Wild for the Night (Dog Blood Remix)
Sensproof – Running Away
Frequency & Jade Blue – Lately (Vox Mix)
D!RTY AUD!O – Drop That A$$
Big Chocolate – Based Fire
LUZCID – Drank (Unreleased)
Heroes x Villian – Flex
Fredde Le Grand & DI-RECT – Where We Belong (Zomboy Remix)
Zomboy – Raptor (SKisM & LAXX Remix)
K Drew – Last Train to Paradise (LUZCID Remix)

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam

[TNJ Premiere] The Blancos – Lock Me Away

Another week, another strong release from The Blancos, the indie grunge duo out of New York City who embody the dark and grungy bravado that comes from being a part of the big city. There’s something about how they combine the darker elements of hip-hop, indie, dub, grunge, blues, and so many others to form this special sound that’s entirely theirs. We premiered their latest menacing single Say Goodnight last week and this week we’re back with their newest release Lock Me Away. B1 & B2 already went North-of-the-Wall and played shows at Canadian Music Week this summer and are headlining their first NYC show Saturday 8/16 at Pianos which you can check out here. Be sure to check the links and the free download courtesy of as we explore alternatives to SoundCloud.

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The Blancos – Lock Me Away

Written by: @randymcrandell | @thatnewjam