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kademlia on 03/20/2014 at 12:30AM

Ain’t No Love: Tears of Joy

Ain't No Love: Tears of Joy

Ain’t music produced better than with love?

This probably is the mantra of rising urban group Ain’t No Love, which, after wowing indie music fans with slicker-than-slick tunes via their self-titled EP, returns to FrostClick and FrostWire with a slightly moody yet incredibly delicious Tears of Joy.

Spreading their trademark “renegade pop” to audiences of other crowd-pleasers such as Iggy Azalea, Steve Aoki, and Calvin Harris, you bet your judgmental auditory senses that Saidah, Beanz, and 1990 aren’t amateurs – something that over 116,500 downloads of their first FrostWire feature Ain’t No Love EP can definitely attest to.

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kademlia on 02/05/2014 at 11:00PM

Hi-Rez: Product of My Environment

Hi-Rez: Product of My Environment

If you’re hoping to kick off 2014 with attitude, a fresh rap record might just do the trick.

Of course, FrostClick already has a collection in mind. That would be Hi-Rez‘s fifth and latest mixtape, Product of My Environment, which brims with a bravado and authenticity that we rarely see from urban releases nowadays. What gives?

Having went through an “extreme rough patch” for the past couple of years, the rapper has used his music as a sounding board to all his problems, resulting on a record that’s both heavily personal and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek at the same time.

Take the opening track, "Brandon Clark", for example. It boasts early 2000′s arrangement, bold lyrics, and crisp beats that easily puts it along the leagues of the catchiest hip-hop singles of the period. (50 Cent? Eminem?) You know, a period when songs actually had sense reading along a more relaxed path are the songs “Lifted” and “Love & Fear“, talking about the beauty of life and striving hard to achieve your goals.

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hip-hop, rap
studio11 on 01/22/2014 at 02:01AM

Steve Anderson - Late Night Girl

Steve Anderson - Late Night Girl (Studio 11 Classics)

As a major contributor to the Studio 11 music engineering team, Steve Anderson has also found time to produce his own collection of top notch tunes. Not only does Steve have a fabulous voice, he is a consumate musical producer as well. Of the innovative collections that Steve has produced, his album "Late Night Girl" best sums up his vocal abilities and production skills.

We caught up with Steve for a brief interview covering music life and music making in the same

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studio11 on 12/10/2013 at 08:12PM

Studio 11 Free Beats Archive Volume 3 - Studio 11 Crew Offers Up More Free Beat Treats!

By Alex Gross

Late this year, Studio 11 welcomed veteran engineer Kris Anderson to the crew at Studio 11. Experienced in numerous genres of music, Kris has an exceptional knack for whippin' up thick slamming hip hop beats. I spent many a late night up at Studio 11 helping him to assemble this bangin' free beat set. Kris likes to work in Protools, so most of the beats are rooted from the Protools sequencer and soft synths.

Thumbing through the tracks, "City Scene" has a playful rotating synth and deep island bass sounds. "Military Green" hits hard with a refreshing upbeat clap sound that drives the track. "Shoulder Gold" kicks in with deep bass drive and lush synths yielding a refreshing feel good vibe. "Vunk" hits real nice with an opening marimba sound and some splashy synth runs. "Safety Pins" opens with a bombastic bass and upbeat winding synths. "Striped Umbrella" features a hard driving sensitive vibe highlighted by a soft electric keyboard melody. "Super Swanky" dives deep with a lush pad and a wide pulsing drum sound. "Outfit Game" features huge drums and a funky off beat key comp. "Zillion" lands with a sinister vibe highlighted by huge synth stabs. And lastly, "Plush Toys" features a playful harmomelodic soundset and thick 808 drums.

This is a great mood set for video instrumentals or the basis of vocal arrangements!

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beats, rap, hip hop, instrumentals
studio11 on 12/10/2013 at 07:51PM

Studio 11 Free Beats Archive Volume 1- Classic Beats From T.V.'s 'Change Of Heart" Show And More...

As part of the first offering in Studio 11's free beats series we've dug up a selection of beats from our library which happened to appear on Warner Telepictures classic "Change Of Heart" show and other shows in that time. Cleaning out the studio has never been an easy task for us here at Studio 11. In addition to mounds of paper work from days long gone by, we have hard drives and disks filled with droves of material ranging from dance music to hip hop. Seeing that some of the material may have seen its best days, we found no better solution to offer the free beats up via the Free Music Archive and Creative Commons to ensure their lasting enjoyment! In this collection you will find a series of beats that were made in a hip hop tone as backing tracks for television circa early 2000's. You may notice most of the tracks are shorter and tend to "kick" right in. This is preferred amongst video editors for more efficient cuing. The first track "Naturally Smooth" appears on the old production cue sheet above - which we managed to come across while evicting years of paperwork! Fear not! there is more to come...

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