“Dance All Night (feat. Lily Fangz)” by Tnertle
Before becoming enveloped with electronic dance music I was fully enamored with the jam band scene. Having seen an embarrassingly large number of Widespread Panic and Phish shows, some of my most memorable party moments were spent raging with the Athen's powerhouse, Vermont's Phinest, and other staples from that universe. Umphrey's, moe., PGroove, Galactic, Tea Leaf Green, Skydog Gyspy, the list is long.
I'm fond of the Denver funk/hip hop/electronic outfit, TNERTLE, because they satiate my desire for electronic elements AND bring that nostalgic jam vibe with their live instrumentation and guest vocalists. A lot of acts try to blend the two and can't seem to pull it off seamlessly, but not TNERTLE. While they are a newish name on the scene, they've been getting ready for their moment in the sun for over a decade and a half now. Founding members Trent (bass/producer) and Kyle (drums) met in their 7th grade jazz band. They played together in bands all the way to their senior year of high school and then attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2012, TNERTLE was formed.
Off their 2015 album, MataMata, "Dance All Night" demonstrates these integrated electronic/jam capabilities. The song kicks off with an old-school sample (unsure of the origin) and then dives into a slow groove consisting of dubby undertones, choice guitar licks, and a snappy beat. This all sets the table for the dynamic Lily Fangz to shine. Fangz real name is Lileana Krenza. Lileana in Hawaiian means goddess of flowers, and she no doubt is a goddess. That voice coupled with her ability to spit lyrics proficiently makes her a force of nature, and beauty. In short, this song is pleasant as fuck.
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To one of the realest to ever touch the mic and one of the most slept on legends. Big Proof was the light that guided my last mixtape 'I Am Headline' all the way to the end of the tunnel. I had a conversation with you in the last track that almost feels like a real memory when I look back at it. Big Proof will forever be missed. Go listen so some of his solo music if you haven't already.
Big Proof- "I ain't tryin to find no blame, or make excuses.
I figured y'all slept so long I'll wake the rooster.
I love hip-hop and just makin music
In the "8 Mile" flick I was portrayed as Future.
On the set I was due, where's the rest of my crew.
For the movie, this is truly our destiny dude
I'm like Shady is my team, maybe it's a dream.
It seems I'm bein choked like Radio Raheem."
'Slum Elementz' off his timeless album ''Searching for Jerry Garcia'