"The trio of Dylan McIntosh (drums), Tripp Bains (bass) and Curtis Sloane (guitar) hit the ground running, offering an immediate dance party aroma that left few feet unmoved."
Chris Clark, Relix


"BLVD is a key player in the emerging livetronica scene, and they have the momentum and style to stand out from the pack of bands trying to find their place in this emergent genre."
Nick Boeka, JamBase.com



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Album Review:
Music For People

November 11, 2008

It's often hard to say when an artist crosses that threshold from obscurity and into having "made it." Getting major radio play? Sure. Playing sold out crowds at A-list venues? Oh yeah. Hearing your song on a commercial for a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show? Well, maybe.

Livetronica act BLVD stands at this ambiguous crossroads with its fourth album "Music For People," on the verge of more widespread recognition just as they have diversified their sound by adding a full-time MC to their three-man line-up. The original trio consisted of Tripp Bains on bass, Dylan McIntosh on drums, and Curtis Sloane on electric guitar, with the latter two doing behind-the-boards work as well. Colorado resident Souleye is the newest element in the mix, contributing his raps to all but one of the album's ten tracks and shaking up the group's already unwieldy mix of genres. The new direction appears to suit them, though, with CBS taking notice and using their song "Stamina" to promote their winter underwear extravaganza. Whether or not the Moby path to fame by ad music succeeds in making them a household name, it's as good an introduction as any to a group whose sound is actually adding something new to the increasingly entrenched style laws of hip hop.
Emilee Woods
www.RapReviews.com


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Album Review:
Music For People

October 15, 2008

The recent addition of skillful linguist MC Souleye and San Francisco's livetronica three-piece, BLVD, has served up some new beats to fill out the group's ever-evolving musical palette. Their fourth release, Music for People, finally catalogs this union of sounds that many fans have been witnessing live over the last year-and-a-half. Feeling the groove, Souleye combines his conscious wordsmithing and fast-paced flows with the soundscapes painted by beats (Dylan McIntosh), thick, deep bass (Tripp Bains), heavily effected guitar canvases (Curtis Sloane), and intelligent programming. When combined, these elements produced a series of tracks where each can stand on its own legs. The album itself is almost arranged and presented this way, as there aren't a lot of common transitions from song-to-song, as on previous albums.

If there is something to be said about a band that wants to reinvent itself, exploring new horizons of musical exploration and breaking through the common barriers that hold many groups back, then one could speak for a long while about what the new BLVD has produced with these cuts. McIntosh and company have come up with tracks like "Music is Medicine" and "Sounds of BLVD," which combine elements of their familiar electronic sounds infused with the trip-hop style of Souleye's vocal rhymes.
Nick Boeka
www.JamBase.com


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September 25, 2008

I checked this CD out at the local station - I was intrigued by the cartoonish cover art. What was inside was altogether not childish. The album contains some really cool beats. I would describe them as bouncy but that wouldn't convey the sophistication or depth of what these guys do. Almost reminiscent of the last instrumental Beastie Boys show I saw but with more energy and more edge. I've gotten a couple records from live electronic groups lately and they seem to all have unique angles on the genre. BLVD's take comes from the hip hop world with MC Souleye lending his talents to the groups latest record. I don't listen to much hip hop but I really enjoyed Souleyes work on this record, it never overpowers the rest of the band and gives the album more of a "band" feel. These guys must put on one funky ass show. You can almost feel a crowd bouncing to the bombastic beats on this album. The closest their coming to the Lou is Arkansas though so you'll have to wait until next time to dance your asses off.

Stand out tracks include Music is a Medicine and my favorite, Stamina. The record drops on October 7th so do yourselves a favor and check out the band here or soon on KDHX 88.1
Couer d'Azure
www.couerdazure.com

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September 17, 2008

I've always found it refreshing when an artist decides to take a new direction that demonstrates growth while building on what they've already accomplished. Abandoning the warm blanket of what is comfortable and expected, this latest effort from San Francisco-based BLVD departs from their previous work with the addition of MC Souleye taking the mic. Spawned from an impromptu 2007 performance, the collaboration has yielded some interesting work.

In the past, BLVD has provided a steady stream of live instrumental electronica. Their previous albums are a marriage of the acoustic and electronic featuring deep grooves and clever composition reminiscent of the decidedly more electronic Crystal Method.

With Music For People, BLVD has taken their digital and analog alchemy to a new place with the addition rap vocals. What began as pure freestyle has evolved into written words that at their best meld seamlessly with the music.

The album eases the listener in with "108 Rose Petals" before really picking up intensity on "Music is a Medicine". The band returns to their sans vocal form with "LIT", laying a down a relaxed groove and then exploring. "Come Along" provides the listener with some of the most well defined hooks on the album without crossing the line into pop-sillyness. In fact the whole album is remarkable with its infectious grooves and general catchiness without ever really losing its hip quality. Music For People ends in strong fashion with the up-tempo "Alignment" and the appropriately named closing track "Time's Up".

On this album BLVD has infused organic energy into an electronic world. That's no easy feat considering the frequently barren wasteland of disposable electronic music a listener can walk through on any given day. If you've never heard BLVD before, Music For People is a great place to start. At the same time, established fans of BLVD will be satisfied as the band has added a compelling element but remained true to what has made their music work in the past.
Noah Small - MuzikReviews.com Contributor
www.MuzikReviews.com


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September 15, 2008

Musical fusion, and the line-crossing of genres is increasingly becoming more common, as innovative musicians are consistently growing weary of their respective boxes, and music lovers are constantly craving something new to grace the palettes of their ears. Well, BLVD should be added to that special fold. A collaborative group consisting of an instrumental trio from San Francisco and MC Souleye from Colorado, BLVD creates hip-hop flavored, live, rock induced electronica (if that makes any sense at all).

Music For People, the new album by BLVD, definitely shines in the way of seamless music merging. Songs like "108 Rose Petals," "Stamina," and "Music is a Medicine," all highlight the groups ability to blend a bass heavy, pulsing electronic sound with live, fuzz guitar riffs and crash cymbals, all complimented by MC Souleye's b-boy cadence.

But it's not just Souleye's flow that compliments the group. It's also what he rhymes about. Songs like "Attachment," which addresses the excessive want for things, and "Moments Away," a number encouraging us all to live, and to never hesitate, are all illustrations of Souleye's thoughtfulness. He pens lyrics that resonate as much as the booming bass.
Jason Reynolds
OkayPlayer.com


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September 12, 2008

BLVD is the marriage of Colorado's MC Souleye and San Francisco electronic mavens BLVD. The trio has become four as MC Souleye ads his rhythmic poetry to BLVD's breaktronic sound. Music For People, BLVD's groundbreaking debut will be available on September 29, 2008. If you want to be on the forefront of a new musical experience, this is the place to start.

Recorded live in studio, Music For People captures the energy of a live show. You can't help moving to this music. Even the rhythm challenged will be moved by BLVD. Music For People is party music, or feel good music, or workout music, or whatever you want it to be. It's lyrically safe for young rap fans (parents will approve). Highlights include 108 Rose Petals, Stamina, Sounds Of Blvd and Alignment. The messages throughout are positive, the music is bright and energetic, and the band itself is more than just samples.

BLVD is a talented concatenation including MC Souleye, Dylan McIntosh (Drums/samples), Tripp Bains (Bass) and Curtis Sloane (Electric Guitar/samples). Music For People is just different enough and full of sufficient talent to make a dent in urban and pop radio. Don't be surprised if you hear a lot more of this band in the coming months.
Wildy
wildysworld.blogspot.com
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September 4, 2008

Genre bending electro hip hop for those who think young and have the energy to shake it all night long accordingly. Truth? The hot, young accountant or lawyer that's bleary eyed at your morning meeting was out until 4 in the morning bopping to this, not looking at your file. Get her a Red Bull and an Urban Detox and make your move, with this as the soundtrack.
Midwest Record Recap
www.midwestrecord.com

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Show Review:
Music For People CD Release - Slim's SF, CA
September 27, 2008


Some of the benefits of human nature and forward thinking at work, when it comes to musicians, often translates to better experiences for their fans and extends their possibilities into new areas. These experiences can come in the form of a new sound or approach when writing songs. It can be additional team members, adding to what they have built, or it can be a completely new lineup centered around a leading member or core group. Sometimes it can even be a member leaving the group to pursue a solo career. Any of these angles can produce success, and when it comes to San Francisco's BLVD, the group has put their forward thinking into practice and have captured their efforts with their new album, Music for People (read the review here), just released on October 7. The album really promotes their new sound and solidifies MC Souleye's position as the fourth member of the band.
Nick Boeka
JamBase.com


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Show Review:
Crimson C - Seattle, WA
April 24, 2008


Last Thursday I showed up to Midtempo Madness at the new Pioneer Square nightclub Crimson C at 10PM, my normal time of arrival, being the total nerd of the club scene and all. I fully expected to, like usual, be the first one on the dance floor and get the party going. Pushing my way past the smokers outside to the heart of the club, I realized that this party didn't need me to get it going- the dance floor was already packed! It had started like wildfire with NoiseMaker on the decks and this was no ease-into-it night: to my thrill, everyone was getting down. My purpose in life is to get people to get down, on the dance floor or otherwise, but this crowd, with a stellar female presence, needed no help from me at all. The sheer excitement for the lineup had everyone buzzing and smiling and dancing, club nerd one and all.
Shilo Urban
Written for CultureMob.com


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Show Review:
Slims - San Francisco, CA
Feb 28, 2008


The SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco hosts a multitude of warehouse clubs, bars and party spaces that tend to go unnoticed by those who wander the streets during the day. But, when the sun goes down and the lights start to flicker, the area comes alive to a wide range of events that often run till morning. On this evening, Slim's was hustling and bustling with a long line of fans, friends and partiers forming down the block to experience an eclectic evening featuring a movie premier, DJs and San Francisco's hottest emerging livetronica talent, BLVD.
Nick Boeka
Jambase
www.Jambase.com


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Show Review:
Steamboat Springs, CO
Feb. 2, 2008

A Major Talent from Steamboat Springs will be returning home with a few friends this weekend (Sat Feb 2nd as MC Souleye and BLVD take the stage at Mahogany Ridge for a world class dance party.
David Caddell
The Local - Noise you need


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Show Review:
Missoula, MT
May 2007


Music can't make you into a super suave secret agent. But BLVD can sure make you feel like one.
A trio from San Francisco, Calif, BLVD plays slick electro-rock - groovy guitar licks and steady drumming served on a bed of funked up syncopated bass lines. This glitchy high energy house music could just as easily fuel a parkourdrenched chase scene as an all-eyes-on-you strut from one end of the club to the other.
On their album, Before We See the Sun, BLVD splits their sound between dirtier rock tracks - still heavily indebted to electronics - and glassy discotheque fodder. Live, they tend more toward the latter sound, dulling the higher faculties into submission with a neck-stretching Zoolander vibe that reaches down to the brain's mammalian stations. On BLVD's current tour, however, Colorado's MC Souleye aims to re-engage the cerebellum with freestyle rhymes that he'll be adding to the mix on the spur of the moment.
So whether a secret agent glide or jungle boogie, BLVD delivers a soundtrack for stylish existence.
Jason Wiener
Missoula Independent - Style Track


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Show Review:
"Burning Up The Breaks"
June 8, 2007


The last time Steamboat Springs fans looked into the lyrical vision of Souleye, the freestyle rapper was laying down rhymes on top of jazz and funk.
This time around, Souleye is rhyming with a different kind of sound that is guaranteed to get the Mahogany Ridge music scene strutting Saturday night.
"We play live house and breaks - it's live, dance-driven electronica," said Dylan McIntosh of BLVD, a three-person band that has played across the West since 2002. "That's what we strive for in our shows, is to make sure everybody is getting down."
Mike Lawrence
Steamboat Pilot
www.SteamboatPilot.com


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Show Review:
"Oddballers"
Jan. 3, 2007


It's almost 2 a.m. on a recent Wednesday night and the crowd at Mighty has distilled down to the hardcores. A holiday party for a local culture Web site has drawn a schizo smattering of dress styles, musical preferences, and income brackets that ebbs and flows as the evening turns. The tucked-in, after-work crowd was injected with a fashionista vibe early on, which took on a weird, scruffy Burning Man flavor around midnight. By now, jerking to bass-heavy house rhythms and twirling in front of the speaker stacks, the only ones left are the enraptured dancers from each contingent. That's exactly how BLVD, the band onstage that's moving the room, likes it.
Jonathan Zwickel
SF Weekly
www.SFWeekly.com


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"Hip-hop homecoming MC Souleye joins BLVD for first show back in the 'Boat"
October 3, 2008

Steamboat Springs In the past two weeks, MC Souleye has rehearsed more with his band than he has in the past two years.

After trying to maintain their musical relationship long-distance, Souleye born Mario Treadway moved to San Francisco in September to join longtime collaborating trio BLVD in its hometown, cutting the artistic distance and diving headfirst into new material.

On Saturday, the band brings its blend of live electronica and hip-hop to Mahogany Ridge, in a mini-homecoming for the once-local emcee. Souleye talked with 4 Points about moving to the city, feeding off his surroundings and making a name in the mountains before moving on.

4 POINTS: How has your moving to San Francisco changed the dynamic of the band?

MC SOULEYE: When you get to work with a band on a day-to-day basis, you create this synergy with each other person.

And just being able to absorb and experience the city after being in Steamboat for a little more than three years Steamboat is a lot different than the city. You can do a lot more introspection, whereas here there is that inspiring creative chaos.
Margaret Hair
Steamboat Pilot

www.SteamboatPilot.com


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"MC Souleye pens lyrics"
Oct. 12, 2007


After two years of making up his lyrics on the fly, self-styled "conscious wordsmith" and Steamboat semi-resident MC Souleye is going back to write down his rhymes.
For his Saturday show at Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, Souleye (or Mario Treadway) will perform cuts from his upcoming CD, "Balance in Babylon."
Dylan McIntosh, who plays drums for the electronica troupe BLVD and is producing Souleye's new album, said having rap as part of the band was a natural fit for its beat-heavy music.
Steamboat Pilot
www.SteamboatPilot.com


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