Everything about ROOM8 is throwback in the best possible way — their sound, the way they personally describe their music, the artwork…everything. It’s like taking a ride back into the 80s on a flying keytar — soaring through the galaxy with New Wave synth riffs whizzing all around you. You’ll see what I mean in their new release out today on Win Music, teaming up with Canadian duo Electric Youth for the nostalgic A-side, “Visions Of You.” The title track is bundled up with the top notch B-side, “Geo,” and a pair of remixes from Plastic Plates and Miami Nights. Have a listen to all 4 below. √+
Viceroy is just one of the top 5 chillest dudes in the game, and my life, lately. Bespoke hawaiian shirt collection? Untouchable. Supremely ultimate vibe cultivation? Unimaginable. Custom SOL Republic cans? Inimitable. Come on mane.
Here’s his Summertime All The Time take on the Nelly classic. Boppin’, poppin’, sunshiney vibes for when you need to hop into your private #JetLife mindset towards destinations far, far away.
I used to think this song said “smell the air in the backseat with my TV.”
We love it when our pals team up and create something awesome. Solé Bicycles collaborated with Snowball, as they gear up for their unique & massive festival in Denver, to bring you a special fixtape from one of our favorite acts performing this year; Chrome Sparks. The music that Chrome Sparks has been putting out is nothing short of spectacular, layered with several mood-laced elements that have always picked us up, or better yet, put us down when we needed to chill. This tape in particular is very reminiscent of a journey through time, starting out very slow and ambient, finally stretching into a warmer flow where we can really let the music embody our soul and power our actions around mid-day. Let this tape guide you, excited to see where it takes us on our journey.
For the Tracklist, click HERE
The idea of Spring is observed around here as less of a season, and more of a feeling… it’s sunny and perfect year-round, from Santa Barbara all the way down to the border. A California-tongue-in-cheek way of saying, “Let’s wear less clothing than we do in the previous very slightly chillier months, and do you want to go ride bikes?” I believe that is exactly what my main man aRod beckons you to do with this latest installment in his now iconic SpringGlo mix series.
Five years of SpringGlo in the making, this signature of an effortlessly listenable mix features a selection of the usual choice sizzlers, as well the first Twelves remix in a bit, and a pretty righteous Todd Terje/Bryan Ferry track at the end.
If you would so kindly take up headphones and join us in chasing the sunset with a cocktail into the weekend, then yes, we would like to go ride bikes.
The trumpet player sits cross-legged front and center with a lone spotlight to illuminate his cause as the drummer keeps the beat patiently in the background. The room is dimly lit (naturally), and the clinking of ice cubes rattling around in my goblet of whiskey compliment the quiet acoustics of the space. Smoke vapor is ruminating as it dances freely in the minimal light available as the dull roar of intimate conversation comes into play. People are dancing, but not maniacally, it’s more of a lonely waltz as you wander the dance floor in an attempt to discover yourself. Head in the air, arms wide open, spinning and shuffling as the melody shifts in intensity. This escape that is offered is so meticulously calculated, from the white noise that gently makes it’s presence known in the background to the muted reverb drenched trumpet, it almost lets you know that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, because it’s exactly where it’s supposed to be. Check for Francis Harris‘ “Minutes Of Sleep” EP out on Scissor and Thread February 24th. Stream the project preview after the jump.
While the new Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” by Rogue Vogue (feat. Patrick Baker) will certainly make you boogie & fill you full of 80s nostalgia, the track evokes a more specific 80s memory for me. Cyclist’s remix conjures up the persona of some of my favorite 80s anti-heroes & reminds me of all things that made me want to be like them when I was younger. They were the type of anti-heroes who armed themselves with self-deprecating humor & absurdity who somehow always managed to be the coolest person in the room. Ridiculous & witty, always managing to get the girl & solve the case. Acting a fool but playing it cool. Not an easy thing to do. The Cyclist remix of “Until the Dawn” evokes memories of movies that starred these type of anti-heroes. Movies (with underrated soundtracks) like “Fletch” or “Real Genius”. They were playful & upbeat yet somehow mysterious & seductive.
It’s difficult for me to accept the “this song has an 80s vibe to it” generalization and just leave it at that. Sometimes specificity (even if it’s something as absurd as comparing the song to a Chevy Chase film) is the only way to let someone know that a song brings out the 80s anti-hero in them.
The “Until the Dawn” EP featuring remixes by Cyclist & BRONX is out February 6th via Kiez Beats.
Up in the mountains of Tahoe in the dead of winter, a new Tycho album came into being. With the help of Zac Brown on guitar and bass, and Rory O’Connor on drums, Tycho took his artistry to new levels as his sound was discovered. What originally was a solo project, now boasts the fortitude of a three-piece-band, and with it comes this new post-rock dreamwave sound that marks the evolution of Tycho into the present. He exclaims that this, in many ways, is the first “true” Tycho record, as he moves away from the sounds that influenced him, and more into his own. If “Montana” is more of the vibe you’re trying to catch, pre-order his new album “Awake” and wait in good company with the self titled single on the album as March 18th draws closer.
Normally when you drink Champagne it’s to celebrate, to be bubbly and vivacious, but Blackedout murders out the champagne poppin’ mentality with a downtempo spacey edit that puts a dark twist on the celebratory nectar. Letting the track breathe reveals a layered climax of pulsating spacey synths and soothing sub bass that is sure to get you twisted on the track. Following up the release of his self titled debut EP, Blackedout is making a rather mysterious name for himself, darkness being the main motif for this up and comer out of NY.
GERMANS is a Brooklyn based artists who makes moody, heartfelt breakup songs. Auxiliary tha Masterfader is a producer from The Netherlands who makes top shelf disco (he also loves heavy metal). It’s their love of smooth disco that brings the two artists together on Aux’s remix of the GERMANS song “Cruel”. Auxiliary tha Masterfader gives the song just the right amount of disco kick while still maintaining the original’s sweet, soulful + dreamy feel for a wicked blend of Dreamwave, Funk + Italo. Kickin’ some ass at 98 BPM…
There’s nothing more satisfying than when an artist rewards fans with a proper tune after a lengthy hiatus (anything longer than a few months off is considered to be lengthy according to the Blog Time Conversion Chart). Diamond Cut is a favorite artist among many blogs & his return to the remix is a welcomed one by his internet faithful.
Badboxes’ outstanding “JSMN” EP has been making the rounds over the last few months and Diamond Cut gives the title track a shiny overhaul on his brand new remix. The synths cascade and shimmer in all the right places while the woven-together, heartfelt vocals (particularly the “tell me you love me” build up) are a thing of beauty. After hearing the track you won’t be sure whether to smile or cry.
The track was released earlier this week via The Most Definitely for the low, low price of an email address. Submit that addy & float away…