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.
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… Continue Reading
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.
Think Kavinsky meets Futurecop! meets your favorite 80s TV show theme song and you might be pretty close to Swedish producer Johan Bengtsson’s retro project, Mitch Murder. Title track, “The Touch,” is genuinely lighthearted and fun, crossing over from 80s synth work into a bit of French Touch influence; also including a big time guitar solo straight out of your dad’s record collection. B-side “Race Day” could very easily be the soundtrack to a video montage of all of your favorite beach scenes from every 80s movie you’ve ever watched, or as the PR put it, “quite possibly a contender to be the title screen music to a Wave Race 64 sequel.” Sounds awesome to me. Also included in this package out today on Mad Decent‘s Jeffree’s sub-label are two remixes of the A-side from Lifelike and Nite Sprite. Download below.
It’s been a minute since we last heard from our bud Joakim, but with this Heartbeats/Another Light release and the news that an album is coming we couldn’t be happier. The Tigersushi Label boss and DJ/Producer extraordinaire seems to have been keeping busy lately, moving to the Big Apple and setting up shop for a roll out of releases leading up to his album early next year. Check out the first two releases below and maybe catch him at a certain secret location in LA on Saturday…didn’t hear it from us!
Hit up LA’s golden child & poseidon’s schooner navigating legend, Goldroom, to combine forces with on this weeks dirt duty. I can promise funky feel-good tunes perfect for this amazing weather we’ve been graced with on the west coast. Get the sand beneath your toes and a michelada dock-side, because we’ve got 10 hand-selected jams for your listening pleasure.