Maybe it was all the great bands at Coachella this past weekend, or maybe it’s the sweltering heat that’s found its way back to Southern California but by golly gosh it’s getting too damn hot for house music. We’ve decided to beat the heat with an early Summer edition of our Too Hot 4 House Music series featuring plenty of indie, alternative, rock, and some blues to keep you feeling cool and collected. Big ups to SoCal’s own Burger Records for some strong recent releases and shoutout to Black Pistol Fire and Dreaming Bull for tracks that have stood the test of time. The second half settles more in the indie, folk, singer/songwriter realm with additions from City & Colour, RY X, and Julien Baker as well as some R&B from JMSN and rising star Anderson Paak.
Ever since Louis Futon won me over at Coachella earlier this year, I’ve been keeping an eye on him. In the midst of several Gallant remixes, he surfaced with his own take on “Weight In Gold,” and he executed his rendition to perfection. On his remix, Louis Futon uses creative interplay between the song’s main elements and Gallant’s soulful vocals for a unique, R&B-tinged number that’s still getting love after hundreds of thousands of plays. Enjoy above and stay tuned for more outstanding tunes from Louis Futon.
Vibe cultivator Gallant has seen a plethora of remixes on his new single “Weight In Gold” – and this new flip from On Planets is literally holds it weight with a melodic downtempo groove and even a live horn section. No more talking, just baby making. Press play.
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As soulful bass music continues to infiltrate dance music, several vocalists are making their way into the limelight, and one of which is New York’s midnight. His debut EP, XII Labors, is due out this August, and this new single, “Baptize,” is the first taste of the release. With YLXR’s melodic beat, midnight keeps things silky, as his R&B croons perfectly complement the crisp production and low-end heavy atmospheres. Listen above and grab the limited free download here.
If you’re in the need for something outside of the typical dance music monotony, this new tune from a promising, emerging vocalist, Janelle Kroll, should do the trick. Her latest single, “Numb,” hypnotizes with its shadowy textures, gentle guitar strums, trip-hop-esque vibe, and downtempo rhythm that’s just the right speed for Kroll’s expressive and emotive vocals to shine through to the fullest extent. Enjoy/download the tune below and don’t miss Janelle Kroll opening for Marian Hill at Rough Trade in Brooklyn on 4/22, and at Lollapalooza.
It’s always nice to slow things down a bit. Alina Baraz & Galimatias know this all too well, and have been blowing minds with this last release. This sex pot of a track is called “Can I,” and might be the most sensuous track you hear all week. Ethereal vocals and an almost-haunting sample asking to “undress you” transform this track into a little something extra. Alina Baraz & Galimatias absolutely smashed this one, it’s available on the 28th to cop.
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Los Angeles’ SIVIK is an artist who’s vision is to create music without boundaries. His airy tone and candid lyrics combine with the melodic, alternative, beat-ridden music to create a sonically diverse sound. Beginning initially with the song “High,” be on the look out for additional releases from SIVIK in the near future.
“‘High’ is about the beginning stages of attraction and lust when you first meet someone you’re into,” SIVIK says. “The following songs that will be released in this collection will describe what happens next….so look for that!”
Our man Figgy puts the booty in bootleg on his remix of “Often” by The Weeknd. It’s not often that an artist can take a track by The Weeknd & sex it up more than it already is. But Figgy is more than up for the challenge & handles his business with flair by layering the Radiohead classic “Everything In Its Right Place” over the sleazy R&B sounds of The Weeknd. The result is a charged up, double dose of raw energy that will surely have the dance floor dripping in sex.
Out now via Cut & Dry Records.
In case you missed it, we premiered the track last month on our 4th annual Holidaze Mix:
Roche Musique continues to lead the charge in cutting edge electronic music with their latest release from Luxembourg artist Cherokee. With a roster that already includes artists like FKJ & Darius, Roche Musique are no strangers to seductive funk. Cherokee’s new track (the title track from his upcoming EP) “Teenage Fantasy” is another lesson in the art of seductive funk. With vocals by Brooklyn artist GIBBZ, “Teenage Fantasy” is sexy, soulful & filled with groove. It’s another masterpiece coming out of the new wave of modern French House.
Is there anyone out there right now delivering more phonic goodness than Pomo? Fresh off the release of one of 2014’s best EPs, “The Other Day“, Pomo is right back at it with his remix of “Supernatural” by AlunaGeorge. The remix is another round of excellence from Pomo as he leads the pack, along with Darius & FKJ, towards an exciting movement in dance music of talented, multi-instrumental artists delivering next level, cosmic, sensual Funk.