RÜFÜS DU SOL‘s freshmen LP was one for the books, an artistic expression rivaled by few in 2014, which is why when new sounds started popping up I was curious to see what another trip around the sun would yield for the boys from down under. ATLAS was simple, cool, and sun drenched. A statement piece that tipped the scales in favor of live electronic over DJ sets. So how do they follow up their first look? With a nine minute masterpiece that exudes maturity across the board. “Innerbloom” is a living breathing song that shifts and blends and morphs into an actualized blossoming of the mind, body, and soul. It’s real, they’re back, and we’re all ears…
DJ Dodger Stadium are back with a brand new track + visuals to suit and the result is another smash hit for the forward thinking Body High label heads. The simplicity of the vocal tracking on DJDS records is what strikes me as so refined, (thanks Jerome LOL) and you can really feel the idea become a song in that regard. “You don’t have to be alone,” starts out as just words and becomes a feeling invoked sonically through progressive piano riffs and mind bending synth stretches complete with sporadic yet well placed percussive patterns (thanks Samo Sound Boy). It’s intrinsic in its nature, something we first heard from their debut LP and is more refined in their second run at production.
The visuals complete the package with courtesy of Directors Daniel Pappas and Nick Walker. Pappas is responsible for a majority of the visual treatment from “Friend Of Mine” and is complimented by Walker’s portfolio of video work for FKA Twigs, Beyonce, and Freddie Gibbs. I’m sure there are a lot of interpretations available as well as people who would say I’m thinking too much, but for me, the video represents a sense of disconnect from the city/suburban life and a reunion with the primordial relationships we developed with Mother Earth and others who cherish it’s sacred nature. Also, it could just be some dogs having a bomb ass day. Either way, the message is clear, you don’t have to be alone.
After a month of anticipation since this anthem debuted on Radio 1, Russ Chimes has leaked the full version on his Soundcloud. The timing of this release is perfect as it is sure to be the cut to kickstart your weekend spirit and take you exactly where you need to go after a long week. At first listen it seems like a very basic track, but that’s because Russ Chimes has stripped it down to the bare essentials. The vocals electrify the bouncing bass line while the four on the floor beat takes you home. Set to be released on Deconstruction/Columbia Records April 29th, it represents his first moves in 2013 following up his hit single “Back 2 You” in 2012.