Nordrhein-Westfalen is the place that the Grandbrothers call home, and it sounds every bit as obscure as the music that they make. Focused primarily on instrumental driven compositions, these two have stumbled upon a sound to call their own. A sound that FILM (Future Is Listening Music) Records in Berlin has enjoyed enough to help the duo release their debut 12 track LP, Dilation. Unclassifiable – yet full of class, this elegant arrangement exudes a flair for life with syncopated minimalist percussive loops complete with rim shots and well placed kicks as layers of piano and background noise swell with lead strings. It’s truly something else.. have a listen.
There is something about the Winter time that makes me feel more.. sophisticated. Maybe it’s the Peacoat, maybe it’s the soul satisfying cup of coffee needed to keep warm in the early hours, or maybe it’s the music. One London based label has my admiration, and for good reason. A casual afternoon spent devouring their SoundCloud collection has led to some prolific and merciful finds. To me, it’s music that sounds like a piece of the composer was put into a given production, a piece that they might not get back but needs to be shared nonetheless. It takes a certain kind of artist to create music like that, and Erased Tape Records has managed to find a bountiful lot of them. Continue Reading
The Gorgon City guys really know how to pick em’.. Zak Abel, fresh off his recent feature on Gorgon City’s debut album (see “Unmissable”), is rearin’ to go with his latest single, “These Are The Days.” It’s jazzy with a familiar four-on-the-floor and a punchy kit to compliment as Abel’s vocals glide through the verses and glisten as the chorus hits. The attitude is there to elevate the production, but the kind that comes from reveling in the glory from another good day on earth. Get with it..
At the tender age of 19, XO has begun a budding career as a multi-faceted producer, songwriter, and DJ out of the UK. His sound, forward; his lyrics, relateable; vibes, on point. It’s exactly what I’ve come to expect out of the UK at the moment, illustrious coupled basslines with diverse percussive arrangements that accentuate the featured vocalist. For his debut EP, “Through The Night,” a three track feature takes place with a credible range of tunes from sultry sub-soul to to hustling UK garage that is reassuring for his Freshmen release. We got the chance to exchange words with XO after “Through The Night” was released on December 1st where his affinity for Justin Timberlake comes to life, his highlights from the year as a newcomer are revealed, and some possible projects for 2015 divulged.. dig in! Continue Reading
The weather is here to stay, it would seem, so you best bunker down with some stellar beats and good company. The first of which I can help you with per the latest single to be released on LA based Next Wave Records and their latest signee, Atlas Bound. With intermingling vibes from wavy synths to soul infused vocals, there’s not much else to TALK about, just listen..
“This time around, I wanted that shit to sound tough, crisp — and fucking massive,” big words from the legend Mark Ronson who’s latest album “Uptown Special” is sure to live up to the self induced hype. Enlisting a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist to assist in the lyrical division, as well as a legion of critically acclaimed musicians and talent Ronson himself drove down to Mississippi to discover/acquire will surely assist in the imminent success of this project. If you’re going to do something, you mine as well fucking do it, it would seem. Among the deep roster of talent Ronson has enlisted is Kevin Parker of Tame Impala fame, a talent which made the cut for three seperate appearances on the record. The result, as embedded below, is not quite full quality, but certainly worth the listen. It is a driving psychedelic journey with influences rooted in the American South and and post funk movements that paint a pretty heavy picture. Hear for yourself..
LA label Nite Records is back at it again with the release of Austin Frank’s dreamy Balearic ballad Move Ahead. The Miami-based producer pairs a deep, pulsing groove with syncopated drums on a dreamy sunset cruise. The young label shows no signs of stopping, adding Austin Frank’s refined international sound as the fourth release to their rapidly expanding catalog, both building momentum into 2015.
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The Venezuelan duo Fur Coat have spent the last few years climbing the rungs of the underground ladder and are firmly planted at the top. Since the release of their 2012 anthem ‘You & I‘, the duo has shifted gears from sing-along deep house tunes to chugging, techno burners as reflected by their most recent Crosstown Rebels release, U Turn. After a strong summer touring clubs like DC10 in Ibiza and Treehouse in Miami, Fur Coat gave our friends over at Boomrat an inside look into their secret weapons. Stream the entire playlist below.
Bearson must be feelin sprung lately with these sensual edits and originals. This time James Bay receives the remix treatment to his tune, “Let It Go” that features some healing harpsichord and finger snapping to compliment the delicate cymbals. Next Wave Records is on a melodic tear lately, stay tuned for what’s to come!
Xinobi, for me, was/is the master of synthesized sounds strung together in unusual and masterful fashions. No two songs really ever sound the same with him, a testament to his creative will at work. All of the above come together in full force for his first ever full length LP, 1975, with one added element: a bit of live instrumentation. Prolific guitar strums, punchy drum kits, and wandering vocals, fused with the familiar warps and wonks that make Xinobi the master of other worldly vibes, make this one of my stand out LP’s of the year. Personal standouts for me were “1975″ and it’s vivacious guitar vibes, “Radio Radio” and it’s electronic arpeggio explosions, and “People” for it’s sonic oddities that stay true to the Xinobi way. A lot of western vibes emanate from this project as well as a bit of MGMT peeking in and out of hooks. It’s weird and wonderful and a major accomplishment for the Portuguese producer.. stream after the jump! Continue Reading