Archive for December, 2014

December 31, 2014
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Bastille’s ballads tend to be gut wrenching, heart pummeling emotional anthems. It’s quite refreshing for Italian producer Deep Chills to transform the poignant, morose Flaws into a tropical treat. His remix of the song takes it into a cheerful, chilled out territory, the kind that swoops you away to a island paradise. Deep Chills’ melodic deep house music is inspired by artists like Kygo, Matoma, and Thomas Jack.

December 31, 2014
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There’s a crazy, blustery, icy cold wind storm going on outside here in San Francisco that’s halting public transportation, causing power outages, and shutting roads, but you know what? I’m here, inside, twirling around to summery, radiant Bright Side, an uplifting and optimistic nu-disco house collaboration from French producers Mozambo and Basic Tape. Bold horns and plucky, playful guitar punctuate the snappy song, all topped off with airy, divine vocals by South Africa’s Julia Church. No sinister wind storm is going to keep us down.

December 31, 2014
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The End is a hip hop and electropop jam that brings together Los Angeles’ Olivver The Kid, an act I’ve been championing since he swept me away with his song Lucy, and Wes Period, a rising California hip hop artist who only gripped my attention recently. The two make the perfect match on the gritty song, which carries a hooking chorus by Olivver with plenty of his slinky, edgy synthpop style and Wes Period’s staccato, entrancing, and raw delivery. Pinky and the Brain also delivers on the song’s transfixing and dark production. You might recall that Olivver is formerly from The Neighbourhood, who’s vibe always gelled with hip hop.

December 31, 2014
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Oakland rapper G-Eazy is quickly rising to the top, as we’ve expected for some time now. His talent was far too obvious, and more and more people are picking up on that since this past summer’s release of full length These Things Happen and G-Eazy’s tour with Drake and Lil Wayne. Today, Young Gerald surprise dropped three new tracks for his fans. The one that stood out most for me is Show You The World, which features the Bay’s Too $hort. The electronic heavy production was crafted by Christoph Andersson. I’ve come to realize I gravitate toward that guy’s production work. Devon Baldwin’s tunes have been produced by Christoph, and I’m certainly in love with those tracks. Show You The World is dark and seductive, buoyant and grooving. Plus, G-Eazy throws out some great local shouts, always a bonus. Head over to his Soundcloud to check out the rest of the new tracks and visit some oldies.

December 31, 2014
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Cheer is a warm, droopy, and syrupy hip hop/R&B song from NIEL, aka Richard Brown of Brampton, Ontario. The thick and alluring song was produced by Bbq, a member of the Young Money, OvO Team. Cheer is steeped in hypnotic darkness, yet there’s a saccharine romanticism, too. NIEL’s song is a sensual and fitting late night listen.

December 31, 2014
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English singer songwriter Harry Edwards’ soulful and moody music is exquisite and haunting. His crooning, use of piano, and post-dubstep inflected experimental production quickly evoke James Blake. Harry’s most recent track is the sensual, wistful Almost Everybody. It’s a heady treat from the talented artist. For another taste of Harry Edward’s music, stream the intriguingly named Logs Are People Too, below, a piano laced ballad full of poignant emotion.

December 31, 2014
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Some might already know a band from London named Portico Quartet, as they’ve been around since the mid 2000’s and have several full length albums under their belt. However, since earlier this year, one member of the band has left the outfit, leaving only a trio. To fit the change, Portico Quartet is now known just as Portico. Since the change, Portico has teamed up with British vocalist Jono McCleery to unleash two new songs, the second of which is named Bright Luck. And boy, is Bright Luck a heavenly electronic pop treat. Entrancing, haunting production and Jono’s impeccable vocals create an effect similar to a blend of James Blake, Seekae, and SOHN. I’ve listened to the track countless times since I discovered it, and now’s your turn. Their first track together, Living Fields, is also a compelling must listen. Stream below. Both tracks will be on an album titled Living Fields, due for release March 23, 2015 via Ninja Tune. 

December 31, 2014
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Smooth, mellow vibes imbue hip hop artist and producer London O’Connor’s debut song Oatmeal. Despite it’s chill smokiness, it has a punchy, hooking chorus that’s deeply mellifluous and crisp. It has a very intoxicating effect. London O’Connor recently followed up the debut with his second song to date, titled Love Song. Watch the video for the hazy, laid back track below.

MØ – New Year’s Eve

December 31, 2014

Yes, I’m following up on my last post of a song titled New Year’s Eve with yet another song titled New Year’s Eve. This time, this particular New Year’s Eve is accompanied by a captivating mosaic video, and it’s all been crafted by Danish pop artist MØ. Looking back on all the many shows I’ve gone to in 2014, MØ is definitively responsible for giving me one of my top live experiences of the year. She simply blew my mind (and my friend’s) with her presence and energy. MØ’s songs off debut album No Mythologies To Follow translated terrifically live, and this sassy girl really knows how to work a stage and crowd. Yet, despite all that energy, some of my favorite MØ moments, recorded or live, come stripped down and sentimental. New Year’s Eve is exactly that. Tender, poignant, and bittersweet, it’s a heart melting end of year lullaby. MØ’s voice shines the most like this. Amazing.

December 31, 2014
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Brooke Fraser is a household name in her native country of New Zealand, but she’s yet to pick up that level of exposure here in the US despite her talent. For that reason, I’ll get to catch her in an intimate space like the Independent when she visits San Francisco come January 26. The musician recently released her third full length album, Brutal Romantic. With the end of 2014 just around the corner, Brooke has made the closing track available for us to enjoy, as it’s fittingly named New Year’s Eve. The beautiful gem starts out like a Joni Mitchell meets Cat Power smoky, melancholic ballad, before it bursts into grandiose, radiant boldness. Another song I’m very fond of off Brutal Romantic is Kings And Queens, which some of you may be familiar with. It’s lead to some amazing remixes by the likes of Mura Masa and Zimmer. Stream the catchy original below.