Archive for February, 2015

February 28, 2015
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I can’t believe just a couple weeks ago I was telling people there needs to be some remixes turned in for newcomer Phoebe Ryan’s fabulous debut Mine. Since then, the remixes have been flying in like mad. Some are fantastic, some are mediocre. Count Los Angeles producer DOCO’s remix part of the first camp. Frenetically glitchy pulses and playful bounces are blended with acoustic, melodic guitars to create an interesting blend of future trap and glittery electronic pop.

February 28, 2015
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Swedish producer KASBO closes the week out by surprising me with a remix that is undeniably one of my favorites of the week. Interestingly enough, the producer chose to edit ubiquitously loved and covered Vance Joy hit Riptide. And no, this is not a tropical melodic remix, as most people might expect a Riptide remix to be. What KASBO does with it is utterly fresh and unique. Shimmering, sublime future bass and unpredictable percussion make for a ravishing, stand out track. 

February 28, 2015
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Toronto artist Allan Rayman continues to dazzle me with his rousing blend of soul, blues, acoustic, and hip hop. 27 is the third single off the talented artist’s forthcoming album, Hotel Allan. It carries the raw, gritty passion I’ve come to recognize and expect in Rayman’s music. 27 also boasts one of the most snappy hip hop beats I’ve heard from him yet, and it’s hard to resist. With the third single comes a new video, which can be viewed below.

February 28, 2015
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Back to Scandinavia we go, with the expectation, of course, of being utterly bewitched and enchanted. Sure enough, Swedish electronic pop act TULA is spellbinding and haunting on new single River, a song produced by Robyn collaborator Klas Åhlund. Starting out dainty and soft, River slowly builds in power until it soars magnificently with such sweeping emotion. Massive Attack;s influence on TULA’s sound is indeed apparent, but River is also such a lulling, elegant lullaby with hints of Lykke Li solemn poignancy. 

OFFICIAL VID: Robert Delong – Long Way Down

February 28, 2015

Every time I’ve seen Robert Delong live, he’s blown the audience’s minds with his intricate set up and one man show. Endless contraptions, including converted video game controllers, countless monitors, and numerous drum kits deck out the stage. Robert performs every song, live, and organic, utilizing all these machines and instruments. By himself. Today, he’s unleashed a music video for his latest single, Long Way Down. It’s one of his least vibrant and high energy tunes, but still so electrifying and catchy. It’s also his most pop leaning songs, and it’s helping him gain some of the widespread attention he’s deserved for some time now. Long Way Down is the titel track from Robert’s new EP, out now.

February 28, 2015
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Norwegian producer Matoma has certainly managed to conquer a huge swath of the tropical house scene with his tracks this past year. I’ve seen his name topping buzz charts and iTunes charts these prior weeks. Surprisingly enough, Matoma’s latest reveal is a remix of Australian alternative band Sheppard’s infectious hit Geronimo. Also unexpectedly, though summery, melodic, and balmy, Matoma steps away from some of his signature tropical hues on the remix. Instead, his gorgeous Geronimo remix is a stringy, cinematic, and regal offering. It’s massively epic.

February 28, 2015
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It’s Friday, and I’m seriously ready to get down and boogie the night away to this sizzling hot new dance pop duo named Loframes. Their debut single Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) carries a hint of funky flair with its buoyant, pumping beat. Loframes is a collaboration between British singer-songwriter and producer James Yuill with French producer Franck Russo (aka Freak You). Their debut together is an impressive jam, blending deep house with synthpop, all topped resplendently with sexy, sultry saxophone. Get Real (Can’t Touch Your Love) will be included in Toolroom Records’ upcoming ‘Poolside Ibiza 2015’ compilation. The single will also be released exclusively on Beatport on March 9th, with a general release following on March 23rd. 

February 28, 2015
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I believe it’s been awhile since we’ve heard a George FitzGerald original, but the UK producer is back with a new one to remind me why he captivated me a year ago. I might consider it good timing, as George Fitzgerald reminds me of Caribou at times, and I’m catching Caribou live, finally, on Sunday at the Fillmore in San Francisco. New tune Full Circle, which features Boxed In on soulful vocals, is a smooth and entrancing song. Deep house groove and a simmering intensity are fully hypnotizing. Full Circle also happens to be a first taste from George FitzGerald’s debut album, Fading Love. Fading Love will be released on April 28th via Double Six / Domino.

February 28, 2015
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It’s absolutely incredible how versatile Garden City Movement is when it comes to the electronic universe they have proven themselves so commanding in. While earlier songs like Move On were ambient, hushed tunes, later tracks like Bengali Cinema were dreamily uptempo jams. Now, the Israeli trio has revealed a new one carrying another twist in direction for them, the dark and haunting Recollections. Its murky, abrasive style and frenetic vibe, paired with thick, cutting falsettos, remind me of Until The Ribbon Breaks’ edgy music, with hints of SBTRKT’s minimalist drum work and FKA Twigs’ mystique. Recollections is quite the artsy, cerebral, and electrifying song. Garden City Movement will be releasing a new EP, Modern West, on April 6th via The Vinyl Factory. I’m much curious to see what other journeys the EP will take me on.

February 28, 2015
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Acclaimed veteran producer Morgan Page announced his first album in three years, DC To Light, earlier this week. He also revealed a terrific first single, the infectious and uplifting Open Heart. Joining him on the exhilarating electronic song is singer songwriter Lissie. It’s a very unexpected but very welcome collaboration, as Lissie’s husky vocals add even more to the splendor of Open Heart. She’s the perfect match up for the song’s feel good progressive house atmosphere.