Archive for April, 2016

April 29, 2016
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Mysterious producer k?d continues to make massive waves in the scene by revealing What U Need, a remix of The Weeknd’s What You Need from the superstar’s 2011 album House Of Balloons. Considering how often we hear The Weeknd’s top hits all over the place nowadays, it’s a welcome treat to re-visit one of his “oldies but goodies” via k?d’s intensely scorching remix. Though k?d states that this one is “pretty old”, it’s infinitely fresh and magnetic, a darkly choppy, bristly knotted future bass opus.

April 29, 2016
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I literally gasped when I caught wind of a collaborative remix involving Norway’s Bearson and Chicago’s Wheathin. I couldn’t wait to hear how a union of the two’s styles might sound, and I nearly held my breath in eager anticipation. Bearson and Wheathin unleash that stupendous hybridization on their remix of ZAYN’s world dominating Pillowtalk. It’s as grandly epic as I expected it to be, a “pillowtalk” far more gritty and intense. The duo’s re-imagining of the hit song is a two-ton explosion of jolting future trap magnificence, a seamless combination of Bearson’s melodic iridescence and Wheathin’s craggy serrated vigor. Download their colossal remix from Toneden, here.

April 29, 2016
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It’s not often I encounter music from Casablanca, Morocco, a famed destination full of mystique and oozing romantic allure. I hope to someday visit Casablanca, and perhaps, while I’m there, I’ll get to catch some of the talent brewing in the city, such as this producer and DJ, Le Malls. His remix of South Londoner Raye’s Hotbox is my first introduction to this young talent, and it’s a fully intoxicating one at that. Le Malls amplifies the energy on Hotbox with a gorgeous future bass and trap edit. The remix is classy and elegant despite its vivaciously choppy tendencies and spiriting beats. Raye’s smoky voice is golden seductive on the track. Le Malls’ warm swirling production plushly wrap around me, cozy and snug. Download the remix for free, here.

April 29, 2016
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We’ve all been at emotional crossroads where we’ve had to make important, life changing decisions. Aash Mehta has reached one of those junctures. The producer is graduating from college this week, and like a lot of people, he’s faced with the choice between choosing the “safe route” or following his dreams. He saturates new original Breathe Into Reality, which features sweeping vocals by Lydia Kelly, with an abundance of these turbulently powerful emotions. The atmospheric song’s grand future bass and ambient electronic carry a weightiness within their profound introspection. Breathe Into Reality is an epic reminder to follow our hearts and chase our dreams. Congratulations on graduating, Aash.  It literally sounds like you’re on the right path. You’re wearing your heart, not on your sleeve, but in your music, and it shines brilliantly and full of life on Breathe Into Reality. Aash Mehta’s new track is a free download, here.

April 29, 2016
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Earth Day is fast approaching us this weekend, and I’m definitely going to enjoy the day by taking in some of mother nature on a hike outdoors. I should bring along this remix, a free download for Earth Day, and allow it to paint the landscape around me in exotic hues and majestic tints. Benjamin Abbott, formerly one half of Island Fox and apparently going by the name S:Elf on Soundcloud these days, has crafted a beautiful remix of Island Fox’s Carbon Flux. The original was produced by Germany’s Mazde. The dark and somber electropop gem takes on some haunting dynamics on Benjamin Abbott’s new mesmerizing rendition. Head to Soundcloud to download the remix.

April 29, 2016
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I’m reeling and exhausted from eight shows in eleven nights (my “fauxchella” here in the Bay) including a surprise Local Natives show at Popscene last night where we were the lucky few to hear them debut new material for the first time. I’m needing a dose of revitalizing energy. Delivering that exact punch I need is this remix of K.Flay’s red hot smash FML by Los Angeles’ Lincoln Jesser. FML has been remixed by a long list of respected producers, and it was a pleasant surprise to see an edit surface crafted by the oft IHM praised indie artist who we don’t normally associate with remixing projects. Lincoln Jesser’s FML slaps and digs, jounces and bounces, but it’s also sleek and steady, a dreamy dark, deeply thumping house remix.

April 29, 2016
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Low’s description on its soundcloud stream says “this song is really special”. To be fair, special is an understatement. After all, the haunting lullaby, which comes from a Los Angeles based chanteuse who goes by the simple yet striking name TRACE, is a slowly unraveling exposition about bittersweet heartbreak. This thing called love twists us in unruly ways. “I prefer better, though I prefer you”. Most of us have been there before, and most of us were “sweeter” before the torment of that situation left us with scars. The ambient pop and ethereal electronica on Low are gut wrenching and heart rending, yet deeply, soothingly consoling. TRACE is the latest addition to Next Wave’s growing roster of versatile magnificence.

April 29, 2016
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Toronto has been at the forefront of R&B and soul for a few years now, and the stream of striking talent shows no sign of abating anytime soon. Newcomer FRANCIS sends shivers through my soul with his clarion crooning and ambient production on new song This Time. The artist spends his days working the ramp pushing planes and his nights recording music in his bedroom creating resonating frequencies. FRANCIS even makes a reference to these facts with the sound of an airplane, either taking off or landing, in the beginning of This Time. The airport, in many ways, is a place of change and suspense, anxiety and insecurity, a door between the past and future. It could easily be an analogy for life, and the trials and tribulations of the heart. This is the place FRANCIS brings me to with his ode to desire and regret. You can download the moving ballad for free, here.

April 29, 2016
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From Star Wars referencing spectaculars to dusky sparklers, London based singer songwriter Wolfie and collaborative producer Show N Prove have been bringing us music bliss for nearly a year. The two come together once again on new song 100, their fresh and modern form of electronic R&B taking us to feverish fierce heights. Seductively sensual but edgy and dark 100 is a taste from Wolfie’s debut 8 Ball EP, a much anticipated eight track release that will drop May 6th as a free download on the artist’s Soundcloud.

April 29, 2016
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As someone who doesn’t watch The Voice, much less The Voice UK, I wasn’t aware of the fact that Becky Hill is an alum. Instead, she’s been on my radar for a couple years now due to her guest stints on songs by other amazing artists’ I love, having collaborated with the likes of Rudimental and Oliver Heldens. On new solo song Back To My Love, she enlists the rap vocals of electrifying British hip hop artist Little Simz. The two make a powerful pair, Becky’s powerful and robust voice and Little Simz’ riveting delivery leaving my blood boiling with sweltering R&B passion. Drum and bass rolls give the song an animated smoothness while gospel backing vocals add to Back To My Love’s grandeur. The single drops this Friday on Eko Records.