Archive for January, 2017

January 31, 2017
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I’m not going to lie, I’m more than kind of proud that prolific trap and bass producer KRANE (fka KRNE) hails from right here in the Bay. The Oakland based talent continues to collaborate with other amazing artists by linking up with Toronto’s Keys N Krates on vigorous shuddering, tense quivering Right Here. The song is a dream collaboration for this fan of both these projects’ heavy heaving, intense gripping soundscapes. KRANE and Keys N Krate have crafted a sublimely spasmodic melodic trap and future bass dazzler, and it’s a sexy scintillating thrill ride that repeatedly ruptures with searing energy and grit. Right Here is out now on iTunes via Dim Mak.

January 31, 2017
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It’s safe to say that Lost King’s latest single is a collaboration of epic proportions. Quit You features R&B pop superstar Tinashe. The massive union is but more evidence of this Los Angeles duo’s impending rise to the top of the dance music scene. Lost Kings could very well be the next The Chainsmokers if they continue churning out heartwarming pop and dance hybrids like this one. The boundary between dance music and pop music continues to blur as Tinashe dishes out plenteous honeyed verses and Lost King lays down a fizzy effervescent, dulcet charming bed of warm electronica. Quit You is out now via Disruptor Records / RCA Records. 

January 31, 2017
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Last Friday, Norwegian sibling duo KREAM unleashed a remix package for their crystalline enchanting, radiant bounding dance anthem Taped Up Heart, a much endearing treat featuring Sweden’s Clara Mae on vocals. The release includes three new versions of Taped Up Heart including edits by Lash, DISTO, & Joe Mason. Today, we dance joyfully to Joe Mason’s beautifully expansive remix. The fast rising Australian producer cools down some of the frisky heat on the original to give us a meditative cruising and serene bouncing Taped Up Heart. Joe Mason’s remix is still fiercely energetic, but in a very different manner. If the original could be described as rosy red, Joe Mason’s is deep blue like the ocean. Stream and download the full Taped Up Heart remix package, here. Watch the music video for the original below. 

January 31, 2017
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”She’s like an animal, it’s in her blood” sings Elle Vee in the opening bars of Into Dust, a new single from Los Angeles based DJ and producer Paris Blohm. She might as well be describing the song itself. Into Dust is a beast of an electronic track. It’s an atmospheric and dramatic, gripping and exhilarating rush of blood to the head. A seamless union of voluminous future bass and spine tingling progressive house knocks me right off my feet with sweeping grandeur. LA songbird Elle Vee places her vocal magnificence on full display, soaring to heavenly heights with unbridled passion. Into Dust is out now on iTunes via Trap Nation’s Lowly Palace imprint.

January 31, 2017
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A coat of brilliant luster greets us as we approach Golden, a breathtaking new single from long time IHM extolled German producer SAINT WKND (fka WKND). Joining SAINT WKND on this celestial chiming, bittersweet enchanting gem is Australian duo Hoodlem. Together, they take us on a spectacular journey. From gently ethereal valleys we’re thrust into a tumultuous sea of surging waves before we’re lifted skywards into a twilight oblivion lit by a million flickering embers. Golden is a finespun beauty, a euphonious balance of refined minimalism and charged tension. The future bass single is a part of SAINT WKND’s forthcoming debut EP, Golden Youth, due out later this year. Expect it to make an enduring impression when it arrives. 

January 31, 2017
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Our excitement for The Knocks’ new EP TESTIFY continues to build exponentially as the ever versatile New York electronic project unveils their follow up to earlier this months’ collaboration with Absofacto. On LIE, the pair link up with guest vocalist and good friend Jerm to deliver a fresh iteration of their sound. LIE is a full departure from the disco dance bangers of yore. It’s a deliberate, meticulous crescendo burning with passion and a crisp polished, grand rousing R&B pop and indie electronic opus. LIE spreads its magnificent wings and takes towering flight, swooping us up for a triumphant ride. Purchase The Knocks’ LIE as a single from major outlets, here, as we await the arrival of TESTIFY on February 3rd.

January 31, 2017
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We must have done something right this month… really, really right, because not only did we get Strangehold less than two weeks ago, but now we have yet another new Kevin Garrett song. The ever melting, buttery crooning New Yorker tugs on our heartstrings with Little Bit Of You, and it’s more than a little bit of tender swooning bliss. Kevin renders me a molten mess with his silky skimming, warm nuzzling ballad, produced by Chris Loco. Kevin Garrett just embarked on his False Hope Tour, and I have a feeling more than a few fans are going to find themselves woozy headed when he serenades the crowd with this soulful ballad. Little Bit Of You is track four on Kevin Garrett’s highly anticipated False Hope EP, out February 3rd. Pre-order on iTunes, here.

January 31, 2017

I was so blown away by Toronto’s Jessie Reyez earlier today on my chance encounter with her music that I found myself transfixed on her songs, unable to tear myself away for an inordinate amount of time. Her new single Shutter Island is intense, to say the least, a haunting R&B soul lullaby that melds raw with whimsical, gutsy with desolate desperation. Her unique voice is dazzling, like a twisting, howling mixture of Alessia Cara, LP, and CocoRosie, as bizarre a combination as that may seem. It turns on a dime, tender and exposed one moment, shrill and angry the next. The video for Shutter Island is fittingly eerie and macabre. This fascinating single is out now on iTunes. Jessie Reyez is currently working on a debut EP. In the meantime, with my curiosity so deeply piqued, I had to dive into her prior material. For a very different but just as stunning piece, watch her acoustic performance of prior single Figures below. Its girl-and-a-guitar simplicity allows us to appreciate her remarkable voice even more. It doesn’t get more genuine than this. This is it, the epitome of raw talent.  

January 31, 2017
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Ibiza born, Antigua raised newcomer Au/Ra won us over with a vividly bewitching debut just a few short months ago named Concrete Jungle, and we’ve been eagerly awaiting a second single since. She makes a haunting return on Kicks, a dark tempestuous electronic pop offering with ominous brooding synths and profound lyrics. Flickering shadows reminiscent of Lorde meet MS MR like booming robustness on this resounding gem. Kicks is out now on iTunes.   

January 31, 2017
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A silky smooth, sensual shimmering cascade of R&B grooving synthpop takes us to great heights of euphoria on Even Love, the latest from Danish trio CHINAH. A fusion of Wet with Shura goes funky luscious on the luxuriant and decadent confection. Even Love is a dichotomy of emotions, its snappy beat vibrant and rosy but its lyrics and vocals are aching and longing. This song is a treasure trove of contrasting auras and effects to glean from.