Archive for July, 2017

July 30, 2017
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It’s an unexpected but very welcome surprise that Dance Gavin Dance’s Tilian Pearson has made a cameo as guest vocalist on the latest single from Denver’s STéLOUSE. Turns out, the post-hardcore band’s vocalist has the perfect voice for the producer’s anthemic new future bass and chill trap song. Just the right amount of emotive rawness and sentimental grit emanates from his smooth crooning while STéLOUSE charms us with plinking chimes, dashing keys, and ravishing beats on epic thrumming Bones. You can watch the lyric video for the STéLOUSE’s expressive new single below. Bones is available for streaming/purchasing, here.

July 30, 2017
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Sometimes, the music scene feels incredibly cozy and quaint. Artists we love and support somehow end up collaborating with each other quite often. It almost feels like a game of round robin, except these talented musicians are in cahoots rather than competing with one another when they link up for a magnificent collaboration. One such dream track that just arrived involves Chicago production prodigy Whethan and LA’s ever brilliant, always creative singer songwriter and producer Elohim. They’ve conjoined their artistry and combined their ingenuity on Sleepy Eyes, a thoroughly enchanting dance and electro pop hybrid. Sleepy Eyes is lush and ethereal, gauzy and summery. They’ve seamlessly interwoven Elohim’s enthralling, other worldly pop with Whethan’s brassy whimsical electronica for a dreamy amorous mid-tempo jaunt. Each artists’ vital contribution to the track is unmistakable. I don’t think you’ll be able to find any “sleepy eyes” for miles when this song’s playing. I know my eyes are wide open with wonder and astonishment, elation and pleasure. You can download/stream Sleepy Eyes, here.

July 30, 2017
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I’m sure you’ve watched the music video for Charli XCX’s new hit single Boys countless times over the course of the weekend. Maybe you just wanted to ogle all the cute and sexy celebrity “boys” in the video again, or maybe you wanted to dance to the bubbly effervescent pop song. It’s become one of the most talked about songs and videos of the year in but a few swift days, and deservedly so, for the grand feat it’s accomplished in turning stereotypes around. Just a few hours after the song burst upon the world, one of our Moving Castle faves, boundary pushing, genre bending LGBTQ+ pop music troubadour SAKIMA offered up his own unique version of the song. What he accomplishes with his rendition is sonic perfection. There’s no resisting this breezy tropical, airy crisp electronic, dancehall, and pop Boys. SAKIMA’s cover is a successful extension of what Charli XCX ’s inventive original, and its an absolute aural delight, particularly with SAKIMA’s glossy slick vocals on display. You can watch Charli XCX’s music video for Boys again, here.

July 30, 2017
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If you haven’t encountered Tep No’s latest single yet despite it having enraptured plenty of ears in the week or so it’s been out and about, get ready to float to the heavens on Eighteen and its nostalgic strumming chill house. The Toronto beat maker, songwriter, and vocalist wrote the earnest and heartfelt deep house aria as an homage to his teenage years. Tep No remarks, “I want to apologize to my parents, because they had to deal with a kid who was delusional about having a music career, and I know it was tough on them. I did get a Masters Degree because of them, and for that I am thankful. Now I have my own little family and my career, and I don’t see them as often as I’d like, and so I appreciate seeing them when I can. Growing up, I appreciate those days now a lot more then back then, when I was broke and wasn’t performing shows with Chainsmokers or Steve Aoki haha. ‘Eighteen’ is an apologetic song dedicated to them and I know they’ll appreciate.” Well, we’re glad Tep No went after his dreams and proved he wasn’t delusional after all. 

July 30, 2017
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Trove is like a treasure trove of sweet melting feels. Or at least, that’s what it feels like when he serenades us from Los Angeles with a gorgeous single like Tie Dye Eyes. Future pop and melodic house combine full force on the warm glowing, radiant soaring electronic anthem. Since this electronic artist is new on our radar, we had to check out more of his music. Join us as we continue swooning to Trove’s buttery electronic on future bass ballad Free below. Tie Dye Eyes van be downloaded, here.

July 30, 2017
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Drive Slow may boast a contagious cadence and an uptempo groove, but it’s also cottony intoxicating and dreamy soulful. Kid Froopy crafted the funkalicious dance track as an ode to those foggy hangovers that afflict us after a long night out. Except, my morning hangovers tend to be excruciating and torturous, while Kid Froopy’s Drive Slow is pure bliss. I can only wish the morning after could feel as euphoric as it does when jaming out to Kid Froopy’s imaginative and ingenious fusion of disco, soul, future funk, and electro on this first single from the producer’s forthcoming Drive Slow EP. You can find the jam on Spotify/Apple, here.

July 30, 2017
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British singer songwriter RØMANS cooed his way into our hearts with his sleek R&B pop and soulful electronica on Happy Love earlier this year, off of his EP, Automatic. German production savant SAINT WKND now offers up his interpretation of that song, taking advantage of that intrinsic soulfulness on his brassy swooning remix. The edit’s frisky horns are turned in by Light House. SAINT WKND’s robust and hearty remix is like a concentrated glass of full bodied wine. You let it simmer on your tongue, then you sway to its bold flavor and rotund depth with every subsequent sip of its deep bass and ambrosial beats. You can find SAINT WKND’s Happy Love remix on all major platforms, here.

July 30, 2017
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I don’t know you, but I’m still stuck on Opals & Banonos. That song is just pure bliss, and its title is so much fun to say. It was our very first introduction to Jason Nolan last year, and you can re-visit it, here. We still don’t know too much about the musician behind that magical tune and a fabulous 2016 EP entitled Wonder Years, but we do know he’s Canadian, and we can’t help but obsess over his new song, Don King, too. It’s a preview off of Nolan’s forthcoming EP Late Night City Hawks. An explosion of slick swervy, jazzy fluttering, and psychedelic curling funk pop greets our ears as we dive head first into this heady carousel ride.

Speaking about the song, Nolan quotes: “Don King is about how it feels when things are made deliberately confusing or when there is such a circus around things, that you are encouraged to be either apathetic or cynical. I feel like currently there are groups on all sides trying there upmost to reject a forced narrative, while many are left feeling a bit useless and confused.”

New EP Late Night City Hawks will be released later this year via Majestic Records. You can stream Jason Nolan’s music on Spotify, here.

July 30, 2017
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I’ve only been to Stockholm briefly, during a few hours layover. I’m quite convinced I need to go back, just so I can take in the local music scene, if not for the beauty of the city, too. There are so many artists and bands I love from the area, as well as a wealth of fresh emerging talent to discover. We’re adding Elsa to those ranks now that we’ve heard her single Nobody Likes You. Her immaculate pop has been compared to the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid, and Tove Styrke, who are all influences on her style. Nobody Likes You is nothing short of enthralling with its blithe twinkling, springy bounding, & skyscraper soaring electronic pop. In its sleek sonorous, smooth soaring chassis lies a hearty dose of fortitude, grit, and tenacity. Elsa is currently working on her debut EP. 

July 30, 2017
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With pristine vocals and a clarion pop magnetism comes Sabella, a 22 year old singer songwriter from the UK who’s kept to herself since her debut EP back in 2015. She re-emerges into the spotlight with Fortress, an electro pop song whose crystalline synths and ebullient bounce are both moving and invigorating. Fortress is a mellifluous harbinger of much more to come from the enthralling songbird. More tracks will be arriving later this year, and we’ll be looking out for them in zeal. Watch Sabella’s visualizer for Fortress below. Stream/download by way of major outlets, here.