Posts Tagged ‘balearic’

October 5, 2017
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A mysterious and elusive producer named SAINTS has been intriguing countless ears ever since he collaborated with Oakland’s KRANE last year on Numb. Our curiosity is piqued even more as we fall hard for his new debut solo single, “Blind, I”, a confluence of soulful R&B and plinking, skittering, Balearic injected electronica. SAINTS has produced for the likes of Chris Brown and J. Cole in the past, but we’re more than ready for him to take over the world with his own immaculate compositions. “Blind, I” is part Jamie xx, part Mura Masa, and part Sampha. Grab the single, here.

September 26, 2017

Fresh off the bedazzlement of their genre defying and breezy vibrant single Shut Up And Let Me Walk as well as their Hudson Mohawke-produced track ‘Rockefe11a (F**k That To Be Honest)’ comes yet another banging tune from Off Bloom’s forthcoming 5-track EP titled Lover Like Me, due out on October 20 via Capitol Records. The rising Anglo-Danish trio dishes out bouncy beats and a balmy burst of four to the floor electronica Golden Dreams, a truly incendiary tune. 

Speaking about the EP, the band commented, “This EP is about love, sex, frustration, intoxication and of course loyalty, loyalty, loyalty. This group of songs represents the last 3-4 months of our lives – our ups and downs, our fuck-ups and successes, our loves and losses. We had an amazing time creating this EP and got to experience so much, and those experiences shaped the music. We just want to connect to the people listening to these tracks and hopefully some people will see themselves in the music and in us and want to join the bloominati.” Stream/download this cool yet fierce dance jam, here.

September 26, 2017
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I’m incredibly happy about Lauv’s swift ascent, but surprised I am not. We’ve been in love with this New Yorker’s creamy melting voice and heart wrenching R&B/electronic pop ballads from the moment he decided to share music as Lauv (after first enthralling us as a producer under the name Epique). Lauv is now such a hot commodity that even DJ Snake has tapped him for a collaboration. Behold smash hit in the making, A Different Way, a sharp and dapper dance and pop hybrid featuring Balearic springing production and Lauv’s waxy smooth cooing. It’s a bit like Ed Sheeran meets Mura Masa, with a bit of Diplo moombahton thrown in. Stream/purchase the single, here.

September 2, 2017

Not only am I extremely happy that Jessie Ware has revealed another new song this week, but I’m truly digging the music video for Selfish Love, too, whose deadly poolside twist at the end reminds me of Lorde and Disclosure’s video for Magnets. As always, Jessie Ware is utterly magnificent on the song with her plush sensual, silky sophisticated voice. Selfish Love emanates endless Balearic charm and (tragic) romance with its swishing percussion and breezy instrumentals. It’s decadent and jazzy, with just the right amount of bewitching noire tone. Stream/download Selfish Love, here. I have a feeling we’ll be on the receiving end of a new album announcement soon. I hope I’m right.

June 9, 2017
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UK producer J Tropic disappeared on us for a full year, but he’s finally back and just in time for the summer, too, with a bubbly effervescent single named Thinking Of U. Future R&B and house combine for an airy enchanting frolic on the electronic song. Thinking Of U is like a breezy Balearic Mura Masa gone a bit PC Music on us, and it’s wildly addictive and sweetly swooning. For more J Tropic, visit his Soundcloud, here.

May 5, 2017
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Given the options of fight, flight, or dance all night, I think it’s pretty obvious which one I’d pick. And this jam would be the perfect accompaniment to that choice, too. Fight or Flight or Dance All Night comes from a new Norwegian project named Kommode, which means “chest of drawers”. These dashing “drawers” happen to be built by Eirik Glambek Bøe, well known for his role in on-hiatus indie pop duo Kings Of Convenience, and his buddy

Øystein Gjærder Bruvik. As Kommode, the pair leads us into a luxuriant world of snazzy trumpets, zestful keys, and sunny beats. Balearic pop meets Italo disco on this lavishly intoxicating first single, one well worthy of dancing all night to. In fact, it might even be fine accompaniment for the most graceful and artistic of all fights or flights, too, so satin chic it truly is. Kommode has already prepped a debut album named Analog Dance Music for us, and it’s set to arrive August 18th via Brilliance Records. Find out more about the duo at their website, here.

December 8, 2016
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Every time I’m reminded of Danish pop sensation MØ’s great success, I find myself flying high over the moon with joy yet again. IHM has been such a devoted fan of hers for so many years, and she’s still one of my favorite musicians after all that time. MØ’s latest hit single, Final Song, has received a behemoth remix treatment from good pal Diplo and his fellow production bigwig Jauz. This supernova partnership of heavy hitters results in a surprisingly misty and brisk Final Song. I find myself transported to the tropics by Diplo and Jauz’s creative Balearic house makeover. 

November 12, 2016
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There’s no slim pickings of late when it comes to tropical and Balearic flavored electronica, but New Zealand’s BAYNK is proving himself a stand out producer in the rising trend with his luxuriant soundscapes. Case in point, his new song, What You Need, featuring the candy coated voice of fellow New Zealander, NÏKA. What You Need’s bubbly skipping future beats and sleek opulent glow is perky enchanting and bright eyed wondrous. This warm incandescent gem is all that we need. What You Need is a free download, here.

November 12, 2016
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Immensely talented London based Iranian artist TĀLĀ has repeatedly broken molds with her cutting edge music, building spellbinding tracks out of a myriad of genres including hip hop, R&B, and electropop. She’s even given us some sensational collaborations alongside a bevy of other brilliant artists, including How To Dress Well and Banks.The singer songwriter and producer makes her long awaited return on Talk To Me, a vivacious whirring track that sees her venturing into effervescent Caribbean flavored dancehall territory, complete with Mura Masa evoking chimes and Tkay Maidza and Bonzai like sass. The energetic track will be on a new EP Zāl due out December 9th. 

October 4, 2016
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I count myself immensely fortunate to have caught Mura Masa at his sold out show at cozy San Francisco venue the Independent earlier this year. That was most certainly an unforgettable night of forward thinking, chime twinkling electronic music. The fact that it was a co-headlining show with sometimes collaborator NAO made it all the more special. On that note, UK producer is surely wracking up some legendary collaborations, particularly now that he’s linked up with Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky on a new version of his song Lovesick Fuck. Love$ick is, pun intended, wicked sick. A$AP Rocky waxes poetic about the struggles of love from within Mura Masa’s Balearic tinged, choppy entrancing soundscape. Longing is palpable and the groove is endlessly contagious on this island love song.