Posts Tagged ‘dub’

May 24, 2018

Heads up, kids. A must listen new arrival just came out of the music woodwork but less than an hour ago, and it comes from none other than post-dubstep, electronic, and gospel-imbued soul troubadour James Blake. I’ve actually been wondering for awhile now when he’d unleash some new music on us. The UK singer songwriter and producer is responsible for one of the best shows I attended last year. I was there for one of his three sold out shows at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco and he was nothing short of magnificent, whether it was his solo ballads on piano, his dub heavy re-visits of older classics, or the immense catalog of new music he blessed us with that magical evening. This afternoon, he’s finally released a beautiful new song named Don’t Miss It via a lyric video of sorts. It’s a much pensive and reflective song, sparse and understated yet gorgeously mesmeric with its soft trickling beats, haunting keys, and soulful cooing. Don’t Miss It, which is a collaboration with Mount Kimbie’s Dom Maker, almost feels like a CocoRosie song mixed with James Blake’s downtempo gospel and electro-soul. 

April 20, 2018

It’s a huge week for Couros, the London based producer and musician who first lit up our music radar last year with Breathe A-gain. Not only was he involved in creating Norwegian starlet Aurora’s huge new hit, Queendom, but now he’s released a scintillating dazzler of an electronica and R&B track named Young, too. Its ornate and dub heavy texture, as well as Couros’ mesmeric looping vocals, are reminiscent of James Blake, but injected with more urgency and vital energy. Young is lifted from Couros’ forthcoming 5 track EP, out this summer. For now, you can stream/download Young, here, while we look forward to more previews from that EP.

February 21, 2018

Influential British dubstep and drum & bass duo Delta Heavy had a heavy hand in the development of my electronic music tastes. As such, I’m thrilled that the pair have dropped a heavy hitting new jam on Monstercat named I Need You that reminds me of their their earlier tracks. In particular, its laser cut synths, its mechanical vehemence, and its robust bass wobbles evoke Hold Me, which I still love to this day. I Need You is like a classic Delta Heavy track, and it’s as adrenaline pumping a tune as can be. You can find it on all major platforms, here.

February 9, 2018

We were so overjoyed at stumbling upon Jay Lewn earlier today that we knew, his music was a must share and right away, too. The singer songwriter and musician from London tenderizes our hearts with his dreamy silky cooing on his latest slow burning R&B soul jam, The_Night. He takes us on a twilight escapade with the chill sauntering ballad steeped in late night longing and lovesick introspection. The_Night looks to be Jay Lewn’s second single, and it comes on the heels of last month’s Nicotine_Clouds, also an exquisite gem with a more dub heavy atmosphere. The track kindles and sparks softly like a campfire on a dark pensive night. The smoke from the fire clings to our skin, following us around like Jay Lewn’s floaty vocals on the gossamer R&B soul and shadowy minimalist electronica song. It swirls its way into our hearts, leaving us haunted under its weighty embrace. Keep up with the outstanding new artist on Facebook, here.

January 31, 2018

Emerging Canadian duo aiwake make their first appearance of the year on new single Crescent Lane, a ghostly clattering, opaque simmering surge of the pair’s haunting yet seductive sound. Future bass, trip hop, and R&B soul collide on the dark sensual dreamscape, a nebulous and heady experience whose aching desire dances like familiar shadows through our ears and into the hidden chambers of our hearts. Late night yearning and melancholic longing ooze through every gossamer whisper and spectral swell of the intimate yet sprawling opus. “We lost ourselves along the way” says aiwake in the song’s Soundcloud description. We lost ourselves with them, engulfed in Crescent Lane’s slow burning turbulence. You can also stream the downtempo single via Spotify, here.

January 26, 2018

I always imagined bear cubs to be feisty little fur balls (with sharp teeth and claws, no less), but we also know from extensive experience that London based producer Bearcubs’ sound is quite the opposite of those preconceptions. His electronica and soul is dreamy and syrupy, ridged and textured, like James Blake’s post-dubstep fused with Tom Misch jazzy electro-soul and Mount Kimbie’s glitchy electronica. We get a prime exhibit of his musical prowess on intoxicating new single Landslide, the second song revealed from his forthcoming debut album Ultraviolet, due out March 2nd. The dub heavy, heady hypnotic track takes us on a voyage of late night introspection, drizzled with dusky beats and taut strings. Pre-order Bearcubs’ new album, here. Catch him on his tour this March, which includes a show at 1015 Folsom in San Francisco on March 15th. 

January 26, 2018

Whoa, hold up! Stop everything you’re doing, whatever it is, as long as it’s safe to do so. New James Blake literally JUST dropped, and I happened to catch the British musician and producer’s post on Facebook the very moment the song and video saw the light of day. Ladies and gents, prepare to be bewitched by dub heavy, glitchy burbling, minimalist and atmospheric If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead. It’s a gossamer haunting electronic song, with heady visuals to go along with its shadowy shuffling, pitchy warbling ambiance. Apparently, James shared the song while closing out his BBC Radio 1 residency. You can also stream the new song, here.

December 13, 2017

We’d made the egregious mistake of missing out on Jameston Thieves and his opulent electronic track Ghost up till this week, despite the fact that the producer has been making waves with his brand of melodic breakbeats and future bass lately. Lucky for us, a new remix pack for Ghost has keyed us into the artist. The four track release features edits by Freefall, DIV/IDE, SFAM, and this guy, Castor Troy, who hails from California. He’s given Ghost a spacious whizzing, bass whomping workover to keep our hunger for heavy hitting electronica satiated to the max. Jameston Thieves’ Ghost remixes EP is available from iTunes, here. Stream the original off Soundcloud, here.

December 13, 2017

South London duo VESCE creates rich harmonic electronica that dwells in the shadows, where it echos and reverberates for what feels like an enlightened eternity. A gossamer haunting form of R&B soul and gospel also runs through its veins, as well as an astonishing array of elements that include funk guitar curls, somber keys, and classic strings. The pair just released their four track debut EP, Self Edit, last week, off which comes this heady intoxicating song, Zender. The experimental texture found on the dynamic and reflective masterpiece recalls James Blake, with a heftier electro-soul approach, a touch of Ben Khan, and some Until The Ribbon Breaks. You can stream VESCE’s debut EP via Soundcloud, here, and purchase from iTunes, here.

November 29, 2017

We called NGHTMRE and Snails’ collaboration Only Want You, which features Akylla, a face melting, brain jarring affair when it came out a couple months back. Its melodic hooks and vehement bass gets an extra boost of gritty jolting, acerbic sawing, and metallic whomping energy on a ferocious dubstep/electro trap remix by LA producer Kompany, who we’d love to keep company with since he slings such wicked bass and banging beats. Kompany promises a lot more new stuff soon. You can snag his remix of Only Want U free, here.