Posts Tagged ‘future classic’

January 26, 2018
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It feels like it’s been a long time coming, but tomorrow night, IHM finally gets to take in the wondrous sounds of Australian-based, Netherlands-born, Iraqi-Syrian singer songwriter WAFIA live. She’s out on the road after having just released her new EP VIII, and she’s making her San Francisco debut at Popscene. I predict a transcendental, heart rending experience and a superb Friday night of live music. The 24 year old musician serenades us with grace and beauty on The Ending from her new EP. The track even features a guest cameo by FINNEAS, the gifted artist and brother to pop wunderkind Billie Eilish whom we’ve eagerly featured many times in the past, too. The Ending is a heart wrenching ballad and an understated lullaby built on heartbreak and anguish. Tender keys trickle next to WAFIA’s svelte voice. There’s a fragility to be found in The Ending, an ephemeral beauty that sweeps us off our feet. It’s a gorgeously balletic song that evokes British project RITUAL with its supple orchestral flourishes and aching vocals. 

Wafia says of her new record: “Writing this EP, I got really obsessed with the realization that nothing I ever make will be tangible. Even my voice, the only instrument I use, is intangible but so are any feelings and emotions that I write about. VIII is an exploration of that, as well as necessity and transparency.” VIII, out on Future Classic, can be streamed on Soundcloud, here. Support via other platforms, here. And learn more about her tour, here

December 23, 2017
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I know I mention Popscene a lot, but it really is my favorite place to be on any given night. I’m immensely excited I get to finally see Wafia next month at the intimate indie club show that goes down at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco. You should be well familiar with the Australian based Syrian-Iraqi artist by now, considering our long time devotion to her music on IHM. She’s even given us a lot of astounding collaborations over the past couple of years, like her oft partnerships with acclaimed producer Ta-ku. Only Love is Wafia’s new single, and likely final treat of 2017. It’s a supple electronic pop song, lightly drizzled with some R&B heat, on which her silvery voice dances ever gracefully. Only Love is lifted from Wafia’s highly anticipated VIII EP, due out January 19th via Future Classic. Stream/download Only Love via major outlets, here. Find out more about her San Francisco appearance in January, here

November 2, 2017
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It’s fortuitous whenever a new Fortunes. track arrives, as we’ve long learned from the Australian duo’s prior servings of their gooey electro soul and creamy R&B funk. And boy are the pair extra satin swooning on their new tune, Daddies, which can be found on a new mixtape called Thirty Days Of Yes that supports the Australian/New Zealand LGBTQ community in light of the marriage equality debate going on over on that side of the world. Plush and fleecy Daddies is a dusky late night suitor that will certainly set the mood. It’s out on Future Classic, here. Watch a video for the song below.

October 14, 2017

Nick Murphy, the electro-soul and trip hop artist whom many first fell in love with as Chet Faker a few years back, has just embarked on an expansive tour under his birth name. He’s playing the Crystal Ballroom in Portland tonight before he hits up Seattle then heads down south to dazzle the Bay with a show at the Fox Theater in Oakland. Aside from songs off his recent EP Missing Link, he’ll be slinging this hot new single, Medication, a dynamic anthem that undulates between bluesy searing vehemence and meditatively minimalist moments. Medication is a thoroughly engrossing listen, and it’s just the “medication” we need after a tough week. To learn more about Nick Murphy’s tour across North America, Europe, and the UK, head to his website, here. Medication is available, here.

October 14, 2017
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Nashville duo Biyo brings all the vibes and all the charm on their latest single Fantasies, a Casanova of a velveteen future soul swooner that truly fulfills my sonic fantasies. Its rich flickers and soulful cooing evoke Future Classic label mates Flume and Nick Murphy, while its warm creamy velour is reminiscent of HONNE. As we make our way into the colder months of the year, let Biyo keep heat you up with this gooey seductive, opulently dashing jam. You can stream/download Fantasies, here.

September 6, 2017
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Wafia, the immensely talented Australian based, Netherlands born, Syrian artist who’s collaborated many a time with Ta-ku and other artists in the past, is back with a refugee inspired beauty of a sweeping electronic pop aria named Bodies. It’s a robust whirring dazzler lead by Wafia’s crystalline voice. She says of the song:  “I wanted to draw similarities between the large groups of Syrian refugees walking miles to safety and those that can protest freely in the western world. I can’t think of anything more human and simple than reminding ourselves that we are fragile bodies but the strength that can come of bodies in large numbers. We live in a world where so many things are difficult and divisive but I wanted this song to be accessible and inclusive because at the end of the day we all want to be a part of something bigger than us and this is the best way I knew how to portray that.” Bodies isn’t only relevant, but it’s movingly relevant, a vibrant soaring, lavishly compelling statement about one of the most pressing issues the world is facing right now. Wafia’s new VIII EP is due out October 13th on Future Classic. Stream/purchase Bodies, here.

August 10, 2017
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I’m still aglow from Touch Sensitive’s heralded return a couple months ago when he served up an exhilarating new tune named Lay Down. The world seemed to come to a stand still as acute music fans all around celebrated the Australian producer’s chromatic glimmering re-entrance into the house scene. Well, ladies and gents, it’s time for a second round of festivity as Touch Sensitive presents us with No Other High, featuring fellow Aussie duo Electric Fields. He drenches us with glamorous 70′s funk, effulgent nu-disco, thrilling breaks, and juicy house on the irresistibly swanky posh banger. Touch Sensitive will be releasing his long awaited debut full length Visions on September 15th via Future Classic. Pre-order digitally, here, or on vinyl and CD, here.

June 23, 2017
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It’s happened. Panama, one of our long time favorites from Australia, has released his new EP, Hope For Something, on Future Classic, and it’s everything we’ve been hoping for. Alongside recently extolled gems like the title track and Undertow, Jarrah McCleary’s five track collection of synthpop knockouts also includes this dance ready, sunset wavy prancer, I Watched You Slip. Like much of the rest of the EP, the blissed out song is nostalgic and warm. You can stream Panama’s new EP in full on Soundcloud, or purchase, here.

June 3, 2017
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Bus Vipers is a brand new artist out of Sydney who has just signed to esteemed Australian label Future Classic. At the helm of the project is multi-instrumentalist and producer Daniel Ahern. On first single CSIRO Weeds, he melds crunchy curling psychedelic rock with airy wafting garage pop. The warm twizzling layers this results in combine for an effect that I find eccentrically and eclectically fascinating. The official video for CSIRO Weeds is quite a peculiarly captivating watch, too. You can grab a free download of the song, here.

May 20, 2017
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I literally danced for joy last month when one of my favorite Australian synthpop bands made their long awaited return with a fine new single. Hope For Something was more than I could ask for, a sparkly dashing, effulgent blooming aria from Panama. At the time, its infectious melody and vocal pattern already reminded me of The Temper Trap, but swaddled by summer verdant elements. The fabulous new acoustic version that just dropped on Future Classic emphasizes that quality. Though unplugged, this Hope For Something is still vibrantly uptempo with brisk resplendent keys. And it’s just as lifting an anthem. You can download the acoustic track for free, here. The original is the title track from Panama’s forthcoming EP, out June 23rd.