Posts Tagged ‘house pop’

May 22, 2018
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Diplo and MØ have proven themselves a match made in heaven countless times over the years. Whether it was some of the songs on the Danish pop sensation’s debut album, or her collaborations with Major Lazer, or even earlier this year’s Blender, the production luminary’s style of balmy and buoyant electronica has befit MØ‘s spunky pop to the tee. The pair reunited again earlier this month on Stay Open, a summer verdant, mischievous sparring anthem as bright and contagious as any other track the two have put forth together. Stay Open is out now on Mad Decent. Stream/download, here.

April 19, 2018

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I’m counting down the hours till tomorrow night, when I get to see George Lewis Jr., better known as Twin Shadow, headline a sold out Popscene in San Francisco. The prolific Brooklyn based synthpop and new wave artist made his welcome return back to the scene with a HAIM collaboration named Little Women as well as a brilliant second offering named Saturdays last month. And he’s since announced a new album named Caer and shared a new single named When You’re Wrong. Wrong is something that I’d never associate with Twin Shadow. He presents us with an intoxicating bass line on his funky warbling, brassy flaring new jam, a dance-ready groover that will surely inspire the crowd to bust out their best moves tomorrow night at the Rickshaw Stop. New album Caer arrives April 27th. Pre-save the release, here. Stream When You’re Wrong via Soundcloud, here.

April 5, 2018
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Enigmatic South London sonic magician &around, who first surfaced several months ago with a warm glowing house/pop hybrid named Dreaming All Night, has followed up that debut in fitting style with soothing Without Your Love. He envelopes us with warmth and radiance on the track, flawlessly blending chill tropical house with synthy pop on the endearing track. Despite its phosphorescence and blissed out balminess, there’s a melancholic wistfulness to the song, too. The singer songwriter and producer, who’s been ensconced in the studio working on his new material, explains: 

“I wrote the original song idea in Bali during a tropical storm I got to New Zealand about a month later and recorded a vocal sample of a woman singing to Maori gods next to the largest tree in the world (Tāne Mahuta) which sounded great dropped into this demo, so I booked a studio just outside Aukland in NZ parked outside in my campervan with my girlfriend for a couple days and finished tracking the song. it’s about realising how sad it would be being away from someone you love – when they’ve become such a big part of your life.” You can re-visit our feature of &around’s debut single, here.

April 3, 2018
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There’s no limit to our love for Captain Kidd, or that’s what we’ve learned over the past two years from the Ohio quartet’s singles. They reinforce our penchant for their pop with recent single LIMIT, a bass pumping house pop jam whose incendiary heat and swaggering beats are like Years and Years with a drizzle of Sofi Tukker’s torrid groove. Desire fueled LIMIT is one to take into the late hours of the night, when you can dance without abandon in the embrace of dark shadows. Re-visit some of Captain Kidd’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here.

January 26, 2018

Before we call it a night after this long and arduous day, we’d like to turn your attention to the latest from Chicago based songwriting and production prodigy Shallou. The artist has already sold out his tour stop in San Francisco on February 22nd at the Rickshaw Stop, which is part of Noise Pop’s annual festival. This comes as no surprise considering the success of his prior singles, including You and Me, which has been topping charts and racking up millions upon millions of streams. And he’s about to support Big Gigantic on tour next month, too, so we can expect his star to shine even brighter as the year progresses. Shallou enlists RIAH on saccharine vocals to round out sublime new single Lie, on which he deftly demonstrates why he’s become such a hotly buzzing electronic attraction. The supple and lissome, graceful and fluid cascade is adorned with lush orchestral strings and a misty, wistful beauty. Despite the melancholia running in its undercurrents, Lie is a buoyant pumping infusion of luxuriant house, mellifluous electropop, and limber future bass. Lie arrives with a breathtaking music video whose snow capped mountains, exquisite auroras, and cloud shrouded peaks build upon the song’s wondrously panoramic scope. Lie is available via major platforms, here.

January 17, 2018
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Two of our faves from the budding new music scene in 2017 (who are poised to rule the music world this year) come together on this next official remix. SOFI TUKKER, the Grammy nominated alt dance/house pop duo who’s topping charts these days with their latest single Best Friend, has remixed pop wunderkind Billie Eilish’s COPYCAT, and the resulting edit is wicked good. Billie Eilish’s voice has never sounded more bewitching and teasing than on this snazzy simmering, deep pumping house remix, which pairs SOFI TUKKER’s usual deep dance flair with a sexy pulsing retro house vibe reminiscent of Grum. Grab this dark foxy remix from iTunes, here.

November 29, 2017
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Let’s wax philosophical with Ampermut, a deep house and pop project from Vienna. Except, instead of a droll study regarding our existence and values, Ampermut is going to enthrall us with a uniquely mesmeric experience on their song, Philosophy. Sooty pumping, earthy thrumming electronica and soulful vocal licks lift us towards nirvana. For a moment, we do understand the existence of life. It’s to connect with others through music we enjoy, and we certainly feel less alone when shuffling our feet to Ampermut. Philosophy’s guitar laden electronica is like Broken Back meets Bob Moses, with a heady dose of spaciness. The track is the title track and one of two tunes from Ampermut’s new EP, which can be streamed, here. Watch their music video for the EP, here.

November 21, 2017
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By now, I’ve been fortunate enough to catch SOFI TUKKER live so many times that you’d think that I’ve gotten used to their high energy, crowd elating sets. Yet each time a new chance to see Sophie and Tucker fire up the audience with their groundbreaking form of Brazilian house-pop and jungle-y alt dance leaves my heart fluttering anew with excitement. From the pair’s very first shows at SXSW a couple years back to a dazzling set at the Greek Theater ahead of Odesza a few weeks ago, SOFI TUKKER has been nothing short of magnificent. We’ve also been wildly reveling in the success of Best Friend, their colossal new single with NERVO, The Knocks, and Alisa Ueno. As if 2017 isn’t already closing out strong for SOFI TUKKER and SOFI TUKKER fans alike, the duo have now unleashed Energia, a vivacious, beatific, and contagious carousel ride that dips fully into the Brazilian/Portuguese side of the pair’s sound. Like Drinkee and Matadora, Energia is a collaboration with Brazilian poet Chacal. It’s got plenty of that smoldering SOFI TUKKER spice and fire that we fell so hard for previously. All that’s left to do now is dance, wild and feral, untamed and free, to yet another phenomenal genre defying, classification breaking SOFI TUKKER heater. Download/stream the single, here.

August 16, 2017

There’s really no better “painkiller” and mood lifter than music, as I’m sure many of you fellow music heads would agree. So, it seems rather fitting that the latest single to come from British singer songwriter Liv Dawson might be named Painkiller. We wade back into her signature soulful pop, eager for the supple caress of her voice as the 19 year old artist breathes new life into our weary hearts with the vibrant pumping, heartfelt moving ballad. On production duties is none other than our electro-soul faves, HONNE. Painkiller, which is out now on Method Records, follows on an extensive period of activity for the young rising talent, who spent the summer performing at festivals like The Great Escape and Latitude while collaborating with salute and Redlight & Kojo Funds. She also sold out her first official headlining show at London’s Omeara, and fans are eager to find out about more live dates to follow soon. The drum and bass propulsive single arrives with a music video that expands on Painkiller’s sincere heart-on-its-sleeves vibe. You can find the single at major outlets, here.

July 7, 2017
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We dive into a soothing ocean of deep pumping house and crisp cool pop as Cardboard Foxes presents us with their latest single, an ebullient summer anthem named Do You Ever featuring Kenyo on satin soulful vocals. The shiny polished, warm undulating aria is sure to spur some impromptu dancing, and it’s the perfect tropics hued accompaniment on this warm July evening. Do You Ever is out now via all online retailers.