Posts Tagged ‘Human’

January 25, 2018

Esteemed New Zealand jazz pop artist Kimbra will be releasing her third full length album Primal Heart on April 20th. Though the date seems very far off right now, the strenuous wait is much more manageable now that the two-time GRAMMY award winning songstress has shared a music video for her latest single, Human. You never know quite what to expect when Kimbra blesses us with new music. She’s that creative and unpredictable, imaginative and original. Human sees her wading deep into electro-R&B territory. It’s an avant-garde foray into the jazzy ornate pop that Kimbra is such an expert at. Fierce and spunky, fluid and sultry Human even feels like Phantogram meets Little Dragon at times with its glitch hop beats and its neo-soul/trip hop vibes. Pre-order Primal Heart, which has been named by Rolling Stone as one of the year’s most anticipated albums, here. Those in San Francisco can catch Kimbra on tour when she hits the Regency Ballroom on Tuesday, February 13th. More tour info can be found on her website, here.

November 11, 2017

New Swedish collective HUMAN is fronted by Grammy Award winning Swedish artist Daniel Adams-Ray.

According to Daniel, HUMAN is not a person or a band, instead, it’s a collective: “It is me and whoever is involved, including you!’

He embarks on his new adventure, or should I say, OUR collective adventure, with the debut of HUMAN’s first single, Higher, an explosive, propulsive anthem influenced by Daniel’s multi-cultural musical background. He expertly fuses vintage blues, conscious rap, and contemporary pop on this larger than life spectacular. The high voltage battle-cry of an invigorating song utilizes a wide array of sound, including a South-African gospel choir, reverb drenched keys, and sophisticated brass sections. Higher is like soulful Rag’N’Bone Man gone groovy Jungle. It’s a massive tune, in more ways than one. 

March 1, 2017
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I have Mas Tropical to thank for the sublime sonic bliss about to greet your ears. The California producer has been hard at work collaborating with this amazing new artist, Carter, and he personally introduced me to the new project. Carter has already received support from big wigs like chief engineer (and longtime Wyclef Jean colalborator) Serge Tsai. Human is the first single from the Suriname based talent, and human and authentic the song does feel. A deep sense of introspection overwhelms me as I lose myself in the song’s sparse minimalism, which evokes The xx, and Carter’s exquisitely longing voice. Human also sports evocative post-dubstep like production, making it ever gripping and captivating in a very tactile manner. The song is described as being “about man’s fear of comfort and the repetition that comes along with it… Our fight to prove ourselves again & again every day and our hunger to stay alive even after death.” While we look forward to Tranga, Carter’s debut EP, we can purchase Human from iTunes.

February 9, 2017
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I can’t but be drawn to Human, a song from self proclaimed “indie surf-pop-punker” Vacances, a Brooklyn transplants and Bay Area native. Human is a luscious burst of dark wave inflected electropop and an irresistible first encounter with Danny Lannon, the man behind the music magic. It’s as if The Limousines have crossed paths with 80′s new wave a la Depeche Mode or The Cure on this glamorous glittering song, which Vacances wrote after that tragic Oakland warehouse fire. Human will be out as a single on February 17th. I’m almost sad we’ve lost such fine talent to Brooklyn. It would’ve been nice to call Vacances our own, still.

October 15, 2016

Closer is a song so intimate and engaging, it feels closer than close. British singer songwriter and produer Anil Sebastian has released an abstractly captivating, whimsically artful music video for the stunning song, which will be on his debut album Mesonoxian, due out later this month. The gifted musician presents us with a fantastical song in Closer, an intricate and ornate minimalist electronica, operatic chamber pop, and alt-R&B concoction that feels other worldly yet familiar, like the very contents of your own heart. Closer levitates to great heights on lush instrumentals and angelic vocals, making it a near spiritual experience, like an epiphany. I’m left feeling like I flew too close to the sun, having seen the whole universe spread before me before falling back to our dark earth, my wings scorched by celestial flames. This masterpiece of a song can be purchased now from iTunes. For another exquisite work of sonic art from Anil Sebastian’s forthcoming album, stream ambient ethereal Human below.

July 23, 2016

UK blues and soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man (aka Rory Graham) shared a music video for his single Human late last week. Human has to be one of the most magnificent and anthemic tunes I’ve heard all year, a muddy resolute Sam Cooke meets Hozier kind of joint. Human is out now on Columbia Records / Best Laid Plans and available via iTunes. Rag’n’Bone Man will be playing a myriad of festivals soon in the UK. 

January 30, 2015
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As a loving fan of now defunct Australian dream pop band Snakadaktal, I was quite delighted to find out some months ago that ex-band member Sean Heathcliff had launched a new project named Kagu. Today, he follows up on debut song Shadow Of The Wind with a sensational new tune named Human. Human takes Kagu in a more colorful and vibrant direction compared to his delicately sedate and gentle debut song. Fabulously catchy and rhythmically complex, Human is a marvelously spirited, elaborately layered, and atmospheric alt pop meets synthpop sparkler. Human is the second single from Kagu’s self titleddebut EP, out March 6.

December 18, 2014
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British duo Aquilo’s melting, cinematic music takes a dark, haunting turn on this stunning remix of Human by Philadelphia electronic duo Marian Hill (or rather, Marian Hill’s Jeremy Lloyd), who’s quickly risen in the ranks of my acts to watch in 2015 list. We’ve heard some spectacularly sensual electropop from Marian Hill, but turns out, they’re very adept at crafting future trappy, bouncy remixes, too! The remix is on Aquilo’s Human EP. The original was produced by one of my favorite producers of the year, SOHN. So, yes, this remix is quite the union of acts I’m fond of.

October 30, 2014
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British duo Aquilo’s new single Human is produced by SOHN, and you all should know by now how much I love SOHN’s impeccable and dramatic electronic production. Paired with the duo’s gentle, soothing vocals, we have ourselves one gorgeous, breezy treat, full of cinematic beauty and cathartic swells. I think I can even hear my heart breaking if I turn the volume down. Human is the title track off Aquilo’s just announced 3 track sophomore EP, set for release December 8 via B3SCI. 

October 30, 2014
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British duo Aquilo’s new single Human is produced by SOHN, and you all should know by now how much I love SOHN’s impeccable and dramatic electronic production. Paired with the duo’s gentle, soothing vocals, we have ourselves one gorgeous, breezy treat, full of cinematic beauty and cathartic swells. I think I can even hear my heart breaking if I turn the volume down. Human is the title track off Aquilo’s just announced 3 track sophomore EP, set for release December 8 via B3SCI.