Posts Tagged ‘mellow’

April 5, 2018
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Emerging Southern California production team, Best Picture, really do paint quite the vivid sonic painting with their new song, Get U Thru, which features Max Green on vocals. The dreamy ambling, gently contemplative electronica and pop ballad inebriates with a light saunter and soft chimes. Best Picture and Max Green lulls us into a dusky yet luxuriant daydream with their fleecy beats and dulcet melodies on Get U Thru, a song which can get us through anything. You can also stream Get U Thru via Spotify, here.

February 2, 2018
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Not only is a new song from Girlpool an unexpected and welcome delight, but this fine gem also features Dev Hynes, or Blood Orange, on backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, and mixing. Picturesong is a gauzy skating, languid hovering song that certainly kicks off very differently from most of the Los Angeles bands’ prior scuzzy lo-fi punk and disarming guitar pop offerings. But it builds ever so slowly and achingly towards a fuzzy roiling finish. Girlpool explores loneliness and perception on their new single, which is out now on Anti-. Catch them on tour this month in the U.S. They’ll be stopping by the Great American Music Hall in SF on February 21st. 

January 26, 2018
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Some mighty fine music displaying a wide range of genres has been surfacing out of Ireland these days. Our latest such treasured find is a project named RTL, created by an artist named Rob Toal-Lennon who hails from Wicklow. He’s lures us into his world with a contemplative R&B soul song named Father, the opening track from his superb EP “Much Love.”, which he describes as an accumulation of 5 years of planning, writing, & recording. RTL’s attention to detail is more than obvious on inebriating Father. An eclectic array of elements compound the mellow swaying song. He knits together jazzy hip hop, bluesy soul, and acoustic R&B on his chill lilting jam. You can stream RTL’s Much Love. EP in full via Soundcloud, here.

January 18, 2018
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Norwegian production talent Bearson teams up with gooey melting New Yorker Josh Pan on their new collaborative track, a dreamy ambling, murky wafting R&B/electro track named Free. Freed we are from the shackles of life, if only for a few minutes, as we drift and sway to this dark simmering gem. The song is a major shift in sound for Bearson, who usually gives us vibrant and uptempo tracks, but we can’t help but love this change in pace from the versatile producer. Dusky synths and a slow waltzing cadence make Free the perfect song to set the mood for a slow dance with that someone special, but its tender melancholy is also fit for some lonesome pining late into the night. Download Bearson and Josh Pan’s Free, here.

December 23, 2017
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It’s usually “me, me and the City” most nights I head out to San Francisco for live music, though those evenings often end up with me bumping into music buddies or running into many familiar faces. That’s what’s great about the always tight knit music community, whether you’re an artist or just a fan. Well, I highly recommend  that those music pals don’t skip out on Josh Tobias, the blooming Brooklyn funk, soul, and R&B talent who’s now returned with a song named “You, Me and the City”. If you’re one of the many people heavily enamored by Tom Misch’s jazzy chill, cozy mellow form of soul, as well as Bruno Major’s snug and comforting, romantic and stripped back music, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this new Josh Tobias track which the gifted musician wrote, co-produced, and performed all by himself. I suddenly want to head up to the City myself on this frigid winter night, with Josh Tobias wafting through my ear. I can cruise those city streets all night long to “You, Me and the City”, while an aching longing for sweet tender romance tugs gently at my heart. This last official single of 2017 from Josh Tobias is a free download, here.

December 7, 2017

There’s a whole movement astir in the music scene today, involving Asian artists and collectives like Kris Wu, Higher Brothers, Rich Chigga, Yaeji, and more, many of them championed by management and media production company 88Rising, whose YouTube channel has become part of my daily routine. That group of young talented trendsetters also includes Joji, the internet persona who also goes by the names Filthy Frank and Pink Guy. As Joji, he focuses on his more serious musical artistry, breaking new ground with his vaporous swirling, murky wafting electronic R&B. Joji recently released a ground breaking EP named In Tongues, from which comes ‘demons’, a nebulously intoxicating, spectral and sorrowful ballad. Today, he’s released an artistically captivating music video for the song, featuring a lonesome figure in a big fur suit, chained to an empty, desolate swimming pool. It adds to the song’s devastation and anguish. In Tongues can be streamed/downloaded, here. Catch Joji on tour with Higher Brothers, Keith Ape, and Rich Chigga on the 88Rising Double Happiness tour in February. They make an appearance in SF on February 7th at the Warfield.

November 28, 2017
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I happen to love wearing boots in the winter, and fortunately for me, I never seem to get lost in them. But I’m pretty sure that’s not what KWAYE is referring to with his new song, Lost in My Boots. It’s a metaphorical rather than literal elocution, presented with gooey, creamy, and soulful panache. KWAYE, as you might recall from our past features, is one of Mind Of A Genius’ more recent signings. He shares the limelight with an eclectic array of label mates like ZHU, Gallant, THEY., Klangstof, and more while cooing about his past relationships on his new molten aching R&B soul track. Much like the rest of Mind Of A Genius’ roster, KWAYE oozes talent and charm, and he’s already making waves with his music. Jam out to more of his music on Soundcloud, here.

November 16, 2017
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Young pop sensation Billie Eilish has made this Wednesday that much more special by surprising us with a brand new song. Her swift ascent to pop stardom continues to gain momentum after the release of renowned debut EP ‘dont smile at me’ with the droopy downtempo vibes found on ‘bitches broken hearts’, a murky aching, gossamer wafting slow burner of a chill wispy pop meets ambient R&B soul ballad. A sublime piano solo closes out the stand along single’s vaporous stroll. Her brother Finneas, also a much lauded artist who’s made requisite appearances on IHM, co-produced the song alongside Los Angeles based OWSLA-affiliated producer Emmit Fenn. Re-visit Billie Eilish’s prior releases via Soundcloud, here.

November 2, 2017
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Norwegian wunderkind Jerry Folk has been proving himself a production chameleon lately with his flips. He takes on Post Malone for his latest track, demonstrating how much of a ‘rocksta’r he really is. Post Malone’s Rockstar gets a funky yet gritty re-working that brings to mind Pretty Lights. He even enlisted his buddy Heavy Mellow on wicked funk guitar. Download the track for free, here. If you missed Jerry Folk’s take on Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend, be sure to check it out, here.

October 24, 2017
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A blissful languor imbues our warm Monday afternoon as an indie pop band out of Arizona named Pro Teens serenades us with dreamy jangle pop on Signals Crossed. This mellow lilting, chill ambling ballad comes from the band’s forthcoming album Philistines, which follows on the heels of their acclaimed debut from last year. It’s the perfect leisurely soundtrack to our continuing Indian Summer here in California. The pensive groover is a hazy dose of woozy melancholia and washed out sunshine. Hit up more of Pro Teens’ music on Soundcloud, here.