Posts Tagged ‘progressive pop’

April 5, 2018
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Lately, Mura Masa has been surprising us by taking the role of producer behind some of our favorite artists’ new songs. His latest such work sees him crafting an intricate future bass soundscape for long time IHM supported LA artist Michl. Better With You proves to be a divine pairing. Michl’s smooth vocals and expert songwriting melds perfectly with Mura Masa’s sonic wizardry on the immaculate balance between electronica and soulful acoustic pop. The contrast between the song’s gentle, fervent strums and the track’s sharp whizzing, dramatic rolling texture is striking. It’s been a long time coming, but Michl will be releasing a debut album this summer, before he heads out on a new headline tour in the fall. 

March 28, 2018
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There’s a whole lot to take away from our week at SXSW this year, and though we expected some of our must-catch artists to be incredible, some of them simply blew our minds with their ridiculously good sets and sensational talent. FINNEAS is one such artist. Though it was a bit out of the way, we made sure to run over to the Central Presbyterian Church on 8th street for his one set of the week, and it was truly worth the effort. Finneas O’Connell, a Los Angeles based actor/musician who’s also siblings with red hot star-on-the-rise Billie Eilish, belted out some incredibly emotional ballads during the acoustic set, stunning us with his powerful and heartfelt vocals. It was magical, to say the least. Later in the week, FINNEAS played guitar during his sister’s sets (he was instrumental in crafting her debut EP, after all), but we’ll never forget the sheer magnetism and moving beauty of his solo acoustic performance, which at times reminded me of my experience watching Damien Rice live in a church, too. You can feel an inkling of that magic in Heaven, FINNEAS’ haunting and affecting new release which premiered on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Heaven was also instantly added to Spotify’s highly-coveted New Music Friday playlist. Damien Rice meets James Vincent McMorrow on the cathartic hymnal, possibly one of FINNEAS’ most gorgeous releases yet. Sister Billie may be conquering the world with her pop right now, but it’s obvious she’s going to have to share the crowning limelight with FINNEAS and his profoundly moving music. 

March 7, 2018
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I know it’s been a moment since we’ve visited with dashing Los Angeles based singer songwriter Lostboycrow, but it’s high time we delve into the melting crooner’s new EP, Traveler: The Third Legend, out now. The release completes his Traveler trilogy, and it’s a potent five track collection of deeply stirring gems. To be honest, we’ve had a very hard time selecting a track to highlight from the EP, but let’s turn our attention to Cindy At The Window, the third track off the release and a molten brooder of an alt/electro R&B meets progressive soul song. The production on the track is on point, scintillating and scalding, while Lostboycrow’s voice and its velvety velour inundates us with the pangs and anguish of lovelorn heartache. You can stream Traveler: The Third Legend in full on Soundcloud, here.

March 2, 2018
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We’re still utterly gutted that we had to miss STéLOUSE at Popscene in San Francisco recently. It’s hard to “stay loose” knowing you missed an epic show, and wasted a couple of much coveted tickets for it, too. But everything feels better for the moment as we sway to the euphonious opening bars and grandiose beginnings of the Denver producer’s latest single, Nobody Told Me

STéLOUSE enlists LA artist David Davis on the track, who lays down some truly sonorous sailing, powerfully soaring vocals. Nobody Told Me further emphasizes STéLOUSE‘s multi-facted talent as he goes a more vocal-driven alt pop and progressive pop route on the anthemic lifting ballad. It’s been much vindicating watching some of our favorite producers expand their range lately on their new releases, and we’re excited for what this means for the future of electronica and pop. Grab the heart bursting single, here, and catch

STéLOUSE  on the rest of his tour, here. Just don’t rub it in my face, please. It already sucks too much that we missed him. 

December 12, 2017
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It seems like an audacious move to name your project Monumental Men, but this threesome from Switzerland lives up to their namesake’s hype with their monumental form of dark electronica and progressive pop on new single, Enemy. They take us on a journey of profound self development on the percussive mesmeric, shadowy pensive sprawler, out now via indie label Radicalis. Enemy is a resolute and cinematic opus, yet it’s also ghostly and haunting. Its grand soul searching excursion carries familiar and intimate moments, with a Fyfe-like somberness and a Hundred Waters-like avant-garde lushness, but mired deeply in rumbling jungle beats that seem to echo the very murmurings of our hearts. Who else is a greater enemy to ourselves than our own demons? Monumental Men takes us into the heart of darkness with their song. As they say: “Frustration is a beautiful thing. We’d do everything to avoid it – and become better at what we do because of it. That’s the story of Enemy: gathering the strength to tackle our demons until the reason for our tears becomes a cause for a celebratory group-hug.“ The trio have an EP coming in February as well as some remixes planned. 

August 9, 2017

If you haven’t already heard by now, English rock veterans The Horrors are coming back with a new album named V on September 22nd. The latest treat they’ve shared off the album is a progressive pop gem named Something To Remember Me By, and I’m falling head over heels for the tune. The Horrors will be fusing elements of dance and euphoric trance with their classic sound on V, and this is more than apparent on this prismatic whirling new single. The entirety of the record, including the new single ‘Something to Remember Me By’, was recorded in London with producer Paul Epworth (FKA Twigs, Lorde, Rihanna, Adele, London Grammar, Florence and the Machine, Coldplay, U2 and Paul McCartney). Get up and dance as we await September 22nd. The band will be following their album release with a full tour in the UK in October. Perhaps they’ll make their way across the pond after that. One can hope. Pre-order V, here.

May 4, 2017
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X Ambassadors’ massive hit Unsteady still stands as one of their best in my books. It’s such a robust soaring, gut-punching anthem. LA based electronic duo Cosmos & Creature, that divine combination of pop chanteuse Molly Moore and her boyfriend, St. Louis progressive soul sensation Brandyn Burnette, gives us a fascinating and moving new interpretation of Unsteady. This unexpected delight, which the pair had been performing live on tour, amplifies the aching longing found within the original. Molly and Brandyn’s impassioned vocals dance a dance of heart stopping intensity within Cosmos & Creature’s finely nuanced electronic soundscape, complete with seamlessly layered new instrumentals. It’s a far duskier and moodier Unsteady that Cosmos & Creature offers us, and this welcome alternate approach on Unsteady is a free download, here.

October 11, 2016
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It’s been but a few days since I zealously shared with you Dia Frampton’s lush triumphant, grandly soulful pop ballad Golden Years, a cut from the singer songwriter’s forthcoming album Bruises. But here we are again getting lost in the tune, thanks to a regal prancing dance remix by Sweden’s OLWIK. The producer clearly demonstrates his ability to dazzle by fusing sweeping progressive house with vivacious spirited pop on a track he labels as “progressive pop”. OLWIK explains that the remix features “an orchestral sound design with a catchy whistling melody on top”. The remix is certainly a mellifluous thriller, and you can stream it on Spotify, too.

June 29, 2016

Zero 7’s Henry Binns and singer Bo Bruce first met in 2013 when they were working on some tracks for Bo’s top ten debut album. The rapport between the two was obvious from the get go, so in 2015, they headed over to the Zero 7 studio with some friends, including Hiatus and Jodi Milliner, and created what would become their first album as Equador. Blood is one of the first tracks revealed from said album, alongside its double A side partner Bones Of Man. It’s a haunting song, a dark progressive pop and trip hop aria that alternates between hushed gentle beauty and mellifluously surging grandeur. It’s almost like BROODS gone Zero 7. Blood comes with an entrancing music video full of riveting abstract visuals, too. The song will be out as a single on July 1st, while Equador’s debut album, Bones Of Man, is set to be released in September on Pegdoll Records.

June 28, 2016
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Just a few days ago, St. Louis by way of Los Angeles singer songwriter Branydn Burnette released his highly anticipated second EP, State I’m In. The eight track progressive soul and pop tour de force, which includes several tracks we’ve already enjoyed together previously, is a moving must listen. State I’m In packs a tremendous emotive punch, delivered with a raw honesty that has not one ounce of pretentiousness to it. In fact, there seems to be a humility to Brandyn’s resolute music that establishes a sort of rapport between listener and artist. He bares his heart and soul in each intricately composed, finely detailed track, and in it all, we find ourselves too. One of the awe-inspiring new tracks revealed with the release of this EP is a dark, soulful cut named Set In Stone. Dramatic keys and a gripping soundscape reminiscent of SOHN’s music build a relentless and obstinate foundation as Brandyn Burnette’s ever spectacular crooning adds layer upon layer of ardent passion and vehement emotion to the moody vibrant piece. It’s a tremendous addition to Brandyn Burnette’s sophomore EP. Listen to State I’m In on Soundcloud and purchase from iTunes.