Posts Tagged ‘RnB house’

May 17, 2018

Ever enigmatic production luminary ZHU dropped his new EP Ringos Desert Pt 1 last month, on which he continued to push the boundaries of house music and electronica. We were hoping the new release and the lack of a Bay Area tour date on his fall DUNE tour meant he would be announced as part of this year’s Treasure Island Music Festival lineup. Though we’re rather disappointed that this hasn’t happened, we’re also quite glad that ZHU has dropped a music video for slinky smoldering

Still Want U, his song with England’s Karnaval Blues. It’s the second track from Ringos Desert Pt 1, and a sparse misty, spacious burbling dose of deep humming, sensual simmering house hypnosis. Learn more about ZHU’s DUNE tour, here. We’re holding out hope that there’s still going to be an announcement about additional dates. Stream Ringos Desert Pt 1, here.

May 2, 2018
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I’d imagine very few of you missed the arrival of a new ZHU EP late last week, but just in case you did, and just because new ZHU is always worthy of much deserved praise, let’s marvel over the enigmatic producer’s latest volume of dark, sultry electronica! After all, we’ve been absolutely spellbound by the San Francisco-native’s music ever since he first released an Outkast cover mashup anonymously. Sure enough, the brilliant spark we saw in that track several years ago has since become a flaming inferno; ZHU is now a superstar. And he’s just dropped a seven track EP named Ringos Desert Pt 1, which can be streamed in full, here. The EP takes us on a journey across barren lands and through magnificent dunes, where windswept beats, howling synths, and rich bass quench our sonic thirst and give us sustenance to survive the wasteland of the arid world. Ringos Desert Pt. 1 even opens with a superb collaboration with Australian singer songwriter JOY. named “Stormy Love, NM”. Her ethereal vocals and tendency for hypnotic haunting music is the perfect fit for ZHU’s inky sleek, glossy opaque house. Catch ZHU on his DUNE fall tour later this year. No Bay Area date has been announced, but we’re predicting a Treasure Island Music Festival appearance considering the tour dates. Find out more, here.

April 5, 2018
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Aside from having a popping name that’s already imbued with a whole lot of frisky fire, Papa Ya has been inspiring us to dance our way to euphoria with their ebullient jams. The Los Angeles duo’s latest such tune is a heated bop named Explicit. R&B inflected vocals and firecracker beats swoon and crackle on the bass booming banger. Explicit’s a track that will be soundtracking our summer. It’s a lusciously grooving Years & Years meets Clean Bandit sort of theme for your epic pool parties and your passionate summer romances. You can also stream Explicit on Spotify, 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.

March 8, 2018
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In the confusing flurry of SXSW lineups that keep surfacing on the daily these days, I’ve noticed that Party Pupils will be making their way out to Austin next week, too. It comes as no surprise that MAX, who’s one half of Party Pupils will also be making an appearance. That’s double the reason for some festive celebrations, and who else but the slick dance troupe is perfect for soundtracking a massive dance party with their rambunctious bangers? They’ve even teamed up with their buddy from Connecticut, esteemed DJ and producer Audien, for a fresh take on Montell Jordan classic This Is How We Do It. Is there any more appropriate track for an elite production duo like Party Pupils?  This Is How We Do It is a timeless New Jack Swing party anthem. This updated cover reboot from Party Pupils and Audien both brings the old school back and gets us grooving with its future funk dance floor energy. Plus, those fresh vocals are sizzling hot! Grab the hot jam from iTunes, here.

March 2, 2018
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You know you’re in for a mighty fine treat when 23 year old UK singer songwriter and producer MNEK drops a fresh tune on us. Over the years, he’s racked up a billion streams across his releases and collaborations. That’s how much rapport and affinity he inspires in people. I imagine a whole lot of dancing has occurred, too. And dance you’ll want to do as we take in Tongue, a smoldering and sexy electronic banger about falling in love and being too nervous to say it out loud. It’s a flushed and sensuous, passionate and feverish R&B electro jam and an absolutely electrifying return. Watch MNEK’s lyric video for Tongue below. Tongue is available across all major platforms, here.

February 20, 2018
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The sheer amount of renowned talent involved in this next magnificent track is astounding, to say the least. But the fact that I Can’t Hold On involves a huge list of big league artists and producers including GTA, Dillon Francis, Wax Motif, and Anna Lunoe doesn’t muddle up the track at all. A symbiotic relationship seems to exist between the four projects on this dance floor thriller, a four-to-the-floor deep house and R&B dance banger with tart and fierce vocals. The track comes from GTA’s new four track EP, ‘Death To Genres, Vol. 3′ which explores a wide array of club ready sounds. Jam out to the EP, out now on Mad Decent, here.

February 10, 2018
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Two of our favorites come together on this swanky jam named Might Be On Fire, which instantly sets us on fire. Prolific Vancouver producer Pat Lok dishes out a whole lot of lavish pumping house heat while Los Angeles based R&B pop crooner Sam Fischer layers on a whole lot of his buttery charm. Pat Lok says of his dapper deep house thrummer: 

“Following up on ‘Hold On Let Go’ I wanted to go a little deeper, get a little more real. Might Be On Fire is about when you feel caught in a rut and have to take a hard look at yourself. There’s no one else to blame so all you can do is own your mistakes and get on with it.” Get on and get down we do to the track out now on Kitsune Musique. Spin Pat Lok’s music via Spotify, here.

February 6, 2018

It blows my mind that we’ve been devout fans of TOKiMONSTA for so long (even contributing to the crowd-sourcing campaign for her very first music video), yet knew nothing about the medical challenges the producer from LA was facing quite recently. Los Angeles based producer Jennifer Lee was diagnosed with a rare ailment named Moyamoya, and her struggles lead to several brain surgeries that resulted in a loss in ability to comprehend and write music, too. Yet, she fought through it all and released a sensational new album named Lune Rouge, which we had the pleasure of catching her on tour for when she visited San Francisco. I mean, I can’t even wrap my own brain around what she’s been through, and to be able to create the brilliant music she still does is just astounding. TOKiMONSTA reunites with director Mitchell deQuilettes for her new music video, one much inspired by her own personal experiences with trauma and the healthcare system. The clip was made for her single I Wish I Could, a smooth stuttering, slick prancing electronica, R&B, and hip hop chimera that features torrid smoldering, sexy enthralling vocals by Belgium chanteuse Selah Sue. If you missed out on TOKiMONSTA’s brilliant album Lune Rouge last year, you need to get on it, here.

January 28, 2018
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When Elderbrook and Camelphat’s Cola first surfaced last year, I immediately labelled it as one of the year’s best electronic tracks, even though we weren’t close to halfway through 2017 yet. Cola has since been nominated for a Grammy for best dance/electronic track, and we’ll be finding out in a few short hours if Elderbrook and Camelphat get to snag that trophy for their incredible electronic masterpiece. It seems only fitting that we cheer them on and celebrated Cola with this brilliant remix by who else, but magnificent ZHU. He gives Cola the trademark ZHU workover, a visceral pumping, torrid smoldering deep house styled edit, permeated with slick buttery cooing. Cola has never been more sexy. The remix is out now on Big Beat. Stream/download, here, then tune in to the Grammys tonight to root for the original. London based multi-instrumentalist and producer Elderbrook will be headlining Popscene in San Francisco on February 15th next month. It’s a can’t miss show, and I can’t wait to dance to Cola. Tickets and more info can be found, here.