LA-based producer and vocalist Seven Davis Jrtruly possesses a technique all his own–one that combines elements of funk and tech-house/disco for a fresh, dance floor ready sound. His debut album Universes, which dropped last month, encapsulates that style giving long-time fans a treat while taking the his audience size to new levels with infectious tunes like “Sunday Morning” providing the perfect amount of accessibility without sacrificing artistry. For those more familiar with EDM than old-school house and techno, which is probably most TMN readers, Davis’ music helps bridge the gap and might just tempt you to dive down the musical rabbit hole of the still thriving, legendary tech-house scenes of Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco.
As a bonus track to his critically acclaimed project, Davis has released yet another funktastic banger with “Try Me (I’ll Funk You).” Featuring his own strangely hypnotizing vocals backed by a bouncy, steadily building groove, it’s a great introduction to Seven Davis Jr’s approach for those not yet familiar. Along with the single comes an absolutely stunning remix from Brainfeeder producer Mono/Polywho completely flips “Try Me” into an equally irresistible psychedelic hip-hop tinted jam. It’s a rare situation where original and remix are both incredible but in altogether different ways.
“Try Me (I’ll Funk You)” along with the Mono/Poly remix will be available to cop tomorrow, August 21st, via Ninja Tune and can be pre-ordered now on iTunes or Bandcamp.
Getting out of bed on a Wednesday morning isn’t always the most pleasant feat but today we’ve got a premiere that should alleviate some of your mid-week stresses. “Let it Go” is the debut single from Swedish four-piece, Jolympix, and serves as the perfect introduction to their minimal, yet emotional, electro-pop sound. Backed by a peaceful piano progression, textured percussion and sprinkled psychedelic elements, vocals from Jolympix’s Johanna Nordström shine from the very start possessing a Jonsi-esque tranquility. Around the 1:40 mark, though, the instrumentation subtly erupts with glimmering synths complementing the stripped-down beauty at the song’s core. That understated contrast results in a captivating, immersive listening experience.
Less can often be more with music, and fans often don’t realize the painstaking process it requires to successfully achieve minimalistic bliss. Jolympix have been fine-tuning their craft for quite some time now in their hometown of Gothenburg and it truly shows on this cut. Their debut, self-titled EP is due out near the end of this year but, in the meantime, let your problems melt away with this soothing tune above.
Atlas Bound‘s “Landed on Mars” is easily one of the strongest releases of the year–a go-to if you’re in need of something to soothe the soul. Naturally, the Sydney duo’s silky, stripped-down sound has lent itself to countless remixes but Feki may have just dropped the best yet with his take on the hit single. It’s a full re-imagination on which the Brisbane producer’s signature style, established on TMN-favorites like “Nothing Lasts Forever,” shines without losing site of the original’s emotional allure.
Feki crafts an airy atmosphere at first keeping the vocals in-tact while layering a high-pitched backing version to match the mood, adding a slightly playful element along the way. As the lush instrumentation picks up, a vocoded loop introduces a completely new facet to the song before the track hits a jazzy, piano-driven interlude once again taking advantage of the un-altered vocals. That break bridges perfectly back into a textured, percussive groove that culminates all the song’s moving parts into an overwhelmingly uplifting closing.
This tune’s the type to pick you up after a long day or week. Get lifted with Feki’s latest, which was released through the up ‘n coming LA-based label Next Wave Records, and grab a free download here.
It feels like every week Odeszahave exciting new material to set the interwebs ablaze–whether it be enormous remixes, releases through their Foreign Family Collective or even fan videos of yet-to-be-released songs from their acclaimed live sets. This week proves no different as the Seattle production duo announce the upcoming release of a deluxe edition of their 2014 album In Return. Along with that announcement, they let loose a brand new original track featuring the Swedish electro-pop geniuses of Little Dragon.
The unconventional, yet enticing, crooning of Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano feels like a natural pairing with the shimmering instrumentation of Odesza. “Light” slightly tones down the intense percussion we’re used to from the duo, though, rather gliding beautifully and relying more on the radiant elements of their sound. Even with a more stripped down approach, the chorus proves irresistible as Odesza inject just enough of the enormity we’ve come to expect from them. It’s a truly mesmerizing collaboration that we hope results in more new music between the two pioneering acts.
The deluxe edition of In Return is out on September 18th via Counter Records and can be pre-ordered here.
With a grueling touring schedule since the release of their fantastic debut album last year, Junglehave been relatively quiet in the last few months save for some phenomenal remixes of their tracks by top producers. Last week, though,they put out an edit of a track from a fellow-UK artist named Dornik. The original version of “Stand in Your Line” is a slow-burning, electronic-tinted R&B jam showcasing Dornik’s abilities as a songwriter, vocalist and versatile producer. Jungle keep those silky vocals intact while transforming the backdrop to reflect their signature groove-filled, yet soulful, style. The end result finds what was initially a gorgeous, laid-back song become a sunny anthem that we could easily imagine getting down to at one of Jungle’s awesome live sets.
For us, the real icing on top of the cake with this one was discovering Dornik, who’s self-titled debut album, which dropped ten days ago, is a true diamond in the rough that flawlessly traverses electronic funk, soul and R&B with a distinctive retro-’80s tint. If you’re a fan of artists like Shamir or Gallant, we’d definitely recommend giving it a peep–you can grab a copy here or stream via Apple Music//Spotify at those links.
On this laziest of Sundays, few tunes can fit the mood much better than the latest single from Lionlimb–a collaborative project from Stewart Bronaughand Joshua Jaeger, members of Angel Olsen‘s band. “Turnstile” combines a taste of vintage 70’s psychedelia with smooth backing piano and an equally carefree vocal tone, which inject the perfect splash of chillwave texture. With wah-wha’d electric guitar solos sprinkled through out, it couldn’t match the waning days of summer better truly immersing the listener in a blissful radiance.
“Turnstile” will be featured on their upcoming debut 7″, which drops on Sept. 18th via Bayonet Recordings.
LA production duo Vindataare veterans of the electronic music scene who have maintained a refreshing sound through the genre’s various twists and turns. With backgrounds in hip-hop production they were onto elements of the EDM Trap sound long before the sub-genre existed but, at the same time, were pioneers in straight electro music as well–I can still recall blasting their remix of Band Of Skulls’ “Fires” out of my dorm room 5 years ago. Over the last couple years, they’ve been particularly prolific with both originals and remixes (their take on Odesza’s “Without You” being a personal favorite) culminating in their latest EP–Through Time and Space.
The project spans, and builds on, their various sonic explorations proving a fascinating combination of sounds cataloguing their journey as artists thus far. The EP opens with the booming “Spirals,” a straight electro banger that long-time fans will appreciate. Following that enormous intro, as its name promises, the EP takes the listener on a journey with upbeat, R&B-influenced cuts like “Own Life” and “Gypsy” to more chilled-out, atmospheric tracks like the closer “Can’t Say No.” The track “Wide Awake” stands out as the catchiest tune with its beautifully screeching chorus but, as with all the songs, its emotional power is accentuated in the context of what is a truly cohesive project.
Through Time and Space is out now via OWSLA— you can stream it in full below and grab a copy over at iTunes here.