We all have our inspirations. Whether it be a music blogger inspired by previous music journalists gracing the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine, or a musician intrigued by an experimental, curious Icelandic female vocalist, we all have them. It’s in these inspirations that our art forms are molded, giving us passion and drive to both pay homage to our heroes, as well as create something that’s truly our own.
At the young age of nine, SORNE witnessed something that would later inspire his music, seeing Bjork perform with the Sugarcubes on SNL. Fast forward a few decades, and this Florida based artist has tipped his cap to his northern European inspiration. Armed with his voice, some chopsticks, his desk and a canvas, SORNE has created interpretations of some of his favorite Bjork tunes.
Today we’re excited to premiere his cover of “I Miss You.” Mimicing the iconic organ chords, SORNE utilizes his voice in their place. With repetitious bouts of percussion hits, he maintains the classic feel of the original, while dialing down the tempo to create a sultry and unique rendition.
Maybe it’s those sultry guitars that are welcoming us in. Maybe it’s that smooth, playful bassline. Whatever it is, Wake Owl has us fully entranced in their retro inspired sound, bringing back memories of yesteryear with their classic musical stylings.
No, we can’t say we were even alive for what most would call Yesteryear, however, we are pretty well versed in musical composition throughout the years. “Candy,” displays qualities that will warm your mother’s heart over, while still maintaining a current relevance. This playful pop tune, riddled with love drenched lyrics, effortlessly tells a story to the listener, bringing them in with every verse.
Coming up on their debut LP, The Private World of Paradise, the aptly named “Candy” is quite a treat. Recorded at National Freedowm studios under producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), the album is due out March 4th, 2014 by way of Vagrant Records. Make sure you put a notification in your phone, as this is one you won’t want to miss. Until then, you can curb your sweet tooth by picking up “Candy” on iTunes.
Known among his peers as “the producer’s producer,” this classically trained pianist and percussionist has straddled genre lines for years, previously being awarded as the Best Scratch DJ for his home state of North Carolina – at the age of 17. With a love and flair for classic instrumentation, and an interest rooted in the electronica world, it’s no wonder we’re picking our jaw up off the ground after hearing Sings, which dropped last week.
One of our favorite tunes from the gorgeously orchestrated LP is “First Thought, Best Thought.” The precariously named title might be a nod to what every artist goes through in creating something, going through constant eternal struggles only to find that that initial creative flame, was in fact, the best.
Carroll’s percussion rich upbringing can be heard throughout this entire piece, popping over atmospheric, nature rich elements, and synthesized human chantings.
On the other end of the spectrum, we’re offered a much more pop driven tune in “The Hunter.” With a light, playful melody, Carroll’s voice carries effortless through the dance inspired beats. You honestly can’t help but get taken to another world whilst listening to this tune, embracing its flirty and playful nature is inevitable.
Both examples are mesmerizing, and in all honesty, are just the tip of the iceberg for what you can expect from Sings.
First Thought, Best Thought
Fix This (The Chainsmokers Remix)
This Big Apple producer/DJ duo snuffed out their smokes and focused in on one hell of an indie electro house tune. Through the wisps of extinguished cigarettes, we see a real dance floor pleaser rise up. Smokey descriptors aside, we’ve always been fans of The Chainsmokers, and “Fix This,” continued our affinity for their creative and unique sounds.
Calling on similarities of indie dance tunes from the likes of Dragonette and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it’s no wonder Alex and Drew were chompin’ at the bit to get their hands and software all over this tune from The Colourist. The focus of the tune is definitely on the vocals, which aren’t overly treated. Couple that with a heart pounding electro house melody, and you’re left helpless to this remix’s demands. What are those demands exactly? It’s simple really. Dance.
Dutch producer Oliver Helden has brought a fresh new sound to Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label, and simply put, we’re grinning ear to ear. Not that we have a problem with trance, electro house or progressive house, but it’s nice to see a spotlight on a really solid tech house tune. Without the use of vocals, a beautiful melody or devastating drops, “Gecko,” crawls under your skin in the best way. It has one of those infectious beats that demands your presence on the dance floor, and we can pretty much guarantee that you’re going to oblige its siren call.
This tune is out just in time for your New Year’s Eve celebrations, dropping December 30th. Mark your calendar.
After a long, chilly week, we know that you guys are all ready to let loose. You’ve been destroying it at work, day in and day out, and you’ve now earned the right to do whatever the hell you want for two straight days. Whether you’re going to kick it at home, or head out to the club, we strongly encourage one thing. We’re pretty sure you know what it is by now, but if not, please see our request below.
Eli & Fur x Davidian
Let It Go
Suit & Tie (Galimatias & Joppe Remix)
Sexy Socialite (Salva Remix)
AObeats & Manila Killa
Perfect Strangers (Kastra Remix)
Let Her Go (Filtercrush Remix)
DV & LM, DVBBS, BORGEOUS vs Krewella vs Frankie Sanchez & Lookas
Stampede Alive (BORGEOUS Edit)
Control Movement (Valentino Khan Bootleg)
R3wind (Original Mix)
Big Pollaroid Sparked The Code (Leo Laurettis Mashup)
W&W, Twoloud & Thomas Newson Feat. M. Koma
Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:
- Get in line up front door before 11 pm
- Show this post to the cashier
Boom. That’s it, ninjas! The only thing to mention for this week is that there are FOUR nights of stellar talent. That’s right. Beta has added a special show tonight which features Sub Focus as the headliner!
Sub Focus - December 4th
Markus Schulz - December 5th
Venom One feat. Adina Butar
Crashed & Burned (Markus Schulz Remix)
Getter - December 6th
Sasha - December 7th