Leave it to two Aussie’s to create something that makes you crave an ice cold beer, sandy beaches and big, crashing waves. Between Melbourne based dream pop outfit Snakadaktal and Sydney beat smith Kilter, we’re left looking out our frost covered windows, wishing we were somewhere sunny and warm.
Utilizing the illusory vocals of Snakadaktal’s track “Fall Underneath,” Kilter is able to create a tropical electronic tune. Taking playful, melodic xylophone keys, this remixer dials up a downtempo dance tune with delicious drum play and a delightful melody progression. Add in some light guitar notes and claps, and you’re practically putting on sun tan lotion.
Interestingly named, Vancouver Sleep Clinic is far from Canada, producing soulful tunes from Brisbane, Australia. The adopted moniker of 17 year-old Tim Bettinson illustrates a vision of REM fueled visions with his name alone. Adding in the dreamy tune, “Collape,” only embodies what this youngster is going for.
With slow kicks, tapping tom hits and slow building chords, this tune relys heavily on the vocals. In all honesty, we couldn’t picture it any other way. The ethereal tone calls on association of RY X,Taped Rai and Bon Iver. While associations are sometimes necessary, this adolescent is well on his way of having people compare other acts to him.
It’s like there’s a party in my ears, and all you ninjas are invited! With a subtle nod to the King of Pop, UK based Dornik has a vocal tone that reminds of us of our childhood. Slip on your singular white glove, lie back and listen to this synth driven pop gem.
Coming off his debut album, due on PMR next year, we’re already greedily tapping our fingers, Mr. Burns style. Make sure to keep an eye out for it by liking Dornik’s facebook page.
Before the days of college blogs covering the “Top 10 Hottest Rave Outfits,” or hearing your favorite DJ on a Madden commercial, The Crystal Method has already established themselves as one of the most respected names. Fast forward twenty years, we find Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland are still throwing down huge tracks, maintaining the respect of the community.
While some youngsters might not be familiar with their history, a track like this might intrigue them to dig deeper into the roots that this duo laid down for what the world knows as EDM. For this particular collaboration, the LA/Vegas duo teamed up with Dia Frampton. You may remember her for her days with Meg and Dia, or you may remember her from her tenure on the Voice. Hell, you might even remember her from her adorable hipster look. Regardless of how she stands out, the girl has a voice.
In this bass riddled tune, TCM has put together a vocal dubstep gem that snaps, crackles and pops with razor sharp synths. The video is as entertaining as the track, featuring Meg going toe to toe with some voluptuous ladies, battling the odds with her “girl next door” looks and gorgeous voice.
With a bad ass title like “Christian Bale,” one would hope not to be disappointed. Well, fear not, ninjas. The foggy, London town (praise be to Burgandy) producer Yogi just dropped this monster of a track, and we can assure you that it’s nothing but sheer gold.
In a melodic fury of movie samples, gigantic bass kicks and bongo hits, this beat-centric trap gem stands alone as one of the better tracks we’ve heard in a minute. It’s larger than life, providing industrial, ominous vibes, yet still maintaining that anthemic dance structure we expect to hear at the club. Expect to hear this off of the debut EP, out early 2014.
It seems like these days, everyone is taking a second look at what they’re doing. Maybe it’s the economy. Maybe it’s the times. Maybe it’s just this generation. However you want to justify it, the fact remains that we’re all in search of our true passions.
Today’s premiere, from the up-and-coming LA band Owenstone, paints a portrait of a man standing on a freeway off-ramp with a sign, while wondering what would have been. Nathan Owen, the singer and songwriter of Owenstone, once spent months hitch-hiking and meeting other traveling vagabonds. The fascination with this lifestyle never wore off.
This emotional indie rock ballad features crooning vocals, playful guitar, and a dancy rhythm. Backed with some buzzing synths and classical string work, this tune has a lush soundscape that is visualized through this video directed by Susan Kemp.
Like a finely aged wine, this remake on Marvin Gaye’s legendary “Grapevine,” is oh so smooth. You might be shaking your head at that analogy, but we had a reason to use it. After reading Autograf’s sole tag on their Soundcloud for this particular track, we knew we had to throw it in somehow.
The use of Marvin Gaye’s vocals seem to fit perfectly with the sultry tempo and deep house beats. The samples are well crafted, and lightly used throughout, creating a simplistic remix. Coupled with Taiko drums layered on a natural drum kit sample, this tune has a soulful tribal feel that we just can’t get enough of.