Sometimes a voice comes along that completely encapsulates you, leaving you incapacitated for the duration of that first blissful listen. Ofelia K. has one of those voices, which weaves a glowing tone and robust soul through each and every note.
Already experiencing tremendous success in the past, snagging three #1 most popular spots on Hype Machine spots in her work with Wanderhouse and Felix Cartel, this indie chanter now looks to take on the blogosphere with some solo work.
“White T-Shirt” comes off her highly anticipated forthcoming solo EP and shimmers with youthful expression through and through. It’s open, baring an intimate glimpse to listeners, roping them in for an emotional experience set to the background of understated drumming, glowing synths, and subtle plucks from a guitar.
Take a listen above, then head over and follow her on SoundCloud.
If there’s anybody that can properly ease you into your Tuesday morning workday, it’s London-based multi-instrumentalist Ed Riman, or, as you’ll come to know him today, Hilang Child.
Premiering today, “Endless String” accompanies the previously released “Thule” as a new double A-side single through Akira Records. The two pieces are influenced by time, place and emotions, which is evident in the grand, cinematic soundscape composed by this talented musician.
The track we’re bringing you a first look at documents a first encounter with a new love, showcasing the anticipation of what the future may hold. Long, legato piano chords mimic those long feelings and are bolstered up with haunting background falsetto vocals, and, of course, Riman’s gorgeous lead vocals. The end experience is nothing short of incredible, providing an intense, fleeting moment of pure bliss.
Make sure to follow Hilang Child on SoundCloud, so you can keep up with everything coming up from this intriguing new artist.
The New Division
If you’re not hip to this Riverside, California-based electronic act just yet, today will mark the day you follow him on Spotify, Soundcloud, Facebook, and Twitter.
Having already experienced success with two albums, two EP’s, and experiencing tremendous love and support at Pitchfork and NME, The New Division is back with a third full-length album, produced in collaboration with F.J. DeSanto from Hypefactor. Titled Gemini, it boasts 13 songs, including “Introspective,” all which are officially coming out on June 23rd.
Also known as John Glenn Kunkel, The New Division’s roots are planted firmly in the new wave music sector of the massive electronic landscape we’ve come to know today. “Introspective” is a shining example of that style, bringing Kunkel’s signature sound to listeners through a luscious soundscape developed by layers of sonorous guitars, uplifting synths, and, of course, that iconic voice.
It’s also available to purchase, as of right now, via iTunes. We strongly suggest you head over and show your support.
Wolfback (Lostboy Remix)
As a music blogger, we hear dozens of new songs each day, meticulously sifting through hundreds of pieces of communications that come in each 24-hour period. We’re not going to sugarcoat it, we hear a lot of the same sounds and styles being used, over and over again. Today brings one of those tunes that stands out with a unique identity, as we premiere the first official offering from London-based Lostboy.
Taking a crack at “Wolfback,” from fellow Londoner Findlay, Pete Rycroft (Lostboy) has dialed up one hell of an interpretation. The vocal sampling stands out as a shining star of this remix, using both hums to provide a haunting soundscape, and quick, interspersed chops to serve as an addition to the percussion. The bassline should also be noted, showcasing an aggressive nature that almost reminds us of Tchami or Oliver Heldens, only less commercial.
Rycroft’s background as a classically trained pianist and producer for leading house DJs across Europe are apparent throughout, which end up giving listeners a massive, toothy grin for the full 3:13 ride.
Zedd ft. Jon Bellion
Beautiful Now (Halogen Remix)
Atlanta-based producer/DJ duo Halogen just keeps churning out impressive remixes, and today is no different from what we’ve seen in the past. This time around, these two have dialed up an energetic remix of Zedd’s “Beautiful Now,” which features vocalist Jon Bellion.
Still progressive in nature, “Beautiful Now” is elevated with bouncier beat that we’ve come to know and love from these two. Vocal samples have been chopped and rearranged in the intro, providing intrigue from the get go. From there, we’re lead through a progression of high octane, soaring synths and a driving piano melody.
For us, we see this as being a dance club-ready interpretation, varying from the anthemic nature of the original. We also could easily see Zedd using this in his set, especially ones at smaller venues where the energy would serve his fans well.
Can you hear that, ninjas? It’s faint, but it’s becoming stronger with each passing minute. Soon, you’ll realize that it’s the sweet siren call of the weekend, and she’s beckoning you with her open arms. Luckily for all of us, Australian up and comer Tom Budin has something to pair perfectly with the weekend’s gesticulation to come hither and get down.
Releasing today on Ultra Records, “Cheeky Charlie” is a dialed up future house tune that sizzles with a dramatic dancefloor presence. With a pronounced bassline, future house style melody, playful vocal chops, and a stadium anthem style progression, it’s sure to kick things into gear for your Friday festivities.
Whether you’re just trying to get through the rest of your workday or you’re already pregaming for a long night out on the town, “Cheeky Charlie” is the perfect accompaniment. Take a listen above, then head to Beatport and snag it for yourself.