Changing things up a bit this month with the usual layout of our Resident Artist write-ups.
Resident Danny Howard couldn’t wait to get us his top five songs at he moment and sent them over early for us to enjoy. He even included one of his recent remixes with DJ Fresh. Five great songs to get your week started and keep you moving and grooving throughout the whole week.
Cedric Gervais – Missing You (DJ Fresh & Danny Howard Remix)
Jauz – Feel The Volume
Chocolate Puma Ft. Kris Kiss – Step Back
Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul
Luca Guerrieri – Harmon
’Cedric Gervais – MissingYou (DJ Fresh & Danny Howard Remix)’
’Jauz – Feel The Volume (Original Mix)’
’Step Back Feat. Kris Kiss (Mixmash)’
’Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul (OUT NOW)’
’Luca Guerrieri – Harmony (Pete Tong – BBC Radio 1 Rip) ‘
The muscle behind Kiesza’s viral tune “Hideaway”, NYC based imprint Lokal Legend, have dropped their latest release on us from Listenbee, “Save Me”, and it’s got us bubbling fizzy all over the office this morning. With his debut, Listenbee’s already got us brewing up comparisons to Robin Schulz, using an army of clean acoustic guitar noodling over a peanut-buttery thick four-four kick and melodious percussion to induce that warm and fuzzy feeling only the perfect groovy house track could elicit. To say we’re impressed with Lokal Legend and Listenbee’s brief output would be a bit of an understatement, and we’ll be over here salivating for more from both entities in the near future. For now, stream “Save Me” from Listenbee above, and cop the free download in exchange for a soundcloud “follow” here.
To Be (Original Mix)
As most of our readers are well aware, we like to cover a quality range of music genres from indie and folk to hip-hop and R&B; but sometimes, we really like to dig deep, polish off our finest dancing shoes and drop some jack on our readers (see: Friday Party Playlist). So, although we missed the debut of “To Be” from underground Aussie house benders Human Movement, we had to push this one out to round out the day’s dance vibe. Displaying shades of early Bromance Records intensity with the keen house sensibility and groove-first mentality we’ve seen on such prominent dance labels as Defected and Get Physical, “To Be” is exactly the kind of scampering 3:00 a.m. house this writer was calling for heading out of the weekend and into another work week. We’ve been all over this one today, and you can bet we will be all the way through to the weekend as well. Grab a free download of “To Be” here.
T.I. & Young Thug
About Da $ (Kaytra Remix)
Young Thug has had an absolutely ridiculous year rising from obscurity to one of the most talked about and controversial artists in hip-hop. Thug tends to be a polarizing figure, but it’s hard to deny the addicting nature of his music. Regardless, the Atlanta emcee’s wild, melodic flows lend themselves perfectly to electronic remixes. Canadian producer Kaytranda, who has had a spectacular year himself, is the latest to take on a Thugger hit with spectacular results. Choosing one of Thug’s catchiest tunes, the T.I.-featuring “About Da Money,” Kaytra minimizes the instrumentation of the original replacing it with a jazzy bounce and keeping the vocals in tact. Perhaps the most compelling part of this re-work comes around the 3:30 mark when it goes full instrumental introducing energetic percussion that creates a supreme groove. Peep this one above–we’re excited to hear what 2015 has in store for both of these rising stars.
The way they part when you are attracted to someone, they way they break into a smile around your friends, the small frown they form when something is wrong.
They are the feature on our face that many of us first notice when we look at others, and the feature that many of us are attracted to.
Marian Hill took that seductive feeling of lips and produced a beautifully sexy song about them called, what else, ‘Lips’. Vocalist Samantha Gongol has always impressed us with her way to sing fairly tempting vocals about everything and anything but she really shines on this song. She paints a picture of these lips that you dream about, those perfect lips on that perfect someone. Along with her vocals, producer Jeremy Lloyd spins his magic with a combination of electronic melodies, voice rendering, snap sounds, and some drums to carry this stimulating song to the very end. This duo has found a singly sound that is unlike much we hear these days, and they continue to show why they work so well together, and why their music is so damn addictive.
THE DOORS X PEACE FROG
Made on the same block as Jim Morrison’s last LA residence, and released on Jim’s birthday (12/8), Bobby Nourmand is making damn sure to give some praise to one of the people who inspired him the most, and he’s doing so with a deep house interpretation of this legendary track from The Doors.
Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven
Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice
Blood in my love in the terrible summer
Bloody red sun of fantastic L.A.
Nourmand let the lyrics more so than the music be his focus for this chilling remix, using their ominous message to craft a dark and cavernous soundscape. The synth structure is deep and surging, pairing perfectly with the heavy bassline and echoing snare slaps in a way that intensely engages the listener throughout.
This tune is a free download on Bobby Nourmand’s soundcloud page. Make sure to head over there, follow him, then snag an MP3 for your personal collection.
Always This Late (Illenium Remix)
Remixes of ODESZA’s songs will continue to stream into our inboxes, and we will continue to be impressed with many of them. Denver based artist Illenium has put a beautifully electronic melody over ODESZA’s ‘Always This Late’ to create a kind of magical remix. The song reminds me of a scene from a futuristic movie, where the hero is fighting desperately for their nation, their way of life, or the one they love. Illenium has taken this original and bumped it up to a true electronic song, adding in beautiful piano melodies and synth progressions to add a certain luster to the original song. Get ready for a wild trip with this remix, Illenium wants to show it’s never too late for a great remix.