With the first official day right around the corner, we felt like it was the perfect time to rope in one of our favorite, warm-weather artists into our Artist Residency program. After all, it is summertime all the time when it comes to Viceroy.
With a list of chart-topping, play-count-racking jams longer than those brutal winter months we just went through, this floral shirt-adorned San Franciscan has continually impressed us throughout the years, starting all the way back in 2012. Given the fact that we’ve had this four-year adoration for the Sultan of Summer, we’re thrilled to have him onboard.
As you wait patiently for those exclusive pieces to drop, week-by-week, please grab a tropical cocktail, your favorite stunners and flip flops, and press play below. This little collection should be more than enough to help get you in the mood for the best season.
If you weren’t planning on feeling sexy today, you might want to do some rescheduling because that’s about to change with this first cut off of Miki Rose‘s forthcoming EP. We’ve been lucky enough to catch and cover some of her previous work with El. Train and Toolbox, so it goes without saying that we’re extremely delighted to give you the first look into her solo project with Darker Than Wax.
“Right There” reflects a miraculous blend of R&B, soul, and electronic influences that exude an unashamed and warranted sense of pride that Miki has in her work. The groove is contagious. It shakes you up just right and gets under your skin in the best of ways. The slick and sensual delivery of every line isn’t the only treat in this tune, as the prowess of Giorgio Oehlers is equally put on display with his magnificent instrumentation. You can instantly and easily lose yourself between the keys and Miki’s voice alone, but the entire song stands as a triumph for her incipient XOXO EP. Good luck not breaking a little sweat listening to this one.
It’s Wednesday evening and by this point you know what that means: a brand new installment of your favorite workout playlist. For volume 3 we’ve included an assortment of heartbeat elevating bass to get your body moving as well as a few mellow tunes with catchy beats to warm you up. With less than 2 weeks till it’s officially summer, this playlist has got your back to help get you in shape for that swimsuit!
’Millesim feat. Mafalda ~ Figured Out (Wor’King Remix)’
Some magical songs seem to pull their listener into a saccharine sweet pool of sound, while also brandishing a surgeon like precision throughout its production. “Wave”, the OKBADLANDS featuring single from rising Australian producer Golden Vessel is certainly one of those tunes. A simple and sticky melody rests atop a bed of carefully placed piano, airy pads, measured drums, and just a beautiful vocal slice from fellow Aussies, Sally and Kate of OKBADLANDS. Try not to get your swoon on to this one.
About the tune, the young Brisbanian shared: “I’d been working with Sally & Kate over the last few months producing tracks for their debut EP. I really loved working with them, and they are both immensely talented, so I decided to see whether they wanted to collaborate on this track. After a quick creative discussion over some burgers, I got stuck into finishing up the instrumental and OKBADLANDS had the vocals finished up within a week.” If only all singles this good came together so easily. Slink back with your coffee or tea this morning and slip into “Wave” from Golden Vessel above.
We first stumbled upon rising D.C. based producer zacheser back in April when his debut original record “Skippy” sailed smoothly onto our radar. The young artist’s latest sees him tackling the remix game with a beautiful, melodic revision of Vincent Coleman‘s “Little Eyes”. Utilizing a foundation of housey roots, disco influences and unsyncopated ensemble rhythms, zacheser paints an addictive soundscape that pulls its listener into a tranquil flow state of aural consumption; while staying true to Vincent Coleman’s balmy original.
About zacheser’s remix, Coleman remarks: “DC producer zacheser is such a talented individual & I’ve been a fan of his for a while now. I reached out to him to do a remix and he surpassed my expectations, creating this new vibe to “Little Eyes” that still plucks at your heart strings but also gets your feet moving through an easy going atmosphere of grooving synths and consistent percussion.” I don’t think we could have said it any more eloquently. Enjoy zacheser’s “Little Eyes” remix above, and be on the lookout for more from the busy artiste in the near future.
Tiger Tooth -the East Village, NYC based electronic trio comprised of Johnny Siera, Will Broussard and Sofia Szamosi- came to us like the sweetest of gifts when they asked for our hand in premiering bouncy analog-techno instrumental single “Clementine”. Immediately, a muted synth that sounds like it was pulled straight off of an old 909 is underpinned by a buoyant kick-clap, setting the stage for the rest of “Clementine” to blossom into what sounds like a mid-2000’s electro romper lingered around a techno warehouse just long enough to embrace the weird while manging to escape with all of its accessibly cool points. This one fills us with the kind of gritty electronic joy that powered the blog-house era with so much fun, yet tasteful dance sounds. “Clementine” is one of the lead singles from Tiger Tooth’s self-titled LP on the fledgling imprint Baby Tooth Records, and with the amount of detailed craftsmanship found on just their first LP, it’s safe to say we will be waiting patiently as Tiger Tooth’s catalog continues to evolve and expand.
It’s been nearly three years since we first stumbled upon Lincoln Jesser. Looking back, it didn’t take much for us to instantly fall in love with the infectious, dancy, and (now that we’re listening to it again) timeless sounds of “We’ll Be Fine.” Since then, we’ve featured him and his music over a dozen times, showcasing our rapidly-growing adoration for his musical talents.
Each time we listened, release after release, we always asked ourselves the same thing – “why isn’t this guy blowing up right now?” Well, “blowing up” is rather tricky, but definitely well-deserved in this case. And, his most recent release will certainly help him get in front of millions more, as he releases his second tune with Spinnin’ Deep.
“Time Will Tell” features a lot of the same nuances we’ve come to know and appreciate from this LA-based producer, but also highlights some new tricks in his growing repertoire. Boasting an energetic piano melody, hard-hitting kicks, and a smooth-as-silk bassline, it has everything you’d want from a proper summer jam whether you just tuned into Jesser’s work, or you’ve been a long-time fan.