As we slowly pull ourselves out of our holiday induced food, family and booze comas, it’s important to start the day off right with something real nice (as Cousin Eddie would say.)
Coming off of the mixtape from the electronic producer/vocalist duo, Made in Heights, has a downtempo delight that’s perfect to ease you into reality. Chock full of atmospheric layering, subtle tribal drum work and a underlying synth melody, the true hero in “Mantis” is Kelsey’s heart-wrenching lyrics. The simplistic soundscape is a perfect backdrop for the her story.
Coming off of their latest release,The Wøøds, This is apparently just a light taste of what’s on deck for this upcoming year for this talented duo, according to their Bandcamp:
a sort of albumixtape to lead you on an audio journey thru the HEIGHTS. a lil’ lagniappe of sonic fantasy foreshadowing some of what’s to come in 2014.
Day 00 : Busta Rhymes
Dangerous (Primat Remix) (Free Download)
Just last month, French producer Primat dropped a unique remix, and we’re just now stumbling across it. Kicking ourselves over missing this change of pace interpretation of Busta’s “Dangerous,” this remix is groovy, simplistic and makes you want to press play again and again.
The playful, dialed back nature fits impeccably with Busta’s quick fire flow, providing us with a really addicting tune.
Day 22 : Juan Cristobal
Coconuts, Palm Trees & Bikinis
Mele Kalikimaka, ninjas! The purveyor of tasty island inspired, down-tempo beats has just served up another warm weather stunner to take you away from your snowy surroundings.
Juan Cristobal continues to develop his knack for making sexy tunes, packed with tropical tones and slow, rolling basslines. Grab a bottle of suntan lotion, some rum and head for the beach. If you don’t have a beach, your neighbors hot tub will have to do.
What’s up, ninjas? We’re in the home stretch for the holidays which means we’re all a little bit exhausted, a little bit broke and a ready to cut loose. The good thing is, dancing is free. Booze unfortunately isn’t free, but you should have budgeted for that. Anyways, turn those speakers up, put on your dancin’ shoes and go to town.
The Vapors (AC Slater Remix)
Nom De Strip vs Daft Punk
Zar Technologic Saturday (HELENA Mashup)
DSKOTEK & Julian R
Destrukto (Original Mix)
Maarcos vs Zedd + Nicky Romero
Human Blaze (HELENA Mashup)
Work B%tch (Jem Remix)
Zedd//Deorro//Kevin Drew//Hayley Williams//Schoolboy
Stay In the New Scene (Koyote Edit)
Sean & Bobo
Festival (Original Mix)
3005 (Louis Futon Remix)
Brass Knuckles feat. Dom from Big Gigantic
All The Girls Do It (David A Remix)
Antiserum & Mayhem
Nirvana (Until The Ribbon Breaks ReImagination)
Just a few weeks ago we were talking about Sam Smith and his amazing tune “Money on My Mind.” Before that we were talking about “Together,” and “Safe with Me.” Let’s face it, the past year has been incredible for London based musician, and we’ve been talking about it every step of the way.
Today we’re talking about “Nirvana,” which was taken from Sam’s debut EP, released in November. However, this post features a crafty re-imagination of the tune via Until the Ribbon Breaks. Having just released an EP earlier this month (A Taste of Silver), this Welshman has also accompanied his remix with a sultry video.
Gone are the massive tribal drums and understated guitar riffs. In their place we find dialed up keys and smooth, seductive bass hits. Smith’s voice is amazingly sampled, creating a chopped up soundscape that is effortlessly beautiful, seductive and welcoming.
The video below brings a visual interpretation that matches the remix perfectly. Underneath the lush red glow, we’re offered up a scene that is probably NSFW. Take a little bit of caution before you press play on this one.
After penning a very solid debut EP, mysterious melodic downtempo producer Blackedout has just graced us with his latest take on atmospheric electronicism, “Champagne”. If we’re equating the title of the track to its sound, perhaps “Lean” would be a better suited title. Blackedout’s appliance of those spaced out drums really give “Champagne” the room it needs to build, simultaneously inducing an unconscious, albeit slowed down hip sway and head nod from its listener before blossoming into a full blown, highly layered melody. Further giving Blackedout’s new tune a little more gangster lean is an appropriately decelerated and spliced vocal sample from The Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” and shades of a Shlohmo or Ta-Ku influenced drum kick. Let “Champagne” and its mild, soft-hued vibes slink you down on your couch today after work, between classes, or wherever it is that you find some time to unwind and grab the free download above.
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