Sometimes it’s the songs that seem to have the least to say that really make the most difference. “Hey Now” by English three-piece, London Grammar, is just one of those songs. While the phrase “hey now,” is relatively simple, the context it’s used in can be varied greatly. That mixed bag of emotions is captured nearly effortlessly through the singer’s cadence and fluttering instrumental on this soulful melody. London Grammar’s sound can easily be described as a cross between The xx and Jessie Ware, however, it’s not fair to quite box them in like that, as they’ve already proven with this track alone that they can hold their own amongst the top musical groups out there.
Florida-based seventeen year old production protege, XXYYXX, has been in heavy rotation for this ninja over the last few months. His experimental style often fuses ethereal vocal samples (think Clams Casino) with trap-esque 808-percussion for an incredibly relaxing, at times disorienting, feel. On his latest effort he chops up some classic Beyonce, from the Destiny’s Child days ,with his own assortment of complex drum patterns. The result is a trippy, manic and brief rendition of the original that captures the young artist’s unique sound, which I like to refer to as “cloud trap.” Check the remix, titled “AMAZEME,” below!
P.S. If you’re digging this as much as we are, make sure to check XXYYXX’s Bandcamp and SoundCloud pages where you can grab a bunch of his music for free.
It is easy to be saturated with M83 remixes, after all their rise to popularity have paved the way for indie-seeking producers seeking special harmonics for their next electronic tune. “Steve McQueen” of French electronic band M83’s sixth studio album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming is already more than a year old but thanks to french producing duo BeatauCue, we are welcoming its resurgence. Combining many of the current electronic elements that make dance music so vibrant today, BeatauCue have packed it all into a worthy remix.
Steve McQueen (BeatauCue Remix)
After the release of the acclaimed ‘Clamor’ EP earlier this year, Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow is back with another endearing bedroom track of washed out synths a mist chilled melodies. His second, ‘Aspera’ will be released December 3rd under the Snowfall imprint. ‘Behest’ lends itself to beautiful yet cold tones of escapism that can ironically warm the soul. This young and talented UK producer is an absolute must follow for anyone looking to relax to new sounds.
There is no question that it is hard to make a name for oneself in the current state of music. With so many new rising new artists, particularly in the electronic genre as anyone can make beats using their computer, it is hard to stand out. However, once again PatrickReza delivers promise under a new moniker for a much experimental project, Drule.
We have seen PatrickReza improve in style and execution with every single dubstep-driven track, and today we have a much more sporadic yet equality intriguing collection of sounds to share with you.
Drule feels like a sketchbook with an empty canvas for PatrickReza to work on non-dubstep related tracks. Ranging from drum&bass to glitch hop, he is able to create new sound and experiences that while not fully materialized, feel just as coherent as his main project. Both “Stars” and “Skyfall” bring a level of insight into the mind of the youthful Los Angeles producer.
Listen below and please check out his Soundcloud page.
Rising Memphis rapper Cities Aviv has the suave swag, smart flow, and creative mind to make it big. Need proof? Today, he released a brand new mixtape via Mishka called Black Pleasure. But instead of trying to encapsulate what it sounds like and what it means, I’ll let Cities do it himself. Check out “Forever,” one of the standout tracks, his explanation, and then ALL 15 tracks.
Cities Aviv new album doesn’t imply fetishistic experimentation, but it does explore some dark sounds and unsettling ideas. There’s sonic shoutouts to the high age of musical black pleasures—the 80s—with nods to depressive new wave atmosphere, black romantic melodies, and heavy Rick Jamesian bass. There’s also some references to the rap tradition of Cities Aviv hometown (Memphis) with distorted, echoed vocals and stuttering drums. It’s an entirely different kind of trippy over here though, man. If you really want to get to the highest levels of subversive joys on this release there’s the lyrics that openly question the nature of reality, and our pursuit of pleasure. Heady, adventurous stuff for an album that (must) share a title with countless pornos.
The profound and nearly indescribable Björk released her seventh album, Biophilia, last October. On November 19th, she puts out its remix album entitled bastards via One Little Indian. The 13-track collection includes work by folks like Hudson Mohawke, Death Grips, These New Puritans and more. You can check out two of its songs below and then stream all of bastards via the lovely folks at The Guardian.
Virus (Hudson Mohawke Peaches and Guacamol Rework)
Sacrifice (Death Grips Remix)