Some artists have the ability to transport their listener directly into their song and frame of mind. Such is the case with ascending downtempo electronic producer Blackedout, who hit us with his latest effort “Vessel” this morning, and we had to give our ninjas a brief respite amongst the large amounts of hip-hop and electro we’ve been slanging your way this week. “Vessel” is the second tune to be leaked leading up to Blackedout’s forthcoming second EP this Spring, and if we were to call it like we see it, we would undoubtedly state that he’s pitching an emphatic perfect game thus far. This slow burning slice of synthetica builds behind rocky slabs of spacy synth work and flighty drums, producing a constantly evolving piece of music. As much of the weather stateside is dreary and snow filled, “Vessel” will slink you right down in your (hopefully) warm seat. Check it out above.
Isla (Sebastian Carter Remix)
We first had the chance to feature Sebastian Carter‘s sultry approach to house back in October on the always amazing Chill Dojo (Vol. 58), and in the time since, we’ve had the pleasure of gifting his music to our Ninja contingency multiple times, most recently with an excellent remix of Emily Underhill’s “Ghost”. Today the 19 year-old Swiss virtuoso delivered another slow-burning, eloquent and expressive remix, this time of Felon‘s hollowy synth-pop single “Isla”. Carter utilizes the fine tuning of the original’s poppier elements and disperses them evenly amongst a highly textured backdrop of lush pads, elaborate percussion and Felon’s slick vocal track. The resulting sound is certainly as methodically addictive as it is beautiful, and it more than warranted a trip down our front page today. In keeping with Seb Carter’s magnanimous music personality, this deep-house groover is being offered up by the teenage wunderkind for the online currency of one “like” on Facebook here, so go ahead and add this one to your weekly playlists.
The Chicago hip-hop scene is continuously evolving, making it one of the hottest music environments in the entire country right now (even when temperatures are approaching arctic extremes). Today we’re proud to present another piece of that ever growing puzzle, with the debut single from Windy City trio, Death By Icon. “Let Loose” lives up to its title perfectly: a genuinely fun experience painted through playfully honest lyrics and charismatic vocals, complimented by a spastically vibrant, percussion-driven instrumental that melds together elements of hip-hop, juke, and bounce. Comprised of members Vic (vocals), Dook (producer) and Ant (vocals/co-producer), Death By Icon brings to mind a pastiche of influences from OutKast, to Chance The Rapper and Major Lazer, however the group is already able to stand out completely on their own.
Grab a free download of the dope tune above, and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter as they prepare for the release of their upcoming album, Trybecca, set to drop on April 8th.
Money On My Mind (salute Remix)
Sam Smith may not have “money on his mind,” but this new remix from salute is definitely all we have on ours. The 17 year-old prodigy from Austria achieves the previously impossible, improving upon the Two Inch Punch produced original by leaps and bounds (ok, that last statement might be a little extreme). The best description for this new single is probably ”Flume-esque,” instantly bringing to mind his remix of “You & Me.” Layering the single with a whole new arsenal of synths, strings, and drums, salute is able to attribute much more importance to Smith’s lyrics, while rejuvenating it with some added depth. If you’d like to grab a copy of this track yourself, you can pre-order the upcoming Money On My Mind EP, set to drop on February 16th. Also keep on the lookout for Smith’s debut album, In The Lonely Hour, which is currently slated for a May 26th release.
Taken from their forthcoming EP, Quiet Confidence, Ninetails bring us a densely demure and profoundly affective offering in the form of opening track: “Radiant Hex.”
Intellectualising sound and language to such great heights and complexities rarely combines so seamlessly. This Liverpudlian three piece have woven the elements together, in a few minutes of ornate and unobtrusive modesty.
“Radiant Hex” commences with a tranquil, rnb-esque setting, soon interlaced with an effortlessly mellifluous vocal and beautifully versed discourse. Shifting sonic soundscapes aren’t the only views to admire. Complex arrangements are overlaid with lyricism both poetic and profound. Collaboration, rather than collision is key: not allowing one element to embody and encompass the product, the poignant and well-crafted words are allowed to marinade in electronic instrumentalization and idiosyncratic backdrops.
Immersive moments creep constantly through the track. Ethereal and contemplative, “Radiant Hex” suspends any sense of urgency and takes a more meditative route to euphoria. The product: evocation of emotive grandiose carried in calmness.
Radiating ambience of the most affecting sort, this Avant-pop/indie revelation doesn’t need an anthemic chorus to move you, but they do give us something to shout about.
Listen to “Radiant Hex” above. Upcoming EP Quiet Confidence is released on the 10th of March via Pond Life.
James Blake has recently taken residency as a DJ on BBC Radio and, as part of his inaugural show, the talented U.K. artist shared a brand new track of his own. “40455″ carries the feel of Overgrown with its deeply emotional vocals and Blake’s incredible, often haunting work on the keyboard. Zone out to this one below and look for a few James Blake crafted remixes to surface from the recent BBC1 Radio installment in the near future. If only our radio stations (NPR excluded) could be as cool as BBC…
MeLo-X was probably one of the most criminally underrated artists of 2013. After releasing three mixtapes, an EP, and an album last year, MeLo isn’t showing any signs of slowing down anytime soon. In honor of Blue Ivy‘s (Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s daughter for those of you who don’t know) 2nd birthday yesterday, the Brooklyn native decided to release a free 5-track remix EP dedicated to the momma diva’s latest album. MeLo-X is a multi-talented man, so instead of simply hopping on some beats and contributing a few verses, he decided to put his production hand to work, crafting a deeply rich, ambient sound that’s both therapeutic, yet spine tingling in nature. Of course, he couldn’t completely resist the microphone, as you can hear the emcee chop it up on the fourth track, “9-5 Killa,” a rework of “Ghost.”
Stream the full project below, and head over to Noisey for an interview that covers MeLo’s creative process and motivation behind the project. Also if you haven’t already, make sure to pick up a copy of MeLo-X s GOD: Pièce de Résistance album, which dropped last November.
DOWNLOAD: MeLo-X - Yoncé X (Beyoncé Remix EP)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Drunk In Lust (I Been Draking)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
Ghost In The Sheet (Handle This)
Beyoncé x MeLo X
9 to 5 Killa (Feat. MeLo X)