Great Good Fine Ok
Not Going Home
It’s hard to believe that with such a gigantic blogosphere buzz storm behind them last year that Brooklyn duo Great Good Fine OK‘s latest bubblegum sweet offering “Not Going Home” is only their second official single. Nevertheless, we’re thrilled to finally ring in 2014 with them, especially on the heels of undeniably alluring single “You’re The One For Me”, which racked up over 500k plays on Soundcloud and spawned a few incredible remixes as well. GGFO’s sound is surely in its infancy, but the pair no doubt emit an electric ability to pull a smile and head-bouncing nod on the same level as any of their bouncy pop contemporaries. “Not Going Home” tugs on that same quality, but is immediately commanding in the most lovely of feelgood indie-pop ways. An airy synth paces the emotive jaunt to the first bridge simultaneously serving as an aural tunnel into their first atmospheric chorus like Sonic the Hedgehog sprinting the barrel in an 8-Bit Emerald bonus round. About the tune the duo was quoted as saying “Not Going Home’ was written in a similar way [to "You're The One"] . This time about not taking chances on being happy and living your dreams. You’ve got to fight for it. This song means a whole lot to us and we couldn’t be more excited to share it!” Hop on this one before anyone else above, and you can bet we’ll be all over any future releases from Great Good Fine OK.
Ceilings (Sebastian Carter Remix)
Swiss producer Sebastian Carter’s name is one deeply resonant within the confines of TMN, and at only 19 years of age his production potential flashes a limitless quality. As we’ve seen a recent shift in the underground from much of the harder and grimier dance sounds, more melody driven electronic artists like Sebastian Carter are carving out an educated and loyal following; especially behind tracks like his latest remix of Local Natives‘ “Ceilings”. The tune kicks off with a four-four kick and washy vocal pad leading into the hypnotic reverberations of Taylor Rice which gracefully span across Carter’s soundscape in perfect harmony. You really just can’t help but lose yourself in its beauty, which is immediately why our Ninja faithful must share in that feeling as well. Cop a free download here, and since you’ve already made it this far, stream Sebastian Carter’s remix of “Ceilings” above.
Jealous (I Ain't With It)
In preparation for their upcoming 4th studio album, electro-funk legends Chromeo have dropped a number of incredibly addictive, feel-good songs in the last few months. Today, the Canadian duo unleashed “Jealous,” yet another testament to their ability to capture the groove of old-school funk, while utilizing the new age sounds of EDM.
This is one that will have you dancing regardless of where you are or who is watching–or maybe that’s just me. Enjoy above and look out for White Women, which is set to drop in May and has all the makings of a great project.
Real Slow (Avenue Remix)
All day today we’ve been hearing songs that make us long for summer. Beatsmith Torotonian Avenue has just made us look out the window with added disgust with his latest remix; a lovely trop-house remix of Miami Horror’s “Real Slow.”
Sporting a funky bassline and some island style synths, Avenue has taken this beach-ready tune and created something that should be played far and wide at WMC. While the original piano melody is still apparent, it’s not the hero of the song as it was in the original. This tune is much more dance-centric, harnessing lush kicks and clicking percussion.
If you’re feeling down about the weather, throw on a Hawaiian shirt and play this bad boy. You won’t be able to avoid the warm weather vibes.
One in eight people are over 65 years old in Sydney.You might be asking yourself, “Why the hell is The Music Ninja googling random facts about Sydney?”
With good reason, ninjas. While trying to make some sense out of the plethora of great music that comes out of Australia day by day, it only made sense to take a deeper look into what was going on over there. We stumbled across this factoid in our research, and it all clicked. Young people = good music.
Sydney-born synth-pop five piece East of Ely is the most current of our musical discoveries. Hailing from the land down Under, Moeaki, Nic, Daniel, Chris, Michael have us ready to shout out “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi,” with this first listen to “Waterfalls,” which is the first single off of their upcoming EP.
Stabbing attempts at cultural references aside, these guys have an infectious sound that calls on association of some of our favorite synth-popsters like Pet Shop Boys, CHVRCHES, and Carousel. This tune in particular boasts a lovelorne tune message carried through by glorious falsetto work, classic 80′s guitar riffs and an upbeat tempo worthy of some foot-tappin and head noddin’.
Put these guys on your radar by following them on facebook. It won’t be long before this EP is out, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.
Miami 82 (Kygo Remix)
Norwegian chill and dance savante Kygo has yet to leave us desiring any more out of his remix productions since becoming aware of his slick electronic palate over a year ago. The young artist’s music flirts with an almost unthinkable line between creating an urge to move oneself around those sticky dance rhythms, while also evoking a pensive, relaxed listening trance depending on when and where his sound may catch its listener. Monday’s aren’t too bad when we’re privy to new tracks from our favorite artists, and the moment Kygo’s remix of Syn Cole‘s melodic single “Miami 82″ rolled through its first four bars, it was obviously going to be a great day. Those warm pads and electronic nuances bolster the original into something more intricate but also more accessible in the process, once again signaling the young beat maestro’s place near the top of burgeoning electronic talent in 2014. While not until June, Kygo is gearing up for a debut U.S. show at the astounding Webster Hall in NYC alongside Girls & Boys and Alex English, and for our friends in the Big Apple, we wanted to make sure you were ahead of the game, so grab your pre-sale tickets here to guarantee entry. Take a step into the peaceful and serene world of Kygo and delve into his remix of “Miami 82″ above… and did we mention that’s some of the more visually appealing track artwork we’ve seen for a while? Well it is.
Air Balloon (Digital Farm Animals Remix)
It’s been a few months since we had a chance to check in and hear some new music from one of our favorite breakout artists of 2013, Digital Farm Animals, and behind a worthy individual debut EP Bugged Out, the London based electronic-pop artisan has admirably authored us up a first entry into the world of remixes by taking on bubbly pop vocalist Lily Allen and her newest single “Air Balloon”. If you’ve had a chance to weave your psyche into Digital Farm Animals’ production index, then the opening, dream-wavey synth line will serve as a comforting landmark amongst a sea of poppy percussion, while those vocals serve as the perfect vessel to progress the tune’s very catchy evolution. Just purely intoxicating stuff really. Digital Farm Animals’ remix of “Air Balloon” will come as part of Lily Allen’s congruently titled EP, which you can pre-order here and also features two remixes from Taiki & Nulight along with the original recording. Add a little funk-lean to your step this Monday and stream DFA’s revision above.