We’re always enamoured when artists decide to dedicate themselves to sounds and styles of past decades. From Michael Kiwanuka, to Nick Waterhouse, to Leon Bridges, we’ve loaded up our playlists with acts like these time and time again. Today, we gleefully get to add another gem into the mix.
At first, you may think you’re enjoying a retro soul track from long before you’re born. You’re definitely not, but that should say something about the level of talent and attention to detail in this debut release from LA-based Ethan Burns. Ethan’s voice drips with a gorgeous authenticity, one which very few have or can even come close to pulling off. It’s gritty, yet refined, leaving us unable to do anything but grin ear-to-ear, feverishly looking hitting play over and over again.
Fabich x Ferdinand Weber
As soon as Thursday rolls around, we begin to turn our attention towards the weekend, anxiously awaiting a few days of pure freedom. Along with those end-of-the-week warm ‘n fuzzies, we also find ourselves manically ushering groovy dance tunes, just like this one.
Dropping last week on Majestic Casual, “Somewhere” brings the proper amount of melodic soul and energy that’s perfect for the start of a dance-filled weekend. We wouldn’t expect much less from two of our favorite German producers, as we’ve come to love pretty much everything Fabich and Ferdinand Weber release. This time around, though, we’re lucky enough to have both of them on the same track, showcasing both of their styles in one sitting.
“Somewhere” is the type of track that can be applied in multiple situations. The deep and soulful nature makes it perfect to have on while you’re chilling at home, enjoying your favorite adult beverage. On the other hand, the energetic piano melody and luscious bassline will definitely be appreciated as you boogie across the dancefloor.
Whatever situation you find yourself in, make sure to add this little gem to your weekend playlists on Soundcloud or Spotify.
Heal Me (SpectraSoul Remix)
We never really need any additional reasons to enjoy some gorgeous liquid drum & bass, but with the looming, blackish, grey clouds slowly wrapping around the Mile High City, we found ourselves yearning for something exactly like this remix of “Heal Me.”
Originally crafted by up-and-coming, London-based electronic pop act Arctic Lake, this tune was already rooted in a layered, melodic soundscape, coupled with stunning vocals. It seems only natural that they would look to have a top-notch drum & bass outfit take a crack at it, which is why they brought in the well-established SpectraSoul.
The end result is an uplifting listening experience that features appropriately upbeat percussion and beautifully drawn out breakdowns. Fans of the original still have plenty to call back on those fond memories of the original, but will now have an entirely new way to enjoy them.
This top notch offering from both acts should leave you looking for the repeat button. If you’re anything like us, you’ll happily oblige.
For our next portion of um..’s Residency, we’re shining a spotlight on their recently released Spotify playlist, which is aptly titled “Music We Like.” If you’re expecting to hear a handful of only experimental, industrial, and heavy bass tracks, you’re in for quite the surprise. The collection definitely has some of those scattered throughout, but also includes some RnB, mainstream rap, jazz, and even some classical.
We asked them to talk to us about a few of their selections, which they, of course, responded in a way we would only expect from Ben and Dylan.
– For You : This song is good to listen to when you’re good for listening to this song.
X&G – Whiplash ft. Josh Pan : This song is tight. When you listen you can tell it’s tight.
Rae Sremmurd – No Flex Zone : When you’re trying to get in the zone but you can’t flex. That’s how you know.
Howard Shore – Concerning Hobbits : 5/7 perfect song. I shore hope he doesn’t like jokes about oranges.
Caspa – Well Ard ft. The Others : If you real and you know it raise your fist. Put it down now, you real.
After you’re done checking this out, head over to SoundCloud and peep their latest release.
4K MIX [Powered by The Music Ninja]
To celebrate 4,000 followers on Soundcloud, AWAL partnered with us for something special. Alex Walsh, otherwise known by his previously mentioned stage name, has put out a free hour long mix for his old, and new fans to enjoy.
After kicking things off with quite an epic Star Wars introduction, we get hit after hit with records from the likes of Skrillex, Meaux Green, Convex, RL Grime and of course, AWAL. He even throws a few unreleased records in the mix to tease what he has up his sleeve for the future. If you’re a basshead, then you are going to like what this mix has to offer, and if you like some trapstyle vibes as well, then you won’t get much better than this exclusive mixtape. AWAL is in the early stages of a fruitful career in music if he can keep up his momentum. The production and mixing skills are there, so it’s just a matter of time before more fans hop on board. Check out the full mix, download it, but most importantly make sure to follow AWAL.
Over the last few years, Memorial Day Weekend for us has become synonymous with Washington’s Sasquatch! Music Festival–you can take a look back at our review from last year to get a sense of just how much we love it. The 4-day event separates itself from other major festivals by offering a one-of-a-kind backdrop overlooking the Columbia River Gorge and being just far enough in the boonies that all attendees camp together. That combination makes for a more communal experience while offering some relief from common festival-goer complaints.
In its second year back to a 4-day bill, Sasquatch! presents one of its most unique lineups to date shedding light on local Seattle musicians early in the day while bringing the headliners everyone has come to expect (aside from The Cure!) to take on the evening performances. While late sets from the likes of Jamie xx, Disclosure and Major Lazer jump out as major electronic acts, the daytime seems more focused on indie rock / pop and hip-hop, which should fit a sunny day in the Gorge perfectly.
To help all our Sasquatch Ninjas prepare, we’ve put together a 40-song playlist highlighting 10 acts for each day of the festival. Whether or not you’ll be at the Gorge this year, we hope you discover some new artists in here–we certainly did in putting it together. If you do make it out, look for the dude with the most colorful shorts and come say what’s up!
Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire (feat. Snakehips Remix)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone
Marcus Marr – Peacemakers
Flume – Smoke and Retribution (feat. Vince Staples)
Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Pretty Thoughts
Todd Terje – Strandbar (disko)
Chet Faker & Marcus Marr – The Trouble With Us