Letting Go (Thomas Jack Remix)
It’s been a bit since we’ve featured one of our favorite burgeoning artists and one of the leading faces of these laid back Tropical House vibes which have so heavily been permeating dance blogs everywhere, Thomas Jack, and the moment we heard the opening bars of his latest remix we knew our Ninjas had to get on the train as well. Taking form behind a punchy kick-line, stabby violin progression and actual self-recorded waves from the beaches of Tulum, Jack’s revisioning of Ben Sollee strays a bit from what has become his signature tropical sound of modulated pan flutes and airy synths, rather opting for a deeper, longing and almost melancholy atmosphere this time around. Thomas Jack continues to be one of the few electronic artists constantly pushing their sound forward, which is also the reason we’ve found ourselves writing about most everything that emanates from his pristine catalog. It’s hard to imagine the Australian wunderkind will be giving away his music for free for much longer so get on it, grab the free download from his Facebook page, sit back, and let those lush, chilled, housey vibes wash over you.
New girl crush alert.
Besides having the hands down coolest hair I have ever seen, Espa has a voice that beckons to be heard. Sexy, seductive, deep, and stunning, this artist’s voice is one that will stay in your mind long after hearing her music. With the latest release off her debut EP ‘150th & Broadway’ due out later this year, her song ‘Ghost’ tells the haunting story of a lover whose ghost and image Espa cannot erase from her mind or her heart. Anyone who has ever felt this way will feel a certain connection with Espa’s lyrics, and her heartfelt plea to the ghost of this once love. Expect to hear so much more from this talented artist and her remarkable voice.
Well this is just a lovely little spin on Lorde’s ‘A World Alone’.
Today we have the pleasure of premiering the video for this wonderful single produced by the fabulous gentlemen of Rigbi with the vocals of the highly talented Miranda Sloane. Taking the popular song and putting their own spin on it, Rigbi keeps the melody light while the deep, seductive, and even haunting vocals of Sloane give the song a bit of a grown up twist.
On the song the band explained: “The song was recorded in our own studio. Brian implemented a mix of electronic and acoustic drums into his kit which adds a unique flare to the song along with Pat’s auxiliary percussion. Our approach was to keep the structure of the original song by Lorde (which we love) the same and just add a level of intensity.
It was a great experience using different layering of instruments. The original doesn’t really have a bass line other than the keyboard on the low end so this left room for Randy to write his own bass part within the song”.
Combining the band’s instrumental genius with Sloane’s tantalizing vocals makes for an addicting pop/rock sound that caters to the listeners of all ages. Make sure to turn the volume on this video to a nice high level and get carried away.
Dont'cha (Need & Necessity Edit)
On paper, matching the smooth soul sounds of Odd Future offshoot The Internet with a forward thinking house beat sounds like a match made in dance-head heaven. As to why we haven’t seen more of it, we’re not exactly sure, but Denver based house duo Need & Necessity have taken all the trouble out of the job and come through with one of their most accessible, catchy edits yet. Coming off of “This Life”, their last original recording, Need & Necessity’s take on “Dontcha” carries with it a rare playability. Whether it’s casually jamming out in your car or on a booming club stack this one has the type of shiny appeal to touch the most ardent of house fans to casual listeners alike. A loungey, almost jazz club vibe is upped through the malleable execution of a rolling, deep bass line which rides along infectiously under The Internet’s sultry original vocal, resulting in a polished dance tune that we’ve been religiously looping all afternoon. The boys are giving this one away for free through their Facebook, so go ahead and snag a download here; and if you missed our group interview with them back in April, check it out.
Why Ft. Nate Salman
Les Sins, the electronic, house-leaning alter-ego of Toro Y Moi‘s Chaz Bundick, returns tonight with the second release from his forthcoming debut album. While the first glimpse, “Bother,” had a darker, garage feel to it, the latest from Bundick features vocals from Nate Salman leaning a bit more towards the synth-powered funk we are used to from Toro y Moi. The fusing of his two styles makes for an up-tempo, dance-able track that is probably our favorite from the Les Sins project yet. Groove to this tropical, disco tune above. Les Sins’s Michael drops on November 4th and can be pre-ordered via iTunes now.
Arches, the incredible pairing of Sebastiaan Vandevoorde (better known as Moonlight Matters)and Sound of Stereo‘s Jochen Sablon, have begun bubbling into mainstream consciousness at exactly the perfect time for their intellectual brand of house music to be consumed by the masses. The Belgian dance duo is back with a brand new single effort after “There’s A Place”, their debut record with Columbia, which was received remarkably well critically, while netting them a substantial bit of merited buzz in the process. This afternoon, we have the utmost pleasure of premiering their latest, soon to be viral club hit “Want You” and we couldn’t be more entranced by their precise production prowess. Included on The Magician‘s latest Magic Tape, which seem to have taken on a life of their own and become a huge ground for new, incredible tunes to surface from; “After You” finds Arches clearly sending this one out to a sweaty dancefloor. The tune’s foggy synth work leads a low-end fueled piano melody and jacking house vibe into a driving groove for a track that is top-to-bottom one of the most succinct and well thought out dance cuts we’ve heard throughout the entirety of 2014. Try not to wiggle those hips and bob your head while listening, we dare you. And while you’re getting your bounce on, pick up a free download here.
At the young age of 22, Californian turned Brighton UK resident Ed Prosek certainly must have some stories to tell. Luckily for us, he’s one hell of a musician, which provides an outlet for his life stories.
After releasing his debut EP, California, Prosek gained a strong following. In fact, his cover of Paul Simon’s classic hit, “Homeward Bound” was actually chosen as the soundtrack to a major TV advertisement for Cathedral City, taking this budding young artist to a national audience in a very direct way.
Coming off of his upcoming EP, “Hold On Tight” showcases the orchestral folk capabilities, giving us a booming four minute, emotional ride. Crossing in-between references of Patrick Watson, The Lumineers, and Of Monsters and Men, Prosek has found his knack with raw, powerful and engrossing vocals. Set to the backdrop of rambling guitars, steady snare hits and playful banjo work, this tune carries the heft of other radio-ready folk singles. We’re just happy we were the first ones to bring it out into the open.
Make sure to follow this young man on facebook to keep up with his shows, releases, and general goings on. We have a feeling he’s going to be one to keep and eye on.