You gotta love New Music Tuesday. Today has been rife with top notch tracks, but RAINES is breaking away pack with his debut track, ‘Ghosts,’ a rather stunning debut from a brand new artist.
A sparse arrangement decorated by beautiful keys, RAINES (Mike Nelson) immediately wows with his spellbinding vocal. Boasting a tone that fits somewhere in the space between Hozier, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver, RAINES manages to make ‘Ghosts’ sound equal parts triumphant and heatbreaking, haunting and hopeful.
Speaking on the track, the Liverpool artist states that it’s origins are:
About love and loss, but also the idea that these feelings don’t stop just because a relationship does.
The next steps for RAINES are not clear just yet, but what is clear is this guy is astonishingly talented.
Howie Lee, Bejing born and London educated, pursued a degree in sound art opposed to sound design, or audio engineering. He takes the meaning of “deep” to a gallery status. The jazzy time signatures on “Sink Like Titanic” create a groove that provoke more thought than rigid 4/4 time signatures.
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Howie Lee & LinFeng
Sink Like Titanic
Kid Cudi has been showcasing his versatile talents outside of music recently–from starring in acclaimed Sundance films to joining the cast of Comedy Bang Bang. Even with a budding acting career, though, he recently announced that he’ll be working on the long anticipated next chapter in the Man on the Moon series with the same team of collaborators who helped created his classic debut. This morning, Cudder took to Soundcloud to sneak release a new loosie titled “love.” Keeping the throwback vibes alive, Dot Da Genius, the producer behind “Day and Night” among other hits, adds to Cudi’s own production featuring a Ratatat sample making the perfect backdrop for his signature swooning, uplifting vocals. The chorus on this one erupts into stadium-worthy proportions and the layering of Ratatat guitar riffs add to that epic sound. Hopefully we’ll hear MOTM3 sooner rather than later but this should do a great job holding fans over until then.
"Stuck On A Feeling" Featuring Snoop Dogg (Mack & Jet Set Vega Remix)
Mack & Jet Set Vega form quite the pair. They’ve come together numerous times in the past for official remixes and they’re back with a flip of “Stuck On A Feeling,” originally by Prince Royce and Snoop Dogg. They’ve dished out some quality house records, including a personal favorite of mine, so we were surprised to hear them branch out into the more twerk/trap area for this remix. However, we’re not mad at all. These two know how to get people dancing, whether it’s when they DJ or produce, which is why this jam turned out as bouncy as it did. Shake your rump, gig with your trap arms, but most importantly, whatever you do, enjoy it. Mack & Jet Set Vega records don’t come flying out of the studio onto the digital shelves, so savor this one. I’m sure when Spring hits they’ll have another big one for us to lend out ears and bodies to.
Mirror Man (The Golden Boy Remix)
We’ve always had an affinity for people who can seamlessly fuse decades together, especially when it comes to a modern approach at a genre. That’s just what we have today, as we put our headphones on, grin, and dance around the room to The Golden Boy’s interpretation of “Mirror Man.”
Dropping today on your favorite music blog, this remix offers up a fusion of classic house elements and 90’s dance music vocals and percussion. It beckons on those undeniably memorable dance hooks we heard when we were growing up, laced perfectly over a high-energy piano melody and driving bassline. What else would we expect though, when the samples are coming from the legendary Ella Henderson, who is celebrating her platinum album and two Brits Award nominations.
While the iconic guitar riff from the original is gone, her lyrics sync perfectly within this entirely new soundscape, taking her out right out of the concert halls and straight into the nightclubs. Though it’s a departure from the enticing original work, it still expertly pays homage to the golden, smokey tones we fell in love with from first listen.
Build The Cities (feat. Kerli)
We ninjas love it when a new act jumps on the scene. When this act is being backed by Monstercat, it’s a whole different thing however. So is the case for Karma Fields, an unknown entity who has released its first original single called “Build The Cities.” You expect and are delivered a unique sound, with Kerli providing top quality vocals as she always does. Karma Fields constructed a piece that’s in between electro and tech house. It has a dark edge to it that makes things a bit eery, which fits in with the whole mysterious notion. We cannot wait to see how this act is further unraveled, as this first track already had a double premiere from Billboard and This Song Is Sick. “Build The Cities” is one of the cleanest tracks of recent times, so have it and if you find it to your liking, go on and support it on iTunes.
Delightful 4 piece The Academic express their comfort in being ‘Different’ on this first track from their forthcoming debut EP, co-premiering here today. This up-beat and quality record will shine during a run of festival plays this summer for the band, including their recently announced slots at Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, Y Not Festival and Live at Leeds. Consumers in attendance shall bare witness to an integral part of their run to global touring success. Timing is everything and these guys have it all packed tightly around their debut EP, which is sure to make a splash in the US after they start swimming. As respected citizens of Mullingar, Ireland, The Academic play mature and friendly sounds. They’ve found their edge with this catchy new single and it shall be an exciting ride from here!