Recently we’ve been coming across a lot of covers that unleash both talented producers and vocalists. From indie renditions of hip hop tracks to acoustic covers of pop hits, we’ve definitely been hearing some massive creativity.
Most recently, NY’s Tribe Society decided to take a stab at Young Thug’s popular “Stoner.” Taking a track written solely about smoking weed and getting money, Tribe Society produces a cover that completely contradicts the original vibe, and it is quite entertaining. But looking past the comical standpoint, this cover is actually really fucking good. R&B meets electronic and funk in this smooth rendition, which ends up being extremely appealing to the ear. So check out this sensual version of everyone’s favorite weed anthem!
You may or may not have heard of Chet Porter, but trust me, you want to take a listen to this. Stripping the Zedd hit single “Stay The Night” into bare bones, Chet Porter incorporated his electronica-based signature into the tune. A light future trap beat is used to accentuate the bold synth, creating an uplifting vibe supported by the chipmunked vocals. The feel-good approach and the complexity of the track almost resemble the sound of Tennyson, in which both of their music have the ability to have you completely tuned in with full attention. Unexpected vocal samples and loud synth will put you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole track, and you’ll be wondering why it has ended so soon.
Holla at the talented Canadian producer and grab a free download of the track here! His music deserves way more attention and we all know it!
These two veterans of the Team Supreme beat cypher scene decided to switch up their approach recently, and take on a few edits and remixes. Låpsley‘s Falling Short has been a popular subject of remixing recently, and DiamondCvtter are the newest to throw their hat into the ring. With a mesh of dubstep, trap, and futuristic elements, this duo has birthed a game changer. This is the type of tune that works out your speakers and never sits stagnant for a single second, hopping amongst new crazy elements in an unpredictable but intriguing fashion throughout. When you say something is “future,” you can run into some flack for that phrase as of late, but DiamondCvtter is doing the “future” state of mind a service with remixes like these.
Every once in a while you come across a track that just sticks with you forever, and this Lost Kings‘ remix of “I Bet My Life” undoubtedly fits in that category. Editing an Imagine Dragons song is no easy task, but the LA-based producer duo definitely held it down and did the original song justice. A pleasant piano progression starts off the tune which accompanies the skillful vocals by the lead singer. The epic beat drop catches your full attention, further fueling the emotions running through this powerful track. A combination of a colorful melodies and meaningful vocals result in a track that is incredibly uplifting and catchy that you just can’t stop singing along to.
Hats off to Lost Kings for creating something special. Their music always guarantees quality and creativeness, so stay tuned because you don’t want to miss their next release! Continue reading →
Widely recognized for his work on the alternative R&B front with artists like Jeremih & BANKS, it should not be forgotten that Henry Laufer, aka Shlohmo, can stand tall as a solo act. Lest you still have any doubt in his abilities, the gifted producer is gearing up to release a new LP titled Dark Red on April 7th. If that title isn’t ominous enough for you though, Laufer also decided to share his latest single, “Buried.”
Although it’s still January, we’re ready to declare “Buried” as one of the most incredible songs of 2015. On the surface, “Buried” epitomizes many of the qualities we’ve grown accustomed to from Shlohmo’s music–murky, eerie, visceral, foreboding–but it steadily builds into something more. Possibly his most ambitious record to date, “Buried” completely flips the script, as it hijacks the senses and takes the listener on a majestic journey through mercurial synths, grungy guitar riffs and crashing hi hats that will leave you gasping for air. If this expansive masterpiece doesn’t convince you to pre-order the album on iTunes, we’re not sure what will. Maybe a few words from the man himself might help:
When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.
The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.
Listen to the tune above, and check out the tracklist for Dark Red after the jump.
Scottish producer Sam Gellaitry made serious waves on Souncdloud in 2014 accumulating nearly 50,000 followers, finding a spot in our editor’s top picks and catching the attention of the forward-thinking folks at the Soulectioncollective. The 18-year-old protege’s style is endlessly eclectic ranging from synthy, playful tracks to garage electronic vibes to heavier trapped-out anthems defying classification and keeping listeners on their toes in the best way possible. Today, Soulection announced his long-anticipated debut EP, Short Stories, along with the project’s intro song. “Temple” has the distinct feel of an opener starting off slow drawing the listener into a dreamy state before bringing in heavy 808s, hi-hats, horns and sirens. As it introduces a groovy bass-line and various contrasting elements, the song blows past genres separating itself with its versatility and sonic diversity. Give this atmospheric cut a listen above–Short Stories drops on February 17th and is available for pre-order now via iTunes.
Elaksi is a name that we haven’t heard in about half a year, but he’s decided the break the silence today with a new tune to bless our ears and sound systems. Breakdown is a monstrous, future trap affair, almost as if you put TNGHT in space and told them to make a song. It easily hold its own in one of Lunice‘s crazy sets and with additional news of a new EP in the works, more Elaksi means more, for lack of a better term, stellar space trap for all of us. With each release, Elaksi doesn’t rely on common trap tropes to push his sound out there and take it to the next level, and it’s a refreshing presence in a genre that can get old very fast. We’re just glad to see him back in action. Put on your space suit and get your trap arms ready for the newest Elaksi on the stream above. Enjoy!