ANNA OF THE NORTH
We have selfishly been hiding this track from you guys for far too long. Anna Of The North is, bar none, the greatest talent you’ve never heard of and that has gone on for far too long. I think it’s only fair to end my blogathon run with this track as it is my personal favorite and one of the most played songs in my personal collection. Donna Lewis’ 1996 karaoke classic “I Love You Always Forever” may be forgotten in the eyes and ears of most, but not Anna Lotterud of Oslo, Norway. This future legend dusted off the record and recruited producing extraordinaire Brady Daniell-Smith to recreate and as you can see, it is streets ahead of the original. Anna’s silky and warm voice pays tribute to Lewis’s rendition but, over Brady’s dream pop composition, becomes a euphoric and infectiously happy cover. I challenge ever Ninja to listen to this once (or thirty times), by the end you’ll be smiling, guaranteed. But this starlet’s catalogue doesn’t end here. Her Sway EP, now on iTunes, is one of the best 1-2 punches of 2014. Sway, America’s next great radio hit, is already turning major heads in both the creative and A&R sides of the industry and the B-side, Undervann, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful things you will ever hear. The future is so bright for this young artist (and her production team) and we can’t wait to see how far she’ll go!
Strobe (Prince Fox 15k Private Stock Edit Pack)
There are a few certainties in this crazy trip we call life: death, taxes, and that Prince Fox is the future of electronic music. Now to us, “Strobe” is one of the most sacred compositions ever constructed; any remix or mashup is ungodly yet we still see hundreds being released each year. I’d say the only reason I even gave this one a look is because it was done by Prince Fox so I trust the quality, and quality it is. You may think you’ve heard Strobe every which way: progressive house, dubstep, nightcore, any genre under the sun. And even if there are several future bass remixes out in the market, none can come close to Fox’s effort. What this NYC producer has done is recreate one of the most gorgeous melodies to ever grace our beloved world and add even more to it. Don’t think of this as a deadmau5 remix, think of it as what Joel could have accomplished when he first created this track five years ago.
It's Time (Matoma Tropical Remix)
We’re not running short on tropical house remixes by any means this weekend so let’s just keep churning them out with Matoma’s newest effort, his own rendition of Imagine Dragons’ “It’s Time”. Good Imagine Dragons remixes are too few and far between however, when one off them strikes gold, it’s an absolute treasure. Matoma, as you know, is one of many Norwegian producers to try their hand at the tropical vibe and he does it extremely well, producing his own gorgeous melodies that will leave you with a smile on your face long after the song has ended.
Planet Of Sound feat. Cider Sky
Together [OUT NOW!]
Never heard of Planet of Sound and Cider Sky? Well give this tune a listen and it will probably change your mind about chill-out music. The noisy background mixes well with the electric guitar riffs throughout the song, while Cider Sky contributes in the “easygoing” vibes, making the song really enjoyable to listen to. The whistling in the hook of the song makes it really laid back, exemplifying the carefree nature of sound and music.
So grab yourself a cup of tea, kick it back or go cruise around on your bike/skateboard at the beach and listen to this gem. Trust us, it’s perfect for it no matter where you’re at.
Every beatmaker worth their salt has at least sampled Biggie at one point in their career. It’s a completely different story when one goes above and beyond and creates an entire instrumental around a track, which is exactly what Flamingosis did with “Juicy”. We think you’ll find the redesigned beat to be much more jazzy, which is definitely an interesting take on a classic. The original is textbook hip-hop flaunting so we think this more refined, exotic beat fits the lyric material perfectly, but you be the judge. What do you think?
UK up-and-coming bass enthusiast Krubera has established himself as one of the hottest talents to look out for in 2015 with “Bleach”. Chill trap is really still being defined as a genre and the limits are being pushed every day, however Krubera rightly earned his place at the table as he hammers home the 808s. However, it’s more than just the drum work that makes this song so hot; Krubera isn’t too shabby at creating melodies either. I see some producers and labels putting out instrumental way less creative than this on a daily basis so let this serve as a notice to Krubera that his time will come very soon.
Chandelier (Addal Edit) ***FREE DOWNLOAD***
You’re not a real music blog until you post hundreds and hundred of Sia tracks, let’s keep that going tonight. There’s no denying that the Aussie vixen is having the best year of her career however it’s all too easy for the new listener to assume that Sia was born for the Top 40. If you are really trying to get into Sia; we urge you to dig into her earlier indie works, they are are sensational. That being said, “Chandelier” is the talk of the town and therefore has received its own fair share of remix treatment. After combing through the haystack, we have found this gem by Addal. Stepping outside of genre lines and instead going for the more emotional, cinematic approach, this remix by the Frenchman showcases Sia’s true vocal talent and changes the mood from Top 40 radio hit about partying to an intimate record about partying.