The Chain Gang Of 1974
Sleepwalking (Just A Gent Remix)
Many of you out there probably recognize The Chain Gang of 1974‘s “Sleepwalking” as that song from the GTA V trailer last summer. From henceforth, this remix by Just A Gent shall be known as that song that knocked you out of your seats the instant you pressed play. Originally conceived as an uplifting synth/electro pop record in the same vein as M83, Just A Gent really wakes the song up, invigorating it through sped up vocals, an unrelenting bassline, melodic piano keys, and an unbelievable refrain that sounds like it was ripped straight out of a video game of its own. We know we probably say this quite a bit, but this one is definitely a MUST LISTEN. Stream the awesome track above, and grab a free download in exchange for liking Just A Gent on Facebook (it’s totally worth it).
“100 Lovers.” Upon first glance that might sound like a daunting task to some, but this single from Denver indie pop darlings Tennis is less about a Wilt Chamberlain inspired conquest, and more about reflecting on a heartbreak from the distant past. Singing in an oddly cheery, yet almost sardonic tone, Alaina Moore provides us with a dreamy landscape on this reflective tune plucked straight from the duo’s Small Sound EP. Despite the project being out for a few months already, it seemed to have got lost in the shuffle, prompting the group to upload this latest ditty to their SoundCloud page. Despite its subject matter, “100 Lovers” is one of those songs that instantly warms your soul, and has us begging for the weather to follow suit. Check out the single above, and grab yourself a copy of the 5-track Small Sound EP, available on iTunes now.
Hey hey, ninjas! It’s that time of the week again. You know that time. It’s that time where your back starts aching, your wrists hurt from typing (at least ours do), and your eyes are burning from gazing at a computer screen (once again, these are all things we’re experiencing).
Regardless of how exhausted you are, how difficult of a week it’s been, or how ready you are to go home and pass out, we encourage you to press play and think twice.
Latch (LaReda Remix)
Sucka (DJ Sliink & DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle Remix)
Get A Grip featuring Gibbz
Pumpin Blood (The Chainsmokers Remix)
Snowflakes (Original Mix)
Airwave (Ashley Wallbridge unofficial Bootleg Remix)
Gareth Emery & Ashley Wallbridge
DUI: Ashley Wallbridge US Festival Edit
Underworld vs Tom Staar
Mineral Drive (3LAU Bootleg)
Deformaty & Koyote
Rocket 2.0 (Original Mix)
Ganxta (Original Mix)
Breathless ft. Michelle Quezada (Candylands OG Remix)
Outta Your Mind (Candylands OG Marquee Remix)
CAKED UP & JAYCEEOH
KING S#!T (Original Mix)
Salt Ashes may be a name slightly foreign to our savvy readers, but rest assured it should not remain so for much longer. Much to our delight, rising 22 year old synth-pop starlet Veiga Sanchez just released her debut single “Somebody” under the Salt Ashes handle on Radikal Records, which is a brooding but ultimately uplifting allotment of pop instrumentation. “Somebody” immediately touched on this writer’s inner fanboy with a distinctly Giorgio Moroder roused MOOG synthesizer line, but not before Sanchez’ recurrent vocal hook teases its way into the fold to fully open the door on her powerful intonations. By the time the vocal track is completely unveiled, it incites celestial visions of “Wuthering Heights” era Kate Bush, but still pulses the right amount of sweaty dance floor images and excess as if you were seeing her perform at a super-club like Berlin’s temple, Berghain. Salt Ashes’ blend of dark Italo-Disco production and four to the floor rhythms pushes the singer’s soaring voice directly to the forefront of her music, and “Somebody” more than wrapped itself into our in-office playlist for an indeterminate amount of time. Stream “Somebody” above, and if it’s tickling your fancy like ours, purchase the mini EP here.
The UK youth movement is very real. With groups like Disclosure, Bondax and AlunaGeorge garnering widespread acclaim over the last year, the floodgates have opened for similar artists to emerge who meld elements of modern R&B and garage house to produce infectious pop melodies that the rest of us will eat right up. Calling this new single from British trio, Years & Years, infectious isn’t really doing it justice however; it’s downright addicting. Repeat lessons are a necessity once lead singer Olly Alexander‘s comforting vocals grace your eardrums for the first time. Give the gorgeous single a listen above, and keep an eye out for the group’s upcoming Real EP, set to drop on February 17th.
James Blake has recently taken residency as a DJ on BBC Radio and, as part of his inaugural show, the talented U.K. artist shared a brand new track of his own. “40455” carries the feel of Overgrown with its deeply emotional vocals and Blake’s incredible, often haunting work on the keyboard. Zone out to this one below and look for a few James Blake crafted remixes to surface from the recent BBC1 Radio installment in the near future. If only our radio stations (NPR excluded) could be as cool as BBC…
Many things get lost across the great pond separating the UK and US: the spelling of doughnut, the ‘z’ for an ‘s’ replacement and the thing called a corn dog. Think it’s a hot dog in cake, never too sure.
Alongside this trivia lies the loose term ‘indie’. Here in the UK we once used it to describe independently produced music, but post semantic shift and many a cup of tea later, indie mainly translates as: something that sounds a bit like The Libertines. Or words to that effect.
Pennsylvanian four-piece Kingsfoil may be self-proclaimed indie rockers, but their new track Brave Love is in fact pure and perfect glistening pop. Don’t let labels fool you, Kingsfoil are recalling the laconic strummings of Jack Johnson, laced with the voice on sleeve sentiments of Coldplay. Their formulaic approach to pop is revived with laid back harmonies, cooly concocted rnb-esque vocals and a laden passion for authenticity. Essentially Brave Love brings the classic ballad into the 21st century, blending the old with the new it’s simultaneously familiar and fresh.
Side stepping the operatic shouting of the 90’s, Kingsfoil’s sighing falsetto and modernistic approach to a conventional pop structure has won them an army of devoted admirers. Brave Love and all its allure will be no deterrent.
Brave Love is out now and is available for listening on both Soundcloud and the bands official website.