If you’re out in the wilderness, wandering the lush landscapes of a forest, put your ear to the ground. It’s possible you might hear the vibrations of a nearby cascading waterfall or gently flowing stream. It’s cool and calm, transcendent and tranquil; you’re surrounded by nature, but something about it entrances you and transports you to another place, somewhere better. The details of the sounds are simply astounding, like the little flickers and bursts of life, or that hushed solemnity that resembles a whispered voice. And, if you listen close enough, it might just sound a lot like this beautiful song called “Bring You Back” by Brooklyn duo Beacon.
“Bring You Back” is off Beacon’s upcoming debut album, The Ways We Separate, out April 30th on Ghostly.
WALL first charmed us with her delicate voice on the track, No Secrets, and she returns again with another song that tugs on our hearts’ strings. With vocals resting on water and an effortless honeyed melody, the sincere delivery of the song is undeniable. Be it in a coffee shop or in a car rushing to work, you are bound to suspend that moment when the track plays, so that you can find out what is on the mind of this evoking London songstress. “Shoestring” is the leading track off her new EP of the same name. Count down the days to purchase it — out April 2nd.
It isnt uncommon for friends in the industry to collab and make some genre-crossing music. From Talib Kweli and Res (Idlewarship) to Kanye and Jay, the pairing of talented artists usually turns out to be an even better collaboration. Following suit is newcomer to the game, Brooklyn rapper Theophilus London and his long-time friend James Boykins III. The duo, titled Paris 96, make their debut with a new, smooth single “Afternoon”. The Xaphoon Jones produced seductive tune blends the intricate hip-hop/electro style of the Brooklyn emcee with the smooth, alternative vocals of Boykins over a hazy electronic groove. Fans of their previous works “Life of a Lover” and “Cold Pillow” should definitely check out this new cut and expect to hear more when their yet untitled EP drops in April.
There is so much awesome girl power — Selebrities, Lissy Trullie and Erika Spring — on this cover. Couple all that female talent with an ’80s hit from a classic act like Fleetwood Mac and there’s really no reason why this could possibly go wrong. It doesn’t, it gets it 100% right. Live the ’80s like it’s today, alive and well.
Everywhere (feat. Erika Spring & Lissy Trullie)
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Floating melodies give way to gritty rhythms in what sounds like a recording in an aquarium. “Kindness” is no doubt an auditory adventure and is something which might fit the mood if one was springing from the bottom of an ocean abyss — a sensation of a progress forward. Carnivals prove adept in finding middle-ground between contemporary indie-psych-rock and ambient. What results is a trippy and equally catchy track. Part of a two-track release, “Kindness” is merely a month old and is best served with its counterpart, “Swallow the Sky.”
Daughter has the ability to bare open the emotional core of every song with her somber yet reflective vocals that echo a diary entry of an open heart. “Love”, the closing track from The Wild Youth EP, remains to this day one of the most profoundly connecting tracks of her repertoire. Seeing someone remix a Daughter original always makes me cringe a bit as far few can give its deserved justice. However, back in 2012, producer Synkro released a soft and delicate edit that complimented “Love”‘s original structure, dragging the track out to a much deeper place. Today, Swedish duo Zebra Safari take this same edit “a few steps further” incorporating trip-hop elements wrapped around beautifully light strings that produce moments of pure zen.
Love // Zebra Safari Edit
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In order to promote the release of their new album, The Black Opera let go of this illustrious single featuring the soulful stylings of Mayer Hawthorne. “Queen of Hearts” is a song about courtship, with the emcees providing insight to the women of their dreams and how they plan to convert them into royalty. The smooth, mellow production is greatly complimented by Hawthorne’s delicate, fervent vocals. If you enjoy this one, make sure to grab the free download below and check out Libretto: Of King Legend out now.
The Black Opera
Queen of Hearts (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne)