Paul Stewart‘s “Horses Mouth” is an acoustic driven and intimate offering with a delivery that will tug at your heart strings. The guitars are finger picked and melodic, recorded on what seems to be an “open air” microphone. This approach is essential to the feel and mood of the music as it lets organic white noises onto the track and separates the boundary between performer and audience. The vocal performance, and all other subsequent layers, follow suit with this recording technique in a “diamond in the rough” sort of way (Aladdin anyone?). Think “Moving Mountains” by Thrice for a comparison and stream the track below to experience it for yourself:
Paul Stewart – Horses Mouth
Beautiful Small Machines recently released a cover of MIA‘s smash hit “Paper Planes”, turning it from a kind of pop- kind of hip-hop mashup into an incredibly well done indie song. The new take on the song is more simplistic, trading synth beats and samples for guitar leads and organic drums, breathing life into a track that I thought had lost some of its original “coolness” due to its being overplayed. Thankfully, rather than slowly shaking my head and shunning “too soon” to the band, I was able to embrace this rework with open arms and thoroughly enjoy the experience. Though, I’ll admit, I do kind of miss the cash register sample during the “all I want to do is… and take your money” parts. Stream it below:
Beautiful Small Machines
Buy this track on bandcamp.
“Girls Gone Wild” is Madonna’s latest single of her latest album MDMA. I can’t say I have listen to her latest album but being a huge EDM fan I can’t ignore the remixes that are coming out for the single. Avicii, Dada Life, Dave Aude, Kim Fai and Lucky Date have all pitched in their own versions and while the entire thing just sounds too poppy and bubble gum for my personal taste, I still believe they are note-worthy to post so you can form your own opinion. Enjoy
Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Avicii Remix)
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Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Dada Life Remix)
Girl Gone Wild (Dada Life Remix).mp3
Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Dave Aude Club Mix)
Girl Gone Wild (Dave Aude Club Mix).mp3
Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Kim Fai Club Mix)
Girl Gone Wild (Kim Fai Club Mix).mp3
Madonna – Girl Gone Wild (Lucky Date Extended Mix)
Girl Gone Wild (Lucky Date Extended Mix).mp3
We first heard Universal’s new artist Urban Cone with “Urban Photograph” earlier this year. Their new single, titled “Freak”, takes the band in a darker new direction while keeping all of the elements we loved in tact. The fragile nature of the relaxed vocals and lightly implied melody make the track an enjoyable listen and a good way to start the wind down from a hectic week. Stream “Freak” below:
Urban Cone – Freak
While some of you may have already heard of Seven Lions, we wanted to do an introduction post regardless, as most of you probably haven’t. This Californian producer has only been releasing tracks for the past year or so, and with what we’ve heard so far, we’re really excited to see more.
Seven Lions has a style that’s similar to Minnesota in a way. They both play what is now being labeled as progressive dubstep – smooth, melodic, and downright entrancing music, that still carries the right amount of aggression and punch in the bassline. With Seven Lions, you have a little more glitch at times, which is what differentiates him. And let’s face it, anyone who gets a personal endorsement from Above and Beyond has some raw talent.
We’ve included three tracks for your listening pleasure. The first track is a radio rip of “Below Us” from BBC Radio, which is off his Polarized EP, due out April 23rd. The two that follow are a little bit older, but equally as impressive.
Below Us on BBC Radio 1XTRA with Matrix and Futurebound
Florence And The Machine
Cosmic Love (Seven Lions Remix) (DL link in description)
Above And Beyond
You Got To Go (Seven Lions Remix)
My friends in Town Hall have just released their first music video (ever) today. The video, for a new single called “Good Boy”, shows a young guy struggling with a sense of rebellion and general angst toward the world around him and does a great job providing visuals to capture the aura of the music. The track itself is a little less folky than anything we’ve heard from Town Hall so far- which kind of makes the band more accessible to larger audiences while also raising question marks at the style of the rest of the album.
Stream the video below and grab a free download of the track HERE.
As we anxiously await London’s Sub Focus to start his US tour we have only had his latest DnB single “Out The Blue” to tide us over. With his “eye of the camera” style stage setup and fat bass productions it is only a matter of time until this talented producer appears on a stage near you. It seems like Dutchman Laidback Luke has his hands on every single out there and he remixes most of them in his quirky yet big stage ready production style. His remix of “Out The Blue” moves the DnB track into “Laidback” territory with dutch house progressions and some Daft Punk-esque robot voices that nicely compliment Alice Gold’s beautiful vocals. Tracks like this showcase the joy of remix culture and we are happy to show support!
Out The Blue Feat. Alice Gold (Laidback Luke Remix)