Every Other Freckle
Alt-J‘s upcoming album is shaping up quite nicely. Earlier today, the U.K. alternative rockers released the third consecutive quality track from the project. In tandem with the other two songs we’ve heard thus far, their latest offering helps crystalize expectations for their highly anticipated sophomore record.
Each glimpse has featured a different dimension to the band’s sound–“Hunger of the Pine” full of sultry, powerful longing and “Left Hand Free” feeling more upbeat and catchy. “Every Other Freckle” presents yet another facet falling in between the other tunes in terms of energy but incorporating some of the vocal patterns found on An Awesome Wave, most notably “Breezeblocks.” The range of styles presented in these first singles suggests that we can expect a versatile and engaging mix from This Is All Yours, which is available for pre-order on iTunes and drops on September 23rd.
Louis Futon x A-1
Parasail [Free Download]
Philly production duo Louis Futon drop a heavy hitter today with “Parasail,” a sharp but quick ditty that works in some of that futuristic bounce. The guys recruit Bay Area-based rapper A-1 to spit lyrics on a jungle-meets-space beat, resulting in a collaborative piece that is larger than life.
A-1’s vocals are crisp yet calculated, but manage to work marvelously with the complex composition of “Parasail,” a track that is brimming with bass. While A-1’s flow manages to command attention, the track’s real breadwinner is the sweet, sweet beat with its fresh syncopations and hefty percussions. “Parasail” is available for a free download by heading to Louis Futon’s Facebook.
Elliphant feat. Skrillex
Only Getting Younger (NGHTMRE X Imanos Remix)
Any time we come across a song with Skrillex in the title, we automatically stop whatever we are doing to press play. With a new frontier on the horizon for the foward thining producer, we realized that Skrillex continues to push his sound in both the weirdest and most intricate direction. Producers from all over can’t seem to figure out what it is about him that makes him so ahead of the game, but until someone figures it out, we get to enjoy the twists and turns people add to his tracks.
Just recently, Skrillex teamed up with Swedish artist, Elliphant, for their heavy festival banger, “Only Getting Younger” in which we instantly fell in love with the this music bae. Today is an even better day for both Elliphant and Skrillex because Mad Decent just unleashed the next wave of official remixes for “Only Getting Younger” which means SoundCloud is about to have a major meltdown because of it.
LA and Vancouver producers, NGHTMRE and Imanos, linked up and put their signature spin on “Only Getting Younger” in which we were forced to put our stanky faces on. With its dark, minimal progression, and trap-style stabs, NGHTMRE and Imanos took this Skrillified anthem and transformed it into something out of this world. Our first reaction when we first heard this is not appropriate to say, but we can leave you with a censored version in which we said: “holy balls of [insert profanity here].” With that in mind, we hope you enjoy the brief psychosis you’re about to endure.
Heavenly Father (Modus Coco Remix)
Everyone and their mother has remixed Bon Iver to the point where it’s almost unappealing. We can give you ten “Skinny Love” remixes off the top of our heads as we write this. Justin Vernon’s genius is well recognized throughout the world, especially in the music community, so it is very rare to find a tribute that stands out from the rest of the pack. However, Modus Coco continues his sensational debut as a solo artist as he puts his gorgeously enchanting spin on “Heavenly Father”, Vernon’s latest and greatest single. Coco, formerly of Shapes of Light fame, has given us a couple originals and a Sufjan Stevens remix, however this might be his best work yet. He breathes new life into the composition with new melodies and distorting Vernon’s voice to an almost ethereal level. We are absolutely in love with this piece and we hope you are as well!
Is This Love (Chachi & Musicman Ty Remix)
We want to love you, and treat you right, which is why we’re sharing this fabulous remix of Bob Marley. It’s pretty hard to remix a legend like Bob and do a perfect job, but Chachi & Musicman Ty blew us away. This remix of “Is This Love” seems to answer the title, because there aren’t too many words to describe this beyond lovely. Our one complaint is that it’s only three minutes long – guess we’ll be hitting replay on this over and over. Jah bless Chachi & Musicman Ty for their fabulous rendition of this classic track.
You were probably just as confused as we were when Spooky Black a.k.a Lil Spook, released his music video for “Without You” back in February. “Is this kid serious?”, “Why is this so low quality?”, and “What is type of music called?” were among some of the questions that came to mind.
With the release of his Leaving EP, the 15-year-old singer from Minnesota gives us a peek of what his music is really about. It consists of eight melancholy tunes, all titled in lower-cased letters and in such nonchalance. Collaborating with producers like Kid Hnrk, Psynum and Smitty The BG, this EP is a full on display of Spooky Black’s vocal talent and musical style over the dreamy, slow, lo-fi and occasional trap-style beats. The sustain added to his vocals accentuates the quirky yet creepy style of his songs, and with him dressing in all black attire in the “Without You” video, you can kind of guess where this is going.
Put it this way, Spooky Black is sort of like the R&B version of King Krule. Similar to his music, you either love it or hate it. We definitely love him in a weird kind of way. The whole EP is available off his soundcloud, so go get a copy here and tell us what you think!
’intro (prod. Curtis Heron & Thestandard)’
’HotelSixNine Ft. SolomonDaGod (prod. Smitty The BG)’
’take the blame so i dont have to (prod. Kid Hnrk)’
’echoes in my mind ft. wiccaphase springs eternal (prod. Kid Hnrk)’
’dj khaled is my father (bonus) (prod. Psymun & Spookyblack)’
The Juan Maclean
A Simple Design
Some labels just manage to carry a weight with them when uttered: in that regardless of who or what is being released people take notice. So when anything from indie-dance imprint DFA bubbles to the surface, we tend to take notice. And what better way to revisit one of our favorite labels than with one of the cornerstones which helped solidify their status as indie icon; The Juan Maclean. The long time DFA staple is ready to release another full LP on September 16, In A Dream, and have brought with them the second single from the album in the form of “A Simple Design”. A moody groover which rides the line between new-wave and darker disko, the tune once again features full time The Juan Maclean member Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem acclaim) front and center. Her effortless vocal stems glide throughout John Maclean’s expansive, spacey dance vibes like never before, consummately fueling a hypnotic hip shaker of a melody. You can preorder In A Dream from iTunes, but for now we’ll be relishing in the beautiful dancefloor rumblings of “A Simple Design” to satiate our anticipation.