Here it is, ladies and gents: James Blake‘s new song “Retrograde”. The downtempo, yet still buzzy electronic track is absolutely beautiful, emotionally crushing and sexy in that, well, James Blake way. We’ve been waiting for this to surface and now that it’s here, we’ll be spending a lot of time with it. The song was premiered about an hour ago by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1; it’s off his forthcoming album, Overgrown, due out April 8th. Check it out below!
Are you guys familiar with Paris’ own funky maestro French Kiwi Juice, aka FKJ? We posted his slick, excellent single “Lying Together” back in November, and subsequently featured some worthwhile remixes, too. Now, he’s back with a new track called “So Much To Me,” and as you might expect, it’s full of solid, hip-moving, body-grooving funk vibes alongside smooth, light keys and a generous helping of soulfulness. Aside from the lovin’ message of the tune, the music itself hits you right in the heart and warms you to the core. Yet another delightful jam from this French man. Check it out below.
On Shout Out Louds’ latest track “Illusions”, we’re given a blissful, icy breath of Swedish indie pop sounds. The song, so dreamy at times that you wonder if it is indeed an “illusion” (sorry, had to go there), features bits of an underlying grooving bass, brawny yet calming vocals, and some airy falsetto work in the chorus. It all comes together nicely — and seamlessly too — and should make getting through the last few days of the week a little easier.
Shout Out Louds new album Optica comes out February 26th via Merge Records.
Every chance that I get to post about rising R&B artist Mikky Ekko, I take it. This week he released the official music video for his hit, the Clams Casino-produced, Ryan Hemsworth-remixed “Pull Me Down”. Check it out above and feel free to stream it below if ya can’t get enough. Mikky is currently working on a full-length, so stay tuned.
MIKKY EKKO PULL ME DOWN (Prod. by Clams Casino / Mikky Ekko)
The sultry vocals of LA based vocalist BANKS have never felt so honest than with her latest single ‘Before I Met You”. Submergence below a sea of crushing emotions of love lost, the cathartic melodies only enhance her potent but still delicate vocals. In lines with the production of the likes of Grimes and Purity Ring, we should expect an EP on IAMSOUND/Good Years very soon.
If you are looking for a refreshing new sound combining elements of late 80s disco, funk and just great vibes… then look no further. Coming off their remix of ‘Sun’ the 2nd single off of Two Door Cinema Club latest album, producing duo Chordashian are back with an even more refreshing original.
Clean and powerful bright melodies surrounded by a soft background of nostalgic electronic elements from the 80′s, Chordashian produces yet another gem sampling the vocals of Lana Del Rey.
A few days ago Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike released yet another incredible progressive house track. After realeasing “Madness” not to long ago this track is an impressive addition. ”Wakanda” is a bass heavy prog house track with some very interesting chopped vocals mixed in. The track itself is almost more electro house than anything but has a rate that’s closer to prog house, which ends up making a big hitter of a song. The vocals that are mixed in are definitely on the more unusual side and have been altered quite a bit but, adds to the song in a great way. You can sample it below or buy it here.