British rising star Kyla La Grange dropped her record Ashes recently, and this cover of the Maccabees’ “Love You Better” (available on the deluxe version) shows exactly why the Watford native has been on the receiving end of so much hype. Her fluttering, ethereal vocals come to the fore on this stripped-down cover, with gentle instrumentals providing a lush yet simple backing for La Grange. Definitely one for fans of Ellie Goulding and Florence + The Machine, Ashes is out now.
The Bon Iver camp announced a remix contest for the folk singer-songwriter’s self-titled second album, and Teen Daze has stepped up to the challenge of reworking the gorgeous “Perth”. The Vancouver producer has kept the relaxed and minimal vibe of the original while adding a subtle and very smooth bassline. It’s not until around the 2:25 mark that things start to change dramatically, but we think this remix is near-perfect, and a strong contender to win the contest.
Perth (Teen Daze Remix)
American garage-rockers Dum Dum Girls are back with a new EP, less than a year after the release of their sophomore record Only In Dreams. The first track to drop from this EP is “Lord Knows,” a lovelorn masterpiece with a soaring chorus to die for. Singer Dee Dee is shaping up into a seriously talented songwriter, and her devastatingly simple hooks reveal layers of emotion — the line ‘Oh boy, I can’t hurt you anymore, Lord knows I hurt my love’ is almost overwhelming in its intensity. An instant classic to be treasured, “Lord Knows” is featured on the EP End Of Daze, out on September 25 via Sub Pop Records.
HI. Quintino definitely found “Molly”. He makes me want to dance. Finally someone that transforms this big room anthem, into completely different hard hitting banger. Many have attempted remixing this track but Quintino executes it flawlessly delivering some similar sounds to A-Trak. Hot and heavy electro is pretty much all I care about when I’m on a dance floor and this almost guarantees spilling your drink on the asian couple next to you. The vocals are used perfectly while being surrounded by booming synths and some just flat out filthy electro. We will keep you posted on the release! Cheers.
Molly (Quintino Remix)
Toronto’s own hip-hop/R&B superstar, Drake, has on many occasion shouted out the late, great Aaliyah and on this newly released single, likely from her upcoming posthumous album, we get a glimpse into what a collaboration between the two artists might sound like. The beautiful vocals of Aaliyah over the always intoxicating production of Drake’s good friend and incredibly talented instrumentalist, Noah “40″ Shebib, make for an ethereal feel all but bringing the sorely missed icon back to life. Drake flows effortlessly over “Enough Said” regarding his always conflicted feelings about fame and fortune. As much of Drizzy and 40′s music, this one’s perfect for winding down a night of partying you hoped would never end.
Enough Said (feat. Drake)
Leave it to Mad Decent/Jeffree’s to have an artist so completely random, yet undeniably unique as Raf Riley. The 22-year-old producer from London bequeaths us with what would definitely be playing if a rave were ever held at Dracula’s castle: a song that sounds like the sweet, creepy union of a horror score and a dubstep track meant for a revamped Super Mario. As Mad Decent’s description so eloquently puts it: his music “…probably won’t make sense until Armageddon so until then we’ll just listen to it everyday until it makes sense”.
Word. Check it out below and make sure to download “Dog Unit (Part 2)” and “Dog Unit (Part 3)” on Mad Decent’s Soundcloud to complete the trilogy.
The talented D.C.-based electro/hip-hop producer and remixer, Brenton Duvall, released a six-track compilation on his SoundCloud a couple days ago with the info section simply reading, “Some songs I made from June 2011 til April 2012.” With a combination of hip-hop samples varying from Lupe Fiasco’s Hip-Hop Saved My Life to Drake‘s Doing It Wrong along with his impressive beat abilities, Brenton reminds us of his versatility as an artist. This mini-mixtape is a well-crafted and relaxing collection of songs, some of which would make for perfect rap instrumentals and others that are great to just zone out to. The last cut Orange Juice, stands out with its minimal, chill sound concluding a pleasant listening experience. Stream and download all the tracks below.