If anyone can write a song about ‘Scars’ and make it beautiful, it would be the duo GEMS. Lindsay and Clifford are two musicians who combine their beautiful musical minds to form GEMS, based out of Washington D.C. The two recently released their new song ‘Scars’, which is raw and brutal and honest, from its lyrics to its seductive melody. The song tells of the scars left from a loved one, how that loved one can see through the fake and the bullshit and the “I’m okays”. The lyrics pull on all heartstrings making the listener feel vulnerable to ones they love and have loved. Lindsay has a light and airy voice that sits quietly in your mind, allowing you to indulge in this stunning song. Be prepared to feel a few scars of your past burn as you hear these two sing each of our stories back to us.
Busy Doin' Nothin' (Bad Language Remix)
Little is known about Bad Language, other than the fact that these guys are both high profile players in the electronic dance music world. What we do know is they’re a duo located out of Los Angeles. No matter the circumstance, if it’s uplifting music like this, than you’ll always hear it here first! This funky remix of Ace Wilder had me dancing out of my bed this morning. Between the soulful deep vibes and the fact this is a WMG release, you know Bad Language isn’t playing!
Taking You With Me
Get ready to go on a ride, because Oslo based Kid Astray are taking you with them. Comprised of six childhood friends from the land of the midnight sun, this indie synth-pop act has created a remarkably memorable tune that is sure to carry you through the summer months with ease.
Made up of an eclectic bunch, including a Vogue cover model, a junior golf champion, and a Chinese/Norwegian piano virtuoso, this sextuplet has a sound that flirts effortless between classic 80’s synth pop and contemporary gold. Displayed by this premiere of “Taking You With Me”, we’re shown a love-laced journey driven by a repitious melody and a downright catchy hook.
Coming off their second EP, (due out June 23, 2014 via Cosmos) this title track boasts influences ranging from M83 to Pet Shop Boys, which will surely going to take the blogosphere by storm. Hopefully we’ll see them come through the states full swing for 2015’s festival season.
If You Ever Want To Be In Love
We’ve had James Bay on our radar since last year, covering “Move Together,” a song dripping with soulful cadence and raw emotions. Fast forward a year and a few months, we had the pleasure of writing up this ahead-of-his-time vocalist’s most recent release, “If You Ever Want to Be in Love.”
Carried by the backbone of a booming piano melody, this beautifully produced, heartfelt single off of the Let It Go EP possesses an undeniable charm that carries across generations of music lovers effortlessly. While the instrumentals are second to none, they are elevated to an entirely different level with the raspy yet refined vocals of Mr. Bay.
One would be crazy to argue against that last point, especially when given the opportunity to watch this acoustic version. Coupled only with a guitar, we find the inescapable raw captivation displayed right in front of our eyes, leaving us only one option: swoon.
Down With Webster
Chills (Shaun Frank Remix)
If you’re getting ready to head to bed right now, don’t press play. Actually, do press play. You have it in you to get up and boogie for a couple of minutes before you call it a night.
Originally composed by Down With Webster, whom also reside in Toronto, “Chills” is a pop/hip hop tune that gained quite a bit of attention just six months ago. With an anthemic chorus, one could see why an artist would take on remixing a tune like this.
Torontonian beatsmith Shaun Frank has a crafted a progressive house remix rife with big room bounce, glitchy electro house elements, and a melody that will get stuck in your head for days. Soloing out perfectly timed vocal samples provides this energetic, melodic backdrop with the type of mental associations that occur in some of the catchiest pop songs. It’s because of this, that we’re not only posting this song, but also why we simply can’t stop singing:
They came from you. They came from you
We can picture it now: a mysterious warehouse, bass reverberating off the walls and out the singular open door, which has a line of neon lit party-goers anxiously awaiting to get in and start dancing. Yes, Eric Sharp has effectively taken us to an underground party, and we haven’t even left our desk.
This Los Angeles based DJ/Producer not only has the best mustache in the biz, but he’s also one of Vibe’s Top Ten DJs You Should Know By Name. Throwing genre barriers to the wind, Sharp cites musical influences from early Chicago and New York house, giving a mighty nod to the likes of Farley Jackmaster Funk, Green Velvet and Armand Van Helden through his production style.
In his latest release (dropping tomorrow via Love F.A.M.E. Records), Sharp teamed up with Sir DSS and Katxx (owner of the aforementioned label). Comprised of a gloriously industrial soundscape, drippy acid house synths and the obviously suggestive lyrics, this original has all the necessary energy for your late night cravings. Just don’t blame us if you wake up with a wicked hangover from partying till 5AM.
Keep an eye out next week as well, as Sharp has teamed up with Tommie Sunshine’s Brooklyn Fire Records to drop a new original and a remix from Tommie himself.
Higher Ground (feat. Charli Taft)
Fresh off of web-spanning single “Foolish” which included a stay at #1 in the ‘Popular’ charts on the almighty blog aggregator Hype Machine, consistent play on Radio One and over 1.5 million Soundcloud plays; the Bristol based electronic duo of Adam Englefield and Jacob Manson, more readily accessible as Blonde are back with another single shot in the pop-house revolution, “Higher Ground”. Featuring an ethereal and soaring vocal top line from Liverpool singer/songwriter Charli Taft, “Higher Ground” arrives synchronously with the recent wave of warm weather stateside behind an early 90’s house backbone, sunny synth line and sleek R&B structural sensibility which all culminate to send its listener smack dab in the middle of a figurative sunny rooftop terrace. “Higher Ground” functions as the lead track from an impending EP of the same name due out August 10 through FFRR, and if its supporting tunes remain as pristine and full as Blonde’s last few original production entries, we think it may surely end up as one of those envious crossover records on multiple end-of-year lists in 2014. Blonde is currently getting prepared for a hectic slew of performances during festival season with sets scheduled at Creamfields, Bestival, Wireless and Glastonbury just to name a few, which for our U.K. and proper house fans should incite a little wave of musical euphoria as it did with us ninjas. So in anticipation, check out “Higher Ground” from Blonde above.