Vallès, a 21 year old French House savant working out of Ibiza, was the latest apple of TMN’s eye, largely behind the release of perhaps one of the most musically mature and texturized pop-leaning debuts we had had the chance to wrap our ears around in some time, with his St. Lucia EP. St. Lucia is the first collection of originals from the young disco maestro, but a knack for funky high-energy samples paired with toned down, groovy bass lines has already blueprinted his deft French Touch sound. St. Lucia functions closely within most of these parameters, leading off with the incredibly emotive pacesetter, “Heartbeat”, which clearly touches on Vallès’ cited influences of Daft Punk Discovery era 90’s French-House and the almighty 70’s funk wave in which held the distinguished spot as America’s leading dance genre at the time. St. Lucia‘s sophomore entry, the single for which the extended play was named, is a breezy synth-pop track, drenching its listener in neon, 80’s dance tones. Once our complete psyche was enveloped by “Heartbeat” and “St. Lucia”, Vallès slows things up a bit to let the rest of the album breathe, utilizing the downtempo electronic backbone of “Farewell” to iron out the whole movement to a brisk stride. If we haven’t gushed enough already, just let us leave you with the fact that we absolutely believe that St. Lucia is one of the most worthy individual electronic listening album efforts within the last five years.
Furthermore, as St. Lucia was released today via Neonized Records, we were gifted with three additional featured remixes from talented artists L’Étranger, and Cosmonaut Grechko, so there should be a little slice of Vallès appropriate for any number of eclectic ninja listeners. Listen to Vallès’ St. Lucia EP below.
St. Lucia (cosmonaut grechko Remix)
St. Lucia (feat. Vallès) (LÉtranger Mix)
Nothing But Trouble
Electro-rock duo Phantogram have shown an incredible amount of growth and promise in the last few years establishing themselves as deserving mainstays on music blogs and in big-name festival lineups. Their upcoming album, Voices, is easily their most anticipated project to date already showing promise with the stellar “Fall in Love.”
Today, the Brooklyn-based artists let go of the opening track, “Nothing but Trouble,” which serves to further cement the larger-than-life sound that we can expect from the album. With a range of unique genre influences, Phantogram once again demonstrates their musical breadth creating material with the ability to pique the interest of a variety of listeners. Peep this uniquely haunting, yet stadium-worthy cut below. Voices drops on February 18th.
The Good Life (option4 Remix)
One of our absolute favorite, surging house producers in the entire game, option4, just followed up his insanely successful remix for Brooklyn band Great Good Fine OK with another jovial slice of dance music; this time authoring up a pristine rework of Elizabeth Rose‘s buzzy synth-pop single “The Good Life”. Whereas option4 first began gaining traction with a deep brand of original R&B and pop tinged house tunes, his remix output has more or less revealed a bit of the producer’s softer, more accessible production side. option4’s revision of “The Good Life” is clearly punctuated by an arpeggiated chord progression but is built behind airy pads and what has now become somewhat of a signature, with some very layered percussive stabs driving the while thing home. While option4’s original tracks aimed at the dancefloor are what piqued our original interest in the budding artist, this latest string of pensive remixes feels like we are catching the Denver based artist in a musical stride so to speak, and we absolutely had to share it with our ninjas. As with the rest of option4’s catalog thus far, his remix of “The Good Life” by Elizabeth Rose is being given away digitally in exchange for a Facebook “like” here. Pick it up, and get your Tuesday bouncing in the right direction.
Life can be scary, unpredictable, and freakin’ overwhelming. But the indie dojo’s got you. Sit back, relax, and let the magical powers of the playlist heal your soul.
The Daydream Club
Soundwaves of Gold (Remix)
The Harry Heart Chrysalis
You Are Not A Rarity
Bug A Boo (Borneland remix)
It’s a real thing of beauty when someone can put a new spin on a track, and for some reason, it sounds like it just belongs. It’s almost as if you’re listening to the original, which is when you realize you’re jamming out to sheer gold.
Denmark based producers Borneland have served up a perfect example of the above statement, recrafting a funky remix of this Destiny’s Child track. While we could write up our own descriptions of what we think of the tune’s inspirations, this duo has sent out a statement with their tune that does it best. Check it out below:
Neither of us have tattoos nor hair on the chest, though we have been told that these are essentials to survive in our business. Luckily we have great friends with both tattoos and hair on the chest to give us advise when things are tough. One of these advisers once told us, that the first release often ends up completely different from the original idea, due to the fact that one has so many expectations… All these imaginations.
Combined with perfectionism, one ends up spending too much time on details and the original idea disappears – this is a shame! To avoid this (unnecessary) “first-time-nervousness”, we chose to start out with something as silly (to us at least), but classic, as a different version of “Bug a Boo” by Destiny’s Child.
Animals (Oliver Heldens Remix) [Out Now]
We’ve been tracking Oliver Heldens as of late. After writing up the deliciously tech-centric tune “Gecko,” we’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of his “Animals” remix.
The tune is a far departure from the intense hard house track that captivated the EDM world just last year. While we normally tend to like remixes that pay more homage to the original, we’re actually pleased that this is maintains less elements of Martin’s monster track.
With a funky bassline, this house remix has a dialed down nature by comparison, yet still has a gorgeous, driving intensity that makes you want to get up and dance. In fact, we’ve been dancing the entire time we’ve been writing this up. It’s taken us much longer to complete the post than it normally does. We’re not mad about it though. Not one bit.
This 128 BPM official remix is out now via Beatport. Get after it, ninjas.