Careless (AC Slater Remix)
Brooklyn based Bayside High moniker adorned bass music beatsmith has given a new spin on Jack Beats’ “Careless.” We’re always a little overly critical when it comes to Jack Beats remixers considering they’re one of our favorites in the game. However, AC Slater gave a treatment on this track that not only managed to pay homage to the original, but also to add flare in that reminded us of other JB tunes. Listen carefully, the bouncy bassline and singular note high pitched synths takes on a similar sound to “Get Down.”
Bravo AC. Bravo.
Hold On, We're Going Home feat. Majid Jordan
While many fans believe Drake‘s style has gotten a bit stale over time, he’s shown a willingness to experiment recently as he prepares for the release of Nothing Was The Same. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” features Drake going in to full R&B mode, but rather than droning on about his ex-girls for the millionth time, Drizzy opts for a much more upbeat, 80′s influenced pop melody. The throwback tune provides us with a refreshing change of pace from Drake’s typical material without sounding too out of place in his vast library. “Hold On, We’re Going Home” represents the perfect way to wrap up a late night out on the town, and adds yet another anthem to the Toronto native’s repertoire. Look out for Nothing Was The Same when it drops on September 17th.
Waiting (feat. Quincy McCrary)
Gossip Culture is on a quest for funk steeped in neon signs & heartbreak, and he’s well on his way with this release. Ryan Sheridan started Gossip Culture back in 2011 as a means for experimenting recording gear with dance beats. His influences are evident, heavily steeped in Motown soul from his extensive vinyl collection. His style has a classic sound influenced in chilled out disco that makes you want to throw on a pair of Wayfarers and hit the town.
Today’s release comes way from his new EP, Strictly Speaking, which is due out in October of this year. For this particular track, Ryan brought in vocalist Quincy McCrary, who also collaborated with Mayer Hawthorne recently. The end result is groovy summer time vibe dialed up with a funky bassline, Motown style guitar riffs, and subdued trumpeting. It’s sexy, warm, and is the perfect combination of new style production and classic sounds.
WAITING GAME (Prod. By SOHN)
BANKS may only have four songs to her name, but the L.A. native has already shown a tremendous amount of versatility in her music. “Waiting Game” might just be the largest departure from what we’ve heard so far from the young crooner. Her sultry, yet graceful vocals trickle over a medley of menacing synths, brooding percussion and balmy piano riffs. Through this combination, the song is able to establish an atmosphere that is altogether haunting, pensive, and evocative, which helps her fit in perfectly with new tourmate, The Weeknd. We’re not sure how much longer we’ll have to play the “Waiting Game” for BANKS’ debut album, but we’re expecting it to drop soon.
We haven’t exactly been shy about our “Feelings” regarding London Grammar‘s emergence this year. We’ve already lost track of how many gems the UK collective has bestowed upon us this far, but we do know that they’re presently batting 1.00 (and that’s without the help of PED’s, mind you). “Feelings” is a serene number that seems perfect for those breezy summer afternoons. Don’t let the quaint guitar strums at the beginning fool you however, because once Hannah Reid‘s enthralling vocals seize control of the song, they never let go. The group currently has us itching to hear their ironically titled debut album, If You Wait, due for release next month on September 9th.
Traffic. A time for self reflection, road rage, steering wheel drumming, all kinds of “other” things you think no one can see you doing…when really we can. We have all found ourselves in the frustrating gridlock at one time or another which is reason #4,507 to have a plethora of free playlists right at your fingertips. For the most part, we all have a smartphone that allows us to stream, cloud, etc. etc..but if you run with the old school crowd..burn that shit on a compact disk. Whatever media you choose, you’ll be thanking us for dissipating the anger that comes with every brake light later…
Gold Tooth (Parentz Remix)
Colours in the Street
Brooklyn born singer songwriter Lapland’s UK debut single is a beauty. With gorgeously produced synths, lush yet delicate vocals, and a pop inspired structure, Lapland sets the tone for a lazy Sunday or long car ride to the beach. Influences can be heard left and right in this tune, from synth pioneers of the 60′s and 70′s, French Impressionists like Ravel and Debussy, and modern vocalists like Bon Iver. His sound has tremendous depth and is thoughtfully crafted. Now we just can’t wait to hear some more.