[The Love Playlist] Indie Songs for Lovers Vol. 2 (70+ Tracks)


As we slowly wake up from our hibernation laden winter, we’re gleefully looking ahead to spirited adventures with that special someone. There’s something about it, isn’t there? The warm weather. The flowers. The waves slowly lapping against the shores. Some people may argue that summer is the best time to be single, but we know all of you hopeless romantics out there disagree, as you patiently wait for the grand-scale plans that you have laid out.

Back in 2012 we released our first “Indie Songs for Lovers” playlist with a resounding appreciation from you all. While we may have missed the boat last year, we’re back at it again with a heart-warming selection of over 70 tracks that will leave your lover swooning.

Starting with accoustic folk, this playlist will take you on a journey through poppy indie rock all the way to some smooth rolling beats to set the mood.

Press play and get lost in love, ninjas.

James Vincent McMorrow
mutual benefit
advanced falconry
Dawn Golden
All I Want
Josh Record
For Your Love
Josh and Mer
All Was Right
Josh and Mer
From The Sea
I Know Leopard
Imaginary Future
The Thick and the Thin
Few Bits
The Last Song
Tom Misch & Carmody
Joel Baker
Every Vessel Every Vein
Blue Stahli
Ghost of Love (David Lynch cover)

Continue reading

Related items:

[Electronic] St. Vincent – Digital Witness (Darkside Remix)

St Vincent
Digital Witness (DARKSIDE Remix)

Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, better known as Darkside, are hot off the heels of their 2013, critically acclaimed release Psychic. They also recently dropped a new remix of St. Vincent’s Digital Witness.

While the two are currently working on separate projects, they still had time to come together and release a raging remix of Annie Clark’s standout single. This flooring, industrial track commands the listener’s attention and obedience to our digital overlords. Drowsy, modulated vocals are pulled through an automated soundscape of pulsing, mechanical beats and robotic synth that make you wonder “What’s the point of even sleeping?”

According to St. Vincent, the track will be released as a 12” vinyl June 17. Pre-orders for the record are available here.

Related items:

[Drum and Bass] Bryzone – Trial Run/Stargaze

Bryzone 1000

If your attention hasn’t already been drawn to the work of new drum and bass imprint Soulvent Records, you need to become familiar with their sound, sharpish. The London-based label have just released their second offering since establishing themselves in the latter half of 2013 via the work of BMotion. A small, independent collection of like-minded creatives, I would firmly attest that Soulvent will continue to deliver high calibre releases as time goes on.

Bryzone is the next young talent to step up to the plate with his single Trial Run ft. Jenny Mayhem. A glorious slice of shimmering liquid, Mayhem’s softly undulating vocals make the ideal accompaniment to the prominent melody. The sophisticated use of piano riffs and elegant subtlety behind this track display Bryzone’s soulful approach to production.

On the flip comes ‘Stargaze’, a deeper and slightly more melancholy piece, still incorporating gentle piano and adding a surging wave of strings to majestic effect.

A pair of tracks with summer vibes written all over them, these are an essential addition to any D&B lover’s collection. Available on both Beatport & iTunes.

Trial Run Feat. Jenny Mayhem
Related items:

[Deep/Tropical House] London Grammar – Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me (LCAW Remix)

London Grammar
Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me (LCAW Remix)

It’s been almost exactly a year since 19-year-old Munich, Germany-based producer LCAW broke onto the scene with his enormously popular remix of “Run” by Daughter–currently with well over half of a million plays on Soundcloud. And what Germany may lack in terms of warm latitude, there seems to be no effect on his knack for blanketing everything he touches with a layer of smooth, warm, summery vibes.

This time, LCAW’s unveiled his take on London Grammar’s “Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me.” The song has a beautifully harmonious pairing: the vocals of London Grammar’s front-lady, Hannah Reid, immediately bring to mind a more melancholic Florence Welch, intensified by yearning lyrics that ruminate over a fleeting love. LCAW reinterprets the sound, making it a bit more upbeat, pulsing with glimmers of hopeful reminiscence.

There’s no reason this one shouldn’t make it into your favorite summer playlists–after all, it’s up for a free download over on LCAW’s Facebook page. Like the lyrical motif “I’m still holding onto your waistband” sprinkled throughout the song, here’s to hanging on tightly to the relaxed vibe LCAW imparts, like that last bit of lingering warmth on the sand, long after the sun’s already dipped below the horizon.

Related items:

[NEW] Drake – Draft Day

Draft Day

It’s been too long since Drake‘s been in the spotlight, so after a few cryptic tweets earlier tonight, the Toronto native decided to drop off a brand new freebie in true Drizzy fashion. Titled “Draft Day,” the playful new single is the first solo effort from Drake this year.

While he’s far from a rookie himself, the OVO leader decides to shoutout a few heralded prospects from the sports world, Johnny Manziel and Andrew  Wiggins, while also mentioning one of hip-hop’s rising stars in Chance The Rapper (although he almost seems to be indirectly dissing him). “Draft Day” is really just a fun track overall, but you can tell Drake has a little chip on his shoulder as he kicks some braggadocious  bars over a soulful, thumping instrumental. While fans looking for a response to Jay Z‘s recent comments are sure to be somewhat disappointed, Drizzy makes it known that he came to play on this one.

Related items:

[Hip-Hop] Wale – Sunshine (Remix) (Feat. Rick Ross & Common)

Sunshine (Remix) feat. Rick Ross and Common

Wale is back this week with a new remix to his latest single “Sunshine.” Bringing in Common and MMG bawse Rick Ross for some tough bars, this uplifting tune finds the rappers taking a more serious tone. More than just flossing on the track or dropping some braggadocious bars about the wealthy life, each rapper speaks on something a little deeper. Ross spits about Obamacare and brighter days, while Wale keeps the vibes positive. Take a listen to The Gifted track remix above.

Related items:

[Hip-Hop] GoldLink – The God Complex (Mixtape)

GoldLink - The God Complex

Today might be April Fool’s Day, but this debut mixtape from GoldLink is no joke. After building a steady following through a handful of releases over the last few months, the Virginia native has finally provided us with the full project we’ve all been waiting for.

Operating under the realm of “Future Bounce,” GoldLink brings with him a sound that’s truly unique and ultimately refreshing. Powered by production from Louie Lastic, Fingalick, Lakim, Teklun, JFK, Jaylen! and McCallaman, the 9 track EP finds the rapper spitting over euphoric beats packed with just enough punch to keep tempo with his rabid delivery. While it’s true that GoldLink attacks every song with a zealous, frenetic flow that almost makes it seem like he’s ready to spin out of control, he still possesses a poise that assures you that he has everything under control–a trait rarely seen in artists on their first project. We’ve already mentioned comparisons to Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown and Kendrick Lamar before, but we now also see shades of the past with influences from A Tribe Called Quest and OutKast.

We’d have to say “Planet Paradise,” “Bedtime Story,” “Fuck Being Polite” and “How It’s Done” are our early favorites, but contrary to our usual format, we’ve decided to include the full mixtape stream below, because we believe this is a project that needs to be heard by all fans of hip-hop. If all goes according to plan, GoldLink will be a household name before you know it, and “Future Bounce” will become a far more regular term in our music vernacular.

DOWNLOAD: GoldLink – The God Complex

Ay Ay (Prod. Fingalick)
Planet Paradise (Prod. Louie Lastic)
Bedtime Story (Prod. Louie Lastic)
Divine (ft. Kali Uchis) (Prod. Louie Lastic)
Hip Hop (Interlude) (Prod. Teklun)
Fuck Being Polite (Prod. Lakim)
How Its Done (Prod. JFK // Jaylen!)
CNTRL (Prod. Fingalick)
When I Die (Prod. McCallaman)
Related items: