Kicks n Licks
Come on a little electronic melody of a journey with me, where beats and sounds and imaginable waves echo through from one ear to the other.
Kicks n Licks new song, “The Journey”, is a beautifully simple piece that takes all listeners on a airy journey through some quiet electronic sounds. This is a piece that really shows how wonderful a simple song can actually be, not overpowering, not in your face, it is just a song that makes you want to close your eyes and take a journey wherever the music wants to go.
With sweltering hot temperatures reaching record highs in some areas of the country, it’s important for us to have a way to stay cool amidst this recent heat wave. From across the pond, in comes UK producer Fryars to the rescue. The 22-year-old Londoner swaps the forlorn, lo-fi sound of previous singles like “Love So Cold” for something a bit on the groovier side this go around. The sonic shift may be shocking to some fans, but we welcome the change with open arms. Chill out to the epic disco-influenced ditty above, and stay tuned for more from Fryars, whose full length project, Power, is due for release some time later this year.
Slip N Slide‘s latest artist Sebastian Mikael drops a new gem for our listening enjoyments this week. The single “Last Night” is a laid-back, seductive Lamb and Bigg D production. The singer/song-writer croons over the smooth Al.B Sure 90′s classic “Night and Day” sampled beat, while rightfully bringing in MMG rapper Wale to spit a well crafted verse. The two definitely compliment each other on this track and the buzzworthy R&B single will be featured on Mikael’s upcoming yet-to-titled EP, due out later this Fall.
2door Cinema Club (option4 Remix) **FREE DL**
Irish indie-pop duo Two Door Cinema Club have seen their stock take a considerable ascension over the last few years behind singles like “Something Good Can Work” making their way off of the blog pages and onto mainstream radio in the process. Last month, the three-piece unveiled the official music video for their single “Handshake”, and with it came a slew of remixes. Our standout favorite, and a track we received as a TMN exclusive was authored by deep, disco and house producer option4. Taking the stems and making them into a rhythmic piece of club music has been this Denver native’s modus operandi, and today the homie has done it again in the form of a polished production. option4′s remix of “Handshake” carries lead vocalist Alex Trimble’s obvious vocals and symbiotically pairs them up perfectly with his brand of deep-house club music. Furthermore a synthy organ drives the whole engine, feeling like Wolfgang Amadeus himself was smashing thirteen keys at once whilst not once letting your hips and head stop kicking to the harmonious beat. As a treat to our TMN contingent, we and option4 agreed to give the track away as a free download. We hope and expect to hear this one played out a few times this weekend, so take a copy for yourself while we’re all here.
Skirt (Cut Snake Remix) [Free Download]
Over the past decade one of the greatest stage commanders and pop-stars of our generation, Kylie Minogue, has lingered nationally somewhere between dance music leading lady and American “one-hit wonder” territory depending on who you ask. But personally the lass remains one of our consistently favorite vocalists on whichever genre of music her voice is inundated. Her latest single “Skirt” has seen a host of big remixes thus far, but this deep-house rework (and free giveaway through Rising Music no less) from Cutsnake stood out amongst a pack of somewhat similar treatments. Currently stationed in San Diego, the duo of Cutsnake take Kylie’s unmistakeable vocals and slightly pitch them down to funk a little better with the groovy, late-night burner. Seeing as these sounds have been big players in the So-Cal area lately, it makes perfect sense that they have been creating music there lately. Further buoying Cutsnake’s remix of “Skirt” is a deep, heavy synth which neatly wraps up the production in a nice little bow. That recognizable element has been creeping out of the underground, and leaking into mainstream producers’ repertoire as well, but to us still sounds better when utilized on more intimate tracks. Never to fear though, let’s leave that technique to artists like Cutsnake to really drive up an educated dance floor. Listen above, and grab the free download.
Crime (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Like many artists seem to be doing these days, Mayer Hawthorne gave NPR the go ahead to put up an advance stream of his album, Where Does This Door Go in anticipation of its release next Tuesday. One of the most intriguing pieces from the project happens to be “Crime,” the crooner’s first collaboration with the young and talented Kendrick Lamar. It seems like you can’t go anywhere without seeing Kendrick’s name these days, yet we still haven’t grown tired of him. Hawthorne ditches his traditional Motown sound for something with a bit more West Coast edge on this one. It still makes for a rather easy listen however, and we’re sure we’ll be coming back for seconds plenty of times during the summer. For more Mayer Hawthorne, you can check out the full stream of Where Does This Door Go at the link below before it hits shelves on July 16th.
STREAM: Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go
VANIC VS EMINEM
The Last Stand
Harkening back on my early college days, Vanic has grabbed my hand and taken me back to a day of bleach blonde hair and rebellious rap lyrics. Some of you may not remember 8 Mile, but I most certainly do. Our favorite renegade rapper made his silver screen debut with a story about his life and times before we all came to love him and his music.
Fast foward to today and Vanic has blended one of the most iconic scenes with some big buzzy dubstep beats. The essential vibes of the original are all in place. The feelings that are evoked by listening to “B-Rabbit” light up a Detroit nightclub in the feature film are perfectly encapsulated in this remix.