First off, if you don’t already listen to The Lovely Sparrows on a regular basis then you are missing out. Their sound is something different, but a really really good different. Founded in 2005 by Shawn Jones and longtime friend Jason Cooper, Lovely Sparrows walks a fine line between experimental and indie rock. While Sailing starts off fuzzy and unrecognizable but soon you can make out faint voices that have a nostalgic and warm feeling. Four minutes of this song and you will feel relaxed after a long day of work. The Lovely Sparrows are on tour in Texas this summer so if you’re around, grab a ticket and enjoy the show. But first, listen to this with a cold glass of coke and enjoy the little imperfections that make this song perfect.
The Lovely Sparrows
The geninue love and flow Mackelemore, the Seattle-born American rapper, displays in every single project is enough to induce goosebumps. This combined with the affectionate production from Ryan Lewis creates a whole new experience that is rare in the current scene of Hip/hop.
Macklemore has never been shy of targeting social political issues in his verses, and ‘Same Love’ is no exception. From the forthcoming debut LP “The Heist”, which will release 10/9, comes this beautiful single addressing the issue of gay marriage. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are joined by the talented singer-songwriter Mary Lambert, also a Seattle native.
As part of a partnership with Music for Marriage Equality campaign, Sub Pop Records will release this track digitally on 7/24 and as a limited run 7″ vinyl on 7/31, available through Sub Pop.
Macklemore X Ryan Lewis
Same Love feat. Mary Lambert
Odd Future affiliated post-soul duo, The Internet, create a beautifully haunting remix to the already awesome track Fitzpleasure by the Cambridge quartet alt-J. The Internet features OF DJ and singer, Syd tha Kyd (pictured above), and producer Matt Martians. Their first album, Purple Naked Ladies, was in my opinion one of the most underrated of last year. They manage to carry the dark, ominous sound of the Wolfgang from an innovative and soulful angle. This is something to bump at the end of a legendary summer night.
Fitzpleasure (The Internet Of Odd Future Remix)
With the release of the much awaited album Gossamer, Passion Pit lets the world know that they still have plenty of time on their hands by transforming the now classic indie folk song ‘Little Talks’ by Of Monster and Men into a poppy ride of electronic melodies.
With a slow start as the non-intrusive bassline plays under the playful vocals of Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir and Ragnar Þórhallsson, the track ultimately builds up into a funky disco-influenced gem, giving us a new way to experience “Little Talks”
Of Monsters and Men
Little Talks (Passion Pit Remix).mp3
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If there’s something that electro fans struggle with, it’s communicating their love for the genre to non-electro fans. If you find yourself sympathizing with the aforementioned, look no further than this Ianborg remix to show your non-electro friends. You might even win a few converts!
Ianborg takes Ben Howard’s Old Pine song and does what truly talented DJs do: he creates a new piece of art using an existing piece–without losing the effect of original. Ianborg keeps the dreamy and nostalgic feel of “Old Pines” by carefully selecting and arranging key images in the original songwriter’s lyrics and giving them front stage in the remix. The song opens with a piano accompanying the original guitar work, setting the stage for a gentle transition into the electronic crecendo. The beat never elevates beyond to anything you could dance to, but serves as the perfect backdrop for the vocals to float through. The overall tone of the song would be perfect for a cocktail party with old friends, or the completion of a long night out with new ones.
If you are a fan of the original song, give this remix a whirl. Ianborg has managed to pay homage to this original folky hit while creating something new and remarkable himself.
Old Pine (Ianborg Remix)
Dutch DJ superstar, Afrojack just unleashed his newest house banger via his label, Wall Recordings. After a few listens, Rock The House becomes more than just a banger, but a musical journey that leads you through delicate melodies, smooth crescendos, and crashing climaxes. If you’re not into all that sappy stuff though, We’ll put it simply. This jam makes you want to jump. #jumpingjack
Rock The House (Original Mix)
It is no secret that Danny Brown dabbles in illicit substances from time to time. On Molly Ringwald, he teams up with super producer Araabmuzik for a track expressing some love for MDMA. Araab goes hard with this beat using his always dope MPC skills. Danny delivers what we have come to expect from him, with an erratic but amazing flow that is all over the place in the best possible way. Some ratchet music that I will be saving for this weekend.
Molly Ringwald (Prod. AraabMuzik).mp3