We all have our inspirations. Whether it be a music blogger inspired by previous music journalists gracing the pages of Rolling Stone Magazine, or a musician intrigued by an experimental, curious Icelandic female vocalist, we all have them. It’s in these inspirations that our art forms are molded, giving us passion and drive to both pay homage to our heroes, as well as create something that’s truly our own.
At the young age of nine, SORNE witnessed something that would later inspire his music, seeing Bjork perform with the Sugarcubes on SNL. Fast forward a few decades, and this Florida based artist has tipped his cap to his northern European inspiration. Armed with his voice, some chopsticks, his desk and a canvas, SORNE has created interpretations of some of his favorite Bjork tunes.
Today we’re excited to premiere his cover of “I Miss You.” Mimicing the iconic organ chords, SORNE utilizes his voice in their place. With repetitious bouts of percussion hits, he maintains the classic feel of the original, while dialing down the tempo to create a sultry and unique rendition.
Maybe it’s those sultry guitars that are welcoming us in. Maybe it’s that smooth, playful bassline. Whatever it is, Wake Owl has us fully entranced in their retro inspired sound, bringing back memories of yesteryear with their classic musical stylings.
No, we can’t say we were even alive for what most would call Yesteryear, however, we are pretty well versed in musical composition throughout the years. “Candy,” displays qualities that will warm your mother’s heart over, while still maintaining a current relevance. This playful pop tune, riddled with love drenched lyrics, effortlessly tells a story to the listener, bringing them in with every verse.
Coming up on their debut LP, The Private World of Paradise, the aptly named “Candy” is quite a treat. Recorded at National Freedowm studios under producer Richard Swift (The Shins, Foxygen), the album is due out March 4th, 2014 by way of Vagrant Records. Make sure you put a notification in your phone, as this is one you won’t want to miss. Until then, you can curb your sweet tooth by picking up “Candy” on iTunes.
It’s freaking cold outside. For some of us at least. And then there are some of you that are spending your December days in minimal clothing. Either way, there’s nothing like curling up or dressing down to a Indie Dojo playlist. We’ve been warming hearts and chillin’ vibes since 2011.
Good Morning, Sunshine
Bleeding Heart Pigeons
UK-based producer Star Slinger has a knack for stellar and unique remixes that completely transform the feeling of a song. Tonight, the talented artist takes on Anita Baker’s “Sweet Love” for a rework that turns the melodramatic original into a funky, smooth and danceable jam. “I/IV” is the first of a four-part series of edits to classic, soul artists that Star Slinger will be releasing leading up to the New Year. Vibe above and grab a free download over at Star Slingers FB page.
We’ve received even more good news today, as Phantogram have finally announced the release date for their upcoming studio album. The band made their comeback earlier this year with a self-titled EP that dropped in September, but now we have word that Voices, the follow-up to 2009’s Eyelid Movies, is set to drop on February 18th, 2014. Along with the announcement we’ve received the first official single from the project, and it’s one we’re sure you’ll immediately “Fall In Love” with. Check out the track below, and make sure to be one of the first to pre-order the album before it hits shelves next year.
Dark Horse (REVOKE Remix)
REVOKE comes through with a massive release on Candyland’s record label, Sweet Shop Records. REVOKE hails from the Southern California and delivers a sound design similiar to KOAN Sound. Bringing a bass heavy Trap/Dubstep infused remix of Katy Perry‘s track “Dark Horse”. Taking the erie vocals and synths from the original, and transforming it into a monstrous festival ready banger. Best of all, it’s a FREE download via, REVOKE’s Facebook.
Make sure to follow REVOKE on Soundcloud and Sweet Shop Records on Soundcloud.
Known among his peers as “the producer’s producer,” this classically trained pianist and percussionist has straddled genre lines for years, previously being awarded as the Best Scratch DJ for his home state of North Carolina – at the age of 17. With a love and flair for classic instrumentation, and an interest rooted in the electronica world, it’s no wonder we’re picking our jaw up off the ground after hearing Sings, which dropped last week.
One of our favorite tunes from the gorgeously orchestrated LP is “First Thought, Best Thought.” The precariously named title might be a nod to what every artist goes through in creating something, going through constant eternal struggles only to find that that initial creative flame, was in fact, the best.
Carroll’s percussion rich upbringing can be heard throughout this entire piece, popping over atmospheric, nature rich elements, and synthesized human chantings.
On the other end of the spectrum, we’re offered a much more pop driven tune in “The Hunter.” With a light, playful melody, Carroll’s voice carries effortless through the dance inspired beats. You honestly can’t help but get taken to another world whilst listening to this tune, embracing its flirty and playful nature is inevitable.
Both examples are mesmerizing, and in all honesty, are just the tip of the iceberg for what you can expect from Sings.
First Thought, Best Thought