Sam Beam, aka Iron and Wine, has been known for his delicate folk rock and heart-wrenching tales — my personal LP favorites being 2002′s The Creek Drank The Cradle and and 2004′s Our Endless Numbered Days — nearly leading and inspiring that niche corner of music for good chunks of time. But on his newest song, “Lovers’ Revolution,” he shifts away from that sound, instead dabbling in brass-heavy arrangements perfect for a free-form night at the local jazz club. It’s an interesting change, and one that longtime fans might have to get used to, but it shows that Beam hasn’t lost one drop of that creative blood that propelled his career in the first place. Listen in below.
Coming off from the massive reaction to his drumstep remix of Savage’s 2005 classic song ‘Swing’, Kid Ranger brings another full force rendition of a much recent track: Big Chocolate’s very own Hip/Hop and Trap concoction ‘Blue Milk’. The marriage between Hip/Hop and Trap may be obvious, but it is artists like Big Chocolate that extend this Honeymoon period bringing excitement and experimentation to the wonderful love affair.
The California producer proves himself, yet again, paying tribute to the original’s heavier dynamics while infusing an intense, high-pressured bassline, rich in both intensity and appeal. This head-bobber is Kid Ranger’s submission to Big Chocolate remix competition for ‘Blue Milk’ and we urge you to help us vote for Kid Ranger here.
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Listening to “All These Things” by Irish producer MMOTHS and Brooklyn songwriter Holly Miranda feels like watching a blanket of ominous clouds creep across a bright blue sky. It’s moody and ambient, charged with tingling, throbbing little electronic effects — such as an unlikely poignant screeching sound that gives goosebumps — and layered atop with Miranda’s smokey, sensual croon. If dark and tantalizing is your thing (how could it not be?), then you can’t miss out on this one.
Pulsing synths and stirring tribal percussion line this new groovy indie rock track from New York five-piece Caveman. The simmering golden melodies and frontman Matthew Iwanusa’s soaring vocals throughout “In The City,” in particular, really sweep you off your feet and transport you to another place — a place that’s awash in endless welcoming, feel-good vibes. Listen in below and let it take over you.
Australian duo Jagwar Ma host a sonic rave of sorts on their new single “The Throw”. Featuring meandering pop lines and psychedelic fanfare, it’s the kind of free-spirited tune that soundtracks a true wild night on the town full of flowing alcohol and high moments of absolute euphoria. Check it out below and be sure to peep the official video here.
Riva Starr, the eclectic London DJ/Producer, whose won over loyal fans in the likes of Annie Mac, Gilles Peterson, Swedish House Mafia, is starting the year strong with his latest single “Absence”. The softly and opaque original not only demonstrates his ability to compose intricate sounds full of surrealism and esoteric elements but also illustrates his maturity as a producer since his first introduction to the UK underground house scene in 2009.
The effortlessly charming single is accompanied by its official music video, drawing from European experimental cinema and theatre and creepy scenes that feel taken out of a David Lynch film.
After experiencing one of the best movies ever created, Inglorious Bastards, it was obvious that another Tarantino revenge story would provide just as much pleasure. Django, a love story that wraps around themes of revenge and justice was accompanied by one of the most modern soundtracks in the last couple of years. However, the main Django theme song is not so recent, originally composed in 1966 by Luis Bacalov. Spanish producer Guts, took the already excellent original and made a slow, easily digesting chill rendition.