It has been sometime since we heard some new material from the eccentric artist Kelis, but today she breaks her musical silence and drops her latest single titled “Call on Me”. After a brief romance with electronic and heavy synth beats on her last album, Fleshtone, the talented singer experiments with a more organic sound on the TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek’s production. With some funky rhythms, horn and drum driven beat, Kelis brings some old school feel with a modern touch. Her melodic but varying vocals find a home on this smooth beat. Not known whether this is going to be the lead single of any upcoming effort, but take a listen to the upbeat track below.
You & I
With an (oh so) feel good blend of earth-toned acoustic instruments and flashy, fun sweeping pop on “You & I”, the UK’s Crystal Fighters continue to build up the anticipation for their new album, Cave Rave, due out this May. Just try to wiggle out of the grips of its charming chorus or that pretty, all-consuming little breakdown towards the end. Listen above and be sure to peep its newly released music video here.
So Much More
It seems like just the other day we were talking about Dank. Oh, wait. We were. Just a few nights ago we posted Dank’s promo mix. Today we’re here to bring you his latest drumstep goodness. This time around, Dank has partnered with Belo Horizonte native, FTAMPA to bring you an absolutely monster vocal gem.
What’s the best thing about this track? The massive melody is a plus, the neck breaking drops are cool, but the fact that it’s a free download stands out in our mind. Head over to their soundcloud and pick a copy up for yourself.
Out Of The Shadows
I can picture it now: soft sand under my body, waves lapping against the California coastline, and the incessant ramblings of a Venice hustler echoing in the background. Yeah, it’s almost summertime. You know what we love most about this season around these parts? Gorgeous coastal folk rock. There’s nothing quite like lying back in the sand with the sun beating on your face, listening to some infectious sounds.
Santa Monica based Opus Orange is here to provide just that. The meticulous and elegant guitar work provides the perfect soundscape for the lead singer’s soft folky vocals. Sit down, unwind, and take a listen for yourself. This sweet jam is a re-release peek at their soundtrack for The Muir Project’s “Mile… Mile And A Half”. Full soundtrack to be released on May 14, 2013.
What is it about French musicians and their acute mastery of all sounds electronic? 23 year-old Lorris Piasco, more commonly recognized by his production alias Allure, is an attractively fresh face in a long line of talented house and electronic producers hailing from Paris. Allure has just dropped his second full length album Reunion, and “The Little Prince of French Electro”’s latest release utilizes elements of classic disco, house, pop-song structuring and a classic four-to-the-floor drumkick all awash in jazzy harmonies and clean synths. The end result is a finished, cohesive piece of work that feels oh so provocative, yet irresistibly danceable. Allure makes the kind of electro that has a live feel, as if an entire band was involved in the production rather than just one man and an intimidating set of electronic gadgetry. It is a quality that gives his music a human feel, although it is mostly robotic in execution.
Citing influences that range diversely from Prince, Bowie and Stevie Wonder to more symbiotic sounds from Justice and of course Daft Punk, there is no denying that the weight of said artists comes through in the catchiness of Allure’s “funky baroque” electro sound. Taking Reunion even one step higher though (musically of course), were seemingly perfect vocal contributions from some of his French contemporaries in Alexia Gredy on “Nobody Dance” and Jordan Lee featured twice on “Pretty Bad Day” and “I Will Change”. Stream all three aforementioned tracks and purchase Reunion using the link below.
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Nobody Dance (feat Alexia Gredy)
Pretty Bad Day (feat Jordan Lee)
I Will Change (feat Jordan Lee)