Floating melodies give way to gritty rhythms in what sounds like a recording in an aquarium. “Kindness” is no doubt an auditory adventure and is something which might fit the mood if one was springing from the bottom of an ocean abyss — a sensation of a progress forward. Carnivals prove adept in finding middle-ground between contemporary indie-psych-rock and ambient. What results is a trippy and equally catchy track. Part of a two-track release, “Kindness” is merely a month old and is best served with its counterpart, “Swallow the Sky.”
Daughter has the ability to bare open the emotional core of every song with her somber yet reflective vocals that echo a diary entry of an open heart. “Love”, the closing track from The Wild Youth EP, remains to this day one of the most profoundly connecting tracks of her repertoire. Seeing someone remix a Daughter original always makes me cringe a bit as far few can give its deserved justice. However, back in 2012, producer Synkro released a soft and delicate edit that complimented “Love”‘s original structure, dragging the track out to a much deeper place. Today, Swedish duo Zebra Safari take this same edit “a few steps further” incorporating trip-hop elements wrapped around beautifully light strings that produce moments of pure zen.
In order to promote the release of their new album, The Black Opera let go of this illustrious single featuring the soulful stylings of Mayer Hawthorne. “Queen of Hearts” is a song about courtship, with the emcees providing insight to the women of their dreams and how they plan to convert them into royalty. The smooth, mellow production is greatly complimented by Hawthorne’s delicate, fervent vocals. If you enjoy this one, make sure to grab the free download below and check out Libretto: Of King Legend out now.
Queen of Hearts (Feat. Mayer Hawthorne)
The collected and wonderful Montreal indie pop/dream pop band, Young Galaxy, are following their delightful first single ‘Pretty Boy’ with the surprisingly romantic new track ‘Fall For You’ off their forthcoming LP Ultramarine. Full of ecstatic echoing chords, uplifting gleaming vocals from the beautiful Catherine McCandless and a pulsating instrumentation, waiting for the official release on April 23 via Paper Bag Records just seems insensible.
Fall For You
Ultramarine is out April 23 on Paper Bag Records.
Back when Arthur Ashin, aka Autre Ne Veut, released the excellent electronic-R&B track “Counting” in November, we vowed to keep an eye on the New York musician. Now, we are here to report that his debut LP, Anxiety, is available for your total streaming pleasure (it officially drops February 26th on Mexican Summer/Software). Considering we’ve been waiting weeks and weeks for this, please excuse us while we find a dark, lonely corner and put this on loop.
Zeds Dead & Omar Linx, the true pioneers of letting hip-hop and heavy electronic music exist so organically together, gave away their stems on Beatport last year to spark a remix contest. The result was simply a massive success with Butch Clancy, Michael White and Clark Kent submitting their well grounded contributions. We can’t confirm this is a direct result of the contest, but today Congorock unleashed their very own throbbing remix of ‘Cowboy’.
Always with some African-drum influence, the emerging star of the world’s biggest dance floor and producer of the catchiest conceptions (most memorable for ‘Babylon’ and Swedish House Mafia’s ‘One’ remix) infuses his own style and trumps the original with a refreshing take.
Cowboy (Congorock Remix)
Continuing the epic motto of summertime all the time, Viceroy is back for another warm jam. “This Is How We Do It” was the 1995 number-one hit single by American R&B singer Montell Jordan. It originally featured Jordan singing over an enhanced sample of Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” and now San Francisco producer and TMN favorite Viceroy brings an ample amount of nostalgia with a funk infused remix. Bright as the sunlight reflecting off the water drops from the skin after a refreshing dip in the pool, Viceroy shows how he does it, every time, in summertime.
This Is How We Do It (Viceroy Jet Life Remix)