[Synth-Pop] Salt Ashes – Somebody

Salt Ashes

 Salt Ashes may be a name slightly foreign to our savvy readers, but rest assured it should not remain so for much longer. Much to our delight, rising 22 year old synth-pop starlet Veiga Sanchez just released her debut single “Somebody” under the Salt Ashes handle on Radikal Records, which is a brooding but ultimately uplifting allotment of pop instrumentation. “Somebody” immediately touched on this writer’s inner fanboy with a distinctly Giorgio Moroder roused MOOG synthesizer line, but not before Sanchez’ recurrent vocal hook teases its way into the fold to fully open the door on her powerful intonations. By the time the vocal track is completely unveiled, it incites celestial visions of “Wuthering Heights” era Kate Bush, but still pulses the right amount of sweaty dance floor images and excess as if you were seeing her perform at a super-club like Berlin’s temple, Berghain. Salt Ashes’ blend of dark Italo-Disco production and four to the floor rhythms pushes the singer’s soaring voice directly to the forefront of her music, and “Somebody” more than wrapped itself into our in-office playlist for an indeterminate amount of time. Stream “Somebody” above, and if it’s tickling your fancy like ours, purchase the mini EP here.

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[Indie Pop] Years & Years – Real

Years & Years

The UK youth movement is very real. With groups like Disclosure, Bondax and AlunaGeorge garnering widespread acclaim over the last year, the floodgates have opened for similar artists to emerge who meld elements of modern R&B and garage house to produce infectious pop melodies that the rest of us will eat right up. Calling this new single from British trio, Years & Years, infectious isn’t really doing it justice however; it’s downright addicting. Repeat lessons are a necessity once lead singer Olly Alexander‘s comforting vocals grace your eardrums for the first time. Give the gorgeous single a listen above, and keep an eye out for the group’s upcoming Real EP, set to drop on February 17th.

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[NEW] James Blake – 40455

James Blake

James Blake has recently taken residency as a DJ on BBC Radio and, as part of his inaugural show, the talented U.K. artist shared a brand new track of his own. “40455” carries the feel of Overgrown with its deeply emotional vocals and Blake’s incredible, often haunting work on the keyboard. Zone out to this one below and look for a few James Blake crafted remixes to surface from the recent BBC1 Radio installment in the near future. If only our radio stations (NPR excluded) could be as cool as BBC…

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[Indie Rock] Kings Foil – Brave Love

Brave Love

Many things get lost across the great pond separating the UK and US: the spelling of doughnut, the ‘z’ for an ‘s’ replacement and the thing called a corn dog. Think it’s a hot dog in cake, never too sure.

Alongside this trivia lies the loose term ‘indie’. Here in the UK we once used it to describe independently produced music, but post semantic shift and many a cup of tea later, indie mainly translates as: something that sounds a bit like The Libertines. Or words to that effect.

Pennsylvanian four-piece Kingsfoil may be self-proclaimed indie rockers, but their new track Brave Love is in fact pure and perfect glistening pop. Don’t let labels fool you, Kingsfoil are recalling the laconic strummings of Jack Johnson, laced with the voice on sleeve sentiments of Coldplay. Their formulaic approach to pop is revived with laid back harmonies, cooly concocted rnb-esque vocals and a laden passion for authenticity. Essentially Brave Love brings the classic ballad into the 21st century, blending the old with the new it’s simultaneously familiar and fresh.

Side stepping the operatic shouting of the 90’s, Kingsfoil’s sighing falsetto and modernistic approach to a conventional pop structure has won them an army of devoted admirers. Brave Love and all its allure will be no deterrent.

Brave Love is out now and is available for listening on both Soundcloud and the bands official website.

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[Good Vibes] MISUN – Travel With Me

Travel With Me

This D.C. born, L.A. based four-piece pop act have an affinity for more than just cities with two letter abbreviations, they also love to focus on unpredictability.

MISUN, which is comprised of vocalist and namesake Misun Wojcik, bassist William Devon, guitarist and producer Nacey and drummer Jon Jester, have a exquisitely charming sound, fusing Brazilian baile funk with Carribean steel drums and 60’s tock nostalgia to insight an uplifting desire to drop whatever’s bothering you and just enjoy life.

The lyrics help drive this self-affirming, feel-good indie-pop gem, worthy of any moment needing a smile, and a little head bobbing. We just can’t wait for nicer weather so we can jam this stellar tune with the windows down.

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[Secret Ninja Pass] This Week at Beta 1/16


Alright, ninjas. We’ve been hooking you up with free entry to Beta over the past year. We know you’ve have some epic times, catching some of the most legendary talent EDM has to offer, and we’re on board to keep this thing going. So, we’re once again giving you an opportunity to check out the best night club in North America for free. What all do you have to do to get in? It’s pretty damn easy. Just follow these steps:

– Head to the front door, and enter the club before 11 pm
– Show this post to the cashier (Valid for 21+ only)

Unfortunately, this deal is only valid for Thursday the 16th. You’ll have to purchase tickets to Kill the Noise and Crystal Method on Beta’s site.

Who’s going to be lighting the decks up this week? Peep the killer talent below.

Ashley Wallbridge - January 16th
Avicii Le7els 016 : Ashley Wallbridge

Kill the Noise - January 17th
Kill The Noise
Thumbs Up (For Rock N Roll) (Kill The Noise Remix)

Crystal Method - January 18th
Over It (Featuring Dia Frampton)
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[House] Kwabs – Wrong or Right (Ben Pearce Remix)

Ben Pearce - What I Might Do  [Video]
Premiere: Kwabs 'Wrong Or Right' (Ben Pearce remix)

London soul singer Kwabs is surely beginning to see those waves from across the pond begin to touch the shores of the Americas. His latest single “Wrong Or Right” is getting all wrapped in a pretty little bow as we speak, for a February 3 EP release of the same name (which you can pre-order here) and while we no doubt have been grooving to all of Kwabs’ original tunes, it was when one of 2013’s hottest house exports Ben Pearce revealed his remix contribution to the album when we realized the full scope and range of his soulful refrain. Ben Pearce punctuates the vocal track with shimmering pads, stabby claps and a garage tipping, shuffling tempo, which all culminates into a sonically developed house production. We can only surmise and desire that this early 2014 release signals loads more to come from the English producer, but if you’re looking to cast a little bounce to your step today, then stream Ben Pearce’s remix above.

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