The Bay Rays are about to get this blogger in trouble. I can feel the sting of the hangover right now, and when it happens, I’m placing the blame solely on Harry Nicoll, Maxwell Oakley, and Anthus Davis. You hear that, boys? This is your fault.
There’s nothing I can really do about it at this point. “New Home” stirs up the nostalgic, long-lost need to stomp around a small, sweaty venue, alternating PBR tall boys and Jameson shots as I belt out each lyric. Now, I’m not quite sure when this will happen, given that these up-and-coming rockers are all the way across the pond. Eventually, though, they’ll make the trip to Denver and this epic prophecy will be fulfilled.
Until then, we’ll happily throw this raucous gem into our regular rotation, routinely falling in love over and over with the frenetic guitars, crashing percussion, and twangy bass work. And, we can’t leave without mentioning the catchy-as-all-hell lyrics, which should have you singing along in no time. We picked them up after only a few hits of the repeat button, and we’re pretty sure you will too.
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Boehm of Bucharest has something special coming out soon. The Romanian producer was tapped for an official remix for Vicetone’s “Bright Side” that features Cosmos & Creature. Spinnin Records is backing this remix, as they hosted the original, but the ninjas come in to premiere the song to you.
“Bright Side” was a soft house record that focused more on vibes than hype. With Boehm’s remix, we still get a similar tone as the original had, but the energy jumps up a few notches. It’s a club friendly remix that has everything you want and more. Boehm pairs a solid bassline with subtle vocal chops for a coupling that is minimal, but extremely powerful at the same time. For fans of the strings that were the main element of the original, don’t worry, Boehm kept those in there in the introduction to pay a little homage. Sometimes these big remixes fall a bit flat, but this one certainly does not. Boehm did more than justice to Vicetone with his edit that you are hearing first here!
Goldensuns are a band of brothers. Literally. Whether or not that’s a key factor in their songwriting process, they’ve conceived a brand new EP for our listening pleasure. Right off the bat, traces of Empire Of The Sun are felt as “Gold Chains” washes in with a dreamy flourish, later shifting into fuzzy, alternative goodness on “Give It Up.” The pinnacle of this new project lies with “I Feel This Place,” marking the high point of the EP with an air of Rogue Wave and other choice influences. Everything is wrapped quite nicely with the bass-driven “I’m So Confused,” and Goldensuns has provided us with another brilliant EP to flesh out our spring playlists with. If sunny and 75 had a distinct sounds, it would certainly be these three. Brighten up your day with a little Goldensuns and enjoy below.
Samuel Proffitt & Josh Jacobson
When life shakes you to the core, sometimes the best method of working through it is to create something beautiful. Samuel Proffitt and Josh Jacobson have finally joined forces to do exactly that. “Andre” is first and foremost a remarkable tribute to a fallen friend, but it also stands strong as an exceptional coalescence of troubled but sincere writing paired with dazzling production.
In only three and half minutes, Samuel and Josh capture your attention and your heart, and it’s driven by a moment in time that we all will experience at some point. “Andre” is more than a song. Andre is a life, and, just like this life, you’ll want to hold onto this song closely. Despite an initially grave message, we can (and do) later find hope and solace in knowing that Andre will never be forgotten because of these two.
Maison & Dragen Ft. Michael Rice
I Won't Stumble Back (Dance Radio Edit)
Maison & Dragen have had a rebirth recently after already establishing themselves in the house game. A little freshening up has done them well, as they’ve shifted their sound a bit, but kept things in the four-to-the-floor realm at 128bpm. The Finland duo’s most recent song is “I Won’t Stumble Back” which features the vocalist Michael Rice, who was a contestant on The X Factor UK.
Together these three individuals put together one hell of an original that borders on the line between deep and progressive house. It has the bubbly personality of prog, but deep sensibilities plague it’s fundamental structure. “I Won’t Stumble Back” has Maison & Dragen proving they are only taking steps forward as they make a run to the top of the EDM chain. With Michael Rice’s performance we hear just why he became a fan favorite as a contestant on the show. His voice is immensely powerful, and together with his cohorts it seems to be augmented in energy.
“I Won’t Stumble Back” will for sure be in our playlists throughout the Summer, because it has the perfect sound for the outdoor festivities that will ensue. Chances are it will be on yours as well. If you want the song for yourself, iTunes has a copy.
I Love Your Smile
Amsterdam is one of the many havens of house music on this planet. One such act from the Netherlands’ capital is LittleKings, who recently took on the 90’s hit single “I Love Your Smile” from Shanice. The 1991 song went from poppy R&B to deep house in this fresh cut.
LittleKings started out with a single that, although it was released in the 90’s, it’s sound is still a bit 80’s. They bring the vocal out and into modern times with a deep take on “I Love Your Smile” with a tinge of tropical vibes. With the updated composition we get a strong focus on melody that keeps the song as catchy as ever. For three and a half minutes listeners get whisked away through a sonic journey full of uplifting sounds and majestic melodies that will have them coming back for more. LittleKings have only put out three songs, so expect them to dish out some more quality tunes soon.
’Adam Vida – Tomorrow Land (Prod. Mikos Da Gawd)’
’Adam Vida – Sifu (Prod. Mikos Da Gawd, Mr. Carmack and Woostaar)’
Combining agile flows, refreshing lyricism and Bay Area flavor, emcee A-1 has built a career out of ingenuity. Recently, the San Francisco native announced that he’d be leaving the A-1 project behind in favor of Adam Vida, representing a new, “more worldly” chapter in his artistic journey. Based on the releases thus far, which you can peep above, Vida certainly takes a step forward but one that fans of his early work will most certainly appreciate. Building off Thurlian, his final project as A-1, Vida’s style finds a balance between clever, comedic bars and laser-focused commentary. With producers like Mikos da Gawd, WooStar and Mr. Carmack laying down the backdrop for his message of positivity, the sky is the limit for Vida.
With that in mind, we couldn’t be more excited to be giving away 2 tickets to his first ever headlining show under the new moniker. Enter below to win a pair of tickets to catch Vida along with Mikos Da Gawd, Richie Cunning and Dregs One at The Independent this Friday, May 13th. Tickets for the show are also still available here.