Posts by Felipe
Joe Hertz is continuing his rise since September’s How It Feels with his latest single, “Simple”. This tune features the glossy vocals of JONES, whose syrupy voice flows flawlessly over Hertz’ production. To my ears, the beauty of this song is Hertz’ ability to stay out of the way of the vocals, but still get the audience dancing. You’ll be singing the hook from the chorus for days, but after a handful of listens you’ll also notice the understated complexity and sophistication of the production. House, R&B, and pop influences come together artfully in this gem of a tune.
Sydney-based Goldielocks has released his Luminous EP, featuring stand-out track “Liquify”. The whole EP is filled with top-notch material, but “Liquify” uniquely combines the producer’s unique ability to combine downtempo electronic textures with melodic, pitch-shifted vocals. This track starts with a catchy percussive beat before settling into a dreamy, bass-heavy journey. At times it sparkles, at times it gets dark – but never does “Liquify” stop being beautiful. Check it out below and, if you like what you hear, the Luminous EP here.
Night Tempo and Le Real have teamed up to make the smooth, future-funky “Home”. This tune combines slapping bass with snappy drums and a lyrical flow that features such gems as “Going up not only on a Tuesday but the whole weekend”. Throw “Home” on while you’re driving slow on a Saturday afternoon, soaking up the sunshine around you. Fans of Dallas Cotton should find some familiar sounds here, and get excited for further work from these two.
Party Pupils is at it again with a rework of Ginuwine’s classic “Pony”. A few weeks after dropping their fantastic remix of Outkast’s “Ms. Jackson”, the Los Angeles duo is back with their second release. This track sports tasteful synth stabs, occasionally pitch-shifted vocals, and a bassline bouncy enough to keep you dancing throughout. With this track, the group puts their own spin on another R&B classic – I can’t wait to hear these guys’ original work.
Alpines has given us a taste of their upcoming album with the haunting “Heaven”. This UK duo makes pop-tinged R&B music, and this track is no exception. Catherine Pockson’s voice glides over synths and breakbeats provided by Bob Matthews. Lo-fi kick drums contrast beautifully with Pockson, whose voice is reminiscent of familiar names like London Grammar and Jessie Ware. “Heaven” will appear on the duo’s forthcoming Another River, due out October 28th. Keep an eye out for the album, and peep the track below!
Flamingosis’ “Believe in Me” takes you to another time and place, one with sunnier weather and not a single worry. Brooklyn-based Flamingosis has been playing with samples for quite some time to the delight of soul fans – his Beatape is a personal favorite of mine. This newest piece plays to all of his strengths, using tasteful vocals and crisp drum sounds to keep you gliding all the way home. Check it out below.
Felix Snow knows how to get the people dancing, and he doesn’t disappoint on his newest tune “Lies” with vocals by SZA. This duo has collaborated extensively in the past – Snow has produced a great deal of SZA’s work. However, much of their prior work has displayed a downtempo aesthetic that is nowhere to be found in “Lies”. On this newest offering Snow ratchets up the dance beats, and SZA sings like an unconstrained pop star. The result is breathtaking – SZA’s voice drips with reverb in the verses before snapping to attention in the chorus, while Snow’s production uses dotted synth lines and pulsing bass to keep the song grooving. Check it out below.
LOYAL knows a good thing when they hear it. It would have been easy to turn “House For You” into a club banger filled with pounding drums and hard-hitting bass, but the group preserved the most beautiful part of this tune – its minimalism. The track never overwhelms its central motif of piano chords and plucked guitar. It wraps beautiful lyrics (“If I took the sand out of the hourglass/I could build a new beach for you”) in reverb that makes every note hang endlessly in midair. Not much is known about LOYAL, but I’m really feeling this release – it manages to be danceable while oozing a charming, downtempo vibe. Check out below!
Cosmo’s Midnight teamed up with Wave Racer on “Trapped”, a song that sounds like it was taken straight from your favorite childhood video game soundtrack. The two Sydney-based acts are rising stars in the future bass scene, and this tune is sure to gain them some new fans. It is glitchy in the best way imaginable, blending minimalist vocal samples with punchy drums and crisp synth lines. “Trapped” feels like soaring on a cloud, and fleshes out these artists’ unique sounds. Peep it below:
Dreezy just dropped her debut single ‘Body’, with a guest appearance from Jeremih. The tune features light production, with sizzling snares perfectly complementing the two singers’ airy voices. Dreezy’s interplay with Jeremih sounds exceedingly natural – I wouldn’t be surprised if we hear this collaboration again. The Chicago newcomer adds a lighthearted and bouncy vibe to Jeremih’s characteristically sultry approach; check out this refreshing R&B tune below.
“I Can’t Save You” is our newest look into Cub Sport‘s upcoming debut album, and if this song is any indication, the album should be as poppy as it gets. This single feels influenced by Empire of the Sun and Two Door Cinema Club, which to me is a very very good thing. Cub Sport’s music has always had a hint of the 80′s to it, but this track feels like a more fleshed-out take on their previous style. Peep the track below, and look out for the Aussies’ debut LP on March 4th.
Sometimes it seems as if a song drops on just the right day, and I can’t help but feel that way about Lemaitre’s “Nishio 2″. I first heard this tune while walking around campus, enjoying the sight of the sun reflecting off snow-covered buildings – the track could not have fit the scene more perfectly. It is pure joy, beginning with soothing arpeggios before growing into a wave of synthesizers with touching backing vocals. It’s hard not to sing along to, and I can’t keep from smiling every time I listen to it.
Lemaitre hails from Norway, but their collaboration with San Francisco-based Giraffage could not sound more natural. Both artists create a unique brand of electronic pop, and their styles mesh beautifully on “Nishio 2″. Check out the track below, and look out for Lemaitre’s 1749 EP due out January 29th.