We have the pleasure of giving you the first listen of Austin based quartet Just Walden’s “Summer Day Charade” – a melancholy meditation on finding ones true purpose in a sea of overbearing societal ideals. The songs crafty wordplay boasts such abstractions as “patience is a paper plate on a summer day picnic charade” but ultimately forms a cohesive coming-of-age narrative which advocates taking ones attention away from nonsensical outside stimulation. Just Walden’s signature piano driven sound has often been compared to Elton John circa 1970 but on this particular track singer Danny Ferraro sounds a little like Jack White interpreting Coldplay with his relentless vocal finely cutting through the evocative soundscape.
Jessie Ware has been giving us her honey smooth voice for the last couple years and now she’s back to release her latest album Tough Love. The gorgeous, soothing record will be out in a matter of hours but before everyone can get their fingers on that, Ware has given us a free download of a demo titled “12″. It’s a soulful, hauntingly beautiful track about midnight conversations. Can’t go wrong there, especially since it’s free! Listen and download the tune below and don’t forget to pick up Ware’s album tomorrow.
Citing Crystal Castles and Neon Indian as major influences, Sydney duo atOlla produce deep-sea trip hop that sounds like Phantagram on codeine. “II. Ayapaneco” comes on strong with its pancake beat and jelly swamp bass swells. Add the haunting vocals of Matilda Stephanie Paget and the fantastical production nuances of collaborator James Santos and you have a pretty intoxicating brew of gothic Electronica.
San Francisco based rapper Oswald is releasing his debut EP, Ride, on the 14th of this month. The young rhyme-slinger made a splash this past September by dropping the extremely unique single “Sea Full of Sharks” into the blogosphere via a Premiere on The Music Ninja. The song features Oswald’s signature impassioned flow, paired with the delectable vocals of Canadian songstress Hannah Georgas. Both artists seem to be making a statement about the music industry – specifically the current state of Rap with its reliance on dumbed down subject matter and milked over creativity. Ride will be out next week and can be pre-ordered via Bandcamp here.
If Drake ever slid into my DMs–I don’t know why Drake is sliding into my DMs but he’s Drake, and he’ll do whatever the fuck he wants–and was like, “Arjun, Toronto rapper Drake here, what artists should I pay attention to from Toronto?” The first artist that would come to mind would be Lais. The second would be Sean Leon, but that’s besides the point.
Lais is the newest addition to Skizzy Mars‘s Penthouse Music roster. To stick with the
lazy comparisons, he is a lot like the PND or The Weeknd to Skizzy’s Drake. His brand of music is filtered through a lens of intoxication and faded beauty. On “Dirty Martinis,” he croons about the hazy decadence of his (and her) lifestyle of choice. And through all the haze, you might just relate super heavy to these experiences and find your new favorite artist.
Piggybacking off their impressive Take Shelter EP, the equally soulful and electronic Years & Years return with a bouncy new single dubbed “Desire.”
The track channels an upbeat, 90s Chicago house vibe with lead singer Olly commanding “I want you to want me again” as the roaring hook builds. Olly has even garnered the attention of some other UK singer named Ellie Goulding. Ever heard of her?
“Desire” will be out officially come November 23rd.