One of my absolute favorite things about music is its ability to transport you to a very specific moment in time, to a very specific feeling. Beyond that, I love how a song, when played the right context, can completely transform in meaning or value to you. “Distant”, by Clement Bazin is one of those songs for me. This was a track that made it through my hurried initial listen of new music Friday, earmarked for a complete listen at a later time. It is a track that I continued to overlook as a part of the under-appreciated soundtrack that plays in the background of my daily work grind. But it wasn’t until an early morning drive up to Tahoe, with the sunRISE in the rearview, that I fell hard for the groovy, feel-good vibes of “Distant”. I’m excited to have a song that will forever transport me to that epic drive, and also to see what is to come for Parisian producer Clement Bazin and featured artist Lia.
Sunset fam, I’m having a serious moment with this song and I would love for you to join me in that moment. Earmark this one for your next road trip or adventure, you won’t regret it.
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.
NYC based electronic duo The Knocks brought much needed sunshine and summertime to rainy SF last night. The disco-funk duo engineered an epic dance party, ushering wallflowers to the center of the dance floor via their latest EP Testify.
As a first time Knocks-goer, the only thing I knew to expect for certain was dancing and good vibes. To my surprise, I truly feel like I witnessed happiness materialized. One of my favorite things about live music is that it’s created this shared outlet for people to feel or escape or reflect- something we could all use a bit more of given the current state of the world. JPatt and B-Roc have clearly made it their mission to unite their fans and enable them to (feel good) feel great, albeit for just a night.
The show itself delivered a steady dose of energy throughout, taking fans through songs off of Comfortable, 55 and their new EP Testify, which dropped on February 3rd. My personal highlights (outside of picking up one or two new dance moves) all came from their new EP, where I feel the duo has really established their sound and allowed unique, up and coming artists to complement it. New songs ”Heat,” ”Trouble” and “Worship” show a clear evolution of the duo’s sound to more dreamy & seductive compositions, while still maintaining their signature positivity and upbeat nature throughout. Witnessing the crowd’s response these jams makes me excited to see what’s next for both the duo and the artists featured on these tracks.
Dust off those dancing shoes & check out the full EP below!
Sometimes a track can sound like an automatic hit and you find yourself wondering, “how is this not invading the radio?!”. This time around it’s an electric pop number from Ryder, a Los Angeles based artist. “Nirvana” is a dreamy, catchy tune that’ll perfectly sit itself into your head for hours because of its undeniably addictive chorus. So what more can we really ask for? Check out the fresh pop track below.
Some tracks are so easy to get into within seconds because they reel you in with a mesmerizing, catchy beat. You turn it on and like that your mind is twisting and your head is bobbing like nobody’s business. “Savage” is no exception and we can thank Paces and Nyne for that. This team-up is a match made in addictive sounds heaven and will likely control your brain for the rest of the night. Get your dose of pop-electronic goodness below.
“Caught Up” is a palatial banger, complete with waves of electrifying synths and airtight percussion. But it’s more than just another mammoth party song, even if it does manage to check that box perfectly, and the song’s lyrics allude to the dangers of surface-level preoccupation. Best Night Ever is the brainchild of Tyler Armes, who is using the project to benefit mental health charities The Trevor Project and Kids Help Phone in Canada.
Proceeds from streams and downloads go towards these organizations, which is particularly smart because “Caught Up” is the kind of narcotizing track tailor made for throwing on repeat.
New York City producer and DJ David Johnson, better known as DeModa, has taken the EDM and electronica world by storm with is innovative and unique take on production. Unlike that of a traditional DJ, DeModa incorporates live instrumentation into his work, such as keyboards, guitar and drums; manipulating them with virtuosic flair. He produces his own material and crafts remixes for popular artists such as M83 and Porter Robinson, enhancing their material while retaining his unmistakable originality. On his most recent project, DeModa takes on “Friend” by FRND. Embellished with wobbly bass lines and Eastern-influenced guitar lines, the remix adds charisma and animation to the track while preserving the intimacy of the lyrics and vocals. With his inventive melodic approach, DeModa is one of a handful of new producers pushing remix standards to new levels.
Anna Straker, a London-based artist, is only 19 years old (feel like a geezer, yet?). Although she’s a fresh face, she’s already making her mark with a hypnotizing electronic-pop sound. Straker recently released her short, but sweet EP Serious and each track sparkles with dance-worthy tunes (seriously, every song will get stuck in your head for days). One of its shining tracks is “Desert Floor”, but it’s only a taste of what Anna Straker is capable of. If you want good vibes all around, take a dive into the whole release because it’ll hit that electro-pop spot. For now, check out “Desert Floor” below.
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.