With only one debut EP their name, Hoeksema have established themselves, as a master of hushed ambience, conjuring up the fractured dark vibes of Youth Lagoon and Purity Ring. “Palais” is the inventive lead-off single from the stunning new EP, Life After, which mines personal depths of lead singer Samuel’s recent tribulations with loss. It’s a striking interplay of syncopated pads, subtle vocal melodies and lush keys that makes for one of the most hypnotizing listens of the summer and the perfect accompaniment for shedding our skin into the new season.
23-year-old Oslo producer Coucheron’s slow-burning, jazz imbued electronica has been vindicated by a Grammy nod and has been playlisted by none other than Taylor Swift. He followed his buzzy 2015 debut “Playground” with a string of official remixes for the likes of Mayer Hawthorne, CeeLo Green, Charlie Puth & Nick Jonas, and is now coming full circle with his debut LP, “You/Me,” via Toothfairy. The young producer still relies heavily on collaborations but they often bare tasteful fruit. “Barely Floating” is an eclectic ride through dubstep, French house and neo R&B with some sugary pop to top things off. Rage to it.
Inspired by a student uprising to obtain their rights for basic education, DJ MUZI crafted the euphoric protest song “WTF you mean” to combat the injustices in his native South Africa. Thanks to positive nods from artists and labels like of Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy & Rinse FM, the talented young Producer now has a global mouthpiece to share his unique message and bold fusion of hip hop, electronica and kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound). The video depicts the vulnerability of everyday people in a world where we’re all affected by these economic, social and racial injustices and comes as a soft launch for MUZI’s debut album, Boom Shaka, out 9/2 on his own label WE.THE.BUNDU via !K7. Boom Shaka can be pre-ordered HERE
Known for their amebic rock grooves and sonic experimentalism, NYC’s diNMachine never disappoint with their wild electronic musical leanings. Adding turntable impresario DJ Olive to the (re)mix makes for an even more intoxicating network of sounds, landing somewhere between Aphex Twin and Diplo. The use of Dubstep and other contemporary techniques makes this track feel like a cultural touchstone of sorts, bridging the gap from 90′s club music to the bleeding edge of electronica. The DJ Olive remix is the first one off the upcoming cassette release, Sang Gween Remixes, from diNMachine, which includes 10 remixes of the single by different DJ’s from around the world plus the original song. The cassette will be released on September 23 by Greedy Dilettante Records.
The #SunsetFam killed it this month (we kill it every month). When collaborating for these monthly playlists, we like to do what’s best for business, and you are what’s best for business. Different genres, different artists, different sounds. There’s something on here for everyone, or maybe you’re like us and everything on here is for you. Say goodbye to July, and welcome August with open arms.
Highlights this month:
RKCB makes their debut with “Ignite.” NoMBe shines with “Miss Mirage” as he takes you on a journey. Gnash drops his guard and lets you in with “I Hate U I Love U.” MIYNT channels dark-pop-magic with “Civil War.” Allday, who you may remember from working with Skizzy Mars, dropped a solid 7-track mixtape. Arjun told us we should worry about a guy named Allan Rayman. Last, but not least, Meek Mill called out Drake for being fake. Drake responded with not one,
not two, not three, just kidding, two “diss” songs because I guess rappers still do that. You can find the second one on this playlist. Oh, and our fellow writer, Andy, became Twitter famous with his tweet about Meek Mill’s response track.
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Hailing from the famous musical town of Liverpool, singer-songwriter Låpsley has emerged into national consciousness via her mutant blend of piano driven folktronica. She has recently inked a deal with XL Recordings and will be releasing her debut, Understudy, January 5th. XL has decided to release the song “Falling Short” as a teaser for the forthcoming EP which will undoubtedly expand on her evocative downtempo sound.
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.
Brighton-based Elizabeth Bernholz (aka Gazelle Twin) makes a convincing play for cult status in the fringe vein of MF Doom, PJ Harvey and Fever Ray with her second release Unflesh. Her haunting brand of noir-ish electronica is both menacing and gorgeous, revealing an artist who isn’t afraid to take risks. Ignoring the dreamy vibes on her previous debut EP, Berholz refocuses her lens on the more gothic side of her sound, broaching the subject matter of science and medicine with unwavering attention to detail. Crafted in her home studio using vintage keyboards like the Moog Modular, the Linn-1, Formant Synth and the CS80, Unflesh is a experimental ride that doesn’t disappoint.