Do you even chill, bro?
Autograf most definitely chills… or I mean, their music does. Autograf jumped on my radar almost a year ago with a sexy remix of ‘The Fire’ (posted below). I had that remix on repeat for weeks and to be honest, never looked back. Coincidentally, I had just gotten into Kygo, who produces music/remixes under similar genres. It seems like Autograf is ready to achieve that same level of hype that Kygo received this past year. With their non-stop work, Autograf has grinded out multiple remixes in the past week and none fall short of their capabilities. Enough ranting, enjoy the chill vibes!
Corbu – Neon Hallway (Autograf Remix)
* Autograf Hype *
French Horn Rebellion & Savoir Adore – The Fire (Autograf Remix)
Lorde – Team (Autograf Remix)
Pharrell – Gust Of Wind (ft Daft Punk)(Autograf Remix)
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Christina Perri – Burning Gold (Autograf Remix)
Everyone loves a bit of Bipolar Sunshine around here and we also love a bit of Lorde. So if you’re telling us the two can be combined in some way, sign us up. Bipolar Sunshine has decided to break out on Lorde’s hit tune “Team”. It’s a chill, slightly rough version of the original but there’s something quite quirky about it. If you love both artists like we do, it’s worth a listen out of pure curiosity! Give this interesting cover a spin below.
With the first weekend of Coachella just days away, it’s no secret that the must-see performance of the festival is OutKast on Friday night. The dynamic duo is celebrating their 20th anniversary and haven’t hit the stage together in years. Muse and Arcade Fire will be sure to hold it down as the other two top bills on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, but what everybody else?
If you’re heading down to the desert this weekend, be sure to check out these other great non-headlining acts.
Sexy and sultry, Banks’ mysterious sound will remind you of a female version of the Weeknd. This alternative r&b songstress hails from L.A., so expect a hometown crowd cheering her on.
The young crooner from New Zealand absolutely took over the charts last year with her moody, yet pop-friendly hits. Although she’s only 17, she’s helmed the spotlight smoothly, playing on stages as big as the Grammy’s. Plus, her awkward, jerky dance movements are a sight to be seen.
5. Chance The Rapper
Hailing from Chicago, Chance has made big waves off a couple of mixtapes that have landed him features with the likes of Lil Wayne and Justin Bieber. But where the young MC really shines is under the stage lights. His raw energy and passion is contagious.
4. Calvin Harris
If you’ve been out to any bar, venue, stadium or outing in the past couple of years, chances are you’ve danced foolishly to a Calvin Harris jam. The Scottish DJ just knows how to make a crowd move, and the Sahara Tent will be no exception.
Beck is a true living legend. Making his rounds in the 90s, Beck infused hip-hop, soul, funk and rock with seamless ease. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to see a this veteran, American musician in sunny California.
Love him or hate him, Skrillex knows how to throw a party. The energy he brings to his shows is infectious and his drops will definitely melt your face off. Be ready to rage if you’re going to catch this set on Saturday.
1. Pharell Williams
Skateboard P has been sculpting pop’s landscape for the past couple of decades, but this past year has been his best yet. His slot at Coachella should be a surefire party of number one hits. Don’t be shocked if he brings a surprise or two on stage with him either. The guy has probably worked with half of the festival’s lineup, after all.
I decided to take a break from watching TV on the couch all day with my beautiful dog to post this new remix from YONAS that takes Lorde’s “Team” and gives it a quick spin, adding his own touch on it. Reaaaaally diggin’ the ending of the instrumental, as well as, LOL at the line: “First / What the fuck is a Chief Keef”
There are so many ideas floating around at all times. Some ideas peak your interest, and others just sort of drift off into the ethos. Higher education means focusing your attention on the ideas that interest you, because otherwise it is so easy to get lost in higher thought. “Arcadia” might seem like a really pretentious name for a mix, and that’s because it totally is. But it derives from this idea I discovered that interested me (apparently, during ancient Greek times Arcadia represented a pastoral utopia). The mix itself is an epic, 22-track adventure with artists ranging from NZ export Lorde to Chicago’s own Vic Mensa. Hopefully, listening to it will inspire an idea–or even the drive to seek understanding–or maybe it will simply act as an escape. Maybe these songs will take you to your own personal utopia.
P.S. The mix features three different pieces of cover art, each representing a different part of the tape.
- Attu – Don’t Sleep
- Twyaen – Keep on Waiting
- Drake – Come Thru (James Blake Remix)
- Dom Kennedy – After School
- Retro Culture – Let’s Make It Work
- Skizzy Mars – Summer11
- Lorde – Ribs
- Wet – Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl
- PARTYNEXTDOOR – Break from Toronto
- FKi – We Might (ft. Natasha Mosley & Alkebulan)
- Hot Sugar – Erica (ft. The GTW)
- Travi$ Scott – Hell of a Night
- Hozier – Take Me to Church
- SNCKPCK – Mexico (ft. Yuno)
- Mutual Benefit – Advanced Falconry
- Vic Mensa – RUN! (ft. Thundercat)
- RAC – Tourist (ft. Tokyo Police Club)
- Lincoln Jesser – We’ll Be Fine
- Joe Goddard – Taking Over
- Night Terrors of 1927 – Young and Vicious
- Lontalius – For The Ideas (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)
- Mzwétwo – I’d Go Back On My Heart
It happened. Lorde made it. She’s famous. Now what?
Every day we write about emerging young artists who are “about to be the next big thing.” We hear something we like, we get excited, and can’t help but hype the artist as a future household name. Sometimes that actually happens and it’s really exciting. In reality though, a lot of these artists end up carving out modest careers for themselves but never quite crossover to big mainstream success. Of course, Lorde is a different story. Less than a year after quietly uploading “The Love Club” to Soundcloud, she finds herself with one of the biggest songs in the world and the newfound spotlight of a legitimate pop star. It’s the kind of overnight success that could really only happen in 2013.
So what’s next? Does she continue to improve and mature into a legend? Or will the fame get to her head, driving her career into the tailspin we’ve seen ruin so many child stars that came before? Obviously it’s too early to tell, but I’m rooting for Lorde. She’s always had a likeable down-to-earth demeanor that made her feel like “one of us”, and I hope she gets to take advantage of all this attention to do a bunch of cool stuff the rest of us can only dream about.
With that in mind, continue reading for 10 things I hope Lorde gets to do now that she’s famous… Continue reading “10 Things I Hope Lorde Gets To Do Now That She’s Famous” »
Lontalius is Eddie Johnston. He is friends with Lorde, but that’s not why I’m writing about him. He makes music and does lo-fi covers (often of hip-hop songs). They are hazy and distorted and just frickin’ majestic. It’s like he lives in a mystical forest and is pals with centaurs. It’s like he swims with dolphins and dines with lions. He must live in a castle on an undiscovered island and own human-sized cat servants and collect vintage Furbies. I don’t want to beat this into the ground, but it’s like he bathes in rivers of gold and ejaculates ice cream sundaes.
After weeks of not having internet, I was pleasantly welcomed with my first fresh track in quite some time. It happened to be this lovely one. Of course we all love Lorde at this point, but can someone actually accomplish covering her tracks in a successful way? Believe it or not, it can be done. The Kite String Triangle make us well aware of that with this soothing, chill version of “Tennis Court”. Listen to the goodie below:
It’s hard to believe that one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year might be that of a 16-year-old teen whose name meant nothing to us a year ago. Lorde has climbed to where she is faster than perhaps any artist I’ve seen make it since I started blogging in 2008. It hit me when I got into a car with a 50+ year old Lyft driver who asked me who my favorite artist was at the time. I almost thought to just lie and say somebody like Jimi Hendrix so at least he’d know who I was talking about, but I went with the moral and truthful answer and said Lorde, only expecting to get a “huh…haven’t heard of her,” like I typically do I when I talk about artists I love. I was wrong. He said, “Oh, I know her. I heard her song on the radio the other day.” I could hardly believe it. Until I stopped and thought about what was really happening: the radio is actually picking up on “indie” artists whose music is actually worth listening to. It happened with The Neighbourhood, lately, and now it’s happening with Lorde. And honestly, it makes a lot of sense.
Anywho, her album Pure Heroine, is out to stream today and it’s brilliant. Take a listen. And hit the jump for the full tracklist.
What better way to catch up on a week of new music by starting with the very best?
The 16-year old musical prodigy from New Zealand is back at it. And she struck gold again. At this point, it’s not fair to the rest of the 16-year-olds in the world who at one point appeared to be standouts. Enjoy mediocrity, all-16-year-olds-minus-Lorde!
Sexy is back. This time, in the form of soaring vocals like those of Justin Timberlake, Sam Smith and John Newman. This week it’s Sid Batham who gets to make us drool with his pipes. On top of that, “All Lies” has a bit of an old school triumphant vibe to it that’s almost oddly reminiscent of Mariah Carey’s older music. It feels weird making that comparison, but I really think I hear it.
I felt calm when I started listening to this new song from SOHN, which features an undulating baseline that loops throughout the majority of the track. But then there’s a point right around the bridge when it swells up and catches you offguard. It’s a little unsettling, but then again, so are the closing lyrics: this time I’ll keep away from you. This is solid production from the newly signed 4AD member.
This track has been out on the market for a little bit, but with Until The Ribbon Breaks releasing his full EP last week, it’s worth calling attention back to the standout track from the EP, A Taste of Silver. The whole thing is a bit mindblowing, but this track is what started it all. Tell me your heart doesn’t flutter when you hear “maybe in another life, if we get another life, maybe in another life, I’ll learn to love you” for the first time.
I’ve gotten pretty particular with my mashups these days (apologies to those who live for Mashup Mondays), because they’re kind of a thing of the past. But when a solid mashup like this one by Isonine comes along, god damn I love it. This is perfect. Mashup justice.
I know I shouldn’t.
I shouldn’t type out the word “sixteen” every time I write about Lorde. I should be bored with the novelty that she’s a teenager and focus instead on her fascinating transformation from mysterious unknown to global superstar that could’ve only happened post-blogosphere. I should be tired of throwing around labels like “prodigy” and move on to obsessing over her dynamic songwriting and production style. I should just sit back and appreciate how great this music is without dwelling on a stupid little number.
But I can’t. This is getting too crazy. Not only is Lorde ‘wise beyond her years’, she’s proving herself more mature and musically competent than any of her older competition with each new song she releases. On her latest single “Team” from upcoming debut album “Pure Heroine” she sings, “I’m kinda over getting told to throw my hands up in the air. So there. I’m kinda older than I was when I rebelled without a care.” Moments like that show her independent and mature outlook on the world that’s rare from anyone but completely unheard of from a sixteen-year-old pop singer. If she can come up with stuff like that now, I can’t even imagine what she’ll be making as she grows into her twenties. She even seems as though she’s outgrown the trappings of child stardom. She’s ready now.
Seriously, I can’t believe this girl is sixteen. Not to pull a Little League World Series or anything, but I actually kind of want to see a birth certificate. This has to be too good to be true, right? Stream below and download the mp3 now on iTunes.
BONUS! Watch her impressive cover of Kanye West’s “Hold My Liquor” at a recent concert in New Zealand.
Another week, another batch of fabulous tunes that’ll have you feelin’ good.
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Is Lolo a serious star in the making? I’m going to go ahead and say yes. “Year Round Summer of Love” is sassy, pop goodness. It’s basically impossible to not adore. I’m personally always ready for more powerful female artists, so let’s have some more of this!
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We all love a bit of Drake deep down, whether we like to admit it or not. This revive of Drake’s “Over” is something anyone would probably go insane to in the club. It brings the original to life in a new way, in the best way possible. Thank you Ta-ku, you did this some serious justice.
(Posted by Andy)
Will Sam Smith ever disappoint? Sure he only has a couple of songs but DAMN are they amazing. “Nirvana” is sexy, smooth and just beautifully perfect. Anyone else want to be serenaded by this man? I know I do.
(Posted by Lydia)
Jaymes Young has been getting our attention for the last couple of months and it’s not stopping now. He’s got that cool vibe and it definitely shows in a more tender way in “One Last Time”. It’s a calming, mesmerizing track that you can find on his equally awesome mixtape.
(Posted by Arjun)
I think we can all agree “Royals” has become the soundtrack of the summer. Lorde is blowing up so it only makes sense someone remixes some of her pop anthems right? The Weeknd just happened to step up with this one and it sure did work out well. He takes “Royals” and gives it a new twist and flavor. Oh boy, do we love it!