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Blende – Back to Summertime (feat. Mattie Safer)

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Blende gets the summer off to an early start with the smooth “Back to Summertime”, with vocals courtesy of The Rapture’s Mattie Safer. This track reflects the feeling of longing that inevitably follows any truly stellar summer vacation, and the accompanying bygone summer romance. Blende continues his streak of danceable electro-pop hits in the vein of artists like Oliver Nelson, but adds some unexpected accessories that build on his prior work.

Choruses are linked by gritty synths, reminiscent of certain French dance music archetypes, and Safer’s vocals bring a newfound urgency to the traditionally carefree nu-disco tradition. Check out this track below!

 

 

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[Premiere] Oliver Nelson – Found Your Love (Kill Them WIth Colour Remix)

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Oliver Nelson‘s “Found Your Love” was a warm, organic summer breeze of a single that took the airwaves and Internet by storm. It rode massive synths, bubbling bass and a generally lighthearted, uptempo sensibility into the ears of millions of listeners looking for soulful electronic music.

Now, Canadian producer Kill Them With Colour has given us his own twist on the song, slowing the track down and chopping it up with stabbing, shimmery keys and more contemporary trap drums. He also put the original’s vocals on the chopping block, giving the remix a dizzying, surreal feel.

Nelson said of the remix, “When I first heard Kill Them With Colour’s track ‘Get High’ on The Magician’s mixtape 48, I thought it was great, so reached out to them to see if they would be interested in ‘Found Your Love,’ they smashed it and I absolutely love what they did with it as I feel they completely flipped it on it’s head!”

Although it’s changed pretty drastically, the backbone and color of Nelson’s track still very much make KTWC’s remix stand out. It’s a testament to Nelson’s talents as a producer and songwriter that his songs, however drastically changed, still bear his signature touch.

While the original “Found Your Love” was a perfect summer evening record, you can count on this remix to take you through the cooler, more muted winter months ahead.

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Songs of the Week: August 5 – August 11

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1. The Head and The Heart – Shake (Posted by Lydia)

I have seen The Head and The Heart twice now, and each time, they have completely blown me away. The first time was in Chicago’s Millennium Park when they opened for Iron & Wine, and the second time was in Houston earlier this summer. They’re one of those bands who truly put a spell over their audience; their music is so gripping, emotive, and, to put it simply, damn good. This one is a little less folky and a little more rock n’ roll, but certainly has the signature H&H sound to it. The Head and the Heart’s new album, Let’s Be Still, will be released on 10/15/13.

Even if it was a mistake, I won’t forget your face

2. Dillon Francis ft. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Without You (Posted by Alicia)

So when this track came out, people had said that Dillon Francis was crying at the end of his set as he dropped this song for the first time, which caught my attention. Rarely is electronic music able to instill emotion in such a powerful way. In his own words: “This song is very meaningful to me because as TEED and I were working on the song, I was having relationship problems of my own. He ended up writing the song about the whole situation I was going through.” This is certainly a break of pace for Francis, and one he has said he wants to continue in. I think he should…what he has created here is as moving as it is catchy. While indie kids are going to listen to Bon Iver when they break up, EDM kids are going to listen to this.

If only you could see the future, it’s all yours now

3. Jon Waltz – Somewhere Else (Posted by Arjun)

Jon Waltz is clearly heavily influenced by ASAP Rocky, as his style sounds pretty much directly derived from the ASAP movement. That being said, he does it well. The trippy, trap production he raps over in Somewhere Else compliments his flow, and Waltz goes hard throughout. He gained a new fan in me with this song, even though what he’s putting out does not seem to have a particularly unique sound at this point. It will be interesting to seem him evolve going forward.

4. SomeKindaWonderful – Reverse (Oliver Nelson Remix) (Posted by Arjun)

SomeKindaWonderful‘s debut track “Reverse” was an absolute jam in its own right, and got me really excited for them to release new music. Oliver Nelson‘s remix really just brings the track to a whole other level, though, and gives it an awesome disco-dance vibe. Tough to not bob my head to this and do a little chair dance as I sit down to type this. Definitely a track I will throw on at a party, this one has huge mainstream potential.

5. Denitia and Sene – It’s Your Fault (Posted by Alicia)

I’m not really sure how it happened, but this genre really snuck up on me and now I can’t stop listening to it. Each week, I seem to be including more and more glitzed out, laid back electronic music, a genre I really never listened to very much until recently. Now I seem to not be able to get enough. I think Disclosure was what got me into it in the first place, but now it seems to almost be an obsession. It just puts me in a different place, and I’m digging it.

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[Download MP3] SomeKindaWonderful – Reverse (Oliver Nelson Remix)

New SomeKindaWonderful!

Oliver Nelson revamped SomeKindaWonderful‘s excellent debut song “Reverse” into a disco wonderland. The track begins in slow building isolation and grows into a massive, pulsating dance song that can easily soundtrack your Friday night.

Catch SomeKindaWonderful’s debut live performance on Saturday, August 10th at Fest Possible in Cleveland, Ohio. Click here for tickets.

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