It may be nearing the last month of summer, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be having a few more addictive warm weather jams coming our way. “Don’t You Love” is everything right, especially for your long summer nights. It’s sexy, smooth, and as catchy as they get. The combination of Lil Silva’s soul and Banks’ soothing vibe, you just can’t go wrong. Trust in the fact that this track will have you in the right vibe and will definitely be on repeat for the rest of your summer days. For more goodness, check out Lil Silva’s EP Mabel, out August 4th.
Astronomyy finished 2013 with a perfect record. After following up his phenomenal debut track “Don’t Need U” with two singles that only improved on his lush guitar-heavy r&b style, he was 3 for 3. We couldn’t wait to see what he had planned for 2014 — only to see him disappear for the next nine months. I mean, he kept posting really pretty pictures on his instagram account and let us know he was recording an EP at legendary Abbey Road Studios, but his Soundcloud page stayed frustratingly silent. Until now.
Is it safe to say he’s 4 for 4?
BROODS, a duo from New Zealand, have made a name for themselves in 2014. With the release of their self-titled EP in January of this year, they turned heads with their subtle blend of pop and electronic music. “Bridges” was their hit song, but personally I preferred “Never Gonna Change,” as it felt as though it carried a bit more “oomph,” if you will. They brought it again again with today’s release, “L.A.F.,” which actually carries a rather similar sonic vibe as “Never Gonna Change” but ]more upbeat. And it’s impossible to ignore the swooping noise that comes on the word “you” that’s repeated in the chorus — it’s cool and cute at the same time. #nailedit
It’s already been six months into 2014, and that’s just weird. So weird that we had to tell you our top 100 songs from the last six months. All of them are compiled into one giant SoundCloud playlist with over 5 hours of tunes to fill your ears with. No particular order. Special shoutout to our writers for helping me put this together, and to our readers that are on this page checking out our picks. Y’all are awesome!
When I went to listen to the first song on the 2-song EP from London artist Voyageur, I found myself falling in love with the vocals and lyrics in the song. The song is called “Tear My Heart Out” and it tells a heart-breaking story of a couple who fought all the time, but the words keep coming back to this slowly sung line “hold on to me close.” There’s a point in the song right around the 0:50 mark that says “if I stand in the sunshine all I see is rain, so I tear my heart out. Hold on to me close.” And right then, Voyageur does the unexpected.
A massive beat drops.
What?! Yes. It happened. This John Newman-esque vocalist just put some Zedd in his step.
I have to say I nearly dropped my drink when I heard it – it’s entirely unexpected. But when you stop and think about it, it’s actually quite brilliant. Vocalists today are turning heads left and right. Look at Sam Smith. While Voyageur isn’t the vocalist that Sam Smith is, he still has a voice that can draw a large crowd. But at the same time, a massive audience is eager for heavy-hitting production that can get them dancing. And so it seems Voyageur just found a way to blend the two desires together into this surprising and intriguing sound all his own. He still feels relatively undiscovered, but once the word gets out, I have a feeling this young man has quite the future ahead of him.
Olympic Ayres have been creating a fusion of tropical, pop indie jams for quite some time now and haven’t seemed to slow down since. “Control” is the newest track to their collection and it’s just as catchy as any of their other material. It’s a feel good song with the perfect opportunity to blast during the summer season. Basically, it’s what we need at the moment. So press repeat on “Control” below.
Hannah Lou Clark was once known as FOE, with a rock edge and angst coming out of her pores. It was a great time but now she’s simply going by her name and making music that’s something quite different from her previous work. She’s treated us with her new track “Calamity” and it’s got something truly special to it. It’s beautifully haunting yet doesn’t try too hard to be. We can only hope she’ll bring her pure sweetness to us with more material soon.
Jordan Bratton oozes flavors that we are familiar with, such as the chillness of Frank Ocean or the sweet pipes of other r&b artists. However, he’s got his own thing going on and we like it. “When I Get There” is his latest track that he’s exposed to the world and it’s one to remember. It’s a laid back tune that’ll have you bobbing your head and wanting so much more from this rising star. If you haven’t gotten familiar with Mr. Bratton yet, now is the time because this track isn’t the only one that’ll have you wanting more.
Most people know of Jess Glynne and her talent, whether it be just the voice you recognize from Clean Bandit’s hit “Rather Be” or her name itself. She’s got a powerful soul that’ll hook you in and that’s quite clear from the success of the previously mentioned track she’s a part of. However, this time around she’s got her own gem to share with the world and she does not fall short. “Right Here” is catchy, upbeat, and has some serious sass to it. It shows she can shine on her own and I’d say that we’re all ready for some more from this talented darling. Check out “Right Here” below.
I first heard “New Housie” around the time Soldier’s Heart‘s first single “African Fire” dropped. I actually spent like a week trying to download the song; it’s kind of embarrassing. I eventually succeeded and have the original mix in my iTunes. Listening to the new mix of the song, I understand why the band took their time polishing the record, because now we are left with a fully realized track with no holes or imperfections in it. The finished version sounds like Florence and the Machine meets Beach House (really, the background guitar melody reminds me of “10 Mile Stereo“–or even a sped up version of Childish Gambino’s “These Girls“). After touring extensively with the likes of Willis Earl Beal, Youth Lagoon, The Naked & The Famous, and Crystal Fighters, the Belgium band seems poised to make major moves in 2014.
IYES have dazzled us with their previous tracks “Breathe” and “‘Til Infinity”, now they’re back teasing us with a brand new demo. “Toys” has their signature r&b twist and dueling of female vs. male vocals. It’s a combination of soothing and almost haunting with its dark pop sound. In other words, it’s completely addictive in all the right ways. Now it’s just a matter of time before we get a full album of this to fulfill our needs. Until then, check out their newest gem below.
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.