New spacey sounds from our favourite Kid Froopy. Nice and chilled with some electronic bounce to bring things home. Check it out and dig into some of our past Froopy repeats
Nice bit of future bass here from Big Wild. Builds up to the drop which lands with nice synth twinkling keeping things light. Smattering of the Future Classic / Wave Racer sound with disco house flavour.
Excited to hear another track from Hiatus Kaiyote collaborators Silent Jay & Jace XL after seeing them a couple of weeks ago with Hiatus at Somerset House. They’re offering up a lovely slice of soulful R&B as part of Plastic World’s upcoming comp of new Aussie music called Volume 1. Can’t wait to pick it up.
Give them a listen (there is saxophone, which is excellent)
Regrettably I’ve only just discovered the music of Auckland native Ladi6. On first listen I was instantly hooked by the husky vocal and punchy drums that open up the mysteriously named ‘Beffy’. One note at a time, a hypnotic synth melody builds the to a killer electro-soul hook. Really clever production and songwriting. Bounce, wobble and soul.
Time to dig into the Ladi6 archives.
These are some of the tracks that we’ve been listening to recently and enjoying featuring:
The fresh take of Chase Miles on the 90’s R&B classic ‘You’re the One’ by the ultra successful female group SWV (Sister’s With Voices). We’re loving the summery vibe of this song and this modern electronic revamp certainly does justice to the original. Another song we’re excited about is ‘Acid Symphony’ by ELZ. The Turkish singer, songwriter and producer combines with the vocals of Valley to provide self-conscious and haunting vocals and lyrics as well as downbeat minimalist feel make this song seriously atmospheric. US artist Kagwe takes a more experimental approach with his tune ‘afrognamedgrace’ but we love it all the same! There are so many different sounds going on from Japanese influences to more classical violin elements which combine to make a weirdly wonderful vibe.
Check them out along with many more below ….
SWV // You’re the One (Chase Miles remix)
ELZ // Acid Symphony
Genre Confused firm favourite Photay has released the follow up to his excellent self-titled 2014 album.
‘Monday’ from his new Sadie EP is full of the playful fun that hooked us into tracks like ‘No Sass‘ and the disco tinged ‘Chrome‘ in 2014. A deep grooving dancehall opening gives way to funky and bubbling electronics before we get to hear the voice of the man himself for the first time. Photay has sorted your new Monday morning anthem for 2016.
Sadie is out now on Astro Nautico.
As the success of Mura Masa has shown, people are in love with a bit of low-key chopped trap beats and mangled vocals. I very much include myself in that group as Mura Masa has been making near-constant appearances on my Spotify for the last couple of year.
Vasser is an exciting young producer taking this sound and running with it. ‘Stay With Me’ is my favourite of Vasser’s slick collection of tracks. Wordless vocals float above bubbling synths with led by breathy flute lines and tuned percussion that sounds like levelling up on your favourite 8-bit computer game. So much groove.
Make sure to check out his remix of Lewis Lane’s ‘Lets Dance’ which is in fact uses the same samples that Mura Masa uses in ‘Lovesick Fuck’. Thats no coincidence.
Looking forward to hearing what comes next for Vasser.
New sounds from Carmody and Tom Misch to brighten up our friday. Just such a perfect combination. You know by now that we love the music they’re putting out and at this point Tom should just do everything with Carmody. Stop messing. Hit play and grab the free download.
Make sure to check out exactly why we loved Beat Tape 2 by hitting the link below.
Neo-soul songstress Wallace has absolutely taken it to the next level with Negroni Eyes. Inspired by her love of jazz, Godriguez has chopped up the silky smooth Miles Davis classic ‘Nardis’ into a hard hitting future soul groover.
Deep beats cut up with angular string lines and rippling piano forms the perfect base for Wallace’s unique voice. Nai Palm meets Jill Scott. Perfect combination. Really excited to hear what the rest of the year holds for Wallace.
It is getting to that time of the year where everyone and their cat start putting out end of year album lists. Although I won’t be participating in a codified way (too lazy it seems) I do read the lists and desperately note down albums that I may not have paid enough attention to or missed completely. Follow along here if you dare.
Amanecer is one such album by indefinable Colombian band Bomba Estéreo. Eclectic from the start this album zig zags between carnival electronica, anthemic odes to Colombia’s African heritage and moombahton influenced bass. See ‘Soy Yo’ for an atypical banger.
But ‘Mar (Lo Que Siento)’ is an altogether more relaxed track where Bomba Estéreo leave the big beats in the background in favour of beautiful intertwined guitars and Li Saumet’s vocals. If ‘Soy Yo’ is the beach party then ‘Mar (Lo Que Siento)’ is the last track thats played as the sun comes up.
A great antidote to the inevitable winter slump. Playlist it alongside The Very Best.