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
Brand new record from a brand new artist. Powerful songwriting, swirling piano and a unique voice. Freya Ridings is definitely one to watch. In a sea of tweaked and reworked electronic productions this is a track that can stand strong by itself.
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
When you read about a producer stepping into the spotlight with a solo project you have to be on your guard. You might be just about to hear a lot of slick production trickery that ultimately serves to distract from other missing elements in a song. So I was pleased to discover that was absolutely not the case when I hit play on Phinisey’s ‘Something New’.
The production is all there thats for sure. Beefy, chugging keyboards sit so well against echoing finger snaps and the punchy combo of bass and kick drum. A spacious mix of a restrained sonic palette. But the other thoughtful elements of the track stack up against the production. Phinisey’s soulful vocal and strong songwriting catch the ear and keeps you locked it.
It’s a track well worth adding to your downtempo jams playlist. Make sure to check the rest of the EP on your music delivery service of choice.
After taking a trip to Cuba, Mala has returned with a Peruvian inspired track as a taster of his next album coming soon on the excellent Brownswood Recordings. He worked with the panpipes of Asociacion Juvenil Puno and brought them together with his bass heavy beats. I’m excited to hear how the rhythms and sonics of Peruvian music inspired his production and songwriting over the spread of an album. Now someone needs to put Quantic and Mala back to back on a bill. I’d buy a ticket for that.
After bringing us one of our favourite albums of 2015 with Jake One as one half of the boogie outfit Tuxedo, Mayer is back with a fourth solo album.’Man About Town’ sees him taking things back to the blue-eyed soul sound of the 70s and 80s.
Book of Broken Hearts takes a bit more of a Motown swerve on the classic silky smooth sound made famous by Hall & Oats. You’ll recognise the drum machine sound from their famous Kiss On My List that link together much of the record.
The whole album packed with tracks to usher in the summertime. It’s full of optimism … And sounds Californian through and through. Although some of it might be a bit cheesy it all comes from a place of true passion. Mayer Hawthorne knows his stuff. It may not be pushing boundaries but thats just not the point.
Check it out and make sure to go back and listen to his earlier LPs.
Longtime Kendrick Lamar collaborator Anna Wise has finally started putting out her own solo work. ‘Precious Possession’ is the first taste of her upcoming album. This woozy R&B earworm opens up with morphing vocal lines harmonised together before being stripped apart for the verse. Its a hypnotic track full of oozing James Blake-esque production and deep Dilla-indepted groove.
Stick that on your playlists.
This one is for the R&B lovers out there. ‘Ready 2 Go’ is a beautifully clarified late-night song. Carefully placed beatboxing and sparse bass touches form the bed for Tiffany’s amazingly powerful and breathy vocal. Its a secret confession whispered in your ear with a slight autotune sheen. Repeat repeat repeat.
Coming off the back of an absolutely superb EP in 2015, Samm Henshaw has kicked off the year with a new track. Its all about his voice. Stripped back and surrounded by solid piano and a lush string arrangement. Beautiful way to start the year. Higher love indeed.
Make sure to follow it up with this stunning acoustic version of ‘Only Wanna Be With You’. Liquid emotion.