An acoustic guitar hook that refuses to let go, coupled with a soulful sundrunk vocal melody. Letting In is the debut release from Beauville, singer/songwriter Josh Bovill and guitarist Robert Coronado from LA. NoMBe, the mind behind California Girls, handles the production perfectly with dry acoustic percussion and the softest saw-synth support. Really stoked to see where this project goes.
Check out Beauville here.
Damn. This song sounds like something you would hear on one of those old Soul Train YouTube videos. When looking for more information about this 1980’s-influenced funk band, I was honestly surprised to discover Tuxedo’s members are no other than Jake One (Jake Dutton) and Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen). Their authentic old school funk distinguishes them from the rest of the nu disco pack, a fact the two powerhouse producers discovered for themselves shortly after exchanging mix tapes. Just now finding time for a pause from their highly successful individual careers, the guys from Tuxedo are joining the recent disco revival in a huge way. Tuxedo’s silky vibe is a bonafide throwback, so play on the duo’s new single Without Your Love if you’re really trying to groove. Bonus if you know the lyrics to Number One off the duo’s debut 2015 album Tuxedo.
Check out Tuxedo here.
Take note of Kartell’s latest track, a remix of SG Lewis’s No Less. An early pioneer back in 2012 of the French label Roche Musique – which now boasts artists like Zimmer, Darius and FKJ – Kartell is a master of blending R&B, Parisian House, and best of all the Rhodes piano. If you’re vibing with his “French Touch” revival, be sure to explore his new EP Tender Games.
Check out Kartell here.
I know it’s only Wednesday, but this morning I heard Circle Down and couldn’t resist the throwback. Sit back, close your eyes and let Keljet’s nu disco groove wash over you. I’m all about Circle Down‘s bouncy bass line, the stripped pre chorus, and the dope synth solo around 3:23. These guys are from the Netherlands and just released their debut EP Transatlantic. Definitely give this song a spin, and Happy Hump Day!
Check out Keljet here.
Sophisticated. Contemporary. Therapeutic. It’s hard to put an exact word on Froogle, but his mature downtempo fusion of jazz, R&B and ambient electronic is perfect for relaxation and introspection. From what we gather, Froogle’s Andy Ricardo released his first self-titled EP about a year ago. Since then, Froogle has continued to pursue future soul through a few notable remixes and debuting his second EP Tunnel Vision. Of the collection, Falling Down truly stands apart – London newcomer Alexa Harley’s soul delicately oozes out, meanwhile Froogle’s liquid accents pull you underwater around 1:24 and lead your mind deep into the abyss. Finally, you get more than just a DJ with this young Texan producer. His bio reads:
“Froogle is the belief that you don’t need to spend all your money on materialistic things to feel happy when true happiness comes from friendship, love, art, and travel. With people all around the world suffering and struggling to provide for their families, my ultimate goal is to help open the minds of those who take things for granted, and appreciate what they have which will lead to a more fulfilled and stress free life. Sometimes people get lost in their careers and forget about their passion for music. That is why I believe I am here…”
Check out Froogle here.
Check out Alex Harley here.
Yesterday I had one of those unforgettable LA nights I keep hearing about. We danced our asses off to Hayden James, were surprised by a special guest set by SNBRN and Hotel Garuda, and even got to meet SNBRN as we left Sound’s artsy backyard lounge to catch our Uber. Yet despite all this, the night’s major takeaway still has to be Define. Released a mere 3 days ago, Dom Dolla & Go Freek’s thick deep house track is downright addicting. Melbourne’s Dom Dolla, a rising heavyweight in the Australian circuit and recent EDC vet, joined his buddies Go Freek from Sydney to drop what is already being deemed one of the biggest deep house anthems of the year. Per Dom Dolla’s bio, Define will undeniably join his repertoire of “currency accepted on all dance floors”.
Veens is a new Parisian DJ that’s gaining notoriety for his ultra vibey, slow trip hop sound. Veens most recently released a fire mix with Chill Music, a popular French tastemaker known for throwing showcases in Paris that have included European artists Matoma, TEEMID, LCAW, and Nora En Pure. Irezumi, an original released earlier this year, highlights Veens’ superb Cashmere Cat-esque production style that’s attracting listeners far beyond French borders.
Check out Veens here.
It seems like the mystery-producer aesthetic has become somewhat of a phenomenon over the past few years. The masked artist looming behind some artistic facade, whether it be a robot suit, mouse head, or (in this case) a gray hoodie, really gets listeners interested and elevates a brand–but it makes it hard as holy hell to write a post about them because there’s no damn information to be found, even from the artist him/herself. Anyways, meet Cura. He’s from Norway. That’s all we know. Oh, and also that his first release Theory of Dreams kicks ass. Listen to this if you’re an Odesza fan. And if you’re not, listen to it anyways.
Check out Cura here.
Following a brief hiatus, Flume is now unveiling new material to audiences all across the US and Europe during his much anticipated 2015 tour. Australia’s young Harley Stretten continues to entrance fans with his dark, futuristic bass anthems. His newest release Turning follows in the footsteps of his earlier original Some Minds feat. Andrew Wyatt, giving off a mysterious vibe laced with his signature heavy synth. Be sure to enjoy Turning’s white noise breaks – we’re sure Disclosure will at Wild Life in Ibiza.
Check out Flume here.
The UK struck gold again with Lxury’s brilliant take on Jungle’s Time, which effortlessly combines a steady groove with a light disco progression. Lxury’s style draws from his personal friendship with the Disclosure brothers and has even caught the eye of Australia’s own Future Classic. Following the release of his latest EP Into The Everywhere on Greco-Roman, the future looks bright for this rising London DJ.
Check out Lxury here.
Premiered on Zane Lowe’s notorious “World Exclusive” slot on the new Beats Radio 1/Apple Music, Weight In Gold’s breakout artist Gallant is quickly catching fire. A graduate of NYU and new client of Jake Udell (manager of Krewella and Zhu), 23-year-old Christopher Gallant’s soulful falsetto is joined by a powerful electric flare to create the emotional ballad Weight In Gold. Though he’s just beginning to perform in LA and NYC, Gallant’s mature songwriting chops and passionate vocals position him to become a real treasure in modern R&B.
Check out Gallant here.
We’re fairly confident you’ve never heard of imari or sakuraburst (to be honest, neither had we until this week), but you should give this small sample a listen. 1:33 blew me away. It’s an experimental ambient track full of lo-fi charm, with bitcrushed synths, ringmod oscillations, delicate percussion and spoken word samples from GLaDOS — an extremely well-crafted soundscape for a liberation from Aperture Laboratories. Listen for the birds in the background, we almost missed them on first listen.
After dropping it live every night for the last few months along a tour touching down in hot spots like Counterpoint and Electric Zoo, keyboardist and producer Haywyre has officially released his remix of All We Need, a bouncy filter-funk edit led by his signature keyboard work. It’s hard to pin this one into a typical genre, so I’ll use the one Haywyre came up with himself: “Post Avant-Garde Pre-Futuristic Jazz-Fusion”.
I’ve always appreciated the emotional drive accompanied by thick percussive sounds in Odesza’s music. After being contacted by them to remix All We Need, I instantly got to work; Here’s what I came up with after finishing it a few months ago. – Haywyre
Check out Haywyre here.
22 year old Chaz Treharne is a brand new Los Angeles producer working under the alias Midoca. He’s made his debut with Gotta Go and Don’t Leave, a two-track EP of self-described “moodwave” music — a head-turning, overwhelming blend of trip-hop and future bass styles. Gotta Go features unique unravelling synths and a regretful but memorable vocal hook, Don’t Leave a more atmospheric vibe with clever vocal-spliced melodies and flowering saw pads. Definitely two tracks worth tasting, and a budding artist to keep an eye on.
Check out Midoca here.