Sensual, smooth, scathing and unapologetic. When Bet U Wish first surfaced, its captivating vocal delivery and lyrical maturity suggested a time-tested artist working behind the scenes, practicing that kind of finesse that only comes with years of experience. So when we found that this mastermind was actually 17 year old Raye from South London, we were absolutely astounded. Raye has been carving out a name for herself in a saturated market of alternative R&B female vocalists since the release of her debut EP earlier this year, Welcome To The Winter. Since then, she’s shared a steady stream of content to solidify her fledgling fan base, including this breathtakingly dramatic and unique reimagination of the original Bet U Wish by Lucian, who had this to say of the final product: Read More…
Leveraging an education from Berklee College of Music in Boston, the now NY-based producer DrewsThatDude has helped produce for a handful of big hip hop names, including Tech N9ne and Lil Wayne on the last Carter album. While he’s a very talented arranger and session musician, his own personal productions are impressively detailed and memorable, and his newest Obsession is no exception. There’s a lot going on in this mix that you won’t catch until the second or third time around–one of those walk around the sound-garden kind of beats.
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“Electric Mantis” is the perfect name for the incredibly sophisticated Oregonian producer Wyatt Pearson. Originally from Alaska, Electric Mantis’s charged sound is perhaps best showcased in his latest EP Braincase. Here at Black Sheep, we’re thrilled that he’s getting the recognition his craft truly deserves – including having his remix of Hear The Bells featured on Porter Robinson’s upcoming Worlds Remix album – and we can’t wait to see where he goes. This guy is the real deal.
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More new ear candy from down under. This time we’ve got GRMM with Travolta Cool, aptly named and featuring a slack but smooth vocal hook and rebounding, slingshot synths. Benn Markos, the 24 year old Sydney producer behind GRMM, has seen a surge in popularity after recently hitting #1 on the Australian iTunes electronic chart with Electrify. Now a part of the Neon Records roster, (joining the likes of Gorgon City, Felix Jaehn, and Klingande) and busy finalizing his debut EP for release this week on October 2nd, GRMM is one we’ll be keeping tabs on.
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As is now seemingly the norm, RÜFÜS DU SOL hail from the great city of Sydney, Australia. Perhaps best known for You Were Right off their sophomore album RÜFÜS, this upcoming trio is a Triple J regular and is quickly becoming a notable presence in indie-dance. We hope you appreciate Like An Animal’s soft vocals, and as always, enjoy Jack Vanzet’s stunning album artwork.
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Damn. Whispa is back with Hamara, one of his recent “less club and more headphone” tracks. Kick off your shoes, turn down the lights and unravel your mind to London’s renowned ambient/trap producer. If you’re anything like me, you’ll have to listen to most of his songs more than once to fully appreciate the richness of each sub slap and vocal splice. Go deep.
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Zaba was easily one of my favorite albums from last year. I fell in love with Glass Animals after listening through the LP front to back, again and again, and it’s with that peculiar but extremely common sense of fanboy ownership that I’ve watched them now step into the limelight like some kind of proud mother. It happens when you really identify with a piece of music, with an artist, with an aesthetic. And the same phenomenon occurred when I came across Imagined Herbal Flows last year, so when this blend of the two surfaced, I was trapped. IHF had a limited amount of material to work with, extracting only the vocals that were unburdened by the rest of the mix from the original. But there’s something beautiful that happens when your tools are limited, when you are forced to draw with only certain colors. Boundaries spawn innovation, and Dave Bayley’s voice sits atop IMF’s accompaniment as comfortably as if it was the master recording. While finding them can be challenging, this is an example of a remix done well: original, creative, but derivative in the best way.
Be warned – this song is only for the brave. forest of the spirits is a sensational release off sakuraburst’s new EP blood orange. Not much is known about this UK artist besides their incredibly lush Japanese production chops, but get ready to go on a sonic journey. forest of the spirits is absolutely haunting, rapidly transporting listeners from moments of calm recluse to an incredibly tense synth-didgeridoo drop; hang on for the ride.
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Last month we gave a shout out to Texan electronic producer Froogle and his collaboration on Falling Down with Alexa Harley. I thought I’d bring a different side of his work to light, so here’s Repose, a bouncing instrumental centered around a simple but catchy lo-passed synth line. Another great piece for some R&R, though a little more representative of the diversity in his production talent.
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Whether you’re celebrating upsets at USC’s Coliseum, just starting school or blowing off some steam after a brutal work week, a crazy weekend needs an equally wild song. Ghastly’s take on Loving Every Minute rises to challenge, throwing down some raw industrial chaos from the get go. Ghastly’s bass-heavy drops have already landed him big releases on popular electronic labels OWSLA and Dim Mak, meanwhile his grimy future house is becoming a staple of the LA club scene. If you’re trying to go out with a bang, we highly recommend Ghastly.
Now I’ll be honest, we don’t post enough hip hop, so here’s a track that hasn’t let us go lately. Off 19 year old LA rapper-singer-producer-allaroundmusicman Luke Christopher’s mixtape, TMRW TMRW, Roses is an undeniably catchy track sporting a well-chosen sample of famous jazz pianist Erroll Garner. Luke is extremely talented as both a lyricist and a producer, and last week he released a two-part EP, TMRW YSTRDY, that I strongly suggest you throw on sometime this week. If you think Roses is as much of a jam as I do, you won’t be disappointed.
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Kartell brings the funk yet again with his throwback remix of Glen Check’s I’ve Got This Feeling. From one of our favorite labels Roche Musique, Kartell is definitely an important international artist to study up on. If you’re feeling the French House vibe, make your way through the Parisian crew’s first compilation .Wave.
This is one of those rare songs that we can honestly say we’ve been counting down to. The internet’s exploding over Automatic, the new release from ZHU after about 9 months. After his inevitable astronomic rise post Faded, ZHU has stayed largely hidden until the announcement of his latest project “Genesis Series”. Despite both artists already having sizable followings, this twisted song needs to be talked about. After a seemingly dark Tarantino beginning (0:10 seconds in after the BBC 1 intro), Aluna lays down a sexy vibe that’s carried all the way to ZHU’s shadow falsetto. Outside of the electronic production, the duo’s use of the piano and midnight saxophone around 3:18 make this a perfect song to start your Fall.
Troye Sivan is not a newcomer to the limelight. Raised in Australia, Sivan is a decorated actor, YouTube personality, and finally musician; his resume includes the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), winning a Teen Choice Award for his collaboration with YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley (2014), as well as being featured in Papercut off Zedd’s album True Colors (2015). Amidst all of his other successes, Sivan’s music and unabashed openness regarding his homosexuality is quickly propelling the 20-year-old into new heights worldwide. Riding off of the success of his previous label EP TRXYE, which included his earlier hit Happy Little Pill, Sivan’s latest project WILD is surpassing already elevated expectations and is set to make Troye Sivan a recognizable name in popular music.
Millesim is a group of french DJs and producers with a budding reputation for nudisco-inspired remixes. But recently we came across their first original, Fall In, featuring Sophie Galpin on vocals (drummer for all-female rock band PINS and freelance musician). It’s a relaxed but melancholy, almost bittersweet tune perfect for end-of-summer introspection and sunset vibes.
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