Pink Slip released his first track “Dark In The Light (ft. Chloe Gilligan)” mere weeks ago and it was amazing, perfectly balanced dark wave. Pink Slip has so much potential to become one of 2015′s best new producers. Most of the my favorite artists at the moment are college kids making awesome bedroom beats. I’m not even surprised Pink Slip’s music is so good because he’s an Atlanta native studying at Belmont University in Nashville, which are obviously two great places to be making music.
When I found out he was releasing a new track so soon after his “Dark In The Light”, I was absolutely ecstatic. His new song “Time (ft. Keegan Neverett)” lives up to all my expectations. Pink Slip is really making a go at this future trap fusion of sounds, keeping all that lovely bass and adding a touch of soul. As soon as you click play, this song builds and you’re instantly entranced.
His manipulation and the way he goes harmonizing the vocals is super interesting. I don’t where he finds all these people with great voices or if he’s just masterful at making friends with singers. Regardless, he has such a good ear and knows how to accentuate the lyrics and the vocalist.
His entire approach to music is most intriguing. You can definitely by his production style that Pink Slip isn’t afraid to take risks or do things a bit out of the box. That’s why I love his music so much is because it’s consistently something I haven’t heard before. I love the clicking and it’s play on the tick tock of a clock. It was such a smart move.
He does all the production himself, mixing and mastering to boot, and the songwriting follows. It’s just yet another way Pink Slip creatively distinguishes himself. He’s only 18 and this kid has mega potential. Check out his latest track “Time” featuring Keegan Neverett.
1. Travi$ Scott ft. Young Thug – “Skyfall (RL Grime & Salva Remix)
Obviously any time RL Grime and Salva get together it’s going to be great. Their take on Travi$ Scott’s track is catchy and climactic, with major bass drops. It’s a completely different take on Scott’s original.
2. Kitty – “Miss You (Jai Wolf Remix)
Jai Wolf‘s remixes always do a fantastic job highlighting the vocals and he’s a master of showcasing one-liners. His future bass remix incorporates vibrant synth and colorful beats
3. Snakehips x Tory Lanez – “Dímelo”
As part of adidas and Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series, UK producer duo Snakehips and Toronto based rapper Tory Lanez came together to create this melodic hip-hop track. Snakehips combines their smooth funky style with Tory Lanez’s elaborate vocal structure over this beautiful violin sample.
4. Drake ft. Travi$ Scott – “Company (Sángo Remix)”
Sango‘s heavy future bass remix of Drake was one of few songs the Michigan based producer released this week. The remix, released only as a dropbox link tweeted out by Sángo himself, adds so much depth to the track.
5. XYLØ – “America”
XYLØ‘s blissed out dark wave single is just breathtaking. Their moody pop track teeters somewhere between Lana Del Rey and Broods with an explosion of synth magic.
6. Vance Joy – “Riptide (Kasbo Remix)”
Kasbo takes this track and just flips it on it’s head. This downtempo remix leaves no traces of the original ukulele beat and instead filled with dynamic, energetic synth.
7. Jai Paul – “BTSTU (Kource Remix)”
Kource gives Jai Paul’s slow and alluring “BTSTU” an uptempo twist. It’s echoey and very modern, following the latest future bass trend. This remix is equally intriguing as the beautifully produced original.
8. Justin Bieber – “All That Matters (LUCA LUSH Remix)
LUCA LUSH has been cranking out remixes. For this Bieber remix, he combines future garage with deep piano hits, creating a very whimsical remix that sounds like two distinguishable but cohesive songs. It’s so good you actually forget it’s a Justin Bieber mix.
9. Jhene Aiko – “Vapors (Madbliss Rework)”
Madbliss really lets Jhene Aiko’s float on top of the bright rhythm. He left vocals alone because they’re already flawless, and simply manipulated the surrounding sound, to accentuate rather than mask that beauty.
10. Tiara Thomas – “How It Is (XXYYXX Remix)”
XXYYXX touched it so obviously it’s going to be good. His clean r&b remix of Tiara Thomas’s acoustic track is sexy and not too over the top, truly highlighting the intricacies of Thomas’s vocals.
11. Cashmere Cat - “Mirror Marru (Kitsune Remix)”
The mysterious producer Kitsune take’s Cashy’s “Mirror Marru” and tweaks it just enough to add some sparkle and dazzle to places you didn’t even know needed it.
12. George Maple – “Talk Talk (Tails x Ta-ku Flip)
Of all the “Talk Talk” remixes, Tails’ flip of Ta-ku’s remix is probably the most variant from the original. There’s a lovely light beat over the deep bass and it’s just a good listen.
13. MAR CO – “Bridges”
Boston future pop duo MAR CO released their first single, sweet, twinkly dreampop with echoed vocals. The lyrics are catchy and soothing, while the synth is just mystical and draws you into a utopian euphoria.
Nicolas Jaar is one of those artists who, in my opinion, is fully incapable of making a bad song. Everything he touches is so quality, that it’s hard to believe that he can top any of the work he’s put out already, whether it’s his solo work, his work with Dave Harrington as Darkside, or even his soundtrack to an avant-garde Armenian film from 1969. His music is always so intricately crafted, with attention paid to the most minute details, that each listen leaves me wondering how he does it.
That said, this song almost slipped past my radar, and I’m so glad it didn’t because it’s one of the best remixes I’ve heard recently. Jaar’s mindblowingly bonkers remix of Florence + The Machine’s new song, “What Kind of Man” just turned my entire world upside down.
Jaar takes Florence’s rock hymn and completely transforms it into a pulsating 12-minute long heater. It starts out with Florence’s tweaked vocals over a groovy beat that is so quintessentially Jaar’s, until it suddenly reaches its disco-influenced climax. Nicolas Jaar simply dropped this out of nowhere, and I’m hoping that this is the sign of more new music to come.
Main Course released another track this week via their “SNACKS” series, which consists of quality free tracks. This one comes from Buffalo duo Eyes Everywhere, who have been dropping quite a few songs lately on Anabatic and Perfect Driver . Much like their recent bootleg of Blaqstarr, “No Wifey” is a spin of a Baltimore club track, except this time they keep it housey. There are some big bass hits at the drop that also coincide with a four-to-the-floor beat and some spacey high-pitched synths that bring it all together. This is one of their best tracks yet and it’s free for one month only, so grab it now!
Same swag, different day, or at least that’s how I feel about UK duo Snakehips. They just teamed up with Toronto rapper Tory Lanez as part of Yours Truly’s Songs From Scratch series. The series is brilliant in itself, bringing artists together to construct a song from start to finish and documenting the entire process. The session allows fans to get a play-by-play of the artists’ songwriting process. Maybe it’s just a case of me geeking too hard but hearing an artist’s approach to their own song is so much cooler than any string of words I could come up with.
“Dímelo” has Snakehips’ signature funky smoothness to it. Just listen to that violin sample. Tory floats his confident words like liquid over the undeniably catchy beat. Tory is just suave. His lyricism on this track is what really elevates it. Dímelo may be slang for hello, but it’s intended as a feel good song about reaching success, noting the benefits that come with it, like pretty baes and stacks of cheddar. He’s not trying to inflate his ego; his approach is a small, gentle pat on the back.
It’s funny in a way because this track showcases the lighter side of Tory’s typical dark r&b while it reflects Snakehips’ hearty hip-hop side, almost as the collaboration brought out the best secret weapon in each.