Nancy Whang at this point is a national treasure. As one of the pillars of New York’s DFA Records, she has made a name for herself as their Vocal Queen: a position that has allowed her to be a part of game changing groups like The Juan Maclean, Classixx, and LCD Soundsystem. Earlier this year, she released her first solo EP, The Nancy Whang Casablanca Reworks, where she payed tribute to the mega-disco label, Casablanca. And it was a marvel. In fact, her collaboration with Audiojack, the Italo-disco groover “Like An Eagle,” was such a stand out track that we believed nothing would be able to touch it and pay it justice. Until now.
This particular cut from Whang’s EP has gotten the edit treatment by Colorado’s Funk Hunk and it is just as spirited and inspired as one would expect from the Denver based disco wizard. That said, the beauty of this release is the track comes to us in two-fold: the first is a slow paced, blistering hot, low BPM monster; the second is an entrancing synthscape arpeggiated to great effect. And while these new edits of Ms. Whang’s disco extravaganza are indebted to the source, seeing as they throb and pulse with many of the familiar tones from the original track, Funk Hunk has managed to retool each element in a way that allows for a comfortable distinction between each cut. In other words, his take isn’t about remaking a remake, but rather it’s building upon it and adding to the legacy which, in many ways, is the true sign of a masterful producer.
Check out both edits after the jump and visit Funk Hunk’s SoundCloud for free downloads of each version.
The UK’s Years and Years has been a growing presence for some time now especially after lead singer Olly was the featured vocalist on The Magician’s epic summer anthem, “Sunlight.” So it’s no surprise then that the newest track off their forthcoming album, “Desire,” is set to elevate Olly to Weeknd and Frank Ocean level status as a vocalist and Years and Years into a must see act in 2015.
The latest release, “Memo,” is a down tempo ballad that showcases pain, vulnerability, and a stripped down approach not seen yet by the mainly electronic act which not only showcases a very unique range for the group, but also a respect for emotive storytelling. It’s a piano driven tread through heartbreak with pinpoint R&B production and structure precise enough to give Billy Corgan a heart attack. In fact, the track is so hauntingly beautiful that it wouldn’t be a shock if the vocals were sampled and remixed throughout the coming months restlessly like the similarly paced “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith (or anything by Lorde in the past year and a half). It’s a sexy track. It’s a sensitive track. It’s the kind of track that will follow people around for months.
And you can listen to it below after the jump.
Tropical house is here to stay. And while the indie dance marketplace seems to be overflowing at this point with summery vibes and sandy shoals, there are some gems seeing the light of day. A while back, we covered a track by unknown producer Boys Get Hurt after a stunning debut via Yunizon Records and now it seems like the magic is set to continue with his newest offering.
Seattle based indie rappers minority$ociety get the remix treatment here to great effect; the original is a cruising, low tempo, lounge-y piece of hip-hop whereas the remix makes stellar use of Boys Get Hurt’s signature style that emphasizes overall feel instead of deep bass. This, in conjunction with keeping the original’s vocals relatively untouched, allows the track to maintain the very pure spirit of the source material while giving the track a little kick to make it ready for a mid-afternoon pool party set. And yes: the steel drums here hits you in the feels the same way a breeze hits you on the shore – soft, enchanting, and cleansing.
Listen to the remix after the jump and download it on Boys Get Hurt’s SoundCloud page.
This duo based out of Brooklyn has the slow burning soul going strong.
Coming off of Red Bull’s Sound Select label in November, “Side FX” is a progressive head nodding piece of electronic funk that lays the vibes down in thick, slathering portions. The track is driven by a series of synths that punctuate the groove with bewitching and provocative results that call upon similar pieces of spaced out electronica such as Freezepop’s “Less Talk More Rokk” and early work by Shiny Toy Guns. The real star here, however, is the sultry delivery by vocalist denitia. When she croons about the mistakes she makes on the regular with a self-aware angst reminiscent of other songstresses like Fiona Apple et al., it’s heartfelt and believable and confessed with an utmost empathy. It’s as if the words pouring through the soundscape are an apologetic precursor to anything bad that’s bound to happen. And because it’s so vibrant and emotive, this is the kind of song that will have you humming in your car on your commute to work, on your morning jogs, or in the bathroom doing your personal business. This is an earworm that deserves to be heard.
Check out “Side FX” after the jump and be sure to grab your copy of denitia & seine’s EP when it’s released in November.
Get ready, D.C. There might be a new sheriff in town.
Coming out of the shadows, the mysterious Washington based Wave Age is a project rooted in bass and house music that, according to the official bio, draws influences from artists like Justin Jay and Friend Within. This much is evident: the enigmatic producer is out to make you drop whatever you’re doing and dance.
The first release, “Thug Love,” is a deep cut with an obvious love for being tongue-in-cheek. Combining the acapella from Khia’s “My Neck, My Back” with a bouncy, UK bass backdrop, “Thug Love” is a finely tuned experiment in giving us the goods without any fuss or muss. It’s a filthy, groovy, spaced out odyssey that explores not just underground house music, but also the current fascination with old school, throwback hood anthems from the Millenial generation’s childhood thereby cementing the track’s undeniable earworm status with a self-aware finesse which is deserving of the loudest sound system you can find.
In other words, if you’re in dire need of a replacement for Breach’s “Jack” in your setlist, I think Wave Age has you covered.
Download Wave Age’s “Thug Love” via the official Facebook page and stream it below.