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.
The “Alpha Beta” EP by Netherlanders Disko Matique, coming off their label UMPH, is chock full of unwavering electro beats by way of Justice making this particular release a neat find. While the original track and the subsequent Disko Matique rework are both wonderful examples of how to produce hard electro without going 100% commercial, there are remarkably intriguing track choices on the EP’s B-side.
The first, a remix by Tesla 55, has a certain quality that harnesses a cheery complextro aura and uses that impulse to channel a drive that seems to be on a continual incline. And, like the Little Engine That Could, it reaches a precipice that grooves its way into a satisfying free-fall leading to a nifty, glitchy specimen of house music similar to artists like Oliver or Alex Metric. Overall, this track is the electro-hop to the A-side’s electro-edge.
The second remix, the Moustache Machine Gamma Sigma mix, stands out amongst the pack as it takes the skeleton of the original and injects it with an altogether new flavor. This remix channels “Homework” era Daft Punk with a synth progression reminiscent of “Da Funk” and floating arpeggios light enough for a low-calorie diet. This edit quickly turns into the kind of nudisco track that late night dancefloors crave as it slows things down, but bumps the bass just enough to keep the party alive making this a low BPM heater.
As a whole, this debut on the new UMPH label makes for a sick pack of house tracks worthy of peak hour play and also establishes a promising path ahead for indie producers Disko Matique.
You can download the “Alpha Beta” EP via Juno Downloads and Beatport.