First off, special shout out to Felix Jaehn for opening his “Ain’t Nobody” track with the often overlooked but secretly sonic threat known as the xylophone. This Hamburg born-DJ took a Chaka Khan classic, stretched it out and sprinkled Jasmine Thompson’s voice all over it. Did I mention Jasmine was born in 2000???? Piano keys happily surround her voice as it dances along the xylophone. Makes for quite the grooving sound with the perfect level of bounce. This is definitely bound for dance floors everywhere.
It’s a pretty safe assumption that most people don’t consider, “Bound 2” Kanye’s finest work, but it always struck me as a little sad because the chorus and sample choice for the song was fantastic. Luckily, that’s where remixes and reworks come in. UK indie pop darlings, Mausi, have covered the song and turned it into a unbelievably summery indie dance groover that trims the fat and focuses solely on the chorus hook, wrapping it in big synths, a four to the floor groove, and singer Daisy Finetto’s voice, which is one of those ‘fall in love instantly’ sort of voices. Really nice job.
Furniteur is the new band from Brett’s Kevin Bayly and Mike Toohey, featuring singer Brittany Sims. Their sound is a no frills homage to 80s synth pop with an indie band flair. They recently debuted with lead track “Modern Love,” and last week dropped a nice cover of “The Page” by The Chromatics. The song was recorded on an 8 track tape using all vintage keyboards and sequencers resulting in a delightfully retro sound that could have just as easily been recorded 20 years ago as 20 days ago. Grab the free download below and make sure to catch them tonight at Dr. Clock’s Nowhere Bar over in Adams Morgan.
Cologne-based producer and one of the newest faces to the Greco Roman roster, Roosevelt, just dropped a cover of John Martyn’s “Small Hours.” The track eases off the upbeat pace of his Elloit Ep, and creates a slow moving reverb-drenched soundscape of glistening synths and hazy guitar lines. Roosevelt’s voice floats in a sea of delay trails and warm textures and ultimately makes for a dreamy opening track. Check it out here:
Miles Fisher‘s original take on The Talking Heads, “This Must Be The Place” is no doubt one of our favorite videos of the year. An homage to the cult classic American psycho that could only be pulled off by Christian Bale look-a-like and DC native, Miles Fisher.