Tycho - Awake
When Tycho releases new music, you know that it is time to listen up. Awake is a sprawling, original track that demonstrates why it is easy to love the man’s mesmerising work.
There is a synergy between the instruments and electronics, which make for an organic listen and bridges the gap between dance, ambient music and everything in between.
If you are new to Tycho you can check out his previous two albums Past Is Prologue and Dive. He is due to release his third full length effort in early 2014.
Sun City - Colour Blind
Today’s post is coming to you from a spot in the shade in Byron Bay, New South Wales. So it only seems appropriate to deliver you a Summery song that has been crafted by a little-known Australian group that go by the name of Sun City.
Yes they are an Australian group, and the fact that their single has been spelt ‘colour,’ the correct Australian/British way, will have grammarnazis at ease. The synth heavy track follows in the tradition of a great number of new Australian acts that have been popping up all over the county in the past few years, including the likes of Cut Copy, RüFüS and Gypsy and The Cat to name a few.
But there is something refreshing about the Perth duo’s sound. Perhaps it is the well-planned razor sharp production focus of Tobes and Dan that seems to understand the need for interesting song structures and avoid irritating repetition and change up the melody wherever possible without compromising the memorability of the track.
Premiering on Triple J this week, having 3 songs featured on the Unearthed website and scoring a ‘Song of The Day’ post on IndieShuffle have helped to bolster Sun City into the consciousness of unsuspecting fans. It also won’t hurt to raise the notability of the group before the festival season.
To download this song and others, visit the Unearthed feature page.
Bipolar Sunshine - Fire (Budo Remix)
Seattle beatsmith Budo has credentials that have made him a go-to for aspiring rappers and musicians seeking cutting edge production. He has recently begun releasing free remixes on his Soundcloud page and while some tracks are hit and miss, Budo always seems to select enjoyable tracks to flex his musical powers on.
My favourite in the series so far, is Fire. The afrobeat inspired symphony draws on all of the essential ingredients to sculpt a memorable and palatable remix nowadays. A harmonised African choir, strong lead vocals (from Bipolar Sunshine), claps, synths, keyboards and a monster feelgood house-driven chorus kicking in after the one minute mark transform Fire from a great song into a song to love to fall in love with.
Download - Fire (Budo Remix)
Naxxos - New Orleans
If first impressions are anything to go by, they can be deemed unreliable when it comes to New Orleans.
What starts out as a slow, descending piano-chord-driven melody, gradually morphs into a sultry pop diva, right before saxophones hijack the centre stage. Things begin to go crazy just before the two minute mark when Naxxos change the mood into a chopped up dance track.
There aren’t too many dance groups I can think of at the moment that are wiling to incorporate saxophones and given the saturation of garage, house and dubstep, it is really refreshing to hear a group that is prepared to use old methods for creating a memorable dance anthem reminiscent of the European trance movement of the 90s.
Follow the link below for a free download of New Orleans.
Download - New Orleans
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (Disco Stern Remix)
In 2011, I had a small fit of rage when Angus & Julia Stone won Triple J’s Hottest 100 song of the year for Big Jet Plane. Don’t get me wrong - I had been a fan of their work since their first EP, Chocolate and Cigarettes, but I found that the Angus Stone's vocals were whiny and I thought it was certainly not the strongest song from their second album.
I have since cooled down a lot and given Big Jet Plane a warmer my reception, even though I do not think it was the best song released in 2011. Mexican DJ Stern has added some dance sensibilities to Big Jet Plane and turned it into a mellow electronic number, keeping with the orchestration that complemented the Stones’ instrumentation on the original.
thE KindeR - Fliegen (Unifono Remix)
There really is something mystical about this track. Filegen (or the English translation Fly), is a dance track that takes haunting samples and recurring chimes to frame a watertight trance composition.
The way this song evolves is transfixing and listening with quality headphones is a surefire headtrip. The song builds gradually until about the 2:45 point when a harmonised but unintelligible vocal sample breaks the mould and things really get interesting from 3:20 onward.
The chime samples remind me of Pogo's Disney sample song from the Secret Garden, Mary’s Magic, spliced with a Blair Witch Project inspired rave in Germany’s Black Forest. I may not be too far off the mark there, considering Unifono is based out of Austria.
Parra For Cuva - Wicked Games (Chris Isaac Cover)
The song has been around longer than the the careers of Hanson and Justin Bieber. It is virtually a walking dinosaur among the social networking giants Twitter and Facebook. It has been covered by countless artists, including Scandinavian goth-rockers HIM and r&b dude Weeknd, yet it still seems to find relevance today since it’s original 1989 incarnation. This time, Wicked Games has a reworking by Geman DJ and singer combination Parra For Cuva.
The track contains shakers, bongos and a distorted guitar looping. Clocking in at 5:58, there are times when this track borders on repetition and the attention deficient listener may grown weary very quickly. Most people will be familiar with Chris Isaac's original lyrics and melody, so it is really up to the subtle changes employed by DJ Nicolas Demuth that hold Wicked Games together, especially considering that vocalist Anna Naklab is unfortunately absent for large sections of the tune.
On my fifth listen, I can safely say that the progressive nature of Wicked Games is a strength. Patience will reward your listening experience with this downtempo gem.
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Jessie Ware - 110%
In the spirit of the garage revival, Jessie Ware's new track plays with a bouncy bassline and fast percussion. The British songwriter is no stranger the UK electronic scene, having collaborated with SBTRKT and Joker.
Her other work has been compared with Adele in terms of her diva delivery, but I think I’d prefer hearing Jessie Ware continue to broaden her fanbase by exploring garage/dub/trip hop accompaniments, rather than following the all too familiar path of femme pop stardom. No disrespect intended.
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