::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - Murakami
The third song released in the past few weeks from Made In Heights' Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin takes inspiration from the Japanese author Haruki Murakami.
The track deals with relationship troubles and Kelsey wastes no time laying down the great double entendre “you really hold me down like that.” Just after the halfway mark the track gets darker with some aggressive and grimy sounding synths dominating the forefront of the pop song, transforming it into an easily mosh-able end break.
Love it or leave it, but Made In Heights are certainly pushing the envelope of electronic pop. It is great to hear them build on the music from their first two EPs to create some truly original, dynamic beats. Sabzi’s innovative soundscapes always manage to complement the lyrics that are both emotional and aloof in their subject matter.
Download - Murakami
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - Pirouette
Producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin comprise the diverse duo of ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS::. Their music is different on so many levels to other artists. Sabzi takes a masterfully minimalist approach to the groups music by arranging interesting percussion with dreamy synths. In turn, Kelsey crafts lyrics rich in emotional appeals and metaphors.
Piroutte is the second new release from ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: this month with DEATH coming out a few days ago. Their social media posts have been coming more frequently with lyrics being posted days in advance before the release of DEATH and Piroutte.
Hopefully the new music doesn’t dry up too soon and we can enjoy an album release in the near future.
Download - Piroutte
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - DEATH
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: are back!
After releasing two game changing EPs (Winter Pigeons and APORIA) in 2010 and 2011 respectively, all has been quiet from the New Yorker duo who are still relatively unknown and do very little publicity. And despite beatmaker Sabzi hinting about an upcoming debut album in Q&A sessions, there has been no official word about upcoming projects.
That was until today, when the ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: Facebook page proclaimed DEATH was impending.
The single loops a euphoric choir sample, 808 beats and some minimal piano flourishes for Kelsey Bulkin to serenade over. The release of DEATH easily eclipses 99% of new music releases and is sure to become a favourite over at the Ill Chill Pill for our top 2013 picks.
Download - DEATH
Fyfe - Lies Pt. II
Fyfe releases a follow up to his critically praised Lies, aptly titled Lies Pt. II. If you haven’t heard the original, no matter, Part II will be enough to break your heart.
The London producer is heading for big things if he can continue to release music to this standard.
Download- Lies Pt. II
Ages - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
It seems like ages since we last heard a cover this good (pun intended). But this classical guitar piece is truly an exotic, sensual guitar licking song.
Ages' version of Fog will teleport you back to the cobbled streets of a Tuscan village, or a sunny Spanish villa.
If you dig it, download it below.
Download - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
Bon Iver - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
When you have grown so comfortable with an album, listening to it can be like visiting an old friend.
Bon Iver's debut 2008 album For Emma, Forever Ago, has become a favourite with many listeners, so any cover or remix is likely going to encounter a deal of scrutiny. Adapting a classic song can be like transforming a novel into a film - often it provides quick entertainment at the expense of resonance and personal significance. However, there are always exceptions to this, and there are also exceptions to the rule when it comes to adapting songs.
Thankfully, the Belfast duo Owsey & Resotone have maintained most of the original tracks and added subtle ambient touches to enhance the emotion and mood of the song. It is currently still available for free download, so get in quick before the mp3 vanishes!
Download - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
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.
Shak. - Only Now
It is always affirming to find a wave of new talent who are capable of making gorgeous and surprising music. Too often I think that we can feel jaded by the monotonous attention deficit production that litters the corporate endorsement-driven multinational media corporations.
That is why artists like 18 year old Dutch producer Shak. can buck the trend and show that imagination is alive and well within music and it is really just a matter of looking out for these artists. Sure, it is more than likely that they won’t make millions of dollars out of their venture, but at the end of the day true artists have primarily been concerned with their own creative vitality and integrity for what they love, rather than cashing in on the latest trend. While this might sound self-indulgent, the capacity for other people to share an appreciation and spiritual connection to a piece of art surely transcends any self-motivated pursuit.
Download - Only Now
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