::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
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.
Air Review - Young
It has been two years since the ill chill pill site was founded with absolutely no knowledge of html, no expensive marketing campaigns and no agenda. I can proudly say two years on, that the site is slowly getting more comprehensive when looking back over the archive of posts we’ve shared about the good music out there.
Here is a nice song from the Dallas based quintet Air Review. Young has an interesting song structure, catchy whistling and a chorus without words.
Sir Sly - Miracle
Today the internet is buzzing with the release of a new single by Sir Sly.
The new group have been compared to the likes of groups as diverse as Local Natives, Foster The People and The Neighbourhood. Such high profile comparisons are sure to bring sceptics, but the song is a strong lead single from the group and so far the reception to their music has been strong.
If you’re happy to divvy off your email address willy nilly, you can download this for free
Yonas - Roller Coaster (feat. OCD: Moosh & Twist)
The youngster Yonas has taken an unabashed approach to his radio-ready hip pop music since emerging in 2012 with an album and a number of mixtapes to his name. The pop friendly, slick production complements his straightforward, uncomplicated rapping. Roller Coaster is taken from Yonas' most recent project, The Transition 2, which can be downloaded for free. His verse comes in last on Roller Coaster and he easily surpasses the skill of his guest counterparts.
This music obviously won’t resonate with a number of hip hop purists or self-proclaimed ‘enemies of rap’, but we like to think that our readers are open to looking past cliches and appreciating music behind the image and preconceived notions of genre conventions.
Download - The Transition 2 (mixtape)
Wild Cub - Wishing Well
WIld Cub are a five piece band from Portland, Oregon. They came to our attention last year with their release of their stellar tune Thunder Clatter.
The group released their debut album Youth and aside from a few sleepy numbers, it packs a punch with surprising fervour for funk. This is perhaps most obvious on track 5, Wishing Well, where the bass and rhythm play in between one another. Keegan DeWitt’s vocals complement the whole interplay, rounding off the memorable melody with a catchy chorus that will resonate with the listener long after the four minutes have finished.
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
Matt & Kim - Daylight
In 2010, this song was more infectious than swine flu.
In 2013, it still hasn’t lost its instant effect on people. Much like the rest of Matt & Kim's catalogue, it is attention-seeking and in your face. You will definitely form a love or hate track relationship with this track fairly quickly, but after 3 years, there is still a lot to love about the brash, jaunty and repetitious melody that perpetuates Daylight.
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