RMX ROUNDUP: TLC + Casino Gold / Tanis + Memoryy / Frank Ocean + Jacques Green


Been a minute since we posted a RMX Roundup, a semi-bimonthly segment in which we bring you the freshest mixes and electronic beats on the blogosphere. To begin this installment we have the LA brotherly duo Casino Gold‘s recast of TLC‘s ’99 hit “No Scrubs.” Upping the tempo and supplanting the original TLC vocals with a smooth male tenor, this modern house rendition gives the listener a whole new reason to enjoy the anthemic melody of the original in 2016. Listen below and pick up a free DL on Soundcloud.

The next one comes courtesy of up-and-coming producer Memoryy, who gained major industry cred when he penned the theme song for the new Chelsea Handler Netflix show ‘Chelsea.’ Not one to rest on his laurels, the LA-based electropop producer just released a mix of Parisian singer Tanis‘ track “Blackout.” Augmenting the song with a fluttering synth line, Memoryy takes the Tanis number to a new level of tasty synthpop goodness. Stream below.

Last but certainly not least, seasoned Canadian producer Jacques Greene has created a sparkling new edit of Frank Ocean‘s instant classic “White Ferrari.” A fan of the new Ocean album, Greene tweeted: “Respect to Frank for being a light beam of a human. Blonde has been fucking me up and saving me in equal measure since it came out.”

Clearly inspired, Greene knocks it out of the park with the neon reimagining of the minimalist track, expanding upon the electronics and positioning Ocean’s soulful vox at the fore. Grab a free copy of this stunner that’s made its way into every Greene set since it’s inception over on his website. Greene also just released the two-track EP Afterglow, which we highly recommend.

Wildhart – Shake Off


‘You better shake off the stones that bother you / You better turn them into gold / You better shake them off, break them down’ warns Wildhart in an impassioned delivery during the final, frenzied dazzling moments of new song “Shake Off.”

The Swedish trio explains: “Shake Off is a fuck you to all the hardships that you carry inside when living in an patriarchic world. It’s a cry of frustration — but at the same time an anthem, a source to find strength in.” And point of fact, the experimental piece is an empowering, jittering and deconstructed composition that manages to combine elements of jazz, indie, and electronic pop. While hard to categorize, this is the exact forward thinking and eclectic brand of alt-pop that we’ve come to expect out of Scandinavian exports.

Made up of Ylva Holmdahl (vocals), Kiwi Berg (synthesizers) and Josefin Runsteen (drums), Wildhart has already drawn comparisons to Minneapolis art-rockers Poliça and Californian quartet Warpaint. While the comparison is warranted, with alchemic tracks like this one who knows — new artists may one day be likened to Wildhart.

“Shake Off” is the lead single off the group’s debut album, Shine, which will be released November 11 via Swedish label Gaphals. Preorder your copy here.

Hudson Scott – Panning For Gold


The musical talents of South London newcomer Hudson Scott became apparent at an early age. Having borrowed a trumpet from a local brass band at the budding age of seven, he took to the instrument quite readily (refusing to return it, in fact) and soon began to devour records by the greats such as Miles Davis and Chet Baker. His career thus began as a sideman, serving as a backing musician for Foals, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs et al., eventually stepping into the limelight with his debut EP Clay earlier this year.

He’s just revealed the glittering new track “Panning For Gold,” co-produced by Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, Låpsley) and Duncan Tootill. It’s an under-the-radar love song, radiating with ’80s pop sensibilities and modern electronic flourishes. In a confessional manner, the artist makes an appeal for a fundamentally human yet increasingly elusive need — ‘Truth be told, I’d like to fall in love, I’m panning for gold,’ he sings.

Conceding as much, Scott says: “‘Panning For Gold’ is about looking for love, sensing that it’s about to arrive and then doing your best not to trip yourself over. It’s about that initial excitement when you first meet someone great, when you’ll do whatever, put yourself out all the time, just to hang out. I don’t want to sound like a doe-eyed sadsack, but it is what it is.”

To the contrary — it’s refreshing and disarming vulnerability — in a way that is not excessively saccharine. Enjoy below.

[VIDEO]: Anna Wise – Go


Fresh off a Grammy win for her vocal contribution to Kendrick Lamar‘s “These Walls” on To Pimp A Butterfly, pop siren Anna Wise released her debut solo EP The Feminine: Act I earlier this year. The EP marks a bold entrance onto the pop stage for the soulful singer — sonically as well as lyrically — addressing germane subjects such as wage equality, slut-shaming and feminine sensuality. Recently she teamed up with director Emma Kanter to create the music video for the power anthem “Go,” which features Wise as a badass, rule-bending, rollerblading nun that sparks a full-on congregation dance party. The vid is sure to get you dancing into your weekend so watch below.

DC LIVE: Elohim / Still Corners / Trails & Ways


On any given night of the week in the DMV, there are myriad options for live music, which is why we’ve started the segment DC LIVE to call out our picks.

Currently on tour with EDEN, LA’s Elohim will be stopping by Rock & Roll Hotel this evening, which we highly recommend you checking out. After being hailed as “Mariachi meets new-wave” by Wonderland Magazine, her latest single “Hallucinating” was recently flipped by Elohim herself into a Mariachi Version of its original iteration, in which colorful mariachi horns and strings replace the synthetic sounds of the prototype. As self-professed lovers of synthpop, this might come as a shock but we dare say we prefer the mariachi rendition — so get into it below. After her run with EDEN, Elohim will also be embarking on a tour with electronic duo Louis The Child in November.

The London-based musical project Still Corners has been kicking around for some time, and this September they released their latest full-length Dead Blue. The dreampop outfit, comprised of songwriter/producer Greg Hughes and singer Tessa Murray has developed a low-key solid following since their inception in 2008. Revisit their earlier single and cautionary tale of a track “Don’t Fall In Love,” and come out to see them perform live October 18 at DC9.

And finally, indie rockers and longtime CCP fave Trails & Ways also just released a new album that they’re currently on tour promoting. On the new record Own It they go for a more raw, grittier rock-and-roll sound than their 2015 LP Pathology — achieved through the use of live drums and distorted guitars. Fragments of their former bossa nova flavor are still intact, however. Stream “My Things” from the new album and come rock out with Trails & Ways at Black Cat October 24.

Rolls Bayce – Inside Out


The new single from Rolls Bayce bursts right out of the gate with a rollicking guitar riff and a catchy, ebullient vocal. Formed by three friends in 2014, the psych-soul trio from Brisbane fuse a familiar, classic pop/rock sound from the ’60s with a modern, psychedelic twist and the result is no short of spectacular. The first taste of the band’s forthcoming debut full length, “Inside Out” is a tight arrangement of a track and is sure to get you toe-tapping.

Rolls Bayce will be performing a launch show for the single at Brisbane’s The Foundry on November 10. Rock out to this number by pressing play below.

[CCP Interview]: Hannah Georgas on the Inspiration for her New Record, Being Featured on HBO’s GIRLS, and Balance as a Beacon of Success


Canadian artist Hannah Georgas may not be a household name just yet, but as the recipient of Emerging Artist of the Year at XM’s Verge Music Awards in 2011 and numerous accolades since, it’s obvious that she’s a rising star. The Toronto-based singer has released three albums to date, including her latest, For Evelyn that came out June this year. The new critically-acclaimed record, named in honor of Hannah’s “compassionate, patient, kind and beautiful” 98-year-old grandmother, was produced by by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, The War on Drugs). For Evelyn encompasses a range of emotions and offers an intimate look into Hannah’s psyche as she navigates her insecurities and anxieties surrounding loss. Musically, she sits somewhere between the vocally emotive sounds of singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (whom she’s actually toured with), and the synthpop stylings of Metric. Her album, however is deeply personal.

Currently on tour this month in support of the LP, the songbird will be gracing the District with her presence at Songbyrd October 6 alongside Firekid and DC’s Wylder. In advance of the show, Hannah took the time to talk to CCP about the inspiration for the new record, working with Graham Walsh, finding balance, being featured on HBO’s GIRLS, and her dream of performing on Jimmy Fallon.

First off, give us a bit of background info. How did you get into music and when did you first discover that you had musical ability?

My dad was a really great piano player and performer. He was always playing the piano and singing around my family when I was little. I think his energy rubbed off on me. My mom put me into piano lessons when I was five, and I started writing songs as soon as I could figure out my way around the piano. Music was an important topic and outlet in my household.

On your last couple of records you worked with seasoned producer Graham Walsh. How did that come about and what was it like working with him? 

I met Graham in 2011 when we worked on my self-titled album together. I was a big fan of his project Holy Fuck and wanted to reach out to him. We’ve developed a great sense of trust and comradery. It feels really comfortable going to him with my songs and bouncing off ideas together. 

The new album, For Evelyn is dedicated to your grandmother. Can you speak about the significance of your relationship with her and the thematic connection to the record?
I’ve always admired her openness and patience. She’s a strong and powerful woman but so humble in her demeanor. I wanted to acknowledge her compassion and the positivity she’s shown me. The album is very much about my ongoing challenge of overcoming my fears and rising above it. I feel like she’s someone who has been through it all and can now reflect upon it.
The single “Don’t Go” is particularly poignant. Can you elaborate on what this song means to you?
I have been thinking a lot about mortality and the thought of losing my mother. It’s definitely an overwhelming and heartbreaking feeling, and I felt inspired to write about it. 

What is your favorite song off the new album to perform?

It’s been really fun performing “Crazy Shit” and “Waste” with my band. We have those two songs placed towards the end of the set and I always look forward to playing them.

Your track “Millions” was featured on a episode of HBO’s GIRLS. How did you feel about that, and do you watch the show?!

I’ve watched every single episode of that show. I’m a big fan of Girls and love Lena Dunham, so I was super excited to find out that my song would be on the show.

Who are some artists you’re listening to at the moment? Do you have a favorite album of the year?

I’ve been listening to the new Frank Ocean album a bunch. His last record inspired me a lot too. My friend Jeffrey Innes has a project called High Ends and he put out an album called Super Class. I listen to it a lot. Sylvan Esso, Perfume Genius, Wye Oak, Christine and the Queens are other artists I’ve really gotten into over the past couple of years.

You’ve received numerous awards and accolades in Canada . . . what does success mean to you? Any other goals you’re currently striving for?

I feel like success is being able to create a balance between your work and personal life and finding happiness amongst it all. I feel really thankful that I do what I love for a living, and I'm still sometimes trying to find that balance. There a lot of things that I'd like to accomplish and goals that I would love to achieve with my music. I want to continue to work with people that I really admire and make music that's inspiring. I also want to play on Jimmy Fallon because he's the best.

Last but not least, what is the best and hardest thing about being on the road?

The best thing about being on the road is getting into a groove playing live and feeling really comfortable on stage. The worst thing about being on the road for me is living out of a suitcase and not having the comforts of home. I also misplace things a lot and that sucks when you’re running around from place to place!

Watch a video of Hannah performing the track “Lost Cause” live, and if you’re in the DC area be sure to check out her show at Songbyrd this week! For Evelyn is out now on iTunes and available for streaming on all major digital outlets.

Apothek – Roaring


Apothek [apo-teck] take a thoughtful, philosophical approach to their music as they explore existentialism without the dread through a hybrid of organic and synthetic sounds. By replacing worry with a sense of wonder, they attempt to uncover universal truths by exploring the more mundane details of our lives. Comprised of Morten Myklebust and Nils Martin Larsen, the Norwegian duo who just released their debut LP broach their craft from slightly different, albeit ultimately complimentary angles. Singer Myklebust has an inherently spontaneous writing process, while producer Larsen has a more measured and methodical strategy that comes from years behind a mixing desk.

Stream the intricately-constructed album opener “Roaring,” along with a dreamy reimagining of their first single “Family” below. Apothek’s self-titled debut is out now — released September 30 via Propeller Recordings.

THE COVERUP: Colouring – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye Rework)


A couple years back, we fell for a UK outfit by the name of Osca, who in the time since have underwent a rebrand and changed their name to Colouring. Whatever the reason for the change, their emotive and ethereal esthetic remains intact, and this week they’re supplying content for THE COVERUP–a segment in which we feature a fresh take on a classic. Colouring takes on Marvin Gaye‘s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” giving it a modern facelift through a dystopian, post-dubstep yet soulful soundscape. Vocalist Jack Kenworthy captures all of the hurt and confusion of the original, coloring us captivated in the process. Hear it straight from the source below.

The Japanese House – Face Like Thunder


Pushing the parameters of alt-pop with her brand of brooding electronica, UK artist The Japanese House has emerged as one of the most promising new acts to arrive out of London over the past year or so. The moniker of 21-year-old Amber Bain, The Japanese House — inspired by a vacation house she once stayed in belonging to Kate Winslet — is intended to be an androgynous epithet, much like the music itself. Following the release of two acclaimed EPs, Bain is now to set to release her third, Swim Against The Tide via Dirty Hit November 11. Imbued with sparkling production and lugubrious lyrics, the EP’s first single, “Face Like Thunder” contains the cool, translucent and lagoon-laced imagery that runs like a current throughout Bain’s body of work. Hear the new single, plus earlier effort “Cool Blue” below.

On the heels of a long run supporting The 1975, The Japanese House will be hitting the road again this October for a span of dates in the UK, EU and US. Check out her North American tour schedule below, which includes a stop in the District on November 25 at DC9.

2016 Upcoming Tour Dates:

11/21   Boston, MA | Great Scott
11/22   Brooklyn, NY | Baby’s All Right
11/25   Washington, DC | DC9
11/26   Philadelphia, PA | The Foundry
11/28   Toronto, ON | Horseshoe Tavern
11/30   Seattle, WA | The Sunset Tavern
12/1     Vancouver, BC | The Cobalt
12/3     San Francisco, CA | Rickshaw Stop
12/5     San Diego, CA | House of Blues Voodoo Room
12/7     Los Angeles, CA | The Echo