With snow on the way in many parts of the country today, what better time to check out a modern twist on a Christmas classic from 19-year-old producer filous. A rising star in electronic music, the Austrian artist’s debut EP Dawn was a commercial success — with the lead single “How Hard I Try” (featuring James Hershey) amassing over 50 million plays on Spotify.
On his reinterpretation of “Let It Snow,” filous deconstructs the warm tones of the original, using electronics to create a chilled out, downtempo edit with a cool and enticing vocal from Florence Arman. Let it snow, indeed.
When he isn’t working on his main musical project Bad Wave, Patrick Hart spends his time tinkering around with his side passion and solo gig, The Golden Peppers. “Think of Patrick Hart’s project title The Golden Peppers as The Mothers Of Invention to his Zappa, the E Street Band to his Boss, The Shadows to his Cliff Richard…just without the physical presence of an actual band,” explains a press release. “Patrick’s is the kind of dry humour that’s encouraged him to call a solo project after a would-be ensemble that doesn’t exist. The Golden Peppers is an homage to all the Daptones and King Khan songs Patrick was listening to before he took a trip from his LA base to Miami in June 2015 to work with an old musician friend, an expert in horns.” Inspired by such soul acts and armed with his brass-savvy compatriot, Hart set to work on an EP and The Golden Peppers was born.
While Hart’s solo music tends to be tongue-in-cheek, his latest effort, “If You Don’t Love Me” accesses a darker and more personal place in the songwriter’s arsenal after a purportedly rough year. Harnessing those feelings, Hart infuses bluesy keys, questioning lyrics, and of course a blazing horn section into the stirring new threnody. Hear it below.
In what will probably be the last installment of the year, we’ve got a new RMX Roundup for you this week — a bimonthly segment in which we deliver the freshest mixes and electronic beats on the blogosphere. First up is the new ‘night’ mix of Mark Ronson’s hit track “Daffodils” (featuring Kevin Parker of Tame Impala) by Amtrac and Blu Jemz, commissioned by Ronson himself. Speeding up the tempo, Amtrac and Blu Jemz sprinkle some late-night vibes and heavy bass on the nu-disco track, making for a perfect after-hours groove.
Earlier this fall we featured the soulful, slow-burning duet “Some Places” from Swedish act Grapell — now, we’re sharing the fantastic new rework from Canadian duo Blue Hawaii. The Montreal producers have put their own unique spin on the track with their ‘Chop-n-Screw’ edit, trading in the lounge vibes for a palette of bright synths and basslines. Originally off Grapell’s EP Love Chambers, the Blue Hawaii version shakes things up in the best way possible.
And finally, we close out this year in RMX Roundup with the delightfully upbeat Bee’s Knees rework of French Horn Rebellion‘s “Second Opinion.” Off their recent album Classically Trained, the electropop piece gets an energetic facelift from Bee’s Knees producer duo Adam Novodor and Aaron Spiro. This one is being offered as a free download, so pick it up on Soundcloud today. And with that said, we’ll see all you remix lovers in the new year!
England continues to be a steady purveyor of solid electronic dreampop, as evidenced yet again with new Suffolk act Amethysts. The duo, who’ve received support from tastemakers such as BBC Radio 1‘s Huw Stephens, caught our attention with their latest and second single, “Stones.”
Curtains of synth and hazy guitar atop sub-bass drums set the foundation for the group’s ethereal sound. The capstone of their music though is vocalist Clarice Parrot — when she goes into her upper register around 1:15, “Stones” reaches a seraphic state and the group’s potential seems to know no bounds.
Much like the stone their namesake represents, Amethyst’s music exudes inner strength and spiritual growth, so we’re looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for them. Enjoy this gem below.
British artist Bruno Major considers himself a jazz musician at heart. “I learnt how songs work through learning the American Songbook. Cole Porter, Jimmy Van Heusen, Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald and later on Randy Newman and Rufus Wainright. Those are my heroes,” explains Major.
His latest offering, “Easily” is the 4th release of his current 12-month project, and is reflective of his penchant for nonchalant, jazz-inflected chord progressions — blended with bursts of modernity. Written on a hazy August afternoon with singer-songwriter Emily Elbert, and an assist from Phairo on production, the track showcases the London-based artist’s talent for crafting classic, minimal and melody-focused compositions.
With soulful vox and universally relatable lyrics such as ‘Just because it won’t come easily, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try,‘ Major’s music is certainly easy on the ears. Listen below.
Two female vocalists, an Austrian multi-instrumentalist and a DJ/producer from Seattle. Such is the composition of Karmic, a new indie pop band based out of LA who just dropped their debut effort on Soundcloud. The offering, “Higher Self” is an infectious, upbeat slice of electropop that stylistically reminds us a little of Wild Belle. Get in touch with your higher self whilst you stream below.
Following the release of their self-titled debut album in January of this year, London’s Snowpoet are preparing to release a remix EP due out December 2. It’s a beautiful alt-folk record, so today we’re delighted to bring you the first listen of the “Little Moon Man” edit by fellow British producer Jeevan Rai.
Snowpoet aspire to bring melody, form and poetry to a new setting. Comprised of vocalist Lauren Kinsella and composer Chris Hyson, together the duo create beautifully intricate, jazz-tinged and textured melodies that naturally lend themselves to a nuanced re-rendering from dexterous producers.
Jeevan Rai, a so-called laptop musician is one of them, applying bright synths, ethereal vocal loops and masterful layering to the original to create a complex and resonate rework. Currently completing a doctoral thesis on topological representations of computer music, Rai is clearly not one to rest on his laptop laurels as he endeavors to explore a spacious and neoteric sound.
The remix package — which closes out a stellar year for Snowpoet will feature other reworks by Jauge, Jeevan Rai and Vaun. Hear the magnetic “Little Moon Man” mix below.
The Brooklyn ambient pop collective Cigarettes After Sex are back with a poignant new single in anticipation of their debut full length, due out on Partisan Records in 2017. Sensual, hazy and wearily romantic without holding any self-delusions, “K” is a minimal, moody gem of a shoegazey track guided by frontman Greg Gonzalez’s evocative vocals — recalling Mazzy Star‘s “Fade Into You.” Get intimate with “K” below, and then go have a cig.
True story: in early 2015, New Zealand native Jock Nowell-Usticke, aka BAYNK posts a song on Soundcloud while traveling across Europe — loses his laptop and returns to find the track has blown up. Next thing he knows, he’s getting inquiries from key industry people, and has landed a spot on the lineup for the Australian festival Laneway. Not too shabby for a nascent bedroom producer. His latest effort, “What You Need” is an upbeat dance tune with a kinetic vocal from newcomer NÏKA. It’s not the dance banger we deserve, it’s the one we need so stream below and pick up a free download on Soundcloud.
Meet Malmö-based duo Wy, the new Swedish dreampop outfit using sad guitar, pulsing synths and and majestic choruses to create emotive and powerfully raw music. Consisting of real-life lovers Ebba and Michel, the creative duo both contribute to songwriting and production for the project, while Ebba’s background as creative designer and photographer lends itself to their artwork and videography. Ebba’s vocals eloquently express anxiety-ridden sentiments of powerlessness in an unfair world, layered against the backdrop of melancholic instrumentation reminiscent of The xx. Listen to “Nobody Else,” the cathartic single from their debut EP Never Was below.