HAERTS – Giving Up


After stealing hearts everywhere with the release of their EP, Hemiplegia in 2013 and a host of North American tour dates, HAERTS released their self-titled debut album this September. The Brooklyn-based group revealed several new songs with the release, including our favorite, “Giving Up.” This track shows off what they do best — soaring synth production and rousing vocals (in the vein of Kate Bush) from Nini Fabi that build until the final anthemic chorus swoops in to solidify its greatness. Stream below and pick up their album on iTunes.

HAERTS is also one of those rare synthpop acts that sound just as good live as in the studio. Those in the DC area will have a chance to see them this Wednesday, 11/26 at 9:30 Club with St. Lucia and The Knocks.

RMX ROUNDUP: AlunaGeorge + Danny T / Oscar Key Sung / HAERTS + Joywave


This week’s installment of Remix Roundup features some mixes that have been on our back burner for awhile. But that doesn’t make them any less appealing, so let’s get started with Danny T‘s rework of AlunaGeorge‘s track “Outlines.” The Sydney-based producer takes the low-key original and smathers on some sick house vibes, rendering it dance-floor ready. And all you have to do to snag the track for your collection is ‘like’ his Facebook page here. Thanks, Danny!


As if there wasn’t enough good music coming out of Australia, the next cut comes from rising Melbourne-based singer/songwriter/producer Oscar Key Sung. Off his Holograms EP released earlier this year, “All I Could Do” is an explosive dance track with masterful production from Key Sung, who uses pitched-down samples, aching soulful vocals, and a shuffling beat to propel the track forward. One listen and you’ll be singing Sung’s praises.


Last but not least, we’ve been digging this Joywave edit of HAERT‘s “All the Days” as of late. Taking the ardent original and transforming it into a propulsive deep house number, NY production team Joywave set the stage early in the track with sinister sounds of saxophone, creating a melancholic mood until the last chorus comes crashing in around 3:33. Stream below.

RMX ROUNDUP: HAERTS + Avec Sans / Bonobo + SaneBeats / Sam Smith + Soul Clap


Happy Saturday everyone! This week’s edition of Remix Roundup begins with a new rework of HAERTS‘ “Hemiplegia” by the UK act Avec Sans. Having ties to the HAERTS’ bassist Derek McWilliams (Alice Fox of Avec Sans was formerly in a band with him), it made perfect sense that they should put their own spin on “Hemiplegia,” applying their signature synths to transform the original into an uplifting summery mix. Stream below and pick up a free download via their Facebook page. Next up is the more downtempo but still brilliant, percussion-focused remix of Bonobo‘s “Terrapin,” by the young London producer known as SaneBeats — also available for free DL on Soundcloud. Lastly, I leave you with another stunning remix of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” this time from Boston based duo Soul Clap. Dubbing their effort as ‘the Balearic remix,’ Soul Clap slows things down with mesmerizing synths and groovy calypso beats. Stream below.

HAERTS – All The Days


Indie pop outfit and Brooklyn-based band HAERTS released their debut album Hemiplegia last fall. Signed to Neon Gold Records, the release is a four-track EP that includes a cut produced by Jean-Philip Grobler of St. Lucia. However, “All The Days” is by far the best track in this blogger’s opinion. Looking forward to seeing it performed live when the group opens for London Grammar at 930 Club on Monday. On another DC-centric note, HAERTS is also headlining at U Street Music Hall May 8. Check out more upcoming tour dates while you sink into the track below.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

4/14 | Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (with London Grammar)
5/8 | Washington, D.C. @ U Street Music Hall
5/10 | Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl
6/6-8 | New York, NY @ The Governors Ball
6/12-15 | Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/19-22 | Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
7/19 | Toronto, Canada @ Time Music Festival