Young Summer – Fallout


Earlier this summer, Bobbie Allen aka Young Summer shared the first single (“Alright“) off her upcoming EP, and now the DC artist has revealed the third threnody from the record. The cut, called “Fallout” is another gorgeous pop ballad, with lush synth textures infused with Allen’s signature sensibility. There’s also a sublime interlude around 2:35 that is worth the listen alone. Considering that Aqualung — an acclaimed pop artist turned producer of the early aughts — co-penned some of the tracks, we’re not at all surprised that this EP is shaping up to be one of the best pop collections of the year.

Brace your ears for the “Fallout” below. And if you’re looking to catch Young Summer live, she’ll be playing at NYC’s Mercury Lounge August 31.

Young Summer – Alright


Washington D.C. songstress Young Summer, aka Bobbie Allen hit mainstream success with her 2014 debut LP Siren. Now she returns with a new EP that’ll be out sometime this summer — and the first taste of the extended play called “Alright.” Known for her lush melodies, synth-washed production and romantic lyrical laments, the new single falls right in line with what we’ve come to expect from the homegrown artist. Even as Allen sings about unrequited love — submerged in a sanguine sonic soundscape the track feels cathartic rather than punitive. Allen admits as much, confessing that the sparkling production is like a “protective armor.” See for yourself below and to hear the new songs live, catch Young Summer performing at U Street Music Hall July 22.

RMX ROUNDUP: VÉRITÉ + backstroke. / Jack Garratt + Prides / Young Summer + Avec Sans


Welcome to another Remix Roundup, in which we bring you the latest and greatest mixes currently stirring up the blogosphere. Starting us out is the new backstroke. remix of VÉRITÉ‘s “Echo,” off the recent remix collection of her debut EP by the same name. 2014 was a breakout year for the NY-based alt-pop artist, who will be on tour in March — stopping at DC9 March 12. We love DC producer backstroke’s revision of the VÉRITÉ track with its driving synths and 80s-infused soundscape that perfectly compliments the soft and sonorous vocals of VÉRITÉ. Trust us that you’ll want this rendition ringing in your head long after you listen below.

Next we have the new Prides remix of the Jack Garratt original, “The Love You’re Given.” Taking the soulful electronic track from the British singer, Scottish synthpop group Prides gives it a beautifully polished makeover with luminous synth lines and smooth production style. Stream the effort below.

Finally, UK production duo Avec Sans have resurfaced with their impressive rework of the Young Summer single “Severing Ties.” Similar to VÉRITÉ, last year was a favorable one for the DC-based songstress Bobbie Allen (aka Young Summer), who received a good amount of acclaim in 2014 for her debut LP Siren. The shimmering pop ballad gets a dance reboot from the UK act, spinning it into a grittier electronic number. Locals can catch Young Summer performing at DC’s U Street Music Hall February 20.

Young Summer – Taken

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D.C. artist Young Summer first made waves, literally, with the track, “Waves That Rolled You Under” last summer off her debut EP Fever Dream. Now the synthpop project is back in the studio, getting ready to release their first full-length album, SIREN — set to release August 26.

This week Young Summer premiered the video for the lead single off the album, “Taken,” the visuals for which are as stunning as singer Bobbie Allen’s vocals. Filmed in Bryce Canyon, Utah, the desolate scenes of the desert are befitting to the song’s theme of solitude and love lost. Director Allister Ann also adds a kaleidoscopic effect, serving to enhance the shimmering beauty of the ethereal track. Watch the mesmeric video below.


RMX ROUNDUP: Young Summer + backstroke. / Small Black + Dave Harrington / Gotye + Supermayer


Time for a Remix Roundup, Memorial Day weekend style edition! First up, I’m digging this backstroke. remix of DC’s own Young Summer. A fellow DC resident, backstroke. takes the affective original (“Waves That Rolled You Under”) and adds a lush layer of bass and electronic beats. Young Summer’s EP Fever Dream was released last June, 2013 and I’m loving this local talent. Next we have Dave Harrington of Darkside’s retouch of “Lines of Latitude,” the new single from Brooklyn’s Small Black. Although I’ve not featured them on the blog before, Small Black have built up quite the following for their subdued, synthy lovesick pop sound. By upping the tempo and looping the synths, Harrington magnifies the original (off their recent Real People EP via Jagjaguwar) into a dreamy, sun-drenched reworkcurrently on repeat in my playlist. And lastly, after having recently watched Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, I stumbled upon this punched up remix of Gotye’s “Hearts a Mess” from German production duo Supermayer, off the single’s remixes EP. Get lost in these almost-summer creations below.


It’s not all the time
Just when it strikes
The lines I crossed for you

-‘Lines of Latitude,’ Small Black