Elegance from #NewZealand
Auckland, New Zealand-based producer Kyoto has a flair for remixing pop songs and adding his future beat touch. I’m really digging the track featured above, his remix of “Suit and Tie.” This producer is up and coming, so he doesn’t have too many tracks available just yet. In the meantime, enjoy the free download and like him on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/KyotoProducerNZ
Dude. Forget about #DaftPunk
If you’re the type of electronic fan that likes to nerd out over synthesizers (think Moog), you’ll enjoy this recently submitted track by Toronto-based filmmaker & musician Pilotpriest, aka Anthony Burns. It seems heavily influenced by the likes of Giorgio Moroder and Tangerine Dream, featuring “robot” style vocals and synth disco elements. (By the way, if you wanna be blown away by a Moroder record from 1977, see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnIwl3FNUl8)
Check out the rest of his new album “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” on his Bandcamp here: http://pilotpriest.bandcamp.com/album/original-motion-picture-soundtrack
Beats from the #Californiadesert.
I featured Coachella Valley-based DJ/producer Alf Alpha a couple years ago, highlighting his appearance at Coachella’s infamous annual festival. He’s made his collection of early beats from 2004-2010 available for purchase on Bandcamp. It’s some of my favorite stuff: http://alfalpha.bandcamp.com/album/he-pleys-so-good
If you’re into rare groove like Gene Harris (Losalamitos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XneLZhGuLIg) & Miami Funk artists: http://www.souljazzrecords.co.uk/releases/?id=109) or Donald Byrd, you’ll really dig his funk & soul-inspired productions. It’s so cool to see great music coming out of the Palm Desert/Palm Springs area!
Like him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AlfAlpha
Eilen enhances our love.
This track, “Vortex (Queens)” is the first release from Eilen's upcoming LP, Slow Advances. It’s already been featured in an American Apparel lingerie ad, which goes to show how much swag it really has. It’s nu R&B-inspired, and very promising of more great music from this Florida-based collective. They describe their music with labels I’ve never even heard of: drogue and drugwave. I guess that’s how we know we’re on the cutting edge here.
Buy the track on Bandcamp here: http://eilen.bandcamp.com/
Like them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/eilenmusic/
#Chill time with Louie Franklin
Louie Franklin, formerly known as Bob Fraust, is a very promising young rap artist from Dayton, Ohio. Inspired by artists like Kid Cudi, Raz Fresco, and Kanye West, Louie has been honing his lyrical craft since his sophomore year of high school. The featured track “A L I V E, ” produced by Internet & Corey Arnell, is a really nice collaboration. I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about him throughout the blogosphere. He’s even been high-ranked on ReverbNation’s Rap Chart for Louisville, KY (check out the track “Creme Della” here)
Check his Facebook page out: https://www.facebook.com/BlakKubb
Canada’s #RosieJune doing it right.
Nanaimo, Canada-based Rosie June is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter with a delightful voice and a flair for dream pop. She’s currently signed to Draper Street Records, Brendan Canning’s (of Broken Social Scene) label. Vancouver, CA-based indie band Young Galaxy recently did a sort of LCD Soundsystem-inspired remix of the song featured above, “Sound It Out.” You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/rosie-june/bonus-track-sound-it-out-young-galaxy-remix/. Enjoy! :)
Keep up to date on Rosie June on her website here.
Songwriter Alison May to release second LP
Oakland-based singer-songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Alison May cites Nick Drake as one of her influences, and you can really tell. I hear a little Belle & Sebastian/Sea & Cake in her delicate instrumentation as well. That’s not to take away from her talent as a vocalist and musician: she played almost every instrument on her album. Originally a drummer, Alison was compelled to venture into strings after spending lots of time with her father, who would play songs like “Pink Moon” and “Telling Stories” (Tracy Chapman). Her second LP, “Loved/Dark,” comes out next week on July 29th. For another taste of her music, check out her video “Raft” here on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/93467825
Keep up with her on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/AlisonMayMusic
#London always ahead
London-based duo Wallwork and RZR just released their new EP on Montreal label Infinite Machine. Their music is being labeled “post-regional,” (whatever that means), but we can call it something like “future bass.” Previously, this producer duo was making music for other pop, rock, and electronic artists. We love the results of their ‘solo’ project!
Check them out on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/wallwork.razor
The music of London-based indie pop group Woman’s Hour sounds like a cross between Sade and Australia’s Alpine. If you like soft, soothing vocals and a sophisticated 80s sound (think Bryan Ferry), you may enjoy this featured track, “Conversations.”
Find out more about them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/womanshourband
This one’s for you, red eyes.