Portland neo soul.
Condition White is the Portland-based “PBR&B” project of Zach Dunham and Lee Howard, an engineer with Mystery Machine Studios. Frankly, I’m addicted to the track featured above,”Trying Hard.” 70s funk/R&B-inspired synths recall old school Maxwell (or Stevie Wonder), and the infectious vocals fall somewhere between Motown and Prince-inspired. Move over, Jamie Lidell, we’re in love. ♥
Like them on Facebook here.
Australia. so hot right now.
Sydney-based trio Jagwar Ma makes hypnotic, dance-infused neo-psychedelic rock music. They’ve been compared to Tame Impala and Stone Roses - though slightly catchier. “That Loneliness,” from the album Howlin, references 60s pop and “Exercise” has almost Beck-like riffs. Featured here is a remix of “Come Save Me” by Ghostly International’s Matthew Dear. Enjoy!
They’re on tour, too. Check out some dates here.
Enjoy your weekend with nu disco.
Deviant naming choices aside (ha), this hour-long compilation from London DJ Gristy is quite good. The mix starts with Frank Ocean's “Pyramids,” and features Daft Punk, Kraak & Smaak, and Jessie Ware. The best part: free download. Thanks, Gristy!
For a full track listing, go to his Soundcloud.
Check out his Facebook page.
L.A. music: fun+cool = coolzone
I owe it to LA-based producer/artist/friend(?) coolzone, aka david cool, for introducing me to rare funk & groove, among other styles. His productions are refreshingly diverse, ranging from underground hip hop-inspired to slow jam/house/80s “cheezefunk”-inspired. What I love about coolzone is the fact that he doesn’t seem to dwell on form. Most artists tend to get pigeonholed in one genre, and end up too focused on the result. Featured above are two amazing tracks, “cool guy cool” and “boonz.” ♥
Check out his soundcloud for more buzz.
No harm in change.
Esteemed SF-based DJ/producer J.Boogie (of Leftism genius), aka Justin Boland, re-worked this Toro y Moi track “Harm in Change,” and made it about 10 times better. Take advantage of the free download!
Check out more of J.Boogie here.
Shy Girls is smooth.
Portland-based artist Shy Girls, aka Dan Vidmar, is the latest nu-R&B sensation. I’ve gotten requests to feature more “PBR&B,” the genre comprised of 80s and 90s R&B rehash, a type of music that is somewhat schmaltzy, in a very self-conscious way. Vidmar, who went to Penn State, seems well aware that his aesthetic borders on smooth jazz. However, he openly embraces soprano sax solos and elevator music. Here’s to you, adult contemporary!
See what else he is up to here.
R.I.P. Lou Reed, pioneer.
It’s not just about London.
The Cutler has been featured on the loop before, with their single “OFGB.” As a refresher: The Cutler is Steve Cobby of renown electronica duo Fila Brazillia, and David Brennand aka “Porky,” owner of Pork Recordings, both based in Hull, England.Featured here is “Romulus & Remus,” reworked by Mr Beasley. The track is a remix from their compilation, "Everyone is Remixing Everything Else," a remix album of their LP, "Everything is Touching Everything Else." Leeds, England-based vocalist Isobel Helen elevates this track with her sensual drawl - certainly one of our favorites! Enjoy.
Ireland on the scene.
Thanks to David for this find! This remix by Cork City, Ireland-based Generic People, a collective of DJs, iProv, Antt, Thotbott, and ENFPvisuals, ”hits pretty hard.” Jazzy syncopation accompanies hip hop-inspired chordal progressions in this creative re-work. Enjoy :)
Check out their FB page here.
A gift from Onra
I don’t know what it is about Onra and his musical prowess. He managed to completely transform the effect of the vocals, turning “F For You” from a dance number to an R&B track. Enjoy his free download of Disclosure's “F For You” (while it lasts!).