Now that’s what I call a proper Monday banger. You really need to blast this loud and I promise – everything will immediately look 10x better.
Jesse And The Wolf is the moniker of New York-based DJ and producer Jesse Marco. His single “Talk To Me” is a potent blend of soulful rock stylings and a glitchy electronic groove that’s fittingly backed by the always forward-thinking guys at Fool’s Gold Records.
Today we’ve got another beat hero in the picture though and that’s Jurassic 5’s DJ Nu-Mark who added insanely spot-on flare to the original. Honestly, I can’t wait to play this in front of people – it has an immediate feel-good dance floor vibe. Happy Monday!
Closing up a long weekend with some lovely chillhop beats and lullaby guitar licks thanks to our friends from College Music. The UK-based record label teamed up with Pointy Features (UK) & Ningen (DE) for the release of their 4-track EP Komorebi and it sounds absolutely fantastic.
My personal highlight is release’s opening track “Sakura Sunrise”. Such a light and breezy vibe… I couldn’t help but smile throughout the whole song and I hope you do too.
Young Citrus is definitely climbing our chillhop charts – easily one of the most exciting discoveries in the past year or so.
Justin’s new release feels like a homage to 90’s chill vibe, perfectly blended with Dilla-inspired beats. The producer made this song for a lofi hip-hop study beats song contest and is the perfect lazy afternoon soundtrack. Combining sweet future bass-inspired chords with the crispy organic drums of modern hip hop, the young artist always brings something new and refreshing to the table.
Have a chill Sunday, guys.
Young Citrus - Familiar Feelings (Cymatics Lofi Contest) - SoundCloud (141 secs long, 596 plays)Play in SoundCloud
After Lu’s feature of Rui, it’s time for me to jump on the bandwagon with Portuguese-born, Amsterdam based composer & producer Rui Reis Maia and new release titled “One Man Show”.
The track is the 2nd single off his upcoming album and is a wonderful blend of slow-motion electronica, guitar licks and silky vocals. If you’re digging some float-y vibes, then that track should go on your playlists.
If Bonobo were to make slightly more…exotic music, then that would fall somewhere close to Oisima & Wallace’s new music child. It’s so great to see 2 artists we’ve featured and I personally love working together.
The Aussie combo is seriously flawless. Oisima’s jazz groove and downtempo beats are the perfect fit for Wallace’s outstanding and signature vocals.
Hands down one of the most lushful / moving features this week.
Oisima - Lovin' You Was Easy Feat Wallace - SoundCloud (331 secs long, 471 plays)Play in SoundCloud
Menik’s “Brothers”, besides being one of the most captivating ambient / beat findings I’ve stumbled upon recently, is a track full of history.
The track is taken off his debut album Story Time and features field recordings from milestone stages of Menik’s life. Track’s intro and the sample used throughout the composition is actually camcorder audio from 28 years ago. In the footage, Menik is about to get on a tram by pier 39 in San Francisco, and the voices you can hear are his Grandma Pat (RIP), dad and brother. There’s also more audio clips at the end of Menik’s brother and mother… how awesomely bizarre this is?
It’s the kind of sound you want to listen to while floating around in a world where gravity does not exist.
Been following Australian electro-funk trio daste since I got a taste of their music back in February. After 3 successful single releases, the guys are ready to share with the world their first EP titled Palette released via Mammal Sounds Records.
While I’m highlighting “Overload” – one of the 2 previously unheard EP tracks, I must highly encourage you to fully submerge into Palette as this gentle and out-of-the-box 5 track release is a true gem in today’s overcrowded scene.
I absolutely love the blend of electronic and funk music with notable lo-fi influences – a sound that has really grown on me. The guys share…
Following the release of “Thinkin’ Of”, the inevitable question of “what’s next” became the catalyst for the writing of Palette. With only one song behind our name we decided as a group the next best step would be to focus on our writing and production to create something truly special. As we worked and created demo after demo, we realised that it was impossible for us to approach each track with the same ingredients and recipe without becoming tired of ourselves.
I’ve got another Friday-friendly groove fire for you all.
If you dig Tom Misch’s guitar vibes and Kaytranada’s bassy beats, then Conor Albert’s “Only You” is the perfect start of your evening. This jazz/funk-driven jam is one of my favourite discoveries this week.
The 19 year-old producer and multi-instrumentalist started making beats and playing guitar at the age of 8, peddling his homemade albums to friends in the school playground. Exploring dubstep and EDM in his early teens, and later inspired by artists like Misch, FKJ and Jordan Rakei, Conor moved into making jazz-inspired beat-driven music. Today’s highlight is pretty good evidence he’s going places.
I started ‘Only You’ in September of 2018 after being inspired to make some dancier music. I’d been stuck in a rut of making slower hip-hop music, and thought I’d try switching things up a bit. It started from me just chopping up some of my piano playing and pitching it down, and ended up forming into one of my favourite tunes. I asked my friend The Naked Eye to sing the main line for me, and she killed it! I owe a lot to her for lending her voice to the song, it glues everything together. For me this track was a bit of a turning point in my production. I started to care less about how complicated something had to be and more about the groove and feeling of a track. I’ve tried to keep this same mentality ever since, and hopefully it’s reflected in the tunes I release next.”
Jordan Rakei is always an instant win. As we’re approaching the release of his upcoming album Origin, here’s another taste of what’s ahead.
“Rolling into One” is definitely on the groovier / dance-y side of Jordan’s work and while it keeps scent of his signature sound, this one is definitely a change of pace. Origin is an album that is overtly inspired by dystopian visions of our future, with many of the album lyrics exploring technological growth and how it affects our sense of humanity. And, with “Rolling into One”, Jordan notes…
This song is about embracing the mentality of acceptance and perseverance. Things will continue to happen and we can only look at the bright side to remain sane through the rise of technology and artificially intelligent systems. I wanted the song to be sonically vibrant and colourful but maintain its darker lyrical theme of a dystopian future.
Origin will be released via our friends at Ninja Tune. Stay tuned for more!
If you love synth-driven disco electronics and/or the sound of acts like Todd Terje, then our next feature will make you move.
Since it’s Friday and we need some groove in our lives, Transistorcake’s “Ribbles” couldn’t have come in a better moment. The track is taken off Belgium’s producer 2019 EP Future Plans.
Sparkling, playful melodies glitter like snowflakes caught in the flash of a strobe light before a pulsing disco beat rockets the track into the stratosphere. In his own words the track is “an ode to spontaneity and dancing without braking. I pictured it being played by a live band next to a pool at an LA cocktail party in the ’80s”.
My personal favourite moment is when the vocals actually kick in. Disco ftw.