10/22/14

Listen: Tkay Maidza - Switch Tape

Check out the dynamic debut mixtape from Zimbabwe-bred artist Tkay Maidza, featuring remixes, guest spots, and original tracks that span a multitude of genres. Track list after the jump. [via]


10/21/14

Listen: little cloud - "you"

Stockholm-based producer little cloud contributes a great track to Ryan Hemsworth's Secret Songs, a "by friends" project that has seriously been responsible for some of our favorite releases so far this year. With "you",  we are treated to an airy, inescapably weightless beat that rides varying levels with ease. The highs trade with the lows so harmoniously that the whole cut feels like a calm and steady inhale-exhale cycle.  In this way, the track does the artist's aptly-labeled moniker justice: "you" is on some beautifully engulfing, floating cloud tip. It is by no means little, though, as rolling drums and hi-hats kick in halfway through to create an impressively soaring composition. You can download "you" below for free.

"i used to write more than anything and this song is the closest ive come to making music that sounds like how i felt when i was writing. does that make sense?" -little cloud

10/20/14

Listen: Architecture In Tokyo - "MUTUAL (ft. YUNG BAE)"

Summer has been gone for a minute, but don't tell Detroit-based producer Architecture In Tokyo that. The artist's latest collaboration with YUNG BAE is a breezy, "nu-disco" tune that should've been occupying summer playlists a few months ago. It may be too late for that, but "MUTUAL" is still every-bit as vibrant and jammable regardless of seasonal context. Architecture In Tokyo's self-titled LP is coming soon via cassette on AMDISCS.

Listen: Redux - "Vibe"

Check out the short, piano-driven "Vibe" from the Parisian producer Redux. The track is aptly-named, with its smooth and permeating melody evoking images of late night solace. It only runs for two minutes, but it comes and goes with an effortless, quiet demeanor that we love. Download the track for free below.

10/16/14

Listen: MMONA - "Adrift"


Florida-based singer MMONA drops some lush vocals over a spaced out, mellow Pearl White beat. +1 for the Kingdom Hearts sample. "Adrift" is off Mmona's upcoming Basilica EP out November 1st.

Listen: LUH - "Unites"

It's been a minute since we've heard from WU LYF (now defunct) frontman Ellery James Roberts, but it appears there'll be some upcoming releases from the always-ambiguous figure. Today we have the first material under his adopted LUH moniker (Lost Under Heaven, another obscure acronym) in "Unites". The track is noticeably simpler than previous endeavors from the artist, yet it's held together by the same triumphant core attribute: Robert's agonizing croons blare through as clear as ever. This is larger-than-life, anthemic, and everything we could hope for in a post-WU LYF world. Ellery James Roberts describes it best:

"Unites is a simple song. A song of longing for balance in a world where we slump & grind to a senseless algoriddim of fractious complexity. A song for lovers, numbered by the placid plateau of conform-core modernity. The personal is political as never before, and all those that make the choice to step away sing Luvah's Song. I wrote this for you, for her, for every longing breath lost under heaven's refracted light. Are you ready to see this world open up before you?"



Listen: Lemonade - "Come Down Softly (et aliae remix)"

Et aliae's addition to the Cascine team is a naturally welcome one. The producer's rolling and lush sounds perfectly meld with the label's prominence of floating dream pop, and we'd honestly be disappointed if Cascine didn't pick her up. Et aliae remixed Lemonade's "Come Down Softly" as a coming-out of sorts, exemplifying an adept ability at bringing out the best in vocal tracks. The result is an impressive transformation of an already-danceable track into an even more budding and infectious tune. We can expect more vibrant production from the artist come spring of next year in her scheduled debut EP for Cascine. For now, check out/download the excellent rework below.


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