In lieu of Tom Krell's final 2014 shows, the artist has put out a previously unreleased track from his Total Loss sessions today (via LuckyMe). "Tomb For Anatole" is a heart wrenching song inline with How To Dress Well's cold 2012 LP, combining a slow melody with a trademark sorrowful vocal performance. It's hazy and clear all the same, and Krell always seems to emerge on top of his inner battles with a contrasting clarity. "Here's an old song from 2011-2012 that i always wanted to put out but could never find a place for. It's a sad song but i really love it." Listen to/download "Tomb For Anatole" below.
Lucian has quickly become one our favorite remixers. His slick use of spinning production styles immediately present in standouts works like his "TRNDSTTR" or "Armistice" re-ups show a lot of things to like from the producer, the first of which being his proficient use of synths without overwhelming listeners. With his latest, Lucian continues this pattern by transforming Tati Ana's crawling "Leave You" into an understated banger. Pitched vocals and separated pockets of synth "assaults" create a distinct and admirable piece, one that's inline with his best reworks. In fact, this may qualify as his best: his ability to let the track breathe–which we find to be the most appealing of his vast skill set–is at its height here. Stream the cut below, and download it for free here.
Los Angeles-based producer Shines takes on Caribou's menacing "Second Chance," the budding constant from the this year's Our Love LP, and manages a remarkable stand-alone rework. A detailed soundscape tempers the original's unsettling pitches with a clear focus that plays complimentary to Jessy Lanza's subdued vocal work. Although not as ominous, the cut retains the same underlying tempo efficiencies that steadily work to intrigue with its soundscape. Shines' acute attention to production is clear by the tracks end, and a suitably tight piece is left in a captivating and encircling fashion. You can stream/download the re-tune for free below, and cop the artist's debut self-titled EP via Color Station.
Rising San Francisco native Garren Langford has been making waves with his smooth R&B-influenced production outputs, and rightfully so: GARREN shows an incredibly swift ability to employ a mid-tempo and controlled beat work on nearly anything he touches. Unsurprisingly, his newest cut "Wanna Be There" is no exception. Wavering synths and pitched vocal samples collide in perfect unison, lending a weight to an open, breezy affair. The producer is perfectly content with emitting sunlit vibes and, if the result is always as fulfilling as this, there's nothing wrong with that. Stream/download the track below.
Paris-based producer Redux has released another jam today with his edit of Captpizza's "Day I Saw U", and we couldn't be any happier with the track. The beat maker puts his own spin on the already-vibing tune by adding much-welcomed tempo changes (although only slightly), dynamic production, and muted, pitched vocal samples that spin our heads. The piece crawls along impressively, surrounding listeners in mesmerizing soundscapes with an effortlessly hazy aura. It's impressively spacey, kick-back tracks like these that make Redux an artist to watch. Stream the track below and download it for free here.
This year in music hasn't necessarily been the most giving in regards to mainstay, resonating releases. As the number of widely accepted, critically acclaimed, and personally anticipated albums that failed to hold our interests mounted up, we constantly found ourselves a little let down as 2014 progressed. Accordingly, a number of releases we thought for sure would be on here a few months ago (The War On Drugs, Tycho, Isaiah Rashad, & more) didn't stick with us as much as we thought they would. With that being said, more than enough gems surfaced that sufficiently filled out our stereos, and some would most likely still top any list (Fear Of Men, Real Estate, SALES). That's the type of year 2014 has been: not without its ups and downs. Regardless, you can find the albums we've loved the most after the jump, as well as a 2-hour Spotify playlist from our favorites. Check back in a week for our completely ludicrous list of favorite songs.