After seeing the video of Pharrell’s awesome reaction to Maggie Rogers’ song “Alaska”, I absolutely had to hear what else the talented Maryland based singer had out there. There’s plenty of quality material on Maggie’s SoundCloud—most of which is very folky—but this remix by Felix Snow really hit home for me. Felix is easily one of my current favorites and his reworking of Maggie’s “Resonant Body” is superb – even though it was released over three years ago! Enjoy.
In honor of the long weekend, here’s the thirteenth installment of our Weekend Chill mix.
NY based producer Lucian has an EP right around the corner and he’s been dropping off some killer tracks to ramp up to it’s release. The latest is a smokey banger called “Infrared,” which finds the talented producer’s crystalline future bass production paired with the sultry vocals of LA’s Jordan Corey. Pitched samples, sharp string sections, and a larger-than-life beat collide to form an absolutely stunning track. Grab a free download and check out more tunes from both Lucian and Jordan Corey on SoundCloud.
Detroit based singer/songwriter Josh Tobias is back with his newest release, “Still Want Me”, a stirring dark pop/R&B original that features a much more ominous feel than his previous single “Beachside Lover“. Written, produced and performed by JT himself, this compelling new number represents a different side of Josh Tobias as an artist. Straying from the 80s Funk sound that he’s cornered with his previous releases, JT went with a dimmer Weeknd-esk direction for the track — a notable risk but successful showcase of versatility.
One of the most prominent forefathers of modern instrumental electronic music is back with “The Mountain Will Fall” — a beautifully textured song that builds upon itself and unfolds into an uplifting slice of electronic goodness. DJ Shadow will be releasing his first full length album since 2011, also titled The Mountain Will Fall, on June 24th via Mass Appeal Records. And with guest features such as Run The Jewels and Nils Frahm, this one is going to be well worth a preorder.
Producers Norman Doray and Anevo enlist the help of vocalist Lia Marie Johnson for this brand new original, and the results are stunning. “Falling For You” is a chilled out electronic affair that balances stirring pop vocals with mesmerizing production to create a truly beautiful and well balanced song. This one will be available for download on April 18 via Spinnin’ Records.
The main man Vandelux is back with another heater — this time mixing two titans together to create a swinging dance track that hits hard in all the right places. Who would’ve thought that Biggie‘s “Going Back To Cali” and Louis Armstrong‘s “Go Down Moses” would work so well together? Grab a free download and check out more from Vandelux on SoundCloud.
When you hear a good song you know it, yes? Annabel Jones‘ “IOU” caught the ear of listeners and producers alike, with several beatsmiths leaping at the chance to remix the budding pop star’s single. Airia‘s rendition stands among the best, with delicate piano work and sweeping synths propelling Annabel’s voice to new heights. Check out the original song here, and head to Airia’s SoundCloud for more good tunes.
After a handful of excellent singles, Gramatik‘s highly anticipated new album, Epigram, finally dropped yesterday via Lowtemp and it’s safe to say that it very much lives up to the hype. Comprised of ten solid tracks, Gramatik delivers a cohesive album that embodies the sound he’s known for. One of my personal favorites is the Russ Liquid assisted finale, “Anima Mundi.” The song’s ominous intro gives way to layers of beautiful instrumentation and a chilled out beat that drives the track forever forward. It’s a fitting conclusion to another great project from Gramatik. You can stream and download Epigram in it’s entirety on SoundCloud.
New Jersey based beatsmith Chuck Sutton has a SoundCloud chocked full of cool beats, but his latest stands out as some of his best work to date. “4feebs” is an energetic collage of samples, synths, and bass — all of which revolve around a tightly crafted beat that’ll have you nodding your head in no time. Snag a free download and show Chuck some love on SoundCloud.