Vandelux. You’re probably familiar with the name if you’ve visited my site before. I’m always up for a new Vandelux song and this one is no different. But it is actually different than the vocal-driven songs Vandelux has been making recently, which are stellar in their own right. Baka is an instrumental VIBE, plain and simple. Booming bass and chanted vocals are laced into a beat that packs a ton of pop – a combo that creates an excellent upbeat energy. Plus, there’s a fiery horn section towards the end that takes command of the track and launches it full speed towards the summer sun. Get in on the action over at Vandelux’s Soundcloud or Spotify and check out Baka below.
Introducing greyhat, an electronic artist coming to you live from the pine tree state, aka Maine. His new remix of The 1975 is absolutely stunning; an intricate reworking of “The Birthday Party” that’s warm and wistful and everything an indie rock remix should be. Greyhat gets glitchy and weird with chopped vocals, speedy drum patterns, and layers of trippy effects. Elements from the original are warped and remolded in exciting ways, creating a fresh new sound that I can’t get enough of.
Dance duo The Knocks deliver an upbeat, summery jam with their new song, “R U HIGH.” I’m hooked on this one right now and Mallrat‘s vocals are my favorite part. She’s got a cool voice and a unique delivery, and she sounds amazing alongside The Knock’s energizing production style.
Don’t look now but there are some new guys on the scene. This reworking of Justice Beaver’s “2 Much” is the very first thing Portland based duo SUNDRESS have released and it’s a lot of fun. I’m digging the smooth house style with pretty piano melodies, and the change up towards the end of the song is really really cool. SUNDRESS could be in for big things, so follow them on Soundcloud to stay up to date.
Brand new electronic group Emu Creek mesmerize with their debut song, “Time I Feel.” I’d say I’m anxiously awaiting their next song, but the first one has me feeling way too relaxed to worry about it. “Time I Feel” is a progressive house tune that gracefully evolves—ultimately hitting a peak around 3-minutes-in when warm waves of angelic vocals crash into the mix. After an introduction this impressive, I’m really looking forward to hearing what’s next from these guys.
Bay Area producer Luxage is an artist who needs to be on your music radar asap. His sound is clean, confident, and incredibly catchy—especially for work that usually skews toward the instrumental side of things. His latest song, “bluffs,” is vibrant and full of good energy, with shimmering instrumentation, a bouncy bass line, and heavenly vocal chops. It’s a terrific example of Luxage’s style, so if you’re feeling it as much as I am, checking out his Spotify and Soundcloud will be well worth your time.
Knxwledge + Khruangbin = 💙 The best of both styles ooze together in this collaborative reworking of “Dearest Alfred.” Knxwledge’s hazy samples and instrumentation cruise alongside Laura Lee’s airy vocals, creating a pleasantly repetitive groove. The effect is warm and hypnotic, which is everything you’d hope to hear from a pairing like this.
Genre defying and experimental, the new project from Villager, aka Alex Young, pushes all the right buttons. VILLAGER TAPE VOL. 1 is an eclectic 43-minute mix I can only describe as a sonic explosion of electronic, hip hop, ambient, trap, and house music. And truthfully, that description barely scratches the surface when it comes to the slew of influences found here. It’s such a trip to listen to all the way through, and it feels like a momentous release akin to Flume’s 2019, Hi This Is Flume Mixtape. High praise. Listen to the full mix below, along with a few of my favorite tracks; unique flips of Juice WRLD, Travis Scott, and Kanye West.
CharlestheFirst‘s deep and experimental bass music always delivers. His new album SOLUS was one of my most anticipated projects of the year, so naturally it’s been on repeat for me since it’s release last Friday. It’s a visceral 13-song journey that begs to be listened to late at night on your best pair of headphones. Dive in and experience the singular sound of CharlestheFirst.