It was only a few days ago that I learned of s e s h and wrote about “drowning in the deep”… That track certainly caught my attention, but this one… well this one officially won me over. “shoots and ladders” reminds me of Shlohmo in his prime. And Shlohmo is one of my all-time favorites, so please please please understand me when I say that I’m serious about this. The way the this song develops, and the emotional weight it carries, is absolutely intense. Read More
Tagged as “Daytime Disco” on SoundCloud, this tune by Jeffrey Paradise — one half of groovy disco duo Poolside — delivers breezy summer vibes that make this beautiful fall weather feel even better. Layers of warm synths, plodding percussion, and funky guitar work weave together to form a truly delightful instrumental track. I don’t think I’ll be able to help having this one on repeat for the rest of the week. Read More
Ready? Probably not. SBOY, French producer and member of The Hash Clique, dropped this ice cold instrumental a few days ago and it’s gonna shake you. Shake you to the soul. The low end in this song is crazy. I don’t know much about the collective but they’ve got something good going on. Check SBOY’s SoundCloud and you’ll find a slew of heavy remixes and ridiculous beats, but be warned: it’s not for the feint of heart. Read More
Kicking off the lovely (and free) Chillhop Essentials’ Fall 2016 compilation is a stunning instrumental by California’s Aric Ogle, aka Aso. “Seasons” is a piano driven beat that’s so damn beautiful, I’m convinced it has the power to bring about peace on earth—at least for a day or two. Give it a listen, check out more from Aso, and download the entire compilation for free. Read More
Production duo X&G switch the style up with their freshly released new single “IDIO.” On the surface it’s a bouncy and easily digestible instrumental, but upon closer (and louder) inspection, the intricate little details completely steal the show. Tasteful layers of samples, sounds, and effects are used to add some real depth. I’m really digging the way these guys switched things up while still holding true to their experimental ways.
The collaborative project between rapper Anderson Paak and beatsmith Knxwledge is a match made in heaven. Together they are NxWorries, and their second single “Get Bigger” spotlights the strengths of both artists. Knxwledge’s dusty, laid back production and Anderson Paak’s raspy, soulful vocals beautifully collide in one of the best hip hop songs I’ve heard in quite a while.
A talented producer by the name of Sesh recently released the excellent seshions EP, which quickly won me over. It kicks off with “drowning in the deep,” a vocal sample centric instrumental that takes subtle twists and turns throughout it’s vibe-drenched duration. I’m loving this guy’s sound so far and can’t wait to hear what comes next.
Experimental Portland producer Eastghost has been one of my favorite artists for a while now, mostly because everything he drops seems to push the very boundaries of electronic music. He recently stated that he’s been “juggling inspiration to write many different styles of electronic music lately, especially so in the way of making huge, club-ready bass tracks that people can play in their sets,” and his latest song “The Apologist” absolutely delivers. A dark and melodic opening eventually gives way to waves of grinding bass and thunderous drums, taking the song from eerie to explosive in a matter of minutes.
Introducing Guard, a Melbourne based vocalist and new member of Felix Snow’s EFFESS collective. Guard is off to a killer start with his first song, “Raincoats,” which features softly crooned vocals, haunting production from Felix Snow, and a truly melancholic vibe. I absolutely love this one, so it’s safe to say that Guard will be on my radar from here on out. Follow him on SoundCloud and stay tuned for more.
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.