Both Lux Natura and Tobias excel when it comes to organic and relaxing instrumental music, so a collaboration between the two makes perfect sense. This type of music creates a calming mental image for me every time I listen. Am I at my desk right now or am I laying on a bed of soft pine needles in the forest? Take a listen; “Through the Pines” feels like a stream of warm water trickling through your mind.
Anticipation continues to build for Conrank’s NOT WITHOUT EP… I’m impressed with how he’s pulling off such unique and exciting sounds here. Frantic spanish guitar riffs are interrupted by churning bass and fluttering synth beeps; elements that really have no business being together, but Conrank pulls it off and makes it work to great effect.
Check out another song from the EP here: Conrank – Turn It Around
I haven’t seen Fifty Shades of Grey yet, but I have had the pleasure of listening to the soundtrack. With original contributions from big name artists like The Weeknd, Sia, Jessie Ware, and Ellie Goulding, it’s worth checking out.
“Love Me Like You Do” is the type of smart and sweet pop music that we love from Ellie– and it’s the perfect piece for a quality remix. Airia got his hands on an acapella and crafted the rest of this dazzling rendition from scratch. Soft keys and bouncy synths build on each other, but never overpower, keeping Ellie’s beautiful voice front and center. Love it.
Check out the brand new Short Stories EP from Soulection‘s hottest artist, Sam Gellaitry. Sam continuously keeps you on your toes, always conjuring up creative new sounds. He does it again on this EP with soaring synths, boisterous bass, and traces of trap, all wrapped up in a cohesive and digestible package. It’s one of the better projects I’ve heard so far this year.
My favorite track is “To Earth and Back”, but you can stream the rest below.
With sly production and added hip-hop curiosities, this reworking is a genre-swapping change of gears. Boasting cut-time croons and sweeping synthesizers, Mura Masa, “the 17-year-old beat-slayer, heartbreaker,” injects a soulful take on the gloomy English desperation of the original. This remix provides a new skin as well as inflated coolness to Aquilo’s solid lyricism.
The prominence of the chillwave genre may have been short lived, but that didn’t hold back BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD’s evolution as a musician. He has surged forward as an electronic artist that stands apart; and his latest release “Dissolve” continues to push. This airy instrumental feels like chasing after a setting sun, soaring over top a sea of clouds. BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD is forever fly.
An ease into Tove Lo’s delicate vocals, complimented with the simple snapping of fingers, Gryffin’s reinvention of this promiscuous tune into a refreshing blend of echoed vocals and a turned up tempo for the electric lovers to drool over. Adding an equally fantastic instrumental break down that puts his alternative pop vibe into a fan favorite. Gryffin’s growing productions and remixes continue to blossom and are certainly something to look forward to as an upcoming artist of 2015.
Super charged with her recognizable additions, TOKiMONSTA takes this pop-tronic dance beat to her usual level of amazing. A triumph of fun and fast tempo female-centric vocals; she keeps the integrity of the song strong and brings down the house party with the build up of sound and vibrating synth riffs that makes listeners ask themselves, where does this disco?
There has been a steady flow of #leftover beats popping up on Djemba Djemba’s Soundcloud tonight and a lot of them are gems. Seriously, if these songs are all “leftovers”, I can’t wait to hear the next official release. One of my favorites from the collection is the Mr. Carmack assisted “DARKERNATURE”. Both of these guys are huge, and it’s always a treat when they collaborate.
Check out more highlights below.