The picture making reference to a tubular Tuesday is not a coincidence. Now that the weather is beautiful again, I felt it necessary to provide you with some feel-good tracks to bump on the beach. It should suprise no one, then, that I am starting this post off with a new track by Viceroy as it is his M.O. to craft songs that would be in the ideal soundtrack for an endless summer. For this release he is collaborating with another San Francisco disco duo you may know as WhiteNoize. Here is ‘Only Takes.’
Next we have the new track that BetatraXx released last week with Christina Perri entitled simply ‘Arms.’ Don’t let the simplicity of the name fool you though, this is more awesome work by Tim, and, living in LA, the man knows a little something about sunshine.
To round it out we have a recommendation by our friend Kreap, who is still awesome by the way. ‘Kind Grammar’ is a feel-good funky disco track from Rex The Tri∆ngle. Enjoy.
Madeon has been on (for him at least) a production tear recently. First Icarus, and now with this phenomenal remix of The Night Out by Martin Solveig, it’s clear that 2012 is going to be a HUGE year for Hugo. Having already notched his first Ultra, and with Coachella fast approaching, this child of ’94 is poised to take one of the top spots in the dance music scene before he even turns 18. Now a little more about the song: the bass is a little heavier than what is typical in his productions, but it’s definitely a sound I’d like to see more of from him as his style continues to evolve. My only regret is that I did not have this post ready before the weekend…
And he did.. I suppose we are a little late on the Steve Jobs memorial bandwagon, but in my humble opinion there can never be enough praise for a person who encourages you to pursue what you love. His passion and drive led him to micromanage at times, but it also led him to create computing tools that were unbelievably useful, beautiful, and completely attune to the user experience. I was just glad to see that countless people around the world came out to show their love for a man that revolutionized the way we all interact with and consume media. Unfortunately this is all we could do to repay him.
Luckily there was a talented producer (AzRmusic) was able to stitch together sounds from Apple products with Steve’s 2005 Commencement address to create a song that is nearly as beautiful and inspiring as the devices those sounds came from.
I love to use SoundCloud to find new music, but if there is one thing I hate about it, it’s when artists spam the shit out of me in the hopes that I’ll listen to their music and start following them. If you do that then you should stop. When I get 10 requests in my inbox to listen to your songs do you want to know what I do? I delete them all without blinking and go on living my life. The reason I hate it so much is because 99.9% of the time your music is terrible which is why I’ve almost entirely stopped even listening to it. However, Isco may have single-handedly changed my mind about being sent music on SC. He didn’t send me a million requests that encompassed all his songs (and this is possibly because he only has one). What he did do however was send me one request to listen to one of his songs. I decided to give it a listen, and, for once, I was not disappointed. This fresh face to the music scene just absolutely killed it with his first production! Isco’s style is a perfect blend of disco funk and synth-pop. We should all be hoping that Midnight is just the first surprise of a long line of amazing japanese dance bombs being dropped on unsuspecting U.S. listeners. (still too soon?)
It’s very clear L’Étranger’s music’s sole purpose is to make you dance. Preferably like Mac or Charlie. Or like this…
Ben Thomas is a UK resident who has more than a little respect for the culture coming from across the Channel. Taking his name from a Camus novel and wearing his french house influences on his sleeve, L’Étranger has cultivated a style that sounds much more mature than a 17 year old should be capable of. Without further ado here is the music.
His most recent track is this remix for the German producers Les Loups entitled ‘Side to Side’. (and I would suggest scrolling back up to the pictures while you listen to the music)
For those of you who have not noticed the subtle shift in weather (i.e. our friends in California), Fall is all but upon us. When you live in an area that routinely gets hammered by snow and wind, then you truly appreciate anything you can do to make yourself feel warmer whilst strolling down the sidewalk. I assume that this Autumn, like every other, is ramping up to turn frigid with a swiftness, and as such I will be dedicating each of my posts to songs that will help thaw you from the inside out…
I will begin with my two favorite songs off of the Marble Players newest EP ‘Marble Summer’. Obviously this post is slightly behind schedule but I figured what could warm you up more than music designed for the summer? For those of you who have not yet heard of Marble Players, it is a three-man group consisting of Surkin, Para One, and Bobmo who formed their own label together after their previous label was disbanded.
This first track is very laid back track that doesn’t have a ton of variation, but it’s perfect for the kind of thought-stimulation I look for in music trying to distract me from my current situation.
The second track is a little more what you’d expect out of these three. Still very chill, but definitely a lot more going on as far as song structure and instrumentation (plus there is a nice bass accent which is always appreciated here in funkytown).
And now something that should make you feel all warm inside before you even hear the song. ’96 Bulls re-edit of Wolfgang. It’s like Jordan pulling up from the top of the key: you know it’s gunna be good.
If only because that means I have been amassing scores of new music that is finally ready to desecrate your ossicular chains. Eardrums be damned! Now in order to fit everything I will have to forego my customary style of verbose rambling and instead write a very succinct blurb about each artist (and I’m sure you are all devastated).
LE YOUTH: Le Youth (aka Wes James) is a LA based producer/DJ whose penchant for creating feel-good disco is just another demonstration of how the youth is taking over…
Les Loups: In search of smooth disco/funk sound, Les Loups realized that a 3-piece suits them best. This German trio hailing from Hannover has captivated me recently with a style that can always put a smile on my face.
DJ EQ: I know very little about this producer other than the fact that he makes amazing music. I believe he is based out of Philly which would make sense as that city has recently been displaying its ability to churn out great artists across the broad spectrum of music.
Alexandre Louvré: (Warning: Not from France) The name might throw you a little, but this 19 year old from Mexico City definitely appreciates the “French touch” and demonstrates this understanding in every one of his songs.
D-Funk: A Sydney-based producer/DJ, D-Funk has been around for years, toured all over the world, and released well over 50 tracks. With more and more quality music coming from down-under, I have a feeling like Mr. Masters will soon be receiving the credit he deserves.
The Digital Monkey: Matthew Johnson has been making music for close to a year now and has carved out a niche in the category of progressive electro-house. Hopefully we’ll see more from this UK-based producer in the coming months.
Icy Lions: This American duo has accomplished something I thought impossible: finishing a quality EP while each member lives on an opposite side of the country. So from SF to Atlanta, then straight to your speakers, comes this heavily-electro influenced sound. Also get the ‘Girls & Mustaches’ EP for free while you can! (http://www.mediafire.com/?x3de3f3di58jcd2) (160 kbps)
The Clave: The Brazilians have Electro figured out. That much is clear. The Clave have decided to take this knowledge then blend it with dubstep and fidget to create a hard-hitting style that is similar, but ultimately unique when compared to other Brazilian artists.
A.Skillz: From the moment I heard his remix of California Soul, I knew that Adam Mills was the man. It doesn’t hurt that this Londoner also works often with the Funkytown supported Nick Thayer, so do yourself a favor and check out their collaborations.