Chaz?! Chaz who? Chaz Bundick, more commonly known as Toro Y Moi. Right.
A jump from the more colourful and polished electronics that we are used to, Chaz offers up a homely feel with his latest experimental offering. Cosy knitted guitars swing around the repetitive melody and feel somewhat…well, unfinished. That aside, Chaz’s side project sounds as American as apple pie, which is a departure from his worldly eclectic sounds that we have grown to love. However, no despair, Sides of Chaz feels like it is exactly that – a side project.
‘Sweet Tea’ alongside another unreleased track – “Take My Car” will be available to buy on vinyl next week.
Ben Khan keeps the goods coming with his latest single, ‘Savage’. The track’s mysterious lyrics are congealed by some ominous digital effects, encompassing a pleasing R&B aesthetic. Khan’s eloquent vocals pervade through skittering synths, snazzy guitar riffs and a wobbly, horn-like effect whilst keeping a smooth, melodically contorted vibe. It’s his most experimental track to date, and I’m loving it.
Newly announced BBC Sound of 2014 nominee and Disclosure collaborator Sam Smith shares with us his debut solo single, ‘Money On My Mind.’ With Two Inch Punch once again on production duties. The pair craft a catchy pop song that sees Smith fully coming into his own. ‘Money On My Mind’ is due for release on 16th February.
In the midst of recent holiday season celebrations, the main man JT acquires a few verses from some of his (other) favourite rappers, J Cole, A$AP Rocky and Pusha T to bless the TKO remix.
After a successful comeback year which has seen JT release two albums, this latest remix seals just how much everyone loves to support him – after all the hits do keep rolling. The three MC’s that are linked together on the Timberland produced beat take the opportunity to address their own agendas too, in particular J Cole, who ceases the moment to address the Kendrick Lamar verse on ‘Control’. Yeah. That… Again.
Get into it below.
Since 2012 we’ve been slipping in Tinashe related posts, be it features or remixes made by some of our favourite producers - now we feature her in own right.
The LA songstress quietly unleashed a 13 track tape smothered in R&B grooves, washed down with an original 90′s essence. Featuring past collaborators, the Tinashe tape brings forth production from Ryan Hemsworth and the ever popular Pop synth leader Dev Hynes (Blood Orange). For those that haven’t been convinced before now, this may the turning point. Her sultry subtleness and classic feel song structure may feel warmly familiar. The newly signed RCA singer looks like she is here to stay. Better get to listening.
Don’t be put off by the track title, Blue Daisy has always been on the extreme side of the spectrum. Once known as Unknown Shapes and popular for a track entitled ‘Used To Give A FK’ (You see what I mean right?), we have always appreciated the boundaries Blue Daisy has quietly been adamant to push over the years.
‘Psychotic Love’ is rugged, sinister even. Portraying a creepy love via the dark and haunting drum rolls and menacing background vocals. His words are chilling in all the right places, yet endearing…no? Just me? Either way get stuck into what the North Londoner is creating below.
PMR’s latest signee, Dornik returns with the infectiously energetic ‘Rebound’, a track that’ll have out of your seat and dancing in seconds. Those glossy musings we adored in his debut single ‘Something About You‘ are elevated by a lively, fast-paced beat. Whilst skittering synths accompany the cascading instrumentation along with those sultry harmonies to recreate that 80′s disco vibe. Listen to ‘Rebound’ below, and keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for more from this UK crooner.
An entire season has passed since the ever so poppy ‘Samurai‘ hit the blogosphere, courtesy of Florida synth-pop trio X priest X. ’Dark Sun’, their latest song, sees the tides change, as the trio revert to that 80′s electro-pop vibe. The track is propelled by an abundance of synths which immerse lead singer, Madeline Priest’s sugary, perfectly harmonised cooing to a dreamy, carefree aesthetic. Expect these guys to become more than just internet favourites, check out the cut below.
Australian producer/vocalist THE VIBES (who used to go by the name Margiela Madman) keeps the goods coming as he returns with the ethereal ‘Untitled (Demo) Part 1′. The jazzy number dazzles with its cheery instrumentation as soft twinkling chimes are joined by those clouded, hazy vocals we fell in love with in his previous tracks, whilst an underlying, skipping beat binds everything together. Peep the track below and get into it.
Formally known as Tev’n Kennedy, now rebranded as Tev’n, the North Londoner returns with his new track and he is packing a new sound to boot. Since growing out of his old ways, Tev’n is favouring a subtle R&B palette with electronic undertones. Well that’s at least what ‘Rose Petal’ is providing sonically. Purposefully disjointed in places with a jerky 2-steppy beat coupled with an endearingly authentic hiss bedding the track makes it feel similar to playing one of your favourite vinyl records. Tev’n is clearly driven by making timeless classic music and it will be interesting to hear future efforts from his comforting, wholesome tones.