One-half of Cologne-based house duo JTRP (a group who has frequently appeared on T. Williams’ Deep Teknologi imprint) Jorge Takei has released records of his own via Suruba and Kolorit which have slipped largely under the radar. “Aretha (Vocal Mix)” is one such production; initially made for a well-known white-label series, the sample-heavy track is now being offered up here for exclusive download. The edit of—you guessed it—an Aretha Franklin song, draws ample inspiration from the current wave of UK producers who are keen to explore the intersections of house, bass, and R&B—utilizing a slick low-end-oriented pulse to underpin the edit’s classic, hands-in-the-air vocal sample.
Viewers of the new video for “C O O L” (directed by Renata Raksha) who know their 90s music will likely pick up on the influence of a number of cultural touchstones from the time: chart-topping crossover club acts like Technotronic and Black Box, house divas like Robin S. and CeCe Peniston, and R&B icons like Aaliyah and Ginuwine, as well as a visual sensibility that evokes Herb Ritts in his role as video director to the decade’s biggest pop superstars. It’s got retro style while maintaining completely contemporary feel that’s free from gimmicks and offers stylishly relaxed relief from the ongoing onslaught of dayglo-tinged dubstep.
Le Youth’s handed the Ben Pearce remix last week. Sorry for the delay…get it below!
London-based six piece Sheen have unveiled their debut release ‘Lovelust’, available immediately as a free download.
First premiered this week on Artrocker.tv, ‘Lovelust’ was recorded and mixed with Samantha Bennett (Boy Kill Boy, The Horrors) and mastered by Grammy nominated producer Mandy Parnell (Animal Collective, PJ Harvey, Bjork) in Black Saloon Studios. This will be the first track ahead of their first official single release later this year.
Echoing elements of The Smiths by mixing a Morrissey-esque jaunty gloom with light and delicate guitar work, ‘Lovelust’ offers a refreshing contrast between lead singer Aneta Wrzos’s sultry voice against the youthful carefree nostalgia of a track that has arrived just in time for summer.
IS TROPICAL have been busy learning some important musical lessons: namely, that 100mph craziness isn’t necessarily all you need to make a record. ‘I’m Leaving’ marks itself out as a distinct progression from its predecessor. Produced by seasoned pro and friend of the band Luke Smith (Depeche Mode, Foals), ‘Dancing Anymore’ features a duet between Gary and his girlfriend – one of many tracks on the record that, again for the first time, feature a female vocal (the rest are provided by Crystal Fighters’ singer Ellie Fletcher).
ISTROPICAL – Dancing Anymore (Spectral Park Remix) | DOWNLOAD
Back in April, IS TROPICAL decided they wanted to be one of the first bands to play in Mongolia. They headed over there and took NOISEY with them to report on their amazing trip. Here is the first part of the documentary which resulted from it. Watch that and stream their new album after the jump…
Today Australian singer/songwriter Owl Eyes shares Goldroom’s remix to an album cut of ‘Jewels & Sapphires’, the stunning yet simple closing track on her debut album ‘Nightswim’. Goldroom’s remix is a dreamy design to the deep tropical house persuasion that when paired with Owl Eyes’ effortlessly light vocals sends the track soaring. Though she’s only 22, Owl Eyes has already been featured on triple j’s Hottest 100 for the track ‘Raiders’ and her cover of Foster The People’s ‘Pumped Up Kicks’.
Owl Eyes also recently released the official video for ‘Closure’. You can watch it after the jump…
Come on Progeny is probably the most conventional and well-rounded song on the album “Passive Control”. The track’s vocalist and co-writer is the formerly unpublished German singer Charlotte Brandi.
It is a beautifully and richly arranged song, a timeless and utopian composition that reached its final form in roughly twelve years. The idea and the very first version goes back to 2000, when Yonder was still in his teens. Over the years the track was ditched and picked up by him at least ten times, something was never right. Originally it was meant to be instrumental, but on a rainy summer afternoon Charlotte and Yonder gave a try to a vocal version. The vocals worked so well, that they kept it.
Download Classixx’s summer anthem “All You’re Waiting For”. The bouncy tune featuring Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem is free via iTunes Single of the Week. Their debut album Hanging Gardens is out now!
Classixx Feat. Nancy Whang – All You’re Waiting For | DOWNLOAD