Kraak & Smaak may seriously take the title for album of the year from us. The guys released ‘Pleasure Centre’ almost a month ago to the date and it hasn’t stopped playing since we hit the play button. It’s not often you get an album that’s back to back hits like this one. The album features an array of collaborations with vocalists across the spectrum but each is masterful, in not only retaining Kraak & Smaak’s vision, but in showing off their own flavor, and it’s all melded so perfectly. One of the stand out tracks is definitely “Sommeron” which displays the sort of laid -back-cool you’re eternally chasing. Check out the track for the hook, but entire album is an absolute music.
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After a brief hiatus, we’re back to our regular programming. To kick things off, we’re shinning the spotlight on the debut album from Douze which dropped this past Friday. The new release from the Parisian producer is far from the first time hypnotized us (you can check out our premiere for his collab with Magnus “Out of My Head” here). This time, with just 8 tracks he’s managed to keep us enthralled from beginning to end. The standouts for us are “Remains” and “Red Led” which you can stream below, but you want to take the whole thing for a ride. We promise it’s work the effort.
Excuse us while we thoroughly enjoy this remix of Felix Cartal‘s “Over It.” The original showed up a couple months back and he just shared this “sunset mix” he did for the track a few days ago. Dare we say we’re enjoying it more than the original? The vocals are pitched down, the tempo and bass are given a boost and there’s these gorgeous pad progressions that have us weak at the knees. It’s uplifting, expansive, emotive and deep just the way we like it. He even made a rad video to accompany this version with behind-the-scenes footage from the “Over It” music video. More after the jump!
Holy Ghost! just dropped a new music video for their track “Heaven Knows What.” It’s lifted off their latest album, ‘Work,’ and it’s a total late night mood. It combines sultry melodies, dreamy vocals and sexy guitar licks. Like the video, the song carries this air of romantic melancholia. The video is a first person point of view with the main character reciting the lyrics with a pensive stare reminiscing on years gone by. Check it out after the jump!
Get ready to fall hard for this dreamy new single from Satin Jackets and Panama. They join creative forces to bring us this blissed out anthem called “Electric Blue.” It’s an instant classic for us. The melody and vocals melt in your ear and all you want to do is drive around at night with the top down and this track on repeat. Or also a brisk evening bike ride with headphones on full blast sounds like a great to enjoy this gem. We’re swooning over the hints of disco and melancholia. “Electric Blue” is out everywhere via Eskimo Recordings.
Alan Braxe is back with a promise of new music and more interaction on his social media pages. There’s a new EP brewing and slated for a Fall release. It’s called ‘The Ascent’ and he recently shared the first track off the EP simply called “Words.” It kicks off with beautiful synth chord progressions and then these ethereal harmonized vocals chime in to give it that extra bit of effervescence. The vocals hit like a spoken word filtered through a text-to-speech program. It’s uplifting and a great way to welcome the Fall season. Really looking forward to this EP!
Leave it to Final DJs to keep summer vibes going steady well into the second month of Fall. His latest single is a funky, sunny anthem sure to keep you warm into the winter months. As for the back story behind the song, Sebatsian appropriately tells us, “I am back with another funky sunlight driven voyage. It was a sunny day in spring when I was sitting in a bar. People passed by and [everyone] was in good mood. The sunlight touched my face and I had that melody in my mind. Later in the studio, I worked out more and more of the theme and ‘Feel The Heat’ was born.” The track is now available everywhere via Soave Records. Be sure to take it for a spin below. Continue Reading →
We’ve been following Zimmer‘s musical journey for quite some time now and the entire Roche Musique crew too. In between putting out EP’s, singles and mixes a lot of his energy has been funneled into this stellar self-titled debut album. He’s been working on this gem for a little over two years taking his time in really delivering a bold and experimental evolution to his sound that feels very organic. Here’s a bit on the album in his own words:
“I took my time to write the best music I could, free from constraints. I explored sound, played with ideas, arrangements, instruments, chords, grooves. Making music has never felt so free.
I tried to explore the two polar opposites that attract me : dreamy, slow, atmospheric music, and intense, warehouse techno.”
It’s great to see someone approaching their art in this way, not afraid to take risks. And everything he mentions is included in this album. We have those lighter, atmospheric moments with tracks like “Rey” and “Landing,” heavier warehouse cuts like “Techno Disco” and those moments where the two sides are bridged together in songs like ”Mayans” and “Make It Happen.” He definitely accomplished what he set out to do and then some. Big ups to Roche Musique and Zimmer for putting out this gem! The album is out now and you can grab it here. And you can also get a taste of the album after the jump.
Chicago duo DRAMA is the latest to join the Ghostly International family and they’ve already dropped their first single with the imprint. The project is made up of Na’el Shehade and Via Rosa who bring their sultry blend of dark and passionate R&B and dance. “Hold On“ is the gorgeous new single that showcases their sound beautifully. Stunning vocals, strong bassline and cascading synths melt in your ear and you’re left with the decision to sit back and enjoy or get up and dance.
Neal Anand’s new track “Orchid” is a special one. Following the release of his solo debut, Akasha, earlier this year, the New York City by way of California producer has tapped into dreamy ambient patterns and uplifting notes that will leave feeling a little more nostalgic than you were.
We’re delighted because this is the sort of emotively cinematic track we wanted to welcome the fall with. Hang up your dancing shoes for a while and let this track take you away for a while. The track is now available everywhere via Anand’s own Pineal Labs. With the label, he “seeks to focus on relaxing and healing music, including ambient, solo-piano and binaural beats,” and that’s definitely something we can get behind. Dive in below.