Archive | June 2013

Smith Westerns – Idol

I seriously think I found the perfect song to set the summer mood. One of three songs released prior to the release of their latest album Soft Will, indie rock quartet Smith Westerns’ “Idol” is a prime example of the down-to-earth sound you can come to expect from the Chicago-bred band. Lead singer Chad Omori’s mellow vocals float smoothly over some very laid-back instrumentation to give the song a warm summery feel that makes the track seem like the perfect background song for the climax of a long road trip or a relaxing day on the beach. Check it out and be sure to give the rest of their amazing new album Soft Will a listen as well.

 

Foals – My Number

It’s been a while since I’ve come across a good indie band that managed to catch my ear. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to come across British quintet Foals not too long after their most recent album Holy Fire dropped back in February. The 2nd single off the album“My Number” is an eclectic blend of light funk and rock.  Smooth transitions in the song’s instrumentation keep you engaged throughout as lead-singer Yaddis Philippakis sings of being a rebel to society because it doesn’t “have his lover’s touch.” Give it a listen and you’ll see what I mean.

Duck Sauce – It’s You

How could you not love Duck Sauce? Bringing the goofy, funky vibes as only they can, the duo comprised of DJs A-Trak and Armand Van Helden bring us yet another groovy jam to dance to in the form of “It’s You.” Featuring a Mo-Town song sample over an infectious house beat filled with some goofy noises, it’s an incredibly fun song that serves as a sure reminder that Quack is back. Give it a listen below and be on the lookout for the track’s official release on June 25th.

Daft Punk – Lose Yourself to Dance (feat. Pharrell Williams) (SIMØNE Remix)

Maybe it’s just because of my love of all things funk, but I actually REALLY liked the new Daft Punk album. So when a well-done even FUNKIER version of one of the more funky tracks from Random Access Memories comes out, you can bet your bottom dollar that I’m going to post about it!

Courtesy of Spanish DJ SIMØNE, the mellow funk jam “Lose Yourself to Dance” gets remade in the nu-disco mold as the Barcelona-based musician speeds up the BPM and applies his own personal touch of sound to the track. It’s certainly more energetic than the original and it’s sure to bring the type of festive energy that your weekend needs. Give it a listen and download the track below.

Axwell – Center of the Universe (feat. Magnus Carlsson) (Remode)

Swedish House Mafia may have broken up, but that hardly seems like such a bad thing if Axwell’s latest single is any indication. Currently sitting atop Beatport‘s Top 10, the Remode version of “Center of the Universe” is a monster of a track that’s sure to inject life into any dance floor. Piano chords, bass, and a tasteful arrangement of synths are seamlessly blended together in the form of an energizer-bunny-like beat of 129 BPM that absolutely does not let the energy die down. Oh yeah, and Magnus Carlsson’s pipes are pretty awesome too! Check out the track below.

Zedd – Clarity (feat. Foxes) (Vally Remix)

Considering the massive amount of radio play it’s gotten in the last few months, Zedd’s “Clarity” is a tune you’re probably familiar with by now. What you may not be familiar with is Canadian producer Vally’s awesome remix of it. Taking the minimalist approach in his rework of the popular EDM tune, the talented 20-year old strips the track of its electro elements and instead employs the use of elongated synths and running percussion to give the track a more mellow and relaxed vibe. Give it a listen and download the track here.

Disclosure – Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar)

Stop and think for a second: what was it like the last time you truly lived in a moment? What were you thinking about (if anything at all) during that particular time? Were you so overwhelmed with joy that you felt the need to express yourself across all your social media accounts? Was there an absolutely amazing vibe going on?  While the answers to such questions are likely to vary from person to person, I like to think that the best moments are the ones we fully immerse ourselves in – the ones where our minds aren’t anywhere else, but the moment at hand.

Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind” helps to evoke that feeling of surrender to the present. One of the more mellow songs to come from the talented UK duo, it’s a song that’s a trip in itself as spacey synths and futuristic sounds (along with London Grammar’s sultry vocals) help free you of any & all thoughts; thereby allowing you to simply feel the music. Give it a listen and be sure to check out the rest of their wonderful debut album Settle as well.

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