Photay – Reconstruct ft. Seafloor / No Sass [Woodstock, NY]

Electronic / Modern Jazz / Hip-Hop / Funk

New York producer Photay (Evan Shornstein) released his self-titled debut album about a year back (pick it up for free!) and was barely noticed. It was a compilation of the work he’s produced over the period of 2010-2012. Following a trip to West Africa, the album was heavily influenced by African natural sounds. Interesting as it was, it definitely put him on the radar for me.
So when he released No Sass I (with the internet) welcomed his new sonic palette of glitzy horns, staccato-ed beats resulting in equal parts jazz, hip-hop, funk and well, awesome.

His new self-titled album is due later this month on the 26th and from the sound of it (get it?), he’s definitely worked it out this time.

Fans of Aphex Twin, Tennyson, and Capital Cities will love his sound.
Show him some well-deserved love at this facebook and souncloud page.

 

 

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Rustie – Attak ft. Danny Brown [Glasgow, UK]

Electronic / Trap / Rap

Did you hear Side B (Dope Song) off of Danny Brown’s fantastic 2013 album Old? If no, go ahead and treat yourself. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. Wasn’t that great? Both as a song as well as an introduction to how  these two giants in their respective genres work together. Pleasant synthy intros lull you into thinking that you’re in for a luxurious pop song, until Danny’s killer flow comes in and completely stomps that idea out without remorse. Suddenly you’re hearing jittery drums coming in as jittery as machine gun fire and you’re trapped in the intensity of Danny Brown‘s words and Rustie‘s glitchy beat. They’re forgiving though, letting you up for a gasp of air when Attak retreats for a minute as it brings back the opening synth melody. It’s a trick that never fails though, as it’s actually just another build-up into the next pummeling drop. This track has got me all sorts of hyped for Rustie‘s next album Green Language, out August 26th via Warp.

Keep up with Rustie on facebook and twitter, and maybe Danny Brown as well.

Vampire Weekend – Step (Sylvstr x Ernst Remix) [Paris, FR]

Indie Rock / Instrumental / Electronic / Remixes

Modern Vampires of the City hands down my favourite album last year, winning a well-deserved Grammy. Step my favourite track off the album. Vampire Weekend definitely on top of all the indie rockers. Ezra Koenig possibly my biggest music man crush. (hush Xavier you’re safe.) SO yes, you can imagine the mentality I had diving into this remix. Scorn, that’s what. Snarling at the arrogance of even daring to alter such an incredible track. But that mentality sure faded away fast. Because, WOW. I would never dare say it lived to the original, but I’d say it’s paying decent homage. The Parisian electronic duo sure have drizzled some sweet piano sequences over the sugar coating that is Vampire Weekend.
For all the fans out there, trust me this one’s a goodie!

Get more mixes at their soundcloud here, it’s quite the treasure trove.

 

Secaina Hudson – I Ain’t With You [London, UK]

Future Garage / Electronic / Lounge

22 year old London based songwriter, producer Secaina Hudson is definitely not new to the scene. She’s done a fair bit of producing and writing, with the likes of MNEK and Jacob Banks (Atlantic Records). But that does not justify how impressive this track is.  Working with FRANKMUSIK she’s created a comfortable lounge-worthy sound that I find no difficulty playing as a new summer hit. Fans of Disclosure, Bondax or Duke Dumont should dive in with glee!

Don’t know about you but I’m just about ready to flip my hair and proclaim independence.

Check out her other refixes, remixes, and covers at her soundcloud, it’s pretty great.
Also spread some love at her fresh new facebook page and tell your friends about her, this is the sorta music to share.

Maxo x Jonathan – Nice Feelings [New York, US]

Synth / Electronic / Psychedelic 

The third track off Ryan Hemsworth’s SECRET SONGS soundcloud page, this one’s a banger. Imagine traveling through space while skilfully dodging neon lasers as they take out all the assholes around you. Yep, a nice feeling’s what it is. It seems somewhat in trend to have artist recommended pages this days, with Diplo Approved currently at over 24,000 followers. But again, the logic’s sound. If the artist makes good music, probably listens to good music too.
Ryan Hemsworth’s page however goes beyond that. It’s fully run by him, no publicists, no press, no lables, no blogs and no premieres. Just free bi-weekly downloads for his friends. That’s the kinda friendship we can work with (:
And up till now, the tunes have been phenomenal. Full-on whack.

If you’ve not been following (been outta the friendship circle) the first track by 17 year old Tennyson was quite a pleasure as well, just gonna pop it down here. Hold on for 1.53 onwards.
“hi hi hi! this a song about missing her, cold beaches, kittens, running hugs, calculus and fruit salad”
Please teach me how not to love this kid.
P.S. what were you doing at that age? Yea. I know, samesies ):

Make sure you’re part of the clique by following the soundcloud here.
Check out more George & Jonathan, Maxo, and Tennyson.