First impression of Smallpools is this strange single cover. But don’t let that throw you off; Smallpools’ sound is anything but frightening or scary. “Dreaming” is a relentless piece of pop that recalls Passion Pit’s early days and is quite the uplifting Sunday track.
Josef Salvat’s soul-searching, dark sultry pop song “Hustler,” definitely has an understated production with a contrasting soaring hook and now has an equally matched dark sultry video. Following the song’s lyrics about a “hustler’s pain,” the video flashed through clips of Salvat contemplating his terrible ways in the shower with ever more striking, weird images.
“Her Favorite Song” from Mayer Hawthorne featuring guest vocals from one of the hottest artists out right now, Jessie Ware, and production by Oak of Pop & Oak ( Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Drake, Nicki Minaj) combine to make a great track. It’s got this new feeling yet slightly dated and even a catchy chorus. But something about this feels, unfortunately, a little soulless aside from the Jessie contribution. Even the concept feels outdated, but surely be loved by fans and perfectly palatable to anyone who hits play, it’s hard to imagine it being anyone’s favorite song though.
Cosmo Sheldrake latest track “The Fly” has many different layers of coolness, a funky rhythm that sounds like it could of been the child theme song from Game of Thrones and the Boondocks mixed together, and lyrics that are taken from a William Blake poem called “The Fly.” The finished product sounds a bit weird but nonetheless refreshingly different.
Makes me proud to be Canadian when I hear these awesome bands hailing from Canada. Some of my favorite bands come from Canada’s biggest cities. Such as but not limited to Arcade Fire from Montreal and The Zolas from Vancouver. Today I got my first dose of Royal Canoe the six piece group from Winnipeg, Manitoba. This song definitely reflects the cities drastic seasonal changes. Check out their re-mastered and re-mixed track “Bathtubs” a gem of jangly keys and anthemic harmonies that are fully supported by psychedelic strings and guitar riffs which releases on their full-length record, Today We’re Believers will be out June 25 on Roll Call Records.
Here’s an awesome RAC remix to ensure that your Sunday goes in the right direction. Taking “Trying To Be Cool,” a fresh hot new one from Phoenix that appears on their latest LP, Bankrupt!, the remix collective infuses their signature funk into the original for a smooth, fun result. Listen to and download the remix of “Trying To Be Cool” below.
The xx made this beautiful slightly depressing track for the upcoming release of Jay-Z’s curated soundtrack to The Great Gatsby. The soundtrack comes out May 7 and will also feature Lana Del Rey, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, Fergie, Q-Tip, Gotye, and plenty of other big names that you can expect any time Hov gets involved with a project. “Together” doesn’t stray too far from The xx’s usual moody and minimal style.
Here’s another prime example how Nicolas Jaar is a master of remixes. He turns Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute” into a spacious atmospheric ballad that is perfect for that rainy day cruise.
My first impression is damn here’s the first remix of many of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”, but after listening to this remix it’s pretty amazing, not just a copy but a whole new version. This weekend London’s Daughter visited the BBC Radio One Live Lounge and took on Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” What was once danceable, funky, and full of life is now brooding, moody, and surprisingly still pretty great, in its own way. Listen below.
The first time I spotted Cashmere Cat’s remix of Miguel’s “Do You…” cover photo I was immediately enticed to press play. A beautiful cat being shown off is so cute. What’s cutter is how this soong transforms a dozen different ways, each keeping you locked in a gaze. But even cutter is how call Khal responded, “That blurb is easy: ‘sex.’” Once you hit the play button, you’ll understand how this five-minute long remix can be reduced to just one word. It’s a slow, torturous game of seduction that you will undoubtedly lose.”