Kygo is a 21 year old producer from Bergen, Norway. In this remix of “Let Her Go” he takes the vocals from Passenger’s hit single and adds his own dose of refreshing deep-house to produce an uplifting, chill track. Definitely make space for it as you’re preparing your summer playlists. I’m still puzzled as to how Kygo hasn’t made bigger waves in the electronic music scene yet. The guy has has serious talent. Check him out on Facebook, as well as Soundcloud to hear more of his work (available for free download as well).
I’m embarrassed to admit that my ears are just being introduced to the musical creations of Oona Garthwaite and Dave Tweedie. Fate had them meet in Oakland, CA back in 2009 and together they formed Oona. Their latest EP Flying At The Sun consists of six juicy songs, my personal favorite being “Kaleidoscope”. It’s one of those tunes that when in public you’ll keep your cool listening to it, but behind closed doors it will compel your body to do its own little dance. Your speakers will be oozing with retro-pop sounds, colorful guitar chords and the commanding sound of Oona’s voice. You might even sense a hint of nicotine because it’s just that addicting. Stream Flying At The Sun on Spotify and check out Soundcloud to download their song “Weather” for free.
Oh and one more thing… each song is packed with a contagious amount of energy so the best way to listen is with the speakers cranked up to maximum volume. Sorry neighbors, can’t turn down this gem.
Few artists have been on a hot streak like Disclosure–a British duo made up of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence. Over the last year, the group has released a multitude of deep house bangers that has brought the pair to the forefront of the EDM world. “When A Fire Starts To Burn” is another impressive, funky addition to Disclosure’s portfolio of exceptional productions, and it’s also a teaser off their debut album Settle scheduled to be released this summer on June 3rd. The full-length release will feature plenty of unreleased content as well as a selection of singles such as “Latch”, “You & Me” and “White Noise”. You can pre-order the album through Disclosure’s website or iTunes.
Emily Wolfe, hailing from Austin, TX released the EP Mechanical Hands today. Following her first album, Director’s Notes, Emily has expanded so much in such a short time. “White Collar Whiskey” is my favorite track on Mechanical Hands with it’s lovely falsetto and build from a chill, acoustic song to something heavier than we are used to hearing from the young band. Having seen them perform live, I can’t recommend them enough to new listeners. With the new EP out, I’ll definitely be catching them live again to check out these tracks! Mechanical Hands is the first of two EP’s out this year; the second is due in September. You can check out all of Emily Wolfe’s tracks on their Soundcloud.
I had the pleasure of seeing The Underachievers in concert a couple months ago, back when I was only familiar with their major tracks such as “Herb Shuttlers.” I now follow the group religiously and was ecstatic when I saw this release from the evolving rap duo. The Underachievers, which consists of MC’s Issa Dash and AK, work closely with rising artists such as The Flatbush Zombies and Joey Bada$$ but flew solo on this single. More than anything, I love the duo’s ability to bring it back to the old school roots of hip hop on a track like this- nothing beats complex rhyme schemes strategically laid over a simplistic beat. Both Issa Dash and AK spit similar sounding styles on this instrumental, creating a smooth flowing vibe as one intricate verse transitions into the next. “May’s Patience” will leave you wanting more from these Brooklyn bad boys, so check out The Underachievers on Facebook after listening the track.
I’m a sucker for pitched down vocals. It can turn amazing vocals into amaazziinngg vocals. WMNSTUDIES seem to have mastered this technique. In their latest remix they turn a baby-making classic by Usher into a sexy, summer dance anthem. Although slowing down the vocals, the Canadian natives add plenty of tropical vibes to make this track perfect for your next pool party club night extravaganza. Check out more remixes by these guys on their Soundcloud profile and grab the free download of this track on their Facebook page!
Laura Mvula, I serendipitously heard the voice behind this name only a few days ago, but apparently she has already garnered many adoring reviews from across the pond. Not another loud-piped British singer, you say? I wouldn’t fret, Laura is certainly different, just listen to the single “Green Garden” from her debut album Sing to the Moon. Although it is difficult to gauge her expansive talent from just one song, “Green Garden” demonstrably showcases Laura’s knack for orchestration of styles. There is soul and there is dance. The music has width and depth, a sense of space.
The rest of the album, Sing to the Moon, is also quite fantastic and refreshing, especially the opener, “Like the Morning Dew”. However, I must confess. I think there is a lack of risk in the whole album it is very much saturated with rich harmonies. Of course, you should listen and decide that for yourself. Look Laura Mvula up on and her Soundcloud and her official website.
Hey, I love promoting unknown talent when I can, and this catchy beat is hitting the sweet spot. DJWattz is a self-made EDM artist who is proving himself. While his biggest hit thus far has been his beat sampling in KV’s No Love (also worth checking out, along with Panama) , DJWattz is showing that, hey, amateurs can do it too. This song makes me wanna hit the road in a convertible in a summertime-y way, so grab a download of his track and check out the rest of his Soundcloud while you’re at it.
Canadian rockers The Years is the perfect band for when you’re in need of a lighter blend of indie rock, and their debut EP Red Wine and Clarity is quite the introduction for the new and growing band. Although it is short and sweet, the key focus seems to be the impressive vocals over lighter instrumentals, which creates a perfect harmony that isn’t to overwhelming for the listening ear. Grab the rest of their EP, and do not miss their amaaaazing cover of Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ ft. Mikky Ekko here.
This month, Lissie gives us a taste of her new sound in “Shameless,” her first single since her debut album Catching A Tiger, released back in 2010. “Shameless” will have you rockin’ out no matter where you are, in the car, at the beach, or in your bedroom. It’s also a great addition to any summer playlist.