Nothing like a pained love song for your Sunday evening.
Lonely, echoing synths, tender, conflicted lyrics and lots of pensive looks out the window as I make my way from LA to San Diego.
LA songstress Elohim is back on the scene with a hot-and-heavy number in “Sensations”. Our #5 Artist To Watch in 2016, Elohim centers her latest song around having sex (and the sensations it elicits) on the carpet floor of her lover’s apartment.
Sorry if that ruins the metaphor, but we didn’t think it was too veiled. Warm synths, tasty vocals, and ever-present 80s influence make “Sensations” a strong addition to Elohim’s growing body of work.
Be on the lookout for her debut EP on 5/20.
Nu-Disco king, Oliver Nelson, drops another winner with his remix of Donald Glover’s “Sober”. At this point it’s formulaic. There should be no surprise. Whatever ON touches turns to gold.
Stumbled upon this baby in my SoundCloud feed. A diamond in the rough. A needle in the haystack. A cliché in a blog post. An endlessly catchy electro-R&B track laced with upbeat synths and delicious falsetto.
6 minutes of ILOVEMAKONNEN and Lil b the Based God is always a good thing.
On “can’t let it go” we see to both MCs glide over an infectious, minimalist beat, delivering one-liner after one-liner in this head-bob classic.
*All the DJs just turn up the bass, everybody go wild in the place.
*I see them trying to steal the flow.
Featured last October for their uber-chill house cut, “Into My Dream”, 3 Monkeyzz are back with a smooth remix of Years & Years’ “Shine”. Funky disco vibes, airy synths, and Olly Alexander’s voice are sure to brighten your mood.
If you couldn’t tell from the post (in)frequency, the past two months have been a bit crazy. No excuses for not sharing music, but, man.
In the interest of time, I’m skipping the personalized write-ups and going right to list form.
Top tracks, songs I’ve been listening to, music I consider good.
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
One of the older cuts on the list, but as good a jam as you’ll find in 2016. Mura Masa continues to leave his mark on the electronic game.
Tom Redwood – I’ve Fallen For You
Sweet sounds from Swedish artist Tom Redwood on his debut, “I’ve Fallen For You”. Electronica roots, smooth vibes, and gentle lyrics blend together to give “I’ve Fallen For You” some sneaky mass appeal.
Saux – LIWY
As long as Saux is coming up with infectious dance tracks like “LIWY”, disco will never be dead.
Indie & Electro-Pop
Wet – All The Ways (Branchez Remix)
This might be my favorite artist combo on the list. Heck, it might be my favorite track on the list. Branchez reworked Wet’s “I Don’t Wanna Be Your Girl” back in 2014 and delivered one of the year’s best remixes. The New York DJ goes back to the well here, taking on “All The Ways” and delivering another winner.
Nick Leng – Playing With Fire
Nick Leng returns with a beautiful, earnest piece of pop in “Playing With Fire”. Be ready for his debut EP Drivers later this year.
NVDES – The Other Side
LA collective NVDES are one of the first groups added to the hipster summer house party playlist thanks to the “The Other Side”.
Peter Bjorn and John – What You Talking About (RAC Mix)
RAC is at it again, taking indie-pop cuts and dolling them up with light, airy synths. This time, it’s Peter Bjorn and John’s “What You Talking About” gets the treatment.
AlunaGeorge – I Remember
AlunaGeorge follow up their dancehall banger with a downtempo bit of electro-pop in “I Remember”. Oh, yeah, and Flume produced it.
∆ U G U S T – S W O R D
The first track from London cinema-pop duo, ∆ U G U S T. Hints of Beach House, hints of LCD Soundsytem, and production from Charlie Hugall (Florence and the Machine, Halsey).
Tunji Ige – Bring Yo’ Friends
Tunji Ige released a major debut in Missed Calls earlier this month. Noah Breakfast worked on the beats. “On My Grind” blew up. Ige knocked it out the park. Suffice to say the PA product is on the up. The one track I can’t get off my speakers? “Bring Yo’ Friends”.
Luke Christopher – Changed Me
Dropped two days ago, Luke Christopher’s “Changed Me” is Hip-Hop slow jam gold. Woozy verses, muffled, crooning hooks, and downtempo R&B vibes make this a no-brainer for your mood-setting playlist.
Young Thug – With Them
You should get down with this slime shit.
A.CHAL – PSYCHO
Alejandro Chal resurfaces with “Psycho”. Tabbed as our #10 artist to watch this year, the Peruvian production wizard shows off his skill as he teeters on the edge of sanity in this R&B dream.
KAYTRANADA – Glowed Up feat. Anderson .Paak
Beat master KAYTRANADA teams up with music’s golden boy, Anderson .Paak, for a funky, jazzy, collab.
Charlotte Day Wilson – Work
“Work” was my first taste of Charlotte Day Wilson and wow. Impressed is an understatement. A voice to rule all voices. Unwavering soul-pop at its finest.
Bloodboy – Human Female
A melodic, entrancing debut from San Clemente surfer turned singer-songwriter, Bloodboy.
Ofelia K – Cinco
“Cinco” is the latest from #15 Artist to Watch, Ofelia K. Her decision to repeat 1-5 in Spanish no nos pareció muy creativa, pero bueno. The sound is still there y el talento es indiscutible — we couldn’t help but like it.
Gordi – Can We Work It Out
Nothing like an acoustic guitar and painfully catchy chorus to make a pop-track stick.
The Magician – SHY (feat. Brayton Bowman)
Wealth breeds wealth. Good Magician songs breed more good Magician songs. “SHY” is the latest.
The Aston Shuffle – Only 1 (feat. Nathaniel S Lewis)
Upbeat, funky, dance tune from Australian duo and Potion label affiliate The Aston Shuffle. Dance-ability = high.
Norwegian producer Gundelach wowed us a few months back with his debut, “Spiders”. Now the Oslo native is back with his second release, “Fjernsynet” — or television in English.
A rich piece of downtempo, electronic pop, “Fjernsynet” features synth-driven melodies, soft-crooning, and full, soulful vibes.
Excited to hear what else Gundelach has in store.
More spellbinding dance music from The Magician on Magic Tape 60.
Ran up the Rocky Steps to this baby the other day — If you’re looking for some energy, press play.
Gotta get that post frequency up. New gig has me traveling non-stop. Currently looking out at a gray Philadelphia skyline trying to think of what to share.
Snakehips and Anderson .Paak’s “Money On Me” is a good place to start. Though the track peaked a little over a week ago, its allure is still strong.
Crafty beatwork from the Brits and smooth sing-rapping from the .Paak man. “Money On Me” is a must listen.