Within a short period of time, Seattle-based production duo Odesza have made quite a noticeable impression in the electronic music scene. The duo, consisting of producers Catacombkid (a.k.a. Harrison Mills) and BeachesBeaches (a.k.a. Clayton Knight), combined their respective styles and vision into crafting a project that truly speaks to and inspires the bedroom producer culture. With the release of their debut full-length album Summer’s Gone and its subsequent well-deserved warm reception last summer, Odesza continues to effortlessly build a loyal following for the project. The duo recently played a set here in Vancouver in support of Seattle’s Beat Connection and we took the opportunity to chat with Harrison and Clayton about their musical endeavors. Check out our interview with the duo below.
CHARLES MURDOCH - NO LUNGS
Here we go again. Brisbane-based producer and blog favorite (or maybe obsession is more truthful) Charles Murdoch gives us another round of immaculate production chops in his newest single “No Lungs”. It takes a rather specific skill set in order to simultaneously weave together a feeling that emotes a calming warmth in the presence of a blissful chill, or a bright vitality within a somnolent state—this track accomplishes just that. You can find the track on Charles Murdoch’s forthcoming debut EP set to drop in July via Sydney-based label Future Classic.
MP3: Charles Murdoch - No Lungs
Previously: [MP3] Charles Murdoch - “Shaper”
KOUBEN - PASSION
Birmingham’s Kouben (a.k.a. Daniel Wilkinson) recently dropped his 4-track EP CLOUDS and here’s one of the tracks, “Passion”, to showcase the 20 year-old producer’s precision of smooth sounds. Chilled, hip-hop beats caresses the track and treads through a haze of twinkling electronic bliss and subtle vocal samples. You can pick up this track and the rest of the EP over at Bandcamp through the “name-your-price” method.
MP3: Kouben - Passion
ZEN MANTRA - FOSSILS
Christchurch’s Zen Mantra (a.k.a. Sam Perry) returns with a bright new track entitled “Fossils”. The new single hangs on catchy hooks and a beach pop disposition while retaining much of the fuzz-driven, grungy punk elements first heard in his previous releases.You can find the track off of debut forthcoming album How Many Padmes Hum via Stroll On Records and Crash Symbols on June 10th.
Stream: Zen Mantra - Fossils
Previously: [Stream] Zen Mantra - “Change”
GIRAFFAGE - MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH YOU
In case you’ve missed this one, although we doubt it, here’s Giraffage’s reimagining of the classic 90s dance track “Music Sounds Better With you” by Stardust. The San Francisco native updates the original by adding his signature electronic touch, keeping only the main lyrics looping throughout the piece. A modern take on an old classic as they say, and we have to say, this one does it much justice. You can grab the track over at Soundcloud.
Also, just a quick reminder that Giraffage will be gracing our city in Vancouver with a show alongside friends Mister Lies, Noble Oak and 8PRN on June 25th at Fortune Sound Club so be sure to check out the show if you’re in the area. Event details here.
MP3: Giraffage - Music Sounds Better With You
Previously: [Stream] Giraffage - “Close to Me”
Hearing Gold is excited to sponsor this incredible lineup featuring blog favorites Giraffage and Mister Lies alongside friends Noble Oak and 8PRN June 25th at Fortune Sound Club.
*Limited $10 early bird tickets are available online here.
*$15 advance tickets available at Highlife, Zulu, Red Cat, Beatstreet and online here.
Please visit the Facebook event page for more details. We hope to see you there!
PREMIERE: BLISS CLUB - “ISABEAU”
Here’s the gorgeous video for “Isabeau” from Vancouver-based outfit Bliss Club (a.k.a. Ian Johnston of Shaky Snakes alongside Sarah Common). The video, made by the talented Sarah Keeling, visually transcribes the track with a brimming galaxy of dreamy, pastel colors. You can grab the track over at Bliss Club’s soundcloud and be sure to keep an eye out for more from the duo as more dreamy magic is said to be in store.
DIFFERENT SLEEP - GET AHEAD
Here’s the absolutely stunning new track from Chicago-based producer Different Sleep (a.k.a. Rafael Alvarez) called “Get Ahead”. This dreamy production is lightly placed under a gauzy mask of clean hip-hop beats and melodic vocal sample leads with a soothing r&b lean. The blissful atmosphere that results is entirely cathartic to the soul. You can grab the gorgeous track over at Soundcloud.
MP3: Different Sleep - Get Ahead
PREMIERE: FXXXYBLNT - WINDOW WATER BABY MOVING
Here’s the debut track “Window Water Baby Moving” from up-and-coming producer FXXXYBLNT. The Manila-based producer seems to have immaculate production skills right off the bat. With this track, the producer effortlessly takes simple snippets of vocal samples and lays them across a backdrop of dripping beat work and a soothing soundscape. Its clean, clear-cut demeanor should not be confused with lack of creative complexity; its simple arrangements indeed reflect that of a well thought-out production. This track will be appearing on the producer’s upcoming debut EP, so be sure to keep an eye out for that. In the meantime, grab the track over at Bandcamp.
MP3: FXXXYBLNT - Window Water Baby Moving
SISTER CRYSTALS - FOR SO LONG
Here’s a delightful piece from Sister Crystals (a.k.a. Lauren Whitacre and Colin Croom) called “For So Long”. The psychedelic dream-pop duo, based out of Chicago, just finished recording their debut self-titled LP and hit us up with this track as the first single off their album. The hazy, psychedelic trance of the distorted guitar fuzz compliments perfectly with the enchantingly sweet vocals heard in the track—a captivating first taste of their debut effort. The track will be appearing on their self-titled album set to drop in May via Walk-In Records and Feeltrip Records. In the meantime, you can grab the track over at Bandcamp.
MP3: Sister Crystals - For So Long