NJ/NY’s The New Lines have a new EP called Witches’ Milk and “La Réciprocité” is a wonderful taste of the new album. Washes of dreamy psychedelia circa 1960s pour over every discernible corner of their new single, courtesy of a melange of effervescent elements that provide a hypnotic drifting space while effortlessly smooth vocals provide notions of spellbinding magic. You can find this stunning track on their new EP which is available on limited edition cassette via Moon Glyph.
Poor Spirits just released the beautiful Forever Cruising, a 10-track wonder of synth-heavy jams with inspiring messages of posi-vibes. Cloaked under layers of electronic effects and modulated vocals however, is a painful honesty that yearns for comfort and security. Personal hardships aside, this album reminds you of no bad days and offers itself as a place of blissful solace. Check out the stunning track “Untitled..” and grab the full album download here. Worry about tomorrow when it gets here.
Casa Del Mirto has recently given Class Actress' “Weekend” the remix treatment, adding his italo-pop and dreamwave touch to the track and highlighting Elizabeth Harper's already blissful vocals. It's a rather exceptional remix if we ever did see one. You can grab this down below or via Carpark Records' Soundcloud. The original track by Class Actress is off of Rapprocher out now on Carpark Records. Also be sure to check out Casa Del Mirto's double album The Nature via mashhh! Records.
GPSYMTH is the relatively unknown project who released their humble two-track EP Craft back in September. The project is apparently fronted by Peter Thomas who hit us up recently and we’re more than glad that he did. Beautiful airy dreampop exudes out of this project, with “Hamilton” seemingly suspended in air, floating eternally with gentle cascades while poignant synth riffs and ethereal vocal harmonies guide you by the hand. “The Cat On The Porch” is equally as heavenly with its dreamy soundscape made up of soft synth hums that bounce in and out, faint guitar melodies and stunning weightless vocals. You can grab these tracks from GPSYMTH's breathtaking EP via Bandcamp.
We found the track “Mystery Vibe” through Nashville’s Abstract Cannon who informed us that he is currently working on a split EP titled Sequences/Melting Sitcoms with Nick Torres. They already have two completed tracks thus far, one of which includes the aforementioned ultra smooth number “Mystery Vibe” with all its sampled and hip-hop beat glory. The split release will be out sometime in December. In the meantime, you can peep and grab both new tracks via Bandcamp.
Allston’s McWolf (a.k.a. Wellington Netto of ABADABAD and Rodeo Church) is a music school graduate who definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to churning out catchy lo-fi pop tunes. Point in case, the track “Feel It Out” immediately grabs your attention from the get-go with nifty guitar riffs and infectious synth progressions, while chorus hooks with the titled lyrics “I’m gonna feel it out”, seal the deal. Full of refreshing youthful optimism, we can definitely say we’re feeling this track. “Feel It Out” is part of the eponymous 4-track EP available via Bandcamp. (Via GITNB)
Vancouver’s own Noble Oak just dropped “Skyrunner” which is yet another incredibly blissful electronic opus. The just-turned 20-year-old is increasingly becoming one of our favorite local producers and it’s easy to see why. His new track takes its sweet time in building an absolutely dreamy soundscape for you to slip into while syncopated beats keep things interesting. Subtly skewed samples also provide a colorful background for those excellent vocal melodies that come in midway. You can find this track additionally added to his No Bloke EP which is available over at Bandcamp.
Loving the sounds of the mysterious beatmaker known as Ruins, we felt inclined to inform everyone of his latest EP/mixtape called Beat Tape 1. The 5-track album extensively fuses hip-hop beats with chilled soundscapes and more often than not, there’s a use of samples with a noticeably chilled ’70s soul-funk influence. Even though each track runs short in duration, they pack enough punch to make a noticeable impression. Check out “Youth” and grab the rest of the EP over at Bandcamp.
In case you missed Yalls' new jam “Vapid Glitch Vow” yesterday, here it is again. While we were extremely busy, Dan Casey dropped this new monster of a track that further proves his unparalleled skills as a producer of a distinct aesthetic. The colorful blending of elements including glitched-out samples and creative beatwork lay the groundwork for this soul/funk-infused electronic wonder and it’s definitely another banger to add to his arsenal of past hits. You can find this track alongside the extended 12” mix “Watch Vivid Glop” via Crash Symbols.
Montreal’s Paula (a.k.a. David Carriere of TOPS) just released Relaxed Fit, his excellent debut solo album. The 8-track wonder touches on a myriad of influential eras including ’70s punk and psychedelia, ’80s synth-pop and ’90s hip-hop beats. The synthesis of these distinct sounds will not negate coherence as long as a plethora of addictive pop hooks run through them and impressively, they do, even with its dynamic range of vocal stylings and electronic effects. If that’s not a rather astounding feat, we don’t know what is.
Be sure to check out instant favorites “Even If It’s True” and “Susan and Linda” on the album which you can grab in its entirety via Arbutus Records' imprint Movie Star.
While we’ve never heard much about Quiet Kids which is a McAllen, Texas-based project fronted by Andy Pena before, we can safely say that their new track “The War” is one that will move you both emotionally and physically. Blown away by the depth of concept encased in honest lyricism, you can’t help but slowly sway to its veracious perspicacity. Be sure to keep an eye on this project as there’s no telling what bigger things will come from them in the near future. Even though there’s no downloads for this track available as of yet, it’s still highly recommended for streaming here or via Soundcloud.
"Egyptian Wrinkle" is the brand new single from Boy Friend (a.k.a. Christa Palazzolo and Sarah Brown of former band Sleep ∞ Over), another dreamily dark lo-fi cut from them. This track is off of their forthcoming debut full-length Egyptian Wrinkle set to drop on italian label Hell, Yes! on February 6th.
Denmark’s Athletes (a.k.a. Mathias Andersen) takes jangly guitar pop to the next level. “Fall Apart” is the newest jam from him and it’s a lo-fi beauty with just the right amount of echo and reverb to satisfy. In addition to those languid vocals, you can definitely hear more of that hazy dreamscape aesthetic in here and again, we’re suckers for that. You can grab this stunning track via Bandcamp alongside his other singles which are great for your fall/winter playlist.
Houston’s Damon Nash just released his Interim EP a few days ago and it’s definitely worth a listen. The new EP is a 5-track journey that explores the blending of electronic synths and modulated samples with smooth southern rap/hip-hop beats. The spectrum of discernible vibes on this EP range from brightly energetic to smoothly chill without engaging incoherence. Be sure to check out our favorites “Billy” and “Lost in Translation” from the excellent EP over at Bandcamp.
Portland’s The Bear And The Sea released his new jam “Wistful Algae Break” and it’s indisputably his best one yet. Crushed beats, hypnotic layered synths and smooth deep bass lines make for an extra chilled experience. You can find this track off of his upcoming split EP with another one of our favorite Nueva Forma artists A Gap Between. In the meantime you can grab this track down below or via Soundcloud.
Toronto’s Hollow Pigeons (a.k.a. Ryan Dela Cruz) released his Birthdays EP not too long ago and it’s a noticeably ingenuous 4-track embodiment of his current youthful perspicacity on growing up and life in general. You can almost hear the purity in the self expressions of yearnings, joys, and hopes in the lightness of the tracks on the album. You can only expect to hear bigger and better things from this young 15 year-old producer in the near future. Be sure to check out “You(th)” and grab the rest of his new EP via Bandcamp.
Our friends Mirror Kisses release their new split album Dance Decree/Light Hearted today and it’s a split with its member George Clanton and his alternative moniker Kid’s Garden, a shoegaze/indie rock project. According to George, the collection of songs that appear on this album were ones written a few years ago under a different chapter of his songwriting. Like the track “We’ll Keep Living (On and On)”, ’80s synthpop exerted an enormous amount of influence on the direction that Dance Decree would take. Since then, he’s felt that his writing with both projects has grown more creatively and sees this release as a sendoff to an old chapter and the welcoming of a new.
While the two projects are seemingly different in sound, they do happen to tie together nicely on this split release with George’s vocals staying consistent. You can grab their new split album, with Mirror Kisses on the A-side and Kid’s Garden on the reverse, as a digital download or on limited edition vinyl over at their Bandcamp. You can also view the video for “We’ll Keep Living (On and On)” here.
Vancouver’s own Noble Oak is pretty incredible. Just released last week was his EP No Bloke (clever) which is a 5-track ambient electronic album that is entirely chilled and beat-led. A common theme on this EP is the use of chopped and skewed vocal samples on top of absolutely dreamy, layered synth soundscapes and robust, steady beats. Check out the amazing cut “Saturday Aphelion” and grab the rest of the EP over at Bandcamp. Big ups Vancouver.
Philadelphia’s Tours is the new project of Dylan Sieh, an electronic musician making some heavily chilled beats with an array of synths and samples. He just released his EP Stay which is a 4-track embodiment of electronic adventures. “Tough Lately” is the one track that stood out from the EP for us as it’s pretty mindblowing how awesome those modulated vocal samples sound on top of such a chilled synth and beat background. You can grab this track down below or via Soundcloud and the rest of the EP over at Bandcamp.
LA’s Fantasy Island is the new project of Alex Jacob and Spencer Frazen. The duo recently released their debut track “Avenue” a couple of days ago and it’s definitely one of the more unique pop tunes to appear in our inbox. If anything, the track, with its upbeat pop demeanor and unique vocals, is a reflection of their new moniker. There’s a distinct atmosphere here that doesn’t seem to be congruent with any mundane sense of time or place here, rather this sense of time and place is located in a comical and animated fantasy world.
Bringing things back to reality though, with the subject matter it actually sounds like the soundtrack to a comical confrontation and heartbreak between romantic partners, but hey, that’s just us. Either way, it’s going to be very interesting to see what this duo comes up with next so be sure to keep up with them and grab this track down below or via Soundcloud.
Toronto’s Tearjerker just released their new album Rare and it’s one of the biggest and best treasure boxes full of fuzzy shoegaze gems you’ll ever find. The 9-track album stays consistent with its dreamy, lo-fi shoegaze approach and it’s done to absolute perfection. The way the fuzzy guitars accompany those impish and distinctly boyish vocals is nothing short of amazing as its hazy reverbed trails haunt the surrounding atmosphere with its heartbreaking somber undertones. Be sure to check out the dreamily delicate lullaby “Dark” down below and grab the rest of the stunning album over at Bandcamp.
KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS - OUR OWN DREAM (BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD REMIX)
A beautiful remix from Blackbird Blackbird for Keep Shelly In Athens' “Our Own Dream” just dropped. The rework awakens the original track from its cinematic and dreamy roots by giving it a robust dance beat and a backing synth riff to match. You can grab this new remix down below and find the original track off of Keep Shelly In Athens' new 12” EP Our Own Dream via Forest Family.
Rumbling bass lines never sounded so good in “Quilts” by Gracie and Steffaloo. In case you missed this, this would be Gracie's first collaborative effort and who better to it with than the lovely seasoned collaboration queen Steffaloo. This track is an impressively produced chop suey of Steffaloo's pitch-shifted vocal samples, an array of electronic effects, and running guitar riffs that all float above that super catchy rumbling bass line. Be sure to grab this excellent track down below and keep an eye out for Gracie's forthcoming Treehouse EP set to drop via Small Plates Records.
Manchester’s InkShips appears to be a relative newcomer to the blogosphere of music, with only a Soundcloud account and a Tumblr blog to start with (and just added a Facebook page). Matt McMahon is the man behind the moniker, making light, catchy and playful electronic pop numbers with a certain warm analog aesthetic running throughout them. We’re glad he decided to hit us up with his new track “Cassettes” because it’s simply incredible.
Definitely keep your eyes on InkShips as there’s no doubting that greater things are soon to come from him and you can take our word for it. In fact, we’re thinking of throwing it in the gold status collection…yep, just did. You can grab his debut track “Cassettes” down below; we’ve only played it 57 times already since its upload a day ago.
Oregon’sDreamsvrfer (a.k.a. Dylan Howe) just released his new EP NEW Cursive which includes the beautiful lo-fi gem “Empty Bottle”. Steady beats lead the way into catchy guitar-led melodies while distanced, unaffecting vocals hover just subtly above everything. An execution of a hazy and dreamily sluggish atmosphere is the finished product and we’re suckers for stuff like that. Take a good listen for yourself and grab the rest of the lovely 5-track EP via Sewage Tapes' Bandcamp.
Happy Trendy (a.k.a. Dylan Khotin-Foote) is back with “January 6”, the first cut off of his upcoming EP Die Young. Premiered yesterday via BIRP, “January 6” is nestled between contrasting realms of a light and dreamy pop atmosphere, courtesy of its almost stripped-down production, and a rather sharply raw and sincere demeanor in the vocal duet with Rachel Levy. Talk of abandoning an old life and entering into a new one is all rather heartbreaking actually and we wouldn’t want it any other way. The 5-track EP will be out November 20th via Orchid Tapes. In the meantime grab this beautiful new track down below and catch the wonderful promo video for the EP here.
Vancouver’s Shaky Snakes teams up with Pullman’s Andreanna for “Yr in the Sky”, a devastatingly dreamy serenade made under the conditions of heavy rain and snow. If you’re living in Pullman, in Vancouver like us, or wherever else with a relatively cold and wet weather system, somehow listening to this beautiful track makes the tumultuous weather seem serene, comforting, and even more beautiful. It most likely has something to do with the heavenly nature of the duet and the dreamy soundscapes that ring like a soothing nighttime lullaby. You can grab this gorgeous new track down below or via Soundcloud. Go on, bring on more of that rain and snow.
How appropriate for Slow Magic to dish out “☾” for the magical moment that is today on 11/11/11. A very lush and dreamy soundscape marks this once in a century happenstance where day, month, and year lineup with the lucky ‘11’ numerical combination in addition to a looming full moon. This is also the song to soundtrack magical adventures upon a lunar landscape, making wishes set to a lullaby of the moon. You can grab this beautiful new track down below or via Soundcloud.
Beautiful new collaboration between Ohio’s Monster Rally & RUMTUM, “Raindrops” is the first track shared with us and it just might be the most delightful thing to fall out of a collaborative effort. Samples are effectively cut and diced and are smoothly caressed in the dreamiest tropical garden context, creating the most infectious and playful pop gem to ever grace your ears. The full-length MR&RT will be dropping on February 7th of next year via our favorite Waaga Recordswhere you can now pre-order the album. In the meantime, you can grab this stunning new track down below. (Premiered by yvynyl)
Fellow Vancouverite coast/field (a.k.a. Nick MacDonald) is a recent discovery of ours and boy, are we glad we decided to check him out. While he told us that all the tracks up on Soundcloud are merely short demos, they’re representations of the sound he’ll be working towards and they’re impressive enough anyway that they may as well be the real thing. There, you’ll find some of the dreamiest cuts and the chillest beats which he terms as ‘discopop’. More impressively, he says he’s only started making electronic music this past summer.
When he finally has the time to put out some ‘official’ releases though, you can bet we’ll be stoked to share it with everyone here. In the meantime, check out the super chopped and skewed, disco-funk infused track “Intermission” and grab it down below or via Soundcloud.
Germany’s Essáy collaborates with Bristols’ Stumbleine with “Rhiannon”. If this pairing isn’t what a dream team looks like, then we don’t know what is. It’s highly improbable that any other pairing will produce the same level of staggering sublimity. The two top producers in the game come together to create a lush, breathtaking soundscape of euphoric synths led by chilled beats and alluring vocal samples familiar in Stumbleine's body of work. There's a reason why all the downloads are used up on Soundcloud, but don't worry, we've got your back with a free download down below.
OLIVER TANK - WHAT HAVE I BECOME (FLASH FOREST REMIX)
Taking Oliver Tank's already great track “What Have I become”, fellow Australian Flash Forest reinterprets the track by cutting and chopping the original version and weaving overlapping ambient sounds that maintains, if not adds to the rich texture of sounds found in the original. Grab the original track “What Have I Become” and scope some other tracks by Oliver Tank over at Soundcloud. Also be sure to check out Flash Forest's other tunes over at Soundcloud as well.
King Krule (a.k.a. Archy Marshall) finally drops his debut eponymous EP and we’re more ecstatic than he is, most likely. Ever since he made his debut as Zoo Kid a while back with “Out Getting Ribs”, we couldn’t wait for future official releases from him. It’s hard to believe that he’s 17 and making music beyond his years, pushing the boundaries between genres that can’t always be easy to pin down. These influences diverge from jazz and blues to indie rock and garage pop. It’s really no doubt the precocious youngster will continue to build an impressive portfolio of legendary records. Be sure to check out “The Noose of Jah City” and stream and purchase the excellent EP over at True Panther Records.
Washed Out's track resurfaces again, this time with Clams Casino's remix of “Amor Fati”. In addition to pitch-shifted vocals, it's almost a complete deconstruction of the original track's light and upbeat pop sensibilities which are replaced by a brooding fog of heavier, deeper and darker layers of robust synth melodies. It's definitely an interesting rework so be sure to grab it down below and find the original track off of Washed Out's recent LP Within and Without via Sub Pop Records, or more recently from the Amor Fati 12” single released via Weird Worldwhich includes the Clams Casino remix.
Twin Sister's “Kimmi In A Ricefield” might possibly be the best track to remix, at least according to the recent onslaught of remixes of the one song. We posted about the stunning Glitter Bones remix of the track a while back, and now there’s another round of reworks yesterday by Balam Acab whose remix is a blissful wonder and today by Cork, Ireland’s REIDwith a taste of haunted edge (stream above). Both of these newer remixes are excellent, reconstructing soundscapes familiar to each producers’ hand around Andrea Estella's dreamy vocals. Be sure to grab both of these remixes down below and find the brilliant original track off of Twin Sister's recent LP In Heaven via Domino Records.
We love when great things get sent to us. Paris’ Du Nord is a new band and “The Sunset” is their latest single, and possibly first single, to be heard from them. Dreamy jangly guitar melodies seems to be this Parisian indie-pop group’s strong suit. The track also seems to flow smoothly without much dynamic turbulence but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In this context, it simply means relaxing to this track wouldn’t require a lot of effort as it already endeavors to sail smoothly on its own. It’s actually a pretty great track to add to your Fall playlist this year so be sure to grab this track down below or via Soundcloud and look out for more guitar-led tunes from them.
Beat Culturenever ceases to amaze us and now he’s throwing “If Only” in our faces. Is it normal for a 17 year-old who just started making music earlier this year to be so impressive? For Sunik Kim, anything’s possible and that’s why he’s been a blog favorite of ours here for a while now. This track has been making its rounds through numerous music blogs today and rightly so. This cut uses vocal samples ranging from Alicia Keys and Marvin Gaye, to The Beach Boys and Office Space, all backed by the freshest beats and shimmery electronics.
You can expect to find this track on his upcoming album Tokyo Dreamer which doesn’t have a release date yet, but be sure to be on the lookout. In the meantime, grab this track down below or via Soundcloud.