Russia’s Flourish Fill really aces it with “Workhorse”, an electronic piece that initially seems lackluster in its repetitive drive at the beginning, but we stand corrected. The track apologetically carries on its way of layered synth pulses and sweeps until delivering you into its blissful transition, which then leads to its hard-hitting core, and finally finishing off with the repeated intro/outro. Don’t miss out, take this track with you down below or via Soundlcloud.
"Stand Still" is the previously unreleased track from Letting Up Despite Great Faults which was just put up for download yesterday. The track is a b-side taken from their Paper Crush sessions and is yet another distinct take at stunning, anthemic shoegaze pop. Wispy cool vocals, bouncing synths, catchy guitar lines—you name it. You can grab this lovely jam down below or via Soundcloud.
Greetings all! Firstly, I’d like to thank my good mates here at Hearing Gold for inviting me to take part in their Guest Posts series. I’m Nick and I run the Irish-based music blog Believe In Sound. I started the blog around 2 years ago with key emphasis on the idea of believing in sound and the benefits music provides both the listener and musicians alike. With regard to the aesthetic of Believe In Sound, essentially it aims to provide you, the reader, with what I consider the best new music in a variety of genres including emotional electronica, dreamwave and experimental to name but a few. Without further ado, here’s what I’ve been listening to lately:
Melbourne’s Jack Vanzet is Thrupence. Arguable my favourite musician to emerge last year, Thrupence has just released his debut EP, the aptly titled Voyages. The superb 9-track EP is a truly remarkable aural journey into the beautiful world of Thrupence.
This next track is taken from my favourite release of the year so far, Motion.Picture.Actress.’s NaturalGhost EP. The track, also titled “NaturalGhost”, from this talented Brisbane-based producer is a melodic adventure into the realms of aquatic bliss.
About two weeks ago I heard this debut track from Periastronand I’ve been hooked ever since. Scottish producer Grant Graham is Periastron and his solitary track, “Haze”, is a gorgeous, chilled-out gem.
One of the most exciting projects to emerge this year for me is Melbourne duo Yosemite. The talented duo consisting of Eugene Brockmuller and Cameron Smith are currently working on their debut EP. The duo’s second track has just surfaced and it’s as breathtakingly beautiful as its predecessor.
The last twelve months or so has seen our electronic music scene truly flourish. The act I want to highlight today is the Dublin-based duo Ghostsand their amazing track, “The Bus Home”. I think this track is a fitting way to close this post.
I really hope you all enjoyed the tracks/artists I have chosen to feature. Big thanks to the wonderful people at Hearing Goldfor allowing me to share some of my favourite music currently. Please continue to support the amazing work Hearing Goldcontinues to deliver on a consistent basis. I’ll leave you all with two simple words: “Keep Believing.”
The new collab between Chrome Sparks and Steffaloo in “So Far 2 Go” is so good we couldn’t resist posting the pair’s collaborative efforts for the millionth time. Arguably their best yet, this new track is a bundle of sweet, joyful bliss delivered in the form of funky bass lines, layered synth melodies, playful percussion, and of course the sultry vocal stylings of Steffaloo. Plus, the intro and outro are brilliant. You can find this superb new jam via Portals' new mixtape Mixtape #3: SXSW SAMPLER over at Bandcamp.
James And Evander are back with their newest track “Let’s Go” which is the first we’ve heard from the Oakland-based outfit since their album Sunlight and Circuitry released back in September of 2010. Back and sounding great as ever, the outfit expands on their space-age synthpop sound as well as a surprisingly funky disco-pop oriented take with b-side “Welcome to Planet Dance”.
This A-side is taken from a 7” vinyl that will be out on March 20th with pre-orders available via Gold Robot Records. The digital version will also include bonus track “Come Around” with remixes by Teen Daze, Yalls, and Some Ember.
Maundrie Fox is the South Korean project who recently dropped “I Miss”, a satisfying warm track of static-filled fuzz and gorgeous beats that hit you as gently as raindrops while lush vocal moans echo the most intoxicating sound. This track is easily one of the most delicate sample-based electronic numbers up here, but this is just one of many great pieces recently released—check out the rest of them over at Maundrie Fox's Soundcloud.
We stumbled uponI Can Chase Dragons! and “Republique” and were instantly enthralled in its brilliant and catchy psych-pop aura. ICCD! is the solo project of Boston-based Julio Gudiño, lead singer from Mexican band The Plastics Revolution. His debut LP Expansión where this track comes off of was the first release by independent Mexican label Dos Pelicanosand was released earlier this year. Pick this absolutely amazing track up along with the rest of the excellent album over at Bandcamp.
Ireland’s MMOTHS collabs with LA’s Superhumanoids in “Summer” and the resulting product is a magic hauntingly captivating. We’ve been spinning this one for a few days and decided it was time to prop this brilliant piece up in case anyone missed its blissfully hypnotic charge. Jack Colleran of MMOTHS will be dropping his debut self-titled release soon on March 6th and you can expect to find this stunning track on it.
Here’s another brilliant piece from Tokyo’s Taquwami titled “τiмe Δf+er τiмe” or simply “Time After Time” without the whimsical play of shapes-as-letters titling. Delicious beats are showered over a dreamy backdrop of pitch-shifted vocal samples and blissful synth melodies. We don’t know how he does it, but the Japanese producer keeps topping his previous efforts one new banger at a time. As usual, free download down below or via Soundcloud.
Impressive new track from Brighton’s Ambassadeurs, “Duke Red” displays multiple layers of influences that range from UK bass music to sounds dubbed ‘future R&B’ which are all wrapped up with diverse beat work. This is the work of Mark Dobson and the track is said to be the first taste of the producer’s forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled debut album. Take “Duke Red” with you and be on the lookout for his forthcoming release.
Kiss Kiss Fantastic just dropped their full-length Dark Matter and “Ticks” is one of our favorite tracks off of the new release. Jeremy Mullins and Rachel Levy of KKF have done it again; they’ve crafted a delightfully consumable album that weaves between dreampop, shoegaze, and psychedelic conventions. With “Ticks”, beautifully catchy vocal melodies are complimented by warm noise and fuzzy distorted guitars—absolute magic to our ears. Be sure to grab this track and the rest of the stunning album over at Bandcamp.
Gremlins have their self-titled EP up and “JonBenét” is another one of the tracks we’re digging from the release. The super group known as Gremlins is Katie Lee (Braids), Patrick Jeffords (Toro y Moi/Kid Trails), Sam Ray (Ricky Eat Acid), and Mat Cothran (Coma Cinema/Elvis Depressedly) who’ve teamed up to produce some oddball experimental pop deeply saturated in adequate noise, fuzz and angsty doldrums.
As with “JonBenét” there’s a sense of dichotomous action which places the playful music under a dark cloud of semi-morbid lyricism. Be sure to grab their EP over at Bandcamp and catch the new video for the track here.
Columbia’sRamphastosjust hit us up with his new track “Get Weird”, a track described to be a reactionary effort of commenting on the surge of ‘over-produced beat music’ said to be emanating from the UK. It can be heard in Will Flourance's new track a distinct orientation towards something more than mere beat production. Inhabiting within “Get Weird” is something pulsing, hypnotic, odd, and hollow, all the while eliciting its graceful heart of warmth and soul in its lo-fi production. The single drops for download on March 1st and expect to find it off of his forthcoming album Southern Gothic via Bandcamp.
Orlando’s XXYYXX and Virgina’s Ruddyp just dropped their split EP and it’s a 5-track goldmine of what talented producers sound like in a nutshell. These two producers execute an unparalleled skilled hand at manipulating vocal samples and producing some of the most glorious electronic instrumentation and beats. Check out XXYYXX's gorgeous “Metals” and Ruddyp's circuit-melting “I Want U” and grab the rest of the EP over at Relief In Abstract's Bandcamp.
Germany Germany just dropped “Disconnect” featuring Steffaloo once again on vocal duties and to no one’s surprise, it’s staggeringly beautiful as usual. Back from his short-term hiatus, Drew Harris of Germany Germany explains that his new outlook on his music will be that which comes from a wiser, more mature, pensive, and personal place. As is the case with his new track here, although it builds into an expansive electronic banger, a cathartic purge of emotions can be steadily felt throughout the piece. You can find this track on his forthcoming album Blank Mind Empty Heart. In the meantime, you can grab “Disconnect” down below or via Soundcloud.
Here’s Real Estate's new track “In My Car” made exclusively for Record Store Day which can be found off of Domino Records' and Ribbon's new limited edition zine Smugglers Way. The zine features five multi-colored flexi discs of exclusive tracks from four other great bands alongside the classic dreamy sounds of RE. Be sure to support Record Store Day and pickup the physical copies at indie record stores on April 21st. Also be on the lookout for Real Estate's new 7” release which includes “Easy” off of their recent LP Days and the b-side “Exactly Nothing” via Domino Records.
Blog favorites Craft Spells returns with full force with “Still Left With Me”, another piece showcasing the outfit’s highly distinguished songwriting genius. Vigorously catchy and undoubtedly highly convincing for body movement, it’s hazy synth-pop afflicted with an ’80s edge—it’s the stock sound we’ve all grown to love and become familiar with in style and form. You can stream the new track here and find it off of their brand new forthcoming EP Gallery set to drop May 15th on Captured Tracks.
Stumbled upon Woodstock’s Barclay Heights and “Walk Among The Skylights” a few days ago and needless to say, we’re thoroughly enjoying the vibes on this one. According to the producer Zack Kollar, the EP which this track is found off of is his first ever release, and boy are we impressed. This is the only track off of the EP with vocal work, and beautiful production went into this chilled jam which is accompanied by warm bass and r&b flavored vocal stylings achieved with the help of some talented friends. Head over to his Bandcamp to grab this track as well as five other chilled beats from his Saphead EP (one of them a rework of a familiar chilled jam).
Bellingham’s BeachesBeaches dropped “Ready Now” a couple of days ago and we’ve been jamming to it thus far, with no other option but to get it up here finally. Lush electronic work fill the spaces at every possible corner like a warm sun-kissed blanket while vocal samples shout in energetic tonation ‘ready now’. Shower this over your tragically dull morning and get woken up. You can grab this glorious new jam down below or via Soundcloud.
LA’s Caves (a.k.a. Luka Cage) seems to pull off hit after hit, “Eleven Twenty”, his latest, showcases Luka’s highly imaginative producing abilities in making brass instruments sound cool again. With this one, there’s a little more soul and a lot more jive to its backbone—a refreshingly distinct element to land upon. And those beats…killer. There’s more goodness where that came from; this track is just one of the four off of his recently released When You Were Partying, I Was Dying. released via Absent Fever so be sure to pick up the rest of the EP from their Bandcamp.
Brisbane’s been on fire as of late, case in point Dom Bird and “Told You”, a real chill electronic jam with beautiful synth chords, soul-soothing bass lines, a gorgeous use of pitch-shifted vocal samples and calming beats. In all honesty, we’ve never heard of a more stunning downtempo piece like this, at least not in a long while; it’s like a daydream composed into a five-minute song. You can grab this brilliant track down below or via Soundcloud. (Via BIS)
We’ve been spinning Yalls' new Fantasy 7” and “Real Fantasy” reigns in as one of our favorites off of the release. There’s no need for comparison here, Dan Casey has established a sound idiosyncratic to his touch which has been showcased many times before and this track speaks for itself. Loops of quirky squibbles and sparkling elements are peppered onto a beautiful melody led by chords coming from what sounds like an old electronic piano, giving way to a highly addictive feel-good song that induces you to recall tales of a great love. You can find this stunning track off of the new Fantasy 7” which is available digitally via Bandcamp and the 7” via Gold Robot.
North Carolina’s Sin Kitty and their new track “If You Wanna” is the perfect encapsulation of the band’s name and sound. Take a listen to the infantine coos of the female vocalist which seem sweet and angelic enough, but lying underneath is something coquettish and alluring which make lyrics such as “I just want a boy to play with me” seem much more than an innocent play date. Add in some guazey guitar melodies and you are only hypnotically seduced further and further into the track. You can grab this new cut and more over at Sin Kitty's Bandcamp.
Kites With Lights just dropped his new track “Glowing” and as expected, it’s another brilliant spell of synth-pop goodness. The last time we heard from the Athens, GA based musician Jonah Cordy was when he contributed a superb track to our Midnight Cassette compilation a few months back. Now, returning with “Glowing” he showcases more of his talent in synth-based production and crafts yet another delightfully catchy jam to hold on to. Stream the new one here or via Soundcloud.
Here’s a brand new track from Swedish natives Sameblod called “Loud”. Synth-pop in all its glory, those bright synths and dancefloor-ready beats compliment smoothly reverbed vocals, driving things home at the chorus’ brilliant hook. You can find this track on their forthcoming debut album Braided Memos set to drop April 20th via Riot Factory.
While we’ve never come across Ailien (aka Jason Bmodi) before, “Cosmic Puddle” tells us that he handles vocal samples like a boss. As they skip and repeat in their chopped and screwed form, hip-hop beats give the light electronic work breathing life—a simple combination that achieves so much more. You can grab this great new cut down below or via Soundcloud.
We’ve been sitting on xxyyxx's “Never Leave” for a few days now and only just remembered to get this up despite the copious amounts of spins we've given it already. The unbelievably young producer Marcel Everett never ceases to amaze us with each new release and this is just another exceptional effort. Light beats and a dreamy soundscape nurture gorgeous vocal samples that sweep back and forth—a recipe for pure, unadulterated bliss. Stream the stunning track down below or via Soundcloud.
Brooklyn’s Bordeaux releases two new singles and “All Our Love” has unmistakably caught our eye. The track, while riding calmly with downtempo electronic work, finds itself becoming strangely haunting with ghostly vocal harmonies that position themselves ethereally into the mix. No doubt, it’s a pleasurable haunting, one that encourages you to stay up, sweating to the haunted calm of night. You can find this absolutely stunning track on the new release High & Shy which is available over at Bandcamp. Also be sure to catch the video for the track here.
Boy Crushjust hit us up with “Dreamcatcher”, a new cut he contributed to the Singles On Valentines Day compilation curated by Seagreen Records for Valentine’s Day today. Sean Posila (also of fuzzy garage-pop outfit High Pop) has the uncanniest knack for writing the catchiest guitar and vocal combos and this impressive new cut is hands down our favorite track off the compilation. Innocently playful guitar riffs and bass lines drenched in lo-fi fuzz is juxtaposed with semi-morbid lyricism—a comforting discomfort much like a head wound. Sounding like the usual Valentine’s Day? Maybe, maybe not, either way you can grab his new track via Bandcamp. Take it from Sean, be safe and try not to hit your head this Valentine’s Day.
Our favorite 17 year-old producer Beat Culture releases “Belong” with Steffaloo on vocal duties and the resulting magic in this collaboration is almost implausible. As we’re all aware by now, with Beat Culture things sound better louder and denser; the buildup to the brilliantly overwhelming electronics completely submerge you into its center while graceful vocal samples provided by Steffaloo peek through its dense layers like a breath of fresh air.
You can find this amazing new track from our friends at LYFSTYL and their newly released compilation Dreams which features an abundance of other great producers and is available over at their Bandcamp.
More guitar-pop goodness is brought forth by Twin Cabins in “Pretty Bones”, a reverb-laden number layered with an abundance of guitar arpeggios and melodies. The San Diego via Mexico City project is fronted by Nacho Cano (also of Rushmore) who seems to have an established arsenal of other recordings. The new track “Pretty Bones” and the four other tracks found on his recent EP I’m Sure has dreamy, youthful summer nostalgia written all over it—it’s as approachable as it gets. You can grab this track and the rest of the EP over at Bandcamp.
Germany’s Hazy Mountains returns with a completed EP and “All Gone Away” is another breathtaking opus from the producer. The last time we heard from Julian Prott was when we helped premiere his other track “Regret” which also appears on the new EP. With “All Gone Away”, heavenly synth melodies awash the track while ethereal vocal croons blend into the pulsing buildup of the arrangement. If a complete cathartic takeover of your vital senses sounds relatively appealing, please directly visit Hazy Mountains' new aptly titled EP Gold over at Bandcamp.
"All These Years" is the utterly dreamy cut from Abstract Cannon and RLMDL who collaborated to produce the chilled yet evocative piece. Paired with Abstract Cannon's flawless production skills and RLMDL's velvety smooth vocal duties, the track is an unparalleled beauty with a penchant for lulling you into an eternal dream state. You can find this stunning track via the Sequences/Melting Sitcoms split EP with LATENCY PH∀ZE over at Bandcamp. Also catch the video for the track here.
We’re always game for a new COOLRUNNINGS track, “Badlands” is the newest cut from the Knoxville-based rocker who channels some serious surf vibes in the incredibly catchy riff-ridden number—those guitar melodies are killer. Being redundant for the sake of being redundant, we’ll say it again; it’s always such a treat hearing a new COOLRUNNINGS track and this new one proves our now over-exemplified point. Grab the new track down below or via Soundcloud.
"One Pacifico Swing" by the newly formed Hoodcats (Oakland’s shortcircles and James And Evander) is probably one of the most mind-blowing and smooth sample-based instrumental hip-hop productions we’ve heard in a while. There’s a lot going on here as it embodies everything from the r&b and hip-hop spectrum of the past, present and even future, and every element is as fresh as it gets. You can find this track via Oakland blog/digital label Mapzzz's release Mapzzz EP17 - Hoodcats over at Bandcamp.
Coming across Chicago’s WILDTHINGS and his new track “Crook” is the best thing we’ve done today. The abundantly glitchy bedroom-pop piece, completely embodied in whimsically chopped and skipped samples, is catchy enough to stop you in your tracks, persuade you to take a stern listen, and sway your body accordingly. You can find this absolutely delightful track on the /\ EP which is available over at Bandcamp.
Here’s PARISWHEEL's new track “Wait” in the form of a sugarcoated dream-pop package. The Silver Lake based trio (Allison Teicher, Devon Geyer and Noelle Armstrong) have been pumping out a number of tracks within a short span of time and each successive track is as delightful as the previous. The new track is playfully pleasant with its vocal melodies prominently leading the way while light electronics provide a whimsical backing foundation. Grab their new track “Wait” down below and head to their Bandcamp for additional sounds.
Here’s “Golden” by Nashville’s Future Unlimited(a.k.a. David Miller and Samuel D’Amelio), a project specializing on their take on the ’80s/new wave revival effort persistently underway. As you’d expect, “Golden” is heavy on the synths and stylistically expressive with the melodies. You can grab “Golden” down below and also check out another track of theirs entitled “When It Calls”, both of which can be found on their forthcoming EP Cloak & Daggervia Soundcloud.
We never seem to get sick of Beach Fossils here, “Lessons” is the b-side to their upcoming 7” release which is paired with the previous track “Shallow” released just recently last week. You can find this track alongside “Shallow” on their upcoming 7” set to be released soon on February 21st via Captured Tracks. The wonders of the Brooklyn outfit’s jangly guitar-pop genius never ceases to amaze us even by the slightest and we’re stoked to see another full-length release from them this year. In the meantime grab “Lessons” here and “Shallow via our previous post.
Indianapolis’ Fever Blanket apparently recorded “You & The Things You Do” in a car and a hotel bathroom and to our surprise, it all sounds pretty good if not potentially great. Presumably a rough demo, the track is a lo-fi guitar-pop number with nothing but clean, catchy guitar lines and superb vocal melodies. An uncomplicated love song, it’s simple yet undoubtedly captivating. Grab this down below or via Bandcamp.
Virginia’s Ruddyp is back with another banger, “Nicole Swan”, a heavy-everything type of track to shake the lethargic expression off your face. The new track is showered completely in palpitating hip-hop beats, pitch-shifted vocal samples and soaring synths—doesn’t need anything else. You can grab this stunning track down below or via Soundcloud.
We can’t help but to be drawn to Soft Lighting especially in “Up All Night”, a reconfiguration of soundtracks heard in ’80s films to fit contemporary genres specializing in the chilled pop movement—a blissfully calming effort, that. The Kansas City based musician Bryan Cox is the newest addition to Synthemesc Recordings (Teeel's label) and is set to drop his debut album on March 1st. In the meantime, you can stream “Up All Night” here and check out a couple of his other tracks over at his Bandcamp.
Melbourne’s Galapagoose(a.k.a. Trent Gill) is back with “One Who Can’t Move” which is a taste of his forthcoming full-length Commitments. The track perfectly puts to good use Frank Sinatra vocal samples with lightly bouncing bass lines, while subtle piano and synth melodies lead the atmosphere into a blissfully relaxing opus. Let the subtle swaying commence and find the track on his debut LP which is due out March 13th via Daedelus' imprint Magical Properties and via Two Bright Lakes in Australia.
Brooklyn’s Beach Fossils finally grace us with their new track “Shallow”, a familiar sound of bouncy, jangly guitar-driven pop guided by light and breezy vocals. While not venturing far from the outfit’s arsenal of past work, the new track exhibits what they do best, that is, craft catchy and easily enjoyable pop pieces, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You can find this track alongside the b-side “Lessons” off of their upcoming 7” to be released on February 21st via Captured Tracks. Also be sure to catch the official video full of tour footage for the track here.