Posts by Spice
Posted by Spice on March 30, 2016
Singer/songwriter/producer Jordan Ramz dropped his debut EP earlier this week and it’s perfectly timed with the onset of post-Daylight Savings Time evenings al fresco. Chilled-out and enticingly tropical, “Golden Hour” is a languorous journey through vibrant sax breakdowns, warm guitar riffs, and rich vocals from the artist himself. The titular track is a must-listen — along with personal favorite “Freedom.” Don’t sleep on the great harmonies in the second verse of “Sunlight,” either. Check out the full EP above.
Posted by Spice on September 4, 2014
Let me level with you: I’m not entirely sure how to categorize this bouncy, synthy, delicious groove of a track from Austin-based DJ and producer Blaz. Future beats? Disco-wave? Nu-garage? SPACETRONICA? I don’t know, and I don’t care. Did you enjoy Porter Robinson’s new album but wish it wasn’t such a friggin’ downer? This track has your name on it. Head to Blaz’s Soundcloud for more of the good stuff.
Free Download: Blaz – I.L.F.T.B.
Posted by Spice on July 24, 2014
The debut EP from Brooklyn-based Painted Zeros is, for lack of a better word, awesome. The five tracks comprising SVALBARD are an assertive and creatively varied journey through the psyche of singer/songwriter/guitar player/producer/jack of all trades Katie Lau. No fillers here, unless you count 30 seconds of tight experimental wandering halfway through — the EP ranges from deceptively fragile and New Order-tinged (“This American Life”) to ecstatic and garage rock-y (“Jaime”) to moody-yet-hopeful-yet-delicate-yet-steely (“Too Drunk”). It manages to feel at once retro and searingly modern — a tricky balance attempted by many but achieved by few. Check out SVALBARD in full below and hit the free download, because free download.
Free Download: Painted Zeros – SVALBARD EP
Alternative, Drum & Bass, Electronic | Max Frost – White Lies (Tune In Crew Remix) // Tune In Crew – Still Waters
Posted by Spice on April 21, 2014
Two big new tracks from one of our favorite duos out of France, the Tune In Crew. The first is a high energy, drum n’ bass-infused remix of Max Frost’s “White Lies,” which switches up the vocal blend of the original while weaving in a rich combination of live instruments (is that a maracas?). An unexpected but wonderfully seamless trap break mellows out the vibe midway through before the track hurtles back into a spray of fast-paced kicks. The second track switches gears considerably; drawing inspiration from epic movie soundtracks, the twangy, instrumental “Still Waters” is yearning and bluesy and would no doubt be right at home in a Tarantino montage. Stream both below.
Posted by Spice on March 19, 2014
Penn Badgley (né Dan Humphrey, aka Lonely Boy) has apparently just done something really Penn Badgley-ish; namely, joining/forming a band called Mother that is based out of Brooklyn. I was admittedly planning to roll my eyes at this most hipstery of hipster resume additions, but unfortunately (or fortunately, as it were) this nascent group actually has some stuff. Fidgety bassline, interesting drums, languid vocals, and cool, atmospheric production — what? This track is officially awesome. Consider me intrigued. (Just don’t tell Serena — you know how she loves to pretend she’s “with the band.”)
Preview: Mother – Easy
Posted by Spice on January 21, 2014
Consummate genre-defiers The M Machine are back with a monster of a track for this snowy afternoon. With hypnotic, choppy vocals and masterfully blended elements of techno, electro-house, and dubstep, “Superflat” manages to jack up the energy level while still sounding markedly different in that tried-and-true M Machine way.
Beatport: The M Machine – Superflat
Posted by Spice on December 22, 2013
2013 was a year of many momentous things. Including the insanely awesome above shot, which was taken by yours truly with a cracked iPhone (and it’s frankly still a mystery as to how I managed to pull it off. I mean, look at that thing. That thing is next level. Eat your heart out, Rukes). In keeping with all the seasonal nostalgia, here are my picks for the best tracks of the year.