Chill, Compilation, Electronic | WallflowerFood Recordings Vol. 1 | A Warm Winter Chill

Posted by on December 30, 2013

Having trouble getting up and back into the daily grind this morning? Or maybe you’re still recovering from the weekend and mentally preparing yourself for the last party of the year. Regardless, the folks over at WallflowerFood Recordings are all about those feel good vibes and know just the type of jam you need to boost your mood. This compilation features some laid back electronic tracks that will give you peace of mind during this calm before the storm. Personally speaking, I’m stuck on the HighFadility tracks but all are great and available for free download via WallflowerFood’s Facebook page so dive in below.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: WallflowerFood Recordings Vol. 1 | A Warm Winter Chill

Electro-House | DCUP – Magic

Posted by on December 5, 2013

You know what the best feeling in the world is? Well, one of them, for that matter – when you’re mood and inspiration starts to plateau and then all of a sudden you hear a song that, within seconds, gets your blood rushing again. It’s 1:15pm and I was already three cups of coffee deep and couldn’t seem to shake the zombie feeling when I stumbled upon DCUP’s latest release, “Magic.” I’m a little out of touch with the American audience at the moment (it’s snowing over here in Sweden for the first time so I’m kind of out of touch with everything, tbh) but I think this Melbourne-based producer has been sneaking by, under appreciated and that needs to change. Actually, you might remember DCUP from “We No Speak Americano” back in the day, and you’ll recognize some of those funky latin vibes in “Magic.” But give this one a spin, it’s a bit of a 80’s groove, Duck Sauce-esque, touch of house cocktail with an Australian twist. Just what you need to spice things up.

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TUMBLR (it’s got some good reads)

Chill, Electronic | Låpsley – Pick Me Up (BA?EL Remix)

Posted by on November 29, 2013

Love finding those tracks that absolutely take my breathe away just within the first few seconds of pressing play. This week that award goes to Belgium producer BA?EL and his remix of “Pick Me Up” by the 17-year-old Liverpool-based femme fatale who goes by the name of Låpsley. The original is sweet, subdued track, comparable to a lovechild of Alt-J and XXYYXX or something along those lines.
BA?EL’s remix, however, kicks up the sensual intensity of the original, creating a final product that’s sure to have set the mood (and then some) by the end of your first listen. Catch this free download and keep your eyes on both of these artists, I’ve got good feelings about them.

BA?EL || Låpsley

FREE DOWNLOAD: Låpsley – Pick Me Up (BA?EL Remix)

ORIGINAL: Låpsley – Pick Me Up

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Electronic | Cashmere Cat – With Me

Posted by on November 26, 2013

With so many other DJ personalities to attend to and a blossoming career on the rise, it’s understandable we haven’t seen much from Cashmere Cat recently. However, yesterday this kitty premiered his newest track, “With Me,” via Pitchfork and Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. It’s everything you love about Cashmere Cat, with the distinctive beats, tambourines, soft piano chords, and those gentle builds that cascade one into the next. But “With Me” feels almost a little bit more intimate and softhearted than some of his previous work. Like a Drake ballad, this is the kind of song that when you listen to it alone, makes you feel like it was created just for you.

And it seems there’s more to look forward to! This song is just a preview of Cashmere’s “Wedding Bells” EP, set to release in January via LuckyMe Records. Fingers crossed the kitty doesn’t get cold feet! =^.^=

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

Purchase on iTunes: Cashmere Cat – With Me

Electronic | [ADJECTIVE] [ANIMAL]

Posted by on October 11, 2013

After seeing this particular tweet earlier this week, it’s safe to say I am one confused kitten…

It didn’t take much time to come to terms with the fact that Cashmere Cat’s sound is so distinct that there was no way he couldn’t be the man behind Trippy Turtle. Which then lead me to question the true identity of the similar sounding producers Booty Beaver and D-D-DJ Yolo Bear, as well. The signature mattress squeaks and tambourines, the Drake references and remixes, the alliterated names, the “FoFo FaDis” for crying out loud. It suddenly all made sense…

And you know, while I’m still not entirely sure BenZel’s revealing tweet has been verified, nor this theory of my own, I’m not too worried about it anymore anyways because the Norwegian producer, Magnus August Høiberg (under whichever alias he prefers) (or whoever any of these musically-inclined critters actually are) has dropped some faaaantastic tracks this week. And that’s what we’re all here for anyways, right? I’ve bundled them all up for you here below in alphabetical order for your listening pleasure. And in the mean time, I’ll be brainstorming the perfectly catchy anthropomorphic nickname for my alter-egos. Hit me up if you come up with any good ones, your submissions are much appreciated.

 

BOOTY BEAVER
SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

CASHMERE CAT
FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || INSTAGRAM ( if you like cute girls & even cuter animals)

DJ YOLO BEAR
TWITTER || TOUR DATES 

TRIPPY TURTLE
FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER


Albums, Electronic | Hot Sugar – Made Man EP

Posted by on October 3, 2013

These past few weeks have been pretty exciting as far as music is concerned, literally one great release after another: Halcyon Days Deluxe, Kiss Land, 20/20 Part 2, Nothing Was The Same, Pure Heroine, shit I hardly get to finish one album before it’s time to download another. Well make some room in your schedule and hard drive, kiddos, because today I present to you Hot Sugar’s latest release, Made Man, and once you start this EP you’re not gonna be able to turn away from it.

I was initially turned on to the New York City based producer by his eclectic remixes and fresh, innovative beats. Beats which are developed by the “Associative Music” technique, which essentially means Hot Sugar captures and records sounds from literally any and everywhere and transforms them beautifully into the tracks you hear now. Pretty wild. “If I point to a butterfly or a fire hydrant and say, ‘Hey, you’re in my band now, so play this,’ it will do it and no one can legally stop me,” said Hot Sugar, more formally known as Nick Koenig, in an interview with Complex.

But back to the EP, the whole thing flows so well and has this juicy, addicting vibe. Artsy, grungy, and totally rad. Like, Gorillaz meets A$AP Rocky meets Handsome Boy Modeling School in a Brooklyn subway station rhyme-spittin’ showdown. Each track features word play from artists such as, but not limited to, Big Baby Ghandi, Chippy Nonstop, Heems, Antown, and Kitty. My personal favorite? “*In & Out*,” featuring KOOL A.D.

 

You can download the EP fo’ freeeeeee (or Name Your Price) via Bandcamp. And while you’re listening, I’d highly recommend the following:

Diving into this easy read about Hot Sugar featured in 1.21 Gigawatts magazine (page 23)
-Learning more about Associate Music here, and the exact sounds Hot Sugar uses along with his creative process (that is, if you can handle the Comic Sans)
-Watch this video of Hot Sugar’s pet rat, Sarah Michelle Gellar, create the foundation for “Watermelon”
-Enjoy.

FACEBOOK || SOUNDCLOUD || TWITTER

Playlists | Warm Air Vol. 2

Posted by on September 20, 2013

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Original photo courtesy of Hayley Trone

 Well folks, it’s been real. Tomorrow, Sept 22, marks the official end of summer 2013. In honor of the change in season, I present to you the second installment of my very own Warm Air mixtapes. A mix designed to ease the transition of swimsuits to sweaters and piña coladas to pumpkin spice and peppermint mocha lattes. A mix to warm you up in the cool autumn breeze, to relive the sweet memories of the past few months, and keep your spirits up and motivated as you face challenges in school, work, and everyday life. So close your eyes, and let this mix take you back to that moment on the beach where you dug a hole in the sand with your toes as you watched the sun set, or when you indulged in the most amazing 4th of July BBQ of your life, or drove around recklessly with the top down and the radio up, or the night you watched an epic fireworks spectacle with your boo thang wrapped up tight in your arms.

Remember, just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the fun is. Oh no, 2013 can and will go out with a bang. With 3 months left to go, it’s time the real fun begins.

I’d also like to dedicated this mix to one of my most beautiful friends as she turns 21 today. Hope you enjoy this mixtape as you take your first legal swigs of alcohol today, take an extra big one for me <3

 

Listen to this mix via 8tracks here.