Skip to content

Honors – Valleys

The alpha and the omega. Darkness and light. Birth and death. All essential binaries to human existence, their collective ethos is visually represented through the stark contrast of Honors’ brand new music video. Featuring the band performing in black and white next to a wealth of natural images overflowing with color, they work together while simultaneously remaining wholly separate entities. It’s pure atmospheric wonderment that makes so much sense for a song grounded in hazy, visceral sounds.

It’s insane to think that black and white visuals are essentially a human creation. We see in color yet we created devices that interpret the world through a binary spectrum (or lack thereof). This notion makes the coexisting images even more special as the manufactured contends with the organic, each vying for your limited attention. Where will you look? Which perspective will you choose? Those answers await.

Laarsen – Would U

This is space-age dancefloor music for a club that’s slowly rotating through the solar system and beyond – think Mass Effect’s Afterlife, minus the tongue in cheek and up the sleek. The album artwork’s glitchy visuals would be a fitting backdrop while different extraterrestrial species get the fuck down as strobe lights permeate the room and “Would U” carves out an audible groove into the eardrums of its listeners.

Its roots are firmly grounded in UK garage and breakbeats, but Laarsen’s debut single immediately inspires intergalactic possibilities. The track is utterly polished and crisp as each synth slices through the atmosphere and each percussive hit resonates with precision. As each expertly calculated second passes, “Would U” further establishes a potent pattern that conjures up a hypnotic experience. Good luck not getting lost in this release’s essence.

cozmoe – Brand New Day

It’s a brand new day. What happened yesterday doesn’t matter, what you think is going to happen tomorrow hasn’t happened yet. All you have is the present. Learn from your mistakes but don’t live in them. Look forward to your long-term goals but don’t lose sight of the little things. All of these bits of wisdom are so simple, yet it took a long time for me to comprehend them – sometimes it takes the right person saying them at the right time for them to stick. Who knows, maybe it’s the right time and place for you?

If you need a soundtrack for some positive-minded contemplation, you’ve also come to the right place. cozmoe’s debut single is a wave of atmospheric bliss that translates the exhilaration of comprehending our earth’s beauty into musical form. It feels wise beyond its years and transcends the sounds of contemporary electronic music. It’s almost impossible to not have at least one genuine revelation while this plays in the background and you explore yourself and your place in this vast universe. Now go on, think and explore, fellow dreamer.

TWO LANES – Long Way Home (ft. HYM)

It’s a long way home. I’m a long way from home – 2,175 miles to be exact. Yet there’s nowhere else I’d rather be. I’m in the city of angels working alongside a collective of creatives that have the same forward-thinking vision, a vision that keeps me constantly engaged and excited for the future. I also have the pleasure of an extended creative family who I get to work with on a daily basis and spread their art from London or Los Angeles to the internet masses. And that goes without saying the friendships outside of work that I’ve fostered, where the line between friends and family blurs.

I really dig this track from TWO LANES. It’s a a dramatic, nuanced outing that has layers and layers of electronic touches to parse through witch each listen. I’m also a huge fan of the single artwork – it provides an understanding that there’s some sort of analog touch to “Long Way Home” which frames the single in a refreshing light. The vocals from HYM are also killer – they transcend a typical electronic topline and feel truly intertwined with the production. It’s no wonder this track has me feeling inspired.

Kaerhart – For What It’s Worth

Kaerhart’s “Drain My Love” was one of the most infectious songs of 2017 – the hook “I just wanna fill my cup, cause you drain my love” is a line that’s circulated through my brain more times than I can count. Thus, I’m beyond stoked to hear her return with a moody new single that further extends her artistic range. Its low-end is brooding, its atmosphere is sparse, and the transition into its hook is utterly intoxicating. Kaerhart’s vocals glide over the sonic shift from buzzing synths to dense, trap-leaning production with an effortless swagger that has me rewinding to the moment over and over.

I’m also infatuated with the vocal effects that are sprinkled throughout “For What It’s Worth”. The delayed echo during the hook and the harmonized vocals are equally hypnotic – they’re little touches, sure, but they take the song to the next level of enjoyment. For a reimagining of a mid 20th century classic, Kaerhart makes it to the next level in style. With that, I’ll be anxiously awaiting whatever she unveils next.

Restless Modern – Chasing

I’m readily familiar with Restless Modern from his MOONZz collaboration, but this is the first solo single I’ve heard from the indie-electro artist. “Chasing” continues the flashes of brilliance he displayed on “Navigator” with a production that’s both intricate and infectious. The choppy vocal samples are piercing, the ’80s-esque programmed percussion provides a super nice touch, and his vocals have a casual confidence to them that makes the track feel effortlessly cool overall.

Speaking of chasing, I’ve been chasing a simple goal: feeling okay. Over six months of chronic depression and experiencing a perpetual disconnect from the world has been brutal. Little by little, the frustration with my circumstances added up until it all came to a boil over the past weekend; it was an explosion of heated anger that found me furious about my perceived lack of progress. A close friend explained to me that my progressive frustration from an endless chase of happiness is like fighting against a current – eventually I’m going to drown if I don’t maintain an open dialogue that will lead to acceptance of my situation and the knowledge that I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. From now on, I’m going to float along until I’m able to swim back to the shore. There, happiness awaits.

5 & A Dime – Flying High (feat. Yashar Gasanov)

This new one from 5 & A Dime gives me The Knife vibes which is about the highest compliment I could give a song. It has a cold, sparse atmosphere that feels sonically soaked in deep blue hues alongside a strangely body-swaying groove. The trappy percussion is a super nice touch that gives the song a contemporary flair and makes its listening potential versatile – it would sound as natural on a pair of quality headphones at night as it would cruising through the city at night with a car packed full of friends.

The artwork for this single is also killer. The sleek, futuristic approach is fitting as it complements an array of sounds that feel of this world yet ahead of the curve – it looks like it’s straight out of Mass Effect or 2001: A Space Odyssey (5 & A Dime really seems to have his finger on the pulse of all my favorite things). From top to bottom, I’ve found the first frontrunner for my favorite song of the new year. I look forward to many months of spinning “Flying High” on repeat.

LondonBridge – Sound Of The Underground (The Remixes)

I’ve previously raved (no pun intended) about the balancing act that LondonBridge pulls off as one of the minds behind LA’s quintessential electronic night Space Yacht and his work as a rising producer who’s received stamps of approval from killer names like Dim Mak. He continues to build upon his overarching buzz with a “Sound Of The Underground” remix pack that provides three flips of his gritty, bass-down-low house cut that sounds oh so right pumping out of nightclub speakers.

I’ll quickly give you the rundown on each of these remixes. TYPE3 takes the track into heavy, glitchy bass house territory that’s best fit for the midst of a sweaty, shuffling heavy night out. Morelia aims for minimalist territory with a barebones reinterpretation that’s pure unsanctioned rave candy. Last but definitely not least, Zendlo embraces utterly wonky sounds that demand a rush to the dance floor as soon as possible. While each take on “Sound Of The Underground” delivers a different approach, they’re all grounded in a feel-good ethos that stays true to LondonBridge’s original vision. I’ll expect to frequently hear these remixes at Space Yacht and beyond.

Charles Rivers – All I Need

“All I Need” feels like a scientist synthesized everything I love about music into a single song. Its hazy instrumental is an utterly intoxicating backdrop as snares echo and synths subtly swirl along, all setting the stage for Charles Rivers’ soulful vocals. His performance emanates feelings of whiskey-soaked wisdom that comes from a lifetime of emotional experience, not to mention the grandiose vocal effects that extend his range in a fashion that conjures up flashes of Francis and the Lights.

There’s plenty of lesser known artists that show flashes of brilliance, no doubt, but few deliver such a fully realized package. From top to bottom, Rivers has a sound that will quickly resonate with widespread listeners once the moment is right. It’s such a thrilling experience to hear a musician and immediately recognize the exponential potential they possess – it feels like I’m carrying around a secret that I just want to shout from the mountain tops, but I think rather than ascending to the nearest peak, this post will do for now.

Pop Funk – Everything But Ordinary (Feat. Blake Rose)

I love tracks with unique sonic touches. The sound of water swaying back and forth on “Everything But Ordinary” is a perfect example as it bookends the song with a hypnotizing element that also adds an aura of organic life. I’m equally into the adorable vocal sample during the hook that’s in the same vein of Yoshi’s signature yelp as it brings an element of childish nostalgia to the table. They’re characteristics that contribute to the wonderfully melodic whole of Pop Funk and Blake Rose’s introductory statement to 2018, a pop-laden outing that immediately sticks to the brain and refuses to let go.

On a personal note, it’s well documented that the last year of my life was everything but ordinary. I’ve never experienced as many high highs and low lows as I did throughout 2017. That being said, 2018 is the year that I’m shooting for stability. I crave the simplicity of the ordinary – don’t get me wrong, I still have lofty goals for my work and personal life, but I want to be grounded through those pursuits. It’s a resolution that I’m excited to maintain from today and onward.