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Kidnap Kid – Animaux

Kidnap Kid’s “Animaux” is one of the two tracks on his EP, “So Close,” released last year. With very simple and deliberate bass and electronic beats, the song will have you bumping. The rhythm is so sporadic, and his use of accented up-beats and minimal lyrics rubs me the right way.

Can I be the one?

Although it isn’t fast-paced or your quintessential dance anthem, the bouncy layers work so well together it makes me want to get out of my seat. It is also unpredictable! Which is probably why I’m hooked. I love listening to a song over time, but hearing differing prominent elements based off my mood. I’m really into the minimalistic electronic sounds at the moment, including artists like Flume and Flight Facilities. It’s simplistic in a way that makes me want more; I’m not being blasted by harsh sounds like in house music.

If you want to check out Kidnap Kid’s latest stuff, his newest EP is called “Stronger,” out earlier this year. Happy listening!

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Kaytranada – Leave Me Alone ft. Shay Lia

Foggy city from Bernal Heights

He’s been hot for a minute already, but if you haven’t yet booked your ticket on the overnight bus to the netherworld that is the Kaytranada bandwagon, step right up. It isn’t that the songs are downers – in fact, they all feature an inignorable positivity – but rather that they are down. They don’t take you soaring through the clouds, blasting towards the stars in blinding flashed of energy; they slither you through the settled fog, close to the wet, living earth. The bass is organic, the samples (his music is heavily sample centric) soulful. It’s as if an ancient griot stumbled across RZA’s EPS16+.

One thing Kaytranada is not, at least in my eyes, is an EDM artist. EDM has come to connote a specific type of electronic music, and in many ways has become a super-subgenre that no one applies correctly. I’m not saying I know what it is, but this isn’t it. In interviews, Kaytranada cites Flying Lotus as a contemporary influence, and you can really hear it: the jazzy undertones, unsyncopated drums and late-nite vocals. If he’d been performing in the 30’s, Kevin would have been one cool cat.

And not only because of his music. This guy is clearly very cool and original. Born in Haiti and raised in Montreal, he had this to say about living in Canada: “I usually chill around at the part or I’ll just go to bars because I don’t really go to clubs. The bars play the best music. I see finer girls in there. Clubs aren’t that cool but bars are awesome.” And this to say on “trap music”: “I think it’s kinda corny…all of that kind of cliché trap stuff is so annoying. But, I ain’t gonna lie, I was hot on that shit before, but now it’s turned out to be corny.” (both quotes from an interview with Noisey)

Voice of a generation? I’m kidding, but seriously, who doesn’t agree with both of those statements.

“Leave Me Alone” is a fair representation of his music. It is both dense and spatial, allowing the listener to breath but not catch a breath. As we transition into the autumn, it’s songs like this that begin to take hold, leading us away from the sunny skies and into a contemplative realm.

 

Kaytranada – Leave Me Alone ft. Shay Lia

 

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Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me (A Skillz Remix)

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What am I into?

How about getting funky as shit on the dance floor. Hair plastered to the forehead with sweat. Faces filled with exuberant aggression. Like they want to rip your head off with hip swings and shoulder brush-offs.

How about ear-trashing bass. Bass that makes the air snap. Bass that hits you right in the intestines. Wobbly, filthy, grimy bass.

How about some R&B vocals for good measure. Love and silky looks and emotion. Some jazzy piano twinkles to add flavor.

I’m into this track.

Kraak & Smaak – Squeeze Me (A Skillz Remix)

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Grimes – Oblivion (DjSliink Remix)

If you don’t know who Claire Boucher is I only have one question for you: where have you been? I have to confess that I wasn’t all hyped on Grimes when she first popped up on the internet. It’s not that I deplored her music, I just was never in a mood to listen to her. She seemed like an acquired taste. But like all acquired tastes, Grimes became a semi girl crush once my tastebuds adapted to her sound. Her aesthetic kept me interested and watching while over the past few months her music has seeped itself into my system and now I’ve fully digested it. I don’t know what it is about it, but whatever she’s doing I’m digging. The whole electo-elf thing works for me and gets me good. Her 2012 release, Visions, is electro-nymph opulence that makes me bust out an odd dance (imagine Florence Welch voguing and there I am).

If you haven’t acquired the Grimes taste yet, I’m here tonight with New Jersey producer DjSliink’s bass heavy remix to “Oblivion”. I recently came across Sliink while perusing the internet for casual remixes. One click led to another and here I am spreading the sounds to you. He slows down the track’s main melody and explodes the syncopation. Boucher’s vocals hover in and out of the Herbie Hancock inspired record scratches as layers of Boucher’s original production build and build into a mellow drop. It’s a smooth dark beat that leaves you coasting for a while when the track ends.

If Grimes isn’t your thing, the remixes that have come from her work are dope. I have this odd sense that people either love her or hate her. It’s always a “Hold on! I have an opinion about Grimes!” Rarely do I meet someone who simply appreciates her work. Her tracks, like this one, are layered with youthful recklessness and an odd sense of consciousness. She’s intelligent, no doubt and hides it behind her production forcing us – the listener – to really listen to what she’s saying. I didn’t realize this until I began listening to the remixes and questioning why the producer decided to keep this verse and remove that one, etc. etc. Before I was merely hearing Grimes, I’m here encouraging y’all to listen. Like her or not, this track’ll get your Friday started off right. Heavy mellow beats that’ll keep you up and gliding into the night.

Cheers.

Grimes – Oblivion (DjSliink Remix)

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AlunaGeorge – Your Drums, Your Love

Hey y’all! I’m bringing you the newest single from the London power-duo, AlunaGeorge, and it’s everything you’d expect and more from this emerging artist. Released yesterday, this airy track of unrequited love goes down easy in the ears and sends good vibes through your whole body. Dazed vocals blend into heavy 808 bumps and sync into singer Aluna Francis’ milky premature voice. It’s a song so simple in its production that it’s brilliant. All components of the track wash over each other with such coolness that you leave the song feeling refreshed.

What makes this song glide so smoothly over the airwaves is the ambiguity of Aluna Francis’ performance. She expresses her inability to connect with this other and their lack of attention towards her in a tone that’s both fragile and complacent. George Reid spins this all over a fuzzy hiss and boozy back-up vocal by Francis that sounds like a desperate plea. The more I listen to this track the more intricate I realize Reid’s work here is. Layers of kick-drums, 808’s, synths, space ship noises, Casios, chimes, and more create an electronic poppy soul sound that makes AlunaGeorge one of my personal favorite artists to follow this year and the next.

You can’t say that I’m going no where
’cause you don’t know where I’m coming from,
You can’t say that I’m going no where
but I have been trying to reach you for so long.”

Look out for their debut LP in early 2013!

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The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)

So I don’t know if this song will make you like charity, but it’s definitely been making me get all hyped about going outside and strutting to this. One of the great things about a band like The Knife is that they turn seemingly bizarre combinations of sounds into something refreshing. While the Swedish duo is influenced by a lot of vintage synth-pop, another duo who also likes wearing masks, North Carolina’s Cry Wolf, remixes this track with an added oomph. 

I’m used to hearing hard-hitting bass like the one in the remix, but it usually comes with the word “moombahton” on the title, and you definitely don’t expect to hear Olof & Karin Dreijer‘s kid-like voices paired to this beat. But somehow, it works. Perhaps it’s the fact that one of the members of duo Cry Wolf is a former hardcore vocalist who decided to explore electronic music. Their remix is able to have some sort of violence to it, while still keeping the original’s eeriness to it. That’s what’s got me hooked to this track, and hopefully you will too cause everyone needs a mid-week pick me up at some point.

The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)