I’ll wrap it up for the moment with today’s new The White Panda track. As aforementioned, the Chicago duo is releasing a new tune each day of this week. So far, my favorite is the re-edit of Flume’s Insane, featuring Kanye West vocal overlays. However, today’s new track is a close second. The duo craft a mashup they call Cooler Than Latch, pairing Sam Smith featuring Disclosure with Mike Posner. What? Latch and Cooler Than Me? I know, right? Well, it works. Really well. Revisit the Kanye and Flume edit again below, while we’re at it.
Enigmatic UK based producer TÂCHES comes back out of the shadows after gifting us his sick remix of ZHU’s Faded a month ago. This time, he’s chosen Australian synthpop act RÜFÜS Du Sol’s Sundream for his new remix. It’s an interesting blend of sound. At times, it carries very tropical, summery vibes. Other times, it’s deep, groovy, and smooth. Altogether, it’s a bright and trance inducing take, evoking warm summer nights.
Florida based producer Kodak To Graph, who gave us that face melting, syrupy remix of Doja Cat’s So High awhile back (revisit below), also turned in another jaw dropping treat, in the form of this remix of Brooklyn trio Salt Cathedral’s Tease. I’m already a fan of the original, a chime filled, exquisite experimental alt pop beauty, which you can revisit here. As always, Kodak To Graph takes the track to a whole new world of finely crafted chill trap and future beats. Is it one of most successful remixes of the month? I’d say so…
There’s no doubt that indie pop band The Colourist’s catchiest tune so far is We Won’t Go Home, which just begs us to sing along anytime we hear it. We’ve heard the high energy, superb remix by Jane Doze. Now, check out this pulsing, lustrous remix by Australian production duo Twice As Nice, which gives us a vivid picture of what The Colourist’s would sound like caffeinated and with a penchant for electropop.
Motez’s deep funky house jam Own Up received a remix treatment from respected UK producer Ben Pearce. The new, far less balmy rendition is an entrancing mesh of dark, deep beats and alluring club bounce. It’s certainly a jam that makes me wish it were already late Friday night.
If you haven’t heard the new Gorgon City yet, better get up on this, now! Unmissable, featuring Zak Abel, is sure to be another hit tune for the fast rising UK duo. As if they don’t have enough summer smashes climbing charts, already! As with their other songs, there’s a club ready 90’s house sound to the massive tune. It will be on Gorgon City’s debut album Sirens, out October 6, via Virgin EMI. It’s glaringly obvious that’s going to be one of this year’s biggest dance albums.
Germany’s WKND is back with a sultry tune titled BTSTU (Don’t Fvck With Me). As before, he takes other artists’ music and redesigns them to stellar results. On BTSTU, he works with the original, written by Jai Paul and covered by Niia. The new jungly, deep bass version is unimaginably hypnotic and SBTRKT like.
New duo HONNE smooth jam onto the scene with debut single Warm On A Cold Night, an atmospheric electronic tune that carries that soulful R&B flavor that we’re all loving so very much right now. Some Frank Ocean crooning pair with an extravagant 60’s throwback style for a truly captivating and lustful experience. Honne is labelmates with AlunaGeorge and Bondax on Super Recordings.
Just last night, I was catching Oakland artist Astronauts, etc and UK act CYMBALS at the Rickshaw Stop for a night of terrific music. Astronauts, etc certainly blew me away with the quality of his set, despite some drunk guys annoying me near the end of the set, trying to talk to me with stinky alcohol breath over the music. But I digress. I’ve featured the bedroom R&B pop artist a number of times in the past, but last night, I learned that he’s gearing up to release a debut album! But first comes a new EP, titled Sadie, out September 6. With it comes this intoxicating new woozy psych pop tune Fuss. It captures some of how great Astronauts, etc. was last night, with his beautiful falsettos and his at times chillwavey, R&B, hip hop, and soul flavored electronic sound. It’s like groovy Toro y Moi meets chillwavey Washed Out, with a little splash of Caribou and some How To Dress Well.
Australian songstress Banoffee is really turning some heads with her new single Got It, which was produced by Oscar Key Sung. The playful, sparkling synthpop song saunters through some very minimalist pop territory. The gentle, effervescent rhythm is incessantly catchy and enchanting. At times, the song even reminds me of FKA Twigs’ Water Me. It does, after all, have some R&B pop influence in major play. Watch Banoffee’s new video for the song, below. Got It is the latest single from Banoffee’s forthcoming EP, out August 22 via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control Records.
Out of sunny Los Angeles comes new band TeamMate, a duo who can craft superb, infectious alt pop anthems. Just listen to their bright, soaring new single Goldmine, a song that’s an immediate earworm of a tune, with dazzling synths and energetic beats. It literally shines, like gold. And if you’re not convinced, stream prior single Don’t Count Me Out, below, a hooking, Smallpools like, and synthpop channeling stomper.
It’s been awhile since we last heard from Brooklyn duo EX COPS. In fact, it’s been over a year. They return this week with new single Black Soap, which lies somewhere between peppy indie pop and gritty alt rock. The catchy track is luminous and warm, flowing with hazy, saccharine smoothness and some subtle, bewitching twang. The track was executive produced by Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins and produced by Justin Raisen, who produced for Sky Ferreira previously. I can certainly detect a little Sky and a smattering of Smashing Pumpkins in the tune. EX COPS is slated to release their second album, DAGGERS, on October 28 via Downtown Records.