It is Friday after all, and some people are gearing up to party all weekend long at Coachella weekend 2, so time for something banging. If you followed along this past while, you know that I’m quite the fan of new Swedish duo Galantis, made up of members of Style of Eye and Miike Snow. You happens to be one of my favorite Galantis tuneswith its ostensible simlarity in sound to Miike Snow’s irresistible electronic music. Producer and king of DJs (for years and years and years) Tiesto has teamed up with producer Twoloud for this banging house remix of You, premiered on Life+Times earlier today.
Sebastian Carter’s Stranger Sights, featuring Henry Green, is a smooth, intoxicating combination of a rising UK artist’s vocals and atmospheric production by the young Swiss producer. In some ways, it reminds me of Kidnap Kid’s Stronger with its tranquil, fluid texture and muffled headiness. It’s a sensual deep house track that I can’t but help gravitate towards.
Caitlyn Scarlett’s smoky vocals immediately reminded me of one rising Los Angeles star named BANKS. The young UK artist’s debut single Bad Love starts out very soulful, slinking along seductively with hints of folk and alt dark pop, but then the heavy, guttural bass hits, and the song just takes off. The genre blending song even reminds me at times of Tennessee singer songwriter Meg Myers and her passionate, ghoulish rock music. The mesmerizing, powerful song is off Caitlyn Scarlett’s forthcoming EP Jurassic Jukebox and Other Drugs. I’m looking forward to hearing more.
It’s not often that I have time to check my inbox briefly, but there was a momentarily lull in the day earlier when I was able to click through a few submissions. There was a very succinct email from a duo named My Dear, but it certainly piqued my interest. The two had released a two track EP a month ago, introducing themselves briefly as a producer from Paris and his “beloved Blanche”. Upon clicking the play button, I was surprised by the polished, groovy, synthy dance pop tunes. Perfect Connection has some funky French house vibes and dance punk feels going on. It’s instantly catchy and addictive. Then, there’s Standing In This Dream, a slick but twinkling gem with some Kavinsky like synths and Nile Rodgers like bass. I can certainly loop these two romantic tracks on repeat for some endless enjoyment.
Filled with an abundance of lustrous 80’s synths is Lost Love, a new song from Manchester nostalgia inducing electropop act Futurecop! which features Los Angeles synthpop band DWNTWN. It’s such a dreamy, smooth, weightless gem. The two acts from two different continents come together so perfectly well.
Warm tropical vibes and a fantastic breeziness make Vacationer’s new single The Wild Life a great spring and summer playlist addition. It’s an indie pop sound you should be used to if you’re a fan of the East Coast band’s vibrant, colorful, islandy sound. It’s the first single off their upcoming sophomore album Relief, out June 24 on Downtown Records.
Today, I found out about a UK singer songwriter named James Bay, and he easily melted me into a puddle with his beautiful, moving ballads. There’s a raw vulnerability to his heart string tugging music, such as recent single Let It Go (not related to the film Frozen at all, no). There’s a folksy soulfulness to his music, and I can’t help but hear some Joni Mitchell and Dylan within his music. Another recent must listen is his amazing cover of HAIM’s Forever, which you can find below. He turns the song completely on its heels, creating a tearjerker of a slow acoustic, melancholic track out of it.
Starting this quick share session with something quite serene and beautiful by English singer songwriter Marika Hackman. Deep Green is soothing yet haunting, with some darker, introspective undertones within the gorgeous composition. The folksy tune is off her recent EP Deaf Heat.
The last time I featured up and coming producer DWYR on IHM, he gave us a seductive, slow jam edit of one of my favorite songs of the year, Clean Bandit’s Rather Be (feat. Jess Glynne). It’s a brilliant, sensual alternate approach on the song. Now, he’s reworked Janelle Monae’s Rio 2 soundtrack contribution What Is Love, and what a grooving dance inducing nu-disco inflected house jam it is! I enjoy this even more than the original. There’s a fantastic tropical vibe to the remix, and now I feel like I’m ready for some warm summer nights out dancing!
I literally thanked the music gods when I heard this earlier today (did you see my tweet?), because I’m a huge, devoted fan of suddenly buzzing Baltimore synthpop band Future Islands and I really adore Brooklyn synthpop act Little Daylight’s infectious song Overdose. Future Island’s remix of the earworm of a fun, upbeat tune is a little more subtle and a lot more woozy. Now, let me see if I can picture Sam Herring dancing to this one…
It’s been quite a long time since I’ve featured Brooklyn indie pop duo Savoir Adore, but today’s new video brings me right back into their blissful pop sound. Beating Hearts is off their album Our Nature, which I helped crowdfund what feels like ages ago after their song Dreamers spellbound me. Like Dreamers, Beating Hearts is a burst of warm sunshine and catchy melody.
Ugh, I’ve been searching for the original to share, but it just premiered today and is an exclusive elsewhere, so in the meantime, check out this groovy remix of Juun’s When It’s Alright, which features… YES, you guessed it, SAM SMITH! He’s everywhere! I’ll be where he is tonight! YES! I’ll share the original very soon when it’s not an exclusive anymore, but I gotta say, this funky synthy rework by Tomcraft is pretty tasty too. As for Juun, I learned today that they’re an alias for previously IHM featured German producers Fabich & Ferdinand Weber.