Only in 2018 can a mannequin have 20K Twitter followers and remix a future pop song into a dance floor rave-ready beat. Yes this is a blog post about a FRND remix done by a mannequin (“Charlotte” from the world of creepy YouTube phenomenon Poppy). Only in the age of Gen Z is it acceptable for computer-generated voice to be incorporated into music. I’m not talking about Styx singing about Mr. Roboto or Soulwax using a MicroKORG, Charlotte is all computer. Or is Poppy speaking for her through a computer? The mystery of the internet, my friends. All things considered, this remix does what most great remixes generally do: twists the original track on its head in a unique and refreshing way that makes you want to dance. Nice job, Charlotte. Not half bad for a mannequin.
Swimming in groovy melodies, the Austin duo Bronze Whale, has been excellently crafting their newfound sound which masterfully pieces together luscious breakbeat drums, shimmering pads, and of course Benny’s gentle yet catchy voice, to create an uplifting yet chill experience at every turn. The guys have released four original tracks in this style and now excitedly announce the release of their album, The Shape Of Things, coming later this year. With their soul infused tunes like “One” and “Patterns,” the duo show their ability to effortlessly bend genres, taking elements from electronic, indie, R&B and hip-hop, to create a truly unique listening experience.
Swathed in the sounds of gold, Thai songstress Pyra returns with her latest single, “Regret Me.” Combining ancient world sounds with modern dance music, the lyrical siren radiates a radical elegance. “Regret Me” boasts chopped production that skips atop a vibrant beat like a stone on water. Stitched together with a DNA of ominous glamour, Prya’s fluid, vocal strut can not be overstated. A labyrinth of digital production transforms into a mosaic colored by her seductive, stormy voice. Her coolness comes with a sense of wisdom, and ease. Lose yourself in this psychedelic crossover of temptation and rhythm.
Celebrating the echoing soundscapes of indie electronic music, Berkeley-based producer Emmit Fenn returns in an R&B-esque fashion with his latest drop, “Without You” featuring Drew Love. Defined by a slackened cadence and seductive lyricism, the duo showcases a deep sense of synchronicity. Revered not only for his mellow take on dance music, Emmit’s poetic vocals simultaneously stand as a pillar in his signature aesthetic. “Without You” is as tranquil as it is prolific. The silvery outline pays tribute to music that reaches far beyond the influence of everyday electronic production. The echoing lyricism coincides like a yin and yang with the production- giving rise to each other as they aesthetically interrelate. Polished and fluid, “Without You” stands at the apex of indie-R&B. Emmit, Drew, we're listening.
Swathed in allure, Belgium-based producer Alex Lustig returns with “Enough,” boasting the esoteric vocals of Melbourne’s own Akacia. Having produced for hip-hop legends by the likes of Young Thug, MGK, and Freddie Gibbs, Alex Lustig is redirecting his resonance into something softer, a sound defined by mysticism. “Enough” is built on meditative pillars, strong enough to carry his signature sound, and gentle enough to feed the soul. A smoked out beat lays the foundation for Akacia’s seductive lyricism to glow with bliss. This organic framework of sonorous sounds is saturated with a whispering mantra, proving his enchantment is set to be long-lasting. Join us on this cloud, as we lose ourselves in the trance-like labyrinth that is the prodigal mind of Alex Lustig.
Today, I'm in a mood. I've been having to deal with some pretty stupid nonsense and I'm kinda just over it! Good thing I can throw on my headphones and blast this new Gramatik & Kotek jam because it's giving me that energy to give everyone a double middle finger - both hands yo! "Vitalik Buterin" has a bouncy aggressive vibe mixed in with that jazz infused jam-tronica funk and almost industrial undertones ... as if to say I give zero fucks! It's refreshing and I want to twirl around the room while headbanging! It's only Tuesday ... but we'll make it through!
Dripping in a royal sashay, Nashville’s indie-pop songstress and self-proclaimed "hot mess," estef, returns swathed in a signature swagger with her latest joint, “Come Around.” A groovy beat illuminates the sensualities of her crystal clear vocals, building a framework of feminine energy and attitude. Combining the sounds of classic soul, indie-pop, and electro-r&b “Come Around” is stitched together with a DNA of glitz and sway. Colorful and saturated with a neon reverberation, estef’s energy is infectious and compelling. The jazzy, Motown inspired queen is solidifying her place on a rose gold throne at the pinnacle of electro-pop- watch this space.
"I am so excited to be releasing my new single “Come Around”! This song is about initial attraction and the feeling that comes with meeting someone that really excites you." -estef
A cosmic collision of dance music’s most prolific subgenres, electronic producer warner case teamed up with hip-hop MC Zak Downtown to unveil their groovy, collaborative single, “good time.” Hustling the streets of a concrete jungle, the NYC-based duo shares a rare sense of synchronicity, prompting a playful, cohesive framework. “good time” is a honeycomb of laudable, diverging resonance, boasting an intangible gravity that physically moves the body. The full bodied, disco-house joint flaunts aromas of hip-hop courtesy of Zak Downtown’s flirtatious flow. Swathed in a neon reverberation, “good time” is a staple for party goers, and go seers. Get down with the get down, and stay tuned for more from both warner case, and Zak Downtown
Bay Area super-babe, HEWAN drips gold in her latest single, “Dope,” the sophomore single from her forthcoming album Blossom. Likened to the iconic sounds of Lauryn Hill and Brandy, the genre blending siren takes femme-stitched, electro-R&B to new horizons. Her authenticity radiates soul and passion, bringing culture to American soul via her Ethiopian heritage. HEWAN is unfettered in “Dope,” illuminating her signature swagger and gallant attitude. Walking a delicate line between sensual and unyielding, “Dope” gives striking insight to the glory that will come to fruition as Blossom.