Toro y Moi announces new album with funky single, ‘Freelance’

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Toro y Moi announces new album with funky single, ‘Freelance’Toro Y Moi

With his Les Sins  and Laff Trax side projects, multiple collaborative EPs, and his pattern of releasing an album every year since 2015, Chaz Bundick may be one of the busiest artists out there. Now, the chillwave progenitor has announced Outer Peace, his sixth studio album under the Toro y Moi moniker, and released a new single, “Freelance.”

A more upbeat and engaging track than much of his 1980s inspired 2017 album, Boo Boo, Toro y Moi brings out the autotune on his latest, high-energy offering. “Freelance” includes some funky synth work and choppy vocals warped by his stimulating production. If this first single off of his upcoming 10-track album is any indication of the rest of the project, Toro y Moi fans are in for a captivating end to 2018, with features from Abra, Wet., and Instupendo on the way.

Outer Peace Tracklist:

01 Fading
02 Ordinary Pleasure
03 Laws of the Universe
04 Miss Me (ft. Abra)
05 New House
06 Baby Drive It Down
07 Freelance
08 Who Am I
09 Monte Carlo (ft. Wet.)
10 50-50 (ft. Instupendo)

Keys N Krates drop third track off of debut album ‘Do What U Do’

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Toronto-based live electronic group Keys N Krates did not disappoint with their new single “Do What U Do,” out now on Dim Mak Records.

Through warm chords and harmonious vocal samples, the group fuses a nostalgia-inducing track, and the groovy vibes make “Do What U Do” the perfect chill out song.

This is Keys N Krates’ third release off of their debut album Cura, set for release later this year on Dim Mak. Cura will be supported by an extensive headlining tour, with the North American leg kicking off on January 24th in Buffalo, NY and running through the spring.

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Chrome Sparks unveils ‘What’s It Gonna Take’ alongside tour announcement

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Electronica producer Chrome Sparks,  born Jeremy Malvin, has released his latest synth-pop track, “What’s It Gonna Take,” via Counter Records to coincide with the announcement of his upcoming North American tour with Machinedrum.

The release comes after a bit of a hiatus, as Sparks has released just two singles in 2016 & 2017 combined. Sparks rose to eminence in 2013 after the independent release and wild acclaim of his decisively-named tune “Marijuana.” Sparks’ distinctive sound lies in his ability to incorporate his admiration for dance music, vintage synthesizers, and breezy beats, lending his production keen chromatic tendencies.

Interwoven in the fabric of “What’s It Gonna Take” is the intricate, echoing percussion so characteristic of Sparks, here delivering a 90’s-oriented impression — especially when paired with the sulky pop vocals of Angelica Bess. The track thrives in its oscillating, retro synth work, and atmospheric reverb, which roar the track to life in the intro.

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[esq]ape Releases “Last Christmas | evolved”

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With only two days before Christmas, many of us will be busy wrapping those last minute gifts this weekend in preparation for the big day. While many of us may already have the classic Christmas music playing on repeat, I thought it’d be great to showcase a more minimalistic approach to a holiday classic. [esq]ape

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Shrimpnose unveils emotive new EP, ‘dawn’

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Art somberly mirrors life on Minnesotan producer shrimpnose’s latest offering, the just over eleven minute “dawn (ep).” The artist commemorates his late friend Donnie’s life on the new ambient EP through melancholic yet hopeful soundscapes.

Gradually processing grief over its emotive five tracks, the “dawn” EP opens with the lo-fi title track. After the third minute mark, the first breezy tune “dawn” progresses into the static of the second, dubbed “heroes.” After the glistening third track “since then,” a whispering monologue brings the listener down to earth on its fourth offering “dusk.” Gradually growing hopeful, a stunning display of strings rounds out the EP on its closer “back when.”

The “dawn” EP showcases a gripping display of emotion and merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to shrimpnose’s talent. The artist has recently played opening slots for the likes of  XXYYXX, TOKiMONSTA, Giraffage, Purity Ring, Troyboi, Ekali, The Geek x Vrv, Eprom and Medasin. shrimpnose is set to close out 2017 with a performance at Snowta NYE 2017 in his home state.

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Sunday Morning Medicine: seeing extended family sucks, this playlist doesn’t

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Sunday Morning Medicine is an eclectic playlist for the chill at heart. Curated weekly, chillers of divergent tastes Alexandra Blair and Michael Cooper bring you a selection of tracks to relax to. Our editorial feature highlights the cream of the crop, but you can follow the official playlist on Spotify

This week’s opening salvo comes courtesy of vocalist Sophie Meiers. With Baltimore-based producer Vide providing an appropriately oceanic foundation, Meiers’ voice occupies “Shores’” center stage. Her breathy delivery is accompanied by meandering guitar licks, wobbling synth patches, and a rumbling bass that motivates the track without ramping up the energy too high. The end result: an indolent, swaying RnB tune.

A cut from German producer B-Side’s LP When Streets Are Empty, brings laid back vibes and makes the most of its minimal style. An electric piano pings through the audio-spatial spectrum, giving way to nocturnal horn samples. Throughout, a meandering bass line rumbles underneath while a shuffling pattern on a ride cymbal — mostly hidden — provides an element of stability to the affair.

Philadelphia’s Nick Anthony — with an assist from Still Haze — offers up this edition’s most energetic track, “Blur.” A multifaceted production that pulls from styles ranging from 80s nostalgia to the future sounds dominating the electronic music scene today, “Blur” is most impressive in its structure. With so many unique riffs and sound selections, one would expect a thumping powerhouse. However, Anthony maintains a measure of restraint and melds the disparate elements into a cohesive, mellow original.

The penultimate selection is Tajima Hal’s “Until Morning.” A clever patchwork of samples creates a dreamy, hazy atmosphere that mollifies the listener. Clocking in at just under three minutes, “Until Morning” is actually one of Hal’s longer compositions. Still, the track is never in any rush and is perfectly content to float along to its conclusion without ever pushing the energy envelope.

Finally, Pool Cosby’s “New York Band Plays New York Venue” brings this edition to a close. An extended intro of slickly produced piano chords opens into a tightly composed verse. Vocal chops weave in and out of trumpet runs while a clever drum pattern taps out the foundation. The track builds to a cathartic crescendo that never explodes but releases into a grinning, smooth outro.

Stream the official Sunday Morning Medicine playlist below and hit follow on Spotify for updates in real time.

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Lucy In Disguise – Echoes In Time

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Californian synthwave producer, Lucy In Disguise, has released his newest ethereal track, “Echoes In Time,” audibly expanding upon his 2016 EP, Endless Echoes. The Santa Barbara-based artist is perhaps best known for his ability to incorporate retro synthesizing into his modern, chromatic dreamscapes, like in his Dreamscape EP of 2014. Fittingly named, Lucy In Disguise’s cinematic, unconventional brand of electronica emulates the atmospheric allure of synth wizards like Tycho and Com Truise.

Released via Innerworks Records,”Echoes In Time” is an intricate, lucid journey, layered in ’80s and ’90s textures with a futuristic center. The track’s ambient melodies and downtempo bliss carry the listener back through technicolor dreams long-forgotten.

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San Holo debuts new uplifting single ‘One Thing’

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2017 has proven to be a breakout year for Dutch DJ/producer San Holo. The bitbird label head has garnered immense praise from around the world of dance music and looks poised to capitalize on the success of hit singles like “We Rise”  and “I Still See Your Face,” as he brings his Gouldain Finch 2 tour across the US.

Now San Holo is back with yet another stirring new track entitled “One Thing,” which he teased last week at a November 11 show in Boston. The emotive new tune perfectly encapsulates San Holo’s captivating sonic style and features ethereal vocals and infectious lyrics that blend exquisitely with gripping percussive elements and uplifting synths.

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Louis Futon – Restless Sea ft Opia

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Louis Futon has been a remix machine of late, with recent flips of Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, and Tyler, The Creator pointing his sonic compass into a distinctly R&B/hip-hop driven direction. For the producer’s newest single, out now via ODESZA‘s Foreign Family Collective, Futon has enlisted the chill, soulful vocal talents of progressive rock trio Opia.

The track, “Restless Sea,” is a chill trap ballad with vocals that call upon an R&B aesthetic and instrumentals that fuse this sound with a smooth alternative rock vibe. To match their soaring, gritty vocals, and highly metaphorical lyrics, Opia’s contribution to the track’s overall sound design delves to the deepest depths of effortless sincerity. Most of all, “Restless Sea” spotlights Futon’s love for the electric guitar, with passionate arpeggiated riffs over each drop that builds nicely over the track’s slow pounding drum work, highlighting the song’s deeply harmonic quality.

The entire track is a stunningly balanced journey into emotionally-driven soundscapes and genre-fusing future bass, with all the atomic energy of a fission bomb.

“I’ve been a fan of Opia for a long time and met DJ and Cole when I moved out to LA. I wanted to combine both of our sounds to make something big. This song turned out to be a personal favorite of mine, I’m a sucker for massive guitar riffs though.”

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Premiere: JP Saxe – Anybody Else (Win & Woo Remix)

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Chicago-based duo Win & Woo have had a stellar 2017. From an array of successful singles like “Chicago” with Bryce Fox to partnering with Blue Moon brewing for “Constellation” to their current tour with fellow Windy City natives Louis the Child, Nick Winholt and Austin Woo haven’t slowed down in the slightest as the year has progressed.

They’re heading into the holiday season with a catchy remix of JP Saxe’s “Anybody Else.” The remix takes a minimalist approach to the dark, sultry feel of the original track, stripping it down to JP Saxe’s vocals and a simple drum pattern for the verses. Their interpretation of “Anybody Else” is more lighthearted than the original, giving it more of a playful feel.

JP Saxe shared his thoughts on the origins of the track and Win & Woo’s rework of it.

“I’ve been a songwriter for a few years now, and going into sessions almost everyday, I noticed this overwhelming theme both in the studio and on the radio of what I call, ‘you hurt me, but I like it’ love songs. I think that’s getting a little played out. Yet there is obviously something very human about wanting something even more because you think you shouldn’t want it. I’d like to think ‘Anybody Else’ is a slightly more sophisticated twist on that concept…it’s leaning into the forbidden-ness in a self aware way, like you’re creating the barriers on purpose just so you can both enjoy breaking them. The original version plays into the sexy, mysterious tone of that feeling. Win and Woo’s remix plays into the fun of it, and the fun of it is very real.” 

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