♫ Listen: Kelela – “AQUAPHORIA”

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Alright I’ll just say it: this mix is suffused with luminosity.

Let me explain:

I put on AQUAPHORIA this morning while ~drinking my coffee~. It’s a nifty little mix that dropped June 28th as part of NTS’s three-day WXAXRXP broadcast. I saw that the mix contained a playlist of ambient-y and new age-y type joints with Kelela vocals over top. I also saw Jaco Pastorius’s name on the tracklist, and well, Jaco paired with Kelela vocals seemed bonkers, so I lurched forward to smash that play button.

And good God. How could I have known that Kelela singing over this would be the highlight of my week? That Kelela would drop a mix of irresistible sanguinity with her vocals dripping over top like grenadine?

Okay I’m gonna go back to listening to this and then dive into the discographies of some of the artists here that I’ve never listened to before. Join me, will you? Stream below.

Kelela sings over Aphex Twin and more in new Warp NTS mix

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In a mystifying new mix from Warp Records, DC native Kelela takes the form of spirit guide through a near hour-long journey of an abstract and ambient collection of music.

Kelela sings deliciously over tracks from the likes of Aphex Twin, Visible Cloaks, Oneohtrix Point Never, and more. The mix is hypnotizing, as words and musical transitions are left undiscerned. According to the singer, ‘AQUAPHORIA’ was arranged mostly in solitude, with remote online collaboration from the artists featured on the mix. The result of her labor is melt-worthy.

As it was created, ‘AQUAPHORIA’ begs to be experienced internally, perhaps on a rainy day or over a cotton candy sunset. Kelela’s voice envelopes the senses, as do the carefully selected talents and tracks that carry her.

H/T: Pitchfork

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Hear Kelela Sing Over Aphex Twin & Autechre On New AQUAPHORIA Mix

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KelelaAvant-R&B artist Kelela is known for her ability to sing over futuristic, experimental beats. And on her new hour-long AQUAPHORIA mix, that’s exactly what she does. Released as part of WXAXRXP, a three-day broadcast on NTS Radio celebrating the 30th anniversary of Warp Records, AQUAPHORIA finds Kelela adding new vocals over tracks from Aphex Twin, … More »

Kindness – “Lost Without” (Feat. Seinabo Sey)

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KindnessIt’s been about five years since Otherness, the last album from Kindness. In the past few years, the disco-pop auteur has been working with other artists, contributing to records from people like Robyn, Solange, and Blood Orange. But last month, Kindness returned with “Cry Everything,” a new song that featured vocals … More »

Kelela – “Waitin (Kaytranada Remix)”

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Kelela & KaytranadaOne year ago, the futuristic, experimental R&B singer Kelela released her official debut album Take Me Apart. And next week, to mark the anniversary, she’s returning to that same album with the release of TAKE ME A_PART, THE REMIXES, a new remix album executive produced by Kelela and her longtime collaborator Asma Maroof … More »

Kelela – “LMK (Remix)” (Feat. Princess Nokia, Junglepussy, & CupcakKe)

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Last year, Kelela released “LMK,” the lead single from her lauded album Take Me Apart. The debut landed both Album Of The Week and a spot on our 50 Best Albums Of 2017 list. Most recently, her Pitchfork Music Festival performance made Tom Breihan declare her theMore »

Pitchfork Music Festival: Kelela Is The Future

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Kelela2018 was the year that Pitchfork quietly became a leftfield R&B festival. It’s not just that; there will always be room for plenty of indie rock at this particular shindig. But if there’s a major overarching story of this year’s festival, it’s the story of a subtle tectonic shift. Tonight, old gods Lauryn Hill and … More »

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.


Moogfest releases phase two of their already stellar lineup

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From Moogfest Facebook

Moogfest has built a name for itself around both its highly immersive visual and technological programming and stellar lineups year in and year out.

This year’s initial lineup announcement sparked slight controversy when the festival announced the first phase of their lineup would feature exclusively female and non-binary talent. The first phase announcement included performances by SOPHIE, Fawks, Jamila Woods, and Gavin Rayna Russom of LCD Soundsystem, along with various extracurricular programming such as a keystone presentation by privacy rights activist Chelsea Manning.

Now, the festival has released the second phase of their 2018 lineup. The festival will play host to two performances by Mouse on Mars, Jon Hopkins and Little Boots; an “ultramodern sonic installation hosting original creations by nine artists;” a headlining performance by R&B visionary Kelela; a Sleep Concert by members of Bedroom Community, as well as durationals by Wes Borland and Gareth Jones + Nick Hook.

The festival’s 2018 music programming is still expanding, with more announcements to come.

Premiere: Kelela – A Message (Petticoat Remix)

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The name “Petticoat” carries a sense of childlike wonder — and that’s exactly the vision behind the moniker of LA-based songwriter and producer David Halsey. Fusing warm, bubbly textures and metallic melodies with dark, rough noises, the result is an emotional and atmospheric expedition that tugs at the duality between masculinity and femininity.

Petticoat delivers a fresh take on his musical vision with his newest remix of Kelela’s “A Message.” When asked about the remix, he states, “The original was perfect, but it also left so much space for somebody to completely change the dynamic of the song. I took her voice and pitched it up, and it blended harmoniously with my backdrop of soft pads, bubbly arps, and polished chiptune effects. The end result is a song that feels like a smooth and mild sugar rush inside a PS1 video game.”

It’s clear to see that this potion of sonically warped arrangements and uplifting melodies not only pushes the idea of what music represents, it is also catchy as hell. Like smelling a fine perfume or eating an after-dinner mint, Petticoat’s music is sure to refresh your musical palette while you savor in its sound.

We can’t wait to get more from Petticoat in the future.