Japanese Wallpaper ft Wafia - Breathe In (Daktyl Remix)
Japanese Wallpaper and Wafia’s recent collaboration was utterly breathtaking. The sixteen-year-old producer and burgeoning vocalist were born to work with one another, layering their respective talents together and proving just how hot Australian dance music has been lately. With Daktyl’s poignant remix, we lose nothing from the original and gain a multitude of shimmering synthesizers perfectly crafted for those warm summer months (yeah, it’s summer down under). “Breathe In” sounds good now, but just wait till June rolls around.
Atu - Doubts
Atu releasing a song like “Doubts” on the first day of 2014 couldn’t be more fitting. Something about a new year makes you reflect. Did you achieve more this year than the previous? Did you advance your career and open more doors? Often enough, though, this mental debate will make you doubt yourself. Even more fitting is the sample Atu chose to utilize, lightly pulling elements from “Skylark Interbang!” by Made In Heights to accommodate his own harmonious production. That along with vocal snippets stating “I didn’t mean to get so carried away” combine like otter-pops and a sweltering July afternoon.
The Ninetys - Obey
“Obey” sits just under two minutes, but each individual second throughout the dance-worthy anthem packs such a colossal punch that you might forgot the song even ended and continue to turn up like New Year’s never fully commenced. This is the definition of forward-thinking bass music; coalescing consistent synth taps reminiscent of TNGHT’s work with crashing snares and fiery 808’s. Head over to Bandcamp and experience the diverse musical breadth #BlackSeries has to offer before everyone you know is buzzing about The Ninetys.
Esta - IMadeThisOutDoors
“IMadeThisOutDoors” has feel-good written all over it. The track is dark and undeniably deep, but it just feels good. Esta’s spaced-out creation will induce an instant musical coma, but you will simply feel good. Your bones start to tingle. Any stresses you might possess float away. Your eyes roll back, and the only thought buried deep within your cerebellum is “Damn Esta, those drums sound like heaven.” Than at 1:14, deep turns into deeper. We guarantee you’ll hit the repeat button. You need this “Crack Track” in your life.
Lux Moderna & Dubvirus - Opening the Pentagram EP
Lux Moderna and Dubvirus recently joined forces and brought us their Opening The Pentagram EP, and boy the result is something special. The entire release redefines the term cohesive, connecting fluctuating bodies of production with Kundaini Yoga mantras from Lux Moderna. Even if you’ve never meditated or participated in yoga, this release will affect you. You might not understand what Lux Moderna is chanting, but her radiant vocals will strike a chord amongst each square inch of your body. That is the beauty of music. We recommend heading to Bandcamp right about now and picking up your copy.
Mr. Carmack - Simpler
Sometimes the best music doesn’t resonate on your first listen. Often enough the most cutting-edge releases are less accessible, requiring listeners to put some tender love and care into their relationship with each track before truly understanding. We are going to give you a fair warning: this might happen with “Simpler.” Even if you love Mr. Carmack, we have a feeling you might question what is happening on this specific track. Then, you start to get it. Then, you can’t stop pressing repeat. Then, you cut all ties with friends and family because you would much rather just bump “Simpler” all day. Don’t cut all ties with family and friends because you would much rather just bump “Simpler” all day, but do press play and witness yourself injecting things like “Turn down for what” into every conversation you have. Sidenote: Soulection is about to take over the world in 2014. Just watch.
Himalia - Seeing Straight
Himalia is a chillstep master, and “Seeing Straight” simply confirms this. The British producer has been holding onto this beauty for a long time now, but we’re just glad he finally unveiled it to the world. And what timing, too? This was the exact recipe we needed to cure our unrelenting New Year’s hangover. Well, that and a lot of water, conversations with the porcelain, and a handful of toast. Himalia is the definition of underrated, but we have a good feeling that is going to change in the near future.
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