By: Jordan Calvano
The mantra of Crack Tracks is simple: “We scour the Internet so you don’t have to.” Every single day we find stunning tracks that we don’t have time to post, and that can get frustrating. There are too many good artists going unnoticed on The Untz, and this series is our attempt to further put a dent in all the electronic music that continues to stream from far reaching corners of the world.
AlunaGeorge – Kaleidoscope Love (Kaytranada Edition)
Kaytranada has the remix game by the cojones right now. The Canadian producer possesses an undeniable love for smooth R&B; using this to blend up each delectable track he takes on with gentle precision while adding his signature bounce to the equation. On “Kaleidoscope Love,” he recreates one of the most underrated tunes from AlunaGeorge thus far, injecting his signature flair into the mix and adding his name to the long list of stellar producers who’ve remixed the rising British duo.
With Crack Tracks, we want to focus on artists and specific styles that aren’t getting as much attention here. This weekly series will highlight some of our favorite songs that we haven’t already covered, targeting artists releasing music more addicting than crack itself. The type of music you can’t get enough of. One hit just won't suffice. Are you ready to get high with us?
XXTRAKT – Hold Me
This song should come with a warning. Do not press play if you’re prone to epileptic shock, pregnant, or drinking a hot beverage. Why the hot beverage part you ask? Well, lets just say this song’s drop will induce movement similar to the wacky waving inflatable arm tube man. The British duo known as XXTRAKT held nothing back on “Hold Me,” kicking things off with rapidly flickering melodies and pitched vocal samples before unleashing a series of pulsing, 808 heavy sections.
Bodhi – I Need You
Sometimes you just need to take it one deeper. Not just a little deep, but a full-forced assault that takes deep to all new levels. Thankfully for Bodhi, they have developed a certain knack for this type of action that will leave your entire psyche dancing in unison to their laid-back instrumentations. The Cardiff based duo are dropping a three track EP next week, but for now we can enjoy the sweet, sweet sounds of “I Need You.” The luscious tune coalesces nostalgic vocal samples with dance-worthy drum work, filling the soul of any listener with absolute bliss from start to finish.
Vindata - …For One To Follow EP
If you haven’t been keeping tabs on Symbols Recordings lately, we have just one question for you: why the hell not? The Los Angeles based label formed by Kastle himself has been putting out some of the most cutting edge, futuristic beats in the game right now, and Vindata’s new EP is no different. Spearheaded by the weed loving, Kenzie May vocal featuring anthem “All I Really Need,” the burgeoning duo are developing a sound that is guaranteed to garner some major attention real soon. See for yourself.
Galimatias & Joppe – One Step Back Ft. GoldLink (Instrumental)
The original version of this song was already extremely dope, but sometimes you just need to experience the instrumental. Zone out; take in those precious and bewitching synthesizers on their lonesome. That’s what we finally got from Galimatias and Joppe this week, providing fans with a stripped back version of their recent collaboration entitled “One Step Back.” You still get those soulful vocals in the background, guiding listeners through the tune’s visceral percussions and uplifting soundscapes without GoldLink’s original verse. Do you prefer this version or the original?
The Kite String Tangle – Midnight Voices (Coldplay X Porter Robinson)
We aren’t really ones for posting traditional mashups on Crack Tracks, but The Kite String Tangle just made us break our own rules. Than again, there really isn’t traditional about this one. Sure, the Aussie combined elements of two different songs, but beyond that there is so much more. You get one serving of Coldplay, one of Porter Robinson, and than an unlimited supply of sprinkles on top from the man himself. He takes out those M83-esque sections from “Sea of Voices,” instead focusing on the more lighthearted sections and layering vocal elements from both songs to complete his fitting juxtaposition.
Lemaitre – High Tide
You might remember Lemaitre from their work on “Dreamcatcher” by Camo & Krooked, clocking in at number seven on our list of the Top 10 Drum ‘N’ Bass Songs of 2013. Well, the Norwegian group is back, coming in hot with a live instrument based dance tune that mixes elements of smooth jazz with a batch of captivating vocals. The first few seconds of “High Tide” feel almost reminiscent of “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against The Machine, mimicking a similar guitar pattern before bursting into a converging battlefield of playful instruments. We can almost guarantee this one will make you smile.
Tydes – Pray For you Ft. Låpsley
Låpsley is quickly proving to have some of the most mellifluous vocals in all of music. Pitch her melodies any which way and they will sound splendid, carefully fitting alongside the harmonious production of any artist she hops on, including her own. Tydes knew what he was doing when requesting the British songstress to sing on “Pray For You,” adding to his alluring drum and synth work with her continually fluctuating forms of pitch. Tydes will be dropping his new EP new week, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
ZHU – Faded
You would think the world of electronic music would get tired of all these mystery producers appearing out of nowhere on a daily basis, but we continue to get excited like they were the first ones to try this method of promotion. A few weeks ago we featured the faceless Golden Features, and now we’ve got ZHU. Responsible for that undeniably catchy Outkast cover entitled “Moves Like Ms Jackson,” the mystery producer and vocalist continues to catch the attention of bloggers and music fanatics alike with “Faded.” The lyrics are so simple, but that’s what makes them great. You will memorize them after about two or three listens, and getting them out of your head is no easy task.
Mimi Page – Treading The Abyss
If you hadn’t noticed yet, we happen to possess a certain love affair with anything Mimi Page unveils. The talented musician continues to steadily master her own unique trifecta, tackling the worlds of production, songwriter, and singing with a certain ease that has inspired us for a long time now. While we didn’t get any actual lyrics from Mimi on “Treading The Abyss,” the heartwarming amalgam of her ethereal instrumentations and haunting vocal melodies was enough to instantly win us over, leaving us completely breathless each time we press play. Now, we get a video to accompany the gorgeous number from Scott Witter and Mimi Page herself, and it couldn’t fit the song any better.
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