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.
Local Natives – Ceilings (Kasbo Remix)
Kicking things off today is a bass-laden remix of Local Natives from a young Swedish producer you need to know about. The burgeoning 18-year-old artist possesses a shimmering and bubbly sound; taking listeners on an immersive journey the second they press play. “Ceilings” stays true to this general mantra, kicking things off with two separate sets of pitched vocals, layering over themselves white introducing bright synthesizers to the mix. He may be young, but there is an attention to detail in his sound design that stands out throughout. Head over to Kasbo’s SoundCloud and see for yourself.
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?
Thief – Closer (Akouo Remix)
The Tasmanian daredevil strikes again, and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Akouo initially appeared on our expansive radar with his release of “Last Time,” showing off a blissful sound that skyrocketing across the globe and garnered him over 160,00 plays. This time, we get another addicting remix that just feels good. Akouo takes on “Closer” from fellow Aussie producer Thief, shining an entirely fresh light on his haunting vocals with a delicate batch of instrumentations that will give fans a reason to get up and dance.
Kyross. – AAA Ft. Harris Cole
You can’t help but notice how creative certain sub-genres of trap have gotten. We weren’t initially sold on the movement back in 2012 when the whole craze touched down, but things have taken a turn for the better in recent memory. There will always be festival trap at the helm of big electronic events, but below the surface are a multitude of producers willing and able to push boundary lines. Kyross and Harris Cole did exactly this on their recent collaboration entitled “AAA,” pursuing a crunchy and melodic feel that has unorthodox and trippy written all over it. Vancouver B.C. meets Chicago on this bad boy, and we can’t seem to get enough.
Banks – Brain (Fei-Fei’s Feided Remix)
Alright, let’s get this on the table: we are absolutely, positively, obsessed with anything involving Banks. The Los Angeles based vocalist is pursuing a dark twist on modern Pop and R&B, linking up with like-minded producers more than able to capture her bewitching vocals with ominous backdrops. On this recent remix, we experience a similar effect. Fellow LA resident Fei-Fei takes on the eerie production of Shlohmo on “Brain,” retaining a similar fluctuation while kicking certain sections to previously unmatched levels. These ladies are making some serious moves right now, and we can’t wait to watch them develop.
S-Type – Billboard (Lido Remix)
The Internet has been buzzing hard about Lido this week. Everywhere we looked we saw bloggers, managers, and music fanatics raving about his undeniably enthralling sound, and even esteemed producers like RL Grime and Ryan Hemsworth have been dropping his mysterious, unreleased remix of Disclosure’s “Latch.” So, what’s all the fuss about you might ask? Basically, the kid has mad talent. His remix of “Billboard” has that creative, jaw-dropping approach to production seen in tracks from fellow Norwegian prodigy Cashmere Cat, and we can guarantee beyond a shadow of a doubt that Lido will be a household name by the end of 2014. Mark our words. Contrary to popular belief, it also appears that Lido and Trippy Turtle are the same person. Mind blown.
jack steadman – in the morning
The primary tag for jack steadman’s most recent joint is “Gospel,” and we couldn’t agree more with this classification. The British producer gives you something to believe in with “in the morning,” bridging a light, garage-based sound with angelic and harmonious vocal samples that give the song an evocative feel throughout. You will lose yourself in his sound within seconds. It’s minimalistic, but possesses just enough bounce to have you jumping back and forth between nodding your head and sitting still with a contemplative demeanor.
Låpsley– Painter (Hazy Mountains Remix)
Låpsley is another vocalist that has truly captured our undivided attention recently, coalescing poignant lyrics with her own subtle production. On “Painter,” we experienced this exact synthesis with a light layering of her dainty vocals over faint and distant instrumentations. It was simple, but worked for that exact reason. We couldn’t get enough of the original, but have embraced this Hazy Mountains remix with open arms. It’s undeniably more upbeat, but the German musician stayed true to the general ambiance of Låpsley’s work by keeping things minimal throughout. Regardless, you can’t help but lose yourself amongst his touching production.
LION KNGS – U & No One Else
The feels throughout this tune couldn’t be more real. The LA/CO based producers known as LION KNGS took Sasha Keable's "Spoke to Myself" in an entirely divergent direction, pitching her vocals while providing an emotive, hip-hop influenced set of instrumentations. You can tell how imperative attention to detail is to both of these producers throughout, showing up with each drum sample, synth line, or 808 burst. This wasn’t sloppily thrown together, but meticulously crafted with every intention of removing listeners from whatever struggle might be currently burdening them.
O L V – Close To Us Ft. Låpsley (GXNXVS Remix)
We absolutely love everyone involved in this song. You already know how we feel about Låpsley, and we’ve featured tracks from GXNXVS, Tulpa, and BABEL in the past. Now, we get to hear the influence of all four immensely talented musicians on one delightful song. GXNXVS gives “Close To Us” a hazy treatment, enrapturing the conscious of each listener with an exhilarating set of splashy synths. This one reminds us how much we love the Internet. Artists from the UK, Australia, Belgium, and Pennsylvania involved with one track, and it’s everything we expected.
Frank + Derol – Barely Love You Too (Bronze Whale + Libations & Oscillations Edit)
You don’t mess with Texas, especially when two of the state’s most promising production duos decided to jump on a remix together. Austin residents Bronze Whale, Libations & Oscillations took the gentle, pop-rock track “Barely Love You Too” from Frank + Derol for a ride, injecting a light trap influence and creating pure gold. Those chopped up vocals will leave you breathless within seconds. Rapidly oscillating shifts in production will catch you off guard, and those electrifying vocals are the cherry on top.
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