Kulkid – U Were The One

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French producer Kulkid has made a pretty noticeable mark this year with a collection of high-caliber dance mixes, including some for the likes of Mumford & Sons, Lana Del Rey and (a favorite of ours) Brandy & Monica. Now we can hear what he has in store for his debut release with his first original track, “U Were The One.” Featuring steel drums, chirping birds and jittery, pitch-shifted vocal samples, the French Alps native creates an incredibly infectious house rhythm that stays consistent as it progresses through the highs and lows of the beat. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: Kulkid – “U Were The One”

Movement – Us

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These past twelve months have been pretty big for R&B, what with Frank Ocean, Miguel and The Weeknd releasing fantastic records and breaking out into mainstream success. On the chiller side of the spectrum is up-and-coming Sydney group Movement. The Aussie trio creates some pretty awesome songs on the same level as the aforementioned breakouts, but with a much darker, subtle atmosphere. Fans of the smooth, sensual sounds of Rhye or quiet storm queen Sade will really dig these guys a lot.

Today they released a new single called “Us,” which sticks to the standard sexy lyrics you’d expect from a great R&B singer, driving them home with sensitive falsetto vocals and minimalist electronic production. Turn out those lights, light some scented candles and make sure to listen to the track below with that special someone.

Movement’s “Us” single will be available September 24 via Modular.

STREAM: Movement – “Us”

Low – Stay (Rihanna Cover)

Low, a band known for their sparse melodies, beautifully haunting harmonies and genre-defining “slowcore” aesthetic, have recently been making noise in their latest live shows with a cover of Rihanna ballad “Stay.” Today, they’ve released a studio quality version of the track and it’s just as emotionally gripping as the original. The simple piano-backed cover has Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker pouring their souls out for everyone to see, in effect claiming this song as their own.

Perhaps the best part about this cover is that all online purchases of the track go directly to the Chicago music education organization Rock For Kids. So give back to the kids and enjoy some fantastic music in return. Stream it above or buy a digital copy now on iTunes. While you’re at it, you can grab their latest album The Invisible Way (Sub Pop) too.

 

HAIM – The Wire (Tourist Remix)

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Buzz for HAIM couldn’t be bigger now that their debut LP Days Are Gone is less than a month away. The L.A. sister trio’s first single off the album, “The Wire,” is a solid 70s-style classic rocker with amazing triple harmonies and an intense drum beat (à la The Eagle’s “Heartache Tonight“) produced with a modern indie rock touch.

In comes Tourist to give it some electronica flair. The Brighton-based house producer takes the single, cuts it down to the essentials and morphs it into a synth and bass heavy dance track. The harmonies now sound slightly deranged, and the synth track is overly upbeat, but it all works seamlessly together. When it’s all said and done, “it felt right.” Stream it below.

HAIM’s Days Are Gone is set to release on September 30th via Columbia.

STREAM: HAIM – “The Wire (Tourist Remix)”

The Night VI – Thinking of You

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British six-piece The Night VI - referred to as most by “The Night” - is going to be one of those bands you’ll want to look out for in 2013, especially if chilling gem “Thinking of You” is any indication. Starting with an entrancing guitar intro not unlike The xx, the beautifully haunting, powerful vocals of lead songstress Sophie-Rose Harper professes of a lonely loveless night, forsaken but still unable to forget. Those of you who enjoy singers like Jessie Ware and Sharon Van Etten will not be disappointed with the vocal melodies found here. With a fantastic band supporting her using a flourish of radiant sounds, from the subtle synths and popping bassline to the intense drum pattern, “Thinking of You” is a marvelous first outing from this emerging dream pop group. Stream it below.

The Night VI’s debut EP Still Thinking of You drops August 12th via Parlophone.

STREAM: The Night VI – “Thinking of You”

David Lynch – I’m Waiting Here (Ft. Lykke Li)

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Famed surrealist film auteur David Lynch dabbled with music in the past, making his first significant move into the industry with his dark electronic debut, Crazy Clown Time. Lynch will follow up his 2011 foray with an experimental LP, The Big Dream, later this summer. Today we get our first taste of the album: “I’m Waiting Here.”

The track is a collaboration with Swedish indie pop sensation Lykke Li and is pretty much the antithesis of the oft-declared “summer jam.” The production is dark; the mood is chilling; and Lykke Li’s echoing, wispy vocals behind the eerie downtempo back beat are appropriately Lynchian. Listen to “I’m Waiting Here” in all its Twin Peaks-esque glory exclusively through Spotify below.

David Lynch’s The Big Dream will see release July 16th via Sacred Bones.

STREAM: David Lynch – “I’m Waiting Here (Ft. Lykke Li)”

Disclosure – F For You

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We’ve heard a couple collaborations from rising UK house duo Disclosure in the form of “White Noise (Ft. Alunageorge)” and “You & Me (Ft. Eliza Doolittle)” earlier this year, but now here’s a little taste of how well they shine purely on their own merits. Closing in on the release date of their debut album, Settle, in just under a week, Guy and Howard Lawrence have dropped their latest single “F For You,” a soulful electro-dance track with smooth echoing vocals, a hot high-hat-lead beat and hypnotic synth waves. Stream it below.

Disclosure’s debut album, Settle, will be available June 3rd via PMR Records.

STREAM: Disclosure – “F For You”

Giorgio Moroder – Racer

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Italian electronic and disco legend Giorgio Moroder has seen a resurgence in the music world thanks to his collaboration on Daft Punk’s latest hype machine, Random Access Memories. The 73-year-old producer is also getting back to making solo work of his own as well. It seems he loves collaborating with huge names in the electronic realm, because his latest musical creation is a partnership with none other than Google.

“Racer” is the sole track associated with Google Chrome’s experimental racing smartphone game of the same name. Up to 5 players can line up their smartphones to create an extended race track and drive through all 5 screens. The song features Giorgio’s signature groovy synth work and modulated vocals alongside a real heavy club beat and a tickling piano to assist you in your race to the finish line. The experiment is cool, but “Racer” is a fantastic standalone listen as well.

Listen to the track below and, if you’ve got a friend with the Chrome browser on their iPhone or Android device, give Racer a try. And make sure to pick up the single for FREE over at Google Play.

STREAM: Giorgio Moroder – “Racer”

LIVE: Silversun Pickups, Bad Books @ The Wellmont Theater

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When you go to a rock show on a special holiday, you never know what to expect from the crowd. When that special holiday is Cinco de Mayo, you really don’t know what to expect from the crowd. An uneasiness settled in when I first arrived at The Wellmont Theater, located in the heart of Montclair, New Jersey, for that very reason. Were attendants there to support the bands and have a good time or get drunk out of their minds? I was in no mood to deal with a shitty crowd. Luckily, when I got inside I realized I was in good company. And the night only got better from there.

STREAM: Silversun Pickups - “The Pit”

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Four Tet – Pyramid (Atoms For Peace Remix)

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We’ve seen Thom Yorke and Four Tet collaborate many times in the past in the form of many Radiohead remixes and — along with Burial — the singles “Ego” and “Mirror” in 2011. Now Thom repays the favor through Atoms For Peace with this new remix for Four Tet’s “Pyramid.” The remix is specifically titled “rmx 1,” suggesting there may be more mixes down the line. Let’s hope so, because this 8-minute number, packed with glitchy electronic oscillations and extreme pitch shifting vocal samples, is worth hearing more of. Listen to the track below.

STREAM: Four Tet – “Pyramid (Atoms For Peace Remix)”