CHVRCHES – We Sink (The Range Remix)

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Ahead of their North American tour dates, CHVRCHES have released a remix of their song “We Sink” by tourmate James Hinton a.k.a. the Range. Hinton’s version lingers on Lauren Mayberry’s vocals as a spine throughout, raising the pitch, looping and slowing them down just slightly. It’s a striking feeling to hear the Glasgow synth-pop trio’s breakneck pace changed even slightly. The lush synths of the original track are stripped down and combined with a string arrangement into a thick undercurrent supporting the Range’s trademark quick hitting snares, handclaps and metronomic beats. Hinton is obviously undaunted by the task of changing what’s already such an exceptional track, as he manages to leave enough of the original to make the source recognizable, but adds plenty to make this mix his. Stream it below.

The Range’s Panasonic EP is available now via donky pitch.

STREAM: CHVRCHES – “We Sink (The Range Remix)”

Festival Fever: Syd Arthur

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Now that yet another Coachella has passed we can get ready for…oh right, another Coachella. One band that will be playing Indio this weekend is Cantebury’s Syd Arthur. Distiller.fm recently caught up with the bluesy, psychedelic foursome. Hit the jump for a video interview in which they talk about their festival experiences, influences, making a living as musicians and more. You can also check out studio performances of “Garden Of Time” and “Hometown Blues” below.

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Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

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British electronic duo Disclosure have spent the last two years exploding in popularity following the release of their debut album, Settle. They’re also performing at Coachella for the second year in a row, but refuse to rest on their laurels. Instead, they’re back again collaborating with producer Friend Within for new track “The Mechanism.” It’s every bit the level of quality people have come to expect from the group. A handclap and high hat heavy beat forms the foundation for a woozy synth line and multiple vocal loops. The synth bridge has the brothers’ fingerprints all over it, while Friend Within handles the vocals and more traditional DJ work to complement their more house tendencies. The track is versatile, leaving it up to the listener how into the groove they want to get, but five minutes of Disclosure is going to end in dancing more often than not. Check it out below.

STREAM: Disclosure x Friend Within – “The Mechanism”

Elliot Moss – Slip

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It’s hard to get an exact bead on what’s going on in Elliot Moss’ new song “Slip.” It’s like an old jazzy lounge tune with vocals from the second Bon Iver album, all put through an Imogen Heap filter. Its grooves are lilting, smooth and subtly seductive, while the electronic overtones give it a sheen of cool. At the open it seems like the song will develop into an airy bit of dream pop, but then that slow, thick, heavy beat kicks in, planting the tune’s feet solidly in the earth. Heady stuff for a guy who still has to wait two years to legally drink. If this is the kind of stuff that Moss is putting out at 19, it’ll certainly be exciting to hear what he grows into.

“Slip” is the third song on Elliot Moss’ recently released debut Highspeeds. Stream it below.

STREAM: Elliot Moss – “Slip”

Wolf Gang – Black River

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It seems like forever since we last heard from Wolf Gang. Their debut full-length Suego Faults proved to be a transatlantic success after its 2011 release thanks to a cornucopia of hits like “Lions In Cages,” “The King And All Of His Men” and “Dancing With The Devil.” The London foursome is poised to keep things going in 2014 with a brand new EP: Black River. It isn’t due out until April 29th, but to get you all ready the band has dropped the release’s title track. With the assistance of UK producer Floods (U2, Nine Inch Nails), “Black River” shows that Wolf Gang haven’t missed a step when it comes to explosive, anthemic indie rock. Give it a listen below.

STREAM: Wolf Gang – “Black River”

Nicky Blitz – Alex (Amtrac Remix)

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It was only a couple of months ago that ATG Records alum Nicky Blitz made his return with a brand new single — “Alex.” Now the bicoastal artist is keeping things going by enlisting the remix assistance of none other than Amtrac. The Louisville producer makes an electronic dreamscape out of Scapa’s latest, luring the listener in some with twinkling synths before launching into a driving beat made for midnight city drives. Stream the remix below, and make sure to catch Nicky Blitz live when he hits up this year’s sweetlife festival in DC on Saturday, May 10th.

STREAM: Nicky Blitz – “Alex (Amtrac Remix)”

Sylvan Esso – Play It Right

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Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun joined forces last year to create Sylvan Esso. As part of the lead-up to their impending debut LP, today the North Carolina duo re-released one of their first-ever tracks “Play it Right.” The song was originally by Meath’s alma mater but was then debuted by Sylvan Esso this past August. “Play it Right” is a swirling bouquet of sound that combines Amelia’s folksy vocals with Sanborn’s sweeping synth and basslines. Give it a listen below, and hit the jump to see them perform the track at a recent Sofar Sounds show in London.

STREAM: Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

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Ticket Giveaway: sweetlife 2014

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So you’re familiar with that sweetlife festival thing that’s happening at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th? Yeah, the sold out one featuring live sets from Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Bombay Bicycle Club, St. Lucia and more. Cool, well just so happens we have a bunch of general admission tickets to give away — ten, to be exact. So naturally, we’re going to give ten lucky winners the chance to attend the festival for FREE.

To enter to win, hit the jump and complete all the steps in the widget below. We’ll pick the winners on Wednesday, April 30th. Sound good? Get to it!

STREAM: St. Lucia – “Elevate”

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Premiere: Hey Champ – Dominoes

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Sometimes missed opportunities work out for the better. Hey Champ had originally written the beat behind “Dominoes” for Lupe Fiasco years ago. He ended up passing on it. Several years later, the Chicago production duo is releasing the track — now padded with some extra hooks — as their own single. Imagine Simian Mobile Disco meets LCD Soundsystem with some extra synth-pop flair and you’ll get an idea of what you’re in for.

Stream “Dominoes” below, and make sure to grab a copy of Hey Champ’s Dominoes EP when it drops April 22nd.

STREAM: Hey Champ – “Dominoes”

Lana Del Rey – West Coast

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After some false starts, teaser billboards and a Coachella preview, Lana Del Rey finally, with little fanfare, released a track off her imminent second album Ultraviolence this morning. The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach was confirmed in February as the album’s producer, and his gritty, bluesy influence is palpable in this first single.

It’s been a while since we’ve heard something truly new, and “West Coast” is nice, yes, but it’s no expansive, commanding, masterpiece first single. If we can compare it to anything off Born To Die, it’s like a softer, darker “Diet Mountain Dew.” But LDR is still a master of duality here, balancing darkness & light, passivity & insistence, dependence & independence. Ultraviolence will be out via Interscope whenever she decides, but our best bet is sometime in May. Until then, a black and white Lana spinning circles on the beach will ease us into spring.

You can catch Lana Del Rey headlining this year’s sweetlife festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10th.