Black Fur / Garden – Elder Island

I’m really excited to share this find. Few artists do this style well, if you like The XX have a listen to Elder Island. I chose 2 tracks to post, both really encompass the emotion and style I primarily keep an ear out for while beat cruising. Katy Sargent’s sensual and calming voice confess lyrics that are enigmatic to mull over. David Harvard and Luke Thorton are the gentlemen completing this powerhouse trio. Their music is a complex blend of organic instrumentals recorded, looped, and stitched together at varying segments along each track. Utilizing guitar, bass, keys, and cello plugged into MPC sampling creates a style that’s difficult to define. While balancing high energy and that intoxicating above the clouds sound that electronica defines, Elder Island is a musical gem exuding funky grooves, enchanting vocals, and sultry synths.

Curious about their name, a quick search revealed Elder Islands is located in the Canadian Artic! A “happy coincidence” says the group from Bristol. But they enjoy the connotation of their music existing as a small remote island.

These 2 tracks exude musical depth that can be tricky to find. At times electronica can sound too layered, too scattered. These 2 are blended so well it’s impossible not to get lost in them. I hope you enjoy these as much as do. Big ups to Elder Island.





Headnod – Pigeon Hole

Presenting some heavy flavor from the West Coast, here I offer you Pigeon Holes newest track Headnod”. Highkicks loves featuring artists that are homegrown and this duo has been on our radar for a few years. Native to Victoria, BC these 2 have expanded further than their place of origin. Playing festivals all over North America they’ve been smashing dancefloors at Shambhala, Astral Harvest, Motion Notion Rifflandia, and Tall Tree. This track was signed on with Saturate! Records out of Hamburg Germany.

Experimenting in trap, hip-hop, and dubstep, blending DJ-ing and MC-ing this duo has crafted a bass heavy sound that creates the West Coast bass movement. The sounds are industrial, the layers bend and grind against each other. Big bass lines and swooping progressions, a cheeky drum ‘n’ bass riff provoke that menacing dubstep attitude that makes you just wanna fuck shit up.





Little Bird – Danny Kolk

Welcome Danny Kolk to DirtyBird Records. This producer’s roots are in Brazil, he’s gained momentum with labels in Sweden, Germany, France, and Mexico and has received praise from some big names such as Claude Von Stroke (California) and Fractall (Brazil). His tunes are certainly covering some ground.

A little slower than a typical 4 on the floor banger from DirtyBird you’ll still find strange synths, a robotic vocal, and couple bird chirps for something cute.





Fire – Beth Ditto (Disciples Remix)

Beth Ditto a vocal babe residing in New York describes herself as a “fat, feminist lesbian from Arkansas”. You go girl, you define you. Her voice has been paralled to Etta James, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Obviously she knows who the fuck she is and I love the empowered vibe she presents.

This remix is super groovy, that one sound reminds me of when you take your index finger and move it up and down your lips creating that funny noise that’s nostalgic of my childhood.

“I mostly like everything, that’s not always a good thing.” – Beth Ditto



Bass Sick – Religare

Is calling into work “Bass Sick” a thing? Im feeling “Bass Sick” today, I’ll be in tomorrow after I cure this case of the bass.

Yea it’s a thing. Religare is seemingly off the radar and as I didn’t call into work “Bass Sick” today, I don’t have a lot of time to rabbit hole this one. So turn it up and rock the fuck out because this is a banger.