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.

-Jams

 

 

 

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

Word.

-Jams

Blind – The M Machine (Citylights Rmx)

The M Machine always gives me chills, and inspires a rush of emotion. I wont outline more of why or how their tracks sink teeth into my soul – because I would prefer you enjoy your own experience with no preconceived mindframe.

The M Machine is a duo out of San Francisco that kicked off in 2011 under a separate alias known as  Pance Party – but converted to The M Machine before the release of the epic record Promise Me A Rose Garden released on Skrillex’s record label OWSLA (which is where my love for them bloomed). I hope you enjoy the industrial vibes they bring as much as I do.

One Love

– Whit

 

In My Mind – Lenzman feat. IAMDDB

Hailing from Amsterdam, producing since 2007, Lenzman certainly has a flare for drum ‘n’ bass. 2016 saw him awarded with “Best Remix” fromDrum and Bass Arena – a site created in 1996 for drum ‘n’ bass enthusiasts.

This track features IAMDDB, a female hip hop artist from Manchester. Her vocals float across a soothing composition. A floaty track for easy listening.

Enjoy

Jams

Rabbit Hole – Justin Martin & Charlotte OC (Lenny Kiser Remix)

 

I have so much love for this track. Let us start with the original released April 2016, a powerful musical composition paired with Charlotte OC’s fierce voice, that had me on repeat. Justin Martin – a name you know if you love house and frequent the West Coast festival circuit – has been producing for over a decade. His style is unique, he offers delicate sounds that put you amongst the clouds but delivers edgy basslines that light up the dance floor. Now Lenny Kiser, a tech house producer out of San Fran, takes Justin Martin’s downtempo track and spins a tech house remix. Moody and addictive, this one shakes my core. Seriously, start here and go down the rabbit hole beat cruising Martin’s music, take it all the way back to 2003 with “The Sad Piano”. Catch me on his dancefloor at Basscoast this year, I am counting the days. Use Spotify or purchase the track on Beatport if you want full length, this track in its haunting entirety isn’t up on Soundcloud or Youtube yet.

-Jams