Boom boom boom

Norwegian producer Coucheron just dropped his new Playground EPwhich is pretty great but this track with Rye Rye is easily the standout. Saying it has elements of trap and 8bit video game samples is true but belies how just upbeat and positive the whole offering is. Plus it’s been what, like 3 years since we’ve heard from Rye Rye? She’s welcome back with open arms after this one.

“An artist at work” – OH at Four Tet show

It’s always funny to see the occasional disconnect between an artist’s interpretation of their own work and the reception it receives among their fans. You hear stories of famous songs despised by their writers, and while this one doesn’t rise to that level, the way Four Tet dropped this one is a gem:

“BACK2THESTART” has popped up occasionally in Four Tet‘s mixes and live sets but he just barely put it up on Soundcloud after apparent popular demand. It’s one of the few songs (only?) with fully fleshed out verses and chorus that he’s done, and it all works together beautifully. He might think it’s a toss-out, but the rest of us beg to disagree.

“You told me you were bringing a decent SLR to the shoot, asshole”

Elizabeth Harper, most popularly known as Class Actress, first showed up on Electric Panda Music back in 2011. Maybe it’s a sign of my changing personal tastes but, while I’ve always been a fan, the new “GFE” just wasn’t doing it for me. Too 80s, too drowned out, too slow. Luckily, Los Angeles producer SNBRN came along and scooped this lost child up, turning it into the sensual and dark jam it deserved to be in the first place. When your song is referencing a term used in prostitution, it needs to get a little filthy and this was just the trick. No pun intended.

Lisa May’s Mortal Kombat techniques struggled to work against the weather

It’s probably best to start out this blog post with a disclaimer that I’m kind of an instant sucker for anything that reminds me of Stevie Nicks or Fleetwood Mac (hence my long love affair with Rilo Kiley back in high school and college but, I digress). From that lens it’s easy to see why I love this single from Italian producer Addal. “Morning In Love” sounds like a housed-out Stevie Nicks ballad. Imagine if “Tango In The Night” wasn’t a mostly shitty album, this is what could have been.

It ain’t eazy bein’ greazy

Alright so I don’t have a lot to go off here because her internet presence is a little sparse, but this track randomly popped up in my SoundCloud feed and I just couldn’t let it go. Not only are the lyrics soft, beautiful and somber but apparently Clara La San produces her own beats too. The song stands alone wonderfully in its minimalist R&B beauty, but I also can’t help but feel like this would be ripe for some excellent remixes. She just released another track a month ago, so let’s hope there is still more in store from this talent.

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