When we stop to think about it, there's not a whole lot separating the kids of the chillwave scene from those in beat music's many disparate hubs. Both genres are made up primarily of youngsters creating music inspired by electronic manipulations and the not-so-distant past, and, whether decidedly melodic or not, offer a great deal to the world's private and public dancefloors. Keeping that in mind, this new project from LA's Matthewdavid and Atlanta's Dog Bite, Veux, is less of a surprise. This first taste from the collaboration, "Late Key" (that's the cover for it up there), is a poignant number that matches loads of twinkling pop-friendly melodies, distant-but-hard-hitting dance beats, massive bass drops, and even a large amount of guitar and vocal work to great effect. We're not going to try to coin a new genre title for Veux's marriage of recent production styles. We'll just call it good.
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Following the release of its third full-length, Ship of Light, Finnish electronic-leaning indie sextet Husky Rescue let go of the stems from its "They Are Coming" single, handing them over to remixers Warrior One, Halogen, Kinema, and, here, Dave Graham. The producer took the original song's hushed vocal performance and set it atop a slowly swirling mass of amorphous sonics, lilting string melodies, and almost inaudibly soft, hand-plucked guitar rhythms. It's a delicately made remix with the majority of Graham's attentions paid to controlling the subtle rise and fall of every fragile element he saw fit to include.
From his string of self-released instrumental beat tapes, New York hip-hop producer El-P let loose this jam as a heads up for the forthcoming release of his third contribution to the series, Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3, set to appear on August 3 via Gold Dust. "East River Float" comes from Volume Two, and actually features a quick vocal guest spot from P's hypeman, The Mighty Quin, before getting straight down to business with funky basslines, piano and horn samples, along with an old-school, nod-worthy beat. Snag more tunes from El-P's Weareall series here and here.
Seeing as how Vancouver's latest source of reverb-saturated dance tunes, Teen Daze, isn't keen on sharing much info outside of his moniker and geographic location, it's probably pointless to even rhetorically ask what exactly the song title "Shine On, You Crazy White Cap" means. But from what we can gather of the vocals that bubble up high enough over the track's thick blanket of synth melodies to become somewhat decipherable, the song has something to do with driving to the coastline, maybe the sunrise, and something about shining. Thankfully, the lyrics aren't so much integral to enjoying the music, which is overwhelming in its expansive sound and entrancing in its simple rhythms. Teen Daze's debut full-length, Four More Years, will be released July 23.
Long-time Detroit hip-hop producer Apollo Brown (pictured above) shared the latest single from his recently released sophomore album, The Reset. The record features loads of collaborations with a lengthy list of talented MCs, and here we have "Hungry" with wordsmiths Black Milk and Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh taking the mic. Through Brown's bright and soulful beat work, the dual vocal attack assails the topic of—what else?—being awesome. Between each verse littered with organ stabs and snare cracks, Black Milk repeats ad infinitum, "I can't sleep, I'm on the grind, I'm hungry"—reminding us exactly what it takes to break through the ever-growing rap scene: ambition and persistence.
It seems like we've been inundated with material from the forthcoming second HEALTH remix album, DISCO2, and we can't say we're upset about it. There was the announcement of the whole thing, the digitally distorted take on "Eat Flesh" from Crystal Castles, the one original track on the release, "USA Boys," and now this bit from Black Moth Super Rainbow front-guy Tobacco (pictured above). The remix is precisely what you'd expect from the pairing: stripped-down hip-hop beats, spacey analog synth melodies, and HEALTH's ethereal vocal track lilting above everything. The sounds feel so naturally paired, maybe the two acts should consider forming a supergroup.
Much like the cover for the record this track is taken from, Shlohmo's (pictured above) forthcoming Camping EP, Shigeto's remix is a colorful cut-and-paste affair. However, unlike the EP's artwork, its serrated edges are smoothed to a fine sheen and made to fit together like a seamless puzzle of intricate beat music. The fresh-faced Ghostly artist snagged the lo-fi bass-synth rumbles and warbled rhythmic noises from Shlomoshun Deluxe track "Spoons," and adorned those original sounds with his style of preciously crafted micro-sample beats and atmosphere. Aside from loving the song, it makes us even more excited to hear Shlohmo's latest originals alongside new remixes from LA beat kids Baths and Asura when the Camping EP is released on June 15.
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