Sunday Girl - Where Is My Mind (Florian Paetzold Remix) [free download in 320!]
This is an emotive and blissful remix of a cover of The Pixies’ signature track, ”Where Is My Mind.” British pop singer Sunday Girl provides a mellow rendition of the original on the piano, and then Florian Paetzold gives the cover much more depth by layering a simple deep house beat with chillingly beautiful vocals. When I heard first heard this one on the Dennis Besta - Wechselbad Der Gefühle Teil 2 podcast (mellow, highly recommended), I had to stop what I was doing and do some trackspotting until I found this gem. This remix definitely does the original justice, hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Bondax - All Inside (free download from XLR8R)
some beautiful ´´post-everything¨ via XLR8R:
"All Inside" is an icy, introspective production lead by chords that move in and out of earshot at a pace not far from taking a relaxed breath. The 17-and-18-year-old Lancaster-based pair proceed to build a pristine post-everything beat that is marked by tuned percussion, side-chained whirls, and thick, gooey chords. The crowning feature is a beautifully chopped-and-rearranged R&B vocal that sounds like it could have stemmed from some forgotten neo-soul record, or perhaps even further back into the days of early rhythm and blues.
DJ Koze - Don´t Lose My Mind
From DJ Koze´s heady, psychedelic 2013 album Amygdala, “Don´t Lose My Mind´´ is warm and playful tune that is perfect for a nice stroll with headphones on. Go ahead and wander.
XXYYXX - Tied 2 U
Just finished listening to XXYYXX's eponymous sophomore album. Something sounded quite familiar about the closing track, and it took me a second to realize that “TIED2U” is his interpretation of Jon Brion’s “Strings That Tie To You” from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Very mellow and airy, and a perfect closer to the ethereal album.
**Sidenote: Marcel Everett, aka XXYYXX is 17 years old. Seventeen!! So talented.**
Kingdom - Bank Head (feat. Kelela)
Just listened to Kingdom’s first track off his forthcoming album, Vertical XL which drops on May 28th and I’m quite excited for its release. “Bank Head” has Kingdom’s signature cascading bass waterfalls, combined with claps and a warm synth to produce a very warm, summer-ready beat. You can hear the influence of his time with Night Slugs on this track with the echoing vocals that are reminiscent of Girl Unit’s dancefloor dominator “Wut.” Enjoy the smooth bass.
Four Tet - 0181 (album) [download]
Kieran Hebdan, better known as Four Tet just released a free album today, “0181” that is a mix of trippy, dreamy, and jazzy electronic beats. This album was compiled in 2012 but includes sounds created between 1997-2001. The jazzy little bit at [19:30] is currently tickling my eardrums, and reminds me a lot of Bonobo's Black Sands. Enjoy!
Sufjan Stevens - Futile Devices (Shigeto Remix) [download]
Shigeto does it again. Beatmaker-extraordinaire Zachary Saginaw takes Sufjan Steven’s mellow and reflective “Future Devices” and adds a chilled out beat to it that you could nod your head or step to. I was listening to Damian Lazarus’s most recent Lazpod (26) and he plays the original version of this track, which is awesome in it’s own right and very similar minus the beats. While Shigeto’s remix may not seem groundbreaking or complex, I feel like the track’s beauty lies in its simplicity. Enjoy the free download. And float away.
Tosca - Ronda Acapricio [download]
Tosca, the Viennese duo made up of Richard Dorfmeister (Kruder and Dorfmeister anyone?) and Rupert Hubert deliver some ambient, chilled out trip hop on this track. Reminds me a bit of Thievery Corporation’s style, and this specific sound reminds me very much of the spacey vibes of the chillout tunes of the early 00s (Telepopmusik…)
Zero 7 - Ghost Symbol (Julio Bashmore Remix)
This is a nice remix of Zero 7's track, “Ghost Symbol” by Bristollian beats genius Julio Bashmore, shared to me by my good friend Jess :). I was lucky to see Julio Bashmore this weekend in SF at this super sweet venue/arts space in the Mission, Inner Mission SF. It was hands down one of the best shows I’ve seen all year, without a doubt. Still looking for the track that he closed the night with… until then, stay tuned.
Rokia Traore - Laidu
Its been quite some time since I’ve posted any music, but now that I’m back from France/Europe, I will be posting regularly again! Malian singer Rokia Traore does some amazing things with her voice on this track. This song is absolutely beautiful. Scope it.
Ellie Goulding - Heartbeats (Cosmonaut Grechko edit) [download]
The Russian Victor Klyuchnikov, also known as Cosmonaut Grechko adds a mellow, ambient beat to Ellie Goulding's acoustic cover of “Heartbeats,” one of my favorite tunes by The Knife. True to his name, the Cosmonaut takes this cover into space, giving the ethereal feeling of floating above the atmosphere. This song is perfect for bedtime, its making me drift off to a dreamy sleep. Guten nacht.
The XX - Angels (Bodhi Remix)
An excellent, chilled out remix of “Angels” by Bodhi. You don’t wanna miss this groove, I find it more exciting/dancefloor ready than the original.
The Bamboos - The Wilhelm Scream (feat. Megan Washington)
James Blake’s post-dubstep ballad reinvented by The Bamboos and Megan Washington. This is a beautiful, mellow, and jazzy take on the already fabulous original. For some reason I can picture this song going to the credits of a bomb movie. Maybe someone should do it. This strikes me as an evening song.
Blood Orange - Sutphin Boulevard [download]
Heard this jam on Damien Lazarus's Lazpod 24. Figured it was worth sharing, sounds like a solid end of the night groove to me. Give it a whirl.