Top Horse: new single from Ducks!

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Lani Bagley and Craig Schuftan are Ducks! – the Berlin-based Australians behind some of the most surreal dance music to be released this side of the year 2000. Their music is made for dancing and dreaming.

The new Ducks! single, “Top Horse” was conceived after a residency in Valletta, Malta. To create the track, the duo spent four weeks making field recordings, experimenting with musique concrete techniques, hosting electronic music workshops and collaborating with Valletta’s creative community. The result is a surreal dance floor odyssey, featuring galloping percussion, flying guitars, theremin outbursts of the ‘woo-woo’ variety, and a choir of angels singing glorious nonsense at the top of their lungs. The lyrics – an arrangement of spoken-word style performing strangers – describe a blonde in a bathtub talking about a white horse… or is it the horse in the bathtub? Either way, it’s weirdo disco of the highest order. Basically my favorite kind of electronic music.

Check out a couple of the latest singles from Ducks! below and if you love the sounds that are going into your ears, then you should support them by purchasing their debut album, ‘Ding Ding Ding

Ducks! – Top Horse

Ducks! – Into The Sea (feat. Nate Goldentone)

Ducks! – Time Taken


Marian Hill: Wish You Would

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New York-based duo, Marian Hill, mix some lofi electro sounds with a hip-hop hook. Their new single challenges gender roles and looks to flip the script. Writer/producer Jeremy Lloyd takes on the role of frontman, while vocalist Samantha Gongol finds herself on keys. Though stylistically simple, the track delivers an involved message. They take on the ever-important role of changing the narrative and challenging the language that describes women in music.

Marian Hill – Wish You Would


Bluestaeb: Everything Is Always a Process (LP)

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“Left & Right” is the lead single off of Bluestaeb’s new LP Everything Is Always a Process.

The Paris-based German producer blends his usual bedroom style of production with more live elements and samples from classic jams on “Left & Right.”

“This song is a result of moving from Berlin to Paris” explains Bluestaeb. “I was in a new environment, felt more free, and had to switch it up from all those 91bpm Hip-Hop beats. In Paris I met the pianist and producer Jonathan Aréna. We immediately connected and started having sessions pretty much every weekend, which formed the sound aesthetic of the album.”

Take a listen to Left & Right below and buy/stream the LP here: https://bluestaeb.lnk.to/EverythingIsAlwaysAProcess

Bluestaeb – Left & Right (Everything Is Always a Process LP)


What do you know about Serious Klein?

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Serious Klein is the stage name of Germany-based English rapper, Kelvin Boakye. His new single “Coochie Money” rocks an old-school hip-hop beat and a hook that pays homage to a 2002 classic: “Nothin” by N.O.R.E.

“Coochie Money” waxes lyrical about the topics we hear most frequently in hip-hop (money, partying and women), but done in a classy, understated fashion over a dusty instrumental.

“I talk about things that still influence or influenced me a lot,” says Seri when talking about the new single. “‘Coochie Money’ is one of those songs: talking about me growing up, looking up to the wrong people, thinking that money, women and cheating was everything, actually believing that there wasn’t anything wrong with it. The environment I grew up in, was exactly that, I wasn’t thinking about any consequences cause everyone made it seem like things were unseen and right until I actually understood the worth of loyalty and the true meaning of wealth”

Check out the video for Coochie Money along with the N.O.R.E track below.

Serious Klein – Coochie Money

Serious Klein – Try Me

See the video for Coochie Money


Gene by Sis

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The San Francisco band Sis have just released their fourth single for their upcoming album EUPHORBIA. It’s called “Gene” and it’s fantastic.

The idea for the track was inspired by a youthful friendship in New York City that tiptoed towards romance, but never quite coalesced. “I liked looking back on that ‘what if’ with nostalgia, acceptance, and a bit of sadness,” says frontwomen, Jenny Gillespie Mason. “[It creates] a kind of love song around that unrequited “okay-ness” of what is and what is not.”

Sis – Gene


July 2018 Mixtape

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We’re starting off the July Mixtape with some soulful Summer sounds. Kali Uchis joins Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins for her new track “After The Storm” to kick off the mix. Kiefer hits us with back to back tracks and the mix takes a turn towards jazz for some time with new singles from Leon Vynehall, Jean Grae, Quelle Chris and Best Friend.

Towards the halfway mark, the mixtape leans into some electronic music with a few selections from Chillwave Wednesday. Then we go full house with new singles from Disclosure, Moullinex, Dalton John and an absolutely sick PAX remix of MGMT’s track “Electric Feel.”

The mix ends with a very interesting cover of the Talking Heads track “Once In A Lifetime” by Angelique Kidjo. Kidjo puts a summery West African spin on the track and turns it into something you’d never expect.

Learn more about each artist by clicking on the track title in the playlist below. You can also download the whole mix by right clicking on the title of the podcast and selecting “Save As…”

…or just stream the mix below:

TNLF 2018 July Mixtape

Playlist


LEON VYNEHALL

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London-based DJ & producer Leon Vynehall has just released a new album on Ninja Tune called “Nothing Is Still” and it’s filled with an unexpected mix of instrumentation and synths to create a funky electronic sound. My favorite single from the record is called “Movements (Chapter III)” which you can listen to below. Or cruise over to Ninja Tune to buy the full album now.

Leon Vynehall – Movements (Chapter III)


Throwback Thursday: Romare Work Song

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An oldie but goodie, Romare lays on the house in fabulous style.

Romare – Work Song