Over the past 5 years of my fanaticism for Electronic music I’ve come across some really good artists, some really great artists, and some really exceptional ones as well.
I’d like to introduce you to one of my all time favourites, Laetho.
As a kid in Bruges, Belgium he started out his music career by playing the drums…playing in bands until being captivated by that noise we call ‘dubstep’ at the very tender age of 15. Wanting to learn how to make music like that, he decided producing was the way to go.
Now 23, Laetho has definitely broken out beyond his set of drums becoming a consistently multifarious producer with a style too hard to confine so I’ll just call it, ‘graceful bass’. As a disciple of great producers like: Lido, Mr. Carmack, Kaytranada and so many others, Laetho has a passion for making music that is undeniably obvious in every one of his tracks.
Until the fateful day that I receive my Bandsintown notification announcing the Laetho North American tour; there are a dozen tracks that I will continue to pore over. Below are my Laetho likes and loves, and I hope they become yours too.
Thank you for reading, and many special thanks to Laetho as well.
I just went on a downloading spree via this week’s “new” artist, AIRWAV.
“New” because he is not new to my SoundCloud feed, but recently stood out with his addictive EP, ‘VIVID‘ (that has since been on repeat, and when it stops I usually re-listen to ‘the void’ & ‘thinkin bout u’). Something about this 5-track EP just make me feel…good. Isn’t that why we listen to music in the first place?
The Daruma artist has quite the array of sounds to choose from, but they all stay true to the futuristic “genre” (I know, I suck) that we all know and love so much. From dirty down low bass with the likes of DIGITAL ETHOS (who may just need his own feature soon) or upbeat trap vibes with The South East Grind affiliate Enschway, he has something that is sure to delight everyone’s own personal airwaves.
Still waiting on a West Coast tour to experience this DJ Producer live, and I’m sure it won’t be long before I get the chance to headbob/bang to the lively sounds of the NY based AIRWAV. Until that day, I will enjoy his music stored in my iTunes library, downloaded completely for free via the man himself. Now how sweet is that?
Enjoy VIVID below, or click here to stream via Spotify. Thanks for reading, much love!
A difficult thing for most North Americans, is to give a chance to something that they aren’t familiar with; a different genre of music, befriending someone you think has nothing in common with you, listening to your opposition with an open set of ears.
How about listening to a song in which you understand none of the lyrics? We are so spoiled in that a lot of foreign artists have conceded in translating their native tongue to English so that we would give them a chance. (see: Selena, Björk, t.A.T.u., ABBA, etc.)
Luckily, I grew up listening to a bunch of shit I couldn’t translate or understand and even though I went to a French immersion school and studied it while living in Canada, my brain has switched to Spanish now being in Southern California, and I couldn’t tell you what ‘Faufile‘ is without my good friend Google.
CRi is literally my new favourite artist. I found him via SoundCloud about a week or so ago and have already listened to all of his songs and three EPs (twice through).
I just checked out his FB and there is a stunning music video (right, what’s a music video?) shot in the snowy, frozen, rocky climate of a small French mining town in CRi’s home province of Québec. Something about this short moving story suggests there may be something we are all missing from our lives in our busy cities and endless snapchat stories.
An escape to a foreign place is easy with CRi and a set of headphones. The hardest part will be deciding where you want to stay the longest. I am stuck on ‘Keep It Real‘ & ‘My Place‘ off his Someone Else EP (below) and the enchanting remix of ‘Faufile‘ by Charlotte Cardin. Not to mention more than half of his music is available for free download.
*CRies in French*
It’s funny how much music interests can change for any given person over the span of a lifetime.
I remember when I was heavy into rap and hip hop years back, when I heard instrumentals they just sounded like half songs, like they were missing something. For some reason I always thought a song needed lyrics. I still feel that way about certain tracks sometimes.
Today, I find that more than half of my music library consists of said “half songs” and ironically, I find they are fuller and carry more meaning than most of the music I hear when I am out and about or from friends. (sorry guys)
Humbly on a quest to keep our ears satisfied, artist mbe can do both. Here are two of his more recent tracks that I am equally obsessed with:
BUT! my favourite mbe track for the past few months has been ‘praying for you‘ which is available to you for free by clicking here. Take a listen below, it’s dope af.
Something about a woman’s voice, paired with the sound of an electric guitar just does my soul right.
Over the past four years I have been listening to almost solely music of electronic nature, therefore it is super refreshing to hear bands doing what we refer to as, “crossover” where they integrate sounds from different genres of music into something totally their own…(for now at least).
Satellite Empire has an Indie Rock vibe with lots of electronic notes that help create a beautiful audial landscape to accompany the feels delivered by their emotionally driven lyrics. Self genre-lized as Melodic Dubstep/Metalcore on their Facebook, Satellite Empire definitely inspires something much different than any other artists in my music library (which I am slowly but surely building via Spotify).
Their 2016 EP ‘Thrones‘ has been a mainstay for me over the last few months and I can’t seem to get enough of the last song on the short-but-heartfelt album appropriately entitled, Thrones. Enjoy the fantastic sound of Satellite Empire below, and thanks for reading, much love!
**Their entire Thrones EP on Spotify>> here.
**A free download of their song Thrones via Toneden>> here.
Future beats are cool ‘n all…but when the weekend hits, I wanna get my trap on.
There are more trap songs and artists nowadays than there are days in a year, and their similarities can be a bit dulling to the senses. So when I come across good trap music, it’s like finding the house that gives out the full-sized candy bars on Halloween…(best analogy I could think of).
Blake Skowron has been up to no good…(and I mean that in the best way) making dirty, dance-worthy beats and collaborating with some of the best producers in trap music and future bass today. Artists like: William Crooks, Creepa, graves, and KRANE. And if you pay attention to trap music at all, then you’ve probably already heard of Blake.
But enough talking about it his music, just press play and enjoy.
Happy Saturday ya’ll. Be safe out there, and thanks for reading. Much love.
** ‘Spells’ available for free download here
As if I needed another reason to visit Australia… the big island definitely has an affinity for producing a shit load of good musicians.
Top artists like; Flume, WhatSoNot, Tame Impala, Alison Wonderland, & Hermitude (just to name a few) are all exports of The Great down unda’.
Hier (hi-er) is my new favourite import to my music library. When I get bored and go back to my archives for music I always enjoy, he is one of the first artists I go to. Light, airy, bouncy, full of break downs and bass, Hiers‘ music sounds like what I like to imagine living in a desert paradise might be like…
**available for free via the artist union here
**available for free via the artist union here
I like people who I can rely on…
There are those people in our lives who no matter what will always be there for you.
They know exactly what words you need to hear, when that hug is most crucial, or when to just leave you alone.
Take that and apply it to musicians, there are solid artists we love that when their name shows up next to a title you haven’t seen it paired with before, you just know that it’s going to be a goodie. That is how I feel about Bronze Whale.
Listen to their stunning remix of ‘Moondust‘ below:
They have original tracks amongst their incredible remixes, and just released a new jam that is already on heavy repeat with another ol’ reliable of mine, Popeska featuring vocals by Tom Aspaul:
Good music my makes life better, and I hope you enjoy Bronze Whale as much as I do!
Thanks for reading, much love.
Bonobo. Thom Yorke. RÜFÜS DU SOL.
I don’t prefer to make comparisons, especially in regards to music or art (because nobody should ever be put in a box). However, they work in order to organize things a bit.
Comprised of solo projects Modeselektor and Apparat, Berlin-based band Moderat have a discography that dates back to the early 2000s and they seem to be getting better and better only with time.
I made a huge mistake not seeing them at Lightning In A Bottle last year, and all I can say is, if I ever get the opportunity to right that wrong, I’d take it in a heartbeat.
If you listen to any one thing I try to shove down your earbuds this year, let it be this…
Probably one of the best bands you’ve never heard of. Their album ‘III‘ is flawless start to finish. Enjoy their art below!
There is a list I keep…
A list full of names of musicians who one day, I would like to do a write up/feature on.
“Timing is everything” as they say.
I don’t like to force something that isn’t really there, or worse; write when the words just won’t flow. I’m sure the same goes for any artists out there who are struggling to produce something of substance.
DROELOE doesn’t seem to be having any shortage of flow however…
The duo has been slowly churning out hits since I first heard them with up and coming trap star Holly on their addictive track ‘Allday’:
Every song they have put out since has been unique and fluid, and it doesn’t seem like they’re slowing down at all given they’ve released yet another amazing track with super producer San Holo just yesterday.
I must say, it is truly a pleasure to the ears to listen to the bitbird boys and I can’t wait to hear what they come up with next.
Enjoy the latest and greatest from them below, and if you dig it, it’s available for free thru TONEDEN here. Thanks for reading, bless.