JMSN is one of those musicians you’ve heard countless times but never knew he was there. The former front man and founder of Love Arcade, JMSN nee Christian Berishaj has popped up in hip hop and DJ tracks over the past two years. With multiple appearances on Kendrick’s Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city, guest appearances with Tyga, Kastle, Ab-Soul, and Blue Sky Black Death, his soaring voice peppered tracks on both the radio and your personal playlist without knowing.
A multi-instrumentalist and production junkie, the former Motown signee started his own record label in 2012 and released the debut Priscilla. A few months ago, his second release, †Pllajë†, was released independently, a melding of R&B and dark, haunting pop.
Electronic musician and graphic designer Tycho is well known for his chilled out music but his incorporation of live visuals in his shows. To get fans excited about the release of his upcoming album Awake he’s released a video of visuals to the second single from the album called “Montana”.
The visuals are a mixture of strong graphic elements, super Swiss-ed out, paired with smoky, inky washes of color rolling around inside them. Sit back, set the video below to full screen and enjoy.
Last night I got an email from JCrosson, who you may remember did this rad mixtape for us, that he had a new remix he did with George Thoms. It wasn’t just any remix though, it’s a slowed down/screwed up version of Christina Aguilera’s 1999 hit song, “Genie in a Bottle“. They’ve turned this craptastic pop song into a track that’s dark, sexy, and slightly haunting. More of this please.
(P.S. I made the art above, it was fun to mess up such an iconic cover)
Bibio is releasing a new EP titled The Green E.P. on January 27 as a follow-up to his stunning album Silver Wilkinson, one of my favorites of last year. Above is a song called “Down to the Sound”, a beautiful acoustic song which feels like the modern day equivalent of something Simon & Garfunkel would have done in their heyday. One of my favorite parts of this song is how he layers the vocals over one another, it’s just lovely.
It’s that time of year: it’s the beginning of January, a time when I take to some Internet something to exhaustively share music musings related to the past year. It’s a reflection on works behind us that I’ve obsessed over in a vacuum and is an opportunity to share what people were and weren’t listening to. This is purely objective and from a very specific point of view. Unlike last year, I realized that this list isn’t very vanilla: it’s fucking weird. It’s not intended to be but, hey, the music that gets me off is typically oddball electronic, ambient, and experimental in nature. That’s kind of a warning: this list may not be for everybody. It’s also a long ride: hold on to your butts.
Chromeo is very 2007 to me, but this new track/album might change my opinion. The smooth duo of P Thugg and Dave 1 have a new album, tastefully titled White Women, and I’m guessing this is the first single off of said album. It sounds like Chromeo has made one of the best new bangers of 2014, and adding Toro y Moi for some accompanying vocals was a stroke of genius. If this doesn’t make you move you might be dead.
P.S. How great is that album art?
These days, there are few musical artists that I find more interesting than Burial. There’s something so intense, dark, and sprawling about the electronic music he creates that differs from anything else I’ve ever heard. His newest release is a three song EP titled Rival Dealer, which continues his dark, musical journey.
You can listen to all three tracks below, but I highly suggest purchasing the album from Hyperdub and supporting artists who are truly shaping the landscape of music.
Not sure where this came from but I’m loving this Erlend Oye cover of Wham’s X-mas classic “Last Christmas”. It’s already my favorite X-mas time song, but hearing Erlend do his Kings of Convenience-esque version is kind of a dream. Definitely brings the song a much more somber tone, perfect for the winter.
Found this great live mix of Four Tet playing at the Hostess Club Weekender at the Yebisu Garden Hall in Tokyo, Japan. It’s a really phenomenal mix, going to be playing this all weekend.
With the holiday season in full swing my music taste tends to change, leaning toward holiday favorites like Vince Guraldi Trio’s Charlie Brown Christmas or J. Tillman’s albums. I’d me remiss not to mention Joni Mitchell’s Blue, a love letter to California with tinges of sentimental, seasonal sounding songs. But is it possible to improve one of Mitchell’s classics?
James Blake may have accomplished this. His version of A Case of You is a touching, slightly haunting adaptation that fully competes with the original. There’s this live sort of ambiance to his performance which brings a certain atmosphere to the song. It’s also interesting to hear a piano instead of a guitar and drun like the original, changing the tone entirely. I hope you dig it as much as I do.