There were so many opportunities along the way for this song to be perfect Starting off with Tensnake, that’s basically enough. But nope. Add some Jacques Lu cont and fucking Jamie Lidell, yet still it’s a miss. man, even the video is almost fun at times, but mostly plain irritating. Surely though, Kaytranada saved the day with his remix? No. Even the wonder man could not hit that spot, and the curse lived on.
But the spell has been broken with the magic combo of Boys Noize’s filth and Djedjotronic’s magic touch, who together cook up a naughty electro hop style broken, funky and satisfying version of this song, that could not deserve it more.
Here it is:
With the 2012 release of his debut album World You Need A Change Of Heart Kindness instantly became one of the most refreshing musicians around. It’s an album I have been going back to again and again ever since.
It’s time to get excited again as we now have a wonderful sweetpill of a song right here, first thing to pop up in anticipation for the release of his sophomore album Otherness come October 13.
Meanwhile - This. On repeat:
I shall name this new genre Post Del Mar!
Tel Aviv future Rn’b dirtysweet beatscraft legend Yarin Lidor is at it again, this time with a remix of Forgive & Forget by The Kooks. I love how more than once while listening to this you get the feeling the track is about to turn into a piece of in-your-face horrible EDM kind of affair, only to be very much relieved to find out it was building up only to smoothly bring it down again, all nice and polished, with his trademark shiny quality throughin and throughout.
Daptones sort of slow funky drums, a menacing distorted vibrating guitar a-la Portishead and some smooth smooth vocals. Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad produced quite the Sweet N’ Dark pill right here for Bilal.
Well crafted jokes are always the best ones.
Edits are a great way of turning guilty pleasures into less guilty ones.
This is not the best summer we’ve seen, here in the Middle East side. Everyone’s dealing with it differently, and Rejoicer, the man and the legend, seems to have dug deep to find some comforting grooves. Pleasure’s all ours:
You dig and you dig, and sometimes you strike gold.
It all started for me with somehow stumbling unto sloslylove. It was probably about two or three years ago, and I probably thought he was making sort of Nu-Disco-New-Wave something. It was great music, all polished and heartfelt, and no one else had really heard of him. I enjoyed his tunes a lot, and tried to spread the word a bit, but that was about it for me.
Naturally, I stuck around.
A few very solid releases down the road, and a couple of years later, with the release of the first sweet sweet tune off his very recently released Haunted LP, sounding as good as he ever has, I started sniffing around.
First thing I found was East Troy. They’re a duo. They’re friends and colleagues of his. They make these sort of mellow and romantic synth driven small songs. They’re very accessible. Feels like you’re listening to something your homeys made. It’s good. It feels good.
So the people of East Troy, they make music with sloslylove. Together they’re called Dogi. I listen to Dogi. I listen again. It’s absolutely amazing. The same engulfing sound and warm fuzzy intimacy is blended with sloslylove's arpeggios and syncopations, with his more energetic grooves. It's a perfect blend. I'm loving it. I dig deeper.
I find AMhour. It seems to be the main hub for this family. I don’t know if that’s AM hour or Amour misspelled, or both or none. I actually know very very little. I’m constantly having to piece little bits of information together. sloslylove's from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Dogi who apart from him include Adept and Pink Ranger with her misty forbiddenly inviting vocals are apparently from Minnesota. East Troy seem to be named after a high school near Minneapolis. Or is it a town? Or a school in a town? I’ve never been to all these places. I know they’re in the Great Lakes, and that this music sure sounds just like something from somewhere like that.
So, there’s also VANDAAM. Who are they though? I’m confused man. It’s sloslylove again, he’s always behind all of this. This time it’s with Adept and Lady Midnight. I don’t really care by now. It’s still the same magical spell, again with that no barrier no make up reach out and touch it intimacy. It’s perhaps a bit more organic and lush, a bit less whispery yet still very synthesized, still driving and moving, deep and gorgeous.
And there’s more. There’s the album orchids & flowers by orchids & flowers. They’re also from Eau Claire, but there’s no more info as to who they are. I’m guessing… It’s sloslylove and Adept again. They are coming off more held back, coiled in, more lo-fi than East Troy, but the common genes shine through unmistakenly.
I’m drowning here. Welcomingly sinking into a pool that is all pure shy sexy slow 80’s high school naive analog love, full of fat basslines and reverb glazed snares, layered with chorus dipped keys, sprinkled with the occasional giggle or obscure sample and surrounded by heaps of emotion. It’s the west coast frozen in the winter lake. It’s Europe’s 80’s reincarnated in a group of North American kids. It’s music to drive to. It’s music to dive to. It’s a best kept secret. It’s an act of nature. It’s Force Majeure. Oh, and, of course, it’s all on cassettes.
Please take a minute, take an hour, take a week or two and get into it. Check out all of their bandcamp pages (follow the links). They deserve it, and more so, you deserve it too. This gang might get their break and make it big someday soon, or they might stay at home, up in the attic, looking out the window at the lakes and the snow, or just at their high school yard, making some of the most beautiful music out there. Whatever comes, you should be a part of that as well.
Absolute magic right here. Slo-mo disco sunshine glitters with more than a touch of that Poolside vibe. Loving it. And to think this gentle gem is produced by the notoriously filthy and full on kind of guy Hervé..
After the immensely gorgeous Tough Love now comes the second single off Jessie Ware’s coming sophomore album, and it’s by far absolutely no surprise that it is just as gorgeous.
Jessie Ware has her own signature take on the Midas touch. Everything she touches melts your heart. This song goes even deeper, and more emotional than the previous one, so girls, bewarned.
Despite being one of the most fascinating and unique producers out there recently, Chrome Sparks is still a bit of a well kept secret. If you don’t know now you know, and better do something about it. And if you do know, you’d be thrilled to hear his new, heavy on the dreamy side, free download popsicle:
Today we celebrate 3 years of Popping & Locking.
We’re damn excited!
We’d like to thank all of you wonderful music lovers with this free giveaway, a Boogie special, with music by the good people who’ll be doing their magic behind the turntables tonight at our Boogie Birthday party at the Teder pop up bar, Tel Aviv.
What we have here is a slowed down hypnotic edit by Hectik, a somewhat experimental boogie lollipop by Kalimist, and a lil’ short somethin somethin by yours truly as well ;)
Get it all for free here!
Or listen below:
Considering this blog has set out to be a platform for pushing the sound of my hometown of Tel Aviv, it’s quite a disgrace that only now is the first time I’m featuring the music of the talented Jerome C here.
With releases for Wolf + Lamb’s Double Standard Records already in the bag, Jerome now brings his elegant round groove to Apersonal Music, with The Wind EP, out July 13th.
You Better Think sees him sample the super classic JB infused Lyn Collins’ Think, turning it into a delicious mellowed out slo-mo-disco bomb. Ain’t no mistaking this vibe. Pure real soulful groove.
Check it here:
Alright here we go. This gorgeous song sounded like the perfect remix material from the first second, and we’re now ready to start hearing them pouring in.
Enter: Cyril Hahn. We’ve loved him on his Destiny’s Child remix and many other of his releases, and here he delivers a straight up shiny bouncehouse joint of the song. Proper vibes.
The single’s out Aug 3rd. We’re absolute fools for Jessie Ware so we’ll be updating with the rest of the remixes, that underground savvy Jessie surely picked wisely.