Category Archives: MP3

mp3: La Sera, “Running Wild”

Katy Goodman’s taking the breakup of her longtime band Vivian Girls in stride – she’s gearing up to release her second LP as La SeraHour of the Dawn, in a few months via Hardly Art, and now you can sample her second single from it, the rollicking road anthem “Running Wild.” Over a sprawling, rapidly unspooling guitar riff, Goodman sings about having no place to go but home, and you can’t help but imagine driving into the sunset towards somewhere warm where you know all your friends will be waiting for you with beers around a campfire. Aww! Hour of the Dawn is out May 13th.


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Discobelle Mix 035: Rush Midnight

The lovely and talented Rush Midnight is on duty this week for our latest mix, and believe us when we say you’re about to get a little emotional. The Brooklyn based producer brings us a sweet and sultry mix filled to the brim with groovy r&b influences and synthy house music. Make sure to preorder his new album coming out May 27th over on iTunes, he’ll also be playing April 30th in NYC at Webster Hall which you can snag tickets to here.

 

Tracklist:
Jessy Lanza – Keep Moving
Rush Midnight – Closer // Azari & III – Manic
Jessie Ware – Sweet Talk // Blood Orange – Time Will Tell
Gorgon City – Ready For Your Love (MNEK)
Doctor Dru – Foolish
Touch Sensitive – Body Shop // Rush Midnight – In Your Room
Storm Queen – Look Right Through
Little Dragon – Paris
Aaliyah – Are Your That Somebody (Rush Midnight Remix)
Azari & III – Hungry For The Power
Jessy Lanza – Against The Wall

mp3: Disclosure & Sam Smith, “Latch” (Lido remix)

We’ll admit that Disclosure and Sam Smith’s “Latch” has been remixed by every DJ in more than two continents, but if you’re open to indulging yourself one more, let it be this new remix from on-the-rise Norwegian producer/songwriter Lido.

It’s no longer surprising to see young producers hitching their star onto the overwhelmingly popular Lawrence brothers–recent PMA favorites Friend Within, Kidnap Kid and Gorgon City have all been hailed (but us, even) as “the next Disclosure.”

Remixing Disclosure well has become something of a rite of passage for incipient producers in 2014, and Lido absolutely nails it.


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mp3: Twin Shadow – “To the Top”

Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr.’s been working on an excellent YouTube-based covers series recently, but we’re glad he’s back to original music too – here’s “To the Top,” recorded at L.A.’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery, that’s reportedly indicative of a new record in the works. If you needed your dose of fist-pumping, emotional ’80s-inspired balladry today, you’ve found it – Lewis goes for the jugular with soaring vocals and instrumentals; you can almost visualize the big hair and backlighting in the music video. It also sounds kind of like a song Haim would do, which makes sense – Lewis is one of the only songwriters currently working who rivals those ladies for their pop-historical voracity. Check it out – and stay tuned for album news. 


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Interview: Grum + Human Touch LP

Scottish electronic musician, Graeme Shepherd, better known by his stage name Grum, burst on to the then burgeoning ‘Blog House Electro’ scene in 2007 and injected a heavy dose of Disco and vintage sounds while the likes of Justice, MSTRKRFT and Crookers where dominating the fresh-faced movement. With a debut album that earned comparisons to Daft Punk’s Discovery and Mylo’s Destroy Rock & Roll plus being named iTunes ‘Best Electronic Artist of the Year,’ Grum is no stranger to illustrious accolades.

His sophomore LP, Human Touch is forthcoming (on his own, Heartbeats imprint) and thankfully, I was able to catch up with the man to ask a few questions about the project:

RiCHARD.GEAR: Where are you currently based and where was this album produced?

GRUM: I’m currently based in Glasgow, but I produced most of the album when I was living in Leeds in 2012.

RG: What was the inspiration for this album, could this LP be considered a ‘concept album’? There seems to be heavy parallel’s amongst the track titles (water: ‘Raindrop’ and ‘Tears’, love: ‘Lotta Love’, “Serotonin’ and ‘In Love’, nature: ‘Autumn’, ‘Sunrise’ and “Raindrop’) which would allude to a shared theme.

G: I wouldn’t say there was specifically an idea of a concept but these themes have been inspiring me quite a lot. In a time when dance music was all about the technical side of things (heavy drops, ridiculous bass sounds), I was trying to bring some more spiritual influences back into it. I guess that comes across through these references. That’s really cool you picked up on that!

RG: There is a pronounced, ‘vintage’ sound to the tracks on this LP, was a lot of classic gear used in the studio? If so, what pieces?

G: Honestly there wasn’t that much vintage gear involved apart from some old Roland analogue synths. I was however messing about with multi samples quite a lot from old Yamaha FM gear and the Roland D50, both of which have quite a unique sound which really appealed to me.

RG: The first single from Human Touch, ‘Tears’ has had a pretty successful run, earning spins from Annie Mac and Pete Tong… What’s your reaction been to this? Did you know from the moment you wrote the tune that the reception would be positive?

G: I think it’s very rare to know that your tune will be a success or have a good reaction. Generally I finish most music, think it’s “good enough” or “ok” and then send it to my manager and label and see what everyone’s thinking. Sometimes you can get lost in the moment and think your tune is great while no-one else agrees, although I try to keep these moments as rare as possible.

 

RG: And is that a nod to Godley & Creme we hear in there?

G: Well spotted. I loved the sample, so happy we managed to clear it.

RG: You’re from Scotland, and in looking at the personnel involved with the forthcoming singles and remixes, there appears to be a host of Scottish talent (Mia Dora, Barrientos, etc). Did you personally select each remixer or was it a fluke to have so many countrymen on-board?

G:Well Kevin Mckay, who runs the label is very hands-on with procuring remixes and has some good contacts with these guys, hailing from Glasgow himself. There’s some really amazing talent up there so I’m happy to be involved with showcasing it to the world. I think Scotland has always had a great dance music scene and some top producers have come from here.

RG: Human Touch is forthcoming on your very own, Heartbeats Recordings. Is there anymore we can expect from this imprint? New signings or is this purely an outlet for your personal work?

G: It was originally started up to release my music but as ever, if any great unsigned tunes get sent in then we’d love to put them out there.