We just can’t get TheColorGrey‘s new song, ‘Nothing At All’ out of our heads. It’s purely addictive urban pop, and therefore makes our Ones to Watch for 2019.
The single marks a distinct change in direction for the Belgian-based multi-talented singer, songwriter and producer. For the first time, he has recorded with a full live band, pushing his modern take on R&B and soul up a notch or two.
One by one the coins fall by the wayside. RAINDEAR‘s latest jam continues the theme of authentic, experimental melodic pop.
It’s written about “the last efforts you give to someone before you (not a day too soon) give them up completely. Just like when you pay your last coins to something, you don’t really care where they go anymore cause you’re so exhausted and broke and have zero fucks left to give.” Damn right girl!
Sounds like: Little Dragon, Ballet School, Kate Boy, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Santigold, SBTRKT, CSS
Tessa Dixson may have roots in Belgium, but she also has ties with the UK and California, which might explain her broad cultural style.
Her debut single ‘Prayer’ has an accompanying video that oozes cool swagger tainted with teenage angst.
Speaking about the track Tessa says, “I have tried to evoke a depth in my lyrics combined with a melancholic melody to mirror the complexity of relationships. Even though there is a certain dark quality to the song I still wanted the sound to be fresh and soulful.”
Meet BEFFROI, a downright dark and downtempo electronic duo comprised of Rori and Valentin.
Their new single ‘Jade’ has an overall pop feel, combined with a slight touch of some bass-laden beats.
Speaking about the track Rori says,
“When Val first sent me Jade’s instrumental, I was driving by one of those red-light districts Belgium is famous for. Watching all those lonely souls interacting in hopes of finding instant satisfaction got me inspired. I then came up with those lyrics about this guy feeling numb & empty; desperately seeking answers about love & feeling mechanisms. The only time he finds closure is when he enters the ‘Jade’, but it never last long.”
Sounds like: Phantogram, GEMS, Kate Boy, Portishead
German-based Satin Jackets teams up with British singer, David Harks on ‘Northern Lights’.
As with all of Satin Jackets’ music, ‘Northern Lights’ has a distinct cosmic vibe, which is to be expected with the title of the song. Add to the mix, nostalgic vocal tones and reflective melodies, to create a breathtaking listening experience.
It’s out today on Eskimo Recordings.
Sounds like: Empire Of The Sun, Goldroom, RAC, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Du Tonc, Future Islands, Phoenix
Love songs don’t have to be all about the doom and gloom of a relationship, they can be about the music you adore. Brooklyn locals, Secret Weapons do just this with uplifting new single, ‘Comeback Season’.
The twosome deliver a positive message about overcoming the odds (specifically the struggles they encountered whilst writing their album), which is further highlighted by the delightful addition of a gospel choir!
It’s out now via Epic.
Sounds like: Youngr, The 1975, Lionel Richie, The Levity, The Island Club, Ghost Beach, Backstreet Boys, LANY, Great Good Fine Ok, The Knocks
Belgium electronic label, Eskimo Recordings, have just shared ‘The Red Collection’, the 6th instalment in the label’s colour series it brings together the best of the label’s recent releases with unreleased gems from their friends and family including Satin Jackets, Atella, This Soft Machine and many more.
Label manager, Captain E, has put together a special playlist for us to celebrate the release of ‘The Red Collection’.. Listen below.
TSM aka This Soft Machine – Absence Of Rhythm
This Soft Machine was introduced to the idea of dance music and rock music being completely compatible, when he lived in London and had people like Erol Alkan and Rory Phillips dj’ing at Trash. I lived in Gent where the Eskimo parties took place, with The Glimmers and 2manydjs aka Soulwax playing there. 2manydjs had a radio show called Hank The Dj, which was the foundation of As Heard On Radio Soulwax. No need to add that the way they blended different musical genres into one had a big impact on me. TSM is one of my favourite dj’s around as well, just listen to his mixtapes.
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty (Ewan Pearson Remix)
Ewan Pearson produced the Jagwar Ma albums, and also did this remix of Uncertainty. He’s one of my favourite producers around, so I was very happy that he loved the idea of doing a remix of the NTEIBINT x Stella single ‘Hide In’ last year and boy, did he deliver! Back to Jagwar Ma: loved the Howling album, loved the Uncertainty track, loved the remix. There’s a dub mix as well, but for your listening pleasure, here’s the ‘vocal’ mix. How can you look so gloomy?
Horixon feat. Else Born – Colours
Always happy when two Eskimo artists work on some music together. Andrew & Joe from Horixon have other projects (Monarchy, Joe Ashworth), while Else Born is Turid Alida from Norwegian twisted pop sensation Philco Fiction. A perfect marriage between electronica, indie and pop. Fell in love with the Colours demo instantly, made me think of other big acts I like a lot. Approved by Stella McCartney, and both artists are on The Red Collection.
Blacknecks — Don’t Dream It Be It (Prins Thomas version)
As featured on Prins Thomas presents Paradise Goulash. All credits go to Thomas (and Blacknecks of course). It started with this great concept of him as a chef making “Paradise Goulash”, and ended with him doing his very own version of the original track so it was ready to be played in his amazing sets. Also love the track title!
Nese Karaböcek – Yali Yali (Todd Terje Edit)
First played in Todd Terje’s Essential Mix in 2013, a hypnotic slice of Turkish disco. The original already had a hint of the ‘Groove Is In The Heart’ vibe.
Moscoman – Fernandez
Another track I loved instantly. A bassline (and more) to dance to. Play!
Hermigervill – Brewed in Belgium
Icelandic producer with a strong Belgian connection, even speaks a bit of Dutch. I first heard of him when I saw this video featuring a lot of Belgian beers, then I met him in Oslo and now he’s the opening act on The Red Collection.
Bolis Pupil – Wèi?
A bit in the same musical vibe as the Hermigervill track perhaps, out on the DEEWEE label run by Soulwax. Just like Eskimo, their label is Gent based, so we run into each other quite frequently. Bolis Pupil is a musician from Gent who also plays in other bands like Hong Kong Dong and the fictional band The Shitz, who were on the Belgica OST.
Tony Wilson – Hangin’ Out In Space
One of the many, many highlights on Psychemagik’s curated Ritual Chants release, that ended up in Rough Trade’s Compilations of the Year, after being Rough Trade’s Album of the Week and Rough Trade’s Album of the Month at the end of 2016. When Dan from Psychemagik sent me the track, I played it a couple of times in a row. Could listen to it all day, or all night long.
Atella – The Monster
I actually think the latest Atella single featuring Froder beats what Röyksopp is doing lately, but don’t tell them. Fun to know that both Atella and Röyksopp are great producer duos from Norway. For indietronica I chose the debut single from Atella called The Monster. Stunning video by Chris Ullens too.
Transvolta – Disco Computer
Hello everybody. I am the future. Dan Lacksman at work. Pretty incredible how this tiny country called Belgium had such an impact on the international scene. When you get the chance, watch the documentary called The Sound Of Belgium, and check the playlist on Spotify if you want to dig deeper. Pump up the jam?
Lata Ramasar – Greatest Name That Lives (Alessandro Adriani Remix)
Released in the year that both I and the very first TR808 drum machine were born. Amazing remix, hard to find. Always love how the crowd reacts to this one when they hear it for the first time. (Same goes for the Yali Yali edit.) The original is great as well.
Few Bits are a Belgium band, who are making waves in their home country and beyond, having already supported the likes of Vampire Weekend and The War On Drugs.
Imagine an untroubled Lana Del Rey, and you’d likely end up at the euphoric, hazy vocals of front woman Karolien Van Ransbeeck. Combine this with the shimmering guitars from the rest of the band, and the result is ‘Summer Sun’.
Watch the picturesque and colourful video for ‘Summer Sun’, below.
‘Summer Sun’ has been taken from their upcoming sophomore album ‘Big Sparks’.
Sounds like: Daywave, Summer Heart, Swimm, Lana Del Rey, Hazel English, Brett