Introducing Laarsen, an innovative electronic artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.
Slotting nicely into the musical realms of JamesBlake and FrankOcean, Laarsen samples with the electronic (modern synthesisers, beats and production techniques) and natural (vocal recordings, vinyl samples, and organic instrumentation), merging sounds from the past, present, and future.
Listen to the ‘Would U’ below, and expect a debut EP in the Spring.
Sounds like: Ben Pearce, Lane 8, James Blake, Burial, Mura Masa, Jim E-Stack, Jacques Greene, Kelela, Frank Ocean
Josh Jacobson is effortlessly combining modern R&B with dance-pop in his new single ‘Sideline’ featuring co-production from Gigamesh.
On the subject of the song, he explains,
“Sideline is a song about growth and building in new directions, learning to let go when it’s necessary to move forward. It’s about those inner voices at times of transition that are at once exciting but so challenging emotionally. I think these lyrics will resonate with a lot of people in different ways, so I’m excited to hear how people relate to the song.”
Sounds like: Le Youth, Drake, Justin Timberlake, The Weeknd
Copenhagen-based superstar in the making, MATTIS, shares his stunning debut, ‘Loverboy’.
This self confessed “viking soul” uses somewhat minimalistic production, relying heavily on his vocals (think James Blake or Sampha), but ‘Loverboy’ also tells an emotive story, driven from a dark place that MATTIS found himself in three years ago, having lost his apartment following a break up, and generally feeling like a lone wolf away from the pack.
The single is out via Sony Music in Scandinavia and Tigerspring/TheOrchard elsewhere.
Sounds like: Rationale, Ben Pearce, James Blake, Sampha
Laurel is a 21 year old from London who writes tracks about lust and love. She already has an impressive backlog of songs just waiting to be released to the public.
Following on from a killer track with Shadow Child and Ben Pearce is Laurel’s new single ‘Blue Blood’; a simple, yet devastatingly powerful vocal melodies shimmer above string-infused orchestral instrumentation, with a huge backdrop of thumping drums.
Sounds like: Soft as Snow, Broods, Tove Lo, Lorde, Lana Del Rey
Le Youth – Feel Your Love Feat. Javeon (RAC remix)
Le Youth is back, this time with Javeon in tow and complete with a remix courtesy of RAC.
Javeon’s voice remains intact on ‘Feel Your Love’, but RAC breathes some summertime vibes into what is already a sterdy 90’s inspired R&B based track by the L.A. producer.
We were initially concerned that Le Youth may have pigeoned himself into a genre that will soon pass in popularity, but having watched him play last week we are certain that the talented producer is here to stay.
Le Youth (aka Wes James or ‘The Youth’ if you are in France) is the uber cool remixer of the moment.
Growing up in Ohio during the US R&B and UK garage peak of the 90’s (and later moving to L.A.), there are clear cross-border influences in Le Youth’s music. To date, remixes under his belt include those of Sam Smith and Disclosure.
His latest tropitronica triumph is ‘Dance With Me’ featuring Dominique Young Unique whereby Le Youth samples TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’. Check out the cheeky vid below:
It is undoubtedly clear that Le Youth does it all for the absolute love of music, which makes him a pretty loveable guy. Oh yea son we’re talking to you.
He has just finished his UK tour, but we are sure he’ll be back in no time.