We’ve been fans of New Zealand talent, So Below, for a while now.
We wanted to find out what helps So Below write her incredibly reflective, dark electronic pop, so what better way than her expressing it in a playlist?
“In this playlist I feel like a have a memory or feeling associated with each song, they all have a nostalgic quality to them. Like The Dodos track for example makes me think of sitting on my mums roof at her old house in Auckland and drinking beers with my friends in summer. Or the Trentemoller track makes me think of waiting at the bus stop for the bus to go to work and its pouring down with rain. All such great songs!”
Sounds like: Raindear, Kate Boy, The Naked And Famous, MUNA, Ofelia K, Monogem, Bo Rocha
Anti-folk artist, Erin K, has been keeping herself very busy. Originally born in London, but now residing in the States via Italy, she has just shared the video for ‘No Control’, filmed across Iceland, and released her album ‘Little Torch’, which you can listen to on Spotify here.
To celebrate, Erin K has put together a playlist for us.
Tennis – Night Vision I love the immediate hood of this cool drum beat and the contrast between the closeness of the verse against the dreamy delayed vocals in the chorus. I just walked to the flight gate listening to this in my headphones. Great walking song!
Perfume Genius – Learning The simplicity of Perfume Genius is a breath of fresh air, reminiscent of the honest lyrics encountered in Andrew and the Johnsons or (kids soundtrack guy). I especially love the lyrics “blah blah blah” at the end of this intimate song. I’m inspired by this artist! I have tickets to see him at Heaven in London in a few weeks!
Hospitality – Going Out I don’t have much to say about this other than it’s been my song to start my day with for the past 2 weeks! Makes me feel like dancing! I’d love to see them live.
Whitney – No Woman I LOVE this artist. It’s rare that you find a drummer that is also the lead vocalist. Check out their live sessions online, definitely one of my top favourite new discoveries at the moment.
Cass McCombs – Bum Bum Bum A friend of my from Fort Lauderdale introduced me to this band (amongst others) recently and I think I had this song on repeat for an hour after the first listen. I love songs that push along with a constant repeated beat and sound. Check out his other songs, they are all beautiful. Something very nostalgic about this sound.
Sufjan Stevens – All of Me Wants All of You This is one of my favourite songs at the moment. It’s so beautiful. He recently came out with a live version of this, amongst others. Personally, I prefer the live versions but worth checking out.
Leon Bridges – River When I first heard this I assumed it was an old recording from the 60s. I love the way this song builds and Leon’s voice is flawless and emotive. Goose bumps.
U.N.P.O.C. – Here on My Own What’s not to love about early Modest Mouse! Great build, beautiful lyrical rhythm, one to scream along to at home, or in my experience, the customs line at Heathrow Terminal 4 (in my head of course).
Shuggy Otis – Strawberry Letter 23 Yes Yes YES! I love the every part of this. If you like retro 60s jams, you’ll dance along to this.
CAN – Vitamin C I remember the first time I heard this in some shop in London. I couldn’t wait to get home and listen to it properly. I’ve loved this song for years. The vocal, the consisting arrangement and cool organ sounds. Might not be a new find for me but I’ve included it here nonetheless.
Sounds like: Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor, Alev Lenz, alt-J, Pam Ayres, Susan Vega, Kim Boekbinder, Lily Allen
Production seems to be Sean Turk‘s forte, having already released material on Warner, Spinnin’ Records,and Ultra Records and gained support from some key players.
We wanted to get inside the musical mind of the New York-based #BedroomBass enthusiast to find out where he finds the inspiration for his music.
The result is the below playlist, or in Sean’s own words…
Hey what’s going on y’all! Here is a playlist that kind of encompasses the vibes I’m feeling at the moment. A lot of similar stuff that I am usually influenced by. These songs are my go to for traveling/driving around from day to day. Hope you guys enjoy!
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.
It’s no secret that we’ve been huge fans of Ten Fé since the beginning, and their album really is good, so to celebrate, here is a playlist of all their favourite tracks. We’re glad to see Bruce Springsteen makes an appearance too.
Happy Mondays – Wrote for Luck
Kevin Morby – Dorothy
Suicide – Ghost Rider
College – A Real Hero
Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire
Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23
‘Hit The Light’ is out now via SOME KINDA LOVE / [PIAS]. Order on iTunes here.
Wed 08 March 2017 Brighton, UK Green Door Store
Thu 09 March 2017 London, UK Oslo
Fri 10 March 2017 Bristol, UK Louisiana
Sat 11 March 2017 Cardiff, UK Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun 12 March 2017 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
Wed 15 March 2017 Liverpool, UK Buyer’s Club
Thu 16 March 2017 Nottingham, UK Bodega
Fri 17 March 2017 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
Sat 18 March 2017 Leeds, UK Hedgerow House
Sun 19 March 2017 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
Fri 24 March 2017 Paris, FR Pete The Monkey at Le Pop Up du Label
Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure
German duo, Tube & Berger (aka Arndt Roerig and Marko Vidovic) have been producing music for a while now, but it’s only recently that they’ve really sparked our interest. Working hard on evolving their sound from pure club grooves to a more ‘live’ focused indietronica styling, they have quite literally blown us away with their new track, ‘We Are All Stars’.
To help you get used to the transition, the guys have put together a playlist. It fuses indie/electronica/dance into one delicious pot.
GusGus – Crossfade (Maceo Plex Remix)
This has been a huge track in our DJ sets for over 2 years now, we wish we had made it!
Moderat – Running
Big respect to our fellow Germans, Moderat are the best live electronic band in the world right now.
Royksopp – What Else Is There? – Trentemoller Remix
Mid Noughties Electro House classic. Sounding just as epically dark and dangerous today.
Mylo – Destroy Rock n Roll
A track to dance and laugh to at the same time.
RÜFÜS - Innerbloom
Kings of the Electronica new breed smashing it with a chilled masterpiece.
Foals – Late Night – Solomun Remix
Foals are an amazing Indie Rock band and with Solomon on the remix, it was always going to be good…and it is!
The Chemical Brothers – Do it Again
Probably our favourite ever band. We could have chosen loads of their tracks.
SOHN – Conrad
Downtempo brilliance. Spiritual and soulful.
The XX – Crystalised
The perfect mix of chiming guitars, indie vocals and electronic beats sensibilities.
Justice VS Simian – We Are Your Friends
Not sure any rock band has made a better rabble rousing festival anthem in recent times.
Fri 03 Mar – Zero Gravity, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Fri 07 Apr – Hehku, Tampere, Finland
Sat 22 Jul – Open Beatz Festival, Herzogenaurach, Germany
Expect Tube & Berger’s album to drop shortly, via Embassy One. If you can’t wait, take a listen to ‘We Are All Stars’ below.