Comedically filled with bird chirps and tongue clicks is Dunham’s Bored. Uniquely strange, Bored creates a hilariously catchy blend of purrs and chirps that’ll make you think, why haven’t more people sampled animals as prominent melodic leads?
Three years ago Birdy introduced herself by dropping the world’s jaw with her cover of Bon Iver’s Skinny Love. Since then, not many have risked remixing the beautiful cover. At only 19, Switzerland’s Sebestian Carter has managed to create an absolutely incredible remix of the already perfect song. He chops up the vocals, while keeping her impeccable sound intact. He adds in down-tempo synths which work to perfectly complement her voice.
It’s not often you hear a song that perfectly combines brass instruments and eclectic synths, but Margaret Backwoods and The Kount have created something truly unique. It’s incredibly refreshing to hear a powerful orchestral sample mixed with hip-hop beats as it’s not something you hear a lot of anymore. The song begins and finishes strong with beautiful harmonies sprinkled through out. I’m really hoping for more collaboration between these two featuring brass and jazz samples.
With a flow similar to SchoolBoy Q and a production team featuring the talents of STWO, S0ul Unreal, Maloon and Pigeon Do (who are all our favourites, by the way), Jay Prince is quickly becoming a household name in North America. Instrumented with jazzy influences, his lyrical prose creates a sound so smooth that will definitely take him places. Download some of his releases on his soundcloud.
This Australian talent has been blowing up everywhere as of late. With her newest Calm Down EP, big things are in the works and Cold is no exception. Produced by the ever talented Lido, they met in Australia and spent a few days in the studio together in Sydney - creating this masterpiece by the end of it. Download the album here.
From Norway comes sixteen old producer Rootkit. Usually dabbling in drum & bass and electro, Real Love brings together a vibey house track that hinders on Tchami-like synth leads. Signed to local label Monstercat, we can’t wait to hear more of this sound from this burgeoning talent. Download his music here.
From Dred Collective comes a smooth footwork track full of repetitive synth chords and a vocal sample that hinders on hilarious and slightly true to our society’s attention spans to social media. Download the track for free on soundcloud.
Forthcoming from new label Hope Sick Cola is flowerkingdom by Christchurch native Yeong Rak. This release merges together many different influences, from footwork to cartoony vocal samples that hinder on anime vocaloids. If you know anything about the label heads of Hope Sick Cola: Shisa, Cat Sperm and Nekophiliac - you’d notice that they hold a significant sound of underground music that hovers around a broad spectrum of genres. We sat down with Hope Sick’s newcomer to understand a little bit more about what he’s about and where his d’chrone EP will take us.
When did you first start making music and what are some of your inspirations producer-wise for this release?
I started making Cybergrind in GarageBand when I was 13 in about 2009 or so - that was awful but I met some cool people from Myspace in that scene that I still talk to on a regular basis. Lately I’ve been inspired by ZOOM LENS, mainly Aegyokiller and Uio Loi, and some japanese footwork like Paisley Parks and Satanicpornocultshop. I’ve been in love with their sounds for about a year now and I think it’s had an impact on the way I think about and approach music in general, and especially on this release. Actually I’ve been taking some inspiration from Haitian and African music too. You’ll hear some samples of that pop up on the release here and there.
What is your definition of cybergrind?
I always thought it to just be grindcore that was made digitally. I think for some people having some element of electronic music is a must but I didn’t do much of that. Maybe I was just making regular grindcore the whole time…
How did Hope Sick contact you for their third release?
Nekophiliac sent me a message on Twitter asking if I could be the third release for him and Shisa’s new label Hope Sick Cola and I felt pretty excited about that so I said yes.
Shisa mentioned that you and Neko know each other from the Lolicore scene, how has that scene influenced your production?
I dont think it was the scene itself so much as the people I knew and worked with (Neko, Vaenus, Onii~cholas/D3lores) within the scene that influenced me. I never had much to do with the others in the scene but I did used to make Lolicore under Bukiko (a project I started with Vaenus in 2012) which has since ended up sounding a lot like my main work anyway.
Both these genres are very underground. Do you feel that in time they might make a come back? Or how have these scenes merged your sounds into what they are now?
With Cybergrind I couldn’t say because I’m seriously out of the loop when it comes to that scene. I havent been involved with any Cybergrind since mid-2010 really but my friend who works under the name Infected Womb does/has done some pretty sick Cybergrind, so there is some good stuff to look out for. When it comes to Lolicore there are some really cool things going on in that area. Virtual Disk Systems is planning on doing some Lolicore tape releases in the near future. The Worst already has a nice catalogue racked up. I’m not sure if it constitutes as a “comeback” but they are two labels you should keep your eye on if you’re at all interested in Lolicore. All the people involved are really cool so I’d suggest checking them out. I’m not really sure if it’ll make a comeback but it doesn’t really matter anyway. There’s cool stuff happening in both areas and that’s all that matters. As for how they’ve affected my sounds, I think it’s the same as before. I’m thankful that I got to meet and work with the people I did because they were the main influence on my work but the scene as a whole wasn’t something I really payed much attention to at the time. I don’t even listen to grind anymore.
What do you want your listeners to feel from it?
This is really just me writing music, with no particular cohesive feeling in mind. Different songs come from different places I’ve been in so there’s few things someone might feel while listening to it I think. Most of it is just confusion.
Watch out for d’chrone, available on Hope Sick Cola on August 15th.
Toronto producer Death Ledger has just released his experimental rework of Jeremih & G-Unit’s top 40 hit, Don’t Tell ‘Em. Death Ledger slows down the track to create a much more mellow listen. He chop and screws the song to create a relaxed summer song. It’s definitely something that has the potential to put Death Ledger on the map.
Our friend Unjee held a remix contest last week and the results were amazing but what really stood out is HRVY’s house rendition. With pitched and echoed vocals, HRVY creates an all encompassing sound that makes you straight ~vibey. Download it for free on soundcloud.