This lead track off Figgy’s forthcoming Missing You EP beckons to those late night adventures just as the sun sets. With calmed wavering synth chords and a simple vocal cut, You Were Mine perfects the sounds of lounge house.
New Forms Festival is something unlike what we usually see in Vancouver. Filled with accelerating music and collaborative artists, New Forms takes an eye-opening standpoint as to what they give to their viewers. With our favorite festival only a day away from it’s start, we’ve come together to bring our top picks of the year.
Following vapourwave tropes before it’s blow up into more commercial waves (shall we mention Porter Robinson haha), 1080p’s Young Braised brings together lo-fi aesthetics with popularized japanese paraphenaria. His flows echo the underground sounds of Team Sesh crew, which is amazing to believe that he’s a local talent. He performs live with Soledad Munoz on Thursday from 11:30pm - 12:30pm.
Working alongside some of the produces, DJ Earl and his infamous TEKLIFE crew have become prominent figures in underground Chicago footwork, spreading their repetitious yet fidgety sounds throughout the music scene. He plays on this Saturday from 3am - 4am.
Infusing sounds from a variety of elements, Deebs brings together a well-balanced mesh of bass and r&b music. His ability to amplify some of our favorite artists such as Sampha and inc. proves that his keen taste as a selector will make for a great set at New Forms. He plays live this Saturday from 11pm - 12pm
ARCA / Total Freedom w Jesse Kanda
This is probably the most pinnacle event of the festival. With the highly anticipated ARCA and Total Freedom coming to Vancouver, it calls for something that will probably knock your socks off. Listening to ARCA’s latest release Thievery, it only gives a splinter of what weird constructs he’ll take us. Together with Fade To Mind’s Total Freedom, nothing but greatness will come of this show alongside the infamous visual works by Jesse Kanda. They play together this Saturday in the Omnimax from 7pm - 8pm.
I know we’re a little bias on the Saturday night line up, but it’s just too good to be true. Visionist brings together elements of that dark club aesthetics along with hints of r&b trends that amalgamate into beautiful after hours type anthems. He plays on Saturday from 12am - 1am.
From New Zealand producer comes this very pleasant remix of Maxi’s Walking With The Animal. Minimal at first glance, the melody picks up mid-lenght and delivers a tight bassline and echoed vocals. Download it for free on his soundcloud.
Newest single off of Alphabets Heaven’s Everything Stays The Same. Collaborating with Deft, Pride & Joy shows a more darker side of Alphabet Heaven’s sound and aesthetic. Along with Cloud Key, these releases give away something different than his more upbeat tracks, such as Bamboo or his mountainsound EP. Watch the music video below.
Their sound is reminiscent of a summer breeze, held together with lo-fi aesthetics and a drum machine. With the pleasantries of it’s vocalist, SALES brings you back to a more innocence time before growing into adulthood. To top it off, XXYYXX’s remix of toto adds a darker side to their music along with tonka time. Grab their EP here.
With a stretched out, almost glittering, atmospheric melody and perfectly echoed vocals, GHETTO INFERNO makes a beautiful rendition to Beyonce and Drake’s Mine.
Lorn takes us on an industrial adventure with The Maze To Nowhere. Hindering on a game-like atmosphere, which he has soundtracked before, Lorn uses his dark aesthetics to create a masterpiece of lo-fi tones and ominous sounds. Grab it for free here.
Beatmaker of the neo-soul persuasion is Melo-Zed. His nostalgic repetoire creates a happy balance between jazz, r&b and hip hop. Turn Heads fuses jazz with Euroz’ Summer’s Over while About [Her] brings together a chilled out beat and pitched vocals, showing his prowess in different genres. And with Stakes, a collaboration with Obongjayar, hip hop has never sounded so good.
Adding layers of rhythm and echoed claps, Figgy creates a house refix that certainly pleases the ears to an already pleasing song. Download it for free on his bandcamp.
Describing themselves as “raw emotion in audio form” comes GEOTHEORY, a craftsman of chopped up synths and warm r&b tendencies. Off of SYZYGY, this masterpiece is an amazing debut from the newcomer. Download it here.