K Stewart on the rise

K Stewart

The virtually un-googleable K Stewart popped up on the feed yesterday thanks to her recent collaboration with the young, immensely talented UK dance producer Karma Kid. Their combined efforts yield the song Speechless: a 90s RnB inspired, Banks-esque, future-soul wonder. Below that is her first collaboration with Karma Kid, Tell Me ‘Bout That, which is one of the most swanky, inspired productions that’s been released this year.

Her appearance on TCTS’s deep house tune Games is not to be overlooked, either: K Stewart’s vocals are quite a force to be included on any song.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Health – USA Boys

Back in 2010, LA band HEALTH was having a moment. Their release of the raw-synth laden USA Boys fit right in with the likes of Crystal Castles and has managed to stand the test of time, being both an on-trend tune at its release and an equally compelling listen four years later. Around the same time they released a remix album, with equally great results. One standout was the remix of Nice Girls by Little Loud, who eventually became Tourist, which has one of the most overwhelmingly euphoric second-acts you’ll ever here.

HEALTH – USA Boys

HEALTH – Heat (Javelin Remix)

Swimming Pool/Daytime Disco

Daytime Disco Poolside LUXXURY Goldroom Rotkraft lntg

If yesterday’s fuzzed out sounds from Jungle didn’t quite satiate your need for sitting-around-in-the-sun music, then go ahead and try on this hour of slow-jam disco. Grab your favorite wine cooler and portable speakers and go get your sunburn on.

A couple of notes: 1. The first two songs are from my personal favorite mixtape of all time, Goldroom’s Sole Fixtape 7 and in tandem they were made for vacations. 2. A well-done edit of The Bee Gees can never go wrong and 3. The nine-minute re-imagination of Toto’s Africa to cap off this playlist is deserving of its self-described epicness.

Tycho masters the audio/visual experience

Never have an artist’s visual and aural collections so perfectly worked together. Scott Hansen, known as the musician Tycho and as the designer ISO50, couples his washed-out, pastel-tinged prints and photography with the ambient downtempo sounds as a perfect pairing.

This might be best exemplified by the video for Ascension, which is used for visuals during the Tycho live performance:

Below are two songs from his most recent album, which was the first record from Tycho employing a full band.  While you’re listening, check out the handful of his visual offerings below (more can be found at ISO50).

Awake 

Spectre 

 

 

Throwback Thursday – Beautiful House

rundown warehouse lights

OR: 3am post-party sippin’ liquor playlist. Made up of the wonderful Satin Jackets, Chris Malinchak, Route 94, Wayward and capped off from a garage tune from Atlas, this collection of tracks from over the last two years will get you to move in the most positive, pleasant and mellow way possible.

Trails and Ways bringing (free) world pop to Portland 5/18

Trails and Ways Nunca Mtn Tune Border Crosser

Not a bad way to spend an evening: Trails and Ways is bringing their self-described ‘bossa nova dream pop’ to Rontoms Sunday, May 18th for a free show. The indie-pop quartet has been on the radar since their Air France-esque single Nunca gained prominence in the summer of 2012, and have since provided excellent sounds to lift your spirits and prepare you for summer. Their music is mostly heard on their EP Trilingual, which earns its name with vocals sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese. You’ll likely end up with a strong desire to get out of the country by the end of it.

Also – the last song on the list is a cover of Ghost Beach’s Miracle, delivering something close to beach-arena-pop-anthem. It’s uplifting to an extreme.

Nunca  Border Crosser  Mtn Tune  Miracle (Ghost Beach Cover) 

For your focus. For your study.

Focus

Today’s list is for focus. Be that studying, working, or making sure you aren’t thinking.

The first three are from Phoria, a band showing a lot of potential with their latest release ‘Emanate’. It’s the most intense of the whole list, beautifully crescendoing over four minutes, beginning with vocal harmonies and snips and snaps, and ending with utterly overwhelming synth. Definitely a highlight of the last couple of weeks.

The rest is a smattering of mellow sound that’s light on well-annunciated vocals. It’ll give you a good 50 minutes of calm concentration, spend that how you will.