Kishi Bashi

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I’m fully aware that I’m late to the party on this discovery, but better late than never right? Kishi Bashi’s latest album Lighght is an absolute masterpiece.

Kishi Bashi is the self-recorded and self-produced project of the Athen’s, Georgia based artist Kaoru Ishibashi. With a pretty impressive resume including working with Regina Spektor and the band Of Montreal, Kishi Bashi broke off on his own in 2012 to produce his debut album 151a and the single “Manchester.” With the release of Lighght, his orchestral-style sound has solidified into a genre that is not only richly layered but incredibly addictive. “Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!” and “Hahaha Part I” and II stand out as the albums singles, but honestly, every track on this album could be the hit single.

Highly recommend buying this album off of Kishi Bashi’s Bandcamp page.

Kishi Bashi – Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!


MXX: “Only”

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I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened to a really good song in which the aspect that captured my attention was the flawless use of a single percussion. This is just one of many positive things I could say about MXX’s “Only”. With a pad that lightly soars through the background, MXX will have you feeling those strange feels that we try to avoid sometimes. And as if that wasn’t enough, the visuals simply elevate this song by the Oxford quartet to greater heights. Listen to “Only” here:

 

Watch the emotional visuals directed by George Anthony Fox here:

 


Chillwave Wednesday LXVI

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Chillwave Wednesday: a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music around the internet. We have new singles from Brazilian based band: We Are Pirates (check out the full EP on the We Are Pirates Soundcloud page) and London based producer: Billie Black. Check out her EP entitled “Teach Me” due out May 25th.


James Canty – Love

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English singer/songwriter James Canty has released his new EP called the Love EP and it has quickly gone into heavy rotation for this year. The 5 track album has an eclectic range of sound from psych rock melodies and delicate acoustic guitar rifts on “Burning Alive” and “Putney Bridge” to waves of Space Odyssey style organs on “Deborah” and “Love.” The EP is very cinematic sounding. It’s a rich mixture of story telling and sound production that makes for one of the more interesting albums of 2015.

Buy the Love EP on iTunes now.

James Canty – Love

Listen to the full EP


Hermitude: “The Buzz” ft. Mataya & Young Tapz

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I’m not much of a clubber anymore. Apparently the club  ‘goin up on a tuesday’ but unfortunately for me I work at a restaurant on Tuesdays. I doubt I’m missing much though. Too much hormones and testosterone in one facility for my liking. Although my love for clubs is slowly diminishing, after discovering “The Buzz” by Australian duo Hermitude, my only desire now is to dance around with sweaty strangers for 4 hours. “The Buzz” is a synth-forward tune with beautifully sampled vocals by Young Tapz and Mataya. This is the second single off their latest project “Dark Night Sweet Light” (DNSL) which is now available in Australia (you lucky bastards…) and coming to the rest of us peasants soon. Enjoy “The Buzz”.


Chico Trujillo

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My Monday killer for this week? Chico Trujillo + Chilean Cumbia. It’s impossible to start your week off in a bad mood if you plug this sound into your ears.

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Chico Trujillo – Asi es que vivo yo (sigue la fiesta)


Lights: “Same Sea”

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Between 2008 and 2009, I was isolated from music that was popular in Canada because I spent that period of time in Nigeria. When I returned however, there was a new face in the music scene. Her name – Lights.

Apologies to whoever my future wife may be because I will probably never love you as much as I love Lights. From “Drive My Soul” to “Same Sea“, the Canadian Queen of synth-pop never seems to disappoint when it comes to the visual game and has released yet another futuristic music video to accompany her latest single. Listen to “Same Sea” here:

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Lights – Same Sea
 

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Dance Calypso!

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Was just turned on to this Calypso compilation by my buddy Darius in New York. He’s from New Orleans. He’s got Spanish and Persian ancestry and he has got far better taste in music than I do (probably because he’s such a soulful mix of a mutt). In any case, every once in a while he’ll send me an album like this one that will just absolutely blow my mind. It doesn’t matter what genre, or decade… he always nails it. And this Calypso compilation is absolutely nailing it for me. I hope it is for you too. hashtag “summer vibes”