Most of the songs this week are pretty relaxed, either down-tempo, stripped down, or in minor keys. Made in Heights and Jamie XX deliver more upbeat, up-tempo productions. Maybe it’s just the relaxation I was able to have during my two week trip that’s drawing my attention to these songs, or maybe the producers and distributors just know that relaxing music is perfect for the end of lazy July.
This song begins innocuously enough, seeming just like a very mellow electronica and R&B mashup. As the song progresses though, Noah McBeth (whose name is transformed into NoMBe) shows off his powerful falsetto, the tempo changes several times, and the track amps up into a section of trap music towards the end, giving this song everything you could want.
Flight Facilities–Heart Attack (feat. Owl Eyes)
The DJ duo, Flight Facilities, comprised of Australians Hugo Gruzman and James Lyell, has been around for a few years, and their tried and true indie electronic style remains constant on their new album. Owl Eyes, Australian Brooke Addamo, appears on this track, with her smooth, emotional voice, singing about the confusing heart break from the back and forth of relationships. In this remix, Snakehips, the under-the-radar DJ duo, give this track a new life, taking it away from its original deep house feel, transitioning it into more easy listening electropop.
It is hard to believe that “Gold” is Kiiara’s first single ever. Her vocals and this track have the maturity of a veteran musical artist, but in actuality she is only 20-years old, a newcomer to the scene. Her day job is working as a sales associate in a hardware store in Illinois. Her track, though, seems like the type of work one would expect to come from a big-city dweller, oozing with R&B and trap music influences, complete with captivating chopped up vocals.
Made in Heights–Pop It In 2
Not only do good marriages start at weddings, good musical partnerships can start at weddings as well. Kelsey Bulkin and DJ Sabzi, the two musical geniuses that make up Made in Heights first met up at a wedding where Bulkin was the vocalist and Sabzi was the DJ. Their new single, “Pop It In 2,” is upbeat with electronic elements, but also has a stripped down acoustic feel, emphasized by Bulkin’s unique doo-bop freestyling.
Jamie XX–I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
Jamie XX may only have one original studio LP to his name, but he has been on the music scene since he was only 20-years old. His debut work was producing for the XX, the London dream pop group. Six years later, he is now producing his own work, and doing some collaboration with other artists, such as Young Thug and Popcaan. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) features a prominent sample from the Persuasions, a Brooklyn based 70s accapella group. Young Thug and Popcaan add their rapping to the track, making this song an eclectic electronic-meets-hiphop mashup. Be warned–this song will get stuck in your head forever.
(Also, there are some NSFW lyrics, just to warn you)