Our boy Kapre is back with a tune that’s on a whole new level. A new, refined production approach and perfectly chopped vocals make this track an addicting hit. Energetic drops rumble with bass in a way that adds tons of energy but doesn’t overwhelm, and the calmer verses allow the listener an opportunity to enjoy Alexx Mack and recharge. Enjoy below!
Swedish artist Hana Oceans has had quite a year. Gaining widespread popularity in her home country with her debut Dust EP and reaching a broader audience through key inclusions on popular Spotify playlists, this downtempo singer/songwriter has some momentum behind her. Her latest single “Invincible Borders” takes a darker tone than usual, but skillfully combines her enchanting vocals with high-quality electronic production to create a moving piece. Check it out below!
Unlike Pluto has released the third track in a series of similarly-named hits (“Waiting For You”, “Searching For You”, and now “Found You”) and it’s a crisply produced, powerful banger. What begins with slow piano chords and sultry female vocals quickly builds up into one of the most clever and musically satisfying drops I’ve heard in a while. Check it out below.
Porter Robinson’s album Worlds has provided inspiration to dozens of beautiful remixes, covers, and re-interpretations. I think that’s a testament to the quality of the original album, and how great music has the ability to really impact people. Gill Chang is the latest to offer up his tribute, and it’s beautiful. Slow, powerful, and hopeful, this is a high-quality cover that does justice to the original. Enjoy below.
Indie songstress Phoebe Ryan’s newest track is “Boyz N Poizn” and it’s a lot more chill, intricate, and thoughtful than the title might suggest. It takes the form of a downtempo, almost melancholy, reflection on Phoebe’s love life, where all she does is “enjoy ’em and destroy ’em” until she feels what she wants to feel. According to Phoebe, this song is based on her actual life so if you’re thinking of approaching her when she’s on tour this summer, you know what you’re in for. The track is a great listen, enjoy below.
Hot off her recent single “Life Worth Living”, Laurel takes us in a more downtempo direction with “San Francisco”, an alt-rock track with sporadic and carefully placed guitar riffs that punctuate sultry verses and catchy choruses. The more you listen to this song, the more complexities you notice. What at first seems like a simple rock song becomes an intricate and powerful track. Enjoy below.
The Economix welcomes Christian Suasi, longtime friend and music fan, for the first installment of the OP-EX series. This is a segment where Economix readers can get outside perspectives on some of the best music out in the world today. Enjoy Suasi’s take on LIGHTS’ new album:
We know LIGHTS as the electro-synth pop artist who unsheathes her “key-tar” to smite all the emotional terrors in your life with her upbeat tunes. She recently released her latest album, called Midnight Machines, where the she lays the electronic synths to rest and now wields an acoustic guitar to enchant the songs from her last release, Little Machines.
I say “enchant” because each song becomes magical. LIGHTS wanted a different vibe from her previous acoustic albums and she accomplished this by integrating a full string quartet (two violins, a viola and a cello) into her studio. She and her band know the songs intimately, so they stripped down the production, isolated the melodies using each respective instrument, and finally fused it all together into a spellbinding experience.
Midnight Machines is neither sweet nor jubilant. Instead it transforms songs from Little Machines into graceful, unplugged nodes of power that’ll calm your trembling life. If you need to focus, get ahead in life in a peaceful manner, this is your album. Break yourself from the world and listen to “Meteorites,” a single off the album, below.