If you need a reason to be even more excited for this summer you need to check out Chicago-based producer ALIGN. His sample-based electronic style is clean, refreshing, and warm to the ears. “Daydreaming” is a perfect example of how happy his music can make you feel. Peaceful ambient sounds are expertly intertwined with gently rumbling bass and sparkling synths to create an atmosphere of sunshine and relaxation. Perfect for a drive down a sunny road or a beach vibe session. Enjoy below and give ALIGN a follow on Soundcloud!
Kaskade and Felix Cartal have joined creative forces to create a low-key summer jam that’ll keep you bumping through the increasingly long days. Soft vocals from Ofelia K perfectly set the mood for a pleasant little guitar riff that gives the song the perfect feel for cruising down a quiet road with the windows open. Reminds me of RAC’s remix of “Classic” by The Knocks. Enjoy below.
Australian dominance of the indie scene continues today with GLADES – an alt pop band that has hit the sweet spot between alt-rock and electronica with their most recent track “Drive.” It evokes images of lazy summertime drives with that special someone. Nowhere to be, all the time and warmth in the world. Beautiful vocals match with the insanely smooth production to make a guaranteed hit. Check out GLADES’ other stuff on Soundcloud, too, it’s all very impressive. Enjoy below.
Felix Snow is back with his second original release “Now You See Me” and it takes a minimal approach to modern electronica that develops into a broader “tribal” rhythm that is becoming more typical on the indie scene. The first “drop” only keeps the bass, a rolling snare, and the vocals, demonstrating the power of those elements and how they drive the song. All around, a very impressive track. Enjoy this along with his debut original below.
Matoma has blessed us today with a new album/playlist today punnily named Hakuna Matoma. His timing couldn’t have been better because I’m seeing him live TONIGHT in Chicago alongside Louis the Child and The Chainsmokers. Many of the songs on this setlist have already been released, but there are three new ones, including “Knives.” This is my favorite of the new releases because it is very chill and has elements of Matoma’s signature tropical sound in the background, but he keeps it chill and adds a bit of depth to his sound. As Matoma himself says in the song description, “lot of my music is really happy and party but I think this gets in the heart a little deeper.” With acoustic riffs, a more “tribal” than “tropical” beat, and smooth sounds provided by FRENSHIP, this is a great song for any chill sesh. I hope he plays it tonight when we need to cool down a bit.
RAC has consistently been one of my favorite up-and-coming artists and I’m enjoying this alt-rock, indie-pop adventure into the world of originals that he has pursued. This one is simple, sweet, and catchy. Reminds me of teenage summers. Enjoy below.
As we transition to the coldest months of the year, I begin to remember why tropical house was so popular last winter. It’s a warm, calm way to reminisce of the lost days of summer. Glenero’s new track “Sundance Kids” evokes those happy, lazy summer vibes with some signature pan flute melodies, smooth piano chords, and bumping synths. The artist himself put it best: “Perfect for easy listening, casual summer vibes and road trips.” Enjoy below.