This week’s playlist was particularly hard because we skipped last week, so we’ve had to smash the best of TWO weeks together into one playlist. I’d go so far as to say this is my favourite playlist yet. We start and end on two entirely different but phenomenal, epic tracks, with a banger, smooth funk, chilled electro-R&B and hip hop in the middle of it all. Enjoy!
- Tonik Ensemble, Imprints
Opening on a stunner. There’s something incredibly magical in Icelandic water. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve never found an Icelandic artist I didn’t love. Opening with deep, subtle synths that slowly trickle their way upwards, the eerie indie vocal melody comes in and absolutely captivates me. There’s strings, effects, flutes and more. I have listened to this song maybe 20 times in the past two days and I have a feeling I won’t be the only one.
- Alison Wonderland: U Don’t Know ft. Wayne Coyne
Lets take it up a notch for a few minutes. Listen to this one here, it’s not on Soundcloud. The Australian producer has been blowing the hell up recently, with her knack for huge beats, dark bass and rhythmic gymnastics that keep each phrase as interesting as the last. Teaming up with The Flaming Lips‘ Wayne Coyne for her new track, it’s sultry, it’s deep and it’s ready for a sweaty, sweaty dance floor.
- Argonaut&Wasp, When You Came Into My Life
Definitely my favourite song of the week. This track blew me away the first time I heard it, and it continued to do so for the next 15 or so times too. Unbelievably smooth, sexy, understated groove with an incredible melody and a wicked guitar solo. Read my full song review here. “One for the bedroom playlist, one for the dirty-martinis-on-a-rooftop playlist.”
- Slum Sociable, Anyway
The debut track from new duo Slum Sociable absolutely caught my ear on first listen. The lo-fi vibe gives it a bluesy, vintage vibe, while the gorgeous melody dances with piano licks and shuffling hip hop percussion. All in all this is a seriously cool track. I can’t wait to hear more from these guys.
- ZAPED, Eyes Collide ft. Groszek
Once again proving that Australian producers have a hell of a lot to offer, this is a really nice track, with a bubbly bass, rich vocals and an airy, enchanting soundscape. The laid back beats lay the foundation for a beautiful atmosphere, topped off by a soft, yet attention-grabbing soulful melody.
- Terry Urban, Video Girl Dreams
Okay so I’ve never posted a mash-up into a playlist, but this one is too good to pass up. It’s only one minute long, bu tluckily it’s a teaser for a full album, FKA Biggie, a blissfully, surprisingly perfect combination of Laneway headliner FKA Twigs and Notorious B.I.G. I don’t need to even say anything else, just give it a listen.
- Kaytranada, Drive Me Crazy ft. Vic Mensa
I freaking love Kaytranada, and I’ve recently started getting really into Laneway performer Vic Mensa. This is a match made in heaven. Kay’s plinky synth rhythms and a deep, dark bass complement Mensa’s spat-out flow to perfection, the ultimate contrast between chilled electronica and utterly cool hip hop verses.
- Flower Drums, Don’t Wait ft. South
Another totally smooth lo-fi track, with sensual syncopation and gentle, husky vocals. One of my favourite things is R&B-infused low key electronic music with light vocals, and, well, this hits the nail on it’s very sexy head. Guitar plucks and echoed vocal loops add tantalising colour to the already sumptuous layers.
- Seekae, The Stars Below (LUCIANBLOMKAMP remix)
I can’t explain how much I love this remix. I’m a big fan of both artists and this is something else. Adding so much murky, industrial, weird darkness to the original track – one of my favourites off Seekae’s 2014 album The Worry – it’s strange and glitchy and perfect, it’s left me both totally on edge and totally satisfied. Read my full single review here.
- Shlohmo, Buried
Ending on a particularly dark note. There’s something so fucking eerie and disconcerting about this track. My friend described it as the kind of song you might hear on the Blade Runner soundtrack, and that’s the exact perfect way to explain it. As the track unfolds it booms and crashes around a wailing synth, the atmosphere just blossoms into something so phenomenally dark. Listen from start to end, at full volume, with headphones.