Cam'ron & A-Trak - Humphrey

1/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Cam'ron & A-Trak - Humphrey 


First of all, I did not know that Cam'ron frequently dresses as an eskimo on acid. This fact alone places him above many rappers. Secondly, he is the first rapper to collab with the excellent A-trak, a move that speaks a lot about both his savyness (spelling? Is this even a word?) and taste. Although the track is short (2:38), "Humphrey," manages to make a lasting impression. The hook revolves around a classic "schoolyard" vibe, and the lyrics are pretty funny. Ex. "What I do next get crackhead fellatio" It's fun, summery, and makes me feel a little bit warmer in the dead of winter. 

Disclosure - White Noise (Hotel Garuda Edition)

1/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Disclosure - White Noise (Hotel Garuda Edition)

Continuing with this year's trend of sax-laiden feel good tracks (why hasn't this always been a thing?), the Hotel Garuda edit of Disclosure's "White Noise" is a triumph for sure. The remix isn't the height of creativity considering it's simply a mashup of "White Noise" and "Punga" by Klingande (the nordic masterminds who gave us "Jubel"). However, what it lacks in ingenuity it makes up for in foot-tapping, finger-dancing brilliance, particularly the conversion of Aluna George's sometimes whiny vocals into something smooth and soulful. Drive to it, party to it, darty to it,  what have you - it rocks. 

ASTR - R U With Me

1/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

ASTR - R U With Me


This NYC based duo burst onto the scene last spring with "Operate", now the featured singled on their Varsity EP. If you have yet to hear it, definitely worth a listen- a sexy slow burner that will have you hooked (see below). "R U With Me" takes a more upbeat turn with chimey synths and some pretty lovey dovey lyrics (however not of the T Swift variety). All in all, the whole EP is worth checking out (including "Blue Hawaii," another gem listed below). 

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Rush Into Love

1/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Rush Into Love



The masters of campy dance pop are at it again. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., in a collab with rappers 'Slim' Scandrick and Chuck Inglish, give us "Rush Into Love" off their new mix tape Produce. It's relatively standard fare for the disco tinged duo, yet they seem to have upped their game in the short time since 2013's The Speed of Things. "Rush" is an upbeat synth filled ditty perfectly complemented by the 2 game rappers I have never heard of (sry bout it). Also the album artwork is pretty and I want to eat it.    


Mø- Don't Wanna Dance

1/30/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Mø- Don't Wanna Dance


Karen Marie Ørsted voice possess a comfortability factor that pairs rul well with the laid-back vibe of this track. The chorus is where the song shines, the repeated line "dance with nobody", the amped-up drums and the faint horns instantly have you tapping your foot. I also really dig the slight 60's/70's era vibe Ørsted incorporates and the a capella bridge followed by house piano is such a great ending to the song that you'll immediately want to press the replay button. 

Misun - Travel With Me

1/29/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Misun - Travel With Me


We've come to expect consistency from Misun in the form of relatively short songs hinging on repetitive lyrics and instrumentals. One might think that such simplicity would get boring, yet this minimalist approach has produced surprisingly interesting and inventive music. "Travel With Me" is another successful compilation of Wojcik's bittersweet vocals and catchy pop production. However, the crowning achievement of this song, and Misun's music in general, is the lyrics. Plain and earnest, their melancholy is almost overshadowed by the song's feel-good vibe, but not quite. 

Ella Eyre - All About You

1/29/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Ella Eyre - All About You


She does it again- a powerful song with sassy vibes and killer vocals that really make you listen. I honestly don't think I've heard a song from this girl that I don't like. I remember first hearing Eyre featured on Bastille's brilliant "No Scrubs x Angels" mashup/cover and then again on Rudimental's "Waiting All NIght," after which I was hooked. Since then, her solo efforts have exceeded expectations, her raspy, yet powerful voice and intense lyrics separating her from the numerous other talented, up and coming female vocalists. This chick knows how to make a good song. 

NONONO - Pumpin' Blood (The Chainsmokers Remix)

1/29/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

NONONO - Pumpin' Blood (The Chainsmokers Remix)


It's rare for an artist to produce a remix that surpasses the original, but The Chainsmokers have made a habit of doing so. Even with their impressive track record of revamped house anthems, their version of NONONO's Pumpin' Blood raises the bar. It especially stands out among a number of attempted remixes by other EDM artists who only managed to layer your typical thumping, yet boring beat over virtually the same song. While the indie original is a light-hearted sing-songy jam with a whistle refrain that I'm surprised has not yet been featured on an iTunes commercial, the Chainsmokers take introduces a distinctly darker vibe. With the piano chords building into incendiary melodic synths and a trap infused beat, this song will make you want to get off your feat, as any good house track should. All the while the original lyrics and melody remain largely untouched over the electronic brilliance beneath. The result is a party jam for sure. 

Kwabs - Wrong or Right (prod. SOHN)

1/29/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Kwabs - Wrong or Right (prod. SOHN)


I meaannnn this song is just straight up sexy. Fresh of his first collaboration with electronic powerhouse SOHN, Kwabs continues to kill it with his utterly smooth and captivating voice. The instantly catchy beat/melody is just an added bonus. There's just something inherently hypnotic about this song that will transform your mood. Kwabs and artists like him seem to be carving out a new musical niche, reviving the art of soulful vocals and coupling them with current electronic production (e.g., Sam Smith and Disclosure, Banks and SOHN). I really don't hate it. 



Elizabeth Rose - The Good Life (Option4 Remix)

1/29/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Elizabeth Rose-The Good Life (Option4 Remix)


Albeit relatively new to the music scene, Rose has defined her sound by releasing up-beat dance tracks that compliment her pop vocals. On this remix, Option4 has stripped down the original song revealing a sultry and gritty side to Rose's voice. This remix relies on simplicity and builds gradually throughout, which is what makes it great. Although backed by an infectious beat, the song peaks around 2:40 when the vocals stand almost entirely on their own, giving Rose's lyrics the weight they seemingly deserve.



James Blake - 40455

1/28/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

James Blake - 40455


The man himself revealed this new track (along with an unrecognizable remix of Beyonce "Drunk In Love")  when he guest hosted Radio 1 last week . No word on whether 40455 is a reject from last April's Overgrown or part of a new collection. Hopefully the latter, as the sound seems different from previous stuff. Different in a frightening yet deliciously creepy way. Blake's always soulful voice croons "Were you listening when I sanggggggg" on a loop while ominous organ bubbles in the background. Slow claps and cymbals also make an appearance. More please. 

Nora En Pure - Come With Me

1/28/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Nora En Pure - Come With Me 



So um first thing to say, this is pretty intense house music. I am partial to this stuff sometimes and even I find the beat kind of nauseating after six and a half minutes. BUT you should listen anyways because it has the most beautiful classical piano riff. Wait exactly one minute and have your mind blown. It's simple, repetitive, and emotionally moving. There's also a pitched up female vocal loop that complements it very nicely.  Since there is also a police siren present, I'd like to think this could be played during a really sad moment of Law and Order SVU, but I don't know if they are so progressive in their song selection.

Ps. While I initially thought Nora en Pure was a house producer's weird stage name, she is in fact a real person who hangs out with tranquilized cheetahs.

Lincoln Jesser - Certainty

1/28/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Lincoln Jesser - Certainty 


Lincoln Jesser seems like a potential golden pony for indie music. He's Disney channel young, and sings things like, "Baby I ain't perfect, But I am trying to make it worth it." His Facebook description says, "i'm just tryna have some fun." (me 2 bro). This being said, he possesses both disco falsetto vocals and minimalist electronic production. It's a charmingly disarming combination, and I think he could end up topping charts eventually. We shall see!  

Fwdslxsh - 4 U

1/27/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Fwdslxsh - 4 U


I can only infer that the pronunciation of this person/entity is "Forward Slash," but ultimately I have no idea. In order for this to be the case, someone made the executive decision that X and A are interchangeable. Whatevs I'm getting on board with it. ""4 U" is a nice little slice of producer electro. It's got distorted 90s vocals of some sort, organ synths, and a relaxing if somewhat standard bass line. Great slow burner. 

Cillie Barnes- Veranda (RAC Remix)

1/27/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Cillie Barnes- Veranda (RAC Remix)



I dig this new mellowed-out sound by the usually dance-jivey RAC. And his track choices are still on par as ever seeing as Cillie Barnes' voice ROCKS. The remix is a success starting with the electric guitar licks and whistling and gets even better with the addition of kick drum and the chorus, layered over some catchy marching-band drums. A perfect song for basically any occasion or girl-heavy crowd.


Calvin Harris and The Outfield- I Need But Don't Want To Lose Your Love

1/27/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

 



DAMN. Some random remix artist in his basement just killed it. Don't let the play count on soundcloud fool you, this song is epic. The two tracks he samples individually are catchy as fuck, and combining them creates the ultimate pre-game party jam. The old school vocals of The Outfield pair perfectly with the dreamy Calvin Harris background bells and I'm always a sucker for some old-school guitar licks. I'm not even going to say if you like remixes, check this song out. If you like MUSIC, in general, listen to this now! It's so good people with all tastes in music will dig it. 


Years & Years- Real

1/23/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

The claps, the synth, the percussion, THAT voice! Real is truly the whole package. The song features this sort of catchy space age funk, a sound that seems to be seeping its way into electronic music these days. The ambient electro-pop feel combined with the inherent soul of the lead's vocals and the song's lyrics makes this a must-listen track. It's perfect for lifting your spirits as you start your bleak and copious amounts of school work back up. 


The Neighbourhood- Sweater Weather (Shaun Frank Cover)

1/23/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

The Neighbourhood- Sweater Weather (Shaun Frank Cover)



DEFINITELY an appropriate song to remix this time of year. Shaun Frank does what I didn't think was possible and modifies The Neighbourhood's chart-climber, resulting in a production that is just as fantastic and catchy as the original. His layering of his 3OH3-esque voice (which works surprisingly well here)  over the laid back club beats has you dancing from the second the vocals start. Skip to 0:30 in the song if you hate those elongated house-music intro's as much as I do. 


Tycho - Montana

1/23/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Tycho - Montana 



On the cusp of releasing his upcoming album "Awake" (March 14th don't miss it!), Tycho has given us new single "Montana." The track exemplifies everything that Tycho represents: ambient landscape music. However, instead of Scott Hansen's usual solo project, the moniker now represents a 3 piece band. You can tell. Over the course of five and a half minutes, we are treated to (among other things) spacey guitar, drums, and randomly interspersed chime sounds. Honestly, I think this sounds like a Coldplay song minus Chris Martin's melancholy wailing (which I also love duh). 

MVSCLES- somethin

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

MVSCLES- somethin



OMG! A band that uses an uppercase "V" instead of a "U"? Count me in! MVSCLES perfectly combines the electro-reggae backbeat  with echoey vocals. The synth during the chorus is uber catchy and the R&B-style background snaps elevates this song to a much higher level. If you're into electronic, definitely check out their soundcloud, all their tracks are pretty legit. 


Aloe Blacc- The Man

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Aloe Blacc- The Man




Aloe Blacc has been getting the credit he deserves for this catchy track, The Man (working title: "If I Had To Write A Song For Kanye"). Sure the lyrics are arrogant and boastful, but it works and Blacc's silky smooth vocals give this track copious amounts of soul. And the addition of trumpets always makes a song more epic. Also, this song is featured in the car commercial with by far the best clarification EVER (Warning: cars can't jump onto trains). 


Wet- No Lie (Noah Breakfast Remix)

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Wet- No Lie (Noah Breakfast Remix)



Wet's vocals are the definition of smooth, oozing over this track. Noah Breakfast (aka Noah Beresin aka the white half of Chiddy Bang aka Xaphoon Jones) pairs Wet's calming voice with an intricate and infectionous electronic backup. Spank Rock's rap in the middle is a little out of place, but the chorus of this song is literally the reason replay buttons were invented. The song achieves that delicate balance between smooth R&B and sporadic indie-electronic that I love so much. 

Misun - Nothing Else

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Misun - Nothing Else 



Fact: there is a ton of indie pop out in the universe, and while nearly all of it is fun, most of it is forgettable. Can you remember a single artist featured in an early iTunes commercial? Grey's Anatomy? Didn't think so. Misun, who we have posted in the past, is fast defining themselves as original in the bland indie frontier (Sidenote: I feel this should be the title of a future Cohen brothers movie). At first listen, "Nothing Else" is almost jarring. The vocals are in a minor key, and don't seem to mesh with the jangly background. Yet, the more you hear it, the better it sounds. Misun Wojcik's vocals are catchy and reverb-tinged, and when she sings "I can't be your friend anymore," it's so pretty it doesn't even register as sad. 

Favela - Easy Yoke

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Favela - Easy Yoke 


Although Favela is the name for ghettos in Brazil (you can learn so many new things from Tunes4loons), here we are referring to a Leeds based producer who has 3 tracks to his name. "Easy Yoke" is probably the best that Favela has to offer so far, and it's a great nugget of atmospheric indie pop. To elaborate, the closest musical doppelgänger I can elect would be Washed Out. Both artists possess the same soaring vocals, swirly beats / synths, and a classical element. In "Easy Yoke," strings are layered over the entire production beautifully. And while it's a pretty douchey label, Favela really embodies the chillwave  genre, right down to the EP artwork. Nothing says chillwave like a hipster lumberjack rowing a boat amiright?! Anyways, listen to this, especially if it's rainy. It will feel right I promise.    

Drake - Trophies

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Drake - Trophies

If Drake saw this, he would prob be mad that I used that pic for the thumbnail. But I feel that this image of young Aubrey represents all things great about him. He's earnest, a little bit embarrassing, and so enthusiastic about whatever he's doing you are too. In the instance of this photo, Drake is excited about his acid wash denim jacket and Jewish grandmother bifocals. In this song, Drake is once again psyched about his rap success. As any Drake fan knows, he sings/raps about this concept a lot. "Started from the Bottom," "Over," and "Successful" use the phrases "mil" "half a mil" and "I'M THE SHIT" (jk I made the last one up) so often that you would expect Aubrey to be the most hated man in rap music. For some, he is. But for others (me), the celebration of his career trajectory is endearing. New single "Trophies" is more of the same, but i'm still going to bop around to it gleefully.

Ps. He rocked on SNL last weekend, so perhaps this was written with some bias. Go watch his performance with Jhene Aiko immediately.  

The Fugees - Ready Or Not (Lucas Chambon Remix)

1/21/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments


Almost 20 years after its release, one of the Fugees most iconic singles gets the glossy remix treatment. Although Lauryn Hill's vocal remains relatively intact (albeit with a  chipmunk vocal metamorphosis ) the rest of the song is very different. Our girl Enya has been replaced with house piano and a thumpin dance beat. If the 1996 version invokes a creepy vibe, the bounciness of this one makes stalking seem downright delightful. So great job, Lucas Chambon. His remix of We Can't Stop is also funky and worth checking out. 


 

Duke Dumont - I Got U (ft. Jax Jones)

1/14/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Duke Dumont - I Got U (ft. Jax Jones)

Topping last summer's UK hit "Need You," was never going to be an easy feat for British producer Adam Dyment. His first release not only hit #1 in Britain, it was nominated for Best Dance recording at the 2014 Grammys. "I Got U," again featuring vocals from A*M*E*, is a great start. Equal parts steel drums, house piano, and reverby chanting, Dumont tops the entire thing off with a soulful female vocal singing "As long as I got youuuuuu". It's bouncy, summery, and sure to pick your mood up in the dead of January. 

Elizabeth Rose - Sensibility

1/14/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Elizabeth Rose - Sensibility

Elizabeth Rose is an up-an-coming artist based out of Sydney, and while her production is undoubtedly modern with its jagged synths, her vocals are distinctly 90s /early 2000s.  There's an earnestness (perhaps verging on saccharine, ala PYT) to her delivery that's reminiscent of Janet Jackson. Ultimately, I feel this song could have been on the Miss Congeniality soundtrack. I actually wish it was, because then I could have chereographed a dance to it and made my parents watch me flail around. 

Self titled EP out January 17th, look out for it .

Shakira - Can't Remember to Forget You (ft. Rihanna)

1/14/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Shakira - Can't Remember to Forget You (ft. Rihanna)


It would truly be the apocalypse if Rihanna failed to feature on a massive artist's comeback single (All of the Lights, The Monster, Live Your Life, to name a few...). It makes perfect sense, then that Shakira has called upon Riri to spice up her new Island-y style pop offering "Can't Remember to Forget You." From the opening guitar strums, a downright ska tone is established, and the two pop queens trade off verses with a nice rhythm. While it's all very pleasant, I can't help but feel that this should really just be Rihanna's song. Her vocal schtick fits better*** This is sad, because I sort of sense the only reason she is present is to bring more radio attention to Shakira (there is basically no lyrical reason for this to be a duet), not steal her thunder all together. But still, this song >>>> Beautiful Liar. 


***As it always does. When is Rihanna's guest presence in a song inferior to another pop star's supposed one? NEVER.


Chromeo - Come Alive (ft. Toro y Moi)

1/11/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Chromeo - Come Alive (ft. Toro y Moi)

Well looks like someone listened to Get Lucky! Chromeo's latest offering, featuring indie darlings Toro y Moi, draws plenty of influence from last year's catchiest song, while of course retaining their own sound. This "sound," while originally characterized by Hellogoodbye status vocal distortion (remember "Momma's Boy"?), seems to be regressing to a different time altogether, the 70s. This development seems to be an ongoing trend in the indie music scene (i.e Daft Punk "Fragments of Time," Broken Bells "Holding on for Life"). The essence of the Bee-Gees has been temporarily resurrected, and I think we should all appreciate that. 

 

Phil Beaudreau - Won't Get Away

1/08/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

Phil Beaudreau - Won't Get Away

Can you believe the man in the thumbnail not only possesses those looks, but also a sultry voice similar to Miguel!? So sold. Phil Beaudreau just released his debut album "Ether" this week, and it's worth checking out. "Won't Get Away" is probably the catchiest track off it, featuring a punchy beat and crooner vocals. It's also got kind of an airy vibe, and thus I am  labeling it Spooky Disco. Although this song is very R&B, weirdly enough, the closest musical doppelganger I can come up with for the rest of the album is Local Natives.... so clearly Phil Beaudreau is either musically schizophrenic or having a very large disagreement with his record label about artistic integrity. FYI Phil I like the radio friendly stuff better. 

SBTRKT - Runaway

1/08/2014 Tunes For Loons 0 Comments

SBTRKT - Runaway

Eeeek new SBTRKT!!! Unfortunately, new track "Runaway" only clocks in at just over a minute, but it is a precious musical nugget all the same. There aren't a ton of surprises here (Ex. Jessie Ware's involvement), but I say, if it ain't broke don't fix it. Aaron Jerome and his muse give listeners a sweeping /dreamy musical landscape complete with twinkling star sounds. The synths are orchestral, the rhythm slightly off-beat, and the entire song builds in a beautiful crescendo before abruptly cutting off. I feel like I'm describing a classical composer, and you know what, I feel good about this. SBTRKT = Mozart of electronic music.