Banks’s latest album Goddess has inspired countless remixes to date, so I wasn’t too surprised when I saw stwo’s own rendition of Drowning today, although I give him props for having it officially recognized by Banks herself. This remix truly embodies the brooding and melancholic nature of Goddess’s production. It’s minimal and ambient, which really allows Banks’s vocals to shine through. Cop the free download and vibe out.
Apologies for bringing this one a little late to the students. But better late than never, and now that Stwo’s pretty much become a UH staple, I had to share his latest project. Ninety Two is a mixtape filled with deep, ambient, electronic goodness, and all the beats are inspired by Drake’s album Nothing Was The Same. The sexy downtempo production style makes for pantry-dropping tracks for sure. I mean how can you go wrong when you close off the project with a flip of Often by The Weeknd. Stream two of the tape’s tracks here and then go download the rest for free from his label Huh What & Where.
If you haven’t heard the original track by Naughty Boy and Sam Smith you need to come out from under your rock; the music video alone has half a BILLION plays. That being said, urlchild turns this already vibey R&B track into an ethereal masterpiece, sampling the hook and reworking the entire production. When we posted his first solo-work Like You/Falling For last week I remarked how his impalpable euphoric sound had me grooving and nodding my head, and once again he’s proven that he knows how to get people moving. Although seemingly simple, the synth, sample, and high-hat driven beat is the epitome of new wave house music; like 80′s influences colliding with the rhythm of modern EDM. Needless to say, this track is worth a listen, and exclusively downloadable right here on UH. Vibe out and expect more fire from this young Austin-based sensation soon.
Although Mimosa might not have the best rep after his recent altercation with Downlink this summer, there’s no doubt that this guy knows how to do melodic bass. Sleepless is the second track off his upcoming album Equilibrium, set to be released this year. Mimosa has a way of implementing DnB beats underneath the chillest melodies. It’s what makes his style so signature. If you’re digging this free single and you’re game to see it live, grab tickets for his Equilibrium tour. Just make sure to steer clear of the Grey Goose.
Solid freebie released earlier today from the boy ETC!ETC! The track’s called High and it will have you feeling exactly that. ETC! starts us off with a retro synthy build up and drops it down hard at 0:54 with Baauer-inspired vocal samples and a trap-nasty backbeat. Throw on some headphones and close your eyes; those echoes and reverbs will have you feeling like you’re on some other level. It’s pretty exciting to see ETC!ETC! dropping some more original material. Keep tabs on his Soundcloud page for more releases. Until then, keep chasing whatever gets you high.
Stonewall is back with yet another ecstasy-packed original mix, and this one is even better than the last. The arpeggiating piano chords, Nintendo 64 samples, and insane drum build up make you feel like you’re cruising down rainbow road on shrooms, but Klaxon’s real production talent shines brightest as soon as he drops the beat. Epic synth lined with ambient tones sets the perfect scene for his signature vocal distortions, resembling something you’d hear on an old-school Daft Punk album, but it all comes together to give the song a sweeping yet completely comprehensive sound that truly encompasses the versatility of this young Austin-based producer. Follow Stonewall Klaxon on twitter and throw him a like on facebook before he blows up, enjoy.
I love the Toronto sound, and OBESØN is a perfect example of what the cold Canadian city brings to the music scene. Of course you’ve heard the original track Upper Echelon off Travis’s debut XXL Freshman mixtape Owl Pharaoh, but I can say with confidence that you’ve never heard it sound this good. OBESON’s ominous and lead-footed production adds a new dimension to the track, convoluted instruments contrasting against the original acapella, while timely chimes and high-hats keep the track progressing. The only aspect I didn’t like about this remix is that it only included one verse, making it out to be a short 3 minutes remix that leaves you yearning for more. Don’t worry though, OBESØN has plenty of free tracks in his repertoire that you can listen to off his soundcloud, but if you’re feeling like showing love be sure to follow him on twitter and throw him a like on facebook.
Urlchild, also known as Lil’ Transparency, was first introduced to us as a rap/R&B producer for the GRK collective, but when he took the spotlight and dropped this original mix I knew I had underestimated his shear creative aptitude. Where many producers might layer 20+ instruments on top of each other to create a seemingly complex sound, urlchild takes a simple beat and evolves the distorted-samples, light synth, and vibey electronic piano around it to create this ecstasy-filled melody. When the beat drops into the upbeat piano chords and redolent vocals, you can’t help but nodding your head in sync with the limpid yet innovative production. Check it out, cop the exclusive download, and show some love by sharing the good vibes with your friends.
I first caught wind of Rook Milo when I heard his remix of The Language by Drake. I’ve been keeping tabs on the young Canadian producer ever since. MMVIII is his debut EP, named after the Canadian clothing line of the same name. This 4-track EP is filled with ultra smooth downtempo rhythms, interspersed with haunting and angelic vocal samples. With only 4 tracks, the EP is quick to listen to over and over again. But you’ll also appreciate different elements of each track with every listen. It’s sophisticated, and it’s leading the way of the Future movement. Head on over to mmviii.ca for the download; you don’t want to miss this one.
Stonewall Klaxon lives up to his name; I’d heart a lot about this Austin-based producer, but didn’t anticipate such creative and intricate string workings from an artist named after a notorious Confederate general. Although we missed a few of his earlier releases, Gary Lazer-Eyes showcases all the best parts of Stonewall’s production; light and upbeat drum workings, innovative sampling, and wave after wave of smooth build ups and intense drops. Even though there aren’t any audible lyrics, the arcadian instrumental workings are enough to have you vibing out in your seat and nodding in sync with the astronomical sounds. If you like what you hear, be sure to throw him a follow on twitter and come out to his free show tomorrow night if you’re in town.