Fool // SOHN
The debut album from artist/producer SOHN, ‘Tremors’ sets forth a path assimilating electronic instrumentals against sleek vocals. A substance we’ve seen before, yes. But to SOHN’s own credit and artistry, something we have yet to experience. ‘Tremors’ is littered with brilliance emanating from tracks such as ‘Bloodflows’ and ‘Lessons’, but ‘Fool’ transports SOHN’s album to an unscalable level. Immediately audible is a blunt synth contrasted along a plinky tone, offering an aforementioned sense of urgency. This theme sees itself through, only to be eased by the prowness of SOHN’s vocal effectiveness. “If only for her/don’t be a fool” sounding embattled, you soon grasp SOHN’s torment.
R u n a w a y // SBTRKT
Nearing a dream-like state, London-based SBTRKT wastes no time in picking up where he left off. Akin to that of an interlude, what ‘Runaway’ lacks in breadth, it makes up for in substance. SBTRKT offers a textural quilt of synths which drape the listener, leaving us entrenched in his stronghold of expression. Jessie Ware effortlessly soothes the senses weaving a complex tapestry of voice into space-time. This dream seemingly infinite, abruptly ends with you waking up wanting more, reminded by the fact that dreams never last.
Girl // Jamie XX
Coming off understated Sleep Sound, Jamie XX immerses our senses with, ‘Girl’. Brought on by a menacing baseline, the listener is inundated from the initial offering. The ever-present Jamie XX calypso drum subsists, partially allowing the listeners to realize its existence. “I want your love/give me your love” seamlessly echos far and near, serving as a vehicle for pathos. Allowing the listener to reference past, present, and future desires. ‘Girl’, stylistically is a slight departure from what we’re accustomed to hearing from Jamie XX, himself. Yet, this flight he takes us on is one of ambition, lust, and yearning.
Irene // Beach House
Beach House forges such an unhurried vibe, translating well the Southern California lifestyle.
Chosen // Blood Orange
At times, sitting in Southern California traffic is unbearable. Yet, listening to Dev Hynes makes it so much easier.
Voyeur (Bear//Face Bootleg Edit) // James Blake
Bear//Face does a marvelous job reworking ‘Voyeur’. Transforming an implicit ‘dance’ track into something more.
Still // Daughter
I had the pleasure of watching Daughter at Coachella and I was blown away. I walked out of the Mojave tent in awe, mesmerized by the voice of Elena Tonra.
Ceremony (New Order cover) // Chromatics
Such a tasteful cover, by such a tasteful band.