Sax G is the modern day embodiment of the electronic goodness of 80s and 90s R&B, minus the cheesy lyrics. His latest release, Lullaby of the Forbidden Dancer, is a collection of ideas revolving around chopped up sampled vocals and beats that showcase his talent as a producer. My favorite track, “Quotient”, plays with the iconic vocals of Sade, saying “The truth, the lies”, wrapped up tight with a simple beat and minimalist melody.
I caught the final moments of a live recording on Studio 360 while driving around on a Saturday afternoon. When I got to my destination, instead of turning off and exiting the car as I tend to do, I had to stay for the rest of the performance. I had to find out who the artist was. Turns out it was Braids, performing “Warm Like Summer” from their latest album Deep In The Iris. The blend of downtempo-jazz percussion, sparkling piano, and the beautifully haunting vocals and lyrics of leading-lady Raphaelle Standell-Preston creates a truly stunning sophomore release from this Montreal-based trio. Be sure to grab a copy for yourself from the group’s Bandcamp, or directly from Arbutus Records.
In the wake of the most epic, totally rad thing to ever happen to the internet (I’m talking of course about the release of the 80’s throwback mini-movie, the action-packedKung Fury), I’m in a chiptune, 80’s arcade, David Hasselhoff “True Survivor” kinda mood this morning. Seemingly out of nowhere, this guy by the name of Slothfella drops a full-length synthwave monster mamajam, Savage Mountain, that has me waxing nostalgic hardcore. I can almost see the VHS tracking lines as I’m listening. And let’s not forget, friends…Be kind, rewind.
Here’s another doozy outta Seattle for you on this fine June morning, a collection of ambient IDM that swells with crescendos and swoons with clean, sophisticated guitar lines. Michael Erickson, aka WMD, has quite the catalog under his belt, producing handfuls of full-length records a year since at least 2012. His latest creation is titled simply WMD, and it is, quite simply, beautiful from start to finish. Here are a few of my favorites:
If you’re looking for the freshest and brightest hip-hop of the Pacific Northwest, I’m here to tell you your search has come to an end. Look no further than Seattle’s “Queens of the Stoned Age”, THEESatisfaction. They’ve been quietly churning out only the choicest of soulful R&B and cleverly lyric’d hip-hop for close to a decade now and don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Here’s the title track from their latest release EarthEE. Also check out the music video for “Recognition”.
Have you guys heard this yet? Good god it is fan-freakin’tastic. I fell in love with Hiatus‘s first full-length album Ghost Notes, released in 2010. Parklands, released a few months back, is a much more coherent album, with a little help from Shura, with her angelic, soft-spoken vocals featured on a handful of tracks. This may be one of my favorite albums of 2015.