“Rain Dancing” is the debut single from the multifaceted Liberian-born and LA-based DJ/producer, Val Fleury. The dance floor provocateur delivers with a top tune fueled by eclectic beats, a hypnotizing bass line and introspective lyrics that radiate. Known for her signature multi-dimensional and genre-bending style, “Rain Dancing” intertwines inspiration from favorites likes Robyn, Disclosure, and Anna Lunoe. Transcending typical dance music and modern day hype, Val has concocted a solid sound that connects Indie-pop, Soul and Dance music through this single. The track and its video are incredibly infectious and will keep you grooving under the clouds all night long. “Rain Dancing” makes a full debut today, Friday November 18th, 2016, premiering via Atwood Magazine, stream or purchase below.
When I hung out with Ketil Jansen and Ulrik Denizou, the two fellows behind the Norwegian indie electronic band called Lemaitre, they were a bit stressed out. That night, they were the opening act on a big tour and headliner Porter Robinson‘s soundcheck went overtime. (Nothing against Porter. He put on an amazing show that night.) After a rushed soundcheck, Lemaitre and I only had 20 minutes to find a quiet place and chat. Don’t worry, we still managed to get everything done.
Why does a band from Norway have a French name? Which Lemaitre song started with a Jimi Hendrix sample? How do fights between Ketil and Ulrik result in better music? Why do love songs usually suck? What role does German digestif bitter Underberg play during our hang session? Listen to find out all the answers.
Tracks played on the show…
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “High Tide” (mp3)
Lemaitre, Relativity 3 (2013) EP “Continuum”
Lemaitre, Relativity 1 EP (2012) “Appreciate”
Lemaitre, “Momentum” (internet release) (mp3)
Lemaitre, Singularity EP (2014) “All I Need” (featuring Chuck Inglish)
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Lemaitre and Chet Porter return to Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club tonight, Thursday, November 17, 2016. See you there!
It’s been a while since we’ve posted about local R&B singer Jay Branks but his latest titled “4 The Love” featuring Justice is quite the Latin flavored jam that’ll surely get your hips swaying, can’t wait to hear more. Stream below.
I woke up Autograf‘s Mikul and Louis from a nap when I met then at the hotel. In fact they asked for another quick 15 minutes of sleep before we chatted.
Chicago indie dance band Autograf is three guys: Mikul Wing, Louis Kha and Jake Carpenter. Autograf started as an art collective modeled after Andy Warhol‘s legendary New York Factory scene. While working on art installations, Autograf made a few bootleg remixes (including 50 Cent, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations) to fuel parties at their Future Factory space. These remixes became incredibly popular and soon offical remixes followed which eventually led to Autograf releasing original material.
Louis and Mikul were still groggy and disoriented when I woke them up the second time, but we had a great chat. How did an art collective become a dance act? What does the band mean when they tell each other to “bask like a lizard?” We start with the most important question: If Autograf is three guys, and Louis and Mikul get the two beds in the Autograf hotel room, where does the third man sleep? Listen to our chat.
Tracks played on the show…
1) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Future Soup” (featuring Patrick Baker)
2) 50 Cent & Lil Kim “Magic Stick” (Autograf bootleg remix)
3) Autograf, Metaphysical single (2015) “Metaphysical” (featuring Janelle Kroll)
4) Marvin Gaye “Grapevine” (Autograf bootleg remix)
5) Autograf “Dream” (Robotaki remix) (mp3)
6) Autograf “Dream” (original) single
7) Autograf, Future Soup EP (2016) “Heartbeat” (mp3)
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Here’s the extended version of my hang session with Autograf so you can hear all the stuff that won’t fit into radio length. Listen!
Trio DiRTY RADiO have had quite the exciting year filled with funky collaborations but their latest “True Love” is an all original dance jam that’ll have you moving, stream or download below.
Coleman Hell (aka the guy who wrote that banjo-sampling “2 heads” song) has released his debut full-length SUMMERLAND. Coleman‘s track “2 Heads” became a monster song after he put it up on Spotify and now he’s got a whole bunch of new songs for his fans.
I hung out with Coleman for a bit right after his soundcheck. (You can hear him catching his breath at the beginning of our chat because he had literally run offstage.)
What weird object from Bjork‘s live show does Coleman want to put in his own show? Which sitcom star does Coleman have a huge crush on? What dark hip hop secret do I drudge up from his past? How does this secret involve Bill Murray? You’ll have to listen to find out!