“Harps” is the latest single from Max and the Moon, an indie four-piece that first caught our ear last month with “Modern Love.” MATM wrote “Harps” about “how it feels to operate obsessively in a different reality than the source of attraction we began romanticizing about in the first place.” From obtaining modern love to longing for it, one thing is certain and that is the band’s relatability and though love is unpredictable, Max and the Moon’s talent for writing infectious indie-pop songs is not!
Catch MATM On Tour:
April 30 – San Diego – Voodoo Room
May 2 – Santa Ana (Orange County) – Constellation Room
May 3 – San Francisco – Brick and Mortar
May 6 – Los Angeles – The Echo
Polish producer Chloe Martini explodes into our consciousness with her new EP on Parisian tastemaking outfit Roche Musique. Combining impeccable production with strong vocalists, and already supported by acts from Bondax to Obey City to Hudson Mohawke, her 80s funk/RNB vibes are undeniably silky smooth. One to watch in 2015.
Toronto’s Coleman Hell shares another original pop single “Thumbalina” from his forthcoming full-length debut, Srry Bout Last Nite.
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Here at Winnie Cooper we’ve been quite excited with the growing talent that has come from our city of Vancouver with Nathan Shaw aka Ekali being quite the perfect example. We’ve been fully supporting this act, he delivers heavy hitting tracks while also being able to give R&B a unique sound that only few can pull off. With his first release less than a year ago his success has been quick and thorough landing himself on universal music collective Flow-Fi and now being sampled by PartyNextDoor for Drake’s latest release If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. It’s easy to say that this local cat is not only talented but delivers a unique sound that stands out on it’s own. Check out our short interview with him before he starts his mini Europe tour below.
1. How did your name come about?
It’s just a word I came about with, after the fact I googled my own name it turns out it’s a really baller city in Greece where only rich people live. I mean that’s not very indicitive of my status as a human but hopefully one day i’ll live in Ekali, we’ll see haha.
2. So you collaborated with Maximus MMC and shortly after you got on Flow-Fi? How did that come about?
Yeah, I really respected Max and hit him up on Twitter and just started our relationship organically. Shortly after we decided to make a song and Aywy the founder of Flow-Fi heard it and he hit me up to collaborate on an original which turned into “Another Girl” and after that song was released plus the modest success that the song got he asked me to join the crew.
3. How was your experience working with Om’Mas & Dorian Concept last year at the Red Bull Music Academy?
Yeah that was out in Tokyo, Om’Mas Keith is such a G man. He’s worked on some of my favorite music (Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange) and Dorian is very different from Om’Mas. He’s a self taught musician and piano virtuoso, he’s incredible on the piano. I started with a little drum loop and when I originally made it I had an idea of it being a pretty mellow song. Dorian Concept came into the room and I asked him to lay down some chords, he layed down the chord progression in one take, he did the lead in one take and played the bass in one take. Eventually Om’Mas Keith walked in asking to make it a track and wanted to sing over it so we went down to the main studio at Red Bull Japan and then Om’Mas recorded those vocals in a couple hours and the song was done.
4. Now that the Drake mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late is out, most know that they sampled “Unfaith” for “Wednesday Night Interlude” featuring PartyNextDoor. Can you speak on that?
Yeah so Drake’s sample clearance agent hit me up telling me that he had sampled part of my song “Unfaith” and that they wanted to clear the sample with me and go the legal route with it and get me paid royalties. At first I thought it was fake but then they sent the song over and once I heard it I was like “damn this is PartyNextDoor sampling my song and singing over it”. The fact that they even heard my stuff let alone considered sampling it and now it being out is so humbling.
5. We’ve really liked your remixes of rap artists including Tory Lanez, Tre Capital & Sonny Digital. We hear you are working on a official remix?
Yeah it’s a official remix for Sonny Digital, he sent me the acapella to one of his latest songs called “Everything” and i’m going to let Gravez jump on it as well. Sonny is real cool, he’s been fucking with me and Gravez and wants us to get on his music video and to generally work on music together which is crazy. Out of all the industry cats i’ve met he’s one of the most faithful, he’s the most humble and he follows through. He doesn’t talk shit, when he first hit me up it only took him a week and he came through with the vocals. It’ll probably be released in the next month or so.
6. Finally, what can we expect in the near future?
I’m working on an LP right now actually, with it i’m trying to seperate myself from the Soundcloud beat maker flock and find a medium where people can go to a record store and buy my record because I really do appreciate the physical aspect of a record and I want it to be a cohesive piece of art.
Thanks a bunch to Nathan for his time, if you’re in Europe he will be at Lisbon, Brussels, Rennes & Paris from March 5th to the 14th. More info on the events in the picture below.
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