His first single, “OpenSky” is the perfect introduction to his distinct sonic creations, with the blissed-out serenity of sunshine sparkling melodies, swirling analog delays, riff-heavy guitars and warbling-dub rhythms. The video is just one long trip into psychedelic bliss. Vibrant splashes of color find new form in the fuzzy reverb, all while McKeon pulls us further into his own distorted, tropical paradise.
The scene on “South Beach” looks pretty perfect through the eyes of Indian Wells. Everyone is happy, the sun is shining, and the most beautiful things are random yet captivating. Director Valentina Dell’Aquila‘s vision finds the warm, soothing atmospherics of the Italian producer and pushes them into a slow motion bliss. Everyone remains lost in a dream, a figment caught in the sun’s blinding rays. As they continue to gaze deep into the kaleidoscope both worlds collide, releasing a tapestry of brilliant color into the most serene environment.
Indian Wells’ Night Drops is available now via Bad Panda Records.
After a string of amazing remixes and his debut track “Neéd U,” Oceaán is set to release his debut EP on March 31st through Chess Club Records. “To Lose,” the second official single from the Manchester-based producer, is a much moodier affair than his previous track. A dark, shrill intro ushers in beats that bubble on the surface of the soothing, fragmented vocals. With each rich, syrupy harmony, the electronics swell and sizzle, slowly building into an ethereal vortex that pulls you in with very little force. It sort of feels like a long walk with James Blake—the kind of walk you never, ever come back from.
Flamingosis is the solo moniker of vocal percussionist and producer Aaron Velasquez. The future-funk enthusiast’s debut LP finds him using groovy samples to create lush, tropical ambience. Further proof of this can be found in his video for “Surface.” And per the usual, director David Dean Burkhart hits the nail right on the head without even trying, creating a beach scene ideal for those who like catching waves in other dimensions.
Flamingosis’ new self-titled LP is available now via Keats//Collective.
If “One Time” is any indication, Marian Hill‘s Samantha Gongol is the master of playing the player. The smokey saxophone and rumbling beats snap into a sexy interlude in which Sam declares her love is no quick purchase. Each word melts like butter, leaving the door open a crack, and allowing her to entice from afar without giving too much away. Her warm falsetto leads him in, right before she delivers the saucy statement “but I’m not the kinda drum you play one time”; the type of ego bruise so titillating it’s almost criminal.
Marian Hill’s debut EP, Play, drops on March 4th.
If you had to pick one classic movie for Wildarms to do a soundtrack for, which one would it be? The new video for “U Don’t Understand” finds his entrancing pop swimming through scenes of the original Beauty And The Beast. Video artist Hologram Fields manages to heighten the visuals by adding doves, shattered screens and watercolours to punctuate all the seductive whispers, cymbal crashes and slow, trickling beats. It’s a perfect fit. Criterion might wanna give Duncan Cooper a call in the future—I think we’re on to something here.
Wildarms’ new EP, Just For Love, is available now via Cascine.
“FutureHymns” is not a track off of Eola‘s previous EP, Ye. The song appeared on the Jerry Paper’s Ad Hoc mix back in September, but hasn’t really been heard outside of Edwin’s recent live sets. Nonetheless, he recently teamed up with Brennan Lloyd for the video, which is basically just Edwin singing directly into our souls. Different forms of life drift in and out of the background every time he delivers his smooth, ethereal highs. In a way, the video looks to recreate the out of body experience that is an Eola show, using the imagery to further illustrate how Edwin’s unique energy transcends time, space, and the confines of most DIY venues.
When you’re 16, the only thing more important than gold chains, floral shirts, and looking like a baby Pharrell is finding your one true love. “Girl II” (produced by Hot Sugar) finds newcomer Isaiah Pharaoh talking about the ups and downs of love and the bummer that comes with rejection. Hints of Schoolboy Q come to mind when he spits his opening verse, but rap isn’t a tough guys game for Isaiah just yet. He’s young, ambitious, and heartbroken, still looking for love after his last girl. The song finds him on the rebound, looking for his Kim K. in a sea of big dreams and hurt feelings.
When you hear the jangly goodness that is Montreal trio Each Other‘s new single “Send Your Signals,” you can’t help but feel like you just scored big in the dollar crate of your favorite record store. The occasional breeze of sixties pop peaks through the messy hi-hats and jaunty, energetic riffs, giving their chaotic guitar pop a splash of sweet, blissful nostalgia. Their harmonies and charming delivery overall make this a pretty awesome three minutes. A no-brainer for those who like fun pop, which should be everyone really. Honestly, who doesn’t like fun pop?
Each Other’s debut album Being Elastic will be available on March 4th via Lefse.