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Over the past couple months, up-and-coming Chicago producer Spectre Waltz—a PORTALS favorite—quietly released not one, but two stellar remixes on his otherwise sparse SoundCloud page. One is a dance-sensible remix of Justin Timberlake‘s “My Love”, and the other is a synth-drenched remix of the Michael Jackson classic “Lady in my Life”. I generally steer clear of remixes, but these are simply too infectiously good to overlook.
Oh, and if, for whatever reason, you haven’t heard Spectre Waltz‘s debut EP yet, I recommend you stop whatever you’re doing and listen to it.
Stream both remixes, and read what he had to say about each track below:
For the Justin Timberlake remix, I tried to combine my love for 808s with some house type shit. JT has always been a huge inspiration since I started making music, so this remix happened really naturally. I think it went well, I’m super happy with it.
I’m obsessed with chopped and screwed music and pretty much anything that has a slow, slimy groove to it. I seriously can’t get enough of the stuff. Since I was a child, Michael Jackson was prominent in my life, so this remix also kinda just happened. The slowness of it feels so right.
Kyle Reigle usually makes clouded dream-pop love under the extremely fitting moniker Cemeteries.
Recently, the soon-to-be Chicago resident was heavily inspired by Memory Tapes‘ 2012 LP Grace/Confusion, and decided to conjure up a lower-pressure, electronic-focused project called Camp Counselors. The latest single “Attean” features a bewitching vocal take from Erin Fein of Psychic Twin, which syncs up perfectly with the faded, haunting glow that hangs overhead.
He’s currently putting the finishing touches on a full-length album titled Huntress, set to release sometime this month via Kyle’s own digital/cassette label, Snowbeast Records.
Stream “Attean” below:
Your love transcends existence.
Your beauty knows places I’ll never walk in this life.
Your smile was impervious to sorrow.
Words can’t describe the feelings that rush through as you gracefully skip through the archives of my once thoughtless life.
Although you no longer appear in your flawless, physical form, a touch from the otherworld ignites the passion once again and if only for one second, I still feel you near me….
Chicago producer Different Sleep‘s track resume thus far contains sounds with a lot of lush, aquatic dreamscapes and slowed down vocal samples. Taking things in a slightly different direction, his latest offering, “Feel You Near Me”, builds on the chilled out vibe, leading to a slick, sexy drop into a black hole of layered beats and sped-up trap hi-hats. The track continues to move like a high speed car chase, as the slow, out of touch vocal samples try to catch up with their clearer, more coherent other half.
Overall, the song manages to stay within the guidelines of a dope banger. It’s simple, nothing is overdone, and the sounds are crisp and snappy in a way that keeps your ears in tune with everything this gem has to offer.
More new gems from Different Sleep in the near future. Keep it locked.
The upcoming Chicago-based producer Spectre Waltz has been swimming under the radar for the past few months. He first caught my attention with the deep, sluggish crawl of “Affirmation”—a completely zoned out beat that sounds like it was dipped in a pool of gooey, purple syrup and left out to dry in the blistering hot sun. It’s got an intensely thunderous bassline and a perfectly positioned vocal sample that just barely touches the surface. Then came his second track,”Lapse”, which really packs a punch with its blazing synthesizers and skittering footwork rhythms launching at full speed. Left Arm Single‘s unofficial video is a strikingly accurate visual representation of the track’s big-booming energy.
Northbrook is the debut EP from Spectre Waltz and today we’ve got an exclusive stream of the whole thing. It features excellent vocal contributions from the Berkeley-based R&B enthusiast, Vyxor, and the slow-rising Chicago talent, Jessica Blanchet, who also lent her beautiful, soaring vocals to the breakthrough Mister Lies track, “I Walk”.
A while ago I moved out of the nourishing colonial home where I was raised and found myself confined to the basement of a small and lonely condo complex. I eventually found solace in that once dark and uninviting dwelling and in the process learned more about life than I could have ever imagined. That place is called Northbrook, and I now consider it a paradise.
These tracks mean a lot to me, but if you asked me exactly what they meant I could not answer you. These are songs that speak on their own. I have tried to create something that truly communicates an honest message from my mind to yours. Consider it telepathy. I hope you enjoy.
We’re very excited to give you a 1-week early bird preview of Campfires’ debut full-length, Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Stream the wholesome and sometimes twangy 13-track release, and read what Campfires’ Jeff Walls had to say about the album below.
From Jeff Walls of Campfires:
‘Tomorrow, Tomorrow’ is the first really proper record I’ve ever set out to do, so I think it’s got some pacing and cohesion that is new for Campfires stuff. There’s a story and recurring characters and everything, all sort of loosely based on friends or people I knew in Chicago. As it goes through it tells the story of this sort of fictionalized version of these people going through their lives in the city. The themes are death, drugs, love, and uncertainty. I recorded it all in Portland in my practice space except for a sample or two that I’ve been kicking around for awhile. While I was recording it I was listening to a lot of Kinks, Velvets, Television Personalities, and some old garage comps so I think you can hear that stuff rattling around on there.