Sam Himself currently lives in New York City by way of Switzerland. Long before he made the U.S. his home in 2010, he fell in love with soul, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and country. Spending years creating his own style by merging these genres, the result is an eclectic Americana, unified by his distinct baritone and his guitar-based compositions. “Boatman’s Song,” the first single off his debut LP, describes the individual experience of global injustice. G— What is your relationship to music? SH—Music is what brought me to the US. I grew up in Switzerland, where I immersed myself in American music from a young age. I always wanted to get to where that music’s from, and now that I’m here, I can’t wait to travel the country and see the places where the songs I love were born. G—Can you tell us about “Boatman’s Song”? Sam Himself—Last summer, I went to the beach in Italy. Around that time, news and images of the escalating refugee crisis started pouring in. The people in those photos arrived on beaches like the one I went to, though while I was on vacation, they were trapped in a nightmare. Out of despair, they had risked
PREMIERE ECHOREV – D.O.L Duo ECHOREV have found a way to turn an innocent reverie into an accessible sound and an output which oozes anthem like quality. With such a gigantic presence this duo cannot be ignored; their music deserves to be played loud in a riveting fashion. Their new single “D.O.L”, explores questions of euphoria, a utopian world where love heals all wounds and compassion becomes an all encompassing energy. At the same time it demonstrates the freedom that can be attained within the grips of positivity. This song is an explosion of ecstasy and an enchanting mix of club-like bass and a captivating recognition of the power of love. Listen to the advanced stream of “D.O.L” above.
PLAYIST March 2016 Tracks you need to hear this March including brand new Kendrick, Tinashe gives us another future-soul trap drenched single off her highly anticipated sophomore album, Mike snow teams up with Charli XCX, new selects from El Guincho, Yung Lean and more.
PREMIERE SPILL – STRANGERS You may know multi-instrumentalist Marc Walloch for playing guitar for Juliette Lewis or bass for electronic-rock titans AWOLNATION. Walloch is now getting set to release his highly anticipated debut solo-album Through the Seasons under the moniker SPILL. The first single “Strangers” is a perfect blend of far-reaching rock and folk showcasing Walloch’s exceptionally diverse musicianship. Listen to the advanced stream of “Strangers” off his debut album due out early May, 2016.
Dia’s vocals deliver a delicacy that is emotionally tranquilizing with lyrics that pack heartfelt sincerity. A sweet, serene single, effectively creating an infectious and polished sound. Recorded in Los Angeles with the help of Joey Waronker (Beck, REM, Atoms for Peace), Tim Carr (HAIM) and Frankie Siragusa (TheLAB), it makes for an impressive release of shimmering melody draped in a relaxed yet radiant glow. Dia’s “Tiny Ocean” is taken from her upcoming EP with the same name via Heliophila due out this Spring. Catch Dia live this Thursday at the Railway Club in Vancouver.
Ona is a musician, artist, dancer, and model living in Brooklyn and on the web. She studied dance and biology as an undergraduate and recently received her MFA in Fine Art from Parsons School of Design. Her band, ONA, is co-produced by Kevin Blackler of Blackler Studios in Bushwick, NY, who has worked on projects by Billy Joel, K’Naan/Mos Def, Nikolai Fraiture (of The Strokes), The Prodigy, and more. As an image-maker, she considers herself an “extreme selfie model” who practices a DIY aesthetic by self-producing all her own content: shooting her own photos, crafting her own videos, and designing her own websites. In 2015, Dazed and Confused Magazine said she was “a digital artist to keep your eye on.”
“Instead of doing drugs I sleep a ton and when I sleep I hallucinate. Some of which proves to be practical and when it is I write about it.” Artfully blurring the lines between dreams and reality, Tesha ruminates on her modus operandi for “So Alive”, her latest creation from her upcoming EP — Dreams Vol. 1. Originally hailing from Tel Aviv, this present day New Yorker has beautifully crafted a hypnotic soundtrack of psychedelic bliss. Drawing inspiration from vivid dreams, the debut single “So Alive” explores lush rhythms and wistful melodies that are both familiar and unknown. We spoke to Tesha about her new music and creative process. G—Where and when can people hear the upcoming EP? Tesha—I’m currently crossing the continent in a van so you can hop in and we’ll play it for you. If not, you’ll have to wait a while and follow me in all of my amazing social media accounts. We’ve already released two single premiers on Nylon and Wonderland Magazine, and you can find them on my Soundcloud. G—Given the album’s title, what role do dreams play in your creative process? T—When I dream it’s like I live in two worlds, so part of who I
PREMIERE APIS – Children Of The Night (Stream) We’ve got an exclusive premiere from London based art-pop musician, Apis. Pairing an airy symphonic pop beat with haunting spacious synths, this new addictive track brings to mind an ambiance of fellow-vegan/animal rights activist, Moby mixed with a Blur-like pop sensibilty. “Children Of The Night” is the first track from his forthcoming EP Go See due this Winter 2016 via UK imprint, Jumbo Music.
Moonwalks – Lunar Phases (Stream) Detroit’s Moonwalks rely on steady reverb drenched indie-pop hooks to create their compelling post-punk psych rock sound. The group, who are currently signed to Manimal Records, have released their debut album Lunar Phases available in full here for a first listen. Across 8 tracks they explore a variety of sounds from gritty surf garage rock to all out dark pop psychedelia. It’s a propulsive record that we’re sure you will love. Pick up their latest album Lunar Phases out now via Manimal Records.
PREMIERE WEST NILE – Lucifer Baby (Stream) From the depths of London Ontario’s basements embark hip hop/electronic influenced duo West Nile who reveal their debut blissed-out track “Lucifer Baby”. With euphoric synths the collaboration finds a balance between glitchy and sultry. We’ve got the first listen here but make sure you grab the cassette released today by Young Cubs.
Computer Magic – Secret (Stream) Computer Magic—aka New York Synth-Pop darling Danielle “Danz” Johnson—has shared a preview of her new single “Secret” off her upcoming U.S. debut LP Davos which will be released on October 16th. Produced by Claudius Mittendorfer (Neon Indian, Interpol, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand) Davos will be released on Danz’s own label Channel 9 Records.
PREMIERE TWIN CABINS – Painfully Obvious (Stream) Nacho Cano / Twin Cabins is a Mexican born, LA based producer that mixes elements of contemporary pop and dance music. His debut album, Harmless Fantasies reflects on themes of sexuality, conflicts of intimacy, and desire. “Painfully Obvious” is the debut single off the LP to be released November 13th via Sunset & Hyperion.