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ZHU — THE NIGHTDAY EP

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It’s taken only a few short weeks for mysterious LA-based artist ZHU to take the blogs and charts alike by storm. If you’ve had your head even slightly above water you’re sure to have caught a couple of his captivating tracks already, Superfriends and Faded. Debuting at #1 on both the single and album overall iTunes chart upon it’s release in Australia, we at long last saw the release of his full THE NIGHTDAY EP here in the US this past Sunday. An impressive six-track set that really speaks for itself, we’ll let the music do most of the talking but for a brief overview to set the stage.

Read more after the break.

THE JAM JAR | 058

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Another week of The Jam Jar is upon us and we kind of can’t believe how incredibly great the collection we’ve got to choose from is. That being said, it’s time to pay attention. To start it off, we’re smoothly cruising into the set this week with a new cut from our man Figgy, who’s just delivered a fresh take on Phantogram’s Fall In Love for some veritably irresistible party starting vibes. Joining him in the bunch are the likes of MAUSI, who’ve covered Kiesza’s essential breakout Hideaway, Australia’s YesYou with a catchy new single featuring Noah Slee and co-produced by L D R U, Gigamesh back in action and bringing the heat on a shiny new remix, Mickey touting his Belgian pride with the upbeat Sweet Baby — plus so many more gems. Don’t hesitate to jump in below!

Hear the tunes past the break.

CS PREMIERE | Goldbloc — Days Are Dreaming (shmallen Remix)

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Connecticut producer Shmallen is out with his latest remix today, of Days Are Dreaming, an inventively soulful track off of Goldbloc’s debut EP. Bringing a fresh perspective to the scene, the Boston-based duo mixes breezy soul-pop vocals with downtempo beats for an individual sound. Shmallen capitalizes on this uniqueness, and let’s singer Solei’s vocals take the lead, placing them over lush swells and a gently entrancing playfulness of piano notes and percussion. The resulting sense of pleasantly drifting upon waves of bliss is sure to leave a lasting impression, and will no doubt be playing a part in this summer’s soundtrack. Pick up a download of the remix for free now, and be sure to check out the duo’s EP in full as well.

And if you’re looking for more vibes courtesy of Shmallen, don’t miss the exclusive mix he put together for us, right here.

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Clean Bandit — Extraordinary feat. Sharna Bass (Bontan Remix)

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The UK’s Clean Bandit have been on a steady rise over the past year, initially turning heads with the fantastic A&E EP and singles Mozart’s House and Dust Clears, then reaching meteoric levels with their recent global hit Rather Be. Now we’ve got the group’s newest single Extraordinarythe first remix of which was just unveiled last week courtesy of fellow British artist Bontan. Never missing a beat, he’s transformed the original into an infectious, thumping house cut making clever use of Sharna Bass’ vocals by chopping them up throughout yet adding a center stretch that let’s them shine in all their brilliance. Stream the tune now, and keep a lookout for what’s sure to be a stellar debut album from Clean Bandit, New Eyes, out for release on June 2nd.

Hear the original if you haven’t yet as well.

 

Kulkid — Forgot About Kul / I Need U EP

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It’s been a few months since we’ve heard from French producer Kulkid, last featured here for his dynamic originals U Were The One and Have I Ever Told U. Yet this week he’s emerged once again, bringing us his very first sounds of the year through a fresh EP complete with a brand new set of original tracks. Following suit with his previous work, both Forgot About Kul and I Need U carry out the Apls-raised artist’s individual brand of house, which plays as a sort of melting pot of styles, effectively creating a vibe that’s completely unique to itself. Where the former comes in with deep, developed, and well polished lines that let the tweaked familiarity of the melodies and pitched down vocal clips meld cleverly together as one — the latter takes a more vocally driven approach, with the lyrics yearning at the forefront and perfectly paired with the chopped up beat for a spry, energetic effect. A feature in The Magician’s latest edition of the coveted Magic Tapes series is just further proof of the talented and diverse musical palette from the up-and-comer, and surely makes Kulkid worth adding to that list of ones to watch. Stream the pair below, and download the EP for free here.

Gorgon City — Here For You ft Laura Welsh

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Last week we had the immense pleasure of catching Gorgon City when they came through SF on the way down to Coachella. Naturally, the anticipation was great being the massive fans we are, and to say they exceeding our expectations would be an understatement. The UK production duo, comprised of Matt & Kye aka RackNRuin & Foamo, brought their talent in full force, packing out the dancefloor and deluging the crowd with endless waves of their polished, party-starting vibes. The clear highlight though, was when they dropped their brand new single Here For You. Featuring fantastically soulful vocals courtesy of British singer Laura Welsh and an irresistibly deep, buoyant bassline, this one sent the entire room fluttering while we lost ourselves in the pure bliss, and the dancing  — well let’s just say people didn’t know what to do with themselves. If you haven’t caught this brilliant new tune in the last week already, do so now. The release is set for June 15th on Black Butter Records.

THE JAM JAR — 057

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The recovery process is well underway from this previous weekend’s festivities, and we can now look ahead to what the coming one has in store. To supplement our future freedom and lift those midweek spirits, we bring you a fresh edition of The Jam Jar. We’re starting things off this week with a truly timeless masterpiece courtesy of Cosmonaut Grechko and his new track Anytime, which sets the stage beautifully for the coming summertime and jams to follow. The rest of the collection includes new material in the form of a remix from Yannis (of Foals) for the irresistible Say Lou Lou, Roosevelt gracing us with perfection once again, the UK’s Blonde putting their talents on full display with a new original, Chicago’s Hey Champ making a comeback with Dominoes — and so much more that just can’t be missed. Get into it all below!

Hear the jams past the jump!

SAFIA — Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds (Young Franco Remix)

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Last month Aussie trio SAFIA released Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds, a slow burning blend of R&B, soul, and electro, and the follow up to their acclaimed debut from last year Listen To Soul, Listen To Blues. Having since enjoyed it’s successful reception, which including hitting the top of the Hype Machine charts and continual Triple J airplay, and also announcing a supporting spot on Lorde’s forthcoming Australian tour, you could say the group’s had a pretty great start to the year. Next come the remixes for the new single, and first up is Brisbane producer Joey Da Rin AKA Young Franco, who’s been garnering quite a bit of attention as of late. The 19 year old up-and-comer flips the original’s cinematic flavor on it’s head, giving it a tropical house wash with crisp steel drums and a driving bassline to create an instant party starter. Snag your copy for free here, and stay tuned for the rest of the remix pack featuring the talents of Akouo, Wordlife, and PACES out May 1st.

Hear the original as well, if you haven’t yet.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich — Shine (Kygo Remix)

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Continuing our crusade to appease post-Coachella depression as much as possible, we bring you Kygo’s latest release, a brand new remix of the amazing Benjamin Francis Leftwich’s Shine. Fresh off his London debut where he played a sold out Brooklyn Bowl, the Norwegian producer easily wows us yet again, arranging an everlastingly enjoyable tune combining his signature simple, inspired melodies with layers of pleasant wood pipe notes, tropical percussion, upbeat guitar chords and more. It’s this organic ease to his sound which has allowed Kygo to quickly rise above the musically flooded airwaves and establish his name in the hearts and ears of so many in little over a year. First heard in his BBC mix for Diplo & Friends, this latest gem is now yours, generously as always, for free download. Grab hold via Facebook and set yourself adrift on waves of recovery.

Don’t miss his recent take on M83′s Wait if you haven’t heard it yet either.

Josh Record — Pictures In The Dark (Lane 8 Remix)

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Whether you’re just waking up after a full weekend or rising from the settling dust of Coachella, SF’s own Daniel Goldstein, aka Lane 8, provides the perfect soundtrack to comfortably ease into the week. After a masterful and widely supported release in his The One EP, the emerging Anjunadeep staple has delivered another brilliant production, with his take on Pictures In The Dark by London’s Josh Record. Pulling us through a steady ebb and flow of swift piano chords and stunning backbeats, he offers ample opportunity to join the progression and latch onto it’s drive, making it impossible not to move to. Don’t miss his upcoming dates in your city, here — and look out for his single Every Night, out for release on Anjunadeep May 12th.

While we’ve got you on the topic of Lane 8, catch the remixes for his aforementioned The One EP as well — from Baio, Matt Lange, and Bhok. Sample Baio’s fantastic interpretation of Nothing You Can Say below, and grab the full set out today via Beatport.

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