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KAPTAN — Everything

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We’ve got an unseasonably sunny afternoon happening in San Francisco right now (we know, it’s summer, but that usually only means fog here), so rather than question it we’re going to grab hold and savor it as long as we can. Luckily, we’ve got a new tune from Nashville–based KAPTAN to help us out. Everything, as it’s called, has a little bit of, well, everything. Jumping off from the get–go with a bright wash of glistening chords and percussion kicks, the track lets loose an uplifting energy in comforting, carefree waves. It’s that warm ease and seamless fusion of pop and indie dance that caught our attention with his debut last month, and this one’s certainly no less captivating. Wrap your ears around the jam below and enjoy the day.

CS PREMIERE | Kerri Watt — Long Way Home (Tobtok Remix)

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Since we first laid our ears on his remixes of artists like Junior Senior and Foxe Basin, Tobtok’s rise has been clearly inevitable and immensely enjoyable to watch. The Swedish producer’s polished blend of nu-disco, house and indie dance is amazingly consistent and only getting better, with recent original releases such as Shelter and Higher a testament to just that.

Today we’ve got the premiere of a brand new remix from him, of Scottish singer/songwriter Kerri Watt’s Long Way Home, and it’s a great display of that feel–good style we’ve come to know and love. Watt’s vocals posses a certain magnetism, and rather than play down or alter those, Tobtok does well to elevate them here. Kicking in with a shimmering backbeat and light keys, he delivers an infectious, warm weather energy that doesn’t let go the whole way through, especially as the crescendo takes shape and we’re hit with that soaring, funk–infused bassline. With yet another stellar release in this, and a track record that boasts impressive production depth, you can definitely expect to see a lot more of Tobtok in the future. For now, tune into the remix below.

Kue and MyKill — Let’s Ride (Original Mix)

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We just wrapped up a weekend full of good eats and great friends in the summertime sun, so naturally we’re looking to keep that energy rolling. Lucky for us, we’ve got this new heater courtesy of two of the Bay Area’s finest, Kue and MyKill, to do the trick. Let’s Ride is a track that speaks for itself, with it’s steady grooving bassline, smattering of funky instrumentals and commanding vocal cut leaving room for nothing but good feels. Grab this warm weather essential for free here, and get moving.

Tom Misch — In The Midst Of It All (feat. Sam Wills)

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London’s Tom Misch announced the forthcoming release of his much anticipated ‘Beats Tape 2′ this past week, and with it delivered the first taste from the set, In The Midst Of It All featuring the impressive vocal talents of Sam Wills. We’ve found the 20–year–old producer’s work impossible to ignore over the last year, and this track comes as a brilliant showcase of his prolific talents. Tying meticulously crafted beats, stunning instrumentals and lush vocals together seamlessly you’ll find yourself captivated within moments. There’s something magnetic about all of his work, which has it easily finding a place as daily inspiration in our lives, and we can’t wait for the rest of what he’s got in store on this release.

‘Beats Tape 2′ is set to drop on the 28th of August, with a new track being released each Thursday of the month up to then, so keep your ears perked for more soon.

Also, if you haven’t caught it yet, don’t miss his remix of Lianne La Havas’ What You Don’t Do.

Chad Valley — True

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Over the past year Hugo Manuel, musically known as Chad Valley, has been on a bit of a release hiatus, and it’s been nearly three since his well–loved debut album Young Hunger. This week though, he’s made a triumphant return, dropping a brand new single True and with it announcing a forthcoming LP Entirely New Blue, so naturally we’re pretty excited. This initial peek encompasses all that we’ve grown to love about the Oxford–bred songwriter and producer, yet with a refreshed and refined sound, delivering a vibrant house–leaning track that’s definitely got us ready for the rest of what’s to come.

Entirely New Blue will be out October 2nd via Cascine, in the meantime tune into the new jam below.

CS EXCLUSIVE | Illyus & Barrientos

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Glasgow’s Illyus & Barrientos came together just about a year ago, and haven’t looked back since. We were first introduced to the DJ/production duo through their impressive releases on imprints such as Glasgow Underground and Love & Other, in addition to strong support from our friends across the pond at Chase The Compass. Already the guys have turned out remixes for the likes of Gorgon City, GRUM, and Alex Adair, not to mention myriad originals gaining attention from tastemakers such as Annie Mac, Pete Tong and the list goes on.

Needless to say, there’s something special happening here, and we’ve been fortunate enough to get a closer look through our latest mix and interview feature. Hear a bit about how the guys work together as a duo, what the Glasgow scene is like and more below. Plus tune into a brilliant mix, one of our favorite exclusives to date actually, sure to bring some laid back summertime vibes to your day. Enjoy!

See the feature past the jump!

THE JAM JAR | 121

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For what seems like the first time in recent months it actually feels like summertime here in SF, so to celebrate we’ve pulled together an ace collection of feel–good house tunes for this weeks Jam Jar. To get the vibes flowing, we’re kicking off with Australian up–and–comer Jafunk and his funky, 90s–tinged new original This Thing. Past that comes an amazing take on Jungle’s Time courtesy of French producer Darius, The Aston Shuffle’s bouncing, tribal rework of Junior Jack’s E Samba, and new ones from Star Slinger, Wookie, Plastic Plates and more. Grab your shades, find some sunshine, and hit play.

Listen to the playlist on Soundcloud, here.

Get the jams after the jump!

Royal — Queen Of France

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We’ve been over here listening to this track on the daily since it’s release a couple of weeks back, and considering our love for it grows exponentially with each spin, we figured we’d go ahead and share it with you on the off chance that you missed it.

Around the same time that he dropped his Cycles Remix EP, DC’s Royal also quietly posted a new single, Queen Of France. Coming as an initial taste of his forthcoming album and pinned with a worthy message about equality, the composition and lyrical content are simple, but even more impactful because of it, a clear testament to his incredible handle on production. We’re hit with a series of playful melodies and vibrant vocal work, featuring Royal himself, brilliantly blurring the lines between the worlds of pop and electronic. It’s a welcome peek at the type of work we can expect from the up–and–comer going forward. Enjoy the track below, and keep your ears perked for the impending album in the coming months.

Bees Knees — Old School (Feat. Monogem)

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LA duo Bee’s Knees just dropped their newest original off their Variety Pack EP, entitled Old School, and it’s one seriously funky ride. This time around they teamed up with vocalist Jen Hirsh from fellow LA-based duo Monogem, featuring vibrant saxophone riffs and a grooving bassline with clean percussion layers, all pulled together flawlessly into a nu-disco inspired jam. The guys previously made a name for themselves when they got together with Kill Paris to remix his own track Falling In Love Again, and you can definitely hear he’s had an influence on their style. In fact, their EP is set for release on Kill Paris’ own label Sexy Electric. One thing’s for sure, Bee’s Knees are an act to keep a keen eye on going forward.

July 30 marks their release party at Sound Nightclub in LA, so if you’re local and digging these vibes, don’t miss it. In the meantime, listen to the new jam below, which they’ve generously hooked up for free download.

CS GIVEAWAY | Moullinex & Ben Browning at Neck of the Woods SF

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So here’s something you’re going to want to pay attention to. This Saturday Lisbon / Munich’s Moullinex and Cut Copy’s own Ben Browning bring their respective live shows to Neck of the Woods in SF, for the very last stop on their US tour. With Ben hot on the heels of his Turns debut album release, and Moullinex on the cusp of his own forthcoming LP, you can definitely expect to hear some top tunes. If you’ve been to the venue before, you’ll know you’re in for an intimate dance party with this one, and if you haven’t well, there’s something to look forward to.

We’ve got a pair of tickets to giveaway to one lucky person, all you’ve got to do is shoot a quick email with the subject line ‘Ben Browning & Moullinex Giveaway’ to the address below. Include a line about why you’re excited to attend if you’d like, and you’re good to go.

Email us • giveaways@cavemansound.com
Info + Tickets • HERE

And if you’re still on the fence, that’s pretty ridiculous, but a couple of jams should do the trick to convince you. Catch Take A Chance, the lead single off Moullinex’s upcoming album, and the amazing Wild & Free remix of BB’s Friends of Mine, below.

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