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Synth Pop

Satchmode — Further Away


Sure, we’re all about our nu-disco, deep and tech house, garage, even a little future beats here and there – but there’s really nothing like escaping into the dreamy atmosphere of some proper synth pop. Thanks to LA–based duo Satchmode, that’s exactly what we’re indulging in today. The guys released their new single Further Away earlier this week, an 80s-inspired slice of indie pop that’s soaked in enough magical synths, nostalgic grooves and elevating vocal hooks to send us sailing through daydreams of fragmented memories from our youth. And, right now, that’s just where we want to be.

Tune into the single below, then get your copy via iTunes here.

Monogem — Wait and See (Thero Remix)


Feel-good aficionado Thero has returned after a brief hiatus, with a brand new remix of Monogem’s Wait and See. One of the strengths we’ve always admired in Thero, and that definitely shines through here, is his ability to infuse a track with his own signature style yet leave a fairly minimal footprint, which lets the original’s own brilliance be elevated rather than drowned out. The LA based electro–pop songstress has a richness to her voice that’s meant to be embraced, and Thero has done a fantastic job of making that happen by wrapping it in a lush, warm weather atmosphere of refreshing instrumentals and weightless grooves. Top work from both parties on this one. Check out the stream below, then catch a free download here.

And since we’ve already got your attention, have a listen to Monogem’s latest single Gone if you haven’t yet. Amazing track.



We’re embracing the feel–good and dialing up the brightness this week with a vibrant new collection of tunes, ready to carry you into the weekend with ease. Starting things off we’ve got an absolutely brilliant remix, easily one of our recent favorites, from London-born, LA-based Henri of Flight Facilities’ Two Bodies. Highlights past that include an exceedingly funky, slightly wonky take on MyKill’s new single Run Away from our bud AIMES, Canadian duo Love Thy Brother delivering a mesmerizing cover of Steve Winwood’s 80s classic Higher Love, Viceroy turning up the heat with a killer rendition of The Beach Boys Kokomo — plus plenty more. Dig in!

Listen to the playlist on Soundcloud, here.

Get the jams after the jump!

Miss Velvet — Cincinnati Street (Pnau Remix)

Cincinatti Street | Pnau Remix

Considering Nick Littlemore, aka half of Pnau and Empire of the Sun, who also happens to be one of our favorite songwriters and producers, is responsible for discovering and developing Miss Velvet — we knew this one was going to be pretty damn great before even hitting play. And guess what? We we right. The NYC-based songstress has a voice that’s impossible to ignore, with a power and range unique unto it’s own, and once Pnau enters the mix infusing an entrancing electro pulse and clever breaks, there’s no turning back. All we can say is, put this remix on repeat, and keep your eyes and ears on this project going forward.

Kill Paris — Space Forest


Welcome the heck back Kill Paris! We’ve been listening to this guy for years now and have always been a fan (seeing him live with his key-tar is something you should honestly see at least once if your life). We were really impressed when we clicked play on this one because Kill Paris has evolved with the times. In an industry where dub step is starting to fade and become less quote, unquote “cool” Kill paris has fused his style with a more downtempo Galimatias like sound that he’s calling “Heavy Chill”. Spacey synths, clean snare percussions and tripped out vocal chops make this song a must listen. Make sure to take advantage of the free download on this one.

Ghost Loft — Talk To Me (Bearson Remix)

Talk To Me | Bearson Remix

Quick rising Norwegian producer Bearson blessed us with a brand new remix yesterday, his first of the new year, taking on Ghost Loft’s latest single Talk To Me. As the first follow-up to his debut original Pink Medicine earlier this year, which marked a transition for the young artist, we’re once again treated to his newly evolved sound on this one. Gone are the overtly tropical expectancies — here he’s created a bright atmosphere, built through a light array of percussion and airy synths, transforming the emotion laden original into an uplifting groove. You’ll find yourself floating through with effortless ease. Listen now, and pick up a free download here.

Chelsea Lankes — Down For Whatever (Carousel Remix)

Down For Whatever | Carousel Remix

That crisp percussion, those big synth notes, the untouchably carefree vocals. Such is the allure of Carousel’s new remix of Down For Whatever, the latest single from rising star Chelsea Lankes. The LA–based via Texas songstress released the track earlier this month, poised to takeover the airwaves, and this rework from the San Francisco duo is about to help set it on fire. The bit of Little Dragon / SBTRKT inspired edge on the beat, paired with the nonchalantly adventurous lyrical vibes has definitely got us sold at least. Catch the stream below.



You know those tracks that just sound like the embodiment of summertime? Well that’s all of these. Every single one. For whatever reason the collection of tunes that came together for this week’s Jam Jar are screaming warm weather. Toes in the sand, beers in hand, a fresh breeze and your friends near — all of that. Grab yourself an earful, kick back, and dance into the weekend.

Hear the tunes past the break.



Wednesday has rolled around once again and we’ve got a great selection of jams for you to enjoy. With summertime officially in full swing (though it’s unsurprisingly foggy here in SF), there should be no shortage of warm weather vibes to fill your playlists. Soak in some new tunes below and enjoy!

Click to hear the tunes!



We’re currently experiencing a pristine preview of summertime weather here in SF, and we can think of anything better to compliment such a glorious afternoon than a fresh pack of feel-good jams. We’re kicking things off with a few new ones from heavy-hitters like Goldroom’s daytime disco take on MS MR’s Hurricane, French Horn Rebellion putting their spin on Savoir Adore’s Beating Hearts, a stellar new original from Keljet featuring amazing vocals courtesy of Goldroom’s own Mereki, and Bit Funk’s rework for Nameless7 Days In The Sun. And as always there are many more where those came from, so grab your tunes and get outside.

Hear the tunes past the jump!


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