Buhay - Hallelujah EP
Thanks to their latest release, the always pleasing Madrid based label known as Young Latitudes has recently put me on to yet another new artist that’s been filling my ears to the brim with enrapturing sounds. Buhay is a producer hailing from Bloomington, IN and though he could be regarded as somewhat of a newcomer, his debut EP, Hallelujah, showcases a distinctive finely tuned finesse that works in contrary to his time on the scene. Hallelujah is a boiling pot of eclectic value and as each track takes an individual shape and direction, Buhay makes every one bump, pop, and resonate with loads of charm. You can bet that I’ve had this on constant rotation for the last few days now and you can do the same by grabbing it for a “name your own” price via bandcamp.
Even though it’s been thrown around for awhile now, I still have no idea quite what “vaporwave” is and that’s probably why I usually shy away from using the term in a serious context. Internet labels aside though, there’s something downright smooth and enrapturing about the sounds of Texas producer Ryan Groch, better known by his alias VERACOM, and I can’t help but to get caught up in just about everything that comes from him. His latest single “Love Grows” features a sample from Mariah Carey and if you’re thinking “how does that even work?” then you need to sit back and let the music speak for itself. With it’s heavy 90’s R&B esque vibe, “Love Grows” is saturated in sex appeal, and that, along with VERACOM’s rich and silky style, is a combination guaranteed to make your body melt. Check out more material from VERACOM over on soundcloud and follow the links in the sidebar to grab his AMDISCS s/t release as well as his Young Latitudes split with Magic Fades.
Magic Fades - Obsession
I was first introduced to the steamy r&b sounds of Portland duo Magic Fades earlier this year when I heard their track “I’ll Adjust” on their Young Latitudes split with Veracom and ever since then I’ve been drawn to everything that these two have put out. There’s no question about it that r&b has been quite a popular thing this year, both in the “mainstream” and underground, but the magical thing about Magic Fades is that their approach to the genre never falls short of coming off as ardent, smooth, and seductive. The duo is getting ready to release their debut LP Obsession on January 8th via Mishka and earlier today they dropped the title track from the album to get all of us fans ready for what’s to come. You may notice that the track samples Brandy and Monica’s ‘98 hit “The Boy Is Mine” and while I never thought that I’d hear that anytime soon, Magic Fades makes it work completely in their favor. There’s an enticing, lascivious nature surrounding “Obsession” that makes it irresistible right from the start and to be honest, after playing this song about a dozen or so times today, I couldn’t be anymore stoked on this album than I already am. Check out Magic Fades on soundcloud to hear more material while you’re getting ready for Obsession to drop and if you haven’t yet, swing by their bandcamp page to grab the four track release She Beat All The Haters for a name your own price.
For my last behind the tracks feature of the year I decided to get in touch with a duo hailing from Austin, Texas by the name of Silkies. The band, Lira Mondal and Caufield Schnug, has a unique style that’s driven by an exuberant punk nature, garage rock grittiness, and upbeat pop harmonies that’re reminiscent of decades past. Their debut EP, Like One, was recently released on Young Latitudes and Heart Throb Records and though it’s only three tracks long, it’s been spinning in my ears for days now. Silkies has had my attention ever since I first came across them a few weeks back and I’m certain that it won’t be long before they get yours as well.
Silkies - Like One - EP
Well it’s that time again and as always I’m quite excited. Young Latitudes recently dropped another new release and just as expected, it’s one that I’ve grown to be quite fond of. YL always demonstrates an ear for versatility among an array of talented artists and Like One, the debut EP from Austin, Texas duo Silkies, is no different. Silkies consists of Caufield Schnug and Lira Mondal and it’s fun from the second that you hit play. Mondal’s vocals are full of exuberance and the lyrics carries a certain charm that makes it incredibly hard to not be drawn in. The music fits the tone perfectly as well. Silkies sound like they came straight from a pop radio station in the 60’s and despite the season, their raw surf/ garage rock atmosphere is still incredibly appealing and catchy. Like One is a definite pick me up for any day and Silkies youthful nature is something that just about anyone can come to enjoy. You can grab a digital copy of the release by paying a “name your own” price over at bandcamp or if you want a cassette copy, you can pick up one by heading over to Heart Throb Records bandcamp and paying either 4 euros or $5.11. Also, don’t forget to go like the band on facebook to keep updated.