“Now You Know” is a R&B/pop anthem about regret. Swedish born, London-based singer China layers on the synth and emotion, creating a glittery 1980s-tinged musical world. The result is both beautiful and downright gutting. Listen below.
On June 1-5, Marina Di Ravenna, Italy will host the fourth edition of Beaches Brew—a free festival featuring the Thee Oh Sees, Viet Cong, Shabazz Palaces, and more. To help get us in an Italian fun and sun frame of mind, we’ve asked several artists playing the fest to make us mixtapes. The next one in our series comes from Ought.
“This mix is all sun-drenched bangers and anthems, feeling hot and happy with 128 MP3s,” says Ought’s Ben Stidworthy. “However, I also wanted to avoid evoking Ibiza summer breaks or "spiritual holidays" in Thailand, at all cost. Instead, I wanted to do a mix for the first really hot night of summer, in some small bar anywhere in the world. Tried my hand at actually beat-matching so bear with me.”
Listen below. You can also revisit our previous mixes in the series from DJ Fitz, Afterpartees, and Moon Duo. If you’re headed to Italy, be sure to grab all the event details here.
1. Django Reinhardt: La Mer - An absolutely gorgeous tribute to the sea. In my mind far more important than the beach, so veneration comes first.
2. Onra: Ms. Ho - From the Paris producer who can't stop putting out good albums. This one speaks for itself.
3. Jennifer Lopez: I'm Real (Instrumental) - Pop gold with some production that is hard to argue with. The bass and flute flirting with each other continuously creates some heart pounding warmth.
4. Phony Ppl: Yesterday's Lips - Lyrically it's not very beach-like, however these young New York musicians really know how to create a mood.
5. Destiny's Child: Lose My Breath (Reggae Remix) - The song for students around the world trying to finish that essay at four in the morning. Also works well on the beach.
6. Vince Guaraldi Trio: Surfin Snoopy - The San Francisco jazz pianist soundtracking Snoopy surfing. First track I though of for the mix.
7. Four Brothers: Uchandifunga - A song recommended to me by my friend who spent half his life in Zimbabwe and the rest in Hackney and Montreal. Lobster Shack and 1208 would have heard this one.
8. Swindle: Summer Fruits - One of the best producers in London right now comes out with a wink to Autumn Leaves that has some of the best drum sounds I'd heard in a while. It's hard not to feel the sun in this one.
9. Riko Dan: Skeng Teng - Lovely track from the London City Warlord himself. Revolutionary gun-talk with pretty massive low-end.
10. Mystic Stylez: Feloneezy - Frank (Intro) - Calm exit by Serbian musicians from Belgrade. Lovely chords to wash away the night...
SOAK (aka the 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Northern Ireland named Bridie Monds-Watson) recently covered St. Vincent's "Digital Witness," but now she's set her sights on a much older classic, Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." The song was recorded for Fearne Cotton's last ever BBC Radio 1 show in the U.K. Cotton asked some of her favorite current artists to cover some of her favorite songs.
SOAK's debut album, Before We Forgot How to Dream, is out June 2 via Rough Trade. Also be sure to pick Under the Radar's current print issue (the one with Tame Impala on the cover) to read an interview with SOAK. Check out the cover below, followed by her U.S. tour dates.
Porcelain Raft's new track "Half Awake" starts out all ethereal, until the beats soon come in and lift the song towards its soaring chorus. "Half Awake" is the title track to a new EP from Mauro Remiddi (who is Porcelain Raft). It's due out June 2 on his own label, Volcanic Field, both digitally and as a limited edition cassette tape that comes with a handmade linoleum print.
Elohim’s new single “She Talks Too Much” is equal parts haze and brat pop. Not much is known yet about the Los Angeles-based musician yet, but one thing’s for certain—homegirl can lay down both an epic riff and insult. Listen below.
“Black Domino Box” is a sweet love song about love and death. Originally recorded by H Hawkline, Sweet Baboo’s cover captures the breezy darkness perfectly. And hey, if you’re in London you’re in luck—the two will be performing together tomorrow night at London Fields Brewery. 50 copies of this cover song will be available at the show on cassette. For the rest of us, we’ll have to make due with listening below. Sweet Baboo’s new album The Boombox Ballads is due out August 14 on Moshi Moshi.
Not long ago, we premiered “Dear Aphrodite,” an anthem to not-love by Norwegian artist Tellef Raabe. The melancholy pop anthem now has an equally thoughtful video. In it, college students sit through a droning lecture, mysterious dancers shimmy through the college halls, and Raabe wanders the streets of Bergen, looking appropriately forlorn. Check it out below. “Dear Aphrodite” is out now on Riot Factory. A full-length is expected later this year.
Still feeling wistful for the weekend? (Guilty as charged.) Syvia has a soundtrack for that. The Brooklyn band recently handed their single “FWD FWD” over to Norwegian producer Mads Torbjorn. The resulting remix is a delicious blend of airy synths and frontwoman Ruth Mirsky’s commanding vocals. Don’t worry kid, Friday will be here before we know it. (Again, totally talking to myself.) Listen to the rerub below.