I’ve been spending a lot of time with Laura Groves‘ exquisitely balanced psychedelic folk EP, Thinking About Thinking, which includes four gems she compressed in the cold heart of London. The EP also features astral instrumentation from fellow DEEK/Young Turks partners Bullion and Tic – who, when properly combined, form the cold pop trio Nautic – that adds a intrinsically sophisticated new wave touch. You should buy this EP for an easy £3 ($4.85) on the DEEK Recordings bandcamp.
Stepping off from ideas explored by Miami Horror, Joe Goddard, and Prince, Nyteowl‘s Gold Girl works infectious house rhythms, soaring synths, and outstanding vocal harmonies into their most advanced album to date. Tracks like “Kick It Again”, “Lady”, and “Get In It” touch upon more experimental influences, re-contextualizing deep funk riffs and deeply sensual melodies into a neo-western tableau that plays effortlessly on repeat. Do not sleep on this release, buy Gold Girl right here.
After some amazing collaborations, Sam Smith is set to release his debut EP on October 4th. One of our favorite remixers, Two Inch Punch, has stepped up to the plate and transformed his track “Nirvana”. He’s taken the delicate guitar-focused original and infused it with some much-needed beats. It is noticeably darker and the vocals are given appropriate room to breathe. Everything he touches turns to gold, and I for one, would love to hear some more T.I.P. originals soon.
The video for Dirg Gerner / fLako‘s “Vicious Cycle” was presumably filmed during his time at the RBMA, and features the artist traversing through many of New York City’s notable landmarks. You’ve got to catch him live with Bonobo in Europe and Australia this fall if you happen to be out there.