Start your long weekend in a good way with some chilled-out electronica
Singles from Vera Blue, Godwolf and Wafia, among others, to start your Easter break the best way.
Hurrah! It's a long weekend. Thanks to Jesus being resurrected from the dead, we've now got an extra long weekend (Friday through to Monday off for most people on that 9 to 5 grind) to smash down frothies, listen to some good tunes and genuinely just enjoy ourselves for the week. Although beers and good vibes are something we can't really provide (wish we could, though - that would be awesome), we've definitely got you set for tunas - with a generous helping of smooth, chilled-out electronica courtesy of some of electronic's finest. Treat yo'self.
Vera Blue - Settle
First up comes from Vera Blue, a remarkable 20-year-old vocalist from regional New South Wales, and her new, Gossling-produced single Settle. Settle packs some serious vibes, with Blue's delicate vocals floating over a stripped-back beat composed of light guitar strums, fragile piano chords and soft percussion, which gradually builds alongside vocal loops and synth for an epic ending to the single. Of the single, Vera Blue notes, “Settle is about moving forward and pushing on and up for a brighter, more positive outlook on life. To be able to leave the hurt and pain and mistakes behind, feel strong, independent and but at the same time cherish and appreciate all of the good memories and achievements." A feel-good, self-empowering piece of soft electronica is definitely something well-needed to kick off this weekend's laid-back vibes. She also absolutely nailed her cover Jack Garratt's Breathe Life for triple j's Like A Version - making it 2-for-2 from the vocalist early in 2016.
Flume - Never Be Like You (Nikö Black & Marco Foster Remix)
Flume's Never Be Like You is a chilled-out banger in its own right, but Nikö Black and vocalist Marco Foster completely re-design the single for their own cover. They add a really nice future-bass touch to the single, but in a way different to how Flume did it with the original. Kai's renowned vocal work in the single makes way for Marco Foster's inviting vocals, which when paired with Nikö Black's synth-dominated melodies, really combine to create something nice. The percussion-led bridge just after the three-minute is a section of the track I feel like Flume would be devasted to not have thought up himself, as it really brings the whole track together in a way I feel Flume should've.
Show Clothes - Pool Party feat. Gavriella
Pool Party is the first original to come from Chicago-based producer Show Clothes, and boy, is it a beauty. Featuring fellow Chicago native Gavriella on vocals, Pool Party is a solid almost-four-minutes of well-produced, chilled-out electronica, with Gavriella's emotionally-drawn vocals swirling amongst synth keys, hand claps and roaring bass. Although I can't exactly pinpoint where it comes from, the track has also got this nice tropical tinge to it - further solidifying the tune as a go-to for the long weekend break.
Monomyth - Skytree feat. Oddeeo (Donatachi Remix)
Monomyth is an act we've previously featured before (we premiered his two-track Separation EP a few months back - listen HERE), but I really feel like his track Skytree was one of the most over-looked tracks of last year. It's dizzying vocals and synth-dominated drop still cop a couple of plays by me every now and then, and probably will continue to into the future. That being said, Sydney producer Donatachi has come along and really played with the track for his official remix, transforming the tune into a more upbeat, bubbly number and by doing so, making the track's originals vocals and melodies feel fresh and new all over again - something that's very hard to do. I feel like the remix also spotlights Oddeeo's Porter Robinson-esque vocals, a feature that was definitely a highlight from the original.
Lupa J - Numb
I remember coming across Lupa J a year or so ago with her single Waiting For Her, where I was instantly impressed with how such a young artist can carry such a mature sound through her vocals and lyricism. After boasting an amazing 2015, which included support slots for Grimes, Japanese Wallpaper and Montaigne, the 18-year-old classically trained violinist turned producer has returned with Numb. Numb sees Lupa J continue her mature vocal sound, but this time around using a more upbeat, feel-good instrumental backing than her previous singles, which I feel like really pulls off. The track was also initially written when she was only 15, which makes it even more impressive.
Thomston & Wafia - Window Seat
I think that by now, everyone's starting to realise that whatever Wafia touches turns to gold (or copper, in terms of her debut EP's cover art). This includes young New Zealander Thomston, who enlists the help of the young Future Classic signee and Ta-Ku collaborator for his new single Window Seat. Window Seat is packed with quality that rivals that of Wafia's previously-mentioned Ta-Ku collab, with a soft, chord-laden percussion beat swirling around vocals from both Wafia and Thomston. The harmonies all come together really quite smooth, giving a really well-produced, intoxicating charm to the single. Amazing stuff.
Godwolf - Feels Right
And finally, last but definitely not least, comes from the Godwolf camp in the form of Feels Right, an enchanting new single. Feels Right packs a punch from the get-go, with Joe Kosky's trademark smooth vocals floating over a stripped-back, tropical-vibing beat that's full of flavour - Godwolf style. Speaking about the single, the duo said that the track is about "seizing the opportunities that arise on a night out and doing what feels right - trying to get back to a time before insecurities and stresses crept into our lives”, which I can't help but think is a thing we'll all be doing before the work/Uni/school goes back on Tuesday.