As I introduce myself to the Upside Sounds community, I feel it's only right that I introduce an artist as well. I'm Nate...but that's enough about me. Jonas Haslam, better known by ' Jonas LR ,' is an 18 year-old producer from Leeds (UK). A short time back, he released a song that remains in my often played rotation: "Cockiness," a driving house / garage-esque song that plays nicely off a rather interesting vocal bit. "Better Location" has a similar theme, but adds a nice bit of a dub synth to bring the song to an excellent plateau. [...]
OVERWERK gave us the first taste of an unreleased track back at the end of April through a teaser video and now, after what seemed like quite a long wait, he has unleashed his new single Matter . It successfully combines everything that we love about his unique style — tantalizing builds, delicate orchestral elements, excellent layering, and grinding, mind-numbing electro surges. What more can we say here? We've come to expect nothing short of the best from him, and this track is pretty damn outstanding. As usual, you can grab it for free on Soundcloud or pay what [...]
Our fifteenth installment of The Jam Jar has arrived ladies and gents, and in this week's list we've got heat coming from all directions, with equal parts heavy-hitting dance tunes and more relaxed daytime jams. Japan’s Boys Get Hurt gives us a grand remix of Reflex's Together via Continental Records , French duo Rise & Fool serve up their killer take on Bastille , and our favorite fun-in-the-sun producers Poolside are back with a brand new single off their upcoming album — plus a whole lot more. These [...]
The Norwegian mastermind, better known as Todd Terje , has returned to us today with a brand-new release titled "Strandbar!" Consisting of a total of three tracks, the producer has taken the lead song from the EP and has decided to make three versions of it: "samba," "disko," and another one simply called "bonus." You can listen to all of them in their full entirety below. Although I haven't had the time to get comfortable with any of the songs, I have a strong feeling that my favorite of the bunch has to be Mr. Terje's "disko" re-interpretation. The [...]
I saw Young Marble Giants back in February which inspired me to pre-empt this post , so this is pretty much a rehash of that - sorry! Here's the original by the rather fantastic Young Marble Giants , recorded in 1980 and released on an EP on Rough Trade Here's Dean singing it as released on Uncollected Here's Naomi singing it as recorded for their 1990 Peel Session [...]
Relying on a sample of Bobby Caldwell's classic "Open Your Eyes," Saux has put together a brand-new original titled "Show You The Light!" Completely free for download, the Netherlands producer crafts a song that's simply screams "feel-good vibe!" Made for easy-listening and relaxing times, Saux's latest effort was made for this time of year! Get your speakers, go outside, and let these tranquil melodies wash over you like a gentle summer's breeze...
It has been a little while since we've heard from LA's Vindata . The duo are responsible for some of our more loved remixes over the past year, with their genre–bending sound taking over tracks from Wildcat! Wildcat!, Little Dragon, Toro y Moi, and more. Now they're back with a new one and have brought a heap of summertime vibes with it. Intuition, a new track from Sydney's Cambio Sun , gets an inventive spin with a laid back vibe, chopped up vocals, and plenty of bass – making it a fairly versatile tune all around. [...]
Lane 8 does us right once again with this brilliant new rework of Do Or Die's Playa Like Me And You . The 1996 classic gets a wash of unstoppable dance vibes with the sampling kept light and the jam level turned up to the max. We're consistently impressed with his ability to make a track completely his own, having totally transformed the original on this one. The vibes are absolutely perfect for a sunny summertime afternoon. Scoop up the download below and enjoy! And while we've got you, be sure to have [...]
You can never go wrong with a little Bit Funk bliss to get your Friday going, and lucky for us he's back with a great new remix of Night Drive's Drones. The electro-pop track from the duo made up of Rodney Connell and Brandon Duhon, who were frontmen of MoTel Aviv and Glasnost respectively, gets a smooth glaze from the Brooklyn-based funk aficionado. As we know well by now, he never misses a step and this is no exception, equipped with a crisp, bouncy beat and handclaps that will have you playing this on loop and dancing all weekend. [...]
Origins are presenting an incredible night in Digbeth Birmingham tomorrow (Friday June 7) featuring Villem, Skepitical and Dillinja. I asked the guys behind it how they'd sum up the Origins... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Music is even better with video clips! In this 28th video roundup, we gathered videos of artists from various genres, coming from releases we strongly suggest you to check out. Enjoy! Joe Goddard from the band Hot Chip is back with the song "She Burns", featuring vocals from Mara Carlyle. It comes with a video clip that was just revealed today! The track is taken from Goddard's upcoming EP "Taking Over". French producer Para One released last year the [...]
Fred Neil released his original of Everybody's Talkin' on his second (eponymous) album in 1966. In 1969 Nillson's cover of the song was picked by John Schelsinger as the theme tune to Midnight Cowboy and thus began my (and many others) misconception that it was a Nillson original! Fairly sure I was only set straight when Luna released their kazoo-tastic cover of it on the Sub Pop [...]
Set to embark on their summer tour of 2013, Hot Chip have decided to release a one-off single titled "Dark & Stormy" to get some buzz surrounding their upcoming shows! "Dark & Stormy" will be available for purchase on July 22nd and it will be paired up with a new version of In Our Heads' "Look at Where We Are", featuring Tori and Reiko Kudo.
UK producer Lone returns today with a brand-new single titled "Airglow Fires!" As per usual, Lone keeps everything sounding quite lush, with his use of rhythmic high-hats, dribbling synths, and growling chord progressions that seem to hell-bent on making you bob your head as ferociously as possible!
Philly's Dylan Sieh aka Tours never ceases to give us just what we're looking for. He provides the ideal soundtrack to Sunday with his chilled out new tune Above Us . The track does a perfect job of capturing that feeling of summertime, with it's sparkling, laid-back style evoking feelings of slowly drifting through a day full of sunshine, a light breeze, and good vibes. It's featured as part of Jealous Gold's Gold Vol. 3 alongside a handful of other underground gems you should definitely check out. Be sure to get this one in rotation. [...]
‘Ello, lovelies! I know I’m random, but what can I say? I’m living on the edge (and no, I won’t say YOLO)! Here’s another ten to make your mind bend! 1. Wonky Doll and the Echo – “The Cut”/ Pleasant ... Read More
Matt Wells, better known by the moniker Great Skies , has a brand-new original for us today titled "Don't Want U!" Since we last posted about Great Skies, it appears that the artist has started to get the recognition that he deserves by getting the opportunity to remix Syron's "Here" on Black Butter Records! All of us at Upside Sounds couldn't be prouder of him! In his latest installment, Great Skies has opted to put together what sounds like a dance track, which is sort of uncharacteristic for him. Although this new sound took me by surprise, [...]
Shook , the Dutch producer responsible for some of the funkiest beats to hit our ears over the past few years, just released this amazing remix of Jamiroquai's Lifeline and is generously giving it out for free. Apparently he created this almost two years ago, but it never made it out of the vault until now. We're sure glad it did because the fusion of the two styles is a match made in heaven. Shook is set to be out with his debut album fairly soon, so make sure you keep your ears perked for updates [...]
Maribou State have a new single coming out via Southern Fried Records on June 10th of this year! Featuring the vocals of songstress Holly Walker, this tune packs quite the punch. Incorporating modern-applications of forceful bass and jazz melodies from a long-distance past, Maribou State have constructed an original that carries a lot of bravado and is filled with moments your ears won't soon forget. If I didn't know that this song was produced by Maribou State, I might have even taken it as a song from a Broadway Musical...it's seriously that theatrical at times; and I think that's [...]
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