I’m leaving the big city this weekend, to live in a tent in the woods, free of rent, next to one of the most beautiful rivers in the United States. In Los Angeles, I’ve been blessedly fortunate to work with some of my favorite artists in the world, and develop a friendship with some of the most genuine people around. It’s time for a change, though.
The move makes me think of a Heraclitus quote which translated to “everything changes and nothing stands still.” Change is, indeed, the only constant in life. My aspirations change on a day-to-day basis, the same way many of my favorite artists have changed stylistically. In the same sense, though, I, and them, haven’t experienced a fully polarizing difference. I will always be the person who wrote this, and they will always be the person who wrote that song that made you fall in love with their work. We’ve just had new experiences in life that have molded us to a better version of ourselves.
This week, we take a trip down memory lane, and reminisce on what made us fall in love with the artists below, and what we can take from their newest work.
1. Cashmere Cat – “Love Incredible” (ft. Camila Cabello)
My love for Cashmere Cat predated this alias, back when he was a scratch DJ by the name of DJ Final. His rise in electronic music, and restructuring of what is normal pop music production has been nothing but inspirational. Producing for some of the biggest artists in hip-hop, pop, and collaborating with massive producers he’s managed to supersede in measurements of hype and clout, goes to show that anything is possible if you stick to what you love, but allow room for change and growth.
2. Flume – “Depth Charge”
Flume‘s BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix in late 2015 included this track as the third one in, listed as an ID. Finally, it’s out, and I feel guilty for liking it, since I wasn’t the biggest fan of Skin, but it’s nice to hear a style that helped the Aussie artist’s career become what it is today.
3. Sofi Tukker – “Greed”
Electronic duo Sofi Tukker received a Grammy nomination this year for Best Dance Recording, but sadly the kings of douche, The Chainsmokers, took home the award that night. This is the first time we’ve heard Sophie scream on a song, and hopefully it isn’t the last.
4. Pastel Ghost – “Possession”
Brooklyn based Pastel Ghost has been stylistically consistent for the past four years. She found something that works, and hasn’t beat it into the ground. This is her first release since 2015, and it’s exciting to see the name again.
5. Clark – “Peak Magnetic”
Holy shit. New Clark. Holy shit. It’s hard for me not to have a fangirl moment when seeing that name. Apparently he’s got a new album coming in April, and will be kicking off a tour with Com Truise and Roland Tings in May. If you don’t catch him on that tour, I feel really bad for you. Really, really bad for you.
6. Sam Gellaitry – “Jungle Waters”
When Sam G first came out, at 17 years old, it was obvious this kid was going to go places. Since then, he’s managed to ink a deal with XL Recordings, and sell out shows around the world.
7. Panteros666 – “Planet 50/50”
I was never into gabber when I was a kid, but damn, Panteros666‘s new tune is fun as fuck to play at full volume.
8. Coucou Chloe – “Stealth” (ft. WWWINGS)
WWWINGS is, in my opinion, the dopest duo and electronic act to come out of Planet Mu in a long time. Every time I pop open SoundCloud, I look for a new WWWINGS track, and when I hopped on earlier this week and saw a collaboration with Coucou Chloe, I almost cried. If you need to cry because of it, nobody is judging you here.
9. Passion Pit – “Somewhere Up There”
I’d be lying if I said Passion Pit‘s hit song hasn’t made me cringe since it came out in 2009. I’d also be lying if I said it has never got stuck in my head. Their new two part song “Somewhere Up There” is surprisingly less cringey, and weirdly enough, I find it to be pretty damn good.
10. Slugabed – “Infinite Wave”
Activia Benz founder Slugabed teamed up with Anticon to drop this wonky new single and music video. Play on HD or you’re genuinely fucking up.