Photo by Mac Boucher, via Grimes’ Tumblr.
Grimes – Go (Ft. Blood Diamonds)
Grimes’ latest, “Go,” was originally written for Rihanna, and it shows. I’m definitely loving the track, but was expecting something a bit different from the artist, known for her characteristic sound of quirky dance music. The track seems more geared for radio play than her previous work, and will surely cause a bit of a divide amongst new and existing fans. The song has been taken off of SoundCloud, but you can get a good listen here.
Vanic X Machineheart – Circles
It’s easy to understand why this track reached #1 on HypeMachine over the holiday weekend. Known previously for his remix of Birdy’s “Skinny Love,” Vancouver based producer Vanic bumps up Machineheart’s “Circles” with uplifting beats class and summer synths.
Mexico City Blondes – Fade
Mexico City Blondes have made a boast-worthy entrance into the online music scene with “Fade,” their first single. Airy guitar wanes behind slow yet cheerful percussion, all held together by the catchy chorus.
Mean Ladies – Bop Bop
Small yet promising “Mean Ladies” have an LP out called Love Now, with “Bop Bop” as the most noteworthy number. The track is focused mostly on the vocals, making for a refreshingly simple yet wonderful sound.
Alice Jemima – Breezeblocks (Alt – J)
While many music enthusiasts cringe at the thought of an artist covering one of their favorite bands or tracks, my instinct is quite the opposite. Alice Jemima’s version of Alt-J’s hit is substantially different than the original, with both the vocals and production being much softer.