The Hotness: RxGibbs, Nicolas Jaar w/Scout Willis, Zemmy

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

RxGibbs is the recording moniker of Michigan-based solo artist, Ron Gibbs, and the latest addition to Cascine’s ever-growing family of amazingness. Just when I think Cascine can’t possibly release something better than the last thing they’ve released, they come out with something TWICE as amazing. I’ve had a few weeks to let RxGibbs’s incredible EP “Futures” sink in, and each time I listen to it I’m brought back to a time where happiness, fun, sex and debauchery all met to create one of the best times in my life. In terms of a reference point, I keep going back to a post Trip Hop band named Sweetback (specifically the song “Chord”) who came out with a few sexy albums in the mid-90s/early 00s. “Futures” is a largely instrumental affair which blends tiny elements of house, jazz, trip hop and soul and wraps them around an ethereal soundscape with female vocals that (to me) equal pure SEX. Seriously, I’m dying to get it on while listening to Futures. Have a listen to the title track below – and download it for F-R-E-E.

*RxGibbs’s new EP, Futures, will be out 21 Feb via Cascine.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/RxGibbs/158355017591638

 

RxGibbs “Futures”

 

Nicolas Jaar is a young Chilean-American musician from New York. You know those types of people who have done so much in their lives that it makes you feel like a total lazy fuck? Yea, well that’s Nicolas Jaar. Not only has he lived in Chile and been making waves in the music scene since his teenage years, but Nicolas also runs his own record label, Clown & Sunset, all while studying comparative literature full-time at Brown University. I’ve been a fan of his music brand of largely instrumental electronic music for the last couple of years, but I’ve always secretlely hoped that he would begin to add some vocals to accompany his sick compositions. Well my wish has finally been granted in the form of Scout Willis, aka the middle offspring in Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s tri-daughter’d brood. I don’t follow celeb culture at all, but even if I did I don’t know that I would’ve had the foggiest idea that Scout Willis was old enough to walk on her own, much less sing music. But I have to say that I’m pretty seriously impressed with her vocal chops on Nicolas’s latest downtempo acid-jazzy single, With Just One Glance. She doesn’t light the stage on fire by any means, but her vocal addition is very pleasant, mysterious and definitely sexy. I dig. Check out “With Just One Glance” below.

*Nicolas Jaar’s debut album, Space Is Only Noise, is out now. (Note: “With Just One Glance” is NOT an album track)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nico-Nicolas-Jaar/15727540611

 

Nicolas Jaar featuring Scout Willis “With Just One Glance”

 

Zemmy is the recording moniker of Nigerian singer-songwriter, Zemmy Momoh. I know I’ve said this before, but I’m saying it again..so deal with it. Of the many emails I receive every day, the ones I tend to pay special attention to are those that come from the artists themselves. While I understand that it’s not always possible or easy for artists to take time out of their lives to personalize an email to someone, it’s always very nice when they do. Zemmy sent me a lovely email last week where she managed to sound humble, appreciative and intriguing all at once; so, naturally, her music vaulted straight to the top of my pile. As she says in her bio, Zemmy writes soulful pop songs in the vein of Sia, Sade, Dido, Imogen Heap, and Enya. But in my opinion her music sweeps and sways more than any of those artists and reminds me more of someone like a more interesting Corrine Baily Rae or even Sinead Lohan (remember her?!) Of the few songs I’ve heard, my favorite is called Somebody Sure; which features the line “’Cause everything is easy till you are lying flat on your face.” So, so true. Check it out below.

*Zemmy’s music is streaming via her page on SoundCloud. I’ll keep you posted on news of an album release.

http://onesheet.com/zemmy/

 

Zemmy “Somebody Sure”

Overlooked: Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Bitter:Sweet, Baby Fox

I’ ve become very impatient with the shrinking shelf life of songs and albums. Any true music fan likes good music, regardless of when it was released. To that end, I want to make it a point to focus on underexposed and classic music just as much as I want to focus on the hottest new music. Saving the music industry needs to be just as much about promoting old music alongside new music; and it’s in that vein that I present to you a new series called Overlooked: a daily rewind featuring 3 amazing songs that have likely existed without your knowledge. Today’s songs are by Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Bitter:Sweet, and Baby Fox.

 

1. Supreme Beings Of Leisure “Catch Me”

 

2. Bitter:Sweet “Drink You Sober”

 

3. Baby Fox “Curlylocks”

 

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The Hotness: Flashlights, Joy Wellboy, Firefox AK

The Hotness is your daily look at 3 new songs that are amazing, essential, and are sure to make you horny. Ok, the last part isn’t necessarily true. But if you don’t like at least one of these three songs, you need to check 1) Your testosterone levels 2) Your estrogen levels 3) Your hearing.

Flashlights is an interesting Denver-based pop duo comprised of Ethan Converse and Sam Martin. You may remember that I wrote about these cats sometime last year upon the release of their chillwave-y debut EP, Hidden Behind Trees. Well, mi amores, I am happy to report that Flashlights have come out from behind their trees and are about to release a brand spankin new EP, entitled So Close To Midnight in the coming months. One of the reasons I love writing about independent artists is that I get to separate the talent from the pretenders very quickly. My musical ear tends to gravitate towards artists that grow quickly as songwriters – and Flashlights are a perfect example of that preference. Whereas their first EP was definitely solid enough to catch my ear for a few listens, their new sound has had me in aural heaven; hitting repeat all weekend. Their sound has gone from plodding to perfect on new single, Fireworks. The song skips, it synths, it – um – sexes me up..ok, maybe not; but I love it. The hook it catchy as fuck, the vocals are sweet and the production is ace. Have a listen below and download the song for F-R-E-E.

*Flashlights’s new EP, So Close To Midnight, will be out soon. Click here to download “Fireworks.”

http://www.facebook.com/FLASHLIGHTSBAND

 

Flashlights “Fireworks”

 

Joy Wellboy is a mysterious-sounding Belgian pop duo, comprised of lead singer, Joy Adegoke, and Wim Janssens. I haven’t the foggiest clue how I came across these guys, but to simply say I’m in love with their perfect debut album, Let’s Make Love Before We Die, would be like saying I kind of enjoy having sex with Italian men. Joy Wellboy’s music is like a cornucopia of some of my favorite artists and sounds born during the mid-to-late 90s trip hop scene. To brilliant effect, Joy’s somewhat haunting voice is shadowed with piano, beats, and a whole lot of mystery throughout Let’s Make Love Before We Die  – and just about every track is a winner. Fans of everyone from Massive Attack to (Fumling Towards Ecstasy-era) Sarah McLachlan to even The Cure and Sade will be intrigued by their sound. On an album full of great tracks, my favorite (by a hair) is Within Another Dimension. Have a listen below.

*Joy Wellboy’s debut album, Let’s Make Love Before We Die, is out now.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joy-Wellboy/110125648998985

 

Joy Wellboy “Within Another Dimension”

 

Firefox AK is the recording name of Swedish-born Berlin-based solo artist, Andrea Kellerman. Her debut album, Color The Trees, was released last summer. I’ve finally gotten the chance to sit down and study it properly and I must say that it’s a pretty impressive set of tunes that will grow on you more and more with every spin. While the album generally stays in a mid-tempo electropop space, many of it’s tracks are peppered with an almost folkish feel that gives you a feeling of a story being told. At first listen, many of you may consider Color The Trees to be bland; but give it a shot and see if it grabs you as it has me. If you need a reference point, think a slightly darker Frou Frou or Sixpence None The Richer. (Remember them?) My current favorite track is called Running On My Own; which you can listen to below.

*Firefox AK’s new album, Color The Trees, is out now.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Firefox-AK/347436800983

 

Firefox AK “Running On My Own”

 

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