JUNGLE – the London-based duo is bringing back funk and RnB to electronic music. After stealing hearts in October with their EP The Heat, Jungle reclaims their potential with their recent release Busy Earnin’. Intoxicating grooves meet street instrumentals as the duo flawlessly combine jazz with aerial synths. ‘The Heat’ remains my personal favorite following ‘Platoon’ but in their soundcloud you can discover loads of hidden gems.
GUTS – Lover of instrumentals beats? Deriving from Ibiza, this low-profile DJ remains my go-to. His soundcloud is filled with textured rhythms and vibrance. There is not one track or playlist disclosed which doesn’t emit good vibes. Guitars, trumpets, piano, accordian, flute, you can name it, any instrument- he’s used it!
WhoMadeWho – If you haven’t heard of them yet break from this column to listen to Heads Above. A hit on the rise- the Copenhagen trio Jeppe Kjellberg, Tomas Barfod and Tomas Høffding have been in the game since 2003. Experienced musicians, the trio combine to create a sound which breaks the barriers between indie rock and experimental pop. If you’re fans of Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem and Justice- these are the boys to watch out for. They incorporate nostalgia in their technique by utilizing indie and disco instrumental samples amongst mid-tempo vocals. Made for cruising, their sound is one to savour!
https://soundcloud.com/whomadewho/keep-me-in-my-plane – Keep Me in My Plane
Animal Trainer – The duo from Zurich started off electronic but have been easing down their melodies into alternative-indie. The group’s expertise for utilizing instrumentals is evident in each of their productions. In collaboration with extremely talented vocalists- Adrian Flavor and Samy Jackson continue to broaden the boundaries of what it means to be specified to one genre. Although a year old, ‘To Give’ still remains a personal favorite for sunny weather where their release this past Fall, ‘Dragon Games’ is sure to keep you on your feet. As for their recent release ‘Come Along’ you’ll notice the duo’s evolution of sound, specifically becoming more indie.. although within the same album entitled ‘Wide’ they remain to their core identity with ‘The Walk’.
Text by Lauren Nadel