ABOVE: JEFF SAURER (AKA SOUR BEATS) OF HIPPIE SABOTAGE. PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHN HANACEK.
With an infinite number of websites dedicated to hosting tunes for the laptop-wielding masses, music truly lives online. However, the web’s bottomless pit of blogs isn’t the only place to troll for mp3 treasures—some of the newest and most exciting (Internet-friendly) artists can be sought out via Soundcloud, the online stage that allows musicians to promote and distribute music around the world. For this edition of the weekly column, guest Internet sleuth Ana Velasco goes into the depths of the music-sharing site.
Although Mother Nature is holding on to the last shreds of winter, the calendar has officially marked the beginning of spring, and what better way to celebrate than by putting the pep back in your step? There’s nothing quite like a song that you can blast on your headphones and groove to shamelessly, so this week we’re sharing three different, yet equally tasty tunes to get you feeling warm, no matter how cold it is outside.
Saje: “Lost Tonight”
Who: Parisian duo Saje started sharing music in October, and even though they only have four songs on Soundcloud, we predict these guys will grow quickly.
The Song: With low bass and deep layers of sound, “Lost Tonight” is so musically appealing that we want to jump into it and take a nice long swim.
Current Project: Keep up to date with Saje’s projects via Facebook.
Whatnauts Band: “Soul Walking” (Alan Mooney’s Edit)
Who: Alan Mooney is a resident DJ at Queen & Disco parties and one of five members of the namesake record label. Based out of Derry, Ireland, Queen & Disco have been throwing parties around the U.K. and Italy, vibing with a music mentality of “degenrelisation.” Mooney, for his part, is responsible for giving us soulful and sultry throwback disco edits to make any “death to disco” hater change their mind.
The Song: “Soul Walking” is an edit from ’70s soul band The Whatnauts, who have been sampled by Kanye West, De La Soul, and A Tribe Called Quest, just to name a few.
Current Project: Keep up to date on Mooney’s upcoming projects via Twitter.
Hippie Sabotage: “Waiting Too Long”
Who: Hippie Sabotage consists of the two brothers with a penchant for punchy mixes of the likes of Elliot Moss, Mikky Ekko, and Kembe X. Their sad, sexy edit of Tove Lo’s “Habits”— a tune called “Stay High”—particularly stands out.
The Song: “Waiting Too Long” is the first Hippie Sabotage song that isn’t a remix, and it’s safe to say it is a success, giving us soft and subtle guitar strumming, finger snapping, throaty echoes, and a low bass.
Current Project: Keep up to date on Hippie Sabotage’s upcoming projects via Facebook.
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