Pick of the Bunch - February 2016
By Osbert Moor
Os picks his favourite songs coming into February. Cold weather doesn't have to mean its all gloomy - Listen here to the picks of January
TENDER – “Lost”
North London dwellers Dan & James have accomplished a lot in the 6 months that their SoundCloud account has been active, which isn’t too bad for 2 guys who are “creating everything at home in our North London basement” (in their own words). “Lost” is an edgy, sultry, synth-pop offering. The distorted vocals, delicate synth and glorious bass-line are unique, yet surprisingly accessible. TENDER aims for “dark grooves with room to breathe” and I’d say that “Lost” perfectly epitomises that motif.
SG Lewis – “All Night (ft. Dornik)”
I singled out SG Lewis as one of my ‘Artists to look out for in 2016’, so I’m not surprised to see him starting out 2016 with some quality tracks. His first offering of the year comes in the form of the majestic and atmospheric “All Night ft. Dornik”, but I’m sure it won’t be his last.
The Range – “Florida”
Electronic artist The Range has released a taster of his new record “Potential” in the form of his single “Florida”. Although you’ve never know it, “Florida” is based on an a cappella cover of Ariana Grande’s “You’ll Never Know”. The track is laced with hypnotic synth, drums and deep bass which allow the track to resonate in a way that, for me, the original doesn’t.
Sibling – “Westside”
Californian duo Sibling premiered their debut track “Easy” in the middle of last year, so we’ve had to wait a while for their second offering, but it was definitely worth the wait. “Westside” (presumably about Westside in L.A.) is a summery indie-pop release with some electronic undertones. The dreamy instrumentals and uplifting tone make for perfect listening in the depths of English Winter. It’s hard to not be warmed by Sibling’s track and find yourself dreaming of the ‘Westside’.
The Magician – “Together (Lucas & Steve Remix)”
Those who read my posts regularly might be aware that I’m not someone who listening to a lot of deep house/future house, or really any house for that matter. This is not because I’m opposed to the genre on any kind of fundamental level, just that it’s not really for me. However, every now and then a little gem peaks my interest for a period. At the moment, it’s the Lucas & Steve remix of “Together”.
Bonus Track: Otzeki – “Falling Out”
I’ve thrown in Otzeki’s “Falling Out” as a little bonus track. A rather subdued number from the London-based boys, but definitely worth a listen.