We here at alaya are incredibly proud to present you guys with our new release series “alaya special friends”. This series will feature a variety of 3-4 track EPs that some of our favorite artists wanted to release through us. The beginning of this feature does not mean that we will stop doing coverage on […]
POND has blessed us with another peek of their forthcoming album, Man It Feels Like Space Again. POND presents, ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ with an impressive homemade video. Filmed using a few iphones, silly string and some alien specs, POND’s music video utilizes mind blowing special effects. Here are a few words from POND on their new video,
“Well shit in my hat and call it lightly braised cuttlefish with lavender crème fraîche, they let us make another album. We celebrate this historic occasion with our video for the song entitled ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’, which will be on Man, It Feels Like Space Again. It is a piece of generation defining audio-visual art that will change our cultural landscape forever. We here in this van are all well excited about it, so please have as much fun watching it as we did making it and if you don’t, go get your friends, dress up in silly clothes and attack each other with silly string and water balloons.
Best Wishes, Pond.”
Stream ‘Elvis’ Flaming Star’ below and watch the music video here on Vevo.
Pre-Order Man It Feels Like Space Again here. (Currently available in AU only)
Singer-songwriter BANKS is known for her chill-inducing lyrical rawness, for bearing her soul in songs where her strength and fragility penetrate her mournful croon. The talented duo Hotel Garuda teamed up with New York-based producer Gryffin to infuse BANKS’ visceral and exposing lyrics with a dance-inspired melancholia in their remix of “Beggin for Thread”. Her hauntingly biting vocals swoon with a violent grace across floaty synths and house-influenced beats, complete with melodically chopped vocals and atmospheric sweeps. The complexity of BANKS’ relationship with herself and with the unknown romantic she sings about in this song seeps with a tangible tension (“I know my disposition gets confusing / My disproportionate reactions fuse with my eager state / That’s why you want to come out and play with me”), and the sonic dimensions of this remix only serve to enhance the poignancy of these sentiments. Gryffin and Hotel Garuda’s work ushers the song into a live setting where listeners can dance along to it, allowing themselves to be overtaken by the delicate intensity of the tune.
Hi there. We’d like to present a new feature here on alaya called Artist Spotlight. Every week, we will be sharing some songs with you from an artist we are really digging at the moment and say some words about their work.
This week, we’re gonna be showing you an extremely unique 17 year old producer from Stirling, Sam Gellaitry. Gellaitry has managed to make huge waves in the music production community as of recent due to his membership to the immensely talented SOULECTION family.
His style of creating ridiculously hard beats and combining them with chopped up vocals really manage to make an impact on the listener, and his fantastic talent in production is demonstrated throughout all of his musical masterpieces. Do yourself a favor and listen to some sweet melodies from the one and only “DJ Sammy Gee”.
The Saturday Selection is back. Sit back and “Vibe” to my own track recently released on the alaya. issue 01 compilation to start off the set, followed by a beautiful new collaboration from BEAR//FACE and Mothica. Two other must-listen tracks are tennyson’s intricate jazz-influenced track “With You” and Karl G’s euphoric progressive house remix of Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club. Enjoy!
You may be unfamiliar with the name Hebinomichi, but after their first compilation drops on November 5th, you’ll see just what this new music collective is capable of. Their second SoundCloud release is from JAWZ, a producer native to Australia that has already put out stellar remixes of Phantogram, Full Crate x Mar, and George Maple of Future Classic that have begun to forge his style. ‘After Dark’ is a futuristic tune with major trap influence, evident in the strong horn sections, stuttering hi-hats and heavy bass throughout. This track sits in a perfect medium between ambience and power, making for a notable release not only for JAWZ himself, but for Hebinomichi as well. Keeps a close watch on this fresh collective as their time to shine is coming fast.
P.S. Be sure to pick this one up for free.
Felicity Groom’s much anticipated album Hungry Sky is finally here. On top of Felicity’s remarkable talent, this album features moments from Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Jay Watson and Julian Barbagallo. Hungry Sky shows an exciting development in Felicity Groom’s sound, as she moves away from folk style songwriting and begins to push forward into more edgy, alternative rock. A few promotional tracks are available streaming below. Take a listen and enjoy a taste of Hungry Sky.
Buy Hungry Sky from itunes here. (available in AU only)
Order the CD here.
‘Higher, Higher, Taller, Taller’
‘Move Your Muscles’
Download ‘Move Your Muscles’ free on Spinning Top!
Art by: PRN CSS
Natalie Hands, better known under her alias PRN CSS, is a graphic designer, kawaii thug, and overall a very kind person. Her unique, minimalistic, groovy yet glamorous style is absolutely fantastic. Check out the nice little chat we had with her.
Hey Natalie, how are you?
im good !!
How did you come up with the alias PRN CSS?
i was just sitting on my laptop one night and it just popped up in my head tbh lol~ u know CSS with code & princess
How did you get into art?
phew! ive been doing all forms of art since i was able to hold a colored pencil lol i just enjoy the feeling of creating and always have. art is an outlet for me whether im making a stationary set or making someones logo it just feels amazing.
Hypothetical scenario. Say you had to choose to type of water to drink forever. Aquafina, Fiji, or Smart water? And why?
smart water bc electrolytes !! i kno everyone is all about fiji rn but electrolytes bruh
Who are your favorite graphic designers?
too many to name! everyone designing right now is so amazing
What’s your favorite animal?
What’s your favorite color?
mustard yellow/ gold
Who have you been listening to as of late?
omg SESH, sigrah, dave luxe, ba-kuura, good intent, and hella more lol. TAPES, manila killa, AObeats, soulection, & dirty chocolate also harris cole & tuuwa
What is your fruit of choice? And why?
im more of a veggie girl tbh but when i want fruit i usually want grapes lol
Mind giving some advice about life?
life sucks but just stay positive and it wont suck so bad do good, be creative, and give (all u can/ it all u got)
We can’t change the past. We’re only capable of putting forth effort in our current moment to change circumstances. In times of desperation and humility, we’re vulnerable to pain, though we also allow a plunge into the world of another human, which can be fulfilling and beneficial. These areas of enlightenment are only the result stemming from “Honest,” the soulful track from abhi//dijon, recently remixed by starRo.
Deep undertones and lush synth pads are at the heart of this smooth remix from LA-based producer/multi-instrumentalist starRo. Claiming that abhi//dijon is his favorite artist at the moment, it’s no surprise that we’re treated to this own spin on the single “Honest,” which was released at the end of August and is the most played single from the 4-track EP. In the rework from starRo he turns the heat up, keeps the bass low, and produces an intricate beat, both in terms of his use of transitions and clean vocal cuts. The pace is set, the bounce is alive, and all intuition gets lost in the sultry vocals and melodic tones dispersed throughout the track.
Just thought I’d share five blogs I follow to get my fix of music when I can’t find anything while digging. Keep in mind there’s no particular order. Onto the list. Ah, and here’s one of my favorite tracks from alaya. issue 01, which you can download here.
I recently discovered these rad folks after they wrote a thoughtful article about us. Sunken Sounds is an extremely genuine team and always seeks to unearth new music regardless of the numbers or hype around it. Frankly that is the case for everyone on the list. These people are great though so shouts to them.
The London based blog and radio show known as First Ear is amazing. Notorious as the “curators of good music” (because they are) this squad always brings something new to the table to zest up your library.
The Music Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The MOCD for short. This team of music enthusiasts has one of the most diverse yet vibrant tastes I’ve ever encountered. The usual spot when I’m dry on new tunes.
SVNSET WAVES is run by one of the most passionate and kind music lovers I know, Corbin Cary. His taste is impeccable and isn’t afraid to add his own flair to his writing. While always on the search for the next up-and-comer, Corbin also runs a collective for electronic artists 18 and under called SOMICO.
The Dankles, was founded in 2010 by three students who attend CU-Boulder. Their goal to share their “passion for music with the world” is on point and clearly evident in their work. Be sure to peep them.
Happy Dagger is a virtually unknown psych rock artist based in Portland, OR. Jesse Robertson writes, records and produces all of Happy Dagger’s material DIY style. His new single ‘Who’s Waiting’ shows just how comfortable Happy Dagger is working in the haze of lo-fi production. ‘Who’s Waiting’ moves along wonderfully guiding you through intriguing melodies, tasty vocals and varied guitar parts. The last minute evolves into a crazy groove where Happy Dagger’s potential really shines. We can only see this artist moving upward. Be sure to listen to ‘Who’s Waiting’ below and check out Happy Dagger’s latest self-titled EP here.