Video: “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith

The star of Disclosure’s “Latch” is back in business with a new single that will make your jaw drop. With the assistance of only piano and a little percussion, Sam Smith‘s voice performs supreme in this new song titled “Stay With Me”. The song is for his new album coming out in June called In The Lonely Hour. His music definitely disperses a sad vibe but it’s nice to hear at the same time. Not all great songs are happy…

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“Call You Home (Bootleg)” by Möwe

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I recently stumbled across Möwe and they immediately grabbed my attention. They’re a production duo from Vienna who formed about a year ago and make some really chill music. Here they spiced up Kelvin Jones’ latest track “Call You Home” and made it sound like a mellower version of Avicii’s “Wake Me Up.” It’s the perfect track to throw on in the car or on your way to class and it honestly gets addicting after awhile. These guys are exceptionally talented, so be sure to check out more tunes from them via their SoundCloud.

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“Twice (Tusks Live Midnight Cover)” by Little Dragon

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I never thought any artist would be able to come close to matching Little Dragon’s version of “Twice,” a haunting ballad of loss (what else), but Tusks does do the track complete justice. It’s a softer, less croony sound than the original, but it works nonetheless, doubtless because of the gorgeous, entrancing piano chords that play throughout. I think I still prefer the original, but I definitely didn’t mind this coming across my path today. Tusks undoubtedly has beautiful vocals, and the lyrics to the song give me a great case of the feels every time I hear them uttered. Absolutely worth a listen if you’re craving something a little deeper, calmer.

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“Don’t Wait (Remix)” by Mapei, Chance The Rapper, & The Social Experiment

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Ok, so I meant to post this yesterday, but I didn’t, because, well, because finals. Likely many of you are also struggling through various exams in your lives, and so it’ll be beneficial for you to take a quick break and listen to this track. “Don’t Wait (Remix)” is a new take on Mapei’s fabulous, croony, mixed-genre “Don’t Wait.” Now, Mapei has a million of these remixes for this track, so what makes this one special? Well, how about the fact that it features a golden, sing-songy Chance the Rapper verse on it?! Yeah, that oughta get your attention. Chance murders his verse, which occurs in the middle of the track, the beat is killer, and Mapei and The Social Experiment also just provide great overall vocals to form a really well-rounded song. I’ve been listening to it on repeat lately, and so should you.

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“Weiss / This Much I Know” by Speak

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 Sometimes you just need to take a break from coffee, EDM, and math tests and switch to green tea and indie. Okay, maybe not the green tea part, but the indie thing is real. “Weiss,” or “This Much I know” by under-appreciated group Speak is the perfect track to just relax to. The vocals remind me of a more tranquil Young the Giant, and the overall sound relies on a reverb that isn’t annoying, but rather masterfully dreamlike and calming. The song is beautiful in general, but it really hits its stride when the vocals and instrumentation peak together towards the end. Keep Speak on your radar; I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more from them soon.

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“Fox Tales” by Koloto

fox tales koloto pumpthebeat.comDefinitely a change up from the usual EDM that I review, but I think this is definitely something that shouldn’t be overlooked. Koloto, a genius with her most recent EP release, has been creating insanely chill, but progressive tracks. Most of her songs start slow, very slow. The most appealing part about her music is the layering of different instruments that you normally wouldn’t hear in today’s mainstream definition of “electronic music.” Her EP, entitled “Mechanica,” showcases much of her talents. But for today, I just wanted to focus on my favorite track entitled, “Fox Tales.” Hailing from Cantebury, UK, Koloto tries to make waves overseas here in the U.S. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the music.

Stream “Mechanica – EP” Here

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