LEISURE – Miles Away

LEISURE

Miles Away


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Jami Selikow

Published:
Oct 04, 2021

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Neil Frances,
Poolside,
NoMBe

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chillwave
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indie R&B
,
Poolside

Why do we like this?

There they stand, in a night-time garden, inventing love as the smoke from mouth billows into the cold air. A lover is gone, the memory remains, and though far, held very close in heart and thought.

LEISURE’s “Miles Away” takes the backdrop of laid-back R&B, electronica, and hints of ’70s funk upon which to hang the words ‘I’m miles away, but you’re still on my mind.’

With “Miles Away,” LEISURE gives us more of what we’ve come to know and love from this New Zealand quintet. If you want more, which you will, you can find it, alongside 4 other tracks, on Side B, their new EP crafted during a trip to France. Enjoy.




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Jungle – All of the Time

Jungle

All of the Time


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Aug 22, 2021

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Sounds like:

LEISURE,
Franc Moody,
Parcels

Tags:

hip-hop
,
dance
,
electronic hip-hop

Why do we like this?

Jungle are at the point now where whatever they do, whatever musical direction they choose to explore, they have an absolutely unmistakable signature sound that is instantly recognizable. “All of the Time” is in line with their latest interest in genre-hopping, taking on an old-school hip-hop/nu-disco style with a vague gospel edge.

“All of the Time” is the final single before the release of their third studio album, Loving in Stereo, due out August 13th. Despite somber lyrics and a sense of grief in the general meaning of the track, it’s a golden nugget of a dance song that’ll make you want to get up and shake yo’ groove thang – as if we could expect anything less from Jungle.

J. Loyd co-directed the track and explains its origins:

“”All Of The Time” explores loss and spirituality, the passing of time and the feeling of growing apart from someone close to you. These themes are juxtaposed with the euphoric nature of the track which sonically challenges you to accept and grow through positivity in body and soul.”

Well, Jungle. Don’t mind if I do.




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Golding – Boxing Underwater (Ft. Cailin Russo)

Golding

Boxing Underwater (Ft. Cailin Russo)


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Mikky Noire

Published:
Aug 06, 2021

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199

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Sounds like:

TOPS,
LEISURE,
BORNS

Tags:

electro
,
electro pop
,
indie

Why do we like this?

A Pop Heart, a Soft Romance

An indie-pop track creates an audio romance filled with electric sonnets and comforting poems.

The only way to love is more, more of it – more kissing, more hugs, more fights, more talking, more walking, more hand-holding, and more of everything. A sentiment that gets carried through the track like ink in water.

The track writes its stance into the very heart of anyone listening. The beats puncture you like a fight over nothing and then hug you with comfort. An immediate earworm for anyone feeling like some romance – pop and an immediate classic in the chilled space of quiet love.




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Jungle – Truth

Jungle

Truth


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Aug 03, 2021

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Sounds like:

LEISURE,
Franc Moody,
Parcels

Tags:

hip-hop
,
pop
,
funk

Why do we like this?

It’s so interesting to see Jungle venture slightly away from their usual funky-disco-hip-hop style and dip their toe into the world of retro pop with “Truth.” It’s a fun and catchy little nugget, full of sparkle and color – and as always, utterly danceable. Make no mistake, “Truth” is a curveball and takes a different direction from what we’ve come to expect from Jungle, but it works, and it’s a total vibe. It’s energetic and bright as only Jungle can be, but genre-wise, it’s quite unexpected.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan or not, the catchy melodies, groovy guitar riffs, and hook that just won’t quit will have you on your feet and shuffling about with a smile on your dial in no time flat.

In a statement on the track, Jungle explained:

“‘Truth’ is another moment on the record which came very quickly and naturally. It was the most different sounding thing we had made at the time, and for that reason couldn’t ignore it. For us it’s about youth, love and trust. The feeling of finding someone who means more than anything else in the world.

The latest single from Loving in Stereo, their upcoming third studio album, “Truth” follows “Romeo,” “Talk About It,” and “Keep Moving”, all of which have provided a very clear picture of the magic we can expect when the album drops on August 13th.




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LEISURE – Mesmerised

LEISURE

Mesmerised


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Author:

Rachel Kreb

Published:
Jul 28, 2021

Total plays:

159

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Sounds like:

slenderbodies,
Atlas Bound,
Poolside

Tags:

indie pop
,
downtempo
,
Poolside

Why do we like this?

I can’t put my finger on it, but this song makes me stop in my tracks. I feel it soak into me, and the song becomes meditative. Perhaps it’s the synth that’s so hypnotic. Or the simple lyrics. Regardless, I love how it stops me – the way LEISURE has done that through this song is insane. I mean, music in general – the way soundwaves filter in through our ears and tickle our brain, is gorgeous.

LEISURE just released this single, along with a second “Take You Higher.” They’re a much loved New-Zealand based group often featured on here, so make sure to take a listen to some of their other work as well.




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Chet Faker – Feel Good

Chet Faker

Feel Good


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Author:

Mikky Noire

Published:
Jun 11, 2021

Total plays:

188

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Sounds like:

Jungle,
LEISURE,
Flume

Tags:

indie rock
,
funk
,
flume

Why do we like this?

Take me All The Way Airways

Chet Faker’s “Feel Good” is a track built upon an almost infectious riff and it very successfully infects me with a feeling of joy.

With another immaculate release, Chet Faker makes obvious their ability to be an immovable object in the library of alt-rock and funk. The song title, “Feel Good,” has a lot to live up to, but as always this Chet Faker track doesn’t disappoint, not for a single second.

This is an entertainingly constructed track that will keep the good feelings flying. Enjoy!




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Max Pope – Automatic

Max Pope

Automatic


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Author:

Mikky Noire

Published:
May 19, 2021

Total plays:

199

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Sounds like:

Chet Faker,
Jungle,
LEISURE,
Jamie XX

Tags:

indie pop
,
funk
,
electro

Why do we like this?

Indulging in The Trip

A bopping, funky, and relatable human narrative leads to a grooving sound.

Max Pope delivers a narrative that is not only relatable but also so easy to listen to. You almost don’t even realize how much you are taking in when listening to “Automatic” because it’s so easygoing. You are, ultimately. on automatic when listening. “Automatic” is an entertainingly constructed sound that isn’t just easy, but also hyper-intelligent in its indulgence.

A drum track that is satisfying to the end, a smooth jazzy guitar layered with funk keeps it all going at a rhythmic pace. It takes you for a ride, and its a pretty good one!




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Slenderbodies – Heartbeat

Slenderbodies

Heartbeat


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Mikky Noire

Published:
Apr 16, 2021

Total plays:

204

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Sounds like:

ANIMA,
LEISURE,
The Lagoons,
Tim Atlas

Tags:

Electronic
,
indie pop
,
anima!

Why do we like this?

Sorry, I Have To Go

A self-reflective piece on dissipating love that is tracked to a soft pop backdrop, feeding us a melancholic yet understanding moment of removal.

It kinda sucks when you realize something is over, we’ve all been there, but we’ve also all been to that place where we understand that is being over, is actually better for us. It’s a cathartic experience and “Heartbeat” encapsulates that in a soothing and healingly melancholic sound that bombards us with an amount of emotional understanding we were not ready for within the spectrum of listening to a soft-pop track.

The layers of the song can be peeled back to reveal a far more in-depth narrative about the slow destruction of one’s feelings towards someone, oneself, or something. The moment-to-moment dialogue is enough to keep you hooked on a floating feeling of fleeting emotional instability.

This song has a heart and a beating one at that, albeit a sad one.




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Elder Island – Sacred

Elder Island

Sacred


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Mikky Noire

Published:
Apr 06, 2021

Total plays:

164

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Sounds like:

Parcels,
Rhye,
LEISURE,
Caribou,
Maribou State

Tags:

Electronic
,
dance
,
indie electronic

Why do we like this?

Nina Simone’s New Age Years

The start of this song was a warping,time-traveling nostalgia trip, the whaling voice of the lead vocalist, Katy Sargent, threw me into a past of jazz and blues only to whiplash me back into a colorful, kaleidoscopic soundscape.

Elder Island has been a truly indie-electro trio, a rumor amongst the avid listeners of the joyful audio space that is dance electro. The band isn’t vocal in their need to be seen, they merely create music, drop music and watch the flock collect around their ever-changing sound, their new chant of dance and movement.

“Sacred” takes them into a completely unique forest of mashed genres, what starts off as a Nina Simone, James Bonde-esque intro theme switches into what can only be described as a flying funk dance piece that takes you up into a religious space of movement. In title, this song succeeds in making you feel like the moment-to-moment time spent listening to it is truly sacred — a feeling you won’t grab again with ease.

A really special experience for the followers of the dance anthem.




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Slenderbodies – Focus (Ft. Tim Atlas)

Slenderbodies

Focus (Ft. Tim Atlas)


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Stacy Klein

Published:
Mar 20, 2021

Total plays:

156

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Sounds like:

LEISURE,
NoMBe,
The Lagoons

Tags:

R&B
,
indie R&B
,
R&b pop

Why do we like this?

Slenderbodies has teamed up with Tim Atlas to bring us “Focus:” a hazy, smooth indie R&B track with elements of funk, pop, and hip hop that’s entrancing in all the right ways. Released on March 11th, 2021, this single follows Slenderbodies’ previous collab with Australian band Crooked Colours, and is the perfect mix of laidback, sensual and melodic.

Speaking about the track in a statement, Slenderbodies said:

“Focus” was written at the beginning of quarantine. When we were catching up with Tim at the start of the session, he mentioned he’d taken a bit of a break from writing recently because the state of the world had been so chaotic that it was difficult to create. We generalized that story to the concept for ‘focus’ and wrote it about how when we are settling into a task, sometimes the world, friends or responsibilities can take us out of the creative space we try to keep in our heads.”

The artists collaborated virtually, each in their own homes, each deep in the void of quarantine. It always astounds me, the creativity that 2020 was able to produce despite its chaos, fear and uncertainty. I myself spent most of it sat on the couch in yesterday’s track pants, elbow deep in a bag of Doritos and soul-deep in a pit of anxiety, wiling away the time by appreciating the musical endeavours of others more productive than I. I suppose, in a way, I was somewhat productive, as I was part of the community that was able to give deeply enjoyable offerings like “Focus” a welcome place to land. It’s all about that balance, right?




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