Moonlight Matters is the solo moniker of former Villa composer/producer Sebastian Vandevoorde. His solo work retains a Villa feel, but also takes a different approach — songs build, swell and gently subside. Hauntingly almost….captivating? We love it.
While there is no denying the songbird beauty of Ellie Goulding’s angel voice (is it obvious I’m a FAN? ) the steady stream of remixes can almost become too much for one song to bare. This song comes in with a steady hypnotic groove, elements shift slightly, but the anticipation builds subtly, the feeling that something is coming is palpable and it never slips off into the box you expect it too. By the time the synths take over and the song assumes it’s full form at 3:42 , Moonlight Matters has taken the track to a new level. The arrangement has a vague soundtrack type feeling,like the score to a beautiful evening. Magically capturing that pre-night out energy, full of promise, still early, but anxious for the adventures soon to unfold.
Another superb remix from Vandevoorde: The Drums’ ‘Me and the Moon.’ It’s dark and beautiful with low tones and ominous drums that pull the vocals into different directions. Harmonies stand out that hadn’t been there before or just weren’t given the platform to have this new gravity, the whole tone of the song is different and unique. It’s a seductive melody that pulls you in, late night and full of focus.
This is what’s playing on the way home that night or early morning, when things get more intimate. Thoughtful and straight forward, yet undeniably sexy. Everything is moving in slow motion by now, if only these moment would never end. If this is the direction and quality that we can expect from Moonlight Matters then his forthcoming EP will be in heavy rotation. Beautifully done and refreshingly warm, well played Seba.
Introducing Joypopp — a smooth and sweet electronic duo from France. We here at Binary are pleased to announce the release of their Ecstatic EP on May 9th. With Alix on vocals and David producing this twosome encompasses all that is dream pop. And (appropriately named) bring nothing but feel good smiles and swaying hips. The first single is ‘Volupte,’ but enough of this talk… let’s get to it.
Love at first listen? Because it was definitely that way for me, which is pretty rare (I’m a three listen lady). This track is ominously gorgeous. David creates an alluring track that personifies the longing lyrics. ‘Volupte’ starts with echoing synths and chiming soprano keys that sound straight out of ‘Lucky Star,’ aka the best characteristics of all dreamy 80s pop hits. When Alix’s vocals come in they bring a wave of emotion, and even before the main beat drops in at :48 the track is perfectly balanced.
The whispering hook at 2:45 that lasts the rest of the song, so I guess it’s really a switch-up, lifts and lightens bringing the song full circle because the lyrics are pretty weighty. The electric guitar synths at 3:23 are probably my favorite part of the whole track — because when mixed with angel-like ‘ooohhhs’ — it’s magic.
why do I fight for everyday, if you’re not by my side each day, I’ll find another way, I’ll find a better way, to end this, I will end this, no matter what comes next if your choice really is to give up
I spend my time feeling a ghost, I’m loosing things I love the most, I’ve reached the point I can’t go on if you decide to leave me alone, without you… I can’t live
Damn. The lyrics. Man. What is it about tragic relationships that they speak to everyone? I don’t know which came first, the heartbreaking vocals or the ominous assembly of synths, but they stew together and soak deep beneath the skin. We have all been there and it’s nice to be able to connect to a song and remember how we made it through – we learned, we grew, we survived.
On the lighter side we’re debuting another track off Joypopp’s EP! It’s fun, groovy and haunting at the same time and I can’t wait to blast it while lying out on the beach. ‘Desire’ is on the opposite spectrum from the last track… it’s new love and that tingly feeling you get every time you think about them. Is it May 9th yet?
Coachella always marks the first taste of summer, and as if perfectly on cue, we’ve got our first pool party of the year tomorrow at the Standard Downtown Rooftop. The temperatures are heating up, our favorite songs are starting to take on that bouncy summer vibe, and the clothes are starting to come off. This week’s ‘On Repeat’ reflects all this. Pull out your sunglasses, put the headphones on, and imagine the good life.
Binary’s own Fabian is playing the aforementioned pool party, and as a treat I’d thought we’d share his disco treat “2AM”. A touch of retro style mixed with that modern flair that only Fabian seems to be able to deliver. Pop this one on watch everyone start to nod their head with a smile on their faces. It’s the soundtrack to the pool party of my dreams.
Disco feelin right, the music’s tight!
Frank Ocean, the most pop ready act from OFWGKTA is one artist that seems to be bringing back R&B in a big way. If you look at the buzz that he and The Weeknd are getting, its not a stretch to imagine a male R&B revival. Going back to last year Drake’s full length, which should never be considered a rap record, I’ve noticed a huge shift towards making earnest songs with mellow, dreamy production. In a lot of ways this stuff is very dreamwave, which is probably why I like it so much, and why it definitely belongs on this blog.
Of all the growing crowd of french sample house producers out there, Moonchild is the guy that has my favorite disco guitar tone. Especially on this track the guitar cuts through the mix and actually drives the song. Its great. This song is equal parts dreamy and bouncy and its been playing in my car for weeks. The song sounds like the coolest girl in the room. She’s always got a smile on her face, she’ll slay you with one wink, and she can probably drink you under the table too.
Pool parties always end up being marathon affairs, and there always seems to be a few hours in the middle where everyone’s gotten pretty drunk and things start to get hazy. You always make new friends during this stretch, and generally it feels like the music just turns into one long song. “Catalina” by Moullinex is that song. In a perfectly baeleric way, this song slowly morphs and builds, creating a soundscape that is undeniably summer. I love this track and I hope I hear it tomorrow.
D/A/D is LA native Zach Robinson. I discovered this tune on his bandcamp and I’ve been haunted by it ever since. I find his chord progression genius, it sounds very natural and human, unlike a lot of soundtracky sounding electronic stuff. The guitar work is subtle and effective, and I’m left feeling a bit more lonely. As I often say, a song that can make me feel bad wins everyday over a song that doesn’t make me feel at all.
Perhaps you’ve picked up the Holy Ghost! record yet. If you haven’t, you should. Its the best piece of pop music masked as disco that I’ve heard in a year. Hold On, a song that was universally praised sounds dated and almost juvenile compared with the rest of the record. The boys grew up and wrote a really fantastic record. They picked a fantastic first single in “Wait And See”, and this Flight Facilities remix retains everything thats great from the original, even the chords, but adds their unique flair. The bass work is exceptional and its hard not to want to hear this about 5 times a day.
I guess I’ll have to wait. I guess I’ll have to wait and see.
Today I’m quite pleased and excited to introduce LA based producer Kauf, or Ronald Kaufman, as well as debut his new single ‘When You’re Out’. His songs have that hazy, euphoric sound that are perfect for days spent with a wandering mind, paired with a little dreamy disco bounce. His emergence is certainly a welcome one, and a refreshing addition to our rapidly expanding world. Can you say “summer music”? That’s really all I can think/hear/feel/smell when I listen to these tunes.
We’re lucky enough to premiere his brand spanking new track ‘When You’re Out’. Take a listen or five, let it wash over you, and bask in the glorious sun-drenched beauty that this track delivers. You’re going to fall in love.
Kauf – ‘When You’re Out’
Forcing old hymns through a naked swim We’re crawling up from the cold whims
Tell me when you’re out
I love the mystical qualities of this track. It carries that whole ethereal feel, but still manages to be fun and dance friendly. I really expect this track to be a big hit for Kauf, one that people are going to be playing out at pool parties around Los Angeles all summer long. It just works so well for that vibe. It’s tropical, it’s funky, it’s a little bit dark, but still super fresh. And while this isn’t a sound that’s completely unique, or something that hasn’t been done before, I think Kauf is doing it in a way that sounds much more organic and genuine than others.
Kauf’s debut single, ‘Relocate’, is another tremendous tune that caught our attention first. A lazy summer day is patiently awaiting this song, and I’ll be sure to fulfill that request cruising in my car, relaxing on the beach, or hungover on the couch with gobs of aloe tingling my sunburned skin.
Kauf – ‘Relocate
So many layers and textures to this track, it’s easy to feel fully swallowed up by the atmosphere that it creates. Great vocals & lyrics, on top of that same dark, tropical vibe in ‘When You’re Out’ that has me relocated far from the urban jungle I currently exist in. That driving bass line really carries the soaring synths nicely. All of the vocals, by the way, are Ron’s own, a respectable piece of info for a day where many vocal samples are simply outsourced. This is just pure, clean, organic production that ought to take you a long ways away from wherever you are.
Do you feel anything?
‘When You’re Out’ will be released on iTunes April 28th, so be on the look out for that and support this up-and-comer. Kauf’s friend is currently working on a video for ‘Relocate’, and both tracks will appear on an EP that should be out in the fall, unless he can manage to squeeze out enough material for an LP by then. I’m certainly rooting for the LP route… the more the merrier with this guy’s sound. Be sure to stay up to date with all things musical in the world of Kauf via his soundcloud page, and keep tabs on his life via twitter. Chances are he’ll be DJing around SoCal before you know it, and everyone will be on the bandwagon in no time.
What is it about hometown bands? I’m not originally from LA, but it’s home now and I hold a special place in my heart for those killer bands that know all the craziness that comes with life in this city — it somehow always comes through in their songs. Blake, Hayden, Ron, TJ and Walker are Airlines… a particularly fascinating group that has been playing round town without the props they deserve. They call their style ‘island disco’ and I would like to add a little touch of ‘organic indie rock’ to that.
‘Neon Moon’ is hands down my favorite song off their Visions EP that was released back in February. I love how it starts with this throbbing drum beneath muddled vocals, it catches me right away. The guitars, bass, keys and symbols set up for the prefect sing-a-long chorus to which everyone (and I mean everyone) can sway to as the memory becomes fresh again. At 2:25 the hook softens and slows at first, only to use this incredibly powerful drum to hammer the beat into your soul, but it’s not forced, it simply grows.
you’re the one, the one, you’re my neon moon, you’re the one, the one and I’ll be there soon
it burns and it burns and it’s burning for you
I saw Airlines a couple weeks ago at Silverlake Lounge and their entire set was pure enjoyment. Although I wish they had a bigger stage, the space didn’t stop them from giving it all they got—the energy just spread straight into the crowd. I couldn’t get enough of the massive drum they had onstage and the use of all these magical noisemakers. Their sound really is organic and the little bits of rain and thunder they use blend effortlessly. Check out the song ‘Colors’ too… the whole EP is great and you should get it here.
We’ve got 5 really great tracks for today’s On Repeat. The songs definitely run the gamut of emotions. I’m hoping you’ll smile, laugh, dance, get a lil introspective, and hopefully have some spine shivers. Lets dive in and see what happens.
The first, an original jam by Gabriell. I’m planning on writing a feature coming up about where I think good dance music is headed and I think that the kind of New Jack Swing influences that you hear in this track will be a big part of it. I can’t help smile when I hear this song. Note: The kind of girl that likes this song is the type of girl I get very intimidated by.
Toomy Disco continues this summer’s trend of plummeting tempos in disco tracks. The way slower movement just keeps gaining steam and I love every syrupy second of it. If Poolside, Classixx and Toomy Disco threw a pool party, would that not be the sexiest afternoon of all time?
Makes me wanna shout!
Taking things in a more subdued direction, here’s newcomers SolarSolar and their first single, ‘I Can’t Find You’. I need songs like this in my life sometimes. We’ve all known that damaged person that we just can’t seem to get to, and when I hear this song thats how I hear the chorus… I just cant find you.
Simply because it doesn’t seem like many/anybody has decided to comment on this preview, I’d like to throw it up. Starsmith and Alan Braxe team up for an unabashed throwback to Discovery era French Touch. Braxe obviously has a bunch of these type of gems under his belt from his time working with Fred Falke, but this one feels special with Starsmith’s energy thrown in. Its the first track I’ve heard in months that’s good enough to actually join my ‘Le Touch’ playlist on iTunes… That is, when it finally comes out. I can’t wait.
I’ll be there waiting if you ever want to feel this
Lets end this with something to get everyone moving. Los Angeles DJ Dan Sena take The Limousines cute pop track “Internet Killed The Radio Star” and transforms it into a disco jam worthy of jumping on your bed to. Need a track to get everyone two notches higher? Here’s the ticket. Be sure to listen all the way through because the track really takes off when Sena busts out the big pads for the outro, taking the song to a whole new level.
I’m a shitty romancer, I’m not gunna lie. But I’ll be damned if it means that I’m not gunna try.
For us at Binary, March is all about SXSW. The yearly trek to Austin has become a bit of a pilgrimage for us, much like it probably is to many of the other thousands of people that descend on 6th Street each year. I took the photo above on my way to the airport this year, and for some reason I just really think it captures everything I was feeling as I left LA and headed for what is one of the craziest weeks of the year. We’ve returned to LA with a number of projects in the works, and before we get to some of those exciting announcements, I thought I’d update you guys with 3 of the latest tracks that Binary artist’s have come out with.
The first ‘new’ track, is actually quite an old track. “Puzzle” was the first track that Fabian made under his current moniker and it was something that was a huge leap towards his current style.
The reason we wanted to share it today is because the track is getting some recognition for being the music behind one of the recent amazing GoPro promotional videos. Jamie Pierre’s extreme skiing is the perfect visual accompaniment for Fabian’s energetic electro.
Next is a remix that The Kids Are Radioactive did for Ra Ra Riot, for their single, “Too Dramatic”. TKAR’s style has bounced around the map a bit since he joined Binary, but the one constant is that his ability to produce a great SOUNDING track never goes away. This remix is one of his most recent works and if its any indication of the direction he’s moving, we’re really excited. Its just the kind of remix that belongs in a big room dancefloor, but fits in your car just the same.
Next, the guys above (LexiconDon) and their most recent remix for Seattle’s Mad Rad. I don’t really need to go into it too much, except to say that you should take that sweater off before it starts. We all need that song to get our blood pumping a bit, and before I make my move for the door, this is the song annoying my neighbors.
And lastly, as a parting gift, here is a little video we put together to commemorate our trip to Austin with LexiconDon. We all had an amazing trip and I hope the video does it justice.