Simian Mobile Disco & Bicep: 'Sacrifice'
Within house music, there is a myriad of sub-genres and different influences drawing from countless sources. And while we usually focus on showcasing the more approachable variations to our audience, our interest also covers less commercial styles. The recently released collaboration between the acclaimed British duo Simian Mobile Disco and one of our favorite new acts, Bicep, falls in the more obscure end of the house music spectrum. The track, 'Sacrifice,' relies on throbbing, strong beats and subtle variations of melody and synths, making it a more brainy and repetitive work, but no less beautiful. The animated video that accompanies it does a great job materializing each instrument's sound into a unique graphic element, making it easy to understand how an apparently simple track can actually be very complex and full of intricate layers.
Navid Izadi: 'Feelin' Purple'
Aside from putting on some exotic and fierce middle-eastern inspired looks, Navid Izadi is an intriguing musician, playing various roles as a DJ, producer, singer and rapper. The Wolf + Lamb/Soul Clap boys have welcomed Izadi into their circle and are now responsible for helping him with the release of several tracks this year. His latest work is 'Feelin' Purple,' a 5-track EP which includes three original songs and a couple remixes (one of them by Soul Clap). The title track brings up memories from the late disco era as well as 90's R&B, although successfully keeping the sound fresh and contemporary.
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