I just discovered Twin Shadow this past week and immediately fell in love. Twin Shadow is the stage name of George Lewis Jr. who released his debut “Forget” in late 2010. In particular, I think the album is perfect for the summer. It’s got a little of that relaxed, beachy feel, and some peppy synths to keep it light, airy, and fun. The track I chose starts out with a nice hand-drum beat and lone, deep, brassy synth. George’s soft, poetic lyrics layer in, questioning the subject on whether they have any emotion. In particular, “Do you sigh yourself awake?” I find to be quite visual and interesting. The track starts to pick up at this point, adding in a woozy synth, dripping in 80’s luster. This is a fantastic debut that I would highly recommend giving a listen to.
Check out the full track here!
Not much is known about today’s featured artist, SBTRKT (pronounced subtract). He’s a producer based in London who’s started making a name for himself with remixes. What I have learned, however, is that he wears a mask, has a debut full length coming out at the end of the month, and is damn good. I discovered this song through Little Dragon who guests on the track. The song starts out with a simple beat, featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano soulfully crooning over. The sample I chose starts shortly hereafter and breaks with a slightly jarring siren. Just as the siren fades out Yukimi comes wailing in. I love the surprise and power behind her entrance. The song continues on carrying the slower yet groovy manner. SBTRKT does a great job with the syncopation; playing with the beat, and keeping your ears guessing.
Get a look at the mask and check out the full single here!