Song : ZHU : “Paradise Awaits Part 2″ (ft. Goldlink)

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ZHU reworks his song “Paradise Awaits” with some extra bounce in the bass and brings DC rapper Goldlink for some versus. Goldlink’s flow pairs perfectly with the funky beat that has us taking a trip back to the ’90s, especially with that Sisqó “Thong Song” reference. We can only hope this leads to more collabs between both parties because this is straight gold. Listen below.

Song : Shura : “Indecision” (Jungle Remix)

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23-year-old Londoner Aleksandra Denton, aka Shura is easily one of our favorite newcomers of 2014. From “Touch” to “Just Once” to “Indecision”, we could not get enough and expect big things in 2015. Today, she gave a remix of the latter from act that used 2014 as a launching-pad, the collective Jungle. Stream below.

MOKB Premiere : VÉRITÉ : “Echo” (backstroke. Remix)

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2014 might go down as the year of female-driven pop music. And in this segment log-jammed with talent, New York’s VÉRITÉ managed to stand out above the pack. Earlier this year, she released debut EP, Echo, to wide acclaim and to put a bow on what was a breakout year her, she is dropping a collection of remixes of songs from her debut by the likes of Carousel, Penguin Prison, NICITA, Lightwaves, and this one of by DMV producer backstroke. This version takes away the stepping rhythm of the original completely reimagining the song as an ’80s pop anthem compelling the listener with breezy waves of synth and rolling basslines making it feel like a completely new song. Listen below.

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MOKB Premiere : Zella Day : “Compass” (Fractures Remix)

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Singer-songwriter, all-around star in the making, Zella Day really broke out in 2014 releasing her debut EP showcasing chameleon-like adaptability with her songs toeing the line between fragile folk gems and pop anthems. One of the songs that really stuck out from her was the ballad “Compass” that really had us thinking Lana Del Rey from the very first time we heard it. Today, we have a remix of the track courtesy of Melbourne’s Fractures. His version is less bedroom introspection and longing, more cold, dark twisted fantasy built out of ominous electronic elements. Compare and contrast both versions below.

MOKB Video Premiere : Fort Lean : “That’s How Strong My Love Is” (Otis Redding Cover)

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Brooklyn’s Fort Lean have already planned out their 2015 with the recent announcement of their debut LP, Quiet Day, out early next year via Ooh La La Records. With the announcement, they unveiled the excellent lead single “Cut To The Chase” (found below). In addition to their new original music, they have also found time to cover Otis Redding’s absolute classic “That’s How Strong My Love Is” as a part of a series that features “songs we love, some of which will be familiar and others that are lost gems.” Keenan from the band says of the song, “It’s one of the first songs I ever learned. I’ve been playing it for many years and it still almost makes me cry.” We must say, we were skeptical when first being presented with cover, but they more than do it justice capturing the devastating emotion vocally and instrumentally of the orignal. Watch and listen below.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 12/9/14

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available via On Demand.

Blackbird Blackbird – Tangerine Sky
Bass Drum of Death – For Blood
Alex G – Harvey
Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
Swear and Shake – I’m Not The Only One (Sam Smith cover)
Purity Ring – Push Pull
Empire of the Sun – Wandering Star
Pusha T – King Push
Clipse – Grindin’
Spank Rock – 12 O’Clock Boys
Twin Shadow – Turn Me Up
Touch Sensitive – Teen Idols
Joey Bada$$ – No. 99
Alice Smith x Sam Dew x Dave Sitek – Shell Shock
Xarah Dion – L’Asphalte Chaude
VIMES – Ential
Spazzkid – Daytime Disco (ft. Neon Bunny)
Mura Masa – Day 82
SUNBEARS! – Now You’re Gone
Body Cheetah – She Down Deep
Dirt Dress – Revelations
NAKED (on drugs) – Single Fish Sight
Blooms – Lust (Ellie Herring Remix)
Gangly – Fuck With Someone Else
School ‘94 – Clouds Aside
Twerps – Shoulders
fwdslxsh – Fall
Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

Song : Spazzkid : “Daytime Disco” (ft. Neon Bunny)

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Cascine has really been on a roll in 2014, so it really comes as no surprise that they are finishing up strong with a new single from producer Mark Redito aka Spazzkid featuring some lovely vocals from K-pop singer Neon Bunny. The song is as refreshing as a cold glass of lemonade coloring a world as pastel as the pink in the artwork and a respite from the cold temperatures outside. Listen below.

Song : DOKO : “Body Drop”

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After searching high and low over the internet, we really have not been able to get any real info on the background of UK producer DOKO. Although, we have figured out that he/she has what we believe is a debut EP, Popcorn, coming out on December 22nd via UK label Flamebait. Over the last few weeks, he/she has been revealing one future electro-pop gem after another. We assume these are what make up his/her EP. The overall sound will be digestible to fans of the PC Music camp and Sophie. Our favorite of the bundle is his latest grinder of a song and cheerleader vocals “Body Drop”, but you can stream all of the project’s output to date below or at Soundcloud.

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