Sunday, July 23, 2017

SHREM'S WORLDLY DELIGHTS: "Tokoliana" - KOKOKO! /// "Bofou Safou" - Amadou & Mariam + Henrik Schwarz Remix

I'm spicing things up today with two captivating African dancefloor gems.


Débruit protégés KOKOKO! are an alternative collective from Kinshasa, Congo offering an explosion of disco, post punk, electronica and afro-beats with their instantly anthemic "Tokoliana". It's an aural jungle filled with rhythms, sound effects, cowbells and irresistible beats. ESG meets LCD Soundsystem in an underground club somewhere in Central Africa. TUNE!

"Tokoliana" is taken from a double A-side single available now on iTunes and Bandcamp




The Malian duo Amadou & Mariam are an institution at this stage on the global scene of so-called world music, enjoying a devoted following among musos, critics and world music connoisseurs all around the globe. Their latest single, the elevating "Bofou Safou" is available now with a myriad of remixes, one of which particularly stands out. Henrik Schwarz's 8 minute long house mix of the song may well be the greatest remix we've heard so far in 2017. An impossibly seductive invitation to dance.





Friday, July 14, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "THERAPY" - Yaeji /// "OH MY MY" - Smerz


There is a few reasons why I've chosen to pair up Yaeji and Smerz in one post today.

Both acts currently represent some of the freshest sounds in electronica.

Both were featured among the Top 10 Hottest Newcomers of 2016, ending up on the podium.

Yaeji and Smerz both eagerly mix and match genres, styles and influences, and they will be both performing in Brooklyn tomorrow night at Sunnyvale.

Finally the Norwegian duo and the Korean producer have just released their brand new, delectable, genre-bending singles.

Here's Yaeji's upbeat "Therapy" and Smerz's distorted "Oh My My":





Saturday, July 8, 2017

SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "24K" - Biig Piig /// "WHAT'S YOUR PROBLEM?" - Shay Lia


Biig Piig is a young, husky voiced Irish singer and rapper who has just enchanted us with an infectious slow-jam "24k" serving us some delectable Erykah Badu vibes... I believe this London based artist might just be the next biig thing on the alternative urban scene. The sublimely jazzy, downtempo beat and trumpet-laden "24K" is a scrumptious jam, one that'll go down a treat on a Saturday afternoon.




Kaytranada's collaborator and protégée, the French/Djiboutian Singer Songwriter Shay Lia returns with a sensual number "What's Your Problem?" which already sounds like a brand new essential gem for all the neo-soul and R&B lovers out there. Fresh, addictive and smooth. Your new top groove.



Monday, July 3, 2017

Crème de la crème: TOP 25 BEST OF JUNE 2017


Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs

25 (N) "Girl Like You" - Toro Y Moi (Carpark)


24 (N) "Aroma's Haul" - Chagall (self-released)


23 (N) "Matin à Toucanopolis" - Bleu Toucan (Profil de Face)


22 (N) "Ballad 5" - Tess Roby (Italians Do It Better)



21 (N) "Not Human" - ionnalee (to whom it may concern)


20 (N) "Tigerman" - Goldfrapp (Mute)


19 (N) "Living In Fame" - Fever Kids (Inner Ear)



18 (N) "Ohoo" - Mocktail (self-released)



17 (N) "Icarus Maybe (Severino Remix)" - Tareq (Amour Records)


16 (N) "You See?" - Smerz (Hard Up)


15 (9) "Party Hard Ton" - Hard Ton (Luv Shack)


14 (N) "K + B" - Technology + Teamwork (Moshi Moshi)


13 (N) "Teenage Fantasy" - Jorja Smith (FAMM)


12 (N) "24k" - Biig Piig (self-released)


11 (2) "Get Lost" - Washed Out (Stones Throw)


10 (17) "Cœur croisé" - Polo & Pan (Hamburger Records/Ekler'O'Shock)


9 (N) "Sultans des îles" - L'Impératrice (microqlima)


8 (N) "Ariadna" - Kedr Livanskiy (2MR)



7 (N) "Maskindans" - Todd Terje feat. Det Gylne Triangel (Olsen Records)



6 (5) "Teardrops In the Box" - Kiddy Smile (Defected)


5 (1) "Shahmaran" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)


4 (N) "SANDÍA" - Nathy Peluso (self-released)


3 (N) "Les filles désir" - Vendredi sur Mer (Profil de Face)



2 (N) "Bluecid" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)


1 (N) "Destiny" - GL (self-released)



Friday, June 30, 2017

SHREM'S BIGGIES BUT GOODIES BASKET: "FEATHERLIGHT" - Gus Gus


The 2nd most blogged about act in the 7 year history of Shrem's Carousel Of Über Nerdiness (as proven HERE) - the Icelandic wizards of electronica - Gus Gus, have just announced the release of their 8th studio album "Lies Are More Flexible" which is heralded by the enigmatic and tantalising "Featherlight". The band, who gained cult status across the muso world throughout their 2 decade-long vibrant career, are venturing further into Biggi Veira's signature, one of a kind, slickly produced cocktail of tech & deep house soundscapes, Daníel Ágúst's soulful vocals, and atmospheric layers of synths. "Featherlight" is as hypnotic as every "GusGusologist" could hope for. The spiral of crispy cool beats are reminiscent of Nordic winters. Gus Gus have confirmed they will be opening their festival appearances with "Featherlight". MONUMENTAL!

Buy it now on BANDCAMP

The sensual video was directed and produced by The Icelandic Love Corporation.

Through the light, light as a feather, you come down. Like a snowflake, spiralling down - featherlight.



Thursday, June 29, 2017

SHREM'S LIST OBSESSION: Top 100 Greatest R&B/Soul Singles of the 1990's part 5 [20-1]

20 "Candy Rain" - Soul For Real (1994)


19 "On&On" - Erykah Badu (1996)


18 "Alright" - Janet Jackson (1990)



17 "Round And Round" - Tevin Campbell (1990)


16 "Sensitivity" - Ralph Tresvant (1990)


15 "Tell Me" - Groove Theory (1995)


14 "All That I Can Say" - Mary J. Blige (1999)


13 "I Adore You" - Caron Wheeler (1992)


12 "Hey Mr. DJ" - Zhané (1993)


11 "Love Like This" - Faith Evans (1998)



10 "Best Friend" - Brandy (1994)



9 "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - Whitney Houston (1990)



8 "When A Man Loves A Woman" - Jody Watley (1994) - [both original + P.M. Dawn Remix]



7 "Vibe" - Zhané (1994)


6 "You Bring Me Joy" - Mary J. Blige (1995)


5 "Got 'Til It's Gone" - Janet Jackson Feat. Q-Tip & Joni Mitchell (1997)


4 "Giving You The Benefit" - Pebbles (1990)


3 "Gett Off" - Prince (1991)



2 "Be Happy" - Mary J. Blige (1994)


1 "Hold On" - En Vogue (1990)