This week we have Digital Shades, a collaborative electronic music project between John Kunkel (The New Division) and James Meays (Missing Words) taking over our Demur decks. What originally began as a mutual appreciation for synthpop and 80s melodics turned into a year-long effort of songwriting and fine-tuning of over two dozen songs.
Nao – Make It Out Alive
The soulfulness that mixes in between the beat and the vocals does something to us.
Fatoumata Diawara – Bonya
The chorus for this song is extremely catchy. The mix of Ska and rock is also not something we appreciate. Love the chord progression throughout the track.
Wovoka Gentle – 1,000 Opera Singers Working in Starbucks
This track reminds us of a lot of the music we’d listen to in our teenage years around 2001-2006. Really exciting to hear this mix of organic/indie/rock back in 2018.
Tom Walker – Angels
This track has a little bit of everything that works. A great vocal throughout, catchy hooks, and great instrumentation on the bass and drums that gets us ready to hear it again.
Redlight – Get Wavey
This song surprised us with its direction, but we ended up loving the overall feel and lo-fi aesthetics. Definitely, a fun song meant for the dance floors.
Jacob Plant – Amnesia (feat. James Newman)
A great piano house song that’s been produced insanely well. We are a sucker for Korg M1 baselines.
Metric – Now or Never Now
It’s exciting to hear Metric take on a new sonic signature and create something a bit more synth-pop oriented – right up our alley.