This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. Not only for my own personal running list of things I’ve found via Bandcamp (or Soundcloud) that I like, but for a chance that anyone who accidentally stumbles across this blog might find something they like, as well.
Since this is the first time I’ve ever done this, and it’s something I plan to do randomly as the mood hits me, I’m not putting a timeframe on when anything was released. All I care about is when I find it.
Made In Heights – Without My Enemy What Would I Do
This is, pretty easily, my favorite release that I’ve listened to in the first half of 2015. It’s hit me in a similar way that FKA Twigs did last year, because it feels both familiar and wildly different, all at the same time.
If I were forced to boil this down to a single genre descriptor, I’d have to say this is pop, but I’d be really sad that I’d have to boil it down to that and only that. Made In Heights are a duo that bring beautiful female vocals melted over some very varied (alliteration!) production. That variance in the production can fall under the wide umbrella that is electronic music (whatever that is anymore), melded with some hip-hop/R&B influence along with a pop sensibility that I alluded to earlier.
Cry is probably the track that most says “THIS IS MADE IN HEIGHTS!” to me. It starts with a squealing pig that probably fits better into a horror movie than it does a song as beautiful as this, followed by a chopped-up sample of said pig that somehow turns from that horrid sound at the beginning into something that works as a piece of music. Wrap that up with a water-in-the-bucket drip-drop sound and you have the description of a song that just shouldn’t be as good as it is. Once the vocals drop in, everything comes together to make for what I can only describe via an oxymoron; melancholic bliss.
This is the mix that is Kelsey Bulkin (vocals) and Alexei Saba (a/k/a Sabzi; producer), a duo that can only be described in pairings of words which shouldn’t go next to each other. They are a match… made in heights.
(I NAILED that cheesy ending… nailed it!)
Recommended if you like – FKA Twigs, London Grammar, ASTR, Basecamp