It’s Thursday afternoon and I know y’all are looking for some new music to add to your weekend playlists. Well, look no further. Today we’re featuring L.A.’s RKCB for this edition of ‘What Are You Listening To’. The duo, comprised of Riley Knapp and Casey Barth fuse together their diverse layers of electronic and R&B music to create an end result that is an unparalleled work of art that could be displayed in a gallery for the most modern music consumer.
RKCB’s latest release comes in the form of a collaboration with Atlanta based producer and artist, Demo Taped. The song is called “Open Arms” and it premiered live on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show. Check out the buzzing single here.
Listen to RKCB’s favorite songs as of late in the 10-track playlist above and follow along to read why they chose each song. If you’re in Austin for SXSW next week, don’t miss their set on the 19th at The Sidewinder.
Jai Paul – “Jasmine”
This song inspired me to start making electronic music. It’s now become a classic in the modern underground scene, and for good reason. Jai Paul’s ability to make something extremely unique also palatable to a large audience is remarkable.
Majid Jordan – “Her”
The first time I heard this I was at a mall somewhere and immediately dropped what I was doing to Shazam it. It had a sort of magnetic effect on me, and I’ve been a huge fan of theirs ever since. They will do big things for dance/pop music.
Gallant – “Weight In Gold (Brasstracks Remix)”
One of the best remixes I’ve ever heard. It’s hard to take something that is incredible as an original and make it better, but these guys did just that. I also can’t help but imagine how insane this would be live.
The Japanese House – “Still”
Every time I listen to this it gives me a rare feeling. It’s beautifully crafted in every way, and has an endless replay value. They couldn’t have done a better job conveying the emotional message of the song, which can be extremely hard to do with something this delicate.
Nao – “Fool To Love”
I just recently heard this but have literally not stopped listening. There are elements from so many styles of music I can’t wrap my head around it, but somehow it’s got a distinct personality. Nao is definitely on my list of artists to watch/work with.
Jodie Abacus – “Good Feeling”
One of my favorite new songwriters right now; really fresh approach, beautiful melodies, instantly classic sounds.
Pretty Sister – “Drive”
Love the vocals on this one, great writing and performance. They make a pretty familiar concept feel new and exciting and the chorus is huge.
Caribou – “Can’t Do Without You (Extended Mix)”
Our Love was one of my favorite albums last year and I still listen to it almost every day. It’s a pillar of the electronic/acoustic hybrid for me. Some of my favorite sounds and melodies are all over that record, and this is the song that drew me in first.
C2C – “Superstition (C2C Remix)”
My brother introduced me to C2C when they performed at the DMC World Championships in 2005. Some of the best DJing I’ve ever seen. Their world music influence with jazz and funk incorporation’s make this Stevie Wonder Remix undeniably sexy and hard hitting.
Anderson .Paak – “Am I Wrong”
Probably one of my favorite instrumentals I’ve heard for a while. The vocals are amazing too and contribute just as much, but the track alone is so compelling. Plus, I’m a huge fan of Brasstracks so I love what they brought to this. And Anderson’s personality and authenticity shines through the whole thing. It all just feels really great.