October Next Step Winner: Julie

 

Hungarian singer/songwriter and set designer Julie takes her place as our October Next Step winner. Having written her first songs in kindergarten, Julie has been immersed in the arts from a very young age and is primed to create some beautiful music.

Julie’s first solo release was earlier this year with an EP titled The Blue. The entire 4-track project is available below for stream. Upon listening, you’ll hear some awesome downtempo, trip-hop, and soul vibes that remind us a bit of Aya. Perfect chill out music for the end of a whirlwind of year!

Above, watch the dreamy video for the title track and get your slow motion daydream on.

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Photo: NYE 2013 on Moment.me

 

Moment.me is an awesome photo aggregation site that pulls together trending photo posts to the internet. In a nutshell, they tag their service as “the easiest way to see all pics, videos and tweets, from everyone at an event, in one shared album.” How fancy!

In honor of the new year festivities, Moment.me has shared with us their special NYE 2013 page so folks can join in on all the most happening events around the globe! Check out the embed above to get a little taste of what’s happening already or follow this link to the Moment.me NYE 2013 page.

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Video: Joe Claussell – ‘Residue Part One – Eno’

 

House legend Joaquin “Joe” Claussell has just launched a mind-bending new project he calls the Residue Series. Having released part one of the project, he this week published the video teaser giving a taste of the esoteric aural journey.

Below is a description of the series. Unique it is indeed:

The main concept arrived from Joaquin distorting former interpretations from the late Unchained Rhythms series. However it is not confined to just the aforementioned, but instead contemporary out worldly compositions are formed as envisioned during his visit to the other side, including sights that are bestowed upon him by the way of day dreams.

This first of the series exhibits Joaquin propelling the primitive released “Eno” into an entirely new dimension, resulting in what Joaquin describes as a “Mind fuck” battle between himself and himself.

Where the residue cycle will lead not even Joaquin knows for sure, however if it’s freakish traveling that you are looking for, then you came to the right place.

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New Track: Ester Rada – “Life Happens”

 

Up and coming Israel based Ethiopian vocalist Ester Rada recently released a new track called “Life Happens.” The opening verse of the song definitely hints at some Erykah Badu vibes, which then quickly unfolds and lifts off into an upbeat tune somewhat reminiscent of VV Brown. Loving the Eastern string intstrumentation up in the mix as well!

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Video: The xx – Three-Part Documentary + “Last Christmas” (Wham Cover)

 

Pop darlings The xx were flung into the limelight a few years ago, and since have been on a non-stop journey. The young British group share their story in a three-part documentary they break up into “Recording,” “Rehearsal,” and “Live,” giving you a well-rounded picture of exactly what goes on in their world. Watch part one above, and the remaining two parts after the jump.

The group also recently released a holiday tune covering Wham. You can stream “Last Christmas” below and enjoy the shivers that these guys invariably rule at giving. The son is also a free download!

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View part 2 and 3 of the documentary after the jump