1. Allday – In Motion ft. Japanese Wallpaper
This unlikely collab really surprised me. Allday’s vocal works so well over JW dreamy production. A little gem of a track.
2. Day Wave – Stuck
Not sure there has been a song I haven’t liked from Day Wave. His music always makes me feel like its summer.
3. Tourist – For Sarah
Loved this album and this was the most perfect track to finish on. A very beautiful melody that makes me feel sad and happy at the same time.
4. Of Mice & Men – When You Can’t Sleep At Night
I grew up listening to metal (still do) and always love when a band put one really stripped down, almost acoustic song on an album. This track blew me away. Shayley Bourget really does have an amazing and unique vocal.
5. Mura Masa – When U Need Me
Mura Masa is the producer I’m most excited about these days. This track is possibly one of my all time favourite tunes. Painfully beautiful melodies..
6. Ólafur Arnalds – Lag Fyrir Ömmu
I went to see Ólafur live and for the encore he came out by himself to his piano and starting playing this track. Halfway through the song his string section started playing their part from backstage. It was amazing. This really is a special song.
7. Kidnap Kid – Memories
Possibly my favourite track of last year. Terrific vocal from Leo Stannard. I’m a big fan of Kidnap Kid, he was a huge influence when I first started producing. I think this could be his best song.
8. Japanese House – Clean
I was blown away by this song and the following EP. Original and unique in both its arrangement and production. There are some crazy pitched harmonies going on. That all aside, its a beautiful song.
9. London Grammar – Hey Now (Arty Remix)
This song is progressive house at its finest.
10. The Stone Roses – Elephant Stone
I was obsessed with The Stone Roses as teenager. I still think their music is a huge influence on my writing. I could have added any number of Stone Roses tracks to the list, but went for the summer banger that is Elephant Stone.
Jack Casey ‘Progress’ EP’
25-year-old, Dublin-born Jack Casey. productions combine elements of dance and downtempo music with a subtle indie-chill vibe, and always with a focus on melody and soul. “I always try to keep an emotion in my sound,” he says. “But I want to display it in different ways. Be that in something soft and slow paced or something with high energy.” This signature sound is evident throughout his 5 track EP and is meticulously highlighted with the lead single ‘Heartlines’ featuring the mercurial talents of Bristol duo Meadowlark.
Jack details the EP: “When I was writing music my dad would always ask me ‘Are you making progress?’ – Which is where I got both the name and concept from. I like the idea of ‘progress’. Progress is never a finished destination, it’s always about constantly improving, experimenting and exploring new ideas. Which is kinda my philosophy when it comes to music production. My goal for this EP was to put together a collection of tracks that varied in style as I’ve always been a fan of multiple genres.”
Over the few short years that Jack has been producing music as EMBRZ, he’s notched up an impressive tally of achievements, remixing Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You” (currently on over 6.6 million plays) in 2013 and then The 1975’s “Settle Down” (currently on 3 million) the following year. Continuing that run, last year Jack turned out a stunning, blissful remix of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” – a remix so good her label couldn’t say yes fast enough and which ultimately became the official remix for the track. Since then, he’s been uploading a steady stream of tracks and Hype Machine #1’s, including well-received cuts like “Home”, “Lights” and then “Breathe” last year.
Jack Casey ‘Progress’ EP’ will be available digitally via Ultra Music on 7th July 2017