Admittedly, I had never heard of NYC/Miami producer HtPkt until this morning when I stumbled upon what appears to be his first original release in Running. Backed by lovely vocals from Celestial (who I had also never heard of- what gives?!), this future bass track packs fervid lyrics with a hard bass line, a hypnotizing guitar riff, beautiful keyboard work, and mega-catchy synths. Can't wait to see what the future holds for both HtPkt and Celestial- if Running is any indication, it should be bright for the both of them.
The Temper Trap hit my radar while I was living in Quebec and I stumbled upon their track Sweet Disposition, which soon found itself on repeat for weeks. I decided to check out their album, Conditions, and I've been a big fan from then on. Remixes from the likes of Keljet, RAC, Axwell & Dirty South, and now Britain's HONNE, have only furthered my admiration for these guys. The Temper Trap's most recent single, an earnestly romantic ballad titled Lost, reminds me of their earlier days and would have fit right in on their debut album. With the remix, the boys from HONNE bring some major synth quavers and explosions that polish the original up quite nicely, while Dougy Mandagi's distinctive voice floats effortlessly across the entire production. There's no question this one from The Temper Trap and HONNE is going to find itself on repeat for awhile.