Electronic producer Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, combines the worlds of glitch and chillwave and laces it with dreary, pop-driven vocals in the almost nine-minute song, "Hazel Ash."
Soulful UK-based house duo Anushka brings the sweetness with their infectiously bright, bouncy and melodic tune, "One More Time."
There's nothing quite like the spice of Latin-funk music, rich in vitality, infectious in beat. All Good Funk Alliance manages to capture all of those musical pleasures in a remix of Samba Soul's classic song, "Mambo #5."
Through layers of emotionally charged (albeit autotuned) vocals and a steady beat, Los Angeles-based R&B artist Chris Batson promises to build a better life out of a dark world when he returns on the appropriately titled track "Come Back for You."
With echoes of the Magnetic Fields plugged in and the Smiths cheered up (if just a little), the Skating Party, effectively the work of Philadelphia musician Gregory James, has a lush and finely-layered '80s sound that's at once lyrical and danceable.
Joshua Worden describes his new album "Into the Fog" as "moments that feel like they are constantly fading, receding into fog." The misty, late-night, electronic sound of the title cut evokes his neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, filtered through his own melancholy experience.
As we hit the midpoint of another year, here are KDHX's top spins so far. These albums are time-tested 2014 releases that have excited our DJs over and over again.
Eerie, acoustic and electronic, "The Highest Love" by Phoenix-based band the Holy Coast drifts and dances, with echoes of classic shoe gaze and mellow electro-pop ala Broken Bells.
The interstellar groove of "Temple of the Sun" by Teeel is just the tip of the band's electro-pop gifts. Synth washes and a good guitar hook lend the song serious crossover appeal.
Glasgow, Scotland's Chvrches have needed little assistance in emerging as a mainstream contemporary electronic dance-rock monolith.