No doubt about it, the highlight of this week’s list is Big Grams, which is a super group of sorts combining Big Boi of Outkast fame and the electro-indie duo, Phantogram. I’ve been digging this mashup of indie-electric and rap-pop so much that I put two songs on the list “Lights On” and “Goldmine Junkie”. I’ll be digging a bit deeper into the former of the two songs in a bit as well. Moving on, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers has had great success in his rather short career (producing 3 albums) and has been compared to the likes of Pink Floyd & Flaming Lips. That is some serious talk, so if he isn’t on your radar, now is the time to get him there. On this week’s list, I’ve included a deeper track from Powers’ new album called “Free Me” and if I venture to be so bold, he almost sounds as if he is channeling Karen O in this, and I love the heck out of it!
Now, hot after releasing their single “Drag,” Day Wave has another upbeat ditty that is sure get your feet a-tapping. I liken the sound of this track to Real Estate after approximately twelve and a half Red Bulls, which I am more than a little fine with. From the pop, we move to a more eclectic sound in Empress Of’s “Standard.” A second showing from her on our lists, I’d describe this track as a discordant amalgam of sounds and textures where her voice seems to float around willy-nilly. This makes me feel very uncomfortable for a couple moments, but just like a loyal dog, she always comes back into harmony.
This week’s honorary mentions will be as follows:
!!! – “Sick Ass Moon” – What an appropriate song for the week where we’ve experienced a sick ass, blood red moon. New music from “chk chk chk” (as they pronounce their name) is always appreciated as they have been able to stack hits over their almost 20 years of making music
Broken Bells – “It’s That Talk Again” – The side project of The Shin’s Brian Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, these guys have been churning out amazing song after amazing song. This being our first look at their upcoming album, I can say with absolute confidence that we are in for a treat when it drops. Also, you can still hear a bit of Bee Gees in here like you could on their track “Holding Onto Life,” which I love!!!
Hermitude – “Hijinx” ft. Chuck Inglish – Another showing from the Welsh duo, this one is a bonus track on their album “Dark Night Sweet Light.” It’s a hit right in the skull with heavy synth, 808s, and is pure, trap goodness.
The Feelies – “Paint it Black” – A Rolling Stones classic, covered by a band that was actually formed the year after The Stones released this track. With the band being comprised of some of the best musicians out there, it’s great to hear this track come to life again.
midnight – “Baptize” – Fall into the deep water of this song, get surrounded all around by it, be baptized by it. This is the song you put on when you’re trying to get low, like reeeeal low and it is a great song to try and hold onto Summer with!
Enjoy your week, guys!