Archive for November, 2015

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 11/17

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

This week is such a treat for you and you don’t even know it yet, but you’re about to! We have some BIG returns from some bands we haven’t heard from in a minute. The first and most important is going to School of Seven Bells with new music coming from one half of their band, Alejandra Deheza. After losing Benjamin Curtis, her good friend and bandmate to lymphoma, it’s hard to deny that this music that will be released going forward means a ton to Alejandra and the fans (including me). Getting to the track, it’s exactly what you would expect from SVIIB and while their music is often emotional, this is will really tug at your heartstrings and “you’ll fall in love again.”

Okay, pull yourself back together, I’m so sorry to start you off on such a down note! Let’s steer from the sad and focus on the hopeful, and this will come in the form of a new track from The Big Pink called “Hightimes.” This is the first new music we’ve seen from the English duo since 2012 and I’m absolutely stoked. The first song I heard from them is a banger, and while this doesn’t hit quite as hard, it’s freaking beautiful and I love it.

I’ve been prone to man crushes and oftentimes they aren’t even based on looks. Oftentimes they are based on the amazing thing that I’m hearing the man produce. One such example of this is Rostam Batmanglij (I know, winner of the sickest name ever, right), and his several projects. Some you may have heard of, like Vampire FREAKING Weekend and a personal favorite of mine, Discovery. He has teamed up with Ra Ra Riot (like he did for Discovery with Wes Miles) to make a silky smooth track called “Water.” I’m also fully aware that I always feature some sort of track that has to do with water, but maybe this is what makes them amazing, you ever think of that? Excited to hear from both of the contributing parties to this song as this may be the closest I’ll get to Discovery for a while.

Honorable mentions are as follows:

Givers – “Bermuda” – This band is it, they have such a dialed in sound with a great mix of synth, unique percussion, all with a traditional rock band set up. Looks like this is their first new music since 2011 and as I’m finding them just now, I have to say “it’s about damn time.” I would really love to see them perform their stuff live.

Bibio – “Petals” – Bibio has now made it back to the list. I actually had to into the wayback machine to see that I had actually posted on them in ’14. The same sentiment I have for him still stands, the music this man produces I can only compare to a beautiful painting full of texture and color.

Classixx ft. T-Pain – ” Whatever I Want” – Chill, islandy synth with the auto-tune king himself on the track? I’d call it a winning combo AND Classixx is from Los Angeles, so good ish all around! This one is going to be in my rotation for a LONG time.

Missy Elliot ft. Pharrell Williams – “WTF (Where They From)” – New freaking music from Missy??? She’s still got it!

Enjoy, party people!

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 11/10

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Hey guys, I’m just going to apologize in advance if you’re not into dance music, because I chose a couple that are pretty much straight poppy, club bangers (See “Fire” & “Metaphysical”)! Full disclosure: I love club bangers. I did also include some tracks that are more akin to what you’re used to hearing weekly on LRDC, and the first I’ll feature is “Memory” by a bloke named Albert Ryan. After doing some research, it appears he’s a electronic music writer & producer out of Jersey and he also dabbles in hip hop, producing a record more focused on the latter in 2012. For the track above, of which he’s offering a free download on his Bandcamp, it’s straight, unadulterated synth beauty! Let his silky smooth electro-wave take you on a ride down the PCH!

Probably one of the most buzzed about new music from last week was new Santigold! I’m not sure how this woman does it, but her songs are all so uniquely “Santigold,” which means it’s a little bit odd, yet they are so approachable. “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” certainly follows suit with this winning formula that she has concocted. I would say this song has some of the best replay value on this weeks list, so if you haven’t put it on your own workout playlist or “get ready to rage” playlist, now would be the proper time to get that done. Talking about buzz, we can basically say this was “Grimes Week!” Every music site has exploded over the long awaited full length “Art Angels” and now that the dust has settled (and P4K has given their ever-predictable “Best New Music”), let’s talk about MY favorite track. It’s “World Princess part II”! Why? It’s a track that sounds like it’s already been remixed by a world renown producer and this saves the world time and cuts out the middle man. We can just get straight to the sick beats and not get quite so swept into the unintelligible moan-singing that we’ve become used to hearing from Grimes.

Quick question, which is the best piece in chess? Queen? Hell no, it’s the Bishop…okay, it’s not, it’s actually the Queen. But hey, I’ve given the “Bishops” some love on this weeks list. You have not one but TWO Bishop songs. Take note, that these are two separate artists. The first, stylized BISHØP, has provided her vocals and teamed up with another dj/producer, BYNON. This particular track is a remix by Gianni Kosta and takes a fun and glitchy track and makes it even more funner and glitchier. The second Bishop track is a super heavy hitter with the help of some 808s, hi hats, and some dub claps, which catches you off as it swells from a relatively subdued start.

Let’s kick off some honorable mentions:

Oberhofer – “Ballroom Floor” – For the past couple years, I’ve heard from Oberhofer here and there and have enjoyed everything I’ve heard from them. I’ve just never gotten deep enough to dive into their music, but the song on this week’s list is the perfect gateway track to suck you into their newest release, “Chronovision”. If you have had an Oberhofer block like I have, and this track has broken through that, you’re welcome.

Autograf & Janelle Kroll – “Metaphysical” – Electro-indie three piece Autograf have put out this FIRE track and absolutely blown me away. Their combination of soft drum beats and what sounds like a wooden xylophone synth (?) mixed with electric piano and modern textures just works for me and reminds me a bit of every single thing I love about Deadmau5’s remix of “You & I.”

PAPA – “Hold On” – This band is kind of a mysterious for me for a very random reason. I somehow ended up on their mailing list about 3 years ago and actually ended up really liking their music. Their newest track, “Hold On,” is a great alt-rock anthem that could possibly launch their career, with the perfect sound to fill a stadium, much like Brandon Flowers and The Killers.

Have a great night everyone,

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 11/3

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Okay guys, if you see the first track, and you’re familiar with that band, you know that that song is not exactly new. School of Seven has not put out new music since a tragic death in the band of one of the two members. The last music we saw from them is the song above, but why I include this is because the remaining member, Alejandra Deheza, has committed to releasing the last new music that her and her bandmate recorded together. A great time to be alive indeed and a great time to have reverence for those we lost too young!

Hearing new music from a band that people (and time) have forgotten but you have remembered is always a great feeling! It feels like only the true fans are left now and you can enjoy the music without hearing it on every radio station. This is how I feel with Miike Snow and hearing his new song “My Heart is Full.” This is not a sad attempt to stay relevant. This track shows a new side of Snow that almost sounds as if Kanye produced it. It’s a bit of a mini-masterpiece to me, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

Chillwave? Yeah, I’m into it. Kaptan? Yeah, I’m into it. I saw this track premiered on Buzznet and I couldn’t not put it on my list. I’m so predictable…so much so that I more than a couple tracks on this week’s list could be classified as chillwave, like Craft Spell’s “Our Park by Night” is a funky pitch-bending track that would be a great track to listen to in the pouring rain late at night. Perfect for a night like tonight in Los Angeles. Want a bit more glitch and two step with a little reggae thrown into your chillwave? You know I like to tick all the boxes! Feel free to shake your dreads to Coast Modern’s single “Hollow Life.” This is some of the most unique music I could see actually getting really popular. Only time will tell on that one.

Let’s put the spotlight on two bands that have four letters in their band names (one I’ve featured before and the other a newcomer to LRDC) that are destined for greatness. Of course I’m talking about GEMS and TOPS. Both of these bands can hold their own in the electo-indie realm and I love every single thing I have heard from them. “Soak,” from the former came out last week with a rather provocative video that fits the song perfectly. The latter band has a new single, “The Hollow Sound of Morning Chimes,” that exudes soft rock that you could find in the 70’s and maybe into the 80’s. This song is not your typical guitar-tripping (though those are tight), destined for corporate office elevator song. The song begs for you to interact with it, to feel it, to be in the moment; it’s ethereal. It’s a great feeling, and while the song is rather long, it ends a bit suddenly and seemingly too soon….just like this post.

Enjoy,

-Greg