Holy holidays! Time escaped me and I totally blanked on a new music playlist last week. I hope you all will forgive me!
As I try to earn you back, it sure helps that I have some KILLER tracks this week! The first comes from French producers Basic Tape and his new track “Not Afraid” is a synth-laden banger to really amp you up when you’re planning on getting a bit ratch. This optimistic piece of work will have you snapping your fingers all night and day. It’s songs like this where you almost feel drunk when you’re listening to them because it’s just so dancable…even though you’re white and sober when listening. Keeping with the good vibes, we have a band named PREP, a UK outfit that has been known to link up with with UK duo, Snakehips, so it’s good to see they surround themselves with the right people. The track I’ve included is entitled “Sunburnt Through the Glass” and is a light, airy romp that gets you in the mood faster than a low-cut dress. I like that the genre is a bit difficult to define of this, it’s a little bit Phoenix but with an R&B and 2-step twist to it. I dig it.
Let’s move on to feature a band who I’ve recently grown VERY fond of. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not only rings as a personal manifesto of mine, it is the name of a fuzzy outfit that has been around for long enough to know exactly what they are doing. This track, “Hell” is just plain fun, which goes to show that if you do it right, you can tell someone they’re going to hell in a super cheery and cheeky manner.
Now, we all have that band that it’s just been impossible for us to see, our “white whale” of sorts. Maybe not because they never tour, but just timing, money, having someone to go with, death in the family, etc. is not right! For me, that band is Geographer with many attempts made to see them, all of them have been pushed off or thwarted. Their music is incredibly chill and the song that I’ve featured, “Ready 2 Wear”, follows suit. Beautiful textures layer behind a simple riff with soft and sensual vocals. Man crush? Perhaps…even as I’m writing this, the photo on their Spotify has one of their members staring longingly into my eyes. So, I guess so.
Welcome to the end of 2015 where we finally hear a peep from one of my personal favorites, Wild Nothing. After I found their 2012 release, “Nocturne”, I was hooked. Reception for this album was pretty darn positive if I recall and rightfully so. Their next album (EP) “Empty Estate” kind of fell upon deaf ears other than their single “A Dancing Shell.” I sure hope this release does not go unnoticed like the aforementioned release. I’d like to say that I’m pretty in tune with releases from bands that I like, but even I missed the first single from their Feb ’16 release. I’ve included the second single, “TV Queen,” on the list this week and it seems like they’ve stuck to what we’ve been used to if not gone just a bit heavier than we’ve seen from them previously. It’s a bit darker, a bit more ominous and has a rawness similar to Surfer Blood, and if you know me, you know I freaking love that band!
Honorable Mentions for this week:
Tone of Arc – “Practical Particles” – This track starts off super bluesy with a distant guitar riff and then turns into something you’d find on the soundtrack to Donkey Kong Country. It’s absolutely SICK! I can’t remember where I heard this track, but it’s definitely on my heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks.
Animal Collective – “FloriDada” – The trip-tastic group is back, and they’re as weird as ever. Just when I thought they had settled down after a relatively approachable “Centepede Hz,” they turn around and make this track. Don’t get me wrong…I actually love this song and it fits so well in AnCo’s catalog. The “hahahahaha Wipeout” is absolutely prime too! I’m excited to hear more from their upcoming record.
Foreign Air – “Free Animal” – I’m loving this track. For some reason it’s hitting me like the first time I heard The Neighbourhood, and it has a similar intensity and darkness that I love about Chino Moreno’s project, Crosses. This song is much easier to enjoy than the latter and is not thaaat dark, so I’m excited to see what’s next for these guys!