Archive for February, 2016

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/23/16

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

Okay, you ready? Because I think this is my best list since LRDC has started. What it may lack in stark diversity, it makes up in spades with heavy hits, entrancing synth, and beautiful vocals. Let’s kick it off.

After being featured on Apple Music & across the blogosphere, UK songsmith Astonomyy launched into instant notoriety with his single “The Secret.” One thing isn’t a secret, this cat is going places. Keeping with the vibes and cranking it up a bit, we have power synth rockers Midi Matilda, and from the sound of this track, they are poppy and wonderful. Something tells me I’m going to abuse the word “synth” for the remainder of this post, so just bear with me. We have a new track from Lovespeake that is blasts you off with a dancing bass line, a bit of funky, and playful synth all around it, this one is the jam!

Getting a bit more glitchy and reserved, we’ve got a new song from artist Michl who is reeeeeally killing it with his honest lyrics and vocals. To me he sounds like Sam Smith, but much less commercial. Australian’s Gyspy & The Cat are one band who I wish was on my radar earlier. They have the sound that I find myself going for all the time. Crystal clear vocals with synth textures behind a simple guitar riff, it makes you feel like your flying on a bed of clouds. Let’s get grounded for a bit, or better yet, get pitted with surf rockers Summer Salt (great name). Hailing from Austin, TX, the live music capitol of the world, these guys are in good company, yet they stand out with great crunchy, vintage vibes.

Now, let’s launch into some chillwave with Memoryhouse. I’ve featured the first track off of their newest record “Soft Hate” and I think I love everything about it. It moves around and has a great flow to it. Next up is an artist who I have had a love-hate relationship with. FKA Twigs’, first couple singles have not been my cup of tea, but for this new track “Good to Love” it sounds like she has hung up some of her weirdness and traded it in for some pop. Strangely enough, this reminds me of the stuff we’ve been hearing from Lapsley, and I’m really digging it!

Let’s hit some synthpop jams, and there is no better description of these guys who go by MIAMIGO. It’s pure, unadulterated, chill pop that takes you back to the early 00’s with the lead singer’s Justin Timber-like vocals. And now, the funky sounds of Mayer Hawthorne flicking the ivories right into your heart. Speeding that exact beat up, we have a track from Misun & Gil the Kid that is powerful tour de force of mashed piano keys, shred guitar strings, and shouty vocals. Taking it to the garage, our favorite girls from Bleached take us back to a time where we were just Raging Against the Machine and thinking we would never have any Offspring and chilling in Nirvana. This song, “Wednesday Night Melody” has been stuck in my head for the past week and I think I’m in love with it.

Do yourself a favor and listen to Choir of Young Believers‘ “Gamma Moth” with headphones. The intro is trippy as hell and the rest of the song does not dissappoint either. These guys have been producing music for their newly released full length that is just so dynamic and unique, it’s really in a class of it’s own. Their album, “Grasque,” is full of songs long (8:17) and short (0:52) and is definitely worth your time. Okay, let’s start the clapping and get into this new cut by Vaults who has now stolen my heart. I’ve featured them a couple times and every time I listen to another song by them, I’m amazed by how much it speaks to me. It’s soulful and heavy yet light and our lead singer has a a sound like Florence meeting Adele to her.

So, before you check in on me and wonder why I put a movie score on the list, make sure you get past 1:15. It launches into a full blown assault that demands you break your neck bobbing to it. This whole album is such a surprise to me and is STACKED with a great lineup of artists producing songs loosely based on Star Wars. Please please please enjoy this track and then listen to the rest of that album.

Until next week,

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/16/16

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Good evening peeps!

I’m going to keep this short for you guys, but please don’t see that as a reflection of the quality of this amazing amalgam of new music.

Starting off the list, we have a chill jam from an outfit named exmagician out of Belfast! They will kick off a full blown Electronic onslaught of new music from heavy hitters, UnderworldCom TruiseThe Big PinkBeshken ft Gus Dapperton. If this block doesn’t get you going, perhaps some chill wave from indie rockers HEARTWATCH & Space Above will do it for you. These two bands from San Francisco & New Zealand respectfully are really beginning to buzz and the former has a new record out in just 10 days!

Coming in with two of my favorite songs on the list, we have a track from Phillipi & Rodrigo called “Gueto de Gent.” To be honest, I have no idea what they’re saying, but this song is just so danceable! The next band I heard a couple days ago and fell in love instantly. When I heard this remix of Ibeyi’s “Stranger/Lover”, there was no going back, I had been changed. It’s absolutely entrancing and the vocals of these twin sisters play perfect with the subtle changes made in this version.

Onto some indie jams, we have some tracks from Gallant ft Jhene Aiko, LRDC favorites-Thao & the Get Down Stay DownWild Nothing (new album this week!!!), The Thermals, and Rogue Wave. Going back really quick, am I the only one who thinks The Thermals’ lead singer sounds like John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats? I can’t be the only one. They’re both so unique that it seems odd to think that they are not just the same person, but indeed they are not.

If you’ve followed along on these lists, you know I like to end on a high note, and boy is this week’s end HIGH! Ride the “Cerulean” wave with Living’s new song. Not much material by these guys, but you best believe, I’ll be keeping them on my radar.

Enjoy your week and all your beautiful new music!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/9/16

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Holy God, do I have some great music for you this week! The first one shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you if you have been following along the last couple weeks. It comes from School of Seven Bells and is the third single we’ve heard from their upcoming release. This one is very much what we are used to hearing from them on past releases. Layers of synth and reverberated vocals and a driving beat set your heart “Ablaze.” Keeping with the indie synth-pop, we have another BANGER from Echos. This jam goes from 0 to 100 so quick, you barely have time to catch your breath. It hits harder than an MMA fighter’s right hook all the way up till the end; I’m absolutely entranced by it.

Next, we have some smooth jams coming from Toronto group named Laser that is comprised of Broken Social Scene member Lisa Lobsinger and two other Toronto artists, Paul Pfisterer & Martin Davis. This track is off their most recent release from the end of last month. This brings us to another track off of the lovely group, Field Music, who also have a release out from the end of last week. Their sound is just so unique, with a bit of Bowie, Queen and Elton John there is plenty to love!

London indie rockers, Escapists, have a new track out entitled “Pyramid Scheme” that is killing it. Give it a listen and you can see how playful it is. Gotta love that tambourine! And more tambourine now coming from Mass Gothic who is lead by the former frontman of Hooray for Earth and signed with Sub Pop to release a wonderful full length last Friday. This second single, “Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me”, reminds me of Grouplove and this fun, upbeat vibe will surely treat them well. I’m 99% sure this song will be on a toothpaste commercial in a week…coming to a TV near you, move over Matt & Kim.

Going back to another band from Toronto, we have a new track from Operators off of their upcoming release “Blue Wave.” It’s very catchy and is totally radio ready with a solid replay value. I’m 99% sure it will be featured in a toothpaste commercial next week…move over Matt & Kim.

Everyone’s favorite psych-pop foursome, Animal Collective, is back with another strong track, the second single of their upcoming LP. Granted, this didn’t hit me as hard as Floridada did, but I cannot deny that the didgeridoo one of the coolest noises I’ve ever heard in a song like this. Taking it down a notch is the endearing vocals of Frankie Cosmos. I’d like to think her and Courtney Barnett just get together and jam together and write super personal and specific songs that are weirdly relatable.

Now, let’s get this party dancing. We have another new track from Autograf out of Chicago, with help from Patrick Baker. This track is way fun and has much more to it than a club banger. It has multiple movements and just sounds very special and well produced much like what we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing from Disclosure. I have to say, I got on the Holy Ghost! train a little too late for my liking. At least they are still going strong with making funky, electro jams that cut right to your head and don’t ever leave. Their new track “Crime Cutz” is the first fully new material we have heard from them since 2014 and I’m so very excited for a new LP from these guys! NY Producer, James Hinton, goes by The Range on the stage and really nails the bulls eye from what I have heard. Touring with Baio, he’ll be in good company to launch a successful career. “Florida” is a crunchy and jittery roller coaster ride from the ocean and up into space. The textures he integrates are space age and also tropical. It’s a fun one.

This week’s most interesting band names obviously goes to Cavern of Anti-Matter. With a bit of bossa nova and shoegaze, “liquid gate” is a super quick romp (2 full minutes) from Stereolab’s Tim Gane & Joe Dilworth and a man by the name of Holger Zapf, then this track features Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox. Garage rock has never been the same since Parquet Courts (Parkay Quartz?…or whatever they are now). These guys are the chillest chillers and they have a sound that is straight off of the 4-track. They just get those fuzzy vibes and from what I’ve heard, it translates REALLY well into their live show. I’m excited for another release from these guys (Their 6th in 4 years!!). Keeping your buzz going, we have a song from New York’s Porches. Fresh off the release of his newest album (this is the title track), Porches is poised for success and he earned the coveted “BEST NEW MUSIC” from the almighty Pitchfork. This kid is killing it.

Well, that wraps up this week in new music! Enjoy and let me know what you think.

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/2/16

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Hello boys and girls and welcome to this week’s LRDC New Music Playlist. I’m going to shorten this post up as the past ones no doubt take you and me a ton of time to get through. Let’s do this.

Starting off we have some crazy chill new jams from Lewis Del MarAquilo. The former comes from a duo out of NY and has been buzzing for a while leading up to a new EP coming out 1/15. Aquilo is no stranger to our site and his newest cut, entitled “Best of Us”, I think may be my favorite song he’s dropped yet! A bit more poppy, we have a single from Pete Yorn that was released last week that really stuck with me!

Getting a bit more raw, check out the track from Abi Reimold. In her entire album, she’s able to create the perfect unkempt sound that unfolds into a cohesive and incredibly honest album. Another returning artist to our list is Nap Eyes, who holds down the chill in “Lion in Chains” and reminds me a bit of Phosphorescent. While the next track may start off chill, it certainly builds into a straight banger. I heard this Grandtheft track on my commute on CBC Radio 3 and was so down for it, I didn’t have words.

Bibio showing up in strong, funky form this week with “Feeling” off his upcoming LP coming April. It’s been great hearing what this guy has been producing. If you want to hear one of his older tracks, make sure you check this out! Keeping up the vibes, this track from Stillhound called “Shy” isn’t necessarily new-new, but it’s freaking sick and will be stuck in your head for the next month, I promise you that. Going a bit darker, we see HÆLOS with another new track off of their upcoming release. They share a bit of the deep mysteriousness with Purity Ring and have oodles of synth textures that plays in and out with soft, luscious vocals.

Back again in strong form, we have a new song from Bishop, and it’s entrancing. Much like her past track “Wild Horses”, “River” surely delivers on the intensity and further establishes her as a small artist who is destined to stay around for a bit!

Los Angeles outfit, Harriet has a ton of great things going for them. They have a bit of a .fun vibe mixed with Passion Pit. These comparisons are completely genuine but they have a great new, yet not unfamiliar sound. I’m excite to see where these guys go! Also, I’m super excited for new music from a favorite of mine, Savoir AdoreThis track has so much to it and at times it’s here and there yet it feels so intimate. ANNNND, another band I’m stoked to hear more of is Islands! After some radio silence for a couple years, they are getting ready to drop not one…but two albums!!! Who do they think they are? Beach House? I love it, and I’m so excited to get neck deep in all these new tracks!

Proving that moody, almost ambient, instrumental music is not boring, Explosions in the Sky has the equation all worked out. Complex and gripping, “Disintegration Anxiety” takes you on a journey with playful plucked notes & heavy, earth-shaking drums. It’s a masterpiece! These guys are a bit different and so is the last artist, Jessy Lanza, and she absolutely rocks it. It’s poppy, yet it’s experimental and a bit synthy. Signed to Hyperdub, Jessy has a similar sound to Grimes (a contemporary of hers) yet does it in a much more minimalistic fashion. This is the first track we have heard off of her upcoming release and I’d love to know what you think of it!

Thanks y’all and enjoy the rest of your week,

-Greg