Archive for March, 2016

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/29

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Hey y’all, here’s this week’s new music for your listening pleasure. We have great new music from now ex-member of Vampire WeekendRostam and it vibes! Another vibey track is “Haze” from an up-and-coming duo called PRXZM. It’s super bouncy and bright with some fun modulation and it really has a way of turning any day into a good day. Ohio isn’t probably where you would expect a band named Aloha to be from, but alas, here they are with “Signal Drift.” They really nail it with a unique sound that mixes a bit of tribal percussion with lo-fi indie. Los Angeles rockers Crescendo teams up with Frankie Soto for a fuzzy, garage-y jam called “Pressure.” Hopefully your week has zero pressure and is 110% chill and certainly this new music help.

Enjoy,

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/22

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Some of this week’s highlight songs come from LA rockers Night Lights with a bouncy number called “Childish.” I also really dig the length and movement of Mt. Wolf’s “Anacrusis.” Following this is another song from Brett, featured in the top spot on last week’s list, and their new album, “Mode,” has been in my ears since Friday. Go give it a listen!

All in all, this week’s list is full of the chillest of chill, so I hope it treats you well!

Enjoy,

Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/15/16

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Hello! Are you ready for a doozy of a playlist?

The song to start off the list comes from a band named Brett and I must say, I really like the name. As a beer fan, it’s an ingredient that is near and dear to my heart. All of that aside, it’s a four-piece and not a single member is named Brett. Luckily their music makes much more sense. The song “Claire Drained” is pure vibes and is off their upcoming sophomore release entitled “Mode.” Be on the watch for these guys, because they’re killing it. With the popularity of Grimes, other artists who have the airy ambient sounds like her have been able to thrive. Negative Gemini is one such act in my mind. It’s 100% Electronica. Next up is a new song from Brit’s The Boxer Rebellion. These English bands are really killing it and they are really slipping under my radar. Apparently The Boxer Rebellion has been doing really well for a while, and with music like “Big Ideas,” it’s no wonder why.

One band that has not slipped under my radar is Peter, Bjorn & John. They’re back with a new song called “What You Talking About” and have brought the heat with an all-star cast of veteran producers who have worked with Adele, Paul McCartney & Beck (possibly a project for the three? I’ll speak to their people about it). I featured an Empress Of track on this list a while ago and it was the first time I had heard her. Well after hearing much more of her, I like every single thing she has done and this is very much included. “Woman is a Word” is a swelling, synthy, and percussion hit and truly instills her in my mind as “the real deal.”

Producer/Singer RYAN Playground has teamed up with veteran producer by the same name, Ryan Hemsworth on this track, “Folders.” It’s sure to get the mood right. Keeping the same feeling, I have a track from Mt. Si called “Oh” and it paints the most elegant soundscape that blends playful synth and drums with what sounds like wind chimes and breezy vocals. Moving onto more synth, we’ve got a buzzy track from French producers, Fevrier called “La montagne.”

If you follow my lists, you know I don’t only throw on electronic indie, and like to throw in some more traditional jams that just strike a (literal) chord with me. This next song “Vertigo Flowers” from Nothing really knocks it out of the park with gritty guitars and a ton of mini breakdowns that get my heart racing. Another indie rock track comes from Joywave off of a new release entitled “Swish” (extra points for jacking Kayne’s rejected album name haha).This song is a small departure from their poppy synth we saw on some of the singles on their last album, but I really enjoy it.

Okay, next up, let’s get it bouncing a bit, your head, your foot, literally anything that can move. This track from Soft Lit is the tits and I cannot even get close to enough of it. The noises that I’m hearing are way different, yet so familiar and the vocals from Tara fit perfectly.

Switching gears completely, we have a new song from VÉRITÉ that features a couple crass words and themes, so I apologize in advance. Seriously though guys, this is one of the most intimate songs I’ve heard in a very long time. The way she delivers the lyrics, cadence and emotion is just so gritty and real. I got a bit swept up into it and this is definitely my new guilty pleasure song. Going on to a bit heavier yet every bit as intense, we have a song from Marsbeing that combines pretty much every single texture, sound, synth imaginable. There is a ton going on, but it comes out in a cohesive manner and manages to have movement to it.

Doing it in a much  different way, ANOHNI has a wonderful way of being different from everything out there. The music you’re hearing isn’t so much blazing new trails, but his vocals are just something to marvel at. Silky smooth and rich vocals is truly his forte and I’m excited to hear more tracks from this guy. And that brings us to our closing track which I have saved just for you. It’s another appearance from an LRDC favorite of mine, San Holo and this time featuring a vocalist called The Nicholas. Much like the track from San Holo last week, this one kills it so hard. He truly is an artist when it comes to entrancing beats, textures, and samples. Hopefully there’s another new track for me to feature next week from him. Guess you’ll have to check back to find out!

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/9/16

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Okay chiefs, let’s kick this off on a strong note. The opening track of this week’s stellar list is a BANGER WITH A CAPITAL B. From the Dutch producer San Holo (extra points for originality), we have the aural spectacle that is “New Sky.” Glitchy, melodic, head banger. Straight jams, man. British songwriter Låpsley is back on our list with a chill track called “Cliff” that has a bit of an XX feel to it. Next, let Allen Stone take to you straight to the weekend on a Wednesday. This guy will get you shaking and grooving with his funky new song “The Weekend.”

I believe I heard the next song by case/lang/viers (extra points for even more originality) on KCRW and really enjoyed it. It has soothing orchestrals with a touch of First Aid Kit. Another female vocalist (this one of Cults fame) has teamed up with her brother to form Follin and their single “Roxy” is sure a standout track. It’s familiar yet very uniquely haunting and it’s difficult for me to sum up. All I’m sure of is that I really like it.

So, you remember Mario Kart on SNES and the sickest track? You and I both know it was Rainbow Road, well British producer Leon Vynehall has made a great reference to this in the title of “Midnight on Rainbow Road.” It’s really just that, a great song to listen to on any road at midnight, rainbow or not, but preferably rainbow. Next up is the song that you reaaaaally had to try hard to not hear anything about last week as it basically broke the internet. That’s right, new M83 and it is sitting really nice with me. I don’t know if it strikes me quite as much as their previous singles, but it certainly grows on you. It’s like they got caught in a haunted house for 2 weeks and came out with a indie-powerhouse jam that is is as cheeky as it’s album cover featuring a little yorkie. Talking about album covers, the next artist, et aliae, certainly nailed it. I love the 3D petals & thorns. Much like the song, it is beautiful, yet prickly. With a got a glitchy, staccato beat with towering vocals over it, this track really is a standout despite it’s slower tempo.

I haven’t been following along with Mitski’s past work, but I’m kind of bummed that I haven’t. I’ve been hearing about her everywhere and it’s all buzz about the next song “Your Best American Girl,” which is a fuzzy, heady, rock anthem. Super cute track, but man, it’s got a bite and some grit to it and I like it that way. If you heard the playlist a couple weeks ago, no doubt you noticed the song by The Range called “Florida.” Well they have another new track called “Five Four,” and it really proves these guys aren’t a one trick pony. Taking a different approach with rap leads, it’s got the deep base and piano orchestration we heard on the former, but it feels a bit more mature and refined. I like!

Not quite sure what to make of the name of the next band…MOOD ROBOT, doesn’t really give away much about the band, but perhaps it does. Emotive synth with multiple vocalists and heavy hits barraging you from all angles. Perhaps that is what a MOOD ROBOT is. This song knocks and these guys will definitely be in heavy rotation for the forseeable future!

I really should just frame the album art from all of the songs on the playlist…they’re killing it. The next song is very much included. I have to tell you that this band took me a couple listens to really get into it. Spookyland has a rustic authenticity to them with that recalls power ballads of the early 80’s and that cross between rock and country of the late 90’s. Give it a couple listens, you’ll probably like it too. One song you know I didn’t have to give a couple listens to fall in love was this new Yeasayer track. It’s just like I remember them and it’s “Silly…” In a similar category is this new track from Goldwash who brings some deep house and some bossa nova vibes.

Okay, let’s close out on a high note with a new song from Scotland’s own Frightened Rabbit. This band is proof that there are still bands out there that I’m not too quick at finding. With over 120k likes on facebook, these guys are no new thing. I’m merely here to expose you to them hopefully so we can learn together! This is all for you and the experience we share together. Are you enjoying it, because I certainly am!

Thanks and have a great night

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 3/1/16

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

So, this is going to be a quick post to sum up an all-in-all “chill ass list.”

Starting off strong, we have a playful song from British songstress (living in California) Annabel Jones called “IOU.” It has some of the dry snarkiness like what launched Lily Allen’s career, and she does it flawlessly. Not finding much material from the former, but I hope to see more from her soon! Next up, if you know me, I like to expand the bounds of my playlists into different languages. The song called “Sega” by El Guincho is super glitchy and the words are delivered in a manner that I’m really not used to. The next track spans so many different genres and I have been digging everything I have heard from them. Prince Rama in “Your Life In The End” spans different eras of music with some Passion Pit-y sounds, mixed with some David Bowie synth, and airiness and vocals like Enya. It’s like they had a beautiful, beautiful love child. Two completely different tracks are back to back, from the indie-rap (spoken word?!) “Papillon” to a great new song from Kero Kero Bonito!

I’ll skip a bit of great songs for the sake of time and shine down on a new song from White Lung out of Vancouver, CA. There is something about this, it’s so intense and up-tempo, yet the cadence of the lyrics is slower and very deliberate. It bangs hard and I really can’t get enough!

Let’s finish of on a high night with some straight bangers, we have a new, killer jam from Tokimonsta and a chill, bouncy track from Louis Futon.

Have a wonderful night with this!

-Greg