Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
Are you “Ready For This”, because were kicking this off real official-like with a track from Weird Together. It’s truly a fun song and by the looks of their Facebook blowing up, it’s helping out on some growth for the band. Next up is a song I’ve been hearing on KCRW for the past couple days and everytime I heard it, I just fell in love with it all over again. It’s an amalgam of a whole bunch of different instruments and movements and it’s beautiful. Kind of odd that it’s a song called “Satan”, so basically…I like “Satan.” Thanks D.D Dumbo, I’m going to hell for you!
Skip a couple songs and you’ll hear some powerhouse female vocals that will leave you speechless. The first comes from a duo called Ardyn and I’m getting a Florence & The Machine vibe from their new single “Over the River.” It’s definitely a song to put in heavy rotation. While you’re at it, go ahead and add the next song by Broods as well. “Couldn’t Believe” is the second track we’ve heard from their new album, and reception has been pretty positive. So much anticipation, I’m certainly enjoying what I have heard so far!
Next up is one of the many songs that I enjoyed from the newly released Grateful Dead tribute 3xLP (entitled “Day of the Dead”) that was put out by some members of The National. This track is Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s take on “Shakedown Street” and their sound just works so well for this era of GD. Running up to the end of the list, we have a killer track from a group called Swim Good. For a second I almost thought this song was new material from Phoenix. It has personality and while it’s got some fidgety textures to it, it sounds so crisp, clean, and cohesive. Looking into this track, I wasn’t actually able to find much on Swim Good other than he is a producer from Toronto and his label keeps incorrectly tagging a pop-punk band from the UK with the same name. I’m sure they are enjoying all the extra plays on Spotify as this song somehow made it on the same bands page on here! Luckily, I do the hard-hitting snooping for you and found this write-up on the man, named Jon Jasper-Lawless. Closing out on a strong track, we have one that soars by a man out of Brooklyn named Charlie Mischer recording under the moniker Paideia. Guys, this track BANGS, it just keeps going and going and building and slaying my eardrums with beautiful, heavy synth.
Have a great night!
Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Hello to you on this happy Tuesday. Are you ready for new music? Of course you are!
The first track is from Los Angeleno group Mondo Cozmo and it just sails! With fun samples and anthemic vocals, there’s no doubt these guys are going places. This is the only track we have from them so far, but hopefully we get some more very soon! We move to a very “clubby” track from Slaptop that really gets the mood right. Certainly he’ll be getting the mood right poolside at Splash House in Palm Springs this June, for tickets, see here.
Switching gears a bit, we have a brand new track from Trails and Ways who won me over several years ago with a track called “Nunca” when seeing them live. This song, entiteled “My Things” is very nice as well, and I’m stoked for new material from these guys. Talking about a band who won me over with a track, WE HAVE NEW CHVRCHES, I repeat…WE HAVE NEW CHVRCHES!!! It keeps with the vibe of their last album, though this one will be featured on the soundtrack for an upcoming video game called “Mirror’s Edge Catalyst.”
We’re going to make a jump over to this track from KAYTRANADA & Shay Lia that really blew me away. This album came out a couple weeks ago and with some time to digest it, I found the track that needed to be on LRDC. It’s a bit tribal, a bit quiet, a bit electronic, a bit ethereal, and “99.9%” tightness!
Killing it with a cute single cover, this song by BOYBOY called “Vices” reminds me so much of Phoenix and is thus worthy of being featured. They only have 3 tracks, though all of them are fire. AAAAND to close out this week’s list, what better title for a track could I find than “Final Song” by breakout Danish artist MØ. She first came on my radar when touring with CHVRCHES for their first tour in America. She absolutely blew me away with a stellar show and it was nothing short of perfect. This song is also set for instant radio time (it already has 1.5+ million plays in 4 days on Spotify). So, brace yourself, it’s going to be coming to a dance party near you, and I have no problem with that.
Tuesday, May 10th, 2016
Warning: I did not put Radiohead on this playlist. Read into this as much or as little as you like.
Hey there, we have some great chill, electro-indie songs for you this week! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves because last week, we were bestowed some great new music from Los Angeleno outfit Local Natives. A very important band to me with local ties, they return after 3 years of silence with a song called “Past Lives” that very much reminds us why we fell in love with them in the first place. This song is so emotive and authentic and I fell in love. While it is a great song, I feel like there is sooooo much more to expect from these guys and this is simply a teaser for more greatness on their forthcoming third release.
Going to a song called “Iris” by Detroit natives Valley Hush, it starts very quiet with some Caribbean drums to set the mood right and then explodes into a beautiful soundscape of percussion and synth barraging you from every angle. I love it! Next song I’ll feature is from an old timer here on LRDC called Com Truise. Somehow an EP he released snuck past me and I’ve chose the final track from that to put on our list. Every time I catch a new track from this guy, I feel like jumping on a light cycle and hitting “the grid” and this song screams, “du Zirconia,” screams that more than ever! One song down from this is a beautiful track from Mexico’s Coma Pony that is 100% chill and aptly described by their Facebook page as “lovely.”
Okay, now let’s get weird…well, not that weird by PC Music’s standards, but this prog-y track from Danny L Harle is especially killer because he’s borrowed the wonderful vocals from Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. This song will no doubt be in heavy rotation for me this week.
Finishing out strong we have two great songs and the first is from an indie act by the name of Bantug and is set to invade my ear drums for weeks to come. This song, “Wine Beeline,” is just so catchy and it’s all-in-all a really airy and refreshing song. And last is a song off of Roosevelt’s new album that, from the sound of the rest of the singles, is going to slay your eardrums with groovy, baby making music.
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
Happy Tuesday! Let’s get on with some new music!
The first track struck me immediately. It’s from a band called Darling James and it’s infectious as hell. Take a bit of Miike Snow mixed with a little bit of Tame Impala and Passion Pit and you have “The Itch.” There is so much to love, except for the fact that the band only has two songs on Spotify. I’m stoked for more. Jumping into the next song, we have an up-and-coming solo act called Thai Mason with a stellar track called “Look Up.” This cat has some great flow and he reminds me of a slower, chiller Dizzee Rascal.
Skipping a bit ahead, you’ll see a song by Operators, and if you remember them from the last time I featured them, I’m guessing you are as hooked as I am. This song is glitchy and sonorous, with a heavy, driving beat. Check out the rest of their album as well, because seriously, they’re all as good as “Control.” Going ahead to a song by Manuel Darquart, it shouldn’t be any wonder why I included this on my list. Funky & heavy on the synth? That’s made for LRDC. This New Zealand electro-duo just slay, so keep you ears and eyes on them.
Ending on a high note, I have a song by White Balance that may not be new, but chances are you may have missed it like I did. This song has playful chimes resonating behind some simple drums with cute vocals and with this, these Finns stole my heart. What a great way to end out another stellar week of great music.