Welcome to this week’s installment of our New Music Playlist. Boy do we have some treats for you with some of the freshest 2016 tracks from the most exciting emerging acts and established indie artists. Let’s kick it of with a surfy, smooth jam.
Plastic Flowers – “Lucy” – Greek (Now UK based) dream-pop outfit, Plastic Flowers has been releasing music fuzzy dream-pop (think The Radio Dept.) pretty much non-stop since 2011. His most recent offering came last December in the form of a 5 song EP. This is the opening track (of that EP) and I think it’s a perfect track to open up this week’s list. This guy is killing it, especially since it’s unlikely English is his first language.
Keys N Krates ft. Ouici – “Love Again” – For a stint of my life, I got really big into the EDM scene and I’m disappointed to say I’ve never heard of KNK. But I can say with absolute certainty, they will not soon be forgotten by me or anyone else. This song “Love Again” hit’s soooo hard, it’s pretty much impossible to not see it be the next “Lean On” or the like. The only thing I don’t like about it is it clocks in below three minutes. Hopefully the hip hop world will pick this one up and add their own spin on it as the beat is pretty much the sickest thing I’ve heard this year so far.
Mansionair – “Second Night” – In a world where The Weeknd is taking over with his sick R&B beats and falsetto, we have to imagine that more than one man can rule this territory. If anyone else can come in, three piece Mansionair are the men to go to. This group has a softness and intensity that turns any of their songs into the best love songs you’ve heard in a while. Now the second song I’ve featured on LRDC, these guys are most likely going to show up a couple more times if they continue on to kill it.
Manila Killa ft. Joni Fatora – “All That’s Left” – Blurring the line between mainstream EDM and deep house and throwing in some smooth jazzy keys with Skrillex-esque synth samples. This track is just the shizz and I can’t get enough of it.
Gosh Pith – “K9” – HEAVY HITTAZ. Detroit duo, Gosh Pith have put together this raucously smooth track (yeah, that doesn’t make sense…until you listen to it). There is a ton going on in this track from the dub-breakbeat 808s & hi-hats to the soulful vox making this about as unique as the group’s name. I’d love to get deeper into their libraries of influences, because it’s evident that they’re drawing from multiple sources to create this sick track.
Princess Century – “Domestic” – How can a song named domestic sound so foreign? It’s a trick question since this solo act is out of Canada, but it almost sounded like a remastered Kraftwerk b-side. Princess Century is the name Maya Postepski has chosen for her synth-heavy side project from the Canadian synthpop group, Austra. Despite clocking in at just under 8 minutes, this track keeps you locked in the full time. A great track to drive the Autobahn with or just focus on whatever project you have at hand. Solid showing from this killer electronic powerhouse of a woman.
Teen Daze – “Célébrer” – This goes to show, Canada can hold their own as a major contributor to the indie electronic scene. Teen Daze being another prime example of this. This funkadelic dance mix will give is the perfect song “to celebrate” to. It’s great fun and you cannot deny how infectious it is.
Brothertiger – “Beyond the Infinate” – Brooklyn solo project Brothertiger is the outlet for a man known as John J. to share his passion for electronic art in the form of music. The track I’ve selected is the opening to his most recent LP “Out of Touch” and is a glorious synth-pop anthem. This kid reminds me so much of one of my favorites of the genre, Skyler Spence, but it turns out Brothertiger may have been producing music a bit longer, with tracks dating back to 2011. Also, with a new song out this week called “Like Water” you may very well see John J. on another upcoming list!
School of Seven Bells – “On My Heart” – Basically if a SVIIB song comes out, you better believe it will be on this list! This one dropped this weekend and it feels so good to get another peek at this upcoming (and last) LP. Aside from Alejandra Deheza’s trademark vocals, this song resembles much of the music we’ve been loving from CHVRCHES with some great synth samples and a driving beat. KEEP IT COMING ALEJANDRA!
Courtney Barnett – “Three Packs A Day” – What I said above also applies to CB. With her authentic (and sometimes self deprecating) lyrics and simple chords that makes for great coffee shop music, she pretty much can do no wrong in my eyes! This track dropped out of no where for me, as her last LP is still in heavy rotation for me and still sounding very fresh. Also, just wanted to say that it sounds like she is enjoying some mid-90’s 3EB by the sound of the intro riff of this new song. I just love it!
Quilt – “Roller” – Hearkening back to psychedelic rock of the 1960’s, Quilt has a way of taking you back to an era that even they weren’t alive during. They have elements of greats like The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Monkees. They’ll capture your heart from the first dancing bass line.
Highs – “I Do, Do You?” – Another Canadian act, Highs is a quirky indie-pop foursome full of choppy guitar riffs and gang vocals. Their sound reminds me a bit of Local Natives with female vocals, and if you know me at all, you know that that’s the highest possible complement I could give a band.
Savages – “Adore” – I can’t lie, I’ve heard this song about 10 times today either on satellite radio, on this playlist, or live on KCRW. These guys are really getting a ton of recognition on their singles prior to their full length “Adore Life” coming out. It sounds a little counter-intuitive, but this song is so much louder than it actually is. It’s very intense, yet a bit muted. The vocals swell in and out along with the choppy, reverbed guitars. As I found out today and you can probably imagine, this song is much louder when performed live and it sounds amazing.
Choir of Young Believers – “Perfect Estocada” – I wanted to feature this Copenhagen group again because I think they’re truly making unique music that breaks away from the typical indie stereotype. Granted, they should be considered under that umbrella, but they also blend so many different styles of music to sound very worldly. Ample drums, vocal reverberation, and Spanish guitars…you’d think it would sound familiar, but I really can’t say I’ve heard anything like this.
Lushlife ft. CSLSX & Killer Mike – “The Ecstatic Cult” – I saw that there is another collab between CSLSX & Lushlife and after that last track a couple weeks ago, I was hooked on these guys together. Throw Killer Mike in the mix who has been absolutely slaying the scene with Run The Jewels. This song has a great cohesiveness to it despite all the different elements coming together. Soft synth textures play off a playful, bouncy beat and provide the perfect background for smooth flow from the two rappers. Top work.
Had to end on a high note. I hope you enjoy this week’s list.