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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 12/8/15

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

I’m always a day late and a dollar short. No excuse other than just being busy is not my style and sometimes I literally can’t even. See above for this week’s new music!

First track is one that will stick around for a while, and is the second single we’ve heard from Miike Snow. I’ll admit, I was very much in for the last single I featured over a month ago on LRDC 11/3/15, but this track, entitled “Genghis Khan,” I am ALL THE WAY IN for!!! It’s absolute fire and if you were unsure of Miike Snow as a hitmaker, let this be the final proof that he is here and here to stay. Only HE could make such a sick song named after a 12th Century Mongol Emporer! This song is haunting and you’ll find it stuck in your head in no time flat. I’m so excited for the full length from these guys! Let’s keep that same Stockholm love and feature another act out of that city in Elias. This newcomer (read up-and-comer) has a track “Green Eyes” that kind of starts a bit like king Kanye West’s “Heartless,” and while not quite as catchy, I believe it’s every bit as good. The songs are actually a bit similar as how I’m interpreting the lyrics on Elias’ track is the feeling of being stuck in a relationship with someone who has trapped you. We’ve all felt that in one way or another. Love this song!

Next up this week is some fire from producer salute & singer Abra come together on a stellar track, “Colourblind.” Beautiful orchestration, solid driving beat, and airy vocals all make for a track that is ready to bumped the eff up in your ride.

I love bands that venture into the Alt genre while still having that DIY sound that Indie-mavens crave. A band that kills this for me is Craft Spells with their track “Our Park By Night.” It has a sound that is very digestible yet there is so much depth within it. It’s a great nighttime cruising song. Another act that breaks through the Alt bubble is a singer that goes by Anna of the North. With Scandinavians taking over much of this list, you would think I’m playing favorites with my people, but if you’ve been listening to these songs, you see why there on here. “The Dreamer” is a simple and straight-forward track that is delicate in all the right places swelling to the point where you’re stomping your feet to the beat. Infectious, ain’t it?

Let’s kick off some honorable mentions:

Lissie – “Don’t You Give up on Me” – Indie-folk that could easily be heard over an EDM track? That’s kind of my jam. This is a great ballad for anyone at any point in their life. Yay for empowerment!

Aquilo – “Never Seen You Get So Low” – Dat sex! If the guys of Aquilo are reading this, please pitch every softcore porn production company your music because it just gets the mood so right. I can’t stop listening to this track and the rest of the album. If you haven’t checked out the whole thing, run, don’t walk!

Thanks y’all and have a great week!

-Greg

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 10/13

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

This week on the LRDC New Music Playlist, we’re starting off with some heat. While Pumarosa does not have much music out there on the interwebs, there is nothing inherently wrong with hyping up a band after only hearing a song or two. I told everyone I knew about CHVRCHES upon my first listen of “The Mother We Share” and they’ve come so far. Pumarosa has something very special, a sound that is not easily defined (or rather confined to a label). It’s chill, yet very intentional with a tight and cohesive sound that gives it great intensity. I now consider myself a “Priestess” and you should too! Speaking of heat…hot off the presses from the solo act Porches is “Hour” (I promise I’ll stop with the temperature references). Aaron Maine (AKA Porches) nails a upbeat synth jam that I would liken to Tanlines only a bit darker and much more cerebral.

Straight out of the 80’s is Postiljonen‘s new track “Go!”…and yes, the exclamation point is necessary! This track has so much to love, from the high pitched “Go!”, muted and airy vocals, and the crazy guitar riffs that seemingly come out of no where. This could easily be classified as heavy dream-pop, and that classification has me thrilled for more new ish from these Swedes!

Minnesota youngsters (all in their teens or 20), Hippo Campus have a crunchy new song “Dollar Bill” that rides lovely indie-pop vibes much like what we have seen from Local Natives in the past. Their youth quickly takes a back seat when you give them a listen as their carefully crafted hooks draw you into their entire catalog. Coming from someone who has seen this band live (twice), these kids are going somewhere if not just based on their live show alone! If you don’t know, now you know.

Bet you didn’t expect Duke Dumont to set your week off right. Give his track “Melt” one listen and you’ll be hooked. Work out to it, walk through a busy street to it, troll on Facebook to it, make love to it, it can do everything. This song will get you in the mood to fully enjoy Crooked Colours’ wobbly new hit, “Step.” This song goes 0-100 REAL quick. From down-tempo synth and baby soft vocals, the drop is funky and will having you bob your head till your neck breaks. Let us all say a prayer in unison that this Australian trio’s whole forthcoming album is full of songs like this, because I need to make sure I get my monies worth out of this to support my head.

Honorable Mentions:

Majical Cloudz – “Downtown” – Thinking of tracks about downtown, perhaps Petula Clark or Macklemore come to mind. This track is nothing like the tracks by the aforementioned artists.

RAC ft. Katie Herzig – “3am” – So it should be obvious that I’m infatuated with RAC and everything they release. Katie Herzig is channeling her inner Imogen Heap in this track (sorry, I’ve actually never heard anything Herzig has done prior to this) and it creates a dreamy track with the wonderful electronic genius that is RAC.

Bloc Party – “The Love Within” – New music from Bloc Party…that’s it. They’re dope and so is this new track, so stoked for more singles!

Chromatics – “White Light” – So we’ve been teased since early this year with a new LP from these guys (it was supposed to be out FEBRUARY), but instead they keep tempting us with chill jams. GIVE US THE FULL LENGTH ALREADY!

That’s it for this week everyone! Thanks and enjoy!

-Greg