Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Let’s get this kicked off with some new Calvin Harris and while I’ll be first to jump on the sell out train of EDM, this track includes Dizzee Rascal and it’s undeniable that this grime artist is something very unique. He transforms this track from another “whatever bro” club banger to something that is worthy to bump in even the most eclectic of speakers. The next song is an interesting mashup of genres, featuring Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA from Wu Tang Clan, they are called Banks and Steelz and it bangs. The contrast is so striking that it just works, not sure why…
Keeping with the rap and r&b, we have a song a bit later from an artist named Khalid (not to be confused with “another one”). This song starts out rough, but smooths out in a very nice way. His voice almost sounds like Bastille to me for some reason. It is just a solid track. Next up is jiving track from Ontario producer Andrew Hunt under the cryptic name FTRSL with some help of two other bands/artists named Owls & Bears. Sure it’s kind of pop-y, but that’s definitely a plus, it’s smooth and so much fun.
Wrapping up the list we have a song from Los Angeles songstress White Sea. Her song “Ellipses” swells with so much intensity and it is absolutely beautiful! I liken her to a soprano version of Zola Jesus and I’m very much down. And now finishing off on a high note is a effervescent track from an artist named Xan Young. His music is a bit less enigmatic than all the cool images on Facebook, and I am a fan of that. It’s playful and great to have on in the background or just jam out to!
I hope you all have a great week,
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, April 12th, 2016
Boy, do I have a treat for you this week. Our playlist is simply only the best new and unheard music all assembled for your listening pleasure.
Starting off strong with a funky, synth pop jam from Norwegians KAPPEKOFF it only gets better. The next song is from Henrik the Artist, and it just kills it in my book breaking through the standard EDM mold to produce a track that has so much life to it!
Sometimes I come upon a band where they’re just so good that I tell myself that I need to have a copy of their music in some sort of a format other than digital. I had this exact moment when I first heard some tracks from The Sun Days new album appropriately named “Album.” I added my favorite song from the “Album” to my list, so I hope you enjoy! Next artist I’d like to feature is this gal called Chelsea Lankes and while this track seems to be ones hidden on her new EP (out last week), it’s definitely my favorite. It’s just so beautiful, I don’t have words and the production value is very high for a new artist. Love!
Hopefully you enjoy the rest of the songs on this list as well!