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LRDC This Week New Music Playlist 6/21/16

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Are y’all ready? Because I have a big list for you. Keep in mind, I had nothing to feature as of Monday morning, though I went down a rabbit hole of new music and found some crazy good new tracks for your aural pleasure.

First up, WE HAVE NEW TWO DOOR!!! That’s all, that’s it. It’s been far too long since we’ve gotten new music from the Irish group of guys and while this song didn’t immediately strike me as gold, I’ve certainly warmed up to it. Give it a couple listens prior to giving a full judgement as well and I think you’ll start to fall in love. Next is a new track from a French duo called Bengale and it is funk-tastic and so much fun. I mean, just look at the artwork for the single, how can you not like these guys?

So, I love featuring sultry songstresses on my playlists and this smooth, R&B princess, Brika, surely hits all the right spots. Her track “You” is dynamic and playful all while having a certain originality to it. Switching gears completely, we have a brand, spankin’ new song from Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós. To accompany the release of this song, they also live-streamed a 24 hour drive through Iceland that can be found here. While I have never really gotten into this band over the years, this track certainly sounds much better to my more refined palate (as compared to my early, emo years). Let’s just keep this up as we switch gears again by going to a new Disclosure track featuring soul-king Al Green. This collab is big and this track is fire! AAAND, speaking of big collabs, next is a fun little track from CHVRCHES that is kind of like a remix?! It is one of their album tracks only featuring verses from the one and only, Hayley Williams and while not too different from the original, it’s a cool collab.

Let’s move on to a track from a band strikingly named Let’s Eat Grandma. I have to tell you, I enjoyed getting through their new album “I, Gemini” as it was ruckus and intense, while pulling in many different directions. You get wandering vocals, you get tribal drums, you get flutes, you get intricate orchestrations, you get discordant sounds, you get everything. They’re riot grrrl, evolved, and only 17 too!

Jumping towards the end, we have a beautiful track from Tel Aviv-based Totemo. I’ve found myself listening to this song over and over the past couple days and I still cannot get enough. “Hits” has so much going on. Japanese-influenced instrumentation, Purity Ring-esqe vocals, and beautiful strings weaving in and out and overlayed on top of a clean beat. And, last up, we have a killer, dreamy track from girl duo Puro Instinct. This will certainly take you into the ethereal where everything is perfect and golden. It’s such a great track to sink into on repeat. Go ahead, try it and tell me how freaking relaxed you feel.

That’s it for this week!

Enjoy,

Greg

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LRDC This Week New Music Playlist – 5/17/16

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 . 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.

Enjoy,
Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 9/29 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

No doubt about it, the highlight of this week’s list is Big Grams, which is a super group of sorts combining Big Boi of Outkast fame and the electro-indie duo, Phantogram. I’ve been digging this mashup of indie-electric and rap-pop so much that I put two songs on the list “Lights On” and “Goldmine Junkie”. I’ll be digging a bit deeper into the former of the two songs in a bit as well. Moving on, Youth Lagoon’s Trevor Powers has had great success in his rather short career (producing 3 albums) and has been compared to the likes of Pink Floyd & Flaming Lips. That is some serious talk, so if he isn’t on your radar, now is the time to get him there. On this week’s list, I’ve included a deeper track from Powers’ new album called “Free Me” and if I venture to be so bold, he almost sounds as if he is channeling Karen O in this, and I love the heck out of it!

Now, hot after releasing their single “Drag,” Day Wave has another upbeat ditty that is sure get your feet a-tapping. I liken the sound of this track to Real Estate after approximately twelve and a half Red Bulls, which I am more than a little fine with. From the pop, we move to a more eclectic sound in Empress Of’s “Standard.” A second showing from her on our lists, I’d describe this track as a discordant amalgam of  sounds and textures where her voice seems to float around willy-nilly. This makes me feel very uncomfortable for a couple moments, but just like a loyal dog, she always comes back into harmony.

This week’s honorary mentions will be as follows:

!!! – “Sick Ass Moon” – What an appropriate song for the week where we’ve experienced a sick ass, blood red moon. New music from “chk chk chk” (as they pronounce their name) is always appreciated as they have been able to stack hits over their almost 20 years of making music

Broken Bells – “It’s That Talk Again” – The side project of The Shin’s Brian Mercer and producer Danger Mouse, these guys have been churning out amazing song after amazing song. This being our first look at their upcoming album, I can say with absolute confidence that we are in for a treat when it drops. Also, you can still hear a bit of Bee Gees in here like you could on their track “Holding Onto Life,” which I love!!!

Hermitude – “Hijinx” ft. Chuck Inglish – Another showing from the Welsh duo, this one is a bonus track on their album “Dark Night Sweet Light.” It’s a hit right in the skull with heavy synth, 808s, and is pure, trap goodness.

The Feelies – “Paint it Black” – A Rolling Stones classic, covered by a band that was actually formed the year after The Stones released this track. With the band being comprised of some of the best musicians out there, it’s great to hear this track come to life again.

midnight – “Baptize” – Fall into the deep water of this song, get surrounded all around by it, be baptized by it. This is the song you put on when you’re trying to get low, like reeeeal low and it is a great song to try and hold onto Summer with!

Enjoy your week, guys!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 9/15 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Buzz Buzz Buzz go the bands in this week’s installment of LRDC #THIS Week! Rest assured, they are buzzing for good reason. Whether it’s Empress Of who just handed a stellar 8.2 from Pitchfork on her new release “Me,” CHVRCHES new banger “Clearest Blue,” or the dance rap song of of the year from Falcons entitled “Aquafina.” Each of these tracks are evidence of all the boxes indie music is ticking right now to really fit any musical preference. The up-and-comer award on this week’s list goes to Oakland’s Astronauts, etc. who put together a beautiful “Miike Snow sans heavy synth” sound in the single, “Shake it Loose.” This track has a beautiful, airy and pervasive sound to it where you almost feel like you are hearing it in an empty auditorium. It’s anyone’s guess why they haven’t blown up, but here’s your chance to get in before they’re big as they have less than 7000 Facebook likes. SO GLAD to see another single this week coming from Jr. Jr. (fka Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) with their super-poppy track “As Time Goes” that will keep you dancing all damn week. Also filed under “SO GLAD,” is new freaking music from The Radio Dept. who have been radio…silent except for some experimental EPs since their (amazing) 2010 album “Clinging To A Scheme.”

Right now, let’s get into the wayback-machine to 2007 to when my hair was longer than my last relationship and I exclusively listened to music that lead people “to write love on their arms.” Well, I guess we don’t need the wayback-machine because we have a new track from The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die called “I Can Be Afraid of Anything” and it channels the days of Sunny Day Real Estate perfectly! No discredit to them, they fit really well in the music scene as it is, with their well thought out melodic vocals and grandiose orchestration. I’m every bit as much of a fan as I would have been circa mid-2000s. From there, let’s get in the Delorean and head straight to 2016 when the 70’s indie-disco duo Kisses is the hottest thing. Remember when you heard about them in 2015?? Their new track “Control” will help you lose control from the “Westside to the Eastside” and back again. Now onto this week’s honorable mentions:

Young Galaxy – “Factory Flaws” – The band name is super appropriate as it was started by a former touring guitarist of Stars and they hold onto that similar bright pop that we love from the latter.

Skylar Spence – “I Can’t Be Your Superman” – the artist formerly known as Saint Pepsi up until receipt of a cease and desist from a company who will not be named on this post. This track is what we would expect from Mr. Spence (his name is actually Ryan DeRobertis), in that it will remain in your head for 5.6 days.

Small Black – “Back at Belle’s” – Now a LRDC #THIS Week veteran, Small Black has been releasing some FIRE tracks from his upcoming record “Best Blues” (out 10/18 on Jagjaguwar) and this one is no exception.

CHVRCHES – Clearest Blue

Friday, September 11th, 2015

If you have been keeping up with Indie music, you cannot escape the Scotish electro-indie, darlings CHVRCHES. Their 2012 breakout singles “Lies” and “The Mother We Share” gave us a glimpse into something very special. A band that is seamlessly weaving radio-ready synth-pop with a certain complexity in execution and subject matter of thier lyrics. Despite the complexity, every single song they have released is quite approachable. That’s enough recap to get us caught up to September 2015. You should definitely know that CHVRCHES have a new album coming out in the latter part of this month and have been releasing tracks pretty regularly to give people a taste of what to expect on the Sophomore Full-Length release, “Every Open Eye”. The first single, “Leave a Trace,”  built a up a ton of anticipation and buzz. It was apparent that CHVRCHES hadn’t strayed too far from the formula that got them where they were. Authentic, refined lyrics with tight beats and vocals remains consistent to what we’ve seen.  The second single, “Never Ending Circles,” really echoed the sound and feel that we got from some of the later singles on their first LP, “The Bones of What We Believe.” That brings us to “Clearest Blue”, which I believe is the real standout track of the three. This track swells in seamless ebbs and flows from the first from the first few versus and leads to a bit of a hurried delivery of the lyrics, at least more so than we have heard from the Glaswegian trio. Something tells me that this track is important to the band as the upcoming album lends it’s namesake to some of the lyrics. Launching from the lyrics “will you meet me more than halfway up,” the song totally opens up into a playful mix of heavy synth and a glitchy scratching that is sure to stay with you long after the song is over. The song closes with some faint, repetition of lyrics that produces an ethereal sound, as if you’ve cast yourself into the “Clearest Blue”.

Enjoy and be sure to pick up the new CHVRCHES’ album on 9/25 out on Glassnote Records!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 9/1 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Guys, we have the Labor Day holiday coming up and what sounds better than a break from work to just chill out for three days? Well, we have the perfect playlist for you to chill the eff out this weekend! We have all new music coming from some of my favorite buzzbands from the past few years with UK’s Chad Valley and Quebec’s Majical Cloudz and one from my not-so-favorite buzzband, FKA Twigs. That last comment aside, FKA Twigs‘ new track “In Time” ebbs and flows so seamlessly, you’d think it was multiple songs. Other strong showings on this playlist include a new favorite of mine by electro-indie duo, GEMS, called “Living as a Ghost”. Give this track a listen and you’ll be hooked instantly. Could this group be the next CHVRCHES, and sweep the world by storm? I think they show such potential here, and I’m stoked to see what else they have to offer when their full-length is out on Oct 30th (on Carpark Records). Honorable mentions on the list are YACHT with a new witty new song called “I Thought the Future Would be Cooler” and a SIIIICK, disco remix of Hot Chip’s “Started Right” by Joe Goddard.

I hope y’all enjoy!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 8/18 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

It’s that time of the week again! New music y’all! Here’s another solid hour of music to get you through your week. We see some strong showings from Portland’s Pure Bathing Culture with the dreamy, M83esque “Pray For Rain” and the Duke Dumont’s funky house anthem “Ocean Drive”. Since Tame Impala basically blew up 2015 with the release of “Currents,” I’ve included my favorite track from the album, “Eventually.” New music has been popping up from a couple bands we haven’t heard from in a while as well, so to cover that, we have new tracks from Silversun Pickups, Small Black, and Beach House. All of these are strong showings and prove to not disappoint.

Stay tuned in to Le Rez for the eventual return of Los Angeleno quintetet Local Natives who have been hinting to new music coming soon with some time being spent in Thailand writing and back in Los Angeles recording. As a HUGE Local Natives fan, I’m beyond excited to hear a follow up to 2013’s Hummingbird!

Enjoy!

LRDC #THIS Week 8/11 New Music Playlist

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Hey you…yeah, YOU! You like music, right? You probably like new music as well! Well, you’re in luck. I’m embarking to try and curate short, digestible new music playlists to get you through your week. This week I have some great new music from the likes of Hot Chip (currently rocking it with their new album “Why Make Sense?”) and CHVRCHES who is planning on releasing their next LP next month (GET STOKED). There’s a little bit of pop, a little bit of weird, and a whole lot of new included on this list, so give it a run through and let me know what your favorite track is. I’m just going to get the ball rolling and say that my favorite on here is BAIO’s (Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend) “Sister of Pearl,”

Ready. Set. GO!

CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I don’t think I could have found a better song to have as my 50th post. I downloaded this song and have listened to it (brace yourself) a total of  114 times in 24 hours. I know, I know, that’s a little excessive. It is just so good. This concerns me though, because they have yet to announce a debut album and I fear that it will not be up to my expectations. Well, until then, we have this track to enjoy and enjoy it you should! They have a great dream-pop thing going on, much like M83 and Purity Ring. This trio is out of Glasgow and has made some waves with this track on indie radio (how I heard it). It’s practically all they play…and literally all I play. The lead’s voice is just so haunting and clear. The bassline begs to have your foot tap to it. The synth makes you repeat it like a drone. If you don’t believe in subliminal messages, this should be all the proof you need to prove it exists. It is telling you to listen to it over and over again.