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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 11/3

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Okay guys, if you see the first track, and you’re familiar with that band, you know that that song is not exactly new. School of Seven has not put out new music since a tragic death in the band of one of the two members. The last music we saw from them is the song above, but why I include this is because the remaining member, Alejandra Deheza, has committed to releasing the last new music that her and her bandmate recorded together. A great time to be alive indeed and a great time to have reverence for those we lost too young!

Hearing new music from a band that people (and time) have forgotten but you have remembered is always a great feeling! It feels like only the true fans are left now and you can enjoy the music without hearing it on every radio station. This is how I feel with Miike Snow and hearing his new song “My Heart is Full.” This is not a sad attempt to stay relevant. This track shows a new side of Snow that almost sounds as if Kanye produced it. It’s a bit of a mini-masterpiece to me, so I hope you enjoy it as well.

Chillwave? Yeah, I’m into it. Kaptan? Yeah, I’m into it. I saw this track premiered on Buzznet and I couldn’t not put it on my list. I’m so predictable…so much so that I more than a couple tracks on this week’s list could be classified as chillwave, like Craft Spell’s “Our Park by Night” is a funky pitch-bending track that would be a great track to listen to in the pouring rain late at night. Perfect for a night like tonight in Los Angeles. Want a bit more glitch and two step with a little reggae thrown into your chillwave? You know I like to tick all the boxes! Feel free to shake your dreads to Coast Modern’s single “Hollow Life.” This is some of the most unique music I could see actually getting really popular. Only time will tell on that one.

Let’s put the spotlight on two bands that have four letters in their band names (one I’ve featured before and the other a newcomer to LRDC) that are destined for greatness. Of course I’m talking about GEMS and TOPS. Both of these bands can hold their own in the electo-indie realm and I love every single thing I have heard from them. “Soak,” from the former came out last week with a rather provocative video that fits the song perfectly. The latter band has a new single, “The Hollow Sound of Morning Chimes,” that exudes soft rock that you could find in the 70’s and maybe into the 80’s. This song is not your typical guitar-tripping (though those are tight), destined for corporate office elevator song. The song begs for you to interact with it, to feel it, to be in the moment; it’s ethereal. It’s a great feeling, and while the song is rather long, it ends a bit suddenly and seemingly too soon….just like this post.

Enjoy,

-Greg