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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 1/26/16

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

Welcome to this week’s installment of LRDC. We have some great, new tracks for your listening pleasure. First up is from the soulful Aquilo, who I’ve featured on our lists a couple times now. This UK duo is known for their beautiful, airy vocals and soft, yet heavy hitting orchestration. “Calling Me” absolutely picks up where they left off on their breakout single “Good Girl” and is a piece of art as it swells and builds using a simply plucked guitar to tie it all together.

Next up we have a solo track from Vampire Weekend’s Rostam titled “EOS” and it also comes with some sad news. Today, we’ve learned that Rostam will be leaving Vampire Weekend after finishing work on their upcoming LP (working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”, which is craaaay). Either way, I’m excited to hear about that LP and also to have some solo work from him. This song is very pretty and is recorded as if it was performed in a massive concert hall. It’s haunting and intimate, but still familiar and approachable. Apparently, in the song he’s actually referencing a photograph taken in India and the song is recalling a certain place and time.

For me, only a few bands have been able to follow up a killer debut single with hit after hit. I like to cover up-and-comers, but the fact of the matter is that some of them will fall into the backdrop, it’s the sad reality of this MP3 world. HAERTS is one of those bands that has fought hard and produced music that lives up to the expectations of excellency I hold them up to. A couple days ago, they released a quick three song EP called “Power / Land” and it was reallllly difficult for me to decide which song to feature on this week’s list. All three are strong , even the middle track entitled “Interlude,” but “Turn It Around” kept ringing in my head for the rest of the day. The vocals are remeniscent of Karen O to me with touch of rawness, yet still a little sophomoric. The beat and synth are characteristic of the rest of the stuff they have put out and no fault to them for this, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I absolutely love how infectious everything about this song is.

Downtempo Synth darlings, Prince Innocence call Toronto their home and I’ve featured their song called “I Don’t Care.” It’s the kind of song you would expect in a high-end retailer. It has a great sound that is really well put together and they in this track they tell you exactly what they think when you call them “pop.” They remind me a bit of a brighter Massive Attack with vocals playing seamlessly off of minimalist, yet interesting, synth.

GIRL POWER!!! All female punk outfit Bleached are back with an upcoming full length and we have one track from that entitled “Keep On Keepin’ On.” It captures a bit of 80’s Punk as well as some of the fuzzy 60’s surf-rock vibes while being approachable with some pop influences. It’s a feel-good song that has a driving beat keeping you tuned in for the entire four and a half minutes.

A sequel to his “White Privilege” released in 2005, Macklemore broke the internet last Friday when he released “White Privilege II.” It stirred up emotions, both positive and negative. Many threw shade at him that he’s basically shooting himself in the foot. Say what you will about “The Mac,” but he sings about stuff that matters. He’s advocating in this song about using your voice for those things that do matter and when you use your voice, make sure it is authentic. Truly words we all should live by regardless of our influence on others. To be honest, this track spoke to me because I’m a white male who doesn’t harbor hate in my heart for people of different races or for the police. I fall into the category that he is rapping about. Perhaps those who are criticizing the song aren’t necessarily the intended audience. This track is best enjoyed while reading the lyrics, so you can find those here.

Making their third appearance on LRDC, High Highs is back with another new track called “How Could You Know.” I must be fan-boying hard for these guys because I have loved all three of these tracks so much. This one reminds me a bit of Ariel Pink for some reason and other bands that I realllllly can’t get off the top of my tongue. I think I like High Highs so much because if I were in a band, this is exactly the sound that I would go for. Keep it up, guys!

Let’s hit up this week’s very honorable mentions:

Kiiara“Feels” – Please do yourself a favor and click that link and listen to this song. I have to say that this song drops the F bomb a few to many times (not “Feels”), but it’s really quite pretty. She has a bit of a hip hop vibe with a track that sounds like it’s on a relaxation tape and some 808s thrown in.

Flume ft. Kai – “Never Be Like You” – I’m going to request one thing of you tonight. I know you’re going to like this song, but please abstain from seeing Flume live or any other DJ live for that matter. They’re only going to let you down unless you’ve heard that said DJ kills it live (i.e. go see Major Lazer or A-Trak), because 99% of DJs just press a couple buttons and jump around. So save the $50 and enjoy this track where it is truly meant to be enjoyed, wherever you are right now listening to it in all of it’s produced glory.

SNBRN ft. Nate Dogg – “Gangsta Walk” – Nate Dogg (RIP), I wish you could have heard this song because it absolutely slays. SNBRN turned a pretty dark, chill song into a club BANGER and it does just that.

That’s it for this week, enjoy the list y’all!

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 11/10

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Hey guys, I’m just going to apologize in advance if you’re not into dance music, because I chose a couple that are pretty much straight poppy, club bangers (See “Fire” & “Metaphysical”)! Full disclosure: I love club bangers. I did also include some tracks that are more akin to what you’re used to hearing weekly on LRDC, and the first I’ll feature is “Memory” by a bloke named Albert Ryan. After doing some research, it appears he’s a electronic music writer & producer out of Jersey and he also dabbles in hip hop, producing a record more focused on the latter in 2012. For the track above, of which he’s offering a free download on his Bandcamp, it’s straight, unadulterated synth beauty! Let his silky smooth electro-wave take you on a ride down the PCH!

Probably one of the most buzzed about new music from last week was new Santigold! I’m not sure how this woman does it, but her songs are all so uniquely “Santigold,” which means it’s a little bit odd, yet they are so approachable. “Can’t Get Enough of Myself” certainly follows suit with this winning formula that she has concocted. I would say this song has some of the best replay value on this weeks list, so if you haven’t put it on your own workout playlist or “get ready to rage” playlist, now would be the proper time to get that done. Talking about buzz, we can basically say this was “Grimes Week!” Every music site has exploded over the long awaited full length “Art Angels” and now that the dust has settled (and P4K has given their ever-predictable “Best New Music”), let’s talk about MY favorite track. It’s “World Princess part II”! Why? It’s a track that sounds like it’s already been remixed by a world renown producer and this saves the world time and cuts out the middle man. We can just get straight to the sick beats and not get quite so swept into the unintelligible moan-singing that we’ve become used to hearing from Grimes.

Quick question, which is the best piece in chess? Queen? Hell no, it’s the Bishop…okay, it’s not, it’s actually the Queen. But hey, I’ve given the “Bishops” some love on this weeks list. You have not one but TWO Bishop songs. Take note, that these are two separate artists. The first, stylized BISHØP, has provided her vocals and teamed up with another dj/producer, BYNON. This particular track is a remix by Gianni Kosta and takes a fun and glitchy track and makes it even more funner and glitchier. The second Bishop track is a super heavy hitter with the help of some 808s, hi hats, and some dub claps, which catches you off as it swells from a relatively subdued start.

Let’s kick off some honorable mentions:

Oberhofer – “Ballroom Floor” – For the past couple years, I’ve heard from Oberhofer here and there and have enjoyed everything I’ve heard from them. I’ve just never gotten deep enough to dive into their music, but the song on this week’s list is the perfect gateway track to suck you into their newest release, “Chronovision”. If you have had an Oberhofer block like I have, and this track has broken through that, you’re welcome.

Autograf & Janelle Kroll – “Metaphysical” – Electro-indie three piece Autograf have put out this FIRE track and absolutely blown me away. Their combination of soft drum beats and what sounds like a wooden xylophone synth (?) mixed with electric piano and modern textures just works for me and reminds me a bit of every single thing I love about Deadmau5’s remix of “You & I.”

PAPA – “Hold On” – This band is kind of a mysterious for me for a very random reason. I somehow ended up on their mailing list about 3 years ago and actually ended up really liking their music. Their newest track, “Hold On,” is a great alt-rock anthem that could possibly launch their career, with the perfect sound to fill a stadium, much like Brandon Flowers and The Killers.

Have a great night everyone,

-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