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

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Let’s start this week’s playlist with a bang. And by bang I obviously mean copulation. What else can you expect to happen while listening to a song called “Body Talk.” Cannons is a synth heavy outfit hailing from Los Angeles and I can ensure you their catalogue is every bit as good as the track I’ve featured this week. The song pulses in waves of airy vocals and choppy guitar riffs. Truly a thing of beauty and something that should be enjoyed in an intimate space with the one you love.

Great segway into ANOTHER amazing song by DIIV. Following up their breakout debut, “OSHIN”, DIIV is primed and ready to continue making waves (water pun intended). “Under the Sun” is as approachable of a track as you could expect from the lofi genre and excels in that field immensely. This song offers up the perfect soundtrack to your next surf sesh, coastal drive, or just leisurely drive. Speaking of that, another track to follow you on these adventures would be Wondr’s “I Learned”! While this is not a new song, it’s probably new to you, so let’s not get caught up on semantics. It’s absolutely entrancing and pretty much everything I look for in a song. Heavy swells with simple drum samples and soft vocals. If you follow along with my blog, I’m obviously preaching to the choir because this is what you love as well.

With the new 007 movie coming out very recently, what better song is there to promote than one named after one of the films of the past. “Moonraker” by Chrome Sparks hits as hard as their name implies…but not too hard. It has a great balance to it of synth we’ve come to see of late inspired by the 80’s and the soft keys we loved in the late 2000’s. Yet it’s all very current, very new, very mysterious. It’s a long song by any definition with several movements that keep you sucked in for the entire time.

Let’s switch gears and focus on the young phenom, Trevor Powers, or better known as Youth Lagoon. This guy has been absolutely killing it. Fresh off his beautiful release, “Savage Hills Ballroom,” he’s not done with 2015 yet and released “I’ve Seen.” A raw, gritty piano-driven song that explodes into a full band that could easily narrate a coming of age tale. For me, everything this guy has been touching is absolute gold and I hope you agree with me that this song is no exception to that.

Okay everyone, are you ready? It’s another new song from Chairlift called “Romeo.” I can’t even explain to you how excited I am to hear the full release from this duo! Their past two songs have been the most fun songs I’ve heard in a long time. They’re the kind of songs that if they’re on, it doesn’t matter who you are, you wouldn’t dare to change away. That is saying a TON

Let’s get to some honorable mentions this week:

Frankie Cosmos – “Young” – Perhaps it’s the voice, maybe the title, maybe her name, but something about this is just sooooo authentic and I love it. It’s been stuck in my head the past week and I needed to share it with y’all.

Miike Snow – Heart is Full (ft. Run the Jewels) – I don’t really need to say much more than that. I’ve been absolutely loving this new ish from Miike Snow and adding Run the Jewels just absolutely killed it in my mind. It’s perfect and fits like a glove.

High Highs – “Boxing” – So if you didn’t know already, I love KCRW (89.9 in Los Angeles) and they influence my list heavily. This is a band that they feature pretty often and I really love their sound. They have a very big sound for a two-piece and really are a breath of fresh air in the folk/indie rock scene without completely venturing into the pop-scene.

Have a great week, friends!

-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