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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

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 10/13

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

This week on the LRDC New Music Playlist, we’re starting off with some heat. While Pumarosa does not have much music out there on the interwebs, there is nothing inherently wrong with hyping up a band after only hearing a song or two. I told everyone I knew about CHVRCHES upon my first listen of “The Mother We Share” and they’ve come so far. Pumarosa has something very special, a sound that is not easily defined (or rather confined to a label). It’s chill, yet very intentional with a tight and cohesive sound that gives it great intensity. I now consider myself a “Priestess” and you should too! Speaking of heat…hot off the presses from the solo act Porches is “Hour” (I promise I’ll stop with the temperature references). Aaron Maine (AKA Porches) nails a upbeat synth jam that I would liken to Tanlines only a bit darker and much more cerebral.

Straight out of the 80’s is Postiljonen‘s new track “Go!”…and yes, the exclamation point is necessary! This track has so much to love, from the high pitched “Go!”, muted and airy vocals, and the crazy guitar riffs that seemingly come out of no where. This could easily be classified as heavy dream-pop, and that classification has me thrilled for more new ish from these Swedes!

Minnesota youngsters (all in their teens or 20), Hippo Campus have a crunchy new song “Dollar Bill” that rides lovely indie-pop vibes much like what we have seen from Local Natives in the past. Their youth quickly takes a back seat when you give them a listen as their carefully crafted hooks draw you into their entire catalog. Coming from someone who has seen this band live (twice), these kids are going somewhere if not just based on their live show alone! If you don’t know, now you know.

Bet you didn’t expect Duke Dumont to set your week off right. Give his track “Melt” one listen and you’ll be hooked. Work out to it, walk through a busy street to it, troll on Facebook to it, make love to it, it can do everything. This song will get you in the mood to fully enjoy Crooked Colours’ wobbly new hit, “Step.” This song goes 0-100 REAL quick. From down-tempo synth and baby soft vocals, the drop is funky and will having you bob your head till your neck breaks. Let us all say a prayer in unison that this Australian trio’s whole forthcoming album is full of songs like this, because I need to make sure I get my monies worth out of this to support my head.

Honorable Mentions:

Majical Cloudz – “Downtown” – Thinking of tracks about downtown, perhaps Petula Clark or Macklemore come to mind. This track is nothing like the tracks by the aforementioned artists.

RAC ft. Katie Herzig – “3am” – So it should be obvious that I’m infatuated with RAC and everything they release. Katie Herzig is channeling her inner Imogen Heap in this track (sorry, I’ve actually never heard anything Herzig has done prior to this) and it creates a dreamy track with the wonderful electronic genius that is RAC.

Bloc Party – “The Love Within” – New music from Bloc Party…that’s it. They’re dope and so is this new track, so stoked for more singles!

Chromatics – “White Light” – So we’ve been teased since early this year with a new LP from these guys (it was supposed to be out FEBRUARY), but instead they keep tempting us with chill jams. GIVE US THE FULL LENGTH ALREADY!

That’s it for this week everyone! Thanks and enjoy!

-Greg

Big Grams – Lights On

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

No doubt about it, one of the most exciting new projects this year is Big Grams (aside from EL VY), which is a super group of sorts combining Big Boi of Outkast fame and the electro-indie duo, Phantogram. There are the two standout tracks and are most likely going to be their singles that they’ll promote for the foreseeable future, the song above and their first single “Fell in the Sun.” Another fun tid-bit is they will be making their live debut at the Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, and lucky you, there are still tickets available here!!! So, here’s why you need to drag your butt to SF to see this mashup of indie and pop-rap. If you’ve seen Phantogram live, you probably would venture to say that they tear the house right down. Adding a rapper made famous by songs regarding Polaroids, the smell of farts, and apologizing to the grandmother of your illegitimate baby can only enhance the overall performance factor on all levels!

Giving their new EP a first listen, there definitely is a cohesiveness to it, yet every song sounds so different. Each track has a great balance between the two sounds that the Phantogram and Big Boi bring to the table. It’s absolutely fascinating that something like this has come to be and the only other project that I could say is every bit as much surreal is Run The Jewels’Meow The Jewels” project (listen to that right meow!). So, if you’re down for the sound you’ve become familiar with on previous Phantogram releases, but want a little more edginess, this is your lucky day!

Enjoy,

-Greg

LRDC #THIS Week 9/9 New Music Playlist

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

We get this week’s playlist a day late and you can blame the holiday for that, don’t worry, I’ll return next Tuesday with another batch of new tracks. Let’s get this started!

I’m not going to lie, there is a ton of diversity on this week’s list. Straying from the normal, chill-wave I know and love, I’ve included a new track from FIDLAR (or Fuck it Dog, Life’s a Risk) named “Leave Me Alone” that rocks pretty hard. For the top tracks that you’re going to hear the rest of this year, look no further but Scooter Island’s track, “Breezy” and Hermitude’s “The Buzz.” The former is number one on the list for a reason, it will get you in the mood to tackle whatever the day has in store for you and the latter gets the mood set real quick! Get ready to break out your dancing shoes for this and Superhumanoid’s “Norwegian Black Metal,” which is actually nothing like the title, unless the Norwegian’s idea of black metal is funky synth and drums and soaring vocals (doubtful). Go ahead and keep those dancing shoes on, too, for “Mercy” by Young Empires and get ready to thizz your face right off. I was very excited to hear the next new single from EL VY in “I’m the Man to Be.” It tramples into a more edgy arena (speaking of dicks and such) and is not as easily played as their last single, “Return to the Moon,” but there is nothing wrong with it. Give it a couple listens and you’ll be hooked as Matt Berninger weaves in and out of his tawdry story. Some interesting new music is coming from Martin Courtney, who you may remember from Real Estate. His track “Northern Highway” is like Real Estate did a project with Real Estate writing about stuff Real Estate writes about. Good thing I like Real Estate, which is why I added it to the list. Honorable mentions are as follows:

Painted Palms – “Disintegrate” – Freaking beautiful album art and a catchy track to boot

Small Black – “No One Wants it to Happen to You” – They’re killing it again with a track reminiscent to Washed Out in the best way possible.

John Grant – “Dissapointing” – This song is dynamic, haunting, and is strangely upbeat despite the minor chords and title

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!

EL VY – Return to the Moon (Political Song for Didi Bloome to Sing, with Crescendo)

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

So, like me about 30 minutes ago, you probably haven’t heard of this band. That’s totally understandable as the members have kept the project under wraps for at least the past year. What this project is consisted of is one-fifth of The National (Matt Berninger, vocalist) and one-whole of Ramona Falls (Brent Knopf, also previously of Menomena). Have you ever wondered what The National would sound like if they got dropped into a vat of some funky juice? It’s safe to say that Brent’s experimental roots have slathered this song in funk, but as a perfect complement, Matt’s voice takes you straight into outer space in a rocket ship of silky vocals and a dancing bass line.

This cheeky lyric video tells a lot about the duo and how much fun they have already had and will inevitably have on this project. It’s great to see a different side of Matt Berninger that recalls a youthful airiness that will fit right in to your summer playlists that you’ve been rocking the past couple months. Plug in some head phones and enjoy this gravity-defying track as EL VY coaxes you to “Return to the Moon.” Enjoy!