THE MASHUP HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY RELEASED GUISEEEE!! You may remember hearing from earlier in the summer at Glastonbury, Hot Chip finished their set off with a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” and somehow ended with “All Your Friends” by LCD Soundsystem. This left the Internet aghast for at least 10 hours, and then onto the next picture of a cat doing something comical, but it was a huge deal for me! They’ve even followed up releasing the track with a sick retro video that really drives home everything perfect about Hot Chip.
This week we have a dynamic, airy romp from Diane Coffee, a man whose name is actually Shaun Fleming. He may be better known as the drummer of Foxygen, and this all makes sense when you hear the song. I like Foxygen, but I think Diane Coffee is a bit more approachable on this track. He achieves a sound that sounds a bit like Tame Impala, and if their success is any indication, this sound sells. I wish him all the best on his solo project, now on his 2nd full length that has touches of Foxygen which will be a breath of fresh air for people who are awaiting a follow-up to last year’s “…And Star Power.”
The previously mention tracks are awesome, but I’d have to say that this week’s hottest track comes from the lovely little CO duo, Chairlift. If you’re familiar with Chairlift, you’re probably thinking “really”? No disrespect to the band, as they produce some great catchy, lighthearted synth pop, but it would be difficult to imagine a track that really blew you away as they deal in the minutiae when crafting their music. Well, it’s a new dawn for the band with “Ch-Ching,” a bouncy jam that could accompany you enjoying a drink at a dance club or you could catch your neighborhood b-boy practicing his windmills to it. This track defies everything you thought you knew about the love-song toting duo and I love every single thing about it. Put this one in heavy rotation.
Keeping with Chairlift’s usual stylo, we have a new single from the Dum Dum Girls, but, mind you, they are not alone; they’ve collabed with the boys of Merchandise. In “Red Sun” they blend both of their styles effectively to make an airy, lo-fi track that makes you wonder why they didn’t come together before this as they have very similar sounds. Maybe this is a sign of a more long-term partnership between the two groups. I think this would be a very fruitful relationship! Speaking of lo-fi, the reigning champions (Beach House) have ANOTHER full length album released, and not 2 months have passed since their critically acclaimed “Depression Cherry” hit shelves. This one is “Thank Your Lucky Stars” and I’ve included the first track titled “Majorette” on the list. This dreamy little number is way more my speed than what I heard on “Depression,” for some reason I just could not get into that album.
Before jumping into honorable mentions, I wanted to feature a track from a band who has completely reinvented themselves. Moving with the times, the band Oceana have wandered from their post-hardcore roots to a funky, full-band outfit called Polyenso. Their new single “17 New Years” goes far beyond what I would have ever imagined after hearing their early stuff. There are some island influences on this track in the percussion and I was instantly drawn to it. They remind me of the huge sound and infectious melodies that Crosses puts out, and with the a similar background for each of these bands, who knows if this will start a trend of the alt & hardcore world of music finding their soft side.
Here are some honorable mentions:
VERITE – “Sober” – Calling it, this is the jam of the winter. This kid from NY (she’s only 25), is going places with a radio-ready sound that will probably end up on Apple commercials or accompanying an EDM track from the Skriplo Ruskobinson’s of the world.
St Germain – “Real Blues” – I was swept up in this track when I first heard it. I just love the mix of heavy percussion with strings in the background and it just oozes bossa nova. This Frenchman has been making music for a long time, so I’ve also enjoyed going through his catalogue.
Cool Ghouls – “Creature That I Am” – I’m 99.99% sure (we’re talking Lysol percentages, guys) that these guys were actually cryogenically frozen in the 60’s. They exude that analog garage sound that got our parents into music that subsequently got us into music. I love the psychedelia and grittiness of it all even though that might not be my scene at all.
Enjoy your week!