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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 5/3/16

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Happy Tuesday! Let’s get on with some new music!

The first track struck me immediately. It’s from a band called Darling James and it’s infectious as hell. Take a bit of Miike Snow mixed with a little bit of Tame Impala and Passion Pit and you have “The Itch.” There is so much to love, except for the fact that the band only has two songs on Spotify. I’m stoked for more. Jumping into the next song, we have an up-and-coming solo act called Thai Mason with a stellar track called “Look Up.” This cat has some great flow and he reminds me of a slower, chiller Dizzee Rascal.

Skipping a bit ahead, you’ll see a song by Operators, and if you remember them from the last time I featured them, I’m guessing you are as hooked as I am. This song is glitchy and sonorous, with a heavy, driving beat. Check out the rest of their album as well, because seriously, they’re all as good as “Control.” Going ahead to a song by Manuel Darquart, it shouldn’t be any wonder why I included this on my list. Funky & heavy on the synth? That’s made for LRDC. This New Zealand electro-duo just slay, so keep you ears and eyes on them.

Ending on a high note, I have a song by White Balance that may not be new, but chances are you may have missed it like I did. This song has playful chimes resonating behind some simple drums with cute vocals and with this, these Finns stole my heart. What a great way to end out another stellar week of great music.

Enjoy!

Greg

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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 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

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