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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

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

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

Neon Indian – Polish Girl

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Two word for Neon Indian, “huge success.” This song took them to infinity and beyond. Now all I hear is Neon Indian this, Neon Indian that. Their whole album is pretty good, but this track really does stand out and will earn them a ton of respect along with the rest of the album. Perhaps the same amount of respect as The Suburbs brought Arcade Fire. Well that is lofty, but my favorite part of this song is the Mario-like coin ring at 1:24, and I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt and call them awesome, old-school gamers.