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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 2/9/16

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Holy God, do I have some great music for you this week! The first one shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you if you have been following along the last couple weeks. It comes from School of Seven Bells and is the third single we’ve heard from their upcoming release. This one is very much what we are used to hearing from them on past releases. Layers of synth and reverberated vocals and a driving beat set your heart “Ablaze.” Keeping with the indie synth-pop, we have another BANGER from Echos. This jam goes from 0 to 100 so quick, you barely have time to catch your breath. It hits harder than an MMA fighter’s right hook all the way up till the end; I’m absolutely entranced by it.

Next, we have some smooth jams coming from Toronto group named Laser that is comprised of Broken Social Scene member Lisa Lobsinger and two other Toronto artists, Paul Pfisterer & Martin Davis. This track is off their most recent release from the end of last month. This brings us to another track off of the lovely group, Field Music, who also have a release out from the end of last week. Their sound is just so unique, with a bit of Bowie, Queen and Elton John there is plenty to love!

London indie rockers, Escapists, have a new track out entitled “Pyramid Scheme” that is killing it. Give it a listen and you can see how playful it is. Gotta love that tambourine! And more tambourine now coming from Mass Gothic who is lead by the former frontman of Hooray for Earth and signed with Sub Pop to release a wonderful full length last Friday. This second single, “Every Night You’ve Got to Save Me”, reminds me of Grouplove and this fun, upbeat vibe will surely treat them well. I’m 99% sure this song will be on a toothpaste commercial in a week…coming to a TV near you, move over Matt & Kim.

Going back to another band from Toronto, we have a new track from Operators off of their upcoming release “Blue Wave.” It’s very catchy and is totally radio ready with a solid replay value. I’m 99% sure it will be featured in a toothpaste commercial next week…move over Matt & Kim.

Everyone’s favorite psych-pop foursome, Animal Collective, is back with another strong track, the second single of their upcoming LP. Granted, this didn’t hit me as hard as Floridada did, but I cannot deny that the didgeridoo one of the coolest noises I’ve ever heard in a song like this. Taking it down a notch is the endearing vocals of Frankie Cosmos. I’d like to think her and Courtney Barnett just get together and jam together and write super personal and specific songs that are weirdly relatable.

Now, let’s get this party dancing. We have another new track from Autograf out of Chicago, with help from Patrick Baker. This track is way fun and has much more to it than a club banger. It has multiple movements and just sounds very special and well produced much like what we’ve gotten accustomed to seeing from Disclosure. I have to say, I got on the Holy Ghost! train a little too late for my liking. At least they are still going strong with making funky, electro jams that cut right to your head and don’t ever leave. Their new track “Crime Cutz” is the first fully new material we have heard from them since 2014 and I’m so very excited for a new LP from these guys! NY Producer, James Hinton, goes by The Range on the stage and really nails the bulls eye from what I have heard. Touring with Baio, he’ll be in good company to launch a successful career. “Florida” is a crunchy and jittery roller coaster ride from the ocean and up into space. The textures he integrates are space age and also tropical. It’s a fun one.

This week’s most interesting band names obviously goes to Cavern of Anti-Matter. With a bit of bossa nova and shoegaze, “liquid gate” is a super quick romp (2 full minutes) from Stereolab’s Tim Gane & Joe Dilworth and a man by the name of Holger Zapf, then this track features Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox. Garage rock has never been the same since Parquet Courts (Parkay Quartz?…or whatever they are now). These guys are the chillest chillers and they have a sound that is straight off of the 4-track. They just get those fuzzy vibes and from what I’ve heard, it translates REALLY well into their live show. I’m excited for another release from these guys (Their 6th in 4 years!!). Keeping your buzz going, we have a song from New York’s Porches. Fresh off the release of his newest album (this is the title track), Porches is poised for success and he earned the coveted “BEST NEW MUSIC” from the almighty Pitchfork. This kid is killing it.

Well, that wraps up this week in new music! Enjoy and let me know what you think.

-Greg

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LRDC #THIS Week New Music Playlist 1/12/16

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

So after a slow week of track releases last week, we’ve come back in full force this week. I have so much new music for you, I can’t even contain it. This week, I’ve actually decided to switch up the style of how I post as well go through a track by track analysis of each song on the playlist. Feel free to let me know how you feel about this. Here it goes.

RJD2 – “Piece of What” ft. Jordan BrownRJD2 is an act I truly regret not following more after hearing this track. He hits hard with a genre bending romp through dozens of instrumental textures that is a bit of the blues, jazz, and some hip hop. It’s refreshing to hear an electric track that produced in a way that really respects music and isn’t just orchestrated to build up to the next, bigger drop. This, coupled with Jordan Brown’s soulful pipes, makes for a song that is not sounds like it could have been produced in just about any decade between the 1950’s and today.

Islandis – “Home” – Not necessarily a new track, but most likely new to you. This chill-wave song by the Sydney Indie duo Islandis is elevator-music smooth, but has some great poppy hooks much like Penguin Prison, a favorite of mine. I’m eagerly awaiting new music from these guys and with a single such as this, I wouldn’t be surprised if they started popping on a college radio station in a town near you.

David Bowie – “Lazarus” – This week has been truly devoted to all things Bowie and remembering all of the ways he has touched us and the world of music as a whole. This song in particular is quite a gripping one as it was obviously written with Bowie’s own mortality in mind. A gifted artist and truly a legend, you will be missed. My prayers go out to your family and rest in peace, my brother!

Prinze George – “Speed Demon” ft. ESHOVO – DC Metro Natives (from Prince George County) Prinze George have teamed up with DC rapper ESHOVO to create a truly gorgeous song. “Speed Demon” breaks through to tell you to truly live in the moment, enjoy your surroundings, and notice the people around you. A message we can’t hear enough if you ask me. This song is actually so much larger than what it is on the surface, merely a smooth jam to listen to as you study. It’s serves as a reminder and even a tool to “slow it down”.

Holy Esque – “Tear” – It’s pretty hard to imagine a band that captures more of a rawness in such a beautiful package than Holy Esque. Producing an entrancing soundscape and mismatching it with vocals that seem the product of three packs a day really is quite an amazing thing to listen to. I liken these guys to a bit more cerebral and musical King Krule (but both are great, obviously, especially given the latter’s adolescence).

Pinkshinyultrablast – “The Cherry Pit” – And the Grammy goes to the artist with the coolest fricking name: Pinkshinyultrablast! This Russian four piece truly nails the dream pop genre with thunderous, fuzzy riffs and airy vocals. Seeing as these guys have been around since 2007, it’s clear they have worked out the kinks and it’s no surprise that their sound is so honed and mature. Do yourself a favor and put them on your radar.

Yeasayer – “I Am Chemistry” – You know what I say to Yeasayer? I say YEA!!!! This song took me by surprise because it’s not really like any of their previous stuff. It’s not that it’s watered down so much as it is just more approachable for the casual listener than say “Ambling Alp.” This song has a ton going on, which is your biggest sign that it’s Yeasayer with a full choral breakdown in the latter half and a synth solo. It’s fun and dynamic and I love it.

Birdy – “Keeping Your Head Up” – This girl Birdy has an amazing quality, she can channel her inner Florence Welch and completely tear the house down. This song soars and it was pretty much fate that it was released on New Years Day this year. What better song could send you into the best year of your life.

dvsn – “Hallucinations” – This song is best enjoyed with a nice set of headphones or some great speakers. I can tell you I missed a lot before really getting intimate with this track. The beat in the back is so playful and it plays very nicely with falsetto vocals that are smooth as butter.

Wild Nothing – Reichpop – We get another new track off of Wild Nothing’s upcoming LP and it’s truly something to marvel over. The marimba to open out the first part of the track launches into playful “Wild Nothing-esque” guitar riffs, and it’s totally perfect. The vocals totally take the back seat to the orchestration of the song, and I like that. Jack Tatum is not normally known for his commanding voice and this song affords the opportunity to get swept up in the music.

Brazilian Girls – The Critic – This sound reminds me so much of STRFKR. In my mind, this is pretty much the highest complement I can pay to a band. This little romp of a song is BRAND NEW from this international group that has been categorized as reggae, electronica, jazz and most strikingly, bossa nova. Everything about this track is just so much fun including the 60’s surf rock shred to end it out.

Bear Mountain – Badu – Another fun track, this Canadian solo act (Ian Bevis) also likes to cross genre lines with brass and loads of drums. This guy truly needs to go places, the world needs to hear his music! His covers are also worth the price of admission and are reminiscent of Tycho (ISO50). Take note, world, Bear Mountain is coming!

St. Lucia – “Love Somebody” – Come one everyone…snap along…it’s okay. St. Lucia will serenade you with dancing synth and give you the perfect to send over to the love of your life. Or you can cry yourself to sleep because you’ve been single for years…either or though really. Just rest assured, frontman Jean-Philip Grobler and crew will certainly light a fire under your ass as they demand “go find somebody to love”.

Porches – “Be Apart” – The 80’s are in full swing, guys. From St. Lucia to Porches, can you tell that synth is king? The sounds we are hearing from the electro-pop genre are some of the easiest tracks to put in heavy rotation, though. There is something to be said about making a powerful song that sticks with you and really strikes a chord. Making a sophomore appearance to our list, I look forward to sharing more Porches tracks with you in the future!

Wet – “All the Ways” – Closing out strong guys, this song will really leave you in a good place. You won’t be wet…unless you’re walking in the rain…but this song is about as infectious as any song that we saw in the late-1990’s and early-2000’s from the boy & girl band craze. It’s not a surprise they were able to secure some tour dates with the royal hitmakers, CHVRCHES. I am excited to get these guys on this list and can’t wait to get into their other tracks.

Thanks y’all for hanging in there till the end! Have a great week,

-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