Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
Let’s get this kicked off with some new Calvin Harris and while I’ll be first to jump on the sell out train of EDM, this track includes Dizzee Rascal and it’s undeniable that this grime artist is something very unique. He transforms this track from another “whatever bro” club banger to something that is worthy to bump in even the most eclectic of speakers. The next song is an interesting mashup of genres, featuring Paul Banks of Interpol and RZA from Wu Tang Clan, they are called Banks and Steelz and it bangs. The contrast is so striking that it just works, not sure why…
Keeping with the rap and r&b, we have a song a bit later from an artist named Khalid (not to be confused with “another one”). This song starts out rough, but smooths out in a very nice way. His voice almost sounds like Bastille to me for some reason. It is just a solid track. Next up is jiving track from Ontario producer Andrew Hunt under the cryptic name FTRSL with some help of two other bands/artists named Owls & Bears. Sure it’s kind of pop-y, but that’s definitely a plus, it’s smooth and so much fun.
Wrapping up the list we have a song from Los Angeles songstress White Sea. Her song “Ellipses” swells with so much intensity and it is absolutely beautiful! I liken her to a soprano version of Zola Jesus and I’m very much down. And now finishing off on a high note is a effervescent track from an artist named Xan Young. His music is a bit less enigmatic than all the cool images on Facebook, and I am a fan of that. It’s playful and great to have on in the background or just jam out to!
I hope you all have a great week,
Tuesday, June 7th, 2016
Holy hell, guys! These past couple weeks have been like a whirlwind. Sadly, I missed last week’s post, though I’m back with a short one this week and some KILLER new music.
Starting off strong, we have an exciting new track from The Avalanches that is probably the most multifaceted song you will hear all year. It also happens be the first song from these guys in SIXTEEN YEARS!!! What could top that you say? Well, the next song from a little act named Beck was released the same exact day and I have to say, it quickly became my favorite Beck song ever. I’m sure you’ll agree after hearing it, so fun, so summery, so synthy, so Donkey Kong Country-y?! Skipping ahead, we’re still going strong with this crazy track from this crazy producer called Machinedrum and it bangs harder than hell. I have listened to this song at least 50 times in the past 72 hours and I can’t get enough.
Also, on this list, we’re seeing strong new music from The Head and the Heart, The Kills, and Slaptop.
This week’s playlist is like a hottest new hits sandwich with three strong final tracks as well. The first coming from Boston producer iMAGiN8 that truly makes any time “Adventure Time”. The next is Bossa Nova track from Parisians Caravan Palace. I cannot get enough of these guys’ music. If you haven’t checked them out, go do yourself a favor and go through their entire (extensive) catalog, it does not fail to please! Last, but certainly not least, is a new track from the ever-interesting Sofi Tukker. A two piece who met while studying at Brown University that does not settle for making music like you’ve heard before. They refuse to be “derivative” and have a sound that is fresh and worldly, also, it doesn’t hurt that all of their tracks are complete bangers.