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

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Good evening peeps!

I’m going to keep this short for you guys, but please don’t see that as a reflection of the quality of this amazing amalgam of new music.

Starting off the list, we have a chill jam from an outfit named exmagician out of Belfast! They will kick off a full blown Electronic onslaught of new music from heavy hitters, UnderworldCom TruiseThe Big PinkBeshken ft Gus Dapperton. If this block doesn’t get you going, perhaps some chill wave from indie rockers HEARTWATCH & Space Above will do it for you. These two bands from San Francisco & New Zealand respectfully are really beginning to buzz and the former has a new record out in just 10 days!

Coming in with two of my favorite songs on the list, we have a track from Phillipi & Rodrigo called “Gueto de Gent.” To be honest, I have no idea what they’re saying, but this song is just so danceable! The next band I heard a couple days ago and fell in love instantly. When I heard this remix of Ibeyi’s “Stranger/Lover”, there was no going back, I had been changed. It’s absolutely entrancing and the vocals of these twin sisters play perfect with the subtle changes made in this version.

Onto some indie jams, we have some tracks from Gallant ft Jhene Aiko, LRDC favorites-Thao & the Get Down Stay DownWild Nothing (new album this week!!!), The Thermals, and Rogue Wave. Going back really quick, am I the only one who thinks The Thermals’ lead singer sounds like John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats? I can’t be the only one. They’re both so unique that it seems odd to think that they are not just the same person, but indeed they are not.

If you’ve followed along on these lists, you know I like to end on a high note, and boy is this week’s end HIGH! Ride the “Cerulean” wave with Living’s new song. Not much material by these guys, but you best believe, I’ll be keeping them on my radar.

Enjoy your week and all your beautiful new music!

-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 12/1/15

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Holy holidays! Time escaped me and I totally blanked on a new music playlist last week. I hope you all will forgive me!

As I try to earn you back, it sure helps that I have some KILLER tracks this week! The first comes from French producers Basic Tape and his new track “Not Afraid” is a synth-laden banger to really amp you up when you’re planning on getting a bit ratch. This optimistic piece of work will have you snapping your fingers all night and day. It’s songs like this where you almost feel drunk when you’re listening to them because it’s just so dancable…even though you’re white and sober when listening. Keeping with the good vibes, we have a band named PREP, a UK outfit that has been known to link up with with UK duo, Snakehips, so it’s good to see they surround themselves with the right people. The track I’ve included is entitled “Sunburnt Through the Glass” and is a light, airy romp that gets you in the mood faster than a low-cut dress. I like that the genre is a bit difficult to define of this, it’s a little bit Phoenix but with an R&B and 2-step twist to it. I dig it.

Let’s move on to feature a band who I’ve recently grown VERY fond of. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not only rings as a personal manifesto of mine, it is the name of a fuzzy outfit that has been around for long enough to know exactly what they are doing. This track, “Hell” is just plain fun, which goes to show that if you do it right, you can tell someone they’re going to hell in a super cheery and cheeky manner.

Now, we all have that band that it’s just been impossible for us to see, our “white whale” of sorts. Maybe not because they never tour, but just timing, money, having someone to go with, death in the family, etc. is not right! For me, that band is Geographer with many attempts made to see them, all of them have been pushed off or thwarted. Their music is incredibly chill and the song that I’ve featured, “Ready 2 Wear”, follows suit. Beautiful textures layer behind a simple riff with soft and sensual vocals. Man crush? Perhaps…even as I’m writing this, the photo on their Spotify has one of their members staring longingly into my eyes. So, I guess so.

Welcome to the end of 2015 where we finally hear a peep from one of my personal favorites, Wild Nothing. After I found their 2012 release, “Nocturne”, I was hooked. Reception for this album was pretty darn positive if I recall and rightfully so. Their next album (EP) “Empty Estate” kind of fell upon deaf ears other than their single “A Dancing Shell.” I sure hope this release does not go unnoticed like the aforementioned release. I’d like to say that I’m pretty in tune with releases from bands that I like, but even I missed the first single from their Feb ’16 release. I’ve included the second single, “TV Queen,” on the list this week and it seems like they’ve stuck to what we’ve been used to if not gone just a bit heavier than we’ve seen from them previously. It’s a bit darker, a bit more ominous and has a rawness similar to Surfer Blood, and if you know me, you know I freaking love that band!

Honorable Mentions for this week:

Tone of Arc – “Practical Particles” – This track starts off super bluesy with a distant guitar riff and then turns into something you’d find on the soundtrack to Donkey Kong Country. It’s absolutely SICK! I can’t remember where I heard this track, but it’s definitely on my heavy rotation for the upcoming weeks.

Animal Collective – “FloriDada” – The trip-tastic group is back, and they’re as weird as ever. Just when I thought they had settled down after a relatively approachable “Centepede Hz,” they turn around and make this track. Don’t get me wrong…I actually love this song and it fits so well in AnCo’s catalog. The “hahahahaha Wipeout” is absolutely prime too! I’m excited to hear more from their upcoming record.

Foreign Air – “Free Animal” – I’m loving this track. For some reason it’s hitting me like the first time I heard The Neighbourhood, and it has a similar intensity and darkness that I love about Chino Moreno’s project, Crosses. This song is much easier to enjoy than the latter and is not thaaat dark, so I’m excited to see what’s next for these guys!

 

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

So I’ve basically listened to this album non-stop for the past couple days. It has such great replay value. Wild Nothing seems to have a familiar sound much like Cut Copy, only throw in some more 80’s inspiration and take out a little of the funk. It definitely makes for a mellow feel and this song best exemplifies that. All the echoing vocals and reverbed guitars almost make you feel like you are listening to the album in a large hall or underwater. This all makes for a quite surreal experience and I have found it is best listened to in the background. This is a killer jam so enjoy.