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Back in February I presented you with the easily lovable “Running It”, by the up and coming Australian group Diafrix. This time, it’s another fun & catchy track with “Easy Come, Easy Go” representing the third single on the upcoming debut album Pocket Full of Dreams, due out September 28th. To say this record could be a sleeper of 2012 is a giant understatement. Really enjoying everything I’ve heard from the group, as the combo of hip/hop & pop continues to click. Check out “Easy Come, Easy Go,” below and be sure to support Pocket Full of Dreams once released.
Canadian hip/hop STAND UP!
Talented musicians have continued to ooze out of the northern nation and bless us with some terrific music over the years. Artists such as Classified, k-os, K’naan, and hell, even Drake have made a significant imprint on the music scene through their undeniable talent and continued hard work.
The Lytics may represent a new wave of Canadian music with their new and catchy debut single “Stay Calm.” This managed to catch my attention because of its unique and organic alterna-pop sound coupled with a strong old school hip hop vibe. The group’s sophomore album, They Told Me, is scheduled to drop October 16th, and should be an intriguing listen. Snag this great track below to get your fix before the album is released.
California natives Trails and Ways have taken the summer of 2012 by storm with their blissful indie pop tracks that simply cannot go unnoticed. They are QUICKLY becoming a favorite here at Sunset. Their first single “Nunca,” blew us away with its good vibes, which was then followed up by the terrific rendition of Ghost Beach’s “Miracle.” Trails and Ways have managed to incorporate all the elements of summer in their music, take one listen to this jam and you’ll see exactly what I mean. In doing so, they’ve really cemented a culturally diverse sound in their music, which seems to combine various elements drawn from different countries to produce one truly unique blend of music. It just seem very “worldly,” for lack of a better term. Did I mention it works? Anyways, “Mtn Tune” certainly instills my newfound love for the band, so sit back and enjoy the dreamy sounds of this track.
The Brooklyn bred five-piece group Xylos, bring the heat in their fun and bubbly track titled “Fiction in 4 Moves.” This riff has 80’s written all over it and that pop sounding recipe rings true yet again providing us with one helluva radical retro dance song. No doubt in my mind you’ll whipping out those dancing shoes and cuttin’ the rug with the happy-go-lucky upbeat chorus. Stay tuned for more from Xylos, as I have a feeling this won’t be the last we’ll hear from the talented group. Check out “Fiction in 4 Moves” below.
“Sound of Love” represents the third single off of Voli’s upcoming full length album titled The Wall, scheduled to be released later this summer. Teaming up with one of my personal favorites J.Cole, the two Fayetteville natives manage to co-produce this gem of a track with a strong rock influence. Before you freak out, the “rock influenced” sound genuinely works and exemplifies Dreamville’s musical versatility to a T.
Stream “Sound of Love” below and if you like what you hear, you may download it free of charge. Cheers to free music!
Let me start off by saying that I’m quite surprised these guys have flown so far under the radar. With the crazy amount of good tunes being released lately, it’s been awfully difficult to keep with the latest and greatest. I’m sure you feel the same way, so that’s why we’re here to help you out. So, I’d like to introduce you to The Bamboos. The Australian 9-piece group made a strong impression with their outstanding cut titled “Where Does the Time Go.” Accompanied by the powerful voice of Aloe Blacc, this is just a track that cannot go unnoticed. I’m just all about the funky sound this group brings to the table! If you’re vibin’ this like me, be sure to check out the fifth studio album titled Medicine Man (which can be purchased on iTunes HERE) and tell all your friends about this sweet new jam.
Like clockwork, summer instinctively seems to roll out these catchy upbeat songs instantly bringing a smile upon one’s face. This time we’ve got the Oakland, California quartet Trails and Ways, who have managed wow us with this terrifically fun South American sounding track, that has “good vibes” written all over it. The opening guitar riffs truly take you away making you wish you were sippin’ a Mai Tai with a warm coastal breeze at your back. It’s too bad I’m not. With the promising young groups forthcoming album Trilingual set to be released later this year, I’ll just have to patiently wait while I sip my Mai Tai stateside. Snag this great track free of charge and support Trilingual once released!
Very refreshing stuff right here.
San Francisco’s Monophonics have created a sound that’s eerily similar to the 60’s funkadelic generation, yet manages to impress with a flavor of its own. The Monophonics brand of music is a sound that many attempt to imitate, yet few can replicate, as it’s 60’s psychedelic vibe is top notch. The groups third studio album, In Your Brain was released on the 15th of this month and is filled with those retro jams guaranteed to get your summertime barbecue WEIRD. Be sure to scope out In Your Brain on iTunes and if you get the chance to catch them live, jump on it, because word on the street says this crew is rad! Enjoy!
Ab-Soul’s Control System album represents the latest piece of work from the Top Dawg Entertainment crew. Continuing his brief stints of magnificence, Ab-Soul enlists the help from fellow members including: Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock (Black Hippy) and the result is rather impressive. Few standout tracks after a few listens are “Lust Demons” and “ILLuminate”. The Los Angeles group keeps on rollin’ after turning heads throughout the hip/hop scene within the past year. Looking forward to what the future holds for this extremely talented group. Until then, check out Control System below and be sure to purchase it on iTunes.
If I had to tab one artist under the “Will Blow Up Over Summer” label, Electric Guest would be on the receiving end of my vote, no question. (Well dammit, then you’ve got Reptar). Either way, there’s no doubt both are incredibly worthy, and unfortunately my awards mean NOTHING. Anyhoo… I digress.
The Los Angeles duo comprised of Asa Tacone & Matthew Compton have succeeded in setting the bar high with their debut album Mondo. The ten song album somehow finds a way to cruise along with ease, as each song possesses a unique little something that some would call the “intangibles.” After multiple plays through the album the leading candidates for my personal favorite tracks are “Troubleman”, “Awake”, “This Head I Hold,” & “Amber” (Those would be in no particular order).
Oh, and did I mention this album was produced by the legendary Danger Mouse? You know these dude’s are good when I get this far into a review and have not dropped the legendary Danger Mouse’s name. Typically, I feel when music tends to become “produced” it loses some of that raw / natural sound that’s inherent of the band’s overall vibe. Although it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Electric Guest’s “sound” is, it is relatively clear that they resemble a funky indie pop group tangled with a folksy almost 70’s-ish vibe. Very cool stuff if you ask me.
I’m not sure there’s anything better than coming across a young new band that manages to woo you with their sweet, simple melodies? Electric Guest manages to do just that, but before we get too stoked on them, let’s take a look at some of the highlights as well as “low-lights” from their first album.
The record leads off with a synth heavy robotic sounding track in “Holes.” They opted to not start the album with a banger, and “Holes” manages to float along leaving you curious as to what to expect next.
The next track titled “This Head I Hold,” you may have already heard. It comes right out and grabs your attention with the upbeat catchy vocals. I always have said this song would go great in that next new Apple product commercial, and who knows? With all the attention Electric Guest will be receiving in the near future, it’s certainly not a long-shot.
After “This Head I Hold,” there were a few songs I personally found to get a little squished together and do not stand out as well compared to some others, if you know what I mean? To give you an idea these tracks would be “Amber,” “The Bait” & “Waves.” Not trying to say they are not “good,” in fact they are quite unique in their own right. They just won’t be seeing as much action on my iTunes, I guess is what I’m trying to say.
Then “Troubleman” comes along at track #8. All I have to say is WOW! Very impressed at this behemoth of a track coming in just under 9 minutes. It shows some serious elements of folk music, in fact almost country sounding in a way, yet it’s intertwined with a distinct electro sound that really makes this song stand out. A definite must listen.
The funky beats and bubbly bass lines throughout this record will undoubtedly get your head noddin’ if not dancing all around the room. Many artists these days are attempting to imitate this indie pop sound, yet few manage to stand out. I highly suggest Electric Guest and everything they have to offer. Definitely a fresh breath of air from what we’ve heard lately.
I think you’ll want to give this album a try. So, turn this one up and cheers to warm weather! Enjoy, my friends.
Album Rating: 7.5 / 10
As part of the Converse “3 Artists, 1 Song” campaign, they’ve enlisted the help of Mark Foster (of Foster the People), Kimbra, and A-Trak to create this undeniably catchy song. The trio compliments each other with ease, featuring solid production and terrific vocals creating this feel good track just in time for Spring. I find it hard to believe that Kimbra, with so much talent is still flying relatively under the radar (her sexy vocals can be found on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know.) Anyways, these Converse collab’s have been a real treat and I look forward to their latest installment. Check out “Warrior” and it’s accompanying video on the Journey’s website and be sure to give it a download, free of charge. Cheers!
With their latest single “Beginning of the End,” Tzu presents us with a rather unique sound as it incorporates various genres creating an extremely likable track. I would describe it as a cross-breed of electronic, hip/hop, with a splash of indie rock. It’s always a plus when you see a band progress and mix up their sound, very cool stuff.
Expected to be released in the second half of 2012, “Beginning of the End” marks a change in direction from the Aussie group with this album being designed around more of an electronic vibe.
Band mate Joelistics had this to say about the new record:
“But over time we wrote a lot of songs and came up with a lot of concepts around writing songs and we wanted to move away from rapping,” he continued. “So the new stuff is really going to shock a lot of people I think. But for us, it’s the most rewarding music we’ve ever made. It feels ambitious and it feels like there is a musical vision behind it which we’ve never been able to capture. I can’t wait for you to hear it.”
Do yourself a favor and peep this crazy track below.