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Oh Wonder have been releasing solid track after solid track these days. They promised to grant listeners a new song every month and luckily for us they haven’t skipped a single beat. This duo has managed to bring something new with each tune and their newest one is no different. “Technicolor Beat” is perfectly calming but with enough flavor to it to bring a head-bobbing beat. This duo is unstoppable and although a song a month is perfectly fine with us, an album would be even better. Until then, enjoy their March track below.
“Don’t Play” by Johnny Yukon was love at first listen for me. You should go ahead and click the play button if you haven’t yet. The song is perfect. The lyrics are straight-forward without being obvious. The sounds are ones that are very frustrating to write about because I have to use words like “summery” and “sunny” and like those aren’t sounds so it’s confusing. It reminds me of an uptempo version of “Brooklyn” by Samuel, which is one of my favorite songs ever.
A deep house groover here to warm you up for festival season – turn the volume up loud and hopefully you have a subwoofer, cause this one brings heat. All the way from the east coast, Nick Iwaskow aka Wasko is at it again with another blend of his deep and psychedelic bass sounds. Having dabbled in many different genres and forms of artistic expression including live AV / installation work, the man is a jack-knife of interesting culture and stimuli.
Check out his latest, titled Songbird, available now for free download via Soundcloud:
You will also be pleasantly surprised to find that his eclectic array of musical personas include melancholic indie / RnB anthem style electronic tunes such as this, which happens to feature Montreal resident Jenna Deagle-Potter:
I’m only sorta sure of what a Gliss Riffer is or if it’s a good thing to be one, but Dan Deacon makes it sound like the most supremely fun occupation in the world right now. The modern king of avant electronic music finally followed up on 2012′s incredible America with a more lighthearted set of riffs that fully harness the no-holds-barred, sweaty-filled catharsis that has made his live show the stuff of legends.
Gliss Riffer is so ridiculously stuffed with unbridled glee, but nothing heralds this new, straightforward pop era of Deacon better than a video with two animated armchairs dry humping each other after discovering a Joy of Sex book. And no, that’s not even close to the weirdest visual in this video for “Feel the Lightning”, an ode to anxiety that comes off like a forefather of Passion Pit pitched down a few octaves.
Gliss Riffer is out now via Domino and Deacon starts his full US and Canadian tour/dance party tonight in New York.
Today funk is on the agenda – good vibes, loud bass and spring is in the air…almost. The east coast groove-duo PINEO & LOEB return with another throwback jam session of a remix; laden with the enthusiastic live guitar stylings of Helical – we couldn’t be more excited to bring this FREE DOWNLOAD to the table! Tonight we’re gonna cruise the streets with the sunset in our rearview, and rinse this tune on repeat.
If you’re a fan of this one, you should probably head over to their Soundcloud and cop one of the many electro feel-good jams that they have to offer! Namely their recent remix of the Gorillaz – Dirty Harry: see below.
While I’m taking a trip down memory lane today, I might as well share the latest single from Death Cab for Cutie. Oh Ben Gibbard, you magical man. Kintsugi is out March 31st.
and I guess it’s not a failure we could help/ and we’ll both go on living lonely with someone else
It’s amazing what having some time and space will allow your mind to do. I’m working remotely this week and it took quite a bit of travel time to get to this spot in Colorado with my family, during which I was able to listen to music and reflect on life, which I haven’t felt I’ve had time to do much for the past couple of years.
I came across this Four Tet remix of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and it reminded me of two exact moments in my life that carry with them such unique moments of clarity.
First, it reminded me of the first time I heard “Fix You.” I was home from boarding school riding around with my best friend from childhood in her new car, and she told me she had to play me this new song by Coldplay that hadn’t really become popular yet. If you’re sitting here reading and thinking “Coldplay? Lydia!,” stop it. I’ll still openly admit that “Fix You” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Chris Martin’s voice, the build in the song, the story behind the song…it’s all beautiful. Okay so I was driving around with my friend and she turned on this song and right out the gates I was floored by its raw beauty. I remember driving over this one area of Houston that scares me every time I drive through it, because I have an incredibly weak stomach and it’s the only thing even remotely close to a hill that will make a weak stomach jump when driven over too fast. We drove over it and for the first time in my life, my stomach didn’t jump. I was so engrossed and relaxed by this song and particularly the layering of vocals when he starts singing “Tears stream/ down on your face/ when you lose something that you cannot replace.” I still replay the song often today — particularly entranced after having lost a parent — and feel that same sense of calm that I felt in my friend’s car so many years ago.
I am also reminded of a Freelance Whales concert that I went to back when I lived in North Carolina. Another of my favorite bands; I love their ability to layer obscure instruments on top of one another and somehow find a way to hide their vocals deep within those. Four Tet’s version of “Fix You” sounds like something that Freelance Whales could have created, which makes it feel particularly personal. When I went to that concert, I remember a moment when the lead singer looked straight in my direction for a good 15 seconds while singing the song and I felt he was singing directly to me. For all I know, he may have fallen into a daze or been staring at some pretty young thing behind me, but I took it and ran with it. Because there’s nothing quite like having a song sung directly to you. For you.
This remix of “Fix You” is feeling today like it’s just for me. But I hope that you’ll find it’s for you as well, and that you’ll give yourself the time to remember how certain songs and moments make you feel.
There’s something warm and cozy about Leon Bridges that makes me feel so nostalgic. Listening to his new song “Lisa Sawyer” today, I was taken back to the first time I watched “Blue Valentine” in 2011 and heard the song “You and Me” by Penny & The Quarters. I could write a very similar post to the one I wrote nearly 4 years ago now about Penny & The Quarters, in which I said that the song “goes into a soul/bluesy tune that immediately makes me feel as though I belong in New Orleans.” Listen to this song about Lisa Sawyer, an ode to Leon’s mom from New Orleans, and tell me it isn’t crazy how cyclical life is.
“I’m footin’ to putya’ way down in the groove”: so says the bluesy voice on the intro to this slinky gem – and within seconds Venice Beach MC/Producer Pause makes good on this promise. With its poppin’ bass line, baritone raps and soul crooning, “Have Your Seen” hits the mid-tempo sweet spot; sounding like an unlikely collaboration between Scarface and Mayer Hawthorne. The track certainly has that undeniable West Coast hip hop flavor which is naturally informed by influential 70′s funk and clouds of marijuana smoke. Its sleek production and syncopated groove is a fitting canvas for Pause’s charismatic low intoned flow and relentless self-aggrandizing punchlines. “Have You Seen” is off Pause’s upcoming LP, No Small Order (out March 17th), which is can be pre-ordered here.
Man, oh man! YONAS and his production team absolutely kill this Centuries remix. YONAS continues with his “remix every other week” with Fall Out Boy. You can download this bad boy here. Add this to your workout playlist, pump up playlist, weekend playlist, all the lists!
My reaction when that beat drops towards the end though…video below Andy Samberg.
Bo Rocha is a name we have yet to hear and it’s a wonder why. This London based artist has yet to take the music world by storm, but she’s making herself known on the first try. With her debut track “Tangerine Flake”, she displays a fusion of all the flavors an alternative pop fan adores. There’s a twist of cool and edgy which creates the perfectly addictive tune. Listen to this fresh, new artist and her striking debut track below.