Of all the pop/r&b artists around now I feel like only Drake could get away with releasing a single called “Girls Love Beyoncé.” Not only does he release it without batting an eye, but it’s also one of his most personal and emotional releases in awhile. It’s this dichotomy of banal expression and emotionally intense confessions that puts drake in a league all to his own. he dark, moody production work is handled by Drake’s main man, 40.
Ultra-indie outfit the Golden Pony dropped a new remix a couple of days ago. Reinterpreting someone new but a little more well known, Robert Delong, this nu-disco version is very danceable and tons of groovy fun. And be sure to check out these previous remixes of theirs that caught on fire on the Hype Machine a month ago:
The latest from Titus Andronicus-alum Andrew Cedermark, "Canis Major" combines the nostalgia-heavy "lazy suburban afternoon" rock of Cedermark's northern New Jersey contemporaries with the psych-pop buoyancy of Grizzly Bear. Cedermark may have the most emphatically "pop" aspirations of the Underwater Peoples collective (which counts Real Estate and Ducktails as members); "Canis Major" borrows from alt-country, guitar-obsessed British indie, and the style of lighthearted groove rock that saw its heyday as sitcom themes throughout the 90s. Taking a big step away from his more isolated earlier work (like the beautifully chilly Moon Deluxe ), "Canis Major" is Cedermark's most approachable [...]
When you put Thundercat and Flying Lotus on the same track, it's pretty much guaranteed to sound fantastic. The Brainfeeder label mates have been regular collaborators on both Thundercat and FlyLo's recent albums. This new track will be part of Thundercat's upcoming album. If you haven't heard his first album, Golden Age of Apocalypse, it's incredible from beginning to end. This new track picks up right where he left off, and it seems the rest of the album will be just as great - with FlyLo [...]
Cécille Schott shares the first track from her upcoming album as Colleen, her first since 2007. The first half almost exclusively showcases her beautiful, soothing voice, functioning in the same acoustic ambient space as Grouper. Just before the point when she lulls you into a complete daze, she stops singing. "Push the Boat onto the Sand" then becomes a polyrhythmic instrumental construction for the remaining two minutes sounding like an improvisatory chamber group playing on the boardwalk along the Mediterranean in Colleen’s native France.
Artist: Colleen Title: Push The Boat Onto The Sand File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Singer/songwriter
Is it fair to say that there hasn’t been a more popular time for 90s-sounding indie rock than right now, including the actual 90s? It seems every month obscure records that may have had heavy rotation at some college radio for a month but are now mostly forgotten are being dug up and reissued to enthusiastic kids who barely remember Bill Clinton in office. I’m not one to complain about it though, especially if we keep getting gems like Silkworm’s “Couldn’t You Wait?” which will be reissued by Comedy Minus One this fall.
If Born Ruffians have slipped under your radar, it’s probably high time you pull them back out. First, though, they had to pull themselves out. Huddled (perhaps unfairly) among the countless groups of the mid-aughts indie rock boom, there was always something different about the subtle stylings of the young Canadian quartet; through lean, familiar melodies and plenty of angst-fueled, Black Francis inspired yawps, Born Ruffians felt like a welcoming, honest escape from the like-minded pack. It’s easy to overlook quieter tracks like “Knife” (a stunning re-working of the beloved Grizzly Bear tune) or even heart-breaking, fun foot-stompers [...]
In 1996, British big beat pioneers released their savage dance hit "Firestarter," now being doused with the raw power that is Death Grips. The rap-rock duo's ferocious stylings are already well suited to the track, which only benefits from Death Grips' twisted, noisy remix. Still, every time I hear any version of "Firestarter," I can't help but think of a well-oiled Justin Theroux hanging upside down (or something like that) in Charlie's Angels 2 . Maybe it's a generational thing.
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a band that have been pretty hard to avoid; for instance, they’ve never gotten much closer than the outer periphery of my own musical tastes, but even I have fairly defined opinions on their albums, their image, and their status as icons of a New York music scene that was blasted into a yuppie-obsessed oblivion sometime around 2009. Try as they might, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are not the underground icons they once were – they are, in a sense, fulfilling every promise of mainstream success that Lydia Lunch and other No Wavers bitterly claimed [...]
Last week I wrote about the beautiful, subtle music of James Blake. This week I am writing about the Thermals, who are almost exactly Blake's opposite: blasty, condensed, driving pop-punk. Blake is from England and the Atlantic Ocean; the Thermals are from Portland and the Pacific. Blake's music is full of complex chords and strange percussion, while the Thermals hammer away on power chords and crash cymbals. Blake is quiet and the Thermals are loud as fuck. Take your pick, I suppose. Or don't. Desperate Ground, the band's new record, is refreshing in its urgency, and the whole [...]
Artist: The Thermals Title: Born To Kill Link Text: 01 Born To Kill File Name: 01-Born-To-Kill.mp3 Bitrate: 320 kbps Genre: Alternative Year: 2013
Artist: The Thermals Title: The Sword By My Side Link Text: 05 The Sword By My Side File Name: 05-The-Sword-By-My-Side.mp3 Bitrate: 320 kbps Genre: Alternative Year: 2013
Brooklyn's Body Language have just released a new colorful visual to accompany their indie/r&b track "What's the Point" off their free Grammar EP, which they dropped a couple of months ago. It was announced that the track will also be featured on their upcoming Grammar LP , soon to be released on July 15th. The video and editing is quite neat. Watch below.
Norwegian singer Jenny Hval is not afraid to be explicit; but rather than preside over an unraveling of personal guilt and insecurity, Hval’s lyrics play around with subjectivity and sensuality in a way that is powerful and direct, as on her latest song “The Seer” off of her forthcoming album Innocence Is Kinky . “The voice is wordless tissue” sings Hval in a voice that most certainly could be described in measures of flesh and sinew, one that combines Hval's idiosyncratic weirdness with the indie rock maneuverings of someone like Karen O. Hval knows that to make something majestic [...]
Lemaitre, creator of the excellent Relativity EPs, has just released a remix of Mat Zo and Porter Robinson's "Easy." Their cover is great, and so is their other material - which you should also definitely check out . Mat Zo & Porter Robinson - Easy (Lemaitre Remix) by Lemâitre
Artist: Mat Zo & Porter Robinson Title: Easy (Lemaitre Remix) File Name: SoundCloud Genre: Electronic
Speedy Ortiz make the kind of music you might guess had not been played since 1998; it may not be all that original, but "Ka Prow!" manages to capture the magic of that oddly reminisced decade more succinctly and indistinguishably than any of the Northampton, MA group's Brooklyn contemporaries. Is this a good thing? Decide for yourself below:
Armed with little more than a guitar, some cheeky lyrics and a free, rebellious attitude, singer-songwriter Jake Bugg is poised to take over the world. Or so they say. Since the release of his self-titled debut, it's been nearly impossible to keep track of the nineteen-year-old's quickly rising star in his native Britain; one second he's aiming disses at Mumford & Sons in the press, the next, he's photographed on the town with his baby-faced supermodel girlfriend Cara Delevigne. On this side of the pond, we're finally starting to catch up. Obscenely catchy, foot-stomping fun first single "Lightning Bolt" was [...]
Classical and compositional music is usually incapable of receiving the same kind of critique as popular music. There is more to contend with as far as the compositional strength, originality, and technique of a piece are concerned whereas an indie album is more often judged on its sound, its immediacy, and its idiosyncrasies. That Olafur Arnalds is treated less like a composer and more like an indie songwriter is probably more the result of his presence and approach to music and less the music itself. So it might be unfair to hold For Now I Am Winter accountable [...]
After three long years, the wait for new Jimmy Eat World musical sweetness is finally over. However, for those who are nostalgic to jump around to angst-driven tracks like "Sweetness" and "The Middle," the upcoming ninth album may be quite the change as Jim Adkins describes it as more of an "adult break-up record." The lyrical maturity of the single even feels as if it could belong within the 2004 album "Futures," proving that after nearly 20 years together the band still maintains a distinct sound all of their own. Longtime listeners find familiarity in Adkins' vocals melding with a [...]
Artist: Jimmy Eat World Title: I Will Steal You Back Link Text: Jimmy Eat World - I Will Steal You Back File Name: Jimmy-Eat-World-I-Will-Steal-Y ou-Back.mp3 Bitrate: 128 kbps
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