Mike Milosh’s voice is alluring and draws you in every way possible. Smooth and sensual- these guys really have it down. “Open” is from Rhye’s debut album WOMAN which will be available March 4th, 2013.
Cold Showers is a post-punk band out of LA that oozes with gloomy and dark sounds. Andrew King from Crystal Antlers joins on guitar and adds the perfect touch to make “BC” stand out. I would’ve loved to have seen these guys at SXSW with The Jesus and Mary Chain back in March…luckily they will be going on tour this fall to support their new album Love and Regret out October 9th via Dais.
It’s officially summer… endless days of short shorts, sunglasses and laying by the pool… ideally the beach actually. Poolside’s “Slow Down” seems to fit summer perfectly. Smooth slooooow jam with glistening synths. Oh yaaa summer daze. This is the first single from this brand new band straight outta LA… how fitting. Their album Pacific Standard Time is out July 9th.
There is something so comforting about this somber song with its spectacular tenor voice and sweeping guitar that captures such emotion. Honestly, I had thought it was Peter Silberman of The Antlers but after taking a deeper look into this incredible song I found that Nick Principe is man behind Port St. Willow which was formed in Portland, OR 2009. “Amawalk” is powerful and haunting with its beauty.
Tomas Barfod is best known for being the drummer of the Danish group WhoMadeWho but I am undoubtedly, undeniably fascinated with his newest project Salton Sea. "November Skies" reels you in with its airy melody aided by Swedish vocalist Nina Kinert’s graceful voice. His LP will release on Friends of Friends May 21.
I am still in awe on how fast these two London producers rose to fame at the young age of 17 and 20. These brothers are turning heads. After Disclosure’s recent remix of Jessie Ware’s “Running” and “Boiling” you can expect great things from them because their sound is mature, cutting-edge and rich. “Boiling” is the first track off their new EP The Face which will be released June 4 on Greco-Roman. Take notice of these guys and thank me later.
Love this eerie subdued sound right now. These two from Helsinki are making waves fast…seeing how they formed only a couple of months ago. Phantom made their first public appearance at SXSW this year and obviously caught peoples attention. Word is that the xx is into it, so naturally everyone else should. dig it. dug it, good.
One of the most intriguing and progressive DJ/producer from London. Aaron Jerome really knows how to add variety to his tracks because his style tends to mix elements of dubstep (no-not the super obnoxious kind), 2-step, elaborate beats and wonderful guest vocalists. Each song is vividly different. “Hold On” featuring Sampha has a steady beat mixed with a somber xylophone throughout the song. Been stuck in my head for days, can’t even begin to say how excited I am to see this guy at Coachella in the next two weeks.
You’re definitely going to want this turn this one up high… “Jasmine” is saturated with rich bass and smooth guitar. Jai Paul has done it again- made an absolute perfect track. I was obsessed with his last single BTSTU…this British singer/producer knows how make a song sound so sexy and sensual. “Jasmine” dropped Friday evening via XL- perfect driving through the city of LA. So into it right now.
Yup it doesn’t surprise that Chromatics Kill For Love got best new album on Pitchfork because it is incredible. It’s the kind of song that leaves your skin tingling because you want more. It’s filled with this dark and slow palpating sound and then the scratching synth emerges as if it’s grabbing you and pulling you. Just in awe. “Lady” is the third single taken off Chromatics’ highly anticipated Kill For Love.
Quakers is 35-member hip-hop collaboration that has a new album coming out via Stones Throw on March 27. Geoff Barrow of Portishead (one of three producers in the group) helped produce this track. Deeply rooted in that old school funkness. So fresh and witty. like whoaaa seriously listen to the lyrics, guy has mad flow.
This beat sounds way better without Lil B, just saying. New Jersey producer Mike Volpe known as Clams Casino is such a boss. “I’m God” samples Imogen Heap’s “Just For Now” and man he makes it sound so good. It’s the kind of song that leaves an impression on you. The beat is diffused creating a dreamy parazlying state of mind that leaves you in awe.
Beach House has out done themselves again, can’t seem to get this song off my mind. I can only imagine my office was pretty annoyed with me because I played “Myth” on repeat all day. But how could you not…. Victoria Legrand’s voice is stunning and “Myth” gleams with emotion. Beach House increasingly becomes more polished, richer and more sophisticated with each song they produce. The ultimate Baltimore dream-pop phenomenon. This is only the beginning to one of the most talked about bands of our generation.
I can credit Lex Chase for showing me this song…. that girl is always on my level with music. What’s up with all these Canadian fools that know how to transform R&B into a whole new genre that is truly innovative and creative!! They are always one up on everything else. Mad respect. “Sayso” is sexy, sinister, minimal, and the beat just breathes through you. Evelyn Mason and Jeremiah Klein as Evy Jane is a game changer for sure. Evy Jane’s self-titled EP is out now via King Deluxe.
I forgot I had downloaded this song a couple weeks back and re-found it today. Brooklyn singer Doe Paoro’s “Born Whole” is both influenced by Indian sounds as well and as R&B. Over flowing with down-tempo melodies, soulful vocals and decorative piano tunes. Slow To Love was released February 14, 2012.
bahhhhh I love this girl. I stumbled on this while I was on The Fader today. Such an ideal song for a Monday. Virginia singer and producer Kid A describes so much in such a simple song. "BB Blue" was originally on Kid A’s previous album PPONEY OST which came out summer of 2011- deals with isolation, love gone sour and dreamy landscapes tunes. This new remastered version of "BB Blue" is lovely. Looking forward to her new album BLCKSECHLL.
Shlohmo - Rained The Whole Time (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Perfect song to drop everything you have on your mind and get lost in a beautiful slow-moving oblivion. Nicolas Jaar making moves and getting up my another one of my favorite L.A. producers Shlohmo. “Rained The Whole Time” is creative and incorporates a lot of Jaar minialist approach to music. Shlohmo’s Vacation EP will be out on Friends of Friends on February 28 and will feature amazing artists such as Nicolas Jaar, Airhead, Salva and Groundislava.
Kendrick Lamar – Cartoon & Cereal ft. Gunplay (Prod. by THC)
Whoa, I haven’t heard a track this dope in a while. I mean this is insanely good. Definitely bizarre but innovative, creating mind-blowing beats and the words just flow. And of course Gunplay adding his a raw verses. You can’t help bobbing your head and getting lost in the 7 minute piece…. unreal.
PLEASE do yourself a favor and check out this band….because whoa- I saw these guys last night at Book & Stage at The Cosmo and they were incredible. I needed a little soul back in my life and man did I get it. Nick Waterhouse is a vintage R&B and rock singer out of San Francisco. I absolutely love his sound, his ability to recreate that soulful gritty sound of the 60’s is astounding. His EP Is That Clear is out now.
"I Can’t Stay" is a fresh single from Cut Copy’s bassist Ben Browning new solo project. His EP, Lover Motion, is going drop on March 19 via Cutters label. Definitely sounds like Cut Copy to me. Lover Motion will feature Gus Franklin and Haima Marriott from Architecture in Helsinki as well as Cut Copy’s Dan Whitford. Looking forward to this release, going to be a good one!!
can not get enough of this Toronto duo. the perfect blend of darkness, murky synth-pop beats, and dreary vocals. seriously obsessed and beyond excited for their LP, TRST, coming out on February 28 on Arts & Crafts.
I saw these guys live a while back in San Diego and ohhhh man they were good and I’ve been watching them to see what they do ever since. “Shallow” their new track will be on their upcoming 7” via Captured Tracks… just keep these guys in mind, out of the hazy surf-rock bands out there, Beach Fossils is one of my favorites.
These two guys together is pure genius. “Destiny” is the second track off John Talabot’s album ƒin which will be out on February 7 via Permanent Vacation. “Destiny” was half produced half in Barcelona and half in Pional’s studio in Madrid. So smooth… totally diggin this guy right now.
It’s been a minute since I last heard a new track from Wild Nothing. but this band doesn’t disappoint, although it is quite different from their older stuff… most likely because Jack Tatum finally recorded in an actual studio. Andrea Estella from Twin Sister accompanies him on vocals on this single which is pretty cool.
so into this psych-rock band from San Francisco. ghostly, raw, sexy… kinda sounds like you need to be smoking a cigg and drinking whiskey. Their second album Better Luck Next Life will be out February 7… look into this. so good.
Hands down one of my favorite tracks I’ve heard from Brighton producer Will Phillips who’s done some rad remixes under the name Little Loud. “Placid Acid” is a perfect instrumental to jam to. Tourist’s debut EP comes out March 12th via Make Mine… excited to see what else Will has up his sleeve.
Jesse Cohen and Eric Emm make up the Brooklyn based duo Tanlines. “Brothers” their new single from the forthcoming new album Mixed Emotions is better polished and more distinct than ever before. Can’t wait to hear the rest of the album on March 20.
oh mmmmmmmmmmm gee. serious jam right here. been waiting to see when this Swedish electro trio was going to come up with something new. and oh my this is a good one…such an contagious tune, complexly beautiful.
Stuart Howard known as Lapalux is straight up killin it. “Gutter Glitter” has intricate texture and rich layers that makes such an elegant piece. Flylo knows how to keep them well. When You’re Gone, Lapalux’s new EP will be out February 7 on Brainfeeder label.
I’ve been wondering when this Brooklyn band was going to pop up again. Their previous album Beast, Rest, Forth, Mouth was on constant repeat back in 2009. “The Reflection of You” taken from their newest album, is filled with hazy vocals, dense in synth and pure awesomeness. I Love You, It’s Cool is due to be released on April 3 through Dead Oceans / Hometapes.
School of Seven Bells is known for their dream-like and hallucinogenic melodies and “Lafaye” will send you into a blissful daze of layering distractions. Their third LP Ghostory is due to be released on February 28 via Vagrant.
Nicolas Jaar - And I Say (Ft. Scout Larue and Will Epstein)
Nicolas Jaar, one of my favorite upcoming artists, came out with a new track with vocals from Scout LaRue as in Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter. yup. radical. Jaar has a very unique minimalist style…simple yet complex in theory. The saxophone compliments the snaring bass and on top of the vocals… intoxicating.
There is something about this song that even if you’re having a bad day, it seems to take your mind off everything with it’s dreamy tune and animated flow. the best pick me up song I’ve found in a while. This London synth-pop band’s new EP Apparitions will be released on February 7.
Chairs Missing is back with a new single that was released October 28, 2011 from To the Hills 7”. One of my favorite psych-pop bands from San Diego. I’ve seen them more than a dozen times, and they’re extremely cool guys that I still keep in touch with. Keep these guys on your radar.
“Genesis,” a track off of Claire Boucher’s upcoming album Visions is intoxicating. Climbing piano loops, Claire’s alluring voice gliding through the fluttering melody. Can it please be February 21 already so I can get the whole album… really excited for this one.
By far my favorite song on Year of Hibernation. Still can’t believe I missed this guy while he was in San Diego. like an idiot. And can’t believe this guy is 22 years old, blowing up right now. Year of Hibernation was released on September 27 via Fat Possum. I will see him live soon, count on it.
Genuinely simple but an addicting strange serenade. Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a band out of one of my favorite cities, Portland. They originally released this track on Bandcamp about a year ago but didn’t get recognized until some time later but none other than Fat Possum. legit.
The Weeknd dropped a mixtape, Echoes of Silence on December 21 and holy fuck it is good. I mean I’m not surprised, but geez this guy blows me away. So sexy, erotic and beautiful. This song is on repeat, for sure.
Absolutely in love with this dream-pop London/Italian man of the hour Mauro Remiddi. His debut album Strange Weekend, will be released on January 24. He opens for M83 this spring on their Europe tour. Must see him in person.
Forgot how much I love this London stud. Exaggerated, flat, repetitive, whinny yet somehow this song ends up being super catchy. Gotta love Tom Vek for being bold… It’s been 6 years since I’ve heard anything from this guy and finally he came out with Leisure Seizure back in June 2011.
One of my favorite bands, and this song is sooooo well done. I saw them perform at Sezio’s Four Day Weekend in San Diego back in November. Blew me away. Really though. I could not stop smiling the entire time. Time blending together so effortlessly beautiful. Days is by far one of my top albums ever.
Ok seriously it’s been way too long since The Rapture came out with anything new and gotta say I’m totally into their new stuff… much more mainstream yet not cheezy. In the Crace of Your Love LP came out September 6 2011 via DFA. I guarantee that The Rapture will be playing upcoming music festivals.
So many good bands come out of Subpop Records and Still Corners is one of them. This band is from London, been noticing a lot of awesome bands coming from London or Toronto lately. Creatures of an Hour was released in October 2011. Mellow and dreamy.