I spend most of my summer weekends rocking out at the Jersey Shore. Not in the same city that that those morons on tv, I hang in Bro Isle City. Now while we are on opposite sides of the IQ bell curve from the apes, we still do enjoy raging. This means we listen to the same thumping beats as our less intelligent counterparts.
Why did I start this post with that paragraph? To build my credibility for giving out this new award: The Jersey Shore Fist Pump of Approval. On Tuesday Lindsey and I were lucky enough to take in a concert at the Electric Factory in Philadelphia. Ellie Goulding headlined and the recipient of the internet’s newest and greatest award opened.
The Bag Raiders opened their set with some mellower tunes, though they would still be considered dance tunes. They slowly built energy towards some huge thumping indie dance anthems that reminded me much of the music I hear during the weekend. Normally the stuff you were hear in Bro Isle comes from Usher, Pitbull, LMFAO, David Guetta, Black Eyed Peas, etc. After hearing these guys live, I think the DJs along the coastline could sneak one or two of their songs into their sets without offending the majority of the crowd who prefer to hear only mainstream artists and songs they know all the words to.
These guys could inspire legitimate fist pumps, and that deserves an award. Check out the three tracks below as an introduction to the bag Raiders if you need one, then go explore the rest of their music.
Sunlight – Bag Raiders Australia’s Bag Raiders will always have me searching for the dance floor. It’s those disco elements the duo brings back to life in their music that really gets me floored. I just don’t think you can not move to this song, go ahead..try.
Ridge – Joywave I’m pretty sure these guys dominated this blog a couple of months back with the release of 77777, and now they’re sure to do it again with this brand new track. The heavy percussion gives the song an R&B feel fused with some electro, especially with the breakdown midway with the echoing sentiment, “she’s ready to go.” Commence loop.
Amplify – ArpLine I absolutely love slow burners and here’s a perfect example. Sometimes I need songs to build, gradually layer and cultivate into beautiful things. I don’t think I have to say that fine music has been booming out of Brooklyn lately and ArpLine are proving just that with their recent May release of Travel Book. Take a listen and name your price over at their bandcamp page.
The Harvest – Teen Daze This last one may throw you off, it quickly slows you down but life is all about balance right? Right. It’s a more ethereal and chillwave sound. Like the way most of his music does, the song lays out more like an aural journey then a typical, structured piece. Let it flow and develop all out in front of you like an open roadway. Teen Daze is always in production mode, as he just released his Tour EP which you can listen/buy here.