I really dig animated videos for some reason. I think it’s because it’s more straightforward than creating an actual music video. It’s the artist and his or her own interpretation of what they’re listening to.
In Young Galaxy’snewest video for their track, “Sleepwalk With Me,” our eyes are met with brilliant colors and effects that match perfectly with the tropical melody. Truly fantastic work that only compliments YG’s incredible fourth studio release, Ultramarine.
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This track could be the aural definition of Nice in the Headphones.
Mons Montis does everything right. A sultry lead-in and then a huge splash of heavy synths at the 25 second mark to open up those beautiful female vocals. Just wow. I love when so many elements come together like this.
Stream the lush single, “Swept,” below and be sure to keep this Swedish trio on your radar.
Unabashedly catchy and polished electro-pop delivered by Philadelphian, W.C. Lindsay, will start your weekend moods off just right.
I love the full-throttle nature of just going after his own sound, especially in the gritty city of Philadelphia. Lindsay creates anthemic bangers yet can break it all down and translate his pop-ballads to beautiful acoustic arrangements. I’m really impressed by his latest quick EP release, Tree. It’s shows off two completely separate sides of his musical abilities.
I feel like my ears have struck gold. Meet Vindata, a duo based out of LA who take the title of remix artists to a whole other level.
Just like the way I fell in love with RAC in the past, these guys pick fabulous songs that already stand out on their own and then just add that Midas touch. They keep things intact yet imprint their own deep and diverse cache of influences onto each particular track. And they can even produce some originals.
Listen and download below. Make sure you check out more of their music on their Soundcloud page.
Julie Budet (aka the front-woman of Yelle) is a French electro-pop artist that does more than demand your ear’s attention. Joined by producers GrandMarnier (Jean-Francois Perrier) and Tepr (Tanguy Destable), the group create effortless dance music that will get you moving in no time.
It may be the simple fact that Budet does not utter one word of English, or maybe it’s the infectious hooks, whatever it is I’ve been sold a long time ago and now it’s your turn. With no intentions of slowing down, Yelle has just released their latest album Safari Disco Club which is 13-tracks of pure motion.
Check out some of my favorite songs below and be sure to watch their newest music video for track, “Comme Un Enfant.”
Lindsey just shot this track my way this morning because she thought it was up my alley. She was right, it is.
The track itself sounds like a nice morning on a spring day in the jungle in a place that resembles Fern Gully. That image immediately popped into my mind, and I don’t take drugs, so it has to be real.
I’m currently going through the rest of REverb Rock’s album and I’m digging the whole chilled out vibe. In the description, he notes that it is supposed to take your musical tombolo and throw you into the sea. With me, he’s accomplished his goal.
This is a track to get excited for the warm summer air, the longer nights and stoop sits, midnight bike rides and weekend shore trips.
At just over two minutes The Danks crank out the track, “Automocar,” with speedy, wailing guitars and the absolute perfect amount of synth. Download the Strokes-esque track below which is off their upcoming release, Are You Afraid Of The Danks (May 22nd).
It feels like almost a relief to be back on the East Coast, only because I’m willing to admit that I probably could not handle another day of Coachella. It’s a beast of a wild time. This year we were able to expand our camping group to 20+ different people and there’s no telling what next year will be like.
If you haven’t noticed, the festival scene has exploded as of late. I can’t turn my head around without hearing of a new event packed with a slew of artists waiting to wow you. Each one is entirely different from the next, varying in genres, tiers of artists, camping vs. non-camping; these things have seriously evolved. This is where the music industry is going.
During the phenomenal Radiohead set on Saturday night Thom Yorke said it best, music is about being together and the sense of community we have at these things. To me music is extremely personal, it performs as the soundtrack to my life, a constant ebb and flow. But being in the middle of a sea of tens of thousands of people all consumed by the lights, synths, and strong percussion; it really felt like something else.
As Coachella is one of the only places I will completely keep my phone off and separated for days at a time, I won’t be giving you the minute-by-minute timeline of what I was doing. I will give you some insight on who I saw after 3pm those days though, and trust me, that heat was brutal in the campgrounds before the sun went down. Continue reading →