I think everyone hates Skrillex now but in case you wanted to get all hype and throw cars and run around and shit you can listen to the set of he and Boys Noize’s “Dog Blood” project from this year’s Coachella Music Festival: (it’s PRETTY damn wild).
Today I’m en route to a quick little personal adventure. I’m taking a flight out to the San Francisco Bay Area to do a bit of exploring while I’ve got a brief period of time off. I love traveling.
One album I’m excited to immerse myself in during my cross-country journey is Small Black’s latest album, Limits of Desire. I loved their shimmering, electronic pop sound back when I first heard their single, “Search Party.” Their new album has a cleaner sound, giving the vocals more of a presence. I’m really digging their sophomore EP release , from start to finish.
The London pop duo, Thumpers, croon love stories amongst heavy dance rhythms, searing synthesizers, and one of the catchiest choruses you will ever hear. Their new single, “Unkinder (Tougher Love)” is a bit melancholic in content but will still make your limbs feel restless.
Watch the video above and be sure to mark your calendar for the release of their debut EP, Unkinder, through Transgressive Records.
I believe I was first struck by LA duo, Kisses, back in 2011 when I first heard their single, “People Can Do The Most Amazing of Things.” A simple yet steady beat, futile lyrical content, and those droning vocals that just work so well with the group’s sound.
It only made sense to do a little personal research and revisiting when I heard them on my shuffle over the weekend. I love this slightly matured sound – there’s more electronic elements than their typical synth-pop. “The Hardest Part” is purely catchy with its snappy percussion and heavy 80′s synths. It’s an all around great track to get you psyched for new material. With an upcoming release slated for May 14th (via Cascine), I can’t wait to hear the rest of the track listing.
Check out their first single from the forthcoming album, Kids in L.A., below and be sure to listen to more of their music here.
Also be sure to check out this lovely teaser vid they dropped awhile back.
I think a little revisit on White Arrows is in order. I’ve touched on them lightly here at what’s protocol and I’d love to dive a bit deeper.
Anything that describes itself as electronic gospel is pretty much my favorite thing. For whatever reason, these guys embrace the weird. And I’m pretty much all about that. I have no doubt that Coachella will be the perfect environment to catch White Arrows live for the first time.
Their latest album titled, Dry Land Is Not a Myth, ranges from driving guitar tracks to psych-pop electro bangers. I love that the sound doesn’t seem constrained – perhaps they are still trying to find their genre but I’m enjoying the trip it allows our ears at the moment. They’re like a more wild STRFKR if I had to make comparisons. Check out a few of my favorite tracks from the release below.
They’re back, they’re back, they’re back! One of my favorite new things coming out of Stockholm, the duo W&I have just released a new music video for their single, “Dreamy Culture.”
A beautiful and simply shot video that solely features the two musicians against a late night visual of sights streaming past, your attention is held from start to finish. The fades are especially captivating on the eyes alongside the calm, downtempo track.
Watch the video above and keep yourself posted to this indie-electro duo that’s proving they have plenty more still up their sleeves.
Strong female vocals, check. Thumping percussion, check. Stand out production, check. I think it’s beyond obvious that we’ve got a winner on our hands.
Hailing from none other than the Nordic region, I wouldn’t expect less than an explosive electro/power-pop sound. I’m captivated by Maria Apetri’s vocals and her accompanying relentless rhythm. More notably known by her stage name, Fallulah, her fabulous debut, Black Cat Neighbourhood, is a mixture of cutesy melodies and power ballads with just the right amount of softness.
For fans of Oh Land, Florence and the Machine, Lana Del Rey and the like, listen to a handful of tracks from the album below.
Fallulahis coming straight off a brand new and lovely release titled, Escapism, which you can nab here. Ready for the world, listen to Apetri’s latest single, “Out of it,” over and over again below. Enjoy.
Electro-ballads are slowly becoming my thing now. For fans of Room8 and College, this one’s for you. A duo consisting of two film composers from Stockholm, I believe, is already enough to know that whatever I receive in my inbox will be something of solid gold.
“Love Divine,” is the group’s first single, something slow and building with soft and delicate vocals. Everything necessary is present, like the searing electric guitar and dreamy synths. It’s a fabulous entry into the electronic scene and I’m beyond excited to explore their debut EP. Be sure to check out the teaser and grab your own copy of their new track below.
What I love most about Coachella is the blend of genres and artists they feature and how seamlessly it all comes together. Even the way they tailor and organize each day has got to be some sort of scientific discipline.
From top alternative acts, to small foreign indie rockers, to even the biggest DJ’s taking the stage – there’s something for everyone’s ears. I may not be the first one to the club each weekend but when it’s Coachella season, there’s no way better to spend those desert nights then underneath a canopy amidst flashing lights.
Adrian Luxcomes from the land of house music, otherwise known as Sweden. He’s got electronica deep within his blood and surely knows how to get a crowd moving. Coming from an eclectic upbringing, it was only until he made a trip to Brazil and experienced heavy drum ‘n bass that really put the gears in motion.
Thankfully for us, he hasn’t slowed down one bit. Proving his ground with singles like “Teenage Crime” and “Can’t Sleep,” there’s no question in my mind how much his sound will fit with those Indio nights in April. Download and stream a handful of tracks below, enjoy.
DC-based, Psittacines, burst onto the electronic music scene and onto my radar seemingly out of nowhere last year. He’s proved to be crafty with his production, creating lush chillwave-styled beats over fantastic and hazy loops.
Currently up for stream is his latest soon-to-be-released tape, Threefold – Vol. 1. With my first introduction being the leading track, “Blip,” I was instantly sold with the warping synthesizers and hypnotizing beats. Nothing overdone and overproduced here, track by track everything just simply gels together.
So, take a listen below and for the analog lovers, check out his beautifully packaged and limited run of 25 cassettes (made of recycled materials!) he’s offering via Buddha Tapes. Officially due out Feb. 8th, grab your pre-order here.