This is one of my most favorite times of the year. Summer jams are in full force and I couldn’t be any happier.
I’m a sucker for a good pop anthem, some well placed synths, and catchy, driving choruses that remain in your head for days. A five piece consisting of L.A. based expats, WALLA bring power-pop to another level. I love the brit-rock guitars, loads of lo-fi, and bouncy percussion – these gentleman make up quite the combination.
Listen to their newest single, “Nature,” below and stay tuned, their forthcoming Nature EP is set to release on June 4, 2013.
I’m all about paying artists when they’re due, but I hardly ever turn away free music.
If you’re a reader of the blog and don’t recognize Chicago-based beatmaker Edamame then shame on you. This gentleman creates some of the most interesting electronic music I’ve heard in awhile, truly his own original sound. It’s something like a tropical-beat based chillwave, and it totally works. Especially with the nature sound effects in embedded in the background.
A couple of days ago he released his follow up to Greenhouse, the newly dropped Bay of Plenty EP and it’s a fine piece of work. I really enjoy the theme, the New Zealand references and the total feel of being one with nature. It’s a perfect summer listen (and download).
I really enjoy when artists get behind something they care about and craft their skills around a passionate theme. This is where NewSong Recordings and 350.org come in.
Under the unifying issue of protecting our environment from our world’s harmful actions, these four artists came together to release a small compilation for the sake of getting the message out there. With crooning lyrics such as, “This world is not ours to lose,” it’s obvious the worry these musicians face when thinking of our future.
Download the Make A Noise EP for free and be sure to read the personal accounts and emotions behind each song and artist here.
Chicago-based beat maker, Edamame, has got a lot of tricks up his sleeve.
From his impressive album art, to his self-production skills, right down to his glitchy beats that are just so smooth, showcasing a whole different take on the genre itself. I’ve been loving on his music for a little while now. He gives the electronic scene something more bright and tropical to listen to, really finding his own niche.
“Moana-a-Toi (sea of Toa)” is his first introduction to his upcoming EP, Bay of Plenty, due out this July. With a hip-hop inspired sound already, I’m excited to see the direction he takes with this release.
Alec Koone aka Balam Acab is someone you need in your iTunes library if you can get down with the thick, bass-heavy underworld of electronic music.
Another young prodigy in the scene, last year we saw his debut with Wander/Wonder and the emergence of his incredible skill of blending lush and haunting electronic tones with everyday nature. An artist constantly creating, he’s been keeping our ears happy with remixes from all over the spectrum.
Oh, and some music to actually grab for keeps. Be sure to right-click and enjoy.
Oh, Why - Balam Acab
See Birds – Balam Acab