Ja. Today's single release is the latest from the not-here-soon-enough Relativity 3. It's only a matter of months until this duo decides to land its Norwegian spaceship stateside and convince our country in-person that Lemaitre electronic music will solve the debt crisis. Troysnoise is taking a loan out to buy the EP, pre-order it yourself right here: http://bit.ly/XlV9oz
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Heavy bass lines, reverbed vocals, and that wa wau / wa wau synth? beginning around the 1:50 mark make for a blissful track. The entire debut album, Hanging Gardens, is due out 5.14.13.
I've been...I've been I've been...Holdin on
Popular Computer is Sylvain Dalido from Paris, France. Three years in the making, Popular Computer will be delivering a new album called LiTE February 6th, 2012.
"Beautifully sunny summer sounds mixed with the Japanese simplicity for melody and arrangement. LiTE is a thoroughly modern piece of work, a very distinct take on French electronic music. Coming out this year on new label home, Schmooze (Chilly Gonzales and Housse De Racket), LiTE is preceded by this single "Lointain", which features this remix from hot North American producer Robotaki."
With a protege and co-producer in Flying Lotus, Thundercat "is going to change to way we see the bass guitar forever."
This excerpt about “Walkin’” needed to be quoted, "...my favorite track from The Golden Age of the Apocalypse is an impeccable approximation of ultra-slick 70s mellow funk glamor, with elements that recall the Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder and several other greats of the era. It’s a spot-on replica of a distinct yet slippery vibe. -fluxblog.org
Get it all for six bucks.
This Gramatik character and his new Beatz & Pieces, Vol. 1 is something serious. Talent knows talent - Pretty Lights signed this dude recently and released the album July 12 on Pretty Lights Music. After gaining nominations in '10 at the Beatport Music Awards for production, Gramatik is keeping the momentum going with these seventeen hip hop meets funk, jazz, and soul beats and lyrics.
Get the entire album para gratis, and donate if you feel so compelled.
d'Eon's life story reads like the plot of a superhero comic. Fleeing the city, and spending time in an isolated Himalayan monastery studying Tibetan music.
The new LP is the result of "an electronic pop marriage made in a simulated heaven, as they share a kindred taste for boldly emotive pop music drawing on the ethereal electronic melancholy of late '80s 4AD releases and mid-'90 dance-pop without forgetting that they make music in 2011." - Boomkat
Toronto based producer/musician/instrumentalist Vangel released his debut full length Breadth Control, on May 20, and "Sandpaper Script" is one track of an entire album that exceeds the typical listening experience and becomes something much more. Get it here.
Vangel’s first musical steps began with his formal music studies as a member of his school band, strings ensemble, and symphony orchestra. “I hated playing. I just wanted to put it together”. His fascination with "putting together" eventually led to an obsession with taking apart, dissecting songs, time signatures, and melody. Needing a more contextual knowledge base, Vangel spent his days digging through flea markets and garage sales in search of diverse vinyl records with new sounds and ideas. Eventually, vinyl led to djing. Working with 2 records opened Vangel’s eyes to the possibilities of manipulating and creating new sound relationships. “I wanted to make beats so bad. I had so many ideas I wanted to try out. I bought a computer, quit my job, and started making music”.
Blood Diamonds captivated us back in November when they burst onto the scene with a debut single, "Heart." Slowing down the tempo for their latest release, "Lasting Love," is of equal quality and further legitimizes the artists' skills. Looking forward to an EP or full length in the near future.
After Four More Years in July and Beach Dreams in November I figured Teen Daze wouldn't put out any new material for a few more months. Instead, My Bedroom Floor was released about ten days ago, and according to TD was written back in early '10, "waiting to be danced to." An obvious pause from their mainly ambient chilled-out prior tracks, check the rest of this and prior EPs at their bandcamp and download "Discovery" for free, and then do a handstand.
"I play music because it's fun," so says the YouTube sensation Ronald Jenkees, amassing over 40 million YouTube hits in the past couple of years, and somehow the music blog world hasn't caught on. This feels dangerously close to being a mainstream post, but with videos being the only real source, I felt like I could get away with it.
Jenkees is a self-taught piano playing musical prodigy. He didn't go to school for music and spent just one year in his high school marching band, refusing to read sheet music. His weapons are a keyboard, harmonica, electronic synthesizers, piano, and various computer software tools including FL Studio and Edison. Disorganized Fun dropped last summer and his self-titled debut was released in late 2007. The majority of his work has been instrumental, with a few tracks featuring his satirically laden hip hop lyrics and vocals - homies in the back seat just don't care / i'm a high roller top dawg / rollin by the DQ all alone / and i see some ladies chillin on the side / lookin at my car just waitin to ride ("Let's Ride"). Straight cash homie.
And be sure to check him out in the flesh - "Guitar Sound" video
album could have easily been a series of FL Studio loops with some crazy keyboard solos layered over top, but thankfully this isn't the case. Instead there are very well thought out arrangements that could easily satisfy the most discerning of instrumental music aficionados
The two-man DJ crew Goldfish graced us with their third album last month, Get Busy Living. Hailing from Cape Town, Goldfish has owned the South African live electronic scene for years. Their unique - new age jazz meets dance and house music - style is finally getting the worldwide credit it deserves, playing sold out shows in 2010 everywhere from Miami to Moscow.
David Poole mans the sax, flute, samplers and mixing while Dominic Peters runs the keyboard, groovebox, and double bass. They call it the 'Re-invention of the DJ.'
Here's a clip from one single, the aptly named 'Get Busy Living," watch the video and hear the entire song right cheeeer.
Along with the rest of the album, be sure to check out "Crunchy Joe" ("Buzzing baselines, crunchy blues riffs, all tied into a chorus you can't help but sing along with the next time it comes around") and "My Rainbow."
To catch you up, here's one of their hit singles from '08, "Fort Knox."
Props to DiscountForest founder J. Kupp for sending me this reco.
"For we are many, for we are many."
Here's the most explicit video posting of the year. The above quote is all Rad Omen uses to describe themselves so far, along with a few other choice words on their website. They played Coachella this year and apparently were in costume the entire time, keeping their identity under wraps. Props to Brooklyn-based Mike D for clueing me on this gem. For this video, "Rad Anthem," the mascots of major fast food chains, Ronald McDonald, Wendy, and company have a night on the town that is awesomely disturbing. The absence of lyrical diversity is made up for by the....you'll see.
Disclaimer - Do not show this video to children under the age of 18 or pregnant women.
Check out two other tracks of this debut album, Search Party & Destroy, that bring the fire.
Download the entire album for free from their website.
Here's my first November posting focusing on a relatively unknown artist who I think has a lot of potential. Baromet's EP, Survey of the Passers-by, released in late May, has a uniquely intriguing and introspective sound. Baromet, the moniker Stefen Smith uses for his solo project, is based in California. He's still striving to hit the 5k visits mark on his myspace page following this EP release, a number that's been steadily growing as word continues to spread about the unsigned artist's new work. Describing his sound as, among other things, "experimental," I'm diggin' "Polar-noon Highroad," "Travels" and the instrumentals in "De-Coherent Blue." Let me know what you think, and click here to check out the other two tracks and download the entire EP for free.
Thursday, November 4, 2010 -
After all of the positive vibes we've had from this posting we decided to reach out to Baromet. We were able to catch up with Stefen today, finding out just where that name Baromet came from.
TN: What inspired the name Baromet and the name of this debut EP Survey of the Passers?
Baromet: I've always been really fascinated by cryptid' s (Jersey devil, Loch Ness monster, etc.) growing up. I came across one called Barometz, or Scythian lamb in some places. It's basically a lamb that grows out of the ground and that really creeped me out, so I called myself Baromet. The name of the EP, "Survey of the Passers-by," came from my own reflection of people passing in and out of my life. The tracks on the EP are my own way of saying "I'm taking notes, so I'll remember you were there."
TN: Is the picture you use for "Travels" somewhere in California / did you take it yourself?
Baromet: It's from this trail I wandered off on in Yosemite. I was really moved when I saw it. It's just a crappy cell phone picture, but it means something to me.
TN: Your music has an edgy day-spa type sound to it. Is that what you were going for?
This video seemed appropriate for today. You've probably heard Neon Indian by now from their first LP, Psychic Chasms, which dropped last October. This track, "Sleep Paralysist," was originally supposed to be included in the album but was cut out and then released in March 2010 as a single, with the below video following in June. Lead man Palomo, from Denton, TX, described their sound as “Childhood re-contextualized through a psychedelic, lo-fi filter. The idea of memory before you were old enough to have memories.” Seeing them play this and a majority of their other hits off of Psychic Chasms last Saturday, following on the heels of Dom's domination, rounded out what was an excellent first CMJ for me. Neon Indian - "Sleep Paralysist"
You know as well as day
But keeping to themselves
The words they'll never say
Happy Halloween people!