Monday, June 26, 2017

Jam of the Day: Grizzly Bear - "Four Cypresses"

Evocative track from Grizzly Bear's upcoming record Painted Ruins. Touching on impermanence and issues as personal as homelessness, and as global as war and refugees, it's a deeply moving and haunting track.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jam of the Day: Jax Jones ft. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don - "Instruction"

"Bitch, I don't need introduction
Follow my simple instruction
Wind to the left, sway to the right
Drop it down low and take it back high."

Enough said.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Monday, June 19, 2017

Jam of the Day: Ride - "Lannoy Point"

From their first album since 1996, Ride showcase their signature sound (driving basslines, fuzzed out guitars, beautiful harmonies) and spike it with electronic flourishes on lead track "Lannoy Point." While Weather Diaries doesn't reach the highs of Nowhere or Going Blank Again, it is definitely a vast improvement over Tarantula.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jam of the Day: Lorde - "Supercut"

From her brilliant new record Melodrama, Lorde hits it completely out of the park with this soaring track. This is on endless repeat. You can hear it here on Spotify.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Jam of the Day: Cymbals - "Decay"

Lead single from Cymbals' sophomore album Light in Your Mind, "Decay" is a haunting rumination on life and death and lingers long in the memory.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jam of the Day: CVRL ft. Karin Park - "Elysian Fields"

Gorgeous electronic pop track from CVRL, featuring the lovely vocals of Karin Park. If you are looking for a Chvrches-esque fix, this will satisfy you.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jam of the Day: SZA - "Prom"

From her amazing new record CTRL, SZA throws down this smooth pop track. You really need to check out the album, as it blurs all the lines between pop, R&B, rock, and electronic music. A true gem.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Jam of the Day: Major Lazer ft. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello, Quavo - "Know No Better"

People slag Major Lazer all the time, but you know what? They know how to throw down some serious summer jams. Really love this effortlessly catchy track.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Jam of the Day: Beach Fossils - "Sugar"

Beach Fossils' new record Somersault is some of the best shimmering guitar pop of this year. What I love about the tracks on this record is that they seem to lock into a groove, but then are constantly changing directions and morphing shape, so that there is always something new to hear when you are listening. "Sugar" is a prime example.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jam of the Day: Active Child - "Cruel World"

A dear friend of mine killed himself this week. It's haunted me because I wish I had at least been able to talk to him and hopefully make him see there is such beauty in this world despite all the pressures we have. The day I found out I heard this new song from Active Child that struck a chord with me.

"I dedicate my life to something richer
And all the things that come
'Cuz that's no price at all
And I know you'll be there
And I want you to know I care because

Keep your head up, hold your head up even though
It's a cruel world."

If you feel you can't go on, please try to reach out to someone, even if they are a stranger. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is at 1-800-273-8255.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Jam of the Day: Gangly - "Whole Again"

Icelandic supergroup Gangly is made up of Sin Fang’s Sindri Már Sigfússon, Oyama’s Úlfur Alexander Einarsson, and Jófríður Ákadóttir. This spectral track is hauntingly beautiful.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jam of the Day: Rita Ora - "Your Song"

The summer jams just keep coming. I really love this Rita Ora track, which is just a beautifully done pop song with an uplifting message. Enjoy!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Jam of the Day: Carly Rae Jepsen - "Cut to the Feeling"

Along with Selena Gomez' new single "Bad Liar," Carly Rae Jepsen's new song "Cut to the Feeling" is vying for summer jam of the year. It's ridiculously catchy.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Jam of the Day: Slowdive - "Slomo"

Their new, self-titled album has been on endless repeats for weeks. You will likely not find a more lovely track than album opener "Slomo." It is the personification of sublime beauty.

"Give me your love, it's a curious love
Give me your heart, it's a curious thing."

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Jam of the Day: Zola Blood - "The Only Thing"

I'm eagerly anticipating Zola Blood's debut full length, Infinite Games, which drops tomorrow. If you are a fan of elegant, art-pop such as Wild Beasts, Clock Opera, and Metronomy, you will definite find much to love. "The Only Thing" is a sweeping, synth-drenched track that gradually builds to a satisfying emotional conclusion.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Jam of the Day: Cigarettes After Sex - "Each Time You Fall In Love"

My obsession with this band has reached DEFCON Level One. So dreamy and languid, as if they exist solely to be featured in the new incarnation of Twin Peaks.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Jam of the Day: ATTLAS - "Further"

Everyone knows how much music means to me. That such a horrific act of violence occurred at a concert chills me to the bone. My thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims in Manchester. Today's song is a simple, yet gorgeous track that warms my heart and hopefully yours. Peace.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Jam of the Day: Phoenix - "Ti Amo"

This explosive dance track from Phoenix is fast becoming my summer jam. Really excited for their new record coming next month.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Jam of the Day: Selena Gomez - "Bad Liar"

Selena Gomez and the sampled bassline from Talking Heads' classic "Psycho Killer," what is not to love. It even has the approval of David Byrne. It's a super cool pop track that is sure to be a massive hit.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Jam of the Day: Grizzly Bear - "Mourning Sound"

The second song to be released from Grizzly Bear's upcoming record Painted Ruins, "Mourning Sound" is probably their most straightforward track to date. A driving beat and chugging guitars propel the song forward, punctuated by wonky synths and the dueling vocals of Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jam of the Day: Beacon - "Marion"

The spectral strains of a hammer dulcimer highlight this haunting track from electronic duo Beacon.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jam of the Day: Elohim - "Skinny Legs"

Elohim's self-titled debut album last year was a perfectly good electro-pop album, but was not truly striking. Her new single, the blisteringly dark track "Skinny Legs" shows Elohim finding her own voice, sounding like the love child of Nitzer Ebb, Portishead, and Crystal Castles.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Jam of the Day: Little Cub - "Hypnotize"

Pssst! I'm going to let you in on a little secret. Little Cub's debut album Still Life is one of the best records of the year. It was near impossible to put just one of their tracks down here, so you will likely see a few more over the coming months. "Hypnotize" is a good entry point on the record, throwing down a fierce groove as synthesizers swirl around. The best description of the band's is that they sound like the intersection where Blur, Pulp, Wild Beasts, and Pet Shop Boys all meet. Please check them out.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Jam of the Day: Exhibitionist - "Hands"

This debut single from Australian musician Exhibitionist, a.k.a. Kirsty Tickle, is a gorgeously moody downtempo track.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

Jam of the Day: LCD Soundsystem - "Call the Police"

LCD Soundsystem come roaring back to life with with this blistering track full of signature LCD sounds: chugging bassline, sparkling synths, wailing guitars, and James Murphy's wry vocals.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Jam of the Day: Sylvan Esso - "Just Dancing"

From Sylvan Esso's practically perfect second record What Now, "Just Dancing" is one of many amazing dance tracks. I really can't get enough of this record, and I highly recommend you search out its charms.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Jam of the Day: Wy - "Bathrooms"

I can't get enough of this moody track from Swedish duo Wy. I guess the best way I can describe this track is that is as if Cocteau Twins and Jesus and Mary Chain got into an accident with Siouxsie Sioux. It's pretty darn awesome.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jam of the Day: Cathedrals - "Try to Fight"

Fans of Chvrches will really dig this sparkling, synth driven number from San Francisco duo Cathedrals.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jam of the Day: Rachel Collier - "Paper Tiger"

Banging electro-pop track from Rachael Collier that has a very Santigold vibe to it.

As an added bonus, here is an in-studio live version she did for Abelton, where you can see her build all the loops.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Jam of the Day: Teen Daze - "Cycle"

What a beginning to the week. Been slammed with work and it's stressing me out. I need something smooth and calming and this spacey, trippy track from Teen Daze fits the bill. Find your bliss.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Jam of the Day: Bearcubs - "Underwaterfall"

This song has been described as being if James Blake was produced by Jamie xx, and I am completely fine with that. Gorgeous.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jam of the Day: Haux - "Touch"

Skittering drums and Haux's breathless vocals highlight this gorgeous, downtempo track.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Jam of the Day: Little Dragon - "Strobe Light"

I am loving the sensual textures in this sleek dance track from Little Dragon. You can listen to the track here on Spotify.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Jam of the Day: Zara Larrson - "Funeral"

Zara Larrson sings the hell out of this breakup song, which is about realizing a relationship is not working out and being adult about moving on.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Jam of the Day: aiwake - "Birds"

I'm in love with this dreamy, electronic track from aiwake. It is a perfect rainy day track.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Jam of the Day: Son Lux - "Dangerous"

Ferocious new single from Son Lux that was formed out of the social and political upheaval of the US elections. All proceeds from the sale of their EP Remedy will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.