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.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Jam of the Day: Chastity Belt - "Different Now"

There are some amazing guitar-based records coming out this year, and Chastity Belt looks to be a good contender. I love the intertwined guitars on this lovely track.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jam of the Day: Arca – “Desafío”

Arca once again bleeds together the lines between experimental and pop on this seductive new single. The video is mesmerizing.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jam of the Day: Future Islands - "Black Rose"

Future Islands' new record The Far Field has a surfeit of riches. I really could post the entire record as a Jam of the Day, but for brevity's sake I will post the final track on the record, "Black Rose." It's simply a gorgeous mid-tempo track featuring muted synth swells and a driving bass line. And of course, Sam Herring's emotive vocals. Pure bliss. You can hear it here on Spotify.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Jam of the Day: Talos - "Contra"

New single from Eoin French, aka Talos, which is “about the idea of protecting something very fragile in the midst of a crisis, when the walls are falling down around you.” It's a delicate track with evocative lyrics, tender vocals, and cinematic electronics.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Jam of the Day: Bleachers ft. Lorde - "Don't Take the Money"

With a killer chorus that will likely be playing out of radios all summer, "Don't Take the Money" is the latest from Jack Antonoff's Bleachers project. The song was co-written with Lorde and features her on backing vocals.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jam of the Day: Slowdive - "Sugar for the Pill"

Slowdive release the second single from their first album in over twenty-two years and it is a stunner. It's a delicate heartbreak ballad that builds on its soft opening into a swirling storm of atmospheric, intertwined guitars.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jam of the Day: Drake - "Passionfruit"

I will admit that I am more a fan of Drake the singer than I am of Drake the rapper. "Passionfruit" is a prime example of why; Drake's velvety vocals float over the light mix of fluttery drums and smooth keys as only he can. A less subtle approach would have killed the vibe of the track. You can listen to the track here on Spotify.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Jam of the Day: Future Islands - "Cave"

Diving into darker Cure-esque territory, Future Islands releases the second single from their upcoming record The Far Field. Under a driving beat and baseline, dark synths swell with emotive singer Sam Herring going deep into himself.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Jam of the Day: Gorillaz ft. D.R.A.M. - "Andromeda"

Gorillaz makes a welcome return with this ode to a soul club in 1980s Colchester. It's a sparkling house track that shimmers with warmth.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Jam of the Day: Jumo - "Huit Jours"

What starts out as a pointillistic piano track soon morphs into a thumping dance track.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Jam of the Day: Drake ft. Jorja Smith and Black Coffee - "Get It Together"

Breezy house track from Drake which is punctuated by sultry vocals from Jorja Smith and jazzy piano riffs. You can listen here on Spotify.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017