Monday, October 14, 2019
RIDE has released an excellent new album called This Is Not A Safe Place. I have already posted their song "End Game" but I decided to post this Gabe Gurnsey remix of their track "Repetition." It's a furiously addictive dance remix that gets your day started off right. I have also included the original version as well for context.
Friday, October 11, 2019
Shoegaze band DIIV returns with its excellent new record Deceiver. It was hard to pick just one track that stands out, so I went with the epic closing track "Acheron," which slowly builds to a ferocious climax.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' 18th album Ghosteen is a haunting song cycle meditating on loss and grieving. The album is the first one released since the accidental death of Cave's son Arthur. It asks the big questions about life but is never heavy-handed or maudlin. For me, the record is most touching during the quiet, contemplative moments. Cave's voice is so emotionally bare and resonant on "Waiting for You." Stark piano chords and subtle electronics provide the perfect canvas.
Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Nineteen-year-old Canadian singer bülow is steadily gaining momentum with her pop skills, winning the Juno award as 2019 Breakthrough Artist of the Year. From her new EP The Contender, bülow mines darker territory with the stark, trap-inspired song "Upside Down."
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
I read a description of London-based singer-songwriter Rhi that seemed fairly apt; that she is the lovechild of James Blake and Lana Del Rey. She has just released her sophomore record The Pale Queen, which is filled with dreamy, hazy tracks like "Swagger."
Monday, October 7, 2019
Josh Eustis has released the first album under the Telefon Tel Aviv moniker in over 10 years after the death of founding member Charlie Cooper. Dreams Are Not Enough is a fascinating album dealing with love and loss. "standing on the bottom of the ocean" is ghostly synthpop that questions existence and death, with pointed lyrics like "What good are we/If we can't see?/The things we knew/
They can't save you."
Friday, October 4, 2019
More euphoric house music perfection from The Juan Maclean and Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem. This is the perfect song to get you amped up for the weekend.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Chromatics dropped a surprise album this week called Closer to Grey and it was well worth the wait. "Light as a Feather" pushes their sound into a slightly new direction. Utilizing synth loops and a breakbeat sample, there is a hip-hop, almost industrial feel to the track, with Ruth Radelet's breathy vocals pulling you in close.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Darkwave duo revisit their EP Country Girl and have expanded it into a full length now named Country Girl Uncut. "Send Me A Vision" is a darkly seductive track that will lure you onto the dance floor.
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Dance-punk band YACHT's new album Chain Tripping was created using AI software that found new melodies in their older songs. Regardless of this odd procedure, they still create great music. I am drawn to the sunny and funky grooves of "DEATH."
Friday, September 27, 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Italian quartet NAVA unleashes strange electronics on the mesmerizing track "Flesh." The music sounds akin to early Skinny Puppy, full of harsh, scraping sounds, but with a mix of beautiful elements. The push and pull between the two are fascinating.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Sunshine Kitty is one of Tove Lo's best records and one of the best pop records of the year. "Shifted" is a sleek, minimalist electro-pop track with a killer melody.
Monday, September 23, 2019
Friday, September 20, 2019
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Kazu Makino, the former lead singer for Blonde Redhead, has just realized her debut solo album, entitled Adult Baby. It's an enigmatic record, full of strange sounds, and lots of intriguing uses of her voice. "Undo" is both gorgeous and offsetting; using odd backing noises (clicks, whistles, and drones) to keep you off-center. Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier adds cavernous drums to the mix, anchoring the song to the earth.
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
I am really drawn to this song from London singer-musician Saint Jude. His almost deadpan vocals seem to be hiding all emotion, until the end, where the emotion almost pours out uncontrollably. He is definitely an artist to watch out for. You can listen to the single here on Spotify.
Monday, September 16, 2019
Friday, September 13, 2019
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Hauntingly gorgeous closing track to Black Belt Eagle Scout's new record At The Party With My Brown Friends.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Monday, September 9, 2019
Percussion-heavy remix of the Björk song "Features Creatures" by The Knife that reimagines the track as lead by a demented marching band.
Friday, September 6, 2019
With a collaboration this good, why the hell did Tove Lo and Kylie not do this sooner? From Tove's upcoming album Sunshine Kitty. This song is ripe for killer dance remixes.
Thursday, September 5, 2019
In advance of their upcoming full-length Transmission Suite, Manchester legends 808 State have released a teaser EP called Subsequent Granada Report. I am really digging the squelchy, acid-house thrills of "Marconi."
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Solomun takes the pastoral electronica of the original version of Apparat's "OUTLIER" and creates a chilled out, deep house version. The spoken word portion at the end is haunting.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
Thursday, August 29, 2019
Rare DM, a.k.a. multi-instrumentalist Erin Hoagg, has released her debut record Vanta Black, which takes a gothy take on minimalist electronica. "Jade" is a languid track full of dark synths, with a few twinkly ones that provide a bit of heart and beauty to a song about a destructive relationship. I highly recommend the full album.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Monday, August 26, 2019
Friday, August 23, 2019
Thursday, August 22, 2019
Animated Violence Mild, Fuck Buttons' member Benjamin John Power's fourth album under his Blanck Mass moniker, is a monolithic and intense repurposing of 80s and 90s industrial music. "Love is a Parasite" takes the full-on fury of Nine Inch Nails and Ministry and amps it up even further.
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
From her 80s themed concept album Lost Girls, Bat for Lashes previews the record with the sweeping track "The Hunger," which is presumably named after the cult 80s film.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Shoegaze titans Ride return with their new album This Is Not A Safe Space. I am captivated by the moody track "End Game" that blends their ferocious guitar attack with a more contemplative, Church-esque atmosphere.
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
London duo NIMMO's new song "No More" is a disco-tinged dance track that is about trying to find the courage to get over a relationship, and exalting in the rush that comes from taking that leap. This is such a great dance track. Check out their excellent record The Power.
Monday, August 12, 2019
Sometimes you need to start your Monday off with a sunny, shining indie-pop song. Indie band Dayglow hit it out of the park with the sweet song about tentative love. Play it loud and sing along.
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Thursday, August 1, 2019
"Skin Game" is the first track released from DIIV's upcoming record Deceiver. While it starts out as a dreamy, shoegaze pop track, it explodes at the end into a distorted guitar raveup.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Electronic artist Bonobo has released the single "Linked," which is powered by insistent beats, sparkingly synths, and subtle vocal samples. It's as pretty to listen to as it is to dance to.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019
Monday, July 29, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
Third preview track from Friendly Fires' upcoming record Inflorescent. It's another killer song that makes me think this will be their best album yet.