Friday, May 17, 2019

Jam of the Day: Interpol - "Real Life"

Interpol seems to have gotten their mojo back on new EP A Fine Mess. Spiky single "Real Life" goes back to basics.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Jam of the Day: CUT_ - "Not Addicted to You"

Dutch electronic duo CUT_ release the bold synth-pop track "Not Addicted to You," from their album A Small Group of Individuals.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Jam of the Day: Sandra Kolstad - "Catch-22"

Stunning single from Norwegian artist Sandra Kolstad's new album Burning Love. Her commanding voice stands out among a phalanx of rising synths.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

ANOHNI with J. Ralph & Jade Bell - "KARMA"

ANOHNI lends her gorgeous vocals to this collaboration with J. Ralph, singing the poetry of Jade Bell. All proceeds from the track go to Bell’s non-profit foundation Jade’s KIDS.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Jam of the Day: HÆLOS - "Empty Skies"

British band HÆLOS have just released their remarkable sophomore record Any Random Kindness. It builds upon their initial trip-hop sound, making things more dense and organic. "Empty Skies" is a standout track with its drum patterns recalling Massive Attack's masterful song "Unfinished Sympathy." The band brings in their excellent use of harmonies all, of course, anchored by Lotti Benardout’s Valkyrie-like voice. It's a stunning achievement.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Jam of the Day: Drinker - "Fragment II"

Production duo Drinker has just released their stunning debut album Fragments. Moody single "Fragment II" is the centerpiece and one of the many highlights on the record.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Jam of the Day: Big Thief - "Strange"

The brilliantly off-center pop/folk band Big Thief return with their best album yet, the grandly surreal U.F.O.F. "Strange" sounds like Joni Mitchell fronting a dream pop band. Their album is a treasure trove of riches. I keep finding something new each time.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Jam of the Day: Chasms - "Deep Love Deep Pain"

LA duo Chasms returns with their new record The Mirage. They sound like a mix of Cocteau Twins and The xx, with a dash of Public Image Ltd.'s dub soundscapes thrown in for atmosphere. "Deep Love Deep Pain" is an evocative track that is a perfect embodiment of their sound.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Jam of the Day: Diplo ft. Tove Lo - "Win Win"

Diplo releases this new club banger featuring Tove Lo from his house-centric EP called Higher Ground.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Jam of the Day: Rhye - "Needed"

Rhye return with this haunting, and vaguely sinister new track called "Needed." Lyrics like "Why you look so fragile? Do I seem so bad?," hint at a darker under current, as the narrator implores his lover that all he wants is to be needed. The song was co-written with Dan Wilson of Semisonic.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Jam of the Day: The Ninth Wave - "Used to Be Yours"

Hypnotic goth pop song from Glasgow band The Ninth Wave. It is off their debut album Infancy. I love the rush of synths and guitars, and the heavenly harmonies of singers Haydn Park-Patterson and Millie Kidd.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Jam of the Day: Ex:Re - "The Dazzler"

Elena Tonra, the leader of British rock trio Daughter, has released her first solo record under the moniker Ex:Re. It's a somber record that chronicles a recent breakup she went through. "The Dazzler" details the loneliness and emptiness that can be experienced in a hotel room. Tonra lays down a minimal musical background, but punctuates the song with lots of odd electronics, strings, and treated guitar.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Jam of the Day: Local Natives - "Shy"

Local Natives get rugged and dirty on their song "Shy," from their solid new record Violet Street.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Friday, April 26, 2019

Jam of the Day: Two Door Cinema Club - "Satellite"

Two Door Cinema Club fully embrace candy-colored synth pop on their latest single "Satellite" which is on their upcoming new album False Alarm.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Jam of the Day: Shey Baba - "Requiem"

Moving ballad from singer, song-writer Shey Baba, that is about mourning the past, but moving on from it.

"Time only haunts you once
Pause, and then it will restart
It's a pain I've been holding for years
And now that my moment's come
All disappear inside

It's the truth I've been holding for years
And this is my requiem to the old world
Fading, you're fading
You don't have to be who you are anymore"

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Monday, April 22, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Jam of the Day: Beyonce - "Before I Let Go"

Joyous single from Beyonce's masterful live concert album Homecoming, which chronicles her legendary performance at Coachella. You can listen to it here on Spotify.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Jam of the Day: Kazu - "Salty"

From her upcoming solo record Adult Baby, Kazu Makino (lead singer of Blonde Redhead) releases the mesmerizing, pointillistic track "Salty." For the song she enlisted the help of legendary Japanese composer/producer Ryuichi Sakamoto, Atoms For Peace percussionist Mauro Refosco, and Son Lux drummer Ian Chang. It's impossible not to be captivated by the minimalist electronics.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jam of the Day: Tame Impala - "Borderline"

Dense, hypnotic track from the always fascinating Tame Impala. Their new album is probable the one record I am most anticipating this year.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Jam of the Day: Lowly - "In the Hearts"

Gorgeous, trip-hop inspired track from Danish band Lowly. It comes off their new record, Hifalutin, which is released on Bella Union records.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Jam of the Day: Now, Now - "Enda"

Electronic duo Now, Now return with a new track, the dramatic and moving ballad, "Enda." Now, Now are about to embark on a tour opening for Foxing.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Jam of the Day: Georgia - "About Work the Dancefloor"

Like a mashup between Robyn's "Dancing On My Own" and Stevie Nicks' "Stand Back," London producer Georgia's new track is a throbbing, pulsating dance floor banger.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Jam of the Day: Cautious Clay - "Something for Nothing"

From his new EP, Table of Context, Brooklyn singer Joshua Karpeh, a.k.a. Cautious Clay, releases the magnetic single "Something for Nothing." His voice sounds like an earthier Seal.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Jam of the Day: bülow - "Wake Up"

2019 is looking to be the year of teenage pop gold. Following on the heals of Billie Eilish's debut album, 19 year old Canadian singer bülow has just released her solid EP called Crystalline. "Wake Up" is a super catchy pop song about a girl wanting her boyfriend to grow up and face responsibilities with maturity. If you like Lorde and Billie Eilish, you will certainly love bülow.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Jam of the Day: Kehlani ft. Ty Dolla $ign - "Nights Like This (Jay Pryor Remix)"

Jay Pryor gives this Kehlani track a euphoric dance floor sheen, masking the rather sad lyrics about a dissolved relationship. Regardless, it is a killer track.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Jam of the Day: Hatchie - "Stay With Me"

If Robyn, Cocteau Twins, and The Sundays got together and wrote a "crying alone in the club" song, they would probably sound like this excellent track from Aussie singer-songwriter Hatchie. It is from her upcoming debut album called Keepsake.

Friday, April 5, 2019

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Jam of the Day: KÁRYYN - "YAJNA"

If you are a fan of Fever Ray, The Knife, Kate Bush, and Bjork, you will love the work of Syrian-American producer KÁRYYN. Her debut album The Quanta Series is brilliantly executed. I am particularly drawn to the epic track "YAJNA," which slowly gathers force and strength over its 7 minute run time.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Jam of the Day: Billie Eilish - "ilomilo"

Seventeen year old pop sensation Billie Eilish just released When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? and it is a self-assured goth-pop collection of tracks that we will likely be hearing all year long. I keep being drawn in to the song "ilomilo," with its pitter-pat drum programming, dreamland xylophone keyboards, odd synth patterns that creep around the outside of the mix, and of course, Billie's detached, teenage vocals.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Jam of the Day: Breathe. - "London"

Aussie duo Breathe. take you on a moody journey through the night time streets of London in this sublime single.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Jam of the Day: These New Puritans - "Inside the Rose"

Title track from These New Puritans' fantastic new fourth album. Their music is almost undefinable; but my best approximation is it sounds like what Talk Talk would have sounded like had they gone down a more electronic/techno side of things after Spirit of Eden and Laughing Stock.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Jam of the Day: MorMor - "Outside"

Atmospheric track from Toronto singer MorMor. His lovely voice carries this delicate exploration of isolation.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Jam of the Day: American Football ft. Rachel Goswell of Slowdive: "I Can't Feel You"

American Football return with their third record which features a lot of great collaborations. I really love their use of Slowdive's Rachel Goswell's breathy vocals on the sparkling track "I Can't Feel You."

Monday, March 25, 2019

Jam of the Day: Flume - "MUD"

Flume just released his mixtape Hi This is Flume, and it is a killer mix of new tracks. "MUD" shows off more of his textural side with industrial strength drums and more melted, twisted synths.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Jam of the Day: Tame Impala - "Patience"

Tame Impala release their first new music in four years, the dreamy, disco-ey "Patience." It's quite lovely.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jam of the Day: Blaqk Audio - "Dark Arcades"

Blaqk Audio, the synthpop side project of Davey Havok and Jade Puget of AFI, have released their fourth album Only Things We Love. "Dark Arcades" is a darkly epic track with a killer chorus that recalls the best of 80s goth pop.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Jam of the Day: Karen O/Danger Mouse - "Redeemer"

From Karen O/Danger Mouse's beguiling collaboration album Lux Prima, "Redeemer" combines swirling strings, pounding drums, and spaghetti-western style guitars, all brought to a perfect mix through Karen O's commanding voice.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Jam of the Day: Twin Shadow - "Truly"

Twin Shadow previews his new record with this lush, Middle Eastern-tinged track that is one of his best singles in years.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Jam of the Day: Tamaryn - "Angels of Sweat"

Tamaryn began her career as a dark, droning shoegaze act but now has moved full force into sparkling synthpop. "Angels of Sweat" is the latest track from her upcoming album Dreaming the Dark, which sounds like if Kate Bush fronted Erasure. It's pretty mesmerizing.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Jam of the Day: The Innocence Mission - "The Snow on Pi Day"

The Innocence Mission has been around for over 30 years and they never disappoint. This latest song is probably one of their most beautiful. Prepare to be transfixed.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Jam of the Day: SASAMI - "Not the Time"

SASAMI, the former keyboardist for Cherry Glazerr, has released a lovely collection of shoegazey pop. One of my favorite songs is this beautiful ode to a relationship that didn't work out but the feelings remain and they want to save the friendship. I love these lyrics, that sums up at lot of personal things for myself:

"One of these nights I'm
Gonna hear your song again, friend
One of these nights I'm
Gonna be your friend again
It's not the time or place for us
But you said that you would save some space for us."