Thursday, July 1, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
"The Music Scene" (Vimeo)
You got to watch this video - its super spectacular. The animation is solid, colorful, a bit mind-boggling and its synchronized to the music across the board. My hat goes off to the animator, A.F. Schepperd.
The music is by Blockhead, a busy producer. He has some solo work, but is most known for his work with Aesop Rock. He produced 9 tracks from the critically acclaimed album Labor Days, and has worked on a total of 8 releases from Aesop Rock. You can download a megamix of his album, The Music Scene, from the record labels website. I'm listening to it right now and its awesome.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 2010
how did i miss this?!? this side project duo has been around for almost a year and i didn't find out about them until today. what an embarrassment. i guess that happens when you never listen to the radio or read pitchfork. oops! broken bells is the project of producer danger mouse and the shin's james mercer. it's exactly what you'd expect from such a combination: greatness. in terms of production, you can expect some similarities to the gorillaz and danger mouse's other projects, but it's all twisted up with an indie + classic rock / oldies feel. the single "the ghost inside," which you can preview or watch the video for below, sounds most eerily familiar to me (listen to that bass and the percussive elements and see if it rings any bells). i'm loving it and you probably will too (if you aren't way ahead of me already).
Friday, June 18, 2010
after a while without any news of a !!! release, i was starting to get antsy. biting my fingers off sort of thing. boom boom boom / pow pow pow / chk chk chk are always touring all over the world, but their website and myspace hadn't really changed since myth takes came out in 2007. well, prepare for the future...
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) - AM/FM (taken from Strange Weather, Isn't It?) by Warp Records (on SoundCloud)
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours (feat. Irfane) (Vimeo)
So as you may know - we've featured Breakbot a few times here and with good reason! He's another long-haired Frenchman signed to Ed Banger, but his music is smooth... real smooth. To accompany his track, "Baby I'm Yours ft IRFANE", this video was released last week. Made up of about 2000 watercolor painted images, it's a solid bit of eye-candy. Enjoy.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
god damn, i fuckin love disco texas. here's another track from rockets: it's got the funk-disco guitar, the smoothest of bass lines and some solid beat mashing. this is a 5-course electronic meal. builds are perfectly spread out, not too far apart and not too long either. "club monsieur" makes you feel like you're getting down with chic in a futuristic discothèque. the song has 16th notes on the hi-hat and are those occasional claps i hear? it's got the slow up on the high-eq to a creative bass line that's almost always present, but shifts around throughout the entirety keeping you thinking. at about 3:00 a synth comes in before the final breakdown. this is a house track that has all the elements you're looking for. this is inspiration.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
can you believe it's been since april since we covered lifelike? right now, he's gearing up for the release of his love emulator ep off of the young french label computer science.
Monday, June 7, 2010
KNUCKLES | BLAKE - WHAT I LIKE (Vimeo)
Slow motion relay race through the subways of Paris? Yes please! I can't really find much on this Knuckles guy besides the fact that he is now going by the name Sovnger. And apparently (according to his myspace...) DJs such as Diplo, Breakbot, Etienne de Crecy, and Alex Gopher play his stuff in their sets. He also has a mixtape on soundcloud and posts a new one each month.
And definitely check out the director, Paul Bryan. He has a solid collection of work including same great photographs of people.
oh man oh man oh man. i barely need to say anything at all.
The Naked And Famous - Young Blood (on Vimeo)
become a fan on facebook please.
Sunday, June 6, 2010
i love when i hear good music from bands that started in boston - passion pit, hooray for earth, yes giantess to name a few.
yesterday a friend of mine sent me an email about the boston based duo dubbed space life. they are chris and jeff, they've been friends since high school, and only started their collaboration four months ago. they work well together because they share a lot of interests and take their influences from the same genres (70s funk + disco).
Voyager III (on SoundCloud) you can download it! AND they're working on a music video for this track.
Friday, June 4, 2010
if you haven't heard of neon indian yet, you're really missing out. we first heard of alan paloma (neon indian is one of his projects) when he was a part of ghosthustler (remember "someone else's ride?) that song is fuckin' amazing. we blasted that at parties all the time in 2008. grab it for free off of missingtoof right here.
we were all waiting for ghosthustler to EXPLODE, but the band broke up and alan went on to produce music as VEGA, which is in much of the similar vein as ghosthustler. where he's been most successful is with his work as neon indian - which definitely carries some of the same electro sounds, but it's engineered in a sleep lab with hallucinogens and a dreamy-psychedelic induced future dropped right on top. since his appropriately titled psychic chasms ep release last april (and the lp in the fall), we've been stoked about what's to come next.
Neon Indian - "Sleep Paralysist" Video Directed by Focus Creeps (Vimeo)
very happy it's friday.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
i love being subscribed to mailing lists. it's a huge part of bands marketing to have these lists and facebook groups and twitter and so on and so forth. up until a few years ago i was hesitant to join these lists because i believed that they'd be primarily junk mail, or that they'd sell my email address or whatever. some companies still do that - but i would say that musician's mailing lists are safe and really only reward the fanbase for joining. they grab your email or you become a fan on facebook and you get stuff like free tracks, mixtapes and discounted tickets. point being: signing up is the best choice.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Birdy Nam Nam - Abbesses (Youtube)
If you like The Avalanches or Kid Koala or DJ Shadow - you will like Birdy Nam Nam. They are four DJs from France and MASTER turntablists. If you can get your hands on their self-titled album - do it!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
from our favorite australian label (duh) comes ceo, the new project of the tough alliance's eric burgland. i love the new name.
Monday, May 31, 2010
you have to enjoy the UK electro group zoot woman.
Friday, May 28, 2010
one of my favorite things about working on a music blog is when we get a submission / recommendation that we follow through with and find some musical perfection. it's the best!
Faded Paper Figures - Small Talk (on SoundCloud)
Faded Paper Figures - Invent It All Again (on SoundCloud)
one of my favorite mixes of all time is moullinex's "libère la femme vol. II." it's a dancing powerhouse and all you need to get the party started.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
anyone who spends any time in my apartment knows that i'm head over heels for casiokids. their musical aesthetic is all about fun - if you like the beach boys, metronomy, and hot chip - i promise that you'll love their music. it's indie music with up-tempo bass lines and a bunch of people harmonizing things like "yeah, yeah" and "la, la." unfortunately, most of their lyrics are in norwegian so i have no idea what they are singing about, but it's like riding your bike in the summer.
Casiokids - En Vill Hest (on Vimeo)
update 5/28/10: i just got permission to post + share "togens hule" - it's really an incredible track **high rec**:
Casiokids - Togens Hule (Download)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
the artist formerly known as discorockets, now goes by rockets. the bass lines are still smooth, funky and simple - the way they should be. this comes as no surprise as he is on discotexas, the same label that houses moullinex and xinobi. discotexas, though having no real affiliation with texas itself, is one of the dopest labels around right now - still small and with really talented musicians + producers. discotexas is french touch / electro / house at its best - on the same level as valerie, but with a different aesthetic.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp (Vimeo)
Two words: spectacularly strange! This video employs a great mix of beautiful imagery, experimental visuals, and odd concepts. You got to love that drummer pounding away up on that ridge.
The band, Yeasayer, is an experimental rock band based out of good old Brooklyn. This track, Ambling Alp, is a single off their second album, Odd Blood, which was just released this past February. The album has this worldly and diverse sound to it - partly due to the help they received from Peter Gabriel's drummer, Jerry Marotta. He helped them record the album in a studio packed with synths and percussion from around the world. You can download a track for free from their site or by using the embed below. Enjoy!
Monday, May 24, 2010
Here's a bit of eye candy to start off your week. This unofficial music video for Metronomy's On The Motorway was made by Jul and Mat, a director duo from France. Expect more to come from them - they've been pumping out some real simple and creative shit lately and I anticipate good things to come! Enjoy.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
here's a fast-paced saturday remix of moneypenny by hey champ.
Friday, May 21, 2010
the budos band deserves vinyl treatment. you listen to a single song of theirs and you feel like you're going back to the future. they are ripe with retro sounds and are the contemporary funk band you've been trying to find for years. their sound is original and is the best parts of a quentin tarantino soundtrack. this eleven member soul / funk / jazz group comes from bushwick, BK and they are going to be huge. just wait for it.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
savoir adore is another band for you to fall in love with. look at how cute they are! it's almost disgusting. the duo hails from brooklyn and their debut lp "in the wooded forest" is available on itunes. savoir adore is something special, bringing a lot of electro dance + club characteristics to indie pop. it's a daring and wonderful combination and after listening to their myspace for a bit now, i can tell you that it is worth investigating. check out the original version of "bodies" in this lo-fi repping the miniDV music video:
Savoir Adore - Bodies (Vimeo)
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Youthless 'Good Hunters' (Vimeo)
Found these guys this morning - I like the video and I'm loving the track. I've been trying to put my finger on who they sound like, but I think in the end they're a bit of a mixed breed. I'm feeling a bit of Hooray for Earth and the Rapture with a twist of Metronomy. Youthless is a "club and garage" duo from Portugal and, at this point, relatively unknown. Check them out, you can download their EP for free here (upon registration of course).
And what about us reaching the 100th post?! Shots of Alexi vodka anyone? C'mon it says its distilled four times!
i'd hope that you all know who the big leaguer, thomas bangalter, is: one of the biggest french house and electronic musicians / producers / one-half of daft punk + stardust ("music sounds better with you") + together ("a time has come to make a decision, are we in this thing alone, or are we in it together"). he is also responsible for one of my favorite remixes - dj mehdi's signatune (one of my favorite music videos too, btw).
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
miami horror blasts back into action with his "moon theory" single. when i first heard miami horror, it was just some dude mixing some perfect 80s influenced electro jams and doing some solid remixes for PNAU, stardust, the presets (and many more). lots of synths and electric guitars, sunglasses and red corvettes. now, miami horror plays live with a four piece band and the tracks he puts together in the studio have dynamic vocals that follow a similar aesthetic. if you go back you'll find some older miami horror that's a little less produced and has no vocals. he has definitely grown a lot as an artist, but don't forget the old stuff - it's good too!
Monday, May 17, 2010
Michael Leonhart & Avramina 7 - Dreams Of An Aquarian (Music Video on Youtube)
michael leonhart is a songwriter, a producer, and a musician on truth & soul records - a brooklyn based indie label that specializes in contemporary funk and soul. YEAH YEAH! michael has worked with some amazing talent across multiple genres: mos def, brian eno, steely dan (those guys are picky), david byrne and has worked on over 50 truth and soul recordings. bottom line is that this guy is fucking talented.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
AntiVJ - ENGHIEN (Vimeo)
AntiVJ is a visual label that presents these incredible audio/visual performances. They're simple and spectacular, mixing electronic music and projection mapping. Like this video, they often make buildings come alive. Its fucking awesome - definitely the best mapping work I've ever seen. Check them out and expect more to come.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
i fell in love with au revoir simone when i first heard the teenager's remix of "fallen snow." their vocals inspire good feelings! it's been a while since we posted some solid electro/disco remixes on here - where that bass line is so hot you could burn this disco out. this track has everything, the horns, the break down, the disco strings, and the part where you roller skate backwards. PUNCHES are from BK (let's hang out guys) and have only one other track on their myspace - that's equally as funky. definitely check that out!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Amari - Tiger (Vimeo)
It looks like this band, Amari, was warped into a mixed-up alternate universe of Star Trek and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and they're all living strange lives through the eyes of others. Rock solid video and loving the music too. Seems like they got their hands on a bunch of sci-fi films from the 80's and pasted the bands faces on all the characters. Nothing I recognize, but I wasn't much of sci-fi fanatic. I think I see some Russian writing in a couple of the shots... Great directing job by Francesco Calabrese.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 7, 2010
here are some sweet friday hip-hop remixes for you. grieves and budo worked together to put together this nice little ep that they're offerring entirely for free here. you can preview all the tracks below (unless you are using RSS)!
The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Youtube)
You most certainly should check out this video. It's simple but stunning, and probably one of the best uses of stock(-esque) footage. Released yesterday, the music video is for the single, Swoon, from The Chemical Brothers' upcoming album, Further, set to be released this June. The exciting thing about this album is that each of the 8 tracks will have a corresponding film that developed concurrently. The Chemical Brothers established this partnership with two of their long-time visual artist buds, Adam Smith and Marcus Lyall. Smith has been behind every visual backdrop for every Chemical Brothers concert since they debuted live!
Sounds like an awesome idea and I am excited to see the rest of the videos look like. The videos will be released as a special edition DVD. They will also be available for download with the LP on iTunes.