Archive for December, 2015

December 26, 2015
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JR JR (fka Dale Earnhardt, Jr Jr) gave me one of my favorite infectious indie tunes this year in the form of the song Gone, off their self titled third album. We’ve already heard at least one sensational remix of the tune, but now I give you the remix by The Knocks, and it’s pure, magnificent wickedness. They turn the song on its head, morphing it into a frenetically pulsing dark disco and brilliantly bass heavy electro jam unlike anything we’ve ever heard from The Knocks. It’s flashy and savage, and so ravishingly satisfying. 

December 26, 2015
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Another delightful Christmas surprise came by way of both RAC and Little Boots, who I never expected to team up for a song, but here they are on aptly named Magic Hour. It’s not a Christmas song, though it was released today, but such a beautifully twinkling synthpop and dance pop treat this is! Slick and catchy, punchy and sweet, whimsical and fanciful… it’s something I could certainly get used to, this RAC and Little Boots magic. Musical “super powers” are amplified when these two come together. Purchase the song on iTunes.

December 26, 2015

We must have been very good boys and girls this year, because Santa brought us a very special present this morning. Defunct legends LCD Soundsystem came out of retirement for a brief moment with a brand new Christmas song. LCD Soundsystem! Who we never thought we’d ever hear from again! Sway away to mopey, not at all dance punky Christmas Will Break Your Heart, which in some ways serves to remind me of the sad fact that LCD Soundsystem is no more. James Murphy reports that he’s been singing this one to himself for eight years, but finally decided to record it.

December 26, 2015

Yes, I know it’s not Christmas anymore in much of the world, for those of us still rolling in gift wrap with our bellies full from a fantastic feast, here’s one of the Christmas treats that surfaced this morning. Baltimore synthwave project Future Islands, one of my favorite bands, shared a cover of Wham!’s classic holiday hit, Last Christmas. It’s not everyday we hear Samuel Herring crooning a saccharine Christmas song, with no death metal rolls and no rapping, but today’s the day.

December 26, 2015
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So it turns out, though Sam Smith ended up soundtracking the latest Bond film with his song Writing’s On The Wall, Radiohead was initially eyed for the spot as well. Because of this, the influential band actually wrote a spectacular tune named Spectre, which they’ve generously shared with us as an end of the year gift after their prolonged silence. That’s right, kids, a new Radiohead song, and it’s wonderfully, gloriously moody and beautiful. Spectre is lavish in every way, and so undeniably Radiohead. And it’s a free download, too, right off of their Soundcloud.

December 24, 2015
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Missouri’s Saturn, who we’ve previously heard teaming up with DC duo SoySauce, joins up with Texas’ Skrux this time around for a spirited and rousing remix of The Chainsmokers and Tritonal’s anthemic Until You Were Gone, featuring Emily Warren. Her breathtaking vocals are vastly stirring paired with Skrux and Saturn’s majestic trap and electro soundscape full of clattering percussion and richly debonair synths. There’s no doubt this is a magnificent remix, one that really changed up the vibes on the original.

December 24, 2015
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Brooklyn singer songwriter Mothica cast an unbreakable spell over me with her quivering, bittersweet vocals on debut solo track, No One, several weeks back. The resiliently melancholic song takes on a pastel hued dreaminess on a softly rippling remix crafted by mysterious singer songwriter and producer Kayge Calypso and Oklahoma’s DUNN. This magical No One is the perfect late night, dusky track to drift away to. Let it’s twinkling beauty match the stars in the sky and its chill trap effulgence light up the night like a glowing moon. Free download, here.

December 24, 2015
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Vancouver duo WMNSTUDIES and their Dirty Radio pal WASPY teamed up on some stellar tunes this past year, including a lavishly intoxicating chill electronic track named Photographs, featuring Sundays. Its ethereal beauty is taken to a whole new level on an edit by Canadian producer James Deen who gives it a dark future bass and fizzy chill trap remix both soothing and hyper Jersey slick. It’s a heady experience, one that may have wallowed away in silence on James Deen’s hard drive if not for the fortunate fact that he decided to let us in on a collection of 9 remixes, mostly unofficial, that he thinks should probably stay hidden on his computer. I respectfully disagree, sir. The producer calls this the ‘lost in the sea of my hard drive’ version of Photographs. Well, I’m lost in the sea of his production.

December 24, 2015
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I’m very fond of Australian singer songwriter St. South’s beautiful music, in all its feathery soft, captivating chill allure. Yet, somehow, I managed to overlook a gorgeous gem she released recently till now. Wildest Dreams is St. South’s spellbinding Taylor Swift cover, a spectacularly fleecy and dreamy re-imagining. Her Wildest Dreams drifts along like a gentle hip hop breeze, its sparse minimalism reminding me of The xx while St. South’s breathy, emotive vocals seem like a combination of K.Flay and Lana Del Rey. Download the “chill hop” rework for free from St. South’s Soundcloud.

December 24, 2015
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German production duo Adel & Gesocks take us to a beautifully relaxing world of deeply profound beats on hypnotic deep house song Grow, which also features vocals by the UK’s From Forests. Grow’s gossamer moments are indelibly haunting, while its sparkling effervescence is cathartic and uplifting. Imagine if Bon Iver and Sigur Rós went deep house chill with an infusion of Galantis but wispy and light. Download the melodic groover straight from Adel & Gesock’s Soundcloud.