Posts Tagged ‘90’s’

May 18, 2018

I’m still kicking myself for not walking up to Christine and the Queens to say hi after I caught her very first performance on North American soil at SXSW a few years ago. She was hanging out by the stage after dazzling us with her dance moves and irresistible persona. I could have, I SHOULD have, gone up and said hello. After all, I’d made it a priority to be there for that performance, after falling in love with the French artist’s imaginative music and forward-thinking, convention-breaking music. She’s since become a global sensation, and now, Christine and the Queens is back with long awaited, highly anticipated new music. Girlfriend, a collaboration with Dâm-Funk, is a slick and chic tribute to G-funk that also feels very 90′s R&B. With her new music, Héloïse Letissier is stepping away from her acclaimed debut album Chaleur Humaine, towards what’s described as a more upbeat, tougher, and more minimalist sound. Girlfriend questions identity and plays with the performance of gender, and how the codes of “masculinity” are disrupted if the player isn’t a man. 

“I initially set out to smash against macho culture and macho men,” says Letissier. “I became obsessed with this idea of the macho man, and still being a woman. What does it mean if I’m this figure, and I’m a woman? Does it make me an aberration? Is it joyful?“ The song, too, is overwhelmed with desire. “I felt I had to address female desire and it’s diversity,” she says. “How sometimes it’s blacked out or ignored. It’s still something quite suspicious or slightly dirty. I felt like it was important to be more unapologetic about that. There are hints of nights spent having sex and coming back covered in sweat. Like a male figure, the young hero who has love stories, and comes back in the morning and his friends are like: ‘What happened to you?’ I want to be that.” Listen to the French version of Girlfriend below, entitled Damn, dis-moi. An extensive world tour begins this fall, details can be found, here. Girlfriend is available, here.

April 27, 2018

Well, she’s done it again, folks. Australia’s Hatchie has charmed us to no end with her effervescent shimmering, youthful whirring brand of guitar luscious dream pop. It’s been a more than vindicating journey as a fan, haven fallen for her Cocteau Twins-inspired music a year ago when she made her debut with Try. In the interim, Harriette Pilbeam’s buzz has grown quickly, such that we were even able to catch her at SXSW last month. Now, she’s preparing to release her first EP come May 25th on Double Double Whammy, and new single and video Sleep is our latest dose of the singer songwriter’s synth whirling, gazey swirling music, which never fails to take us on nostalgic carousel rides that brings back vivid memories of our youth. Hatchie says: “‘Sleep’ is about feeling frustrated with someone who can’t communicate their feelings. In this song I’m trying to coax someone into talking to me by any means necessary, even if it means visiting me in dreams. You can pre-order Hatchie’s debut EP Sugar & Spice, here

April 26, 2018

Let’s quiet things down a bit and dissolve into the dreamy shuffling R&B soul enveloping us on Take A Ride, the latest single from Los Angeles based Baltimore chanteuse Rose Gold.  Throwback 90s vibes abound on the aureate gem, whose smooth drum rolls add to the track’s hypnotic intoxication. This is the kind of song you take with you on a pensive drive, when the rays of a golden sun bathe your face in welcome warmth yet instill in you the twinge of sad nostalgia. Maybe you’re driving towards something, or away from someone, but for a moment, everything is copacetic, with Rose Gold cooing into our ears, embracing us with her ambrosial voice. Maybe we never have to stop driving. Maybe we can listen to Take A Ride forever, and forever, and forever. Stream more of the artist’s music on Soundcloud, here.

April 11, 2018

Hariette Pilbeam has made a rising name of herself out of Brisbane, Australia as Hatchie, with her gazey dream pop and purling indie rock. We’re ecstatic to have written about her for the Official SXSW Bloggers Guide this year, and we made sure to make our way out to Secret Sounds x Sounds Australia showcase during our week in Austin to take in her music. The Cocteau Twins inspired artist returns with her 90s inflected sun-kissed sound on new single Sugar & Spice, another glistening dose of her ravishing artistry. Hopefully, she’ll make her way out to California sometime soon. That short set at SXSW only served to whet our appetite and create an even more intense urge to see her again. Sugar & Spice is the title track from Hatchie’s next EP, out next month. Pre-order, here.

February 23, 2018

We nearly tripped over ourselves in extreme excitement nine months ago when we first discovered Hatchie. We rushed to introduce you to the Australian newcomer’s debut single, a gauzy stirring, gazey glistening tune named Try, inspired by the Cocteau Twins and much evocative of a 90s sound that brings to mind bands like Wolf Alice or The Cranberries. We’re 100% sure we were a pioneer in spreading the word about this noteworthy new talent. In the ensuing months, Hatchie’s buzz began to grow and proliferate. Next month, Harriette Pilbeam, the Brisbane musician behind this project-on-the-rise, will be bringing her music to SXSW. It’s a top priority for us to catch her in Austin. It comes as no surprise that Hatchie has caught the attention of Robin Guthrie with her music. The famed Cocteau Twins co-founder has even given Hatchie’s second single, Sure, a dreamy wafting, airy swirling remix. Hatchie’s debut EP, Sugar & Spice, will be arriving later this spring on Double Double Whammy / Heavenly. Until then, sway in bliss to her two singles, and this fine new remix from Robin Guthrie. Hatchie’s trip to the U.S. will also include a performance at School Night in LA on March 19th and the Mercury Lounge in NYC on March 22nd. 

January 31, 2018

Birocratic is a Brooklyn producer and multi-instrumentalist whose real name is Brandon Rowan, and he’s already established himself a force in the scene these past few years thanks to a slew of original productions and remixes. The 24 year old artist has even been featured in videos from Buzzfeed and YouTube vlogger Casey Neistat, as well as supported artists like MNDSGN and Grammy nominee StarRo live. He kicks off 2018 with a groovy homage to 90′s house and 80′s funk named, fittingly, Extra Fresh. The luscious track even comes accompanied by a cheeky “infomercial” video for, what else, but minty mouth wash. Get down to Birocratic’s robust basslines on his chill disco and glam house jam. Birocratic is also known for his brilliant live shows. He dazzles the crowd with his instrumental skills on bass guitar, keyboards, finger-drumming, and more, allowing him to bring his experimental jazz, hip hop, and house records to life in real time. Download/stream Extra Fresh, here.

January 31, 2018

Though I actually ran into one of the members of Dear Boy nearly a year ago in Austin at SXSW, I’ve somehow never caught the Los Angeles based band live, since I had to miss out on their prior stop at Popscene in San Francisco. I’m hoping this all changes in 2018 now that the band is releasing new material, and very fine material at that. New single Love Interest premiered last week on NYLON, and it’s a profuse dose of the band’s retro-styled new wave and indie rock. Love Interest is a rich thrumming, nostalgic whirring canvas of 80s and 90s evoking sound. About the song, Dear Boy’s Ben Grey says: “‘Love Interest’ is a song written for our clumsy years. We wanted to write something recklessly optimistic about love and the joys of being out of your depth. Pulp had a big influence on this song. I wasn’t old enough to have them on my high school walls but whenever I listen to them now, there’s a bizarre sense memory of something I never experienced. That’s a quality we were hoping to nuzzle up to while recording. Disco 2000 meet Disco 2018.” A single release show goes down tomorrow night (January 31st) at the Troubadour in LA, ticket info can be found, here.

December 21, 2017

Though it’s been a very long time since MNDR has given us a new single, the New York based synthpop project has made some welcome appearances as a guest on many a fine song this past year. She appeared on Oliver’s Chemicals, re-united with TOKiMONSTA on We Love, and collaborated with RAC on Unusual to give us one of the most memorable and infectious tracks off the producer’s recent album EGO. MNDR now closes out the year by lending her voice to a new original from Los Angeles nu-disco and electro producer Le Youth. He goes old school on I Could Always, blending chill wavy disco with a laid back hip hop roll. This hybrid pop and electronic concoction is quite the dreamy mesmeric dazzler and the perfect mellow head nodding, feet tapping jam. Stream/download the track, here.

October 27, 2017

MOBS is a pop four piece from Melbourne who just put out an ace EP named ‘You Want Beauty?’ earlier this month. They shuttle us back to the 80s and early 90s with Say Anything, a torrid synth and alt pop swooner awash in neon synths and bittersweet vocals much like LANY crossed with St. Lucia. Say Anything was inspired by Cameron Crowe’s 1989 rom-com film of the same name. You can stream MOBS’ latest EP in full on Soundcloud, here. Just be prepared for a grand swell of rousing nostalgia. Keep up with the band, here.

October 10, 2017

I could definitely use some “cheering up” today even though I’m no “princess” after worrying about the horrible fires raging up in Wine Country not far from us today, and there’s nothing like some fine music to take my mind off things for a moment and lift my spirits. Cheer Up Princess comes from an emerging London based trio named Hey Charlie, who are making quite an impression with their dynamic brand of new wave grunge-pop in the short time that they’ve been around. The rambunctious and cheeky rock song comes from the female fronted band’s debut EP Young and Lonesome, produced by Tarek from Spring King. Heavy biting riffs, infectious snarling hooks, and empowering lyrics endow the vehement chugging, riotous pounding anthem. Hey Charlie’s debut EP is available on iTunes, here.